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Time, decreasing probabilities and hope

So here we are on 12 May and there are no obvious signs either of the two remaining Peregrine Falcon eggs are hatching.   I originally stated I expected hatching would commence and/or occur during 7-12 May.  Over the weekend (7-8 May), the female disposed/ate three of the original five eggs (see this post and this post for more details).  Ally, the female falcon, and occasionally the male have continued incubating the two eggs leaving hope that a fluffball would emerge …

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More disappointment

In a blog post yesterday, I reported that two of the original five eggs disappeared (removed and/or eaten by the female falcon) from the nest box on the 18th floor of the Capitol.  Unfortunately, it happened again late Saturday and now there are only two eggs remaining. Hopefully this trend does not continue and there will be something positive to report soon. The Falconcam webpage can be found HERE.  If you want to keep up with breaking Peregrine Falcon news, …

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Hatch watch 2016 – disappointing start

My calculations had 7-12 May as the time frame when the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon’s eggs should hatch.  Events started happening just a bit earlier than I expected, but in a disappointing way.  Late yesterday, only four eggs were observed rather than the five eggs which the birds have been incubating for about a month.  This morning, only three eggs were present. It is not entirely clear what happened and what went wrong.  However, it does not come as a total …

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The roadside Prairie-Chicken incident

Spring migration is about at its peak, so naturally on Saturday I was out birding even though the weather was less than perfect.  After venturing to central Nebraska on Arbor Day, I decided to head south to Gage County to see if I could pick up a few county birds.  After birding Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area, I decided to start working my way back east by driving county roads along the Kansas-Nebraska border.  My hope was to snag a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, …

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Spring birds in the Sandhills

I spent a good chunk of time in the Nebraska Sandhills the past two weeks and below are a few avian photo highlights from the foray as well as a couple landscape shots.  Sandhills with early morning fog near Antioch Spring is here and there are all sorts of birds to see and experience.  Get out there, and, good birding!

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Getting intimate – saw-whet owls in Nebraska

Wayne Mollhoff is a well-known figure in Nebraska birding and ornithology circles.  He authored The Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas (2001) and just wrapped up coordinating the state’s second breeding bird atlas.  He has also done something quite innovative in order to improve our understanding of one difficult-to-detect bird species, the Northern Saw-whet Owl, breeding status in the state.  This small species of owl has been known to occur in pine forests of western Nebraska during spring and summer for some …

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Egg #5

I am currently out hanging with Long-billed Curlews in Sandhills, but have just enough time to acknowledge the Peregrine Falcons now have five eggs. That should be it, right?   We’ll see if there is a sixth egg in a couple days.

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Prairie-Chicken Festival 2016

I had the pleasure again this year of helping out with the Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival hosted by Calamus Outfitters.  Even though the wind blew, it was an excellent weekend and the chickens showed very well and put on a great performance.  I also caught wind of a big-time rarity that visited the area back in February.  Below are a few photo highlights from the weekend. This is an Eastern Screech-Owl we called in at dusk on Friday evening. American …

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Egg #4

I am a little late with this update about egg #4 since I was at the Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival Friday and Saturday.  However, apparently the fourth egg did appear late Friday or early Saturday. We are at the point where it is more a question of if there will be a fifth egg rather than when it will appear.  If there is a fifth egg, we should see it by Monday morning.    If you are looking for our …

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No kestrelcam in 2016

Even though our American Kestrels are back this year and will be laying eggs soon, we will be unable to provide streaming video of them this year.   This is due to some network capacity limitations as well as some other technical stuff I do not understand. Our apologies and we will try to find a solution and hopefully kestrelcam, and scenes such as the one above, will be back in 2017.  Good birding!

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