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The Birds

For a moment, while in my deer hunting stand the last couple evenings as the sun was setting and the wind was blowing out of the south/southwest, I thought I was reliving an old black-and-white, Alfred Hitchcock horror movie I saw as a child, entitled: The Birds! That flick did cross my mind somewhat as I watched dozens of turkey vultures overhead from my tree stand in northeastern Douglas County, NE. I had the best time watching these large nongame …

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Leucism reported in Nebraska birds

Cases of leucism have been reported in Nebraska birds at each end of state over the past few weeks.  Before taking cover in your bunker with concerns about the next avian-related pandemic, it might be useful to define leucism.  Leucism is a type of abnormal coloration in a bird’s plumage.  Specifically, it is variable amounts of either white or pale coloration in feathers that typically have pigment.  Even though leucism is rare, it is regularly observed.  I receive a few …

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Line to Anglers: Don’t Hook, Tangle Wildlife!

Discarded fishing equipment such as abandoned line, hooks, weights, etc. continues to be a major problem for the environment and a major threat to an array of wildlife in and around the water. It can maim and kill birds and other wildlife! Look what happened to this cormorant! Just yesterday at Carter Lake in northeast Omaha, avid birder Jim Ducey of Omaha, NE brought to my attention yet another graphic incident involving birds getting tangled up with discarded fishing tackle. This …

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See Spring Waterfowl Migration near Metro Area

If you live in or around the Omaha-metro area, you don’t have to travel very far to experience the spring migration of waterfowl. I took these shots today along the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers in western Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The rivers were busy places with ducks and geese here and there! I caught the tail end of a bald eagle that was pursuing waterfowl, too! Here is a broad shot of the eagle in pursuit-mode after some flocks of …

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Going Crane Watching on Channel 6 Outdoors

On this week’s edition of my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and online at www.wowt.com, we’re heading to Nebraska’s central Platte River valley between Grand Island and Kearney to view the spectacular spring migration stopover of sandhill cranes and other wild fowl. It’s quite a sight to see! Check out these great photos of the cranes taken by co-worker Katie Stacey of our Game and Parks Omaha-Metro Office. Experience the movement and sounds of the world’s largest gathering …

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TURKEYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

I received a phone call yesterday from a woman who lives in a neighborhood just north of Zorinsky Lake in west Omaha concerning problematic wild turkeys. We have a lot of wild turkeys in and around Omaha, and, as some of you know, they are not wary of us humans. In fact, as neat as they are to see, turkeys may become a nuisance by roosting on roofs, in trees near homes, and on decks, and they are known to …

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COUNTING BIRDS IN THE BACKYARD

My family and I are counting birds amid the old-growth trees in our Metcalfe Park neighborhood in north-central Omaha. We are counting birds for The Great Backyard Bird Count www.BirdSource.org This is a fun, very worthwhile citizen science project for the whole family to do! As you’ll note by clicking the link to the website for the count, it’s in full swing and it’s not too late to get involved where you live! Here are a few of the birds we …

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A BLUEBIRD DAY IN WINTER

Yesterday afternoon while doing work in the field, I snapped some pics of eastern bluebirds that were hangin’ around a farmstead in western Douglas County. They are so colorful and I had fun watching them and shooting pics of them. I would encourage you to take your camera along or keep it handy anytime you step outside, you never know what you might come across like beautiful bluebirds on a cold winter day! The great outdoors of Nebraska is about …

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LOOK WHO’S HAVING LUNCH IN DOWNTOWN OMAHA

Sharing a few cool pics graciously sent to me and taken by Lisa Miller of Omaha, NE of an immature Red-tailed hawk having lunch in downtown Omaha’s Gene Leahy Park Mall recently. Lisa and I thought you folks would enjoy seeing them! Thanks to our resident nongame bird expert Joel Jorgensen for a positive ID on the bird.

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