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Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

Curious happenings and healthy skepticism

The Peregrine Falcons have suddenly been spending an unexpected amount of time at the nestbox and behaving in ways that generate curiosity.  The following screenshots were captured Sunday afternoon. All of this has some individuals wondering whether the Peregrines may “pull a kestrel” and lay a second clutch of eggs.  I would be shocked and surprised if anything of consequence occurs at the nestbox this year, but I am naturally a skeptic.  Peregrine Falcons will re-nest, but re-nesting typically occurs when …

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Encore! Encore! – American Kestrels

The American Kestrels apparently had so much fun raising one brood that they have decided to do it all over again this summer.  The female kestrel has laid two eggs as of the morning of 24 June, as shown in the photo, below. American Kestrels do not typically lay a second clutch of eggs or raise a second brood.  According to the Birds of North America (BNA) species account, 11% of American Kestrels in Florida raised a second brood.   The …

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Piping Plover Beach Battle

Birds’ struggle to survive and reproduce is not only waged in the elements (as we were recently reminded) but also in the midst of other birds and animals.  There is limited space in this world.  Species are bound to interact with one another.  Predators eat prey, small birds make way for the bigger ones and so on.  However, bigger isn’t always necessarily tougher.  Take, for example, the cute docile little Piping Plover.  This species is mentioned frequently on this blog …

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American Kestrels Fledging

On a positive note, the American Kestrel chicks have started to fledge and leave the confines of their nestbox.   It is now 8:35 a.m. Friday morning and just in the last ten to fifteen minutes two more birds have taken the leap.  Only two of the five chicks remain.  There were four female and one male kestrel offspring and two females will be the last to leave.  The nestbox is located on the north side of the NGPC headquarters building …

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Sad news from the Capitol

We just put out a press release regarding last night’s unfortunate events at the Capitol.   It is pasted, below. Storms Claim Capitol Peregrine Falcon Chicks LINCOLN – The severe weather that wreaked havoc across much of Nebraska on the evening and night of June 3 also appears to have claimed the two peregrine falcon chicks atop the Nebraska Capitol building. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission provides live streaming video of the nest box, and many falcon watchers awoke to …

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Stormy Sunday, soggy birds

Sunday evening’s rain was wonderful.  No terrible winds or hail, just a nice garden-variety thunderstorm.   Even so, if you happened to check in on the Peregrine Falcons during the rain you surely noticed that they did not enjoy it as much as some of us.   Even with the little roof, the breeze was sending drops right on them.   The eyases are now too big to brood – they no longer can take cover under the female’s body …

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What’s killing Cedar Waxwings?

I regularly receive calls from people that have observed dead birds. They are often seeking guidance or being good citizens by letting someone know.  More often than not, though, individuals have observed the outcome of a normal or natural death as birds die all the time, everyday.  However, it can be valuable to be made aware of a bird mortality if the cause of death is not obvious in case there is another report and a pattern begins to emerge.  …

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Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon chicks dominate the news

Dominate may be a tad strong, but the Lincoln Journal Star has a nice article by JoAnne Young about the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon chicks featured prominently on their website today (27 May 2014).  In fact, it is running in their website’s top header this (Tuesday) evening.   The article can be found here. It is always a good day when (nongame) birds are in the news.

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Woodmen banding – updated

On this rainy morning, Lauren Dinan and I, along with our partners from Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery, trekked up to the Woodmen Tower to band Peregrine Falcon eyases in downtown Omaha.   The banding went off without a hitch and below are a few photos from event.  Also, here are links to stories from Omaha media. KETV Channel 7 WOWT Channel 6 KMTV Channel 3 Omaha World Herald Many thanks to Woodmen of the World and Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery.  Sorry …

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