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Alternative hypotheses accepted

On Thursday morning, while taking some personal time (to go birding, of course), I stumbled across an unexpected situation.  The photo essentially captures what I observed. This poor Great Blue Heron was out in the deep, about 30 feet from shore, looking more like a loon from the distance I initially spotted the bird.  As most people know, Great Blue Herons are birds of the shoreline, not open water.  I watched this bird for about an hour to figure out …

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Hummingbirds gone wild

After taking a break from blogging, it is time to get back to it. We are now well into fall migration and fall is the best time of year for birding rarities.   One item making news this fall in Nebraska are hummingbirds.  Last year, I blogged about how to attract hummingbirds to your yard during fall migration, late July through mid-October.  In that post, I noted that hummingbirds wander and rarities will show up outside, sometimes well outside, of …

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Face time

As already noted by others, one of the juvenile falcons got up close and personal with our camera.  The video below captures what you may have missed.

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Peregrines receive their names

This year’s Peregrine Falcon progeny will now be known as “Meadowlark”, “Goldenrod”, and “Cottonwood” for the state bird, state flower and state tree, respectively.  This is perhaps the most underwhelming announcement of all time because everyone already knew this information.   Nevertheless, the voting was fierce with over 850 ballots cast. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted. Two individuals submitted the winning entry.  Willie Braun of Lincoln, Nebraska, with assistance from Bethany Schmidt, submitted a paper ballot at the …

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Learning to fly or flying learns you?

As avid Peregrine watchers already know, our three now juvenile falcons have fledged.   However, learning to fly is not easy as shown in this video clip recently captured by our IT guy Troy Kroeger. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySTuR44zO8c[/youtube] Apparently, sometimes the flying learns you (I’m not sure whether I even know what that means).  Enjoy!

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How far will a Nebraska Red-tailed Hawk travel?

Red-tailed Hawks are common residents in Nebraska.  It is easy to be lulled into the notion that local Red-tails don’t move around all that much because there is always one or two around.  When one leaves for greener pastures, how would anyone ever know?   One of my mantras is that birds are always full of surprises and here is another one.   Last fall we placed a band on a Red-tailed Hawk that was recovered in Sarpy County, Nebraska, and rehabilitated …

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VOTE NOW: “Name-the-chicks” top 6 selected

We received 290 entries, stretching from Maine to Oregon, for the Peregrine Falcon “name-the-chicks” contest.  From this group, a select committee chose the top six finalists.     It is now time to vote for your one favorite.   You can do so, below. Meadowlark, Goldenrod and Cottonwood were suggested because they are the state bird, flower and tree, respectively.  Brando, Carson, and Fonda are famous Nebraska entertainers Marlon Brando, Johnny Carson, and Henry Fonda.  Disco, Rock and Jazz are ” cool and …

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Birdlife in the forgotten corner of Nebraska

Late this past week I was fortunate to spend a little bit of time in Dundy and Chase Counties in the southwest corner of the state.  This is a terrific part of Nebraska.  Technically, it is not a forgotten corner, I am merely lamenting that I do not visit this area as much as I would like.   I enjoyed seeing this area again and on the longest day of the year no less.  More to the point, I enjoyed …

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Terncam unleashed

Ben Wheeler, a coordinating wildlife biologist  with the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project in Ord, along with our friends with the Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership announced this week that terncam is up and running for 2013.  Terncam is another webcam experience focused on a Interior Least Tern nest in central Nebraska.   Rather than me telling you about it, just hit the link and visit the webpage with the live feed. http://ternandplover.unl.edu/aboutus/terncam.asp

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Banding Day (video) – “name-the-chicks” contest coming soon

Lauren Dinan and I, along with our partners Betsy Finch and Janet Stander from Raptor Recovery Nebraska, had a beautiful morning to band the three Peregrine Falcon chicks at the Capitol.   We found out that there is one female and two male chicks.   The whole procedure took about 20-25 minutes and concluded without a hitch (which is always a relief).   Highlights can be seen in the video, below. [youtube width=”552″ height=”447″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ4acwqvW1k[/youtube] Special thanks to Capitol staff for facilitating the banding.  …

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