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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1095 on: October 25, 2019, 08:00:27 PM »
Boy it has been busy around here but I got out for a little last weekend.  The weather was not too bad.  The winter migration has been going on and I happen to be out in the area where the Sandhill cranes stop during spring.  Well I heard the familiar call and I looked up and saw a number of Sandhill cranes flying in formation heading south.



A large flock of black birds and starlings I think flew in a nice murmation in front of me.  So neat that they don't fly into one another.



Life along the platte river,  beauty in the river and in the sky



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1096 on: October 29, 2019, 05:54:25 PM »
Finally I was out by the river but almost missed the glowing sunset.



Halloween is close and have a few pumpkins available but not for carving jack-o-lanterns they are for the squirrels.  They love the seeds and also eating the pumpkin.  So my treat to them is a few pumpkins.



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1097 on: November 03, 2019, 10:50:36 AM »
Wow oh Wow ----   When birding and looking for migrating birds you always hope you can come across some birds that you haven't seen or would really like to see.  As you know my license plate on my car says "CRAINIAC" ,  I enjoy the spring when the sandhills cranes stop here for a few weeks and I docent tours with guests to watch them from blinds, well there is a short time when they fly back south for the winter and along with the Sandhill Cranes there are  Whooping Cranes that stop here also.
 
The Whooping Crane numbers have been increasing little by little thanks to the great effort of many people and places.  Still seeing them is never a guarantee and they don't stay in Nebraska long.  During crane season, being spring or fall there is a group that flies a small plane along the river early in the morning  spotting and counting Cranes.  A bird nerd friend helps as a spotter and had info that a small group was seen the night before when they flew into the river to roost for the night.  She asked if I would be interested in a morning trip to a blind and see if they were still there. How could I not go,  right!

 We headed out way before light and found our way in the darkness to the blind.  We could see the stars which meant it was going to be a clear morning,  that also meant it was going to be COLD.   So we waited and waited,  it began to get light and some ducks started to fly, heard some duck calls and then .....  looking straight across from the blind I saw something moving on the other side of the river.  Maybe it was a deer or something in the water,  we kept watching because there still wasn't good light. Then it happened 4 birds appeared on the sandbar in the Platte River.  We jumped  up and down (also that helped us warm up so we could use our fingers).  We got to enjoy them for a good amount of time as the light got better.

There was 3 adults and one youngster,  the family seemed to have leg bands on while the other adult didn't.  After a bit the took off from the river and we watched which direction the flew.  Our hope now was to drive that way and find them in the meadow.  We find a ground spotter for the airplane and he said they were just a mile east of his location so we were off.  Seeing the tall white birds in the field was amazing.  We found a spot to stop and get a few pictures,  again an amazing moment to see them.















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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1098 on: November 03, 2019, 12:27:09 PM »
AWESOME sighting and photos, Deb!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1099 on: November 10, 2019, 04:59:09 AM »

Your photos are fantastic Deb!
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1100 on: November 11, 2019, 07:59:59 PM »
I am excited to see an eagle couple take on a new territory.  They had been working on the nest but was so hard to see with the leaves, well now the trees are bare and you can see the nest nicely.   Sunday I went for a look and saw only the female show up.  She landed on the nest tree for a bit and then flew off to another tree.  Looking closer at her beak it seems there is a bit of red on it,  she must have been off eating somewhere.  Maybe the male was still there.








Also present a nice young Red Tail hawk visited




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