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Title: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 11, 2010, 09:26:01 PM
This topic is dedicated to photos and stories of wildlife found in the State of Nebraska, USA.


(http://[url=http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/ValasOct2010043.jpg]http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/ValasOct2010043.jpg[/url])
 the end of summer is marked by the changing leaves
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 17, 2010, 10:27:06 AM
Have been watching my praying mantis in my sedum grow this year and caught him having lunch,  blends in with the colors

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Mantis018.jpg

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_Mantis018.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=Mantis018.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 14, 2010, 08:43:14 AM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IndianaJones013.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IndianaJones013.jpg)

Two butterflies but looked like a mirror image 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 14, 2010, 08:47:13 AM
Beautiful picture, gmadeb3! That's a great 'capture' with your camera.   :thumbup:  Please check your forum PM inbox in about 10 minutes.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 18, 2010, 06:26:36 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Nov%202010/th_trickortreat10041.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Nov%202010/?action=view&current=trickortreat10041.jpg)

Was wondering if someone could identify this bird, saw him while I was driving.  He or she was looking out over a picked cornfield
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 18, 2010, 08:35:30 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_blacksquirrel011.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=blacksquirrel011.jpg)

Busy Black Squirrel getting ready for winter, I know he will not find all of the nuts he keeps hiding.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on November 19, 2010, 05:03:38 AM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Nov%202010/th_trickortreat10041.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Nov%202010/?action=view&current=trickortreat10041.jpg)

Was wondering if someone could identify this bird, saw him while I was driving.  He or she was looking out over a picked cornfield

Gmadeb3, this bird looks a lot like the one in dizzymom's post a few days back (post #850) which she only called a "hawk." Hopefully, one of our great "identifiers" will come along with a more specific name.  :ecsmile

I just love black squirrels. We have the grey ones normally but we have noticed a few black ones are migrating in from farther west in the state of Maryland. The grey ones just look so much cuter for some reason. Thanks for sharing your photos.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on November 19, 2010, 09:34:21 AM
Taking a guess at him, I think he is an immature, possibly a Swainson's Hawk. The dark eye coloring is a bit of a mystery as some passerines eyes change color as they age. I don't know if this happens with hawks. Gmade do you have any other pictures like of his tail?
He does have a red tinge on his shoulders.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Nov%202010/trickortreat10041.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 19, 2010, 11:53:17 AM
Whatever he is, he's a good looking bird!  I hope you can figure it out... :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 19, 2010, 01:16:21 PM
No I have not been able to get a better picture,  I am not good at catching them in flight.  Thanks for your input I am more aware of the birds in our area now so will keep my eye out and the camera with me.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 26, 2010, 08:38:57 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_blacksquirrel.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=blacksquirrel.jpg)

The Sandhill Cranes stop by here for a couple of weeks and eat  from the picked cornfields before they finish their migration.  Here they are doing a little courtship dance for their mate.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 06, 2010, 09:49:10 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandpit1.jpg)   a fall day at the sand pit down by the river
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on December 06, 2010, 10:01:12 PM
Pretty gmade, it will be nice to see a photo in Spring when the leaves are back.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 07, 2010, 04:05:57 AM
That's a very nice photo, gmadeb3.  Do you see wildlife when you are there?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 07, 2010, 07:26:35 PM
Yes tiger some hawks but not good at naming them, just a hawk I guess. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 13, 2010, 07:44:57 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/bird8.jpg)  This was so exciting for me today, I walked by our courtyard at work and saw this bird in the tree. It was very unfamiliar so got my camera and took some pictures.  I was able to get a number of people to see it but was not sure what kind of bird it was.  Some great people here have helped identify it as a coopers hawk.  So strange to see it in town.  It was watching me as I was so intrigued by it.                      (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/bird3.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 13, 2010, 07:50:13 PM
gmadeb3, those are wonderful pictures!  The hawk looks as if it's as interested in you as you were in it!   :eclove  Thank you for posting it here for all of us to enjoy.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on December 13, 2010, 08:28:49 PM
GREAT pictures, gmadeb!  That hawk looks ... well fed.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on December 14, 2010, 08:41:02 AM
 :thumbup: She appears to have a brooding patch, keep your eyes out gmade there may be a nest close by.

http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Brood_Patches.html

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/81155/brood-patch
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on December 14, 2010, 09:01:06 AM
I noticed that too passerine, and wondered whether it was early for egg-laying?  I guess it would depend on location, but even so, it's not even winter yet ...

Wonderful pictures, gmadeb3 - such detail!  I am guessing that the puffed up appearance is because it's pretty cold?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 14, 2010, 03:33:58 PM
Thanks for all of your comments.    The rest of the story... so today looking out in the courtyard there are feathers and then I found the remains of a bird (pigeon).  So guess what was for lunch, I am sure that is why it didn't leave when I went out there because it was not done eating.  We have been pretty cold and this is located in town so strange to see.  Will keep an eye out, do you think they would stay in an old building? 

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on December 14, 2010, 09:07:29 PM
<<<snip
 Will keep an eye out, do you think they would stay in an old building? 

No gmade, i imagine they would feel somewhat trapped.

Cooper’s Hawks build nests in pines, oaks, Douglas-firs, beeches, spruces, and other tree species, often on flat ground rather than hillsides, and in dense woods. Nests are typically 25-50 feet high, often about two-thirds of the way up the tree in a crotch or on a horizontal branch.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/lifehistory#at_nesting
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 17, 2011, 09:35:30 PM
A short video of the sandhill cranes that migrate through Nebraska  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_cranes3-17-11042.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=cranes3-17-11042.mp4)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 17, 2011, 10:18:23 PM
Gmadeb3, that's a very nice video of the cranes.  Thanks for sharing it with us!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on March 17, 2011, 10:32:53 PM
Cool Gmade, did you take that video & get to watch this?  Would love to see that in person, they have neat vocals. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 18, 2011, 10:49:59 AM

What a great video Gma!
Those birds look HUGE!
How tall are they?
Was the one *dancing* at the end a male, trying to impress the female?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 18, 2011, 02:45:47 PM
Very nice time of the year with the migration of all the birds.  Was kind of windy so difficult to hear them clearly.  Yes the birds impress the other with their show off dance.  They are about 3 ft tall and stay in their group families also.  Glad you liked the video, so glad I was able to share this on here.  Think I will post a snap shot also. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 18, 2011, 05:12:25 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/cranes3-17-11032.jpg)  getting ready to jump in the air                                                         (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/cranes3-17-11007.jpg)  Crane Dance
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on March 18, 2011, 05:28:17 PM
What interesting photos and videos gmadeb3.  I find them quite fascinating.

You may not have discovered it yet, but we have a section in our forum where you can post information and pictures of Fauna Native to your Area.  Check  HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=476.msg48154#msg48154)  I do hope you will be able to contribute to that thread too.   :eclove 

If you check our Index page, it is found under Nature's Wonders --> Wildlife - Flora and Fauna.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 18, 2011, 06:04:55 PM
Thank you for directing me to that section
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on March 18, 2011, 06:49:43 PM
gmadeb - thanks so much for sharing the sandhills with us.  They are graceful and I love their sounds.  I was lucky to observe them in a field near my brother's home on the Kenai peninsula in Alaska a few years back.  What a great distance they travel!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 18, 2011, 08:57:39 PM
gmadeb - Thanks so much for this "up close and personal" view of something that we here in Wisconsin consider the first sign of spring- the distinctive sound of the Sandhill Cranes! Wonderful pics~~~~
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2011, 01:57:20 PM
You are welcome, very unique area at this time of the year.  Have lived here all of my life and didn't realize how special it is.  This site and the nest has opened my eyes and given me so much love of nature :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 24, 2011, 09:14:35 PM
Sandhill Cranes in flight March 24

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/cranes3-17-11090.jpg)
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/cranes3-17-11071.jpg)
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/cranes3-17-11069.jpg)
Love their feet...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 07, 2011, 03:33:31 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/PurpleMartins032.jpg)  

Male Purple Martin on House.  They are busy building their nest.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 07, 2011, 03:43:44 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/PurpleMartins017.jpg)  

Making the best nest possible
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Blue on June 07, 2011, 06:25:32 PM
Super pics of the male and female Purple Martin.  :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 07, 2011, 08:46:47 PM
Those purple martins are the neatest birds. We've been trying to attract them the past few years, but no takers yet... :pray2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on June 07, 2011, 10:08:04 PM
Nice pics gmade, beautiful birds...then again i think all birds are beautiful :biggrin3
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 11, 2011, 02:43:50 PM
Faerie,  I so enjoy praying mantis also,  have given my mom an egg case for her birthday the last two years and mine just hatched last week.  They have lots of grasshoppers in my flowers to hunt.  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_babyprayingmantis016.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=babyprayingmantis016.jpg)  I think they are very interesting.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 28, 2011, 08:50:28 PM
I find this rather amazing, these two praying mantis hatched from the same egg case and yet one is brown and the other is green  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_manitisbabies068.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=manitisbabies068.jpg)   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_manitisbabies044.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=manitisbabies044.jpg)  they are in different flowers.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 28, 2011, 08:53:41 PM
Not a fan of spiders but this one is living in my flowers so I know it has a nice home,  but still creepy   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/manitisbabies058.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 28, 2011, 09:12:47 PM
WOW!  Neat photos  thanks, gmadeb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 10, 2011, 08:19:27 AM
I have recently been testing night time-lapse photography and thought that one of the Hornby Tree would be a pretty neat thing to do.
This was shot at ISO 1000 in "BULB" using a remote shutter, 8.0 aperture, 17 sec exposure every 15 seconds.
Duration was a little over 2 hours.
Watch in HD and in full screen.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPlW5jQfKz4


Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: dizzymom70 on August 10, 2011, 08:38:55 AM
Neat, Adrian--what kind of camera did you use?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 10, 2011, 09:19:31 AM
I used a Canon 50D dizzymom70.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on August 10, 2011, 09:49:40 AM
the time lapse video is excellent!  well done!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on August 10, 2011, 10:00:47 AM
Neat Adrian.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on August 10, 2011, 10:09:03 AM
That is lovely to watch Adrianmn. How cool would it be if we could do one of the nest for a day? All of the light changes there would be interesting imo. Nancy? Can you do that in your recording program?
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Post by: emc on August 10, 2011, 10:21:20 AM
Great idea Adrianmn. Beautiful.  :biggrin6  My husband will love it too, showing the stars.
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Post by: ccfan on August 10, 2011, 07:24:41 PM
 :thumbup: Adrianm..great work!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on August 10, 2011, 09:16:01 PM
oh, birdy  ...waaaaaaaaaaaaay  too much work to edit real-time recordings (but possible, I suppose)

The Rochester Falcon people do a clip of 24 hours in one minute - it makes me dizzy!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 11, 2011, 08:48:51 AM
birdy - that is possible. it would take ALOT of memory cards and batteries :-). BUT possible.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: a1ladya on August 11, 2011, 11:52:46 AM
My baby brother did a time lapse video on YouTube of Albany, NY.  He's gotten real good at it and is in the works of making another.  Great work!! Love seeing the stars go by! :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 14, 2011, 01:27:43 PM
This is a 2 year old female rescued by Nebraska Raptor Recovery. She was found laying on her back with feet up...West Nile. She is on her way to a speedy recovery.
http://flic.kr/p/acXSfc

(sorry-not sure how to post a pic yet).
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: emc on August 14, 2011, 02:57:55 PM
Thanks beans for Rosy's breed.

Adrianmn: that eagle looks good. How long ago was its treatment started?

Hope they have a mosquito abatement program there.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on August 14, 2011, 10:42:57 PM
This is a 2 year old female rescued by Nebraska Raptor Recovery. She was found laying on her back with feet up...West Nile. She is on her way to a speedy recovery.
http://flic.kr/p/acXSfc

(sorry-not sure how to post a pic yet).

Beautiful Golden, glad she is on her way to recovery. :heart Really liked your other pics there too Adrian.

Fun vids beans.

Lovely Madrona wish i could smell them.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 15, 2011, 08:18:27 AM
She's been in Rehab for almost 2 weeks now. Hope to get video of her release...if i do i will post.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: emc on August 15, 2011, 07:18:52 PM
Downed trees and powerlines are a nuisance, but so glad it wasn't worse.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on August 16, 2011, 09:56:42 AM
Adrianmn, I hope that you don't mind that I took the liberty to post your photo for you. What a lovely eaglet! Good to know it will be well soon.

(http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/6159/adrianmnphoto.jpg)

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Blue on August 16, 2011, 03:45:20 PM
The eaglet is beautiful. Their shaggy heads make them look so fierce.

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Post by: mamalion on August 20, 2011, 09:59:56 PM
AdrianM... what a beautiful photo... beautiful eaglet... hope for a speedy and healthy recovery
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on August 22, 2011, 08:38:09 AM
Hope to take timelapse of a real nest this fall.
Canon 50d
18-55mm stock lens (for test) @ 18mm//f4//Polarizer
5 sec intervals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXm0nfYSnHY
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on August 22, 2011, 09:15:18 AM
Very cool Adrian, is the eagle carved right out of the top of tree stump or placed there?
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 22, 2011, 02:50:09 PM
Very nice, Adrian.  That's an interesting carving and looks so real in the video.  
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Post by: adrianmn on August 23, 2011, 07:23:16 AM
Passerine-good question! I will find out this weekend.
TigerLady - thanks...i hope to get a really nice one with stars in the background.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 13, 2011, 08:14:57 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/manitisbabies101.jpg)   Finding a cicada means the last days of summer
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 13, 2011, 08:18:03 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/manitisbabies095.jpg)  the bees and butterflies are enjoying the flowers
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: emc on September 13, 2011, 08:22:25 PM
Gmadeb, is that first pic a Cicada?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on September 13, 2011, 09:02:56 PM
yes it is a cicada,  they are kind of creepy and loud..
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Post by: emc on September 13, 2011, 10:00:47 PM
I happened to be visiting in Virginia one time when they were about. Wow, loud and lots of them, everywhere!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 13, 2011, 10:14:00 PM
Is that the kind of Cicada that appears every 17 years or it is a different species?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: emc on September 14, 2011, 12:42:51 AM
I think different species of Cicada have different time periods.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on September 19, 2011, 06:45:57 PM
I spent last weekend on the Niobrara Valley Preserve in Nebraska, shooting (photographs) for a 2013 calendar. The last 2 mornings there we were awakened by a flock of turkey, at least 30, and 4 white tailed deer (1 doe and 3 fawns) right in front of our camp site. I hustled to grab the camera but they (turkey) are so fast and sneaky that i only captured these walking back into the tall grass prairie.
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/59361854@N08/6164350379/in/photostream  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59361854@N08/6164350379/in/photostream)
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Post by: winterwren on September 19, 2011, 07:18:13 PM
Adrian, what a gorgeous picture!
Thank you for reminding us amateurs how it's done.  :ecsmile  Very inspiring!

This kind of story is exactly why I now keep my camera in my tent when I'm camping. I always take it with me when I get up. The animals are about, and the light is heartbreaking.
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Post by: passerine on September 19, 2011, 09:48:16 PM
Throughly enjoyed those Adrian, great colors.
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 20, 2011, 08:07:30 AM
Very nice, Adrian!  I'd like to see more of your photos!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 25, 2011, 02:01:30 PM
  Found this praying mantis in the flowers and he looked at me like what are you looking at.  Was eating a bumble bee,  the leftovers are on the leaf. (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/manitisbabies110.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 25, 2011, 08:53:20 PM
(http://vid896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_manitisbabies112.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=manitisbabies112.mp4)  Praying Mantis having a bee for lunch   Click on picture for video
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Post by: gmadeb3 on September 25, 2011, 10:18:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnaEnd_qTIg   Same video of Mantis just seeing if this works
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 25, 2011, 10:44:17 PM
Gmadeb, we learn something new every day here.  I had no idea that Praying Mantis eat bees, including live ones. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on September 26, 2011, 08:18:30 AM

That*s a cool video Gma!
i don*t see Praying Mantises here.
Your video is quite the catch.

On your second post, where you post the YouTube link, when you are making your post in the Post Reply box, look for the YouTube button, & put that link between the [you  tube] here [you  tube]
Like this.
i copy the link from the browser url at the top of the page.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnaEnd_qTIg
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 26, 2011, 08:37:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnaEnd_qTIg   Thanks for the help booni. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on September 26, 2011, 08:46:54 AM

GmaDeb!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: adrianmn on October 02, 2011, 09:19:50 AM
A short clip of the time-lapse video i shot this weekend of a HUGE dead cottonwood tree that had been hit by lightning. The illumination was from our campfire. You can see the North Star on the left-center part of the screen.
Shot with a Canon 50D, 25 exposure, 6 sec intervals.
Watch in HD (720p or 1080p) and in full screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mpzab9j6EA

pics of the milky way galaxy to come...enjoy :-)

Addition: Photo at Prairie Lake night sky. The Milky Way galaxy appears like a dusting in the left-center along with a crescent moon on the right.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6169/6205582542_24e71637b2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59361854@N08/6205582542/)
Prairie Lake Night Sky (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59361854@N08/6205582542/) by Adrian Olivera (http://www.flickr.com/people/59361854@N08/), on Flickr

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Post by: ccfan on October 02, 2011, 09:22:06 AM
Wow Adrianm...Thank you for sharing...absolutely beautiful!
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Post by: boonibarb on October 02, 2011, 10:07:37 AM

Adrianmn, i just LOVE your time lapse works!!
That star show with the light flickering on the lightning-struck tree is just fabulous!
i CAN*T WAIT to see your Milky Way show!

Adrianmn, did you ever see THIS video?
It made me think of you, as it has a few time lapse sequences in it.


Promo video of Hornby by Grant Baldwin Videography pro

CLICK - 130 Seconds of Hornby Island B.C (http://vimeo.com/27643757)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 02, 2011, 11:07:57 AM
Thanks Adrianmn for your great pics!!!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2011, 01:48:31 PM
Excellent, Adrian!  The time lapse shots are so interesting to watch.  :thumbup:
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Post by: gmadeb3 on October 17, 2011, 08:29:40 PM
 :nod2 Out looking in the flowers to see if any praying mantis were still around and found an egg case instead.  Feeling like a grandma to be again,  haha.   One of my babies grew up.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 22, 2012, 09:22:35 PM
I think this squirrel is a cross between the brown and black ones that visit  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_squirrels002a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=squirrels002a.jpg) 
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 22, 2012, 09:26:50 PM
These Doves are regular visitors at work and enjoy a nice meal from the feeders  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_squirrels005.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=squirrels005.jpg)
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 22, 2012, 09:31:48 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/snowjunco.jpg)  We are finally getting some snow and the juncos  came out in full flock
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 22, 2012, 09:49:54 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/birdsjan2012019a.jpg)  A wonderful morning surprise!!!!
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Post by: passerine on January 22, 2012, 10:24:32 PM
Lots of nice photos of birds & other critters, snuck a look through your PB acct. :ecsmile
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 22, 2012, 11:37:51 PM
Wonderful photos, Gmadeb!  Thank you for sharing them here.   :eclove
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 23, 2012, 07:03:01 AM
Cute mosaic squirrel, GmaDeb!  Love those red-bellied woodpeckers. They OWN the feeder,don't they?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 23, 2012, 05:04:39 PM
Thanks Passerine for such a nice compliment,  Tiger so happy to share.  Plus using my new camera and having fun taking pictures.   Yes Faerie,  kind of a colorful fella.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 24, 2012, 08:53:22 PM
Have looked at this squirrel and think it is related to the other that is brown with some black.  Can see it has some brown coloring under the black.   Could they be sibblings?   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/squirrels028a.jpg)
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Post by: passerine on January 25, 2012, 01:17:54 PM
Disclaimer I may be wrong. :ecwink I think that black squirrels do just have for the most part black tips, with brown under coating.

Birds have tip of feathers different coloring as in a Pileated Woodpecker his red head feathers are just red on the ends/tips. White underneath.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 30, 2012, 06:19:27 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/outdoors/outdooroutingjan30015a.jpg)   It was such a nice day out today, near 70.  Was worth going out for a walk.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on January 30, 2012, 06:22:00 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/outdoors/outdooroutingjan30058.jpg)   Really like seeing windmills
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Post by: Cawatcher on January 30, 2012, 06:24:56 PM
Supurb Gmadeb!  :binocs
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Post by: gmadeb3 on February 29, 2012, 07:59:25 PM
This is always a great time of the year.   Spring migration ,  having the migration highway so close is wonderful.   The snow geese are here right now.   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1517.jpg)
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 29, 2012, 08:02:51 PM
Must be incredible to see that in person, Gmadeb3!    :thumbup:
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Post by: OpieK on February 29, 2012, 11:53:39 PM
fantastic photo gma - ty!
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Post by: ccfan on March 01, 2012, 06:33:49 PM
WOW!!!!
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Post by: PamNY on March 01, 2012, 07:51:04 PM
That is superb Gma. I want to move wherever you live!
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 02, 2012, 06:58:12 PM
THANK YOU, gma!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 07, 2012, 09:06:47 PM
So it is time for the Sandhill Cranes to stop off in nebraska for few weeks before they migrate on north.  They go to the river at night to roost and then back to the corn fields to eat during the day.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1631.jpg) (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1631.jpg)

 The sky is amazing  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1585a.jpg)  

and there also was the moon  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1632.jpg) (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_1632.jpg)
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 07, 2012, 09:11:55 PM
As the sun sets  the colors of the sky change (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_1621.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_1621.jpg)  and the cranes continue to fly back to the river  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_1630.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_1630.jpg)  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_1627.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_1627.jpg)
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Post by: Rajame on March 07, 2012, 09:36:12 PM
Fabulous! Thank you. :hearts
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Post by: gzebear on March 08, 2012, 04:59:47 AM
Gmadeb, love your photos!  :nod2 ... special place in my heart for Sandhill Cranes - must be amazing to see them in Nebraska. That photo with the moon is gorgeous!

Dawn, I can't believe all those blues in your photo - what a magical place!  :heart
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Post by: ccfan on March 08, 2012, 12:52:25 PM
Wonderful photos, thank you all for sharing things we otherwise would not get to see! :heart
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 08, 2012, 01:34:42 PM
Those squirrels are so cute, Pam!   'Specially the one peaking out....they seem to still have a fluffy warm winter coat!

Gma, thank you for those multi-colored crane photos. Hey, that means they'll be winging their way up to my area very soon! I just love it when we hear them for the first time in Spring.  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 12, 2012, 11:24:18 AM
This morning at the Platte River to see the Sandhill Cranes wake up and fly out to the fields   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Sandhill%20Crane%20%20March%202012/IMG_1718a.jpg)
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 12, 2012, 11:26:50 AM
As the sun comes up and starts to shine on the cranes still in the river  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Sandhill%20Crane%20%20March%202012/IMG_1739a.jpg)
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 12, 2012, 11:57:59 AM
It must be exciting to see and hear so many cranes lift off and fly to the fields!  Thank you, Gmadeb.   :eclove
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 12, 2012, 07:11:33 PM
 The Sandhill Cranes were leaving their roost on the river to return to the cornfields for the day.  (sorry there were some people that were talking and then some trucks that drove by)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdMEY1O0n9A   
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 12, 2012, 07:16:52 PM
Gmadeb, that is an incredible sight (and sound)!  It amazes me that they don't fly into one another!!   :eclove
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Post by: OpieK on March 13, 2012, 12:13:00 PM
Oh wonderful, wonderful!  Thank you for making my day!
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Post by: passerine on March 13, 2012, 12:15:04 PM
Nice Gmade you get to see & hear such a glorious event of nature. :ecsmile
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Post by: emc on March 13, 2012, 12:33:08 PM
Wow, thhanks so much for the video! A still just can not convey how many there are and to watch them swirling.  :biggrin6. I hope they come to the cornfields at a time that the farmers don't mind their presence.
Not that a farmer could do too much about it. They are as numerous as you'd think of locusts.
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Post by: blackster1 on March 13, 2012, 03:20:12 PM
Thanks gmad for the great pictures and video of the sandhill cranes.
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 13, 2012, 08:25:10 PM
Wonderful sight Gmadeb!  Do you know: is this just a stopover or do many of them stay there all summer?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 13, 2012, 09:25:45 PM
This is just a stop over.  Amazing that they come back every year for a few weeks they rest and eat up before heading north.   They travel in their family units usually.   They are located along the river which spans for  miles and miles.  So the number is outrageous to think of.   What I saw is just a small portion.   The farmers are not so thrilled about them because they are pretty noisy.   So glad to share these pictures with you all.   I have never thought much about  how special this time is because we see it all the time.    So glad you can see them even though I am not the best reporter.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 13, 2012, 09:39:06 PM
We're enjoying the photos, video and comments you share with us, Gmadeb.  Thank you!   :thumbup:    :eclove
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 14, 2012, 07:02:09 AM
I'm visiting my kids in south-central Wisconsin, and this morning I heard a few Sandhill Cranes passing overhead!  Thanks for putting me on the alert  :ecsmile

They have such an unusual sound; I love it because it means Spring is here!
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Post by: gzebear on March 14, 2012, 09:32:52 AM
Gmadeb, love that video! wowie zowie, that's a lot of cranes!! I need to see that ...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 18, 2012, 06:52:50 PM
sandhill cranes roosting in the river for the night   (and I know first hand that they continue to call all night long)    (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Sandhill%20Crane%20%20March%202012/IMG_2059a.jpg)
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Post by: Rajame on March 18, 2012, 09:12:10 PM
Thank you Gmade! Wonderful view!!! :hug
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 20, 2012, 09:51:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57kgiQTmNlA   These are the sandhill cranes as they return to the river for the night.  They stand and sleep on the sandbar for the night.
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Post by: beans on March 20, 2012, 11:47:01 PM
I've watched these birds land in the evening --  the sky is filled with calls and the action of many wings!  Thanks for posting.
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Post by: emc on March 21, 2012, 02:00:02 AM
Gmade you filled my silent request to be able to hear them at night.  They talk all night like at a "slumber party" eh? Thank you.  Do you get used to the sounds like crickets or rushing water? How long are they usually in this area before moving on?
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Post by: gzebear on March 21, 2012, 07:07:20 AM
dang, gmadeb, I had nothing on a bucket list till I saw your pictures and videos! Must see this, must must must see this! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 23, 2012, 08:45:52 AM
Ok gzebear  you come on out an we will have a sleepover at the river and  emc you come along too.  Will hope it is a bright night with the stars and moon.  Maybe bring a few snacks.   For sure they will keep you awake but it is a neat sound.   In the morning we could see an eagle or two flying along the river also.  There time here is short - 3 weeks or so and then off they go.   And there is a great sunset to go along with it.   So glad to share this time of the year but it is so neat in person!
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Post by: emc on March 23, 2012, 12:00:38 PM
Oh a sleepover at the river with the Sand hill cranes would be super.  :biggrin3  Seeing eagles in the morning would be icing on the cake!
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 24, 2012, 09:30:49 PM
Thanks, gmadeb, so very interesting. I like the guy on the end cleaning his toes!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 25, 2012, 10:36:06 PM
Ok something different to look at,  it might give you the creeps    (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_2262a.jpg) 

and maybe cute but  (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_2303b.jpg)
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Post by: Cawatcher on March 25, 2012, 11:01:16 PM
 :eceek wow!! gmdeb!! what shockers  :eceek
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 25, 2012, 11:02:17 PM
 :eceek   :eclol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 26, 2012, 08:11:06 AM

i am really enjoying your fotos gma!
Do you use the macro setting for the Spider & Snake?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 26, 2012, 08:37:52 AM
was out for the sandhill cranes walking in the field so had my zoom so I just zoomed on them when i saw them peek out,  didn't want to get to close.  Thanks Booni
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 26, 2012, 10:07:32 PM
gmadeb, I just saw 2 Sandhill Cranes here in Wisconsin today, so they are on the move! I checked my notes and this is a week later than last year, but I have been traveling on the west coast so I am late. too!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 27, 2012, 02:37:58 PM
The way the wind has been they will be at your place Faerie in no time at all.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on May 22, 2012, 06:08:52 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_3925.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_3925.jpg)   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_3931a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_3931a.jpg)   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_3941a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_3941a.jpg)   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/th_IMG_3946a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/?action=view&current=IMG_3946a.jpg)    From Nebraska this is the eclipse that we were able to see
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 22, 2012, 06:12:39 PM
Very nice photos, Gmadeb!   Did you use a solar filter?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on May 22, 2012, 06:24:59 PM
yes tiger,  think that is why it has the darker look,  was trying different settings but the sun was going down so I got what I got.
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Post by: Guy on May 24, 2012, 10:00:07 AM
Cool shots gmadeb, boy the sun sure sets early down there in Nebraska.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 01, 2012, 11:02:15 PM
At work today a resident said he saw ducks walk by the outside door,  we just agreed with him and  thought he must have imagined them,  no way was there going to be baby ducks in the middle of town at a nursing home.  Well down at my office I have a nice courtyard and sure enough here they come walking by,  we looked at each other and just laughed.  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/Untitled.jpg)
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Post by: boodle317 on June 02, 2012, 05:50:50 AM
Awwww so sweet Deb!  I have a mama mallard on eggs at my work too!  She's in a parking lot on an island with a tree in it.  I worry for her, but she's very camo'd out and you can barely see her.  I have no idea how she will get her babies to water though!  I check her every day. 
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 02, 2012, 05:56:33 AM
One of my best days ever at work yesterday because a lady that rarely gets out of bed got up and we went outside to release baby praying mantis  that she had been watching hatch.  She was so excited she kept posting on her facebook about them.  I think we spent over an half an hour letting them go in various plants in the courtyard.  Grins and giggles the whole time we were outside.  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_prayingmantis2012003.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=prayingmantis2012003.jpg)  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_prayingmantis2012004.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=prayingmantis2012004.jpg)  
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 02, 2012, 06:25:41 AM
 :thumbup: wow! thank you all for sharingprecious days, wonderful pictures and memories  :thumbup:
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 02, 2012, 06:47:08 AM
Boo,  I hope she finds the water safely,   she will have to cross the highway and then some.  Those little ones will be tired.   I wish I could have helped her on her travels just to make sure they made it.   
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Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 08:04:37 AM

Gma, what kind of Ducks are those?
Mum doesn*t look like a Mallard, with that white patch around her eye.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 02, 2012, 08:16:43 AM
booni,  (a nursing home duck)  Really I think it is a Teal,  but I am not for sure,  she is small and that is what someone told me.  Will have to look it up.
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Post by: Rajame on June 02, 2012, 12:04:27 PM
Fabulous Deb! Oh I hope all the babies make it, including those Man eating Mantis!  :ecwink  :mwink
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 02, 2012, 01:56:15 PM
Gmadeb, it's wonderful to see the resident so interested in the hatching Praying Mantis babies!  Such a simple thing, but wildlife of all sizes bring happiness in lives that many of us don't get to see the way you do.   :heart
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Post by: emc on June 02, 2012, 03:20:19 PM
I had to look up the mother duck. Looks like you have a female wood duck!  :biggrin3.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 02, 2012, 09:25:58 PM
thanks for helping me out with the kind of duck.   She was trying to get her babies out of my courtyard, they kept  back and forth which gave us the opportunity to watch them longer.   :ecinnocent
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 13, 2012, 03:24:44 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_4035a.jpg)   Now this is a mouth full,  don't expect me to say anything
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Post by: emc on June 13, 2012, 04:32:28 PM
Wow, nice beakfull! Taking them to chick maybe?
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 13, 2012, 06:42:38 PM
Some little ones are going to be happy, Gmadeb!   :thumbup:
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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 07, 2012, 09:35:15 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_7190a.jpg)  Today mr praying mantis doing a little grooming.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 08, 2012, 01:40:06 AM
Gmadeb, that's a very interesting shot!  And the caption fits it so well.    :nod2   :ecsmile
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Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2012, 07:49:05 AM
 
Gma, i*m gonna call you the Praying Mantis Whisperer!
 
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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2012, 10:56:59 AM
Haha  Booni   I don't have eagles in my backyard :heart
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Post by: Guy on July 08, 2012, 11:20:33 AM
Great shot of the mantis Gmadeb, he's sure a handsome fellow.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2012, 05:29:04 PM

Here is a series of photos with a praying mantis and its prey

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_IMG_7204.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=IMG_7204.jpg)  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_IMG_7205.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=IMG_7205.jpg)

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_IMG_7206a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=IMG_7206a.jpg)  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/th_IMG_7210a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/?action=view&current=IMG_7210a.jpg)  

don't know how to make a slide show of it but  it is stalking the grasshopper for supper
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 19, 2012, 05:17:52 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sunseta.jpg)    

Hot Summer Sunset in Nebraska
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Post by: gmadeb3 on August 19, 2012, 09:10:40 AM

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_7897a.jpg)  

Collard Dove getting a drink at the bird bath.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 19, 2012, 09:15:44 AM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_7920a.jpg)

 Sometimes you just get lucky ,  this RT juvenile just happened to fly into this perch while I was on a walk, (always with camera in hand).
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 19, 2012, 09:17:23 AM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_7839.jpg)  

My praying mantis  peeking at me.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on August 19, 2012, 10:15:25 AM
ty Gmadeb!! fantasic look!
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Post by: OpieK on August 19, 2012, 10:17:59 AM
wow wow wow nice photos!  ty for sharing :-)
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Post by: passerine on August 19, 2012, 12:48:11 PM
gmade your Dove looks to be missing talons on on foot, must be tucked under.

We got a pair of collared doves this year for the first time. I think the crows got their first batch of eggs but they are trying again. I find it interesting that doves/pigeons lap their water where as other birds scoop & put their heads back.

Stick bug looking at us. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 19, 2012, 01:38:24 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/IMG_7902a.jpg)  

Passerine  I was looking at that foot also and thinking they are missing.  Thought it was interesting how it drank the water, thanks for your info.  This photo the water  was dripping out.  
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Post by: boonibarb on August 19, 2012, 09:02:20 PM
 
Looking at that foto of the Dove drinking that lovely clear water makes me want to have a glass of cool water!
Or maybe stick my whole face in a pan of water & suck it up.

LOVELY fotos Gma!

That Hawk is an AMAZING catch!

& you & your Preying Mantis!
How interesting.
You have a perfect depth of field for him, eyes in focus, the rest blurry.
You have quite the relationship with these, don*t you!

p.s. If you right click Gma*s fotos, choose View Image.
The foto will open up bigger.
You can click the foto, then, to see it even bigger.
Click the *back* button to go back to the forum.

Off to have a glass of water...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 15, 2012, 07:16:22 PM
This is one of the praying mantis that have grown up in my flowers,  I think she knew I was watching her.   (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8461a.jpg)   
The bees are enjoying the flowers   -  nice wings    (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8466a.jpg)   
first time I have seen a young cardinal (taken thru the window) love the mohawk, ty wren for helping out   
 (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8452a.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on September 15, 2012, 07:28:44 PM
Those are photos are great gmade, the mantis is watching you.  :ecwink  Nice pic of the bee. :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on September 15, 2012, 07:49:41 PM
woweeeee - what great photos gma!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 20, 2012, 07:14:47 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8487a_zps2f98c6f8.jpg)    Have been waiting to see these new baby collared doves.   They must be newly hatched.   Will continue to watch them grow and change.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on September 20, 2012, 08:36:23 PM
These are really little ugly ducling aka doves ♥ ty Gmadeb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 28, 2012, 08:33:22 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8657a.jpg)   These are the little doves as they are growing up.   They have feathers now.



Oh  wow cali  you have the sandhill cranes,  great photos!

Beans wonderful
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on September 29, 2012, 08:57:34 AM
gmade we had a pair of European Collared Doves here this year for the first time ever. It's nice to see the photos of their growth. They're darlings. Found 2 Dove eggs in the garden & they successfully fledged two Doves. :ecsmile They are still hanging around so at this point not sure if they will migrate or stay?

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/birds/mysterybirdflowersbirdssquirrelsdoveegg002.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 17, 2012, 08:17:54 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_9552a.jpg)   I am not for sure what this is  but  pretty cute
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on November 17, 2012, 09:36:56 PM
Yep, pretty cute. :ecsmile A Sparrow maybe Fox or Song, I need to look her up.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 17, 2012, 09:48:32 PM
thanks,  not alot to go on but thought  it could be a song sparrow, they seem to be  in our area    There are many sparrows to look at in the bird book.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 17, 2012, 09:50:50 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_9470a.jpg)   This is the first time I have these at my bird feeders.   They are red-breasted nuthatches.   I am pretty excited they are staying around
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on November 18, 2012, 08:18:31 AM
Nuthatches are wonderful, very fun to watch.They take each seed & find a little hole in a tree or wherever & pound them in & stash them. They remember for a long time where each seed is. They hang out with the Chickadees another very smart perch bird. They prefer oiled sunflower seeds.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on November 18, 2012, 08:19:01 AM
gmadeb, what a great capture of the sparrow! Wonderful photo. ♥ Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 18, 2012, 08:36:55 AM
passerine,  i was watching and they do pick at the feeder and then fly off to this nearby tree.  I was thinking that is where they were eating it  but now was watching closely and sure enough they were pecking the tree.   I need to get a closer hideout to the tree now to watch.   Thanks for the info - am learning more and more
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on November 18, 2012, 08:51:20 AM
You're welcome, I have a huge passion for the perch birds. I've learned a lot from them. They say Chickadees can remember their stashes up to a month so probably so can Nuthatches.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 19, 2013, 08:33:57 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_9631a_zps4e946f97.jpg)   Canadian Geese for my Canadian Friends,  spring is just around the corner and the birds are starting to migrate
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2013, 09:55:29 PM
Yesterday while at the river to watch the sandhill cranes fly into roost on the river I saw for the first time a Whooping Crane among the Sandhill Cranes.  It was so neat to see him,  he really does stand out in the midst of the  gray sandhills
 (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Whooping%20Crane%202013/IMG_0610a_zps727fb11f.jpg)

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Whooping%20Crane%202013/IMG_0562a_zps5d1bfbd0.jpg)

I was able to get a video of him while they are standing on the sandbar of the river.   They are migrating back to their breeding grounds up north and this whooping crane has joined the sandhill cranes for their trip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WSs8EJ6Iik

Whooping Crane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WSs8EJ6Iik#ws)   Here is a video of the cranes,  don't know how to do the you tube post

*Edited by booni to show video*
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 05, 2013, 06:34:33 PM
Since the sandhill cranes are now moving on north here are some pictures of them while they stop here in Nebraska to fuel up for the rest of their trip

 (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_1079_zps2665bba7.jpg)  

sunset flyins  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_1074a_zpsa681e24d.jpg)

roosting in the river for the night  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_0940a_zpsa2a3673c.jpg)  

getting ready to take flight  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_0266a_zpsb21d9c3a.jpg)  

showing off for his gal  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_0257a_zps9655a122.jpg)  

what a cute couple  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_0272a_zpsb335f5d2.jpg)  

it is amazing that they don't  land on others  

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Cranes%202013/IMG_0835_zps53a26a48.jpg)  

the conservationists have worked hard at making the river a natural habitat with the sand bars

(*booni did a bit of spacing to separate the words from the fotos, hope you don*t mind gma!*)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 06, 2013, 04:45:27 PM
YAY deb!  I've been watching (and listening) for them-can't wait!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on April 07, 2013, 10:21:51 PM
gma, your crane photos are magical.

faerie - yay great shots with your new camera!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 14, 2013, 09:24:21 PM
Today I got to be apart of 2 raptor releases,  the first was a rough-legged hawk and then this evening was a GHO

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Raptors/IMG_1640a_zpse128dd11.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Raptors/IMG_1640a_zpse128dd11.jpg.html)

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Raptors/IMG_1783a_zps7dffe432.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Raptors/IMG_1783a_zps7dffe432.jpg.html)

it was a neat feeling to see them fly free
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 14, 2013, 09:26:58 PM
 :thumbup: fantastic Gmadeb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on April 15, 2013, 05:46:47 AM
Wow Deb!   What a thrill! 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on April 15, 2013, 07:52:30 AM
Very cool gmade. Yes it is a very rewarding feeling to see our wildlife getting a second catch. Does the heart good. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: BBE on April 15, 2013, 11:21:59 AM
What wonderful / beautiful photos and encouraging stories about our wildlife. The Sandhill canes are amazing, I have never seen so many.
:ty all for sharing.
BBE
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 15, 2013, 08:39:33 PM
Great experience and wonderful action shot, gmadeb  :heart   Thanks for sharing this with us!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on April 15, 2013, 09:59:13 PM
         Deb,  such beautiful birds.  Thanks for sharing a very special experience.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 07, 2013, 08:56:29 PM
Was out to the river the other day and saw all of these big white birds.  Looking closer they were pelicans, they must have stopped for a few days before they migrated on.  I was so excited to get this pretty neat picture of one


(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_2211a_zps015eb3c5.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_2211a_zps015eb3c5.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on May 07, 2013, 09:16:46 PM

 
Fantastic gma!
& exciting!
 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 08, 2013, 07:14:58 PM
What a great shot, Deb! Such a determined look, huh? 

Pelicans are really returning in great numbers in Wisconsin. We are so happy to see that. I have thought I spotted some the past week or so!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on May 08, 2013, 07:33:42 PM
Being in the right place at the right time, how great you got a photo of the Pelicans stopping by. :ecsmile Nice photo too. :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2013, 07:40:12 PM
While waiting to take a picture of an eagle this landed close by so of course I needed to take its picture.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_4244a_zps72c3b97e.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_4244a_zps72c3b97e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 09, 2013, 07:58:27 PM
 :eceek  Wow, Beautiful!  What a capture!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on June 09, 2013, 08:30:34 PM
Oh my goodness!  Great Photo!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on June 09, 2013, 09:56:21 PM
How did you get him to pose for you. :mhihi Great photo.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2013, 10:23:01 PM
he was hanging on for his life,  it was really windy   :eclol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2013, 10:37:46 PM
I entered the dragonfly photo posted here in a photo contest and was the winner.   I want to say  Thank You to all of you that voted for it and for those who gave me such nice compliments.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on July 08, 2013, 11:00:58 PM
 :thumbup: Congratulations on your beautiful photo gmadeb well desrved  win!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on July 09, 2013, 09:32:02 AM
I entered the dragonfly photo posted here in a photo contest and was the winner.   I want to say  Thank You to all of you that voted for it and for those who gave me such nice compliments.   :eclove

Congrats Deb!  great photo!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 09, 2013, 07:09:32 PM


Wonderful photo Deb!!  Congratulations!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 09, 2013, 07:45:41 PM
Yay Gmadeb! 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on July 09, 2013, 11:46:43 PM
congratulations Deb on your winning photograph!    He looks like he is hanging on for dear life indeed.    I am really looking forward to seeing more photos      :woohoo2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 04, 2013, 09:33:46 PM
I just happen to be at the right place to see this sphinx hummingbird moth,  It was late in the evening and it was very busy visiting the  flowers.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/outdoors/IMG_8501a_zpsb324e239.jpeg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/outdoors/IMG_8501a_zpsb324e239.jpeg.html)




(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8505a_zps94277b89.jpeg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8505a_zps94277b89.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on September 05, 2013, 05:58:11 AM
Wonderful pictures, Deb ... whenever I have seen a hummingbird moth, it moves so fast that I have never gotten a picture.  I am impressed!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on September 05, 2013, 06:25:35 AM
Very cool Deb!  I've never seen one!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on September 05, 2013, 07:22:18 AM
Wow, he's pretty, never seen one either.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on September 05, 2013, 09:02:58 AM
 
Wow gma!
i*ve never seen one of those!
Be sure to click the fotos to see them bigger with all the details.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on September 05, 2013, 11:56:38 AM
Beautiful, I have never seen one either!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 05, 2013, 06:59:50 PM
Last week feeling the need to be alone at the river i found a green heron and was watching it fish for minnows,  he didn't seem to mind me watching he continued on with his fishing


(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8348a_zps7e2ed327.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8348a_zps7e2ed327.jpg.html)

he even looked at me as to say  "look at this one"
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8352aa_zpsc6e27c15.jpeg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8352aa_zpsc6e27c15.jpeg.html)

think he was pretty proud he fluffed up his top feathers
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8356a_zpsd4f25b98.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/Animals%20and%20birds/IMG_8356a_zpsd4f25b98.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jungleland on September 05, 2013, 07:14:03 PM
Nice pictures gmadeb3!  I've never seen a sphinx moth or a green heron. 
Jungleland
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on September 07, 2013, 07:30:42 AM
Those are photos really turned are good gmade. The Green Heron is beautiful, the one with his catch & kelp is another photo entry. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: beans on September 07, 2013, 10:18:57 PM
I really like the Greenie!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 27, 2013, 05:55:25 PM
This fall I found a praying mantis in the flowers and knew it was going to be very cold for the next few days.  I brought it in and put it in a critter container with sticks and flower stems.  I have been buying crickets to feed her.  She has made 2 egg cases while living inside which i imagine will not be viable.  Here are some pictures of others that I have raised a different stages
 
hatching
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/babyprayingmantis016.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/babyprayingmantis016.jpg.html)

after hatching they are ready to find some food

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/babyprayingmantis018.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/babyprayingmantis018.jpg.html)

as they grow the have to shed their outer shell, I found this one hanging on my flowers

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/manitisbabies089.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/manitisbabies089.jpg.html)

this is the one I have living inside, it is eating a cricket

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/prayingmantis_zps228b6526.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/prayingmantis_zps228b6526.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on December 27, 2013, 06:07:48 PM
 :thumbup: Thank you Gmadeb, what an army!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on December 28, 2013, 01:34:16 AM
Thanks for sharing your praying Mantises Deb.  They are fascinating and I love the little ones. So many. Do they grow quickly?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 30, 2013, 09:40:57 PM
(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/December%20Eagles/IMG_3132a_zps48592c9a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/December%20Eagles/IMG_3132a_zps48592c9a.jpg.html)  

We don't have Salmon in the rivers around here,  we do have cornfields.   Today there were many eagles of different ages hanging out in the cornfield.  At one time I counted 13 there.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/December%20Eagles/IMG_3115a_zps09e4848e.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/December%20Eagles/IMG_3115a_zps09e4848e.jpg.html)  

I talked with the farmer and he said the other day he counted 32.  The Platte River is just north of this field so they must hang out around there in one spot, there were others in the trees too.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/December%20Eagles/IMG_3204a_zps70b76c4a.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/December%20Eagles/IMG_3204a_zps70b76c4a.jpg.html)  

Here they are spreading manure in the fields for fertilizer which the farmer says  is what the eagles were going through.  This area is very close to the Audubon Rowe Sancturay where the Sandhill Cranes stop during migration in the spring.  It is well protected and the river has been managed so the channels are really good for fishing habitat.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on December 30, 2013, 10:13:03 PM
        Great photos Deb. Interesting about all those eagles close to the fields.  Any idea what they are eating?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on December 31, 2013, 09:49:09 AM
Nice Deb, always a thrill to see a kettle of Eagles.
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 05, 2014, 04:50:12 PM
Wow, that seems really unusual!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 01, 2014, 06:48:10 PM
this youngster sure has some wear on his wing feathers.  Taken at the Platte River in Nebraska on Feb 24

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/crane%20trust/IMG_4246a_zps2d527028.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/crane%20trust/IMG_4246a_zps2d527028.jpg.html)
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Post by: OpieK on March 01, 2014, 10:16:35 PM
wow, great photo Deb!!
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Post by: Cawatcher on March 02, 2014, 06:27:55 AM
Wonder what causes that much wear? thank you gmadeb !
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 02, 2014, 08:23:17 AM

i don*t think that is wear.
i think that is a lack of food at the time those feathers were sprouting.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 02, 2014, 09:44:47 AM
Thanks for your input,  very interesting
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 14, 2014, 03:48:59 PM
It is a great time of the year for migrating birds.  Here we have the Sandhill Cranes, which draw people from all over to come and see this wonderful event.  I have gone out to the river and fields to take some pictures and share with you.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4480a_zpse6296e20.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4480a_zpse6296e20.jpg.html)
early morning lift off

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4592a_zps27e83727.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4592a_zps27e83727.jpg.html)
they spend the day in the fields eating to fuel up for the rest of their flight

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4672a_zps0ccacef0.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4672a_zps0ccacef0.jpg.html)
sunset on the Platte River as they fly into roost for the night

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4682a_zps4765e57d.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4682a_zps4765e57d.jpg.html)
last bit of sunlight, the Platte River is called a Braided River meaning many channels with lots of sandbars for the cranes to roost at night and to provide safety while they sleep from predators

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4704a_zpsaf8d85a1.jpg) (http://s896.photobucket.com/user/gmadeb3/media/sandhill%20cranes%202014/IMG_4704a_zpsaf8d85a1.jpg.html)
cranes fly past on a moonlit night

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/th_MVI_4489_zps224df213.jpg) (http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/gmadeb3/sandhill%20cranes%202014/MVI_4489_zps224df213.mp4)
sounds of the sandhill cranes as the sun rises (this is a video, click on it and it will go to my pb to play)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on March 14, 2014, 04:16:13 PM
Wow Deb  Thank you for sharing this beautiful landscape and wildlife.  The sky looks braided too, incredible colours.    :heart
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Post by: MaggiesMom on March 14, 2014, 04:41:58 PM
these are wonderful Deb!
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Post by: boodle317 on March 14, 2014, 05:03:19 PM
Wow Deb...those are just gorgeous photos!
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Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 14, 2014, 06:18:06 PM
Gorgeous Photos!  Who knew Nebraska was so incredibly beautiful and wild!  Your photos show an amazing migration!  Thanks for sharing! :eclove :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 22, 2014, 06:07:54 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/13341584524_a788e24132_b.jpg)

on my way to the sandhill crane blind they were standing in the wet meadow, seems they are saying which way should we go
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on March 22, 2014, 06:20:02 PM
How wonderful that you get to witness these birds. The photo is great, how close were you? Are they spooked easily?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 22, 2014, 06:27:57 PM
I am walking along the path and they are about 100 feet away, and they do spook easily.  The sandhill cranes are hunted in other states but here in Nebraska they are not.
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Post by: OpieK on March 22, 2014, 11:03:22 PM
what a great photo Deb - thank you so much for sharing these moments with us!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 24, 2014, 12:55:44 PM
I went to the Platte River yesterday morning and stayed in a blind to view the Sandhill cranes.  There were thousands of them.  Here are a few pictures of them roosting in the river or on the sandbar.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/13385259705_c5b04bf940_b.jpg)

This is just a small area along the river, they have many places that they have done conservation  work to ensure the cranes have room to roost for the night

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/13385206445_eee92680e8_b.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/13385413384_876b26e3fd_b.jpg)

These pictures are looking the same direction and you can see after many have left what the river is like, shallow with many sandbars.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on March 24, 2014, 04:40:27 PM
Holy Sandhill Crane sightings Gmadeb3! This is fabulous!

Thank you from my heart!  :hooray
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 27, 2014, 06:08:43 PM
This is a short video of the sandhill cranes in the early morning on the Platte River in Nebraska

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-qiTotZdX0

This is just a small portion of them along the river
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on March 27, 2014, 10:15:15 PM
Deb  I am really enjoying your photos and videos of the cranes and wildlife of Nebraska   thank you so much for sharing   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on March 28, 2014, 08:15:08 AM
Mee too!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 08, 2014, 02:55:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYhElI3lorQ

The Whooping Cranes also migrate through here a bit later.  Yesterday I saw one whooping crane  with this small flock of sandhill cranes.  I hope he can meet up with the rest of the whooping cranes at some point.  Really neat to see one in person.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 29, 2014, 05:40:02 PM
In the  Spring Nebraska becomes a really special place as thousands of birds pass through this corridor on their way to their nesting grounds.  The migration of the Sandhill Cranes is a spectacular event.  People from all over come and view these birds by staying in viewing blinds along the river in the early morning or late evening.  During the day you can drive around the country roads and watching them in the corn fields and wet meadows looking to fuel up on waste corn, worms, snails and crustaceans.  They stay around here for about 3 weeks,  eat in the corn fields and roost in the river for protection at night.  The Platte River provides a great place for them, it is shallow and wide. They also mate for life and can live for 20 years.  They are also one of the oldest birds that makes this migration.

I put this together from my pictures and videos.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNbksq_QuE
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sandor3 on April 30, 2014, 07:35:31 AM
Wow, GmaDeb, what a beautiful compilation of your photos and videos!  My favourite is the cranes flying against the full moon.  Thank you so much for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 30, 2014, 11:27:13 AM
Deb,  your compilation video is stunning! You really have captured some excellent photos and videos.

What an experience, to see and hear those numbers of cranes - and all the other species as well.  Where do I sign up? (and is this repeated in the fall?)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2014, 07:04:20 PM
March in the springtime every year like clock work they arrive and stay for about 3 weeks.  In the fall they return to the winter grounds in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.  They may stop shortly but most fly straight through on the thermals,  you may hear them way up in the sky and not able to see them as they pass, even during the night.   Thanks for watching and so glad you enjoyed it.  I am so happy to share this wonderful nature experience with all.  Some day we may just meet in a small blind by the river as night falls or as the dawn is breaking on the horizon, or just give me a call and I will take you on a tour.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on April 30, 2014, 10:41:40 PM
I'll be over as soon as I can!

i loved that video. I think it gave me more of a notion of the sheer enormity and intensity of the event than single photos could. Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together.
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Post by: boodle317 on May 01, 2014, 04:42:18 AM
Just incredible Deb.  Thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: idahowa on May 01, 2014, 08:16:30 AM
Nice Deb!  (must be a whole lotta bird poop there)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 02, 2014, 06:57:52 PM
Wow, just magnificent. Thank you, Thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 05, 2014, 07:17:36 PM
While at my daughters this last weekend i saw these birds,  first i though they were the same but then they have different eye colors

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/13929523628_480ba483a5_b.jpg)   wood thrush

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/13929524878_9947c59003_b.jpg) (http://)   brown thrasher
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 06, 2014, 07:48:23 PM
Very cool, Gmadeb. We have had them here but only for a short few days, and then they migrate on.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2014, 08:07:33 PM
While walking around the little wetlands and pond I saw these birds, they were very fun to watch as they swam around very quickly and very busy darting and jabbing in the water.  They are called Wilson's Phalarope

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBEd__rlYpQ
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on May 13, 2014, 05:39:19 PM
 Thrasher and Thrush, pretty birds, nice photos.

Nice seeing all the different birds I don't see here.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 22, 2014, 08:55:59 PM
Since today was the beginning of fall I took a hike to the Platte River area.  Seasons are changing and was hoping to see some birds.  At first it was just flowers and dragonflies.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2944/15326314162_b7299bb090_b.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5552/15139931950_62c3eb16a5_b.jpg)

Then I had a large bird fly over and another joined.  It was an osprey couple, I was so excited to see them in my area.  Pretty sure they are just passing through but they did allow me time to take their picture.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/15326614945_d5a815113b_b.jpg)

We have been really lucky this year with the amount of rain we have gotten.  This is the Platte River and in the past few years the flow is down to a trickle.  This year we have a nice amount of water. 

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2942/15140053237_b23e8e6c9d_b.jpg)

So glad to get out and enjoy the beauty of the day


Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2014, 09:27:23 PM
Deb, thank you so much for letting us tag along on your hike. I love those photos. The osprey is a real catch. And I would love to launch my canoe on that beautiful river.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on September 23, 2014, 01:09:19 PM
Great shots, Deb!  I remember visiting the Platte when we came to visit our grandparents.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 28, 2014, 09:45:57 PM
Today was a very nice warm day, just went out looking in the flowers and this painted butterfly was enjoying my flowers.  The bees and butterflies enjoy the Autumn Joy Sedum.  This painted butterfly was so beautiful and I was able to get a nice close up.  Amazing the fine hair that is on them.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2946/15199351327_8827f65d62_b.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/15199185830_f3602c06c9_b.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on September 29, 2014, 05:34:10 AM
Great pics Deb!  gorgeous!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on September 29, 2014, 09:27:50 AM
ditto what Boodle said!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: OpieK on September 29, 2014, 11:22:07 AM
Wowee!  Such detail!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on September 29, 2014, 11:33:14 AM
Handsome butterfly, great photo Deb.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gzebear on September 29, 2014, 03:23:08 PM
 :eceek great pics deb! thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 17, 2015, 05:43:25 PM
Last Week I went out to the place that many eagles hang out during the winter months.  The water in the canal there doesn't freeze over and the fish pass through the hydro plant making them easier for the eagles to catch.  Many eagles (young and adult) perch and fly through the canal area together.  Here is a tree with many.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7524/15631404693_541e0e12d7_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on January 18, 2015, 05:24:04 AM
very cool!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on January 18, 2015, 10:35:54 AM
That is remarkable Deb! I would flip if I saw that many eagles in the same place! Yay YOU!

Thank you so much for sharing with us!
:hug
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on January 18, 2015, 11:20:37 AM
What a fabulous photo!  You must have been very excited to see sooooo many eagles - especially in mid-winter.  How heart-warming for you.   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on January 20, 2015, 04:34:13 PM
That is such a neat Photo, Deb! I love the lighting
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 06, 2015, 06:54:28 AM
I went out to a Lake that many eagles have been staying during the winter.  This is the Evening moon rising  and there had been lots of eagles  flying by,  I kept waiting for one that would come close to that beautiful moon....  finally I got my chance and I got lucky :heart

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8575/16533322990_7db51bc7ab_b.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on March 06, 2015, 08:23:18 AM
Thank you Deb! That is wonderful! :hearts
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 06, 2015, 08:34:53 AM
How neat to see eagles by the canal that doesn't freeze!  And what a fabulous photo of eagle flying by the full moon!! Thanks so much for sharing!  What a great talent you have with a camera, Deb!! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 09, 2015, 09:25:57 PM
Spring migration picking up in the Central Fly Way.  Sandhill cranes are finally here.  Tonight I had a great opportunity to observe the cranes from a blind along the banks of the Platte River.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8619/16771504605_371f1205bd_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7649/16584086110_b3213d8093_b.jpg) (http://)
Sunset on the Platte River

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8562/16585349119_f8154b90e4_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: crazy lady 38 on March 10, 2015, 08:38:25 AM
Enjoyed your Sandhill Crane photos, Deb, you capture the whole atmosphere so very well.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 10, 2015, 09:45:17 AM

Thanks for sharing this exciting stuff with us Gma!
i never see that around here.
i really enjoy watching the dvd footage you gave me, thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 10, 2015, 08:12:58 PM
As the sun sets the sandhill cranes find their way to the Platte River for protection from predators and sleep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4JRfX1VqaI
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on March 11, 2015, 07:26:39 AM
I had seen the photos on flickr but, WOW, to hear the sounds certainly adds a whole new dimension!  What a wonderful experience...thank you for sharing deb.  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on March 11, 2015, 08:08:09 AM
What a sight!  wonderful!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on March 11, 2015, 09:15:01 AM
Truly incredible Deb! Thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 12, 2015, 10:58:27 PM
Sandhill Cranes in the cornfield during the day and then they leave to spend the night in the river

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7609/16798571691_ca818c536b_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 15, 2015, 09:22:51 PM
Today I went out for the morning sunrise and to watch as the Sandhill Cranes leave the river for the day.  

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7646/16828904402_9652eaed8c_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8627/16804104476_293ca62c9d_b.jpg) (http://)

heading out to the field

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7652/16828887821_88aef6ed2f_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: passerine on March 15, 2015, 09:55:35 PM
Beautiful gmade, thanks for sharing.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 29, 2015, 07:11:34 PM
Went out to enjoy the nice day at our little water shed dam.  So glad I did cause there was a nice variety of birds, not a whole lot of ducks. 

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8770/17120652690_3a3dee56d4_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7717/17100758217_f96bddfc70_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8763/16685731764_761a92a88e_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8687/17307725421_2f54aec774_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7712/16687926703_0c7ed41f93_b.jpg) (http://)

The next question is-- what are they all called??  good luck :ecwink :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: beans on May 02, 2015, 09:08:36 PM
Long-billed Dowitcher?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 08, 2015, 09:59:03 AM
Birds in flight

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7710/16766447103_1c7a27bd4e_b.jpg) (http://)
White faced Ibis

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7728/17386726825_449a0e97eb_b.jpg) (http://)
Yellow legs

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8838/17228526919_21e3bfbba3_b.jpg) (http://)
Fosters Tern
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 23, 2015, 11:31:44 AM
I visited a wetlands area along the Papio Creek right here in the city of Omaha.  So wonderful there is this nice bit of habitat for these critters and that the group Heron Haven protects this area.  It is a wonderful little place.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/17800223539_c0a463d0d7_b.jpg) (http://)
Mink

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8807/17987190601_e9130d83a8_b.jpg) (http://)
canada geese goslings

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8796/17960025886_59e076b924_b.jpg) (http://)
painted turtle

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5339/17798594778_d8c5d5092c_o.jpg) (http://)
muskrat
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on May 23, 2015, 12:08:03 PM
 :eclove Just wonderful! thank you for sharing
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on May 23, 2015, 12:49:29 PM
Oh how nice, Deb.  Such a variety - it really appears to be a very wonderful little place. 

I have seen mink here, occasionally - on the beach and disappearing down a hole in a planter on the ocean side.  Of course, I'd be happier if they stuck to the beach, and just let the squirrels dig holes in the planter!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 17, 2015, 10:54:08 PM
Thank you for the cute mink photo, Gmadeb3  I really enjoy seeing the variety you and other forum members share with all of us.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 30, 2015, 08:46:27 PM
There is a company that wants to develop a sand and gravel pit in the area where the sandhill cranes gather during the spring migration.  

Think of the impact this would have on the Sandhill Cranes and tourism, who wants to see a gravel pit????  Please take time to sign this petition and show them not only those from nebraska care but from all over are concerned.

Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center
With a little over a week before the hearing, please continue to share this petition and help us reach 500 signatures - only 87 more needed. Thank you for your continued support:  cranetrust.org/petition  http://cranetrust.org/petition/ (http://cranetrust.org/petition/)  

Direct link to petition on change.org (https://www.change.org/p/hall-county-board-of-supervisors-we-need-your-help-to-preserve-our-natural-environment?recruiter=363192520&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink)

http://www.theindependent.com/ (http://www.theindependent.com/)…/article_02f1f28a-4ec7-11e5-…

This is the area that I go and help do Sandhill Crane Tours in the spring.  We need to stand up and be their for those that don't have a voice and for the birds that have been coming through here for thousands of years. There are lots of other birds that stop through here on migration also.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16766643941_867fdbfc88_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7646/16828904402_9652eaed8c_b.jpg) (http://)


edited by NancyM to add direct link to petition
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Rajame on August 30, 2015, 09:20:32 PM
Thank you Deb,

Definitely worth our focus too. May wise heads prevail.

Hugs,
Rajame
:hug
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on August 31, 2015, 01:25:39 PM
Deb, thanks for posting about this totally inappropriate proposed use of crane habitat. I am really surprised that even now the petition has not yet gathered 500 signatures. Seeing this article made me decide to visit Nebraska next year during the crane migration - before they and their habitat gets taken over by ... a gravel pit, for heaven's sake. 

Keep fighting, Deb!

Link to petition: Sign here, please (https://www.change.org/p/hall-county-board-of-supervisors-we-need-your-help-to-preserve-our-natural-environment?recruiter=363192520&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 01, 2015, 01:22:59 AM
Deb, thank you for letting us know about this devastating plan to damage so many important environmental/ecological priorities.

The picture of the sandhill cranes flying back to sleep at sunset is beautiful.  Did you take the photo?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 01, 2015, 10:26:14 AM
Yes I took these photos and visit this place often during the migration.  I have even spotted a Whooping Crane in this area.  That is why it is not just for the Sandhill Cranes it is for all the critters.  We keep taking more away from them, what will they have left if we don't stop this?

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on September 02, 2015, 04:42:35 PM
Amen Deb - there seems to be no limits to man's greed or ignorance. :eccry
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 21, 2015, 09:34:33 PM
Monarch Butterfly Migration, Prairie Life on a late summer afternoon  :heart

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/641/21521582851_6108377c4a_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 23, 2015, 06:01:25 AM

Morning at the Lake, Waking Great Blue Heron and a Great Egret

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5674/21457531640_2d5c0028b3_b.jpg) (http://)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5835/21022787344_1159a804d9_b.jpg) (http://)

The Egret continued a lovely fly by and then landed and began looking for breakfast

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/781/21654548771_17ac5aaa0f_b.jpg) (http://)

Elegant even in the reflection

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/641/21024392943_bab1e34298_b.jpg) (http://)

Caught breakfast
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on September 23, 2015, 06:06:24 AM
Beautiful  Captures Deb!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on September 23, 2015, 09:59:14 AM
Wonderful Deb.  Thanks for posting these.  I especially love the light in the butterfly photo.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 06, 2015, 03:53:48 PM
Update on the land around the Crane Trust and Nature Center which is fighting to keep a sand and gravel pit from taking over.  There was a hearing today so that all parties could state their concern and reasons.  The judge has postponed any ruling for another 2 weeks.  All I can say is the room was very full of supporters for the Crane Trust and for the land to remain available for natural habitat.  A very poignant statement was said,  If this land is turned into a sand and gravel pit it will change the land forever and you can never restore it to natural prairie grassland.  I hope that sinks into those making the decision.  Land lost forever is not good and especially in such a vital migratory area.  Will keep you updated on the ruling. (thinking positive)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: linused on October 06, 2015, 05:12:53 PM
Thanks Deb,  for the update,  how true that statement
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on October 06, 2015, 05:20:48 PM
Wishing you all well with that - the cranes and the rest of nature deserves our support.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 06, 2015, 06:52:00 PM
Thank you, Deb.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on October 06, 2015, 08:08:17 PM
Holding hope that wise minds prevail (and not financial gains).  Thanks for keeping us informed. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 02, 2016, 11:04:50 AM
A nice sunny day at some open water on Johnson Lake.  I was waiting for eagles but these Ring billed gulls were very entertaining.  Lots of fish called shad are in this area of the lake because they don't live long when the lake is so cold and covered in ice.  Perfect for the birds to do some serious fishing. I was able to catch a few pictures of the gulls grabbing and eating while they swoop in and fly away.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1577/24114648264_d9a3eaa0ae_b.jpg) (http://)

nice catch

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1537/24447277300_e2cfa0dc4c_b.jpg) (http://)

take off

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1667/24649276751_28e1ab609a_b.jpg) (http://)

seems like a big bite

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1492/24375172019_7928dc1e07_b.jpg) (http://)

a very good fishing spot
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 02, 2016, 11:10:15 AM
Gorgeous action shots, GmaDeb  :clap
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 02, 2016, 11:37:47 AM
Very nice photos, gmadeb3!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 02, 2016, 12:08:04 PM
On a day to just take a walk along the river and enjoy the day, not looking for anything special, just to be out in nature.  I just decided to sit on a log by the rivers edge.  I was witness to some very neat animals.


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young white tailed deer

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1542/24482990860_a8d49f98ca_b.jpg) (http://)

an adult green heron fishing on the sandbar of the Platte River

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1605/24778522365_230d6083bd_b.jpg) (http://)

I turned my head and right behind me this young green heron was enjoying fishing from this log laying in the river

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1633/24410847799_73bebc5859_b.jpg) (http://)

now he has his feathers  standing up like a mohawk
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: auroradawn on February 02, 2016, 12:17:52 PM
Wonderful photo's, gma.  Thank you for sharing them with us.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 07, 2016, 07:41:30 PM

To most people that look at this picture you may only see the bark of the tree.  Look a bit closer and see what you can find.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1621/24769155602_653e6dc275_b.jpg) (http://)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 07, 2016, 08:12:47 PM
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1623/24519767619_5f8751f931_b.jpg) (http://)

Small little stream that runs through the forest.  Snow still stuck to the trees - taken in black and white
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 08, 2016, 02:21:47 PM
Who is that cute little bird on the tree, Deb?

I love the black and white scene!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 08, 2016, 06:10:58 PM
Do I give up the name so soon???  any guesses??
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on February 08, 2016, 10:18:13 PM
A Brown Creeper? (but I cheated  :mhihi ) I agree with Nancym about the black and white forest and snow shot!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on February 09, 2016, 07:29:50 AM
 :ecsmile great eyes I didnt even see it! had to keep looking back
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 09, 2016, 02:01:23 PM
Yes, a Brown Creeper!  A sure sign of Spring :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 09, 2016, 05:57:41 PM
Very nice job Birdvoyer and good job for all those that spotted him  :thumbup:   Yes it is a brown creeper and they are very hard to see let alone follow where it goes on the tree bark.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 21, 2016, 09:48:27 PM
It is that time of year again when Nebraska becomes the center of attention because of the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and other birds.  The birds are arriving but the peak number of birds will not be reached until the middle of march usually.  The birds don't stay the whole time, after they have rested and gained some needed weight they will travel on north to their breeding grounds.

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Masses of Sandhill Cranes like this show up on the weather radar

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When they arrive they spend time in the meadows and cornfields during the day and then head to the river for the night to roost (they do not roost in trees)

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 22, 2016, 03:44:54 PM
Here are a couple of videos that show the Sandhill Cranes flying into a wet meadow during the day and then the huge line of Sandhill Cranes arriving at the river for the evening.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25161601116/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25161601116/in/dateposted-public/)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25069371622/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25069371622/in/dateposted-public/)
They stay in the river for safety from predators - if a predator tries to attack the water alerts them
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 22, 2016, 07:46:22 PM
If you are interested in watching the Sandhill cranes live.  Here is the link to their web cam.  Cranes are likely to be there in the early morning and late evening.  They go out to the fields during the daytime to eat.

http://rowe.audubon.org/birds/crane-cam (http://rowe.audubon.org/birds/crane-cam)

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 28, 2016, 08:52:29 AM
Migration of the Sandhill Cranes are in full swing

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After they leave the cornfields and meadows they come to a staging area by the river and then lift off for the river

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Landing in the river and forming a little island of birds

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 28, 2016, 09:23:53 AM
Just Breathtaking, Gmadeb!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 28, 2016, 11:13:38 AM
Lovely scene, gmadeb3!   :eclove
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Post by: boonibarb on February 28, 2016, 08:13:21 PM

Fabulous to see all this Gma, thanks so much!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 02, 2016, 09:37:53 PM
http://snr.unl.edu/naturalist/Documents/_Explorers%20Prairie%20Guide.pdf   This is a link to a pamphlet that 2 other Master Naturalists and myself put together.  It covers the prairies of Central Nebraska.  We were awarded a grant to work on this project which has taken a year to put together.  We have printed copies for use at Nature Centers plus this link for anyone who wants to download it.   
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 02, 2016, 10:08:07 PM
gmadeb3, Congratulations on your Central Nebraska naturalist publication and thank you for posting the link.!   :thumbup:
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Post by: sparkie on March 03, 2016, 04:45:26 AM
Nice job Gmadeb..Congratulations
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Post by: NancyM on March 03, 2016, 07:08:59 AM
Excellent  job, Deb!  Very informative and nicely done - and I see Spike is included  :eclove
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 03, 2016, 02:57:49 PM
Wonderful Job, GmaDeb!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on March 06, 2016, 11:42:22 AM
Now for some pictures of the Sandhill Cranes at the Platte River.  They fly to the river at sundown because this is their nightly roost.  They roost there for safety from predatory animals (coyotes in general).  Cranes can not roost in trees because of the toes on their feet don't grasp.  They do have very strong feet and toes to spare with if need and to dig in the fields for food.  The river provides safety cause if an attacker approaches they are alerted by the splashing in the water.  When daylight arrives they stir and start to head back out to the meadows or cornfields to spend the day looking for food.  They need to gain needed weight to provide energy to finish their migration north to their breeding grounds.
Click on the link to a video of the Sandhill Cranes in the river

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/24930988724/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/24930988724/in/dateposted-public/)

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They have a unique circulating system in their legs that gives them the ability to stand in the very cold river water.

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When the sun gives enough light this is what is right in front of you

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The sky fills with cranes, with their calls but still there are so many left in the river waiting for the next fly off

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Golden Light in the morning
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 06, 2016, 10:46:31 PM
Beautiful series, gmadeb3.  What a sight in person!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 12, 2016, 02:25:24 PM
 :yeah
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Post by: auroradawn on March 12, 2016, 02:28:37 PM
Me thinks someone is getting excited ROFL  :binocs
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 13, 2016, 07:10:06 AM
It must be nice to live in Paradise Deb. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 16, 2016, 10:50:59 PM
It has been an amazing two days of crane watching.  Numbers have been reported to be over 300,000 and the weather hasn't been too bad.  Nancy arrived and we headed out for the evening.  What a show to see,  then back for the morning and it just got better.  Tonight you hope it was as good as the night before BUT no it was different, it just got better and better.  I think Nancy had a memorable time in the blind and traveling around the countryside.  I am sure Nancy will make a report in her own words and own pictures.  I will share a few.

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This was the first evening

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Wednesday morning right in front of the blind

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 16, 2016, 11:28:23 PM
Exciting to see all the cranes together!   Wish we all could be there, too!   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 17, 2016, 06:06:02 AM
I have a few videos also of the Sandhill Cranes on my flickr page.  The link is here for you to go and watch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25222018044/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25222018044/in/dateposted-public/)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25857295735/in/dateposted-public/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/25857295735/in/dateposted-public/)

I hope this makes you feel like you are here for this Wonderful migration
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 22, 2016, 03:48:16 PM
Thank You!  Spectacular, and on my Bucket List for sure   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 22, 2016, 07:15:27 PM
There is more in Nebraska other than Sandhill Cranes at this time.

Prairie Dog

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Bison on the Prairie

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rapids on the niobrara

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A small fall formed on a spring creek that flows to the Niobrara River
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 23, 2016, 07:29:32 PM
Beautiful!
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Post by: Cawatcher on March 23, 2016, 07:39:15 PM
Beautiful area Deb thank you for sharing
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 24, 2016, 09:41:33 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 24, 2016, 10:45:56 PM
Thanks for this topic.  I really do enjoy sharing My Nebraska with all of you.  I know not everyone is able to make a trip here so this will be great to share with you.   The amazing thing for me will be to see what others post. Like these Cranes - come fly with us

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Sandhill Crane Trio.  They fly with their necks straight while other kinds fly with their neck bent
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 24, 2016, 10:48:21 PM
Deb posted so many enticing photos and videos that I just had to go to Nebraska and see with my own eyes this ancient ritual that brings the cranes through Nebraska each Spring.  It was truly astonishing to see tens (hundreds?) of thousands of cranes fly in to their roosts in the Platte river at sunset. Aerial surveys are done throughout the migration period, and the last report I read said that the numbers this year surpassed the numbers recorded since they began doing the surveys. The high count was 410,000 cranes on the river and surrounding fields (http://cranetrust.org/sandhill-crane-counts-week-5/ (http://cranetrust.org/sandhill-crane-counts-week-5/)). Word is that many cranes departed just before the bad weather arrived on Wednesday this past week.

Deb took me out to the small Nature Conservancy blind Tues evening, Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening.  The blind is perfectly situated close to the water. It has burlap covering the large viewing windows - very organic. Portholes slit into the burlap provide viewing ports.

West face of the observation blind, in the evening
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South face of the blind, in the morning
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Interior of the blind, looking toward the north and the river.
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I loved the burlap windows!  This view is looking to the west (see the first picture for the same view from the outside).
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 24, 2016, 10:59:38 PM
It's hard to pick just a few photos to post! Here are some from the first night in the blind. Deb said she loves to watch the cranes "parachute" in and I have to say, I love to watch them too.

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A 2-minute video of three different segments. The wind is a bit loud, as are some camera clicks. Hand-held, so a bit shaky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOMfGy8RK3w
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Post by: jeavverhey on March 25, 2016, 04:29:52 AM
Incredible pictures and video Nancy. Deb has been great posting your adventures for us and it is very nice to know you had this opportunity. The blind looks very interesting and would be effective rEven for small groups.
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Post by: Cawatcher on March 25, 2016, 08:42:13 AM
Love these Thank you for sharing!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 25, 2016, 10:50:29 AM
Beautiful scenes, Nancy!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 25, 2016, 03:37:41 PM
Thanks so much for sharing these -what gorgeous shots, Nancy!  Parachuting!!!
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Post by: NancyM on March 26, 2016, 01:15:28 PM
The blind looks very interesting and would be effective rEven for small groups.

This particular blind is one of the smallest available (if I have my facts straight).  I think about 4-5 people would be more than enough, to allow for moving around a bit and peeking out the different openings.  You have to have special connections to even know about it, much less use it  :ecwink  There are three groups that have observation blinds along the Platte: Audubon, The Crane Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. I think the largest blinds hold about 30-35 people, but Deb says you are stacked up and squished in at those numbers. This one was spacious by comparison, even though smaller (and Deb says the others don't have burlap covering the openings and I loved the burlap!).  And then there are the special photographer's blinds, where crazy people like our friend Adrian stay overnight.

Well, I do have a few more photos (:nod2 :ecrolleyes).  

After the first evening/sunset, we went back 12 hours later for first light and sunrise. The cranes were absolutely packed on the sandbars. As the light got stronger, they actually moved closer and closer to the blind (!) and then several took off for the cornfields.

You can click each picture to go to a larger version on my Flickr page.


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A few more photos from this sequence are on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/)
(Nebraska album link is https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/albums/72157666348336065 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/albums/72157666348336065)






 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 26, 2016, 08:31:37 PM
I'll give you a break from the crane photos (for now) and introduce a bird that I absolutely fell in love with:  the Prairie Chicken.

One of the trips arranged by Audubon was an overnight trip to Burwell, Nebraska, a good 2 hours north of the Platte River. Burwell is in the sandhills area of Nebraska; what I learned from Deb and by Googling is that these hills are Pleistocene sand dunes derived from glacial outwash eroded from the Rockies, are mostly grass-stabilized, are used for grazing cattle, and cover about a quarter of the state.  A very different area from the flat part of the state that you see if you travel only on Interstate I-80.

Anyway, on this trip we stayed at the Switzer Ranch, which is owned by a cattle-ranching family committed to conservation. Their business is called Calamus Outfitters (which does not mean that they have designed a line of clothing, something else Deb had to explain to me!). They have 3 school buses that they use as observation blinds positioned at the edge of one of the 35 or so leks (dancing grounds) that are on the ranch. In addition to the Prairie Chickens, there are also Sharp-tailed Grouse there, but you can see only one or the other on any particular morning (wish I could have stayed another day to see the other species).

We got to the blinds before first light and watched as the males marched in to the dancing ground. I thought that the "booming" sound they make would be loud and raucous but it was a low hum or purr. You could tell when a female walked into the circle, as the dozen or so males all boom-purred louder and almost in unison: she's here!!!

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Here is a video of a male displaying (ignore the camera clicks, the place was crawling with photographers). You can also hear the Western Meadowlarks singing.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSX0ukQanmY


And another video of two males challenging each other:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5g8VdA766s
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Post by: Donnae on March 26, 2016, 09:05:59 PM
THANKS Deb and Nancy! Photos and videos are amazing. Nancy, looks like you had a fantastic trip!
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Post by: ivani on March 27, 2016, 04:17:45 PM
Wonderful! thanks Nancy!!
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Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 27, 2016, 06:00:22 PM
Fantastic, Just wonderful pictures.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 27, 2016, 06:53:13 PM
I am so enjoying your visit recap Nancy.  Great photos and stories.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 27, 2016, 10:24:30 PM
On an overcast day I  just happen to check on this sandpit and saw lots of migrating ducks, ALL migrating away from me,  :eclol  Then looking out over the meadow one of the raptors that I find so hard to get a nice photo of,  Northern Harrier.

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Post by: jeavverhey on March 28, 2016, 03:53:30 AM
Awesome!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on March 28, 2016, 07:17:03 AM
Wow...thanks Deb and Nancy....wonderful photos and videos!

I had to laugh at your boy prairie chickens Nancy....they look like bunnies when they are trying to look tough!  I wonder if any of the female prairie chickens have ever mentioned that to them!  LOL  :eclol

I also wonder during the challenge video, what made the chicky on the left retreat?  He didn't seem to have lost the challenge, but he sort of gave up.  I guess they just "know". 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 28, 2016, 07:52:23 PM
A few months ago I posted on a sand and gravel pit that bought land just across the road from the Crane Trust and Nature Center. The Center was trying to block the gravel pit from developing but the city council allowed it to continue.   It has begun stripping off the top soil and building a berm around the area.  I do think the council made some regulations for the company that during migration season they restrict operation some and they are to build up a berm to hide it.  Here is a picture of the Crane Trust and Visitor Center.   Right across the road you see a building, and right by that building is where they are putting in the gravel pit.

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Lets hope that this opened the eyes of many and we will not have to see this kind of thing happen again around such a vital area for nature.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 29, 2016, 04:25:49 AM
The stupidity and short sighted ness of many ( maybe most) of our species is astounding. Why can we not seem to learn from past fiascos?  So sorry Deb

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 29, 2016, 10:26:11 PM
Sigh...so sad to see this happening.   :eccry
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 30, 2016, 08:31:35 AM
I know Deb had told us earlier that the gravel pit was across the street from the Crane Trust, but it was even closer than I imagined it would be, as shown in her photo above. Very disconcerting.

What really struck me during this trip, however, was the sight of this ancient crane migration taking place along side so much other human activity. I mean, there we are, driving along an Interstate highway for heaven's sake, and overhead are hundreds of Sandhill cranes making their way to or from the river. The cranes use an 80-mile stretch of the river as roosting areas, so it is clear that the area available to them is shrinking. The human cornfields are helpful, too, it seems.

The Crane Trust is a great place to visit, they have bison as well as birds there ... I think I have some photos somewhere ...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 30, 2016, 08:45:52 PM
The Crane Trust brought some bison to their property about a year ago. This news article from January 2015 tells a bit about the story:

http://netnebraska.org/article/culture/955794/bison-return-prairie-central-nebraska. (http://netnebraska.org/article/culture/955794/bison-return-prairie-central-nebraska.)

Quote:
This is the first time there’s been bison back in central Nebraska in two hundred years, to one of the few places where there’s still unplowed prairie.

“The trust owns title to Mormon Island which is this pasture to the east of us here is the largest remaining mid and tallgrass prairie in the state of Nebraska. These buffalo that are coming are gonna think they died and gone to heaven,” Tom Dougherty, board member for the Crane Trust, said.


Deb took me to visit a few of the bison that were in a corral near the visitor Center - we did not see the large part of the herd, but the 4 (or was it 5?) that were in the corral were very curious and came over to check us out. I was struck by the gentle-looking faces.

(Click the pictures for larger sizes)


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Look at the eyelashes!
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 30, 2016, 08:56:44 PM
When we were driving back from our visit to the Niobrara River area, Deb spotted bison grazing fairly close to the road.  I am not sure exactly where this ranch was, but we stopped and went over to the fence.  Just as at The Crane Trust, the bison grazed their way over to us. They quickly lost interest and continued on their way.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 30, 2016, 09:25:37 PM
My evening sandhill crane blind was interrupted by a bald eagle landing on the sandbar dinning on a fish.  This kept the cranes from landing till after it took off and it was getting pretty dark.  The visitors in the blind at least got to see an eagle and then later a few cranes landed.  Those things happen, you just never know what type of evening you will have.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 31, 2016, 07:45:13 AM
Deb, I've read that about 3/4 of the cranes have moved on, last count was 114,000 or thereabouts, down from the wonderful high of 400,000+ when I was there.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on March 31, 2016, 09:00:08 AM
Wonderful photos, Nancy!  Love the bison!!!  Thanks also,Deb, for the solitary eagle keeping the sandbar to himself!  :-) :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 31, 2016, 06:18:26 PM
Excellent photos and very helpful and informative information. Thank you Nancy. Both of you have put us into the picture.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 31, 2016, 06:48:23 PM
Thank you for the nice comments!

I think Deb posted a photo of this same Prairie Dog, but here is my version (the other close-ups were a bit blurred).

This short clip has some yipping and sniffing (catch the very subtle nose-wrinkle at the very end).



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eArjmLfIxHo
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 31, 2016, 10:34:09 PM
The Blinds that are used along the river to view the sandhill cranes are all a bit different but all do the same thing - keep the viewers hidden from the cranes so they can be watched and not disturbed.  Here are two different ones.  This is how you watch the river through these windows as the Sandhill Cranes fly in

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I will post a photo of a photo blind at a later time
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 09, 2016, 05:09:08 PM
When visiting Nebraska and viewing the Sandhill Cranes you must take in the early morning light on the river, the evening sunset and flyins of the cranes and watch them interact in the cornfield.

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first light with the warm glowing softness on the river

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The flyins on the river at sunset

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They spend time in the cornfields eating and socializing.  When they feel it is time they fly north to their breeding grounds in Alaska or farther away in Siberia
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 09, 2016, 06:05:45 PM
Beautiful light and dark, as well as colors, Deb!   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 09, 2016, 07:50:39 PM
Gorgeous photos, Deb!!!!

I took 2500 photos and videos on my trip and have edited that number down to 122 plus 6 videos that I posted on Flickr. Some of those are posted in this thread, but if you would like to take a look at the rest, they are here:  my album of photos from Nebraska, March 2016 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/25868727@N00/albums/72157666348336065).


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 09, 2016, 10:30:31 PM
Thank you for the link, Nancy...   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 10, 2016, 06:16:23 AM
Thank you Deb and Nancy. What wonderful photos and videos... the experience to  see this so close . must have given you goose bumps.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 12, 2016, 08:26:06 PM
Now that the Sandhill Cranes have moved on north other birds are showing up.  Besides the terrible wind I was able to get a few pictures of some of the birds that are staying out our little lake just outside of town.

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female blue bird and male blue bird

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Blue-winged Teal

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Eastern Phoebe
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 12, 2016, 08:55:20 PM
 :eclove Wonderful photos Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on April 13, 2016, 04:50:14 AM
Oh I love bluebirds! 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 14, 2016, 08:06:07 PM
There are a couple of people here that really like turtles.  Today I happen to find a couple painted turtles sunning on a log.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 15, 2016, 04:01:18 AM
Marvellous close up Deb! Really shows the paint job.   ;-)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 18, 2016, 06:40:21 PM
Spring is in the air-- I looked out the window and saw this lovely couple in my front yard tree.  Mr Cardinal was so sharp and proud, he hopped over to the misses and gave her a tasty treat.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 18, 2016, 07:12:17 PM
Lots of activity around here at this time.  I have a robin building a nest right above the driveway.  So I will watch the progress and hope the youngsters stay in the nest when they grow up.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 19, 2016, 09:57:04 PM
I had heard there were lots of coots on this lake, even though it was a gray and rainy day I went to check it out.  This was the first time I had got a chance to see so many of them.  I had never seen them on land and was happy to get a chance to see those lovely feet.  I noticed when one caught a fish it swam to the bank to eat it (maybe because it was to big to swallow it hole while on the water).  The second one here followed the one with the fish and tried to steal it.  It was not successful but it tried for a long time. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 20, 2016, 08:13:26 AM
How Neat!  Funny little coots!  Thanks for the wonderful collection of photos!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 22, 2016, 10:20:57 PM
Along a nice wooded creek I decided to sit and wait to see if a wood duck would show its self.  Well no wood ducks today but this raccoon came down from a nice big tree and strolled along the creek heading for me.  As he got almost straight across from me he decided to go up the bank and find another tree to explore.

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After the raccoon went on its way I walked along the creek bank for a bit and found this very large turtle peeking out every now and then.  Could this be Spikes great grandpa???

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 22, 2016, 10:42:10 PM
This same creek provided me with my very first wood duck.  The male went scooting down the creek and I didn't get a very good pic of him (I will keep trying), but  this gal flew in above me and landed in the tree not to far away. Very cool to see her standing on a tree branch.  I just wonder if they have a nest somewhere in the trees. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 23, 2016, 04:20:46 AM
That is really neat Deb. I have never seen a duck in a tree although I certainly have heard of it before.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 23, 2016, 02:16:26 PM
What a wonderful place you have with so much wildlife!  Great pictures. So funny to see ducks in a tree. I saw a pair last week for the first time and could hardly believe what I was looking at!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 23, 2016, 03:20:07 PM
We keep learning new things! I didn't think about ducks perching in a tree... but, why not?!

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2016, 07:57:02 PM
Update on Robins Nest.  Nest is finished and Mrs. Robin has a brood patch.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2016, 08:14:26 PM
Happy Birding Day

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White-crowned sparrow

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Brown Thrasher

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Song Sparrow

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Nesting Canada Goose

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Interesing look at the Canada Goose tongue and teeth
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 25, 2016, 08:31:57 PM
Beautiful photos!!! Love the brood patch on the robin!  I've never noticed such a thing before!!!  You capture wonderful close ups of familiar birds!!! Thank You!! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 25, 2016, 09:22:36 PM

Great photos, Deb! It's interesting that Nebraska and New England share many bird species  -  but then you have all those special ones that I never see here (prairie chickens  :eclove)

btw, one morning at 6:30, I looked out back at the giant maple tree that straddles our property line, and there was a pair of wood ducks in it!!!!  I about fell over once I figured out what I was seeing.  They have not been back tho, so I guess my tree was not suitable.

Tigerlady, wood ducks nest in trees - remember the video of all the babies jumping out and down 40 feet?  My birding guru tells me that the babies weigh nothing so they don't get hurt when they land (he said - you have to have mass and weight to hurt anything - all their weight is in their feet.)


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 25, 2016, 09:51:42 PM
Great  shots Deb!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 25, 2016, 11:06:58 PM
Thank you for the information about the Wood Ducks, Nancy.  Sorry they didn't choose your tree.  Interesting information about the weight and mass.

My brother has a friend who puts up nest boxes for the Wood Ducks in the Bellingham, WA area and he had the boxes put high up on the trunks of four of his trees where the babies can drop into the water of his very large pond (almost a lake) when they are ready.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 04, 2016, 07:39:32 PM
Well we had a week of cloudy, rainy weather.  When the sun came out I went to a conservation wetland area looking for shorebirds of anykind.  What I found was a nice variety.

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Yellowlegs are either greater or lesser, tough really to tell.  We see many of them here.

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Willet

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long billed dowitcher

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Wilsons Phalarope

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 04, 2016, 08:10:20 PM
Also seen in the wetlands are other animals.  There are those that like the marshy weeds and grasses.

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Yellow Headed Black Bird,  they love the marshy area like the red-winged Black birds

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Boreal Chorus Frog, little frog with a very LOUD sound.  It took me a very long time to finally find at least one frog to get a picture.  

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 04, 2016, 08:13:42 PM
Wonderful photos!  Such a variety of birds!!!  Thanks for sharing!!! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 06, 2016, 06:50:13 PM
On Thursday  I went for a drive again to look at the wetland and hope to find a couple of shorebirds that I have never seen.  It has been such nice weather it was hard to stay home and not get out and at least give it a good look.  If nothing else I could enjoy the nice weather.  From the road and scanning the wetland and water i couldn't see much, Soooo  off for a hike through the cow pasture (momma cows bellered  at me with their calves beside them).  As i got closer and took a look through the binoculars my eyes locked onto a shorebird with a rather long bill.  I was excited but now to sneak up on it in the wide open without scaring it.  Creeping, crawling, squating (my thighs are burning in such a stance).  Finally I get to a spot that i can get my camera up and take some pictures.  Happy clicking going on for sure.  Now the big ?? what is this strange bird with a very long slender bill, it is longer than the willet that I saw the other day.  It has dark legs and gray, I have no idea cause I have never seen one like this before, so will wait to get home and look it up and hope to come to chat and ask others opinions.  Now to finally give the bird a name-  Hudsonian Godwit


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Now more wetland to explore.  As I continued on I see 3 birds that I have been hoping/wishing to see for years.  They were very busy going back and forth with their heads lowered and their bills in the water feeding.  Now to get to a spot that I can get a decent photo.  No question as to what I found,  American Avocet

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What a great spot as I look to my left I can see some large birds out floating in the water  :ecsmile looking through the binoculars I can see they are white pelicans.  Again the task is to sneak up and not spook them before I can get a picture of them.  They were relaxing, preening and some flapping. Just a few pictures and then up they all went and flew away.

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It sure was a nice evening  :ecsmile
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Post by: NancyM on May 06, 2016, 06:57:47 PM
Great stalking, Deb!  I love all the photos - as you know, I was hoping to see Pelicans when I was out there (did see some in the distance one day, but not nearly as close as you got - look at those knobs!). The Avocet is near the top of my want-to-see list - what a beauty you found!  The Godwit was a great find too - who are the little ones behind it?  Sandpipers of some sort?  You did really well not spooking those beauties.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 06, 2016, 07:43:54 PM
Watching birds is just amazing.  Here is an Eastern Kingbird having a nice bug.  I watched it as it flew up and grabbed the bug right out of the air, it then landed on the wire and then ate it, tasty for sure.  :giggle

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Nebraska's state bird is the Meadowlark.  This one was enjoying the nice day and it just sat there and sang so beautifully.

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I just had to take a video of the meadowlark.  They really open up and belt their song out.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 08, 2016, 10:26:18 AM
Went to check on a little prairie that was just seeded and sad that nothing has grown yet BUT decided to take a walk around where there was some water.  A couple of teal duck, some varieties of shorebirds and then a bonus I see a single American Avocet.  I stalked him for a bit and then just got on my stomach and army crawled a bit to get in position for him to walk close to me.  The sky seemed to cloud and the visibility decreased - very strange like lots of dust in the air.  I found out later it was all the smoke from the wildfires burning up North in Canada  :ecsad. I did take a few pictures of him while i was flat on my stomach for an hour at least.

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Wonderful all these birds get along with each other.  They share the water and the shore.

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White-Rumped Sandpiper

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Now the task for these pictures is to decide who they are,  guessing  sandpipers and plovers.  I will clarify when I find out who is who.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 08, 2016, 10:55:06 AM
Late in the afternoon as I drove home from seeing the Avocet I stopped at the wetlands area to see if any birds were still there.  Two white birds were tucked away  in the tall grasses.  Cattle Egrets without the cattle.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 08, 2016, 05:15:33 PM
Today looking at the robins nest I see Mrs Robin listening to the nest.  I wonder if there is some hatching starting to take place.  Will watch and see.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 08, 2016, 05:34:03 PM
While out looking at the robins nest I heard many loud baby chirps coming from the tree.  When i looked over to where the noise was coming from I saw a starling fly off.  So I waited and watched,  sure enough loud noise, incoming adult, down in the cavity of the tree and then out she flew.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 08, 2016, 06:18:25 PM
What a catch!  Great photos of the robin and starling Moms for Mother's Day  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on May 08, 2016, 08:24:26 PM
Very cool Deb!
 :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 08, 2016, 09:53:34 PM
Thank you for the interesting photos and your reports, Deb.  I enjoy them.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 10, 2016, 04:20:19 PM
Soaring Birds right here in town.  I decided to follow and see if I could find out where they were going.  Amazing they were downtown around the courthouse and on the spire of the building.  Not just two but at one time there were 6 there,  a couple of them were in the air and the others were perched on the top of that spire.  Looked like they were playing king on the mountain

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Turkey Vultures

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 10, 2016, 07:12:35 PM
Fun photos!  Thanks for sharing, Deb! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on May 10, 2016, 08:07:41 PM
Thank you for your Nebraska views of nature
Muchly appreciated and informative
Sunny/Prideenjoy
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 11, 2016, 06:12:18 AM
Must have been fun to see. Bird brains smart to find facsimile for tall tree.  City not very bird friendly place.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2016, 06:44:46 PM
This cute couple (brown headed cowbirds) have been visiting my backyard.  Today he was very interested in trying to impress his gal.  Not sure if she was though.  LOL



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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on May 12, 2016, 08:15:58 PM
Thank you Gmadeb for all the great pictures you have shared...
 :ecsmile
Sunny/Prideenjoy
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 14, 2016, 09:43:12 PM
While in Omaha visiting my daughter I looked out her backdoor and over at the neighbors i caught a glimpse of some critter so I sat out to get a better look.  Hiding myself by the backyard fence I waited and watched to see if it would appear again.  Lucky me I see a dark critter on a low tree branch moving around.  I watch and it is eating the leaves on the tree.  My what big sized teeth it has and then right below some movement.  It comes out of the weeds and stops on a log.  I think they are woodchucks.  What nice size teeth they have.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 14, 2016, 10:35:09 PM
My, what BIG teeth you have!     :ohno    :socool
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 16, 2016, 09:52:46 PM
This weekend went east and did some birding in the forest in Omaha by the Missouri River.  There is some good birding going on now.  I took 2 grandkids which adds a couple extra eyes  :ecsmile  My first ever Scarlet Tanager- what a colorful bird

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Many Warblers and others are migrating through now.  They are very difficult to get a lock on with the camera.

Swainson's Thrush
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Gray crested flycatcher
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American Redstart
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 17, 2016, 07:01:56 PM
The babies have hatched and are getting fed.  Looks like 3 baby robins and we also have some baby starlings in the tree cavity.

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feed me, me, me

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getting supper ready
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 17, 2016, 07:09:40 PM
If you land on the one side of the fence and the food is on the other side what do you do?

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 22, 2016, 09:17:29 AM
So nice to get out and enjoy a nice walk.  What a variety to see if you just look  :ecsmile

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a young Canada Goose resting along the pond

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Cedar Waxwings

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Spotted Sandpiper

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Chipping Sparrow,  what a sweet song
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 22, 2016, 11:59:53 AM
Love to see the variety of critters you find, gmadeb3!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 23, 2016, 08:58:10 PM
What a cute thing I witnessed the other day.  I saw a nuthatch in the tree and kept watching as it looked for food.  Once it found something is flew over to another nuthatch and fed it.  It did this serveral times and then they both flew off.  So it was a parent feeding its young one  :heart

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The young nuthatch looking for food in the tree
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 24, 2016, 08:32:29 PM
On my way home from getting my hair cut I stopped at the wet meadow, which was really wet after the rain and hailstorm that we had last night.  Was really excited to see these cattle egrets so close to the road sitting on the fence posts.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on May 24, 2016, 08:53:03 PM
OMG  Gmadeb\
 What an abundance of pics you see and have.....

Sooo happy yet jealous of them
TY for sharing
Sunny/Prideenjoy
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 25, 2016, 03:41:18 AM
Wow Deb - another fabulous photo - thank you for sharing your wonderful world with us. :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 25, 2016, 06:14:17 AM
Gosh, Deb, those cattle Egrets!  Beautiful lighting on them in your photos.  And a female red-winged blackbird, too!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 25, 2016, 08:50:53 PM
Another day at the wetland pond.  As I drove up I thought wow what are those fence posts doing there............ then as I got closer I realized they were birds, better yet BITTERNS  :eceek  I think if they look up and hold really still no one will notice them, RIGHT !

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They must have been to close to a red-winged blackbirds territory cause they were being dive bombed off and on.

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Listen to hear the American Bittern Calling
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 25, 2016, 09:16:23 PM
Also tonight I saw a Brown Thrasher

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Orchard Orioles, the male was trying to impress the female

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boodle317 on May 26, 2016, 04:46:24 AM
love all your photos Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sandor3 on May 26, 2016, 07:08:04 AM
ALL beauties, Deb!  Love ALL the sounds, too!  Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 26, 2016, 08:14:05 AM
Thank you for these wonderful photos!  I've never seen a bittern, never heard one... wonderful to be introduced to new birds!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 26, 2016, 12:25:31 PM
 :faint   those bitterns!!!!

and all the other birds you have seen lately - they are supposed to be "here" too, but ...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 26, 2016, 06:21:34 PM
While sitting enjoying the birds a dragonfly kept flying by........... so thought I would take a shot at getting a picture of it ( I have to say I got more blurbs and grasses BUT finally success)  anyways I think it is worthy of posting.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on May 26, 2016, 06:28:56 PM
WOW...Gmadeb....TY
Sunny/Prideenjoy
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 28, 2016, 01:35:21 PM
I really found the Cattle Egret today  :eclol :thumbup:

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on May 28, 2016, 02:39:52 PM
Wowie!  How tiny and slender he looks surrounded by the cattle!  Thanks for sharing! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 28, 2016, 02:45:13 PM
Another first bird for me today.  Stilt Sandpiper hunting in a flooded field

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 28, 2016, 02:54:31 PM
We have had lots of rain this last week so the fields have lots of standing water in them making it good habitat for the shorebirds to search for grubs and worms.

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Baird's Sandpiper

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Wilson's Phalarope
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 28, 2016, 03:00:04 PM
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Stilt Sandpiper eating a grub  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 28, 2016, 06:16:01 PM
Gosh, that is a big grub!  Terrific photos, I especially like the Wilson's Phalarope (which I have never seen). Oh, and the Stilt Sandpiper.  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on May 28, 2016, 09:26:58 PM
OMG......what a great...eye you have for the
pics you send /record.....TY seems Soooo small/shallow for your
pics.....
You have a nack and a way to get the GREAT pics
Sunny?Prideenjoy
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on May 30, 2016, 06:28:01 PM
These pictures have so much Character, Deb!  By the way, I'd like one of each  :ecwink
You are a wonder with that camera - thanks so much for sharing your adventures.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 01, 2016, 05:29:31 PM
It is family night at the lake. Canada Geese out for an evening swim with their little ones.

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A very shy coot hiding in the grasses along the lake

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 01, 2016, 05:48:45 PM
My little buddy is Teddy,  he loves to be with us no matter what, so when we decided to start kayaking we had to bring him along.  He is ever watchful even gets out on the front of the kayak sometimes, even leans over for a drink every now and then.  Makes me so happy that he is enjoying such a good life now and is my special little companion   

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 02, 2016, 06:33:27 AM
Love your Nebraska also; :ecsmile through your photos Gmadeb thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Snookums on June 02, 2016, 03:59:53 PM
My little buddy is Teddy,  he loves to be with us no matter what, so when we decided to start kayaking we had to bring him along.  He is ever watchful even gets out on the front of the kayak sometimes, even leans over for a drink every now and then.  Makes me so happy that he is enjoying such a good life now and is my special little companion   

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 02, 2016, 05:28:14 PM
Love that you have your buddy for play!  I bet he's a real snuggler, too, when you need to cuddle up!!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 03, 2016, 05:41:05 PM
Yesterday my campers met a biologist that is working with a recovery project for the Least Tern and Piping Plover.  It was a great field trip to see these birds in the wild on a protected sandbar nesting area.  No chicks yet but he did point out many nests.  The kids were able to look through a scope and see the birds on nests and how much they are out in the wide open on the sandbar.  We were able to view them from a safe distance and watch them interact, we saw one pair where the male was offering her a fish to show her what a great mate he would be  :ecsmile  The piping plovers are very territorial and would run after a killdeer that was walking to close to their nest area.   Both these birds are on the endangered species list because of habitat loss and a decline in numbers.  The good news from this project is the nest numbers are up from last year and he noticed 5 nests just from last weeks visit.  My photos that i got were from a good distance off so they are cropped pretty good.  For me not getting a prize photo was not important But to witness them was amazing.  I will cherish these photos just as much as a great clear closeup.  I am going to get a chance to go back later and look for little ones running around.  Many Thanks to the Platte River Program.  You can check out their web page https://www.platteriverprogram.org/Pages/Default.aspx (https://www.platteriverprogram.org/Pages/Default.aspx)

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Least Tern on its nest
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on June 03, 2016, 08:02:26 PM
Glad you got to see both of these birds, Deb. Love the photo of the male tern feeding the female. It amazes me that birds that I associate with the East coast are found in Nebraska.

We have stringent restrictions in place for beach use here due to both species nesting.

 If you go back to look for plover chicks, look for something the size of a marshmallow with toothpicks for legs  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 03, 2016, 10:17:55 PM
Great work Biologists are doing as well as you are doing deb. For opening the eyes of these children
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 06, 2016, 03:42:03 PM
 :biggrin3 Marshmallow with toothpick legs!  HaHaHa!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 12, 2016, 11:30:28 AM
Baby birds have fledged and are visiting the feeder area.  They like to beg to be fed from the parent, even though they can find food on their own ( without showing the parent they can do it  :eclol) Grackles

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 12, 2016, 11:35:15 AM
I have a house sitter, he comes with very good references  :ecwink

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 12, 2016, 11:40:28 AM
It is so neat to enjoy the pretty flowers for the first time at our new house.  These just opened up this morning as the sun shown on them.   :heart

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 12, 2016, 05:10:40 PM
gorgeous  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 12, 2016, 05:19:43 PM
The flowers are very beautiful. Watch that house sitter though.  :biggrin3  Mine has mined in my rock gardens, to the point where it is quite dangerous for me to step on them to get at my weeds.  :eceek  S/He scolds me quite loudly for trespassing in his yard, and yesterday s/he sat boldly eating my tulip bulbs right in front of me!   :nod2  Last fall s/he moved into my house and did some serious damage while I was overseas.  :mgritted
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 12, 2016, 07:42:49 PM
Lovely flowers!  Mama Bird is trying to fill a bottomless pit...   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 12, 2016, 08:52:25 PM
Gorgeous lilies!  Thanks for the wonderful photos!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 13, 2016, 07:38:17 PM
So Pretty!  I love your house sitter too!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 16, 2016, 05:28:22 PM
The heat is on here in Nebraska but the call of the birds drew me outside.   I had found this sandbank out in the prairie that was home to Northern rough-winged Swallows. Challenging birds to photograph to say the least.  They are fast and drop down from their nest area so quickly that many pictures are just a blur.  Next outing I was a bit more prepared, camo, hiding place and watch to see which nest hole they are using (learn from previous outing),  then just hold the camera up and ready to snap repetitive pictures.   

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The swallow paused a moment before it went inside the nest cavity on the sandbank

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The sun had long gone down below the top of the hill but it was still hot and humid out.  They didn't seem as interested in flying to the nest instead they came and landed on an old sunflower from last year and did some preening. You can click on the photo.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 16, 2016, 06:23:48 PM
So many different things to see, hear while out for a hike.  I was walking through the prairie grasses and flowers and there was a little bit of a water hole, on the edge there were all these butterflies in the damp soil.

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Neat to follow a bird as it lands on a flower and see it has something in its mouth.  Trying to identify the bird is challenging but to my best guess and with the help of winterwren we think it is a grasshopper sparrow.   :ecsmile

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 16, 2016, 06:59:53 PM
Love these posts, Deb!  The butterflies in the mud are yellow where you are!  We have blue ones that look like yours, hovering in muddy spots on trails in the mountains!
 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 16, 2016, 10:47:27 PM
Nice discovery!  They love to get moisture that way.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 19, 2016, 04:49:33 PM
Checking back with the Least Terns and Piping Plovers I noticed when I zoomed in on the pictures that a couple of them had bands on.  These are cropped to show the bands.

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Not all of the birds there had these bands on.

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The least terns are very protective and flew very close to me a number of times.  I was told that they will throw up on intruders  :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 19, 2016, 06:39:29 PM
There are many killdeer around but this one stopped and posed for me as I was leaving. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 19, 2016, 09:06:27 PM
Thanks for the warning, Deb:  "The least terns are very protective and flew very close to me a number of times.  I was told that they will throw up on intruders."

 :mhihi
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 20, 2016, 05:29:20 AM
Greathotos and info! Ty Deb
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 20, 2016, 08:29:37 AM
Wonderful photos, Deb!  We used to see a lot of terns on Cape Cod and they swoop dangerously close to intruders...  some areas were off bounds for humans, so the terns could nest undisturbed!  I love your killdeer!  They have such elegant long legs, and don't you love their piercing calls??  Thanks so much for sharing! :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 20, 2016, 06:29:53 PM
Two years ago I saw my first "skunk bird"  I had no idea what it was, didn't have a field guide with me so had to wait till I got home.  Finally the picture and the name.... Bobolink  :ecsmile

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 20, 2016, 08:02:33 PM
 :ecsmile Great deb you aptly named it   :ecwink
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 21, 2016, 06:33:45 AM
Bobolinks used to be plentiful in Ontario when I was a child.  Sadly I rarely see or hear them now.  I always loved to hear their calls. Humans must start preserving more wildlife habitat before wildlife disappears completely.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 21, 2016, 04:34:21 PM
I agree with that soooooo much Jeav.  I think in a small way that is why I so enjoy taking pictures and posting them for people to see, enjoy and get some information that they can learn from or share with others.  We all have an important part in this adventure.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 21, 2016, 06:38:04 PM
Yes, Deb!   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on June 22, 2016, 06:52:01 PM
Bobolinks used to be plentiful in Ontario when I was a child.  Sadly I rarely see or hear them now.  I always loved to hear their calls. Humans must start preserving more wildlife habitat before wildlife disappears completely.

There are a number of bobolinks in my area, they are ground nesters and nest in the grassfields. My favorite go-to place, the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, is managed for the grasslands.  We have about 40 nests (or maybe more, I am not sure). I love hearing the males calling as they fly - I think of them as  "the machu pichu bird"  because that is what the call sounds like to me.

Horribly, farmers usually mow their fields around this time (mid-June), just as the eggs have hatched and the babies are still in the nest. Think about that ...  it happened recently when some town was getting ready for the Fourth of July!!!   Fortunately, the fields will not be mowed at DWWS for another month.

Happily, local Audubon Societies (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont) has The Bobolink Project, in which they partner with local farmers and get them to hold off mowing their fields until early-mid-July, after the babies have fledged.  http://www.bobolinkproject.com/ (http://www.bobolinkproject.com/)

I hope Deb won't mind if I share a photo of one of the DWWS male Bobolinks.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 22, 2016, 07:33:05 PM
I think it is really neat that you add to the thread.  It is amazing that  we share seeing the same birds all across the country.  Habitat is so important to ensure the birds have a place to live and reproduce.  We have to be their voice sometimes.   :heart
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 22, 2016, 09:50:49 PM
beautiful bird  ty Nancy for adding
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 26, 2016, 04:31:40 PM
Follow up to the Restoration sandpit with the Piping Plovers and Interior Least Terns.  I knew there were nests out there but the area is restricted to a certain distance and I have been waiting for chicks to hatch and run about.  Of course they are well camouflaged on the sand so you need to look with a scope or binoculars. It wasn't so hot and we had a few rain showers in the area so was hoping to see little ones.  I got to a good spot and settled in so I could scan the sand.  I see some movement out there and focus in the best I can- Sweetness.  Here comes some little piping plovers racing to the edge of the water.  I think I counted 5 of those speedy little chicks.

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And the winner is.....
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These are all cropped in and with my lens there is no way to get a real clear picture but I am just so happy to see them and just to share.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 26, 2016, 04:44:44 PM
The Interior Least Terns are still on their nests.  I saw many sitting on their nest and mate switching or bringing minnows.  These birds are very protective of their nests,  I was told they will fly right after a bald eagle that gets to close.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 26, 2016, 05:11:33 PM
While at the restoration area some other birds also are living there.

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Spotted Sandpiper

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I think this is a song sparrow

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Mrs and Mr Red-winged Blackbird
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 26, 2016, 05:23:31 PM
Wonderful wonderful captures Deb!!! :s*  Thanks so much for sharing!  Your patience and persistence at seeing those babies is terrific!!! Thank You!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 27, 2016, 04:14:10 AM
Awwwww  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 27, 2016, 08:29:04 PM
It is great to know there are people out there that care.  Got a call from a gal at our town day care center.  She got my number from the sheriff office.  They had a barn swallow nest in their entry way that had fallen down and had 3 young ones that were still to young to fly, 2 others were able to fly.  The mom and dad were swooping down trying to protect their fallen babies.  So after work I went and found the nest with the 3 little ones,  gave them some water while hubby went for the ladder.  The nest would not stay so we had some athletic tape and taped it in place.  I went back to the car and watched to see if the parents would go to the nest  :ecsmile  They arrived swooping in and around and finally going to the nest and  checking on them.  The next fly by all 3 popped their heads up with mouths wide open waiting for mom or dad to give them something to eat.  I felt very happy to see that happen.
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 27, 2016, 09:40:26 PM
Wonderful news, Deb!  Thank you for showing us the nest and little ones you saved!

 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 11:01:56 AM
We have an old tree with a cavity from an old branch.  One day I looked and saw this mushroom growing inside of it. I watched it for another couple of days and then it began to shrivel and die.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 12:00:38 PM
It has been baby bird season and this little blue jay fledgling just couldn't get back to the tree branch.  I put it back under the squawking from the parents or as they were giving it instructions, not sure which  :ecwink

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Time for a Rest after that little adventure

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 12:17:21 PM
Spike the turtle has a close up with Teddy  :heart

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 12:23:32 PM
We found this little fledgling cliff swallow under the bridge on the sandbar.  Just learning to fly (not the best but enough to get out of the way of the dogs.  The swallows make nests under the edge of the bridge.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 12:56:58 PM
Was time for a paddle down the Platte River with our grandson and the dogs.  Was a warm day which made it fun to enjoy the water.

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just a little drift wood
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 10, 2016, 01:23:20 PM
I have been really lucky to have these White-winged Doves visit my backyard birdfeeders.  They must be extending their range westward because they are listed as rare for here.  They started last fall and have been here  off and on since.  I have been waiting to see if they had young ones,  but then I might not be able to tell young from adult.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on July 10, 2016, 02:47:54 PM
So neat Deb; I dont believe that have ever seen Whitewinged  Doves before
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on July 10, 2016, 03:58:44 PM
We found this little fledgling barn swallow under the bridge on the sandbar.  Just learning to fly (not the best but enough to get out of the way of the dogs.  The swallows make nests under the edge of the bridge.

Deb,  Any chance these might be cliff swallows and not barn swallows?  I am basing my question on the nests, which look more like cliff than barn ... 
Really neat photos!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on July 11, 2016, 04:38:48 AM
Lovely bird photos as always Deb and lovely spaniels too.   :ecsmile

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 05, 2016, 05:38:08 PM
While visiting my folks place I stepped out to watch and listen to the purple martins.  My dad has a little platform feeder he puts eggshells in for the birds to come and eat.  I was taking some pictures of this female and noticed she had a band on her leg.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 05, 2016, 06:09:26 PM
I would love to be able to post the song of this happy little sedge wren.  How this little wren could sing and sing  :ecsmile  Wonder what it was so happy about.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 05, 2016, 06:24:18 PM
How fun it was to watch a great egret fish and to walk so elegantly in the water.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on August 06, 2016, 04:07:19 AM
 :heart Birds are infinitely fascinating and beautiful. The seemingly endless variety among them makes watching so rewarding for us. :nod2  Thanks for sharing.  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 12, 2016, 09:13:25 PM
This was a very interesting project.  I found a monarch caterpillar and decided to set it up so I could watch the process of transformation.  I went and got some common milkweed leaves for it to eat.  It was very hungry, as you can see it ate and left lots of pellets in the cup.  It then attached itself in the "J" shape on the top of the lid.  The next morning it was in the chrysalis.  So the waiting begins - 10 days. On day 9 there is a real change in the chrysalis,  it is becoming lighter in color and can see the monarch appearing.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 12, 2016, 09:33:39 PM
It doesn't take long for the monarch to emerge from the chrysalis.  It did take some time for it to get its wings stretched out and "pumped" up so it will be ready to fly.  It started to get restless so I knew it was time to find a place to let it go.  I went to the prairie garden and let it crawl out on a nice prairie plant (snow on the mountain or Whitemargined Spurge).  It rested for just a minute and then off it went on its happy way.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on September 12, 2016, 10:17:42 PM
Fly, Little One, fly!  :heart

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful event with us, Deb! How exciting that must have been to watch for real.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on September 13, 2016, 07:01:41 AM
That was wonderful Thank you for taking the time to follow it through the stages and finally flight  :heart this sequence and narrative, should be added to the institute    :thumbup:
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Post by: boonibarb on September 13, 2016, 08:55:46 AM

Wowzer Deb!
Thank you for showing us that!
It is amazing & wonderful.
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Post by: Rajame on September 13, 2016, 08:56:08 AM
So beautifully captured for us. Thank you.
:hearts
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on September 14, 2016, 08:35:19 AM
Great teaching opportunity!  I once got a worm that I thought was a monarch worm,  put it in my butterfly cage with milkweed and lilac  branch. As we watched the kids did their art and math based on observations. 🤓 Finally we had a metamorphosed creature emerge. It was a moth! A very pretty peach coloured one, bot a MOTH just the same. Mrs Verhey had a red face, and the kids learned that adults also make mistakes. 😜
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 14, 2016, 08:45:32 AM
Wonderful!  Wonderful!  Thanks for sharing such a lovely series!  Butterflies feel like Hope!!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 14, 2016, 04:34:41 PM
This is Wonderful, Deb!!  Thanks so muxh for sharing with us  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 15, 2016, 09:16:21 PM

To follow up from my monarch chrysalis and transformation it is now migration time.  My friend orders tags and he gave me some to use.  Today was the first day we had some very favorable weather.  I went out to a vacant lot and found many monarchs enjoying some nice clover flowers.  As it got close to sunset the monarchs found a nice tree to roost for the night.  This was the first time I found such a large number hanging in the tree.  I didn't want to disturb them by tagging, I will let them rest and look for them another day.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 16, 2016, 03:13:16 AM
Beautiful, Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on September 16, 2016, 08:24:26 AM
How exciting to find so many roosting together! (I know the numbers can be or used to be huge, but I feel lucky if I see one, never mind that many all at once.)

Have any of the tags ever been returned or reported?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 16, 2016, 09:15:18 PM
Last year one of my tagged Monarchs was recovered and also the guy I work with that I got the tags from had one recovered.  In all the other years that he has tagged he has only had one other recovered.  So this was a very good year.  The bad thing this year there was a terrible storm and a large number of monarchs died due to the storm.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on September 17, 2016, 04:36:36 AM
Nature is both wonderful and dreadful at times. Thank you for sharing Deb and for doing that too.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 17, 2016, 03:49:08 PM
Some other butterflies that I saw while out tagging Monarchs.  Black Swallowtail, Painted Lady and a white cabbage.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 18, 2016, 03:03:56 PM
Late summer day on the Platte River in Nebraska.  Farmers have stopped irrigating so the water level is pretty good on the river.  So peaceful today, didn't see another person, did see GBH, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Turkey Vultures (enjoying the air currents), Bald Eagles.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 17, 2016, 05:59:07 PM
For some a sparrow is just a sparrow....... Wrong, I have been out taking pictures of the sparrows and boy are they challenging to ID but cute. 

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Chipping Sparrow

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young chipping sparrow

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Song Sparrow

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Grasshopper Sparrow

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Field Sparrow

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Vesper Sparrow

Just a small sampling of sparrows  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on October 17, 2016, 06:52:00 PM

Thank you Deb!
SUPER post!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sunny on October 17, 2016, 06:58:43 PM
Oh Deb...
TY for those wonderful pics and sharing them.....
Sincerely
Sunny/Prideenjoy
 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 17, 2016, 07:15:16 PM
Thank you  for showing us those varieties, Deb!  Nice to learn new things here.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on October 17, 2016, 07:30:51 PM
Love those little sparrows!  Great photos, deb.

(They are hard to photograph, much less ID)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on October 17, 2016, 09:33:27 PM
 :eceek So many different sparrow wow!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 22, 2016, 04:02:36 PM
They are so varied and so so cute! Thanks Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: ivani on October 24, 2016, 01:20:39 PM
They are the same as we have here in Brazil. Beautiful photos. Thanks Deb. :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 31, 2016, 08:10:30 PM
I found 2 more sparrows to add to my list.

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Harris's Sparrow

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1st Winter Harris's Sparrow

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White Crowned Sparrow
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on November 01, 2016, 04:14:03 AM
Lovely! I didnt know there were so many variations of sparrow. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. 😀
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 07, 2016, 06:46:42 PM
Tired of sparrows???  I tell you if you only see them as a bird that is fine BUT to look closer at these flittering little birds you see small differences and they have such good camouflage to be out in the grasses and shrubs. I will never find or see them all but boy it has been challenging to see as many as I can in this area.

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American Tree Sparrow

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Savannah Sparrow

Challenge for anyone up for a Challenge -  Help decide what sparrow
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on November 07, 2016, 07:23:17 PM
 :puzzled2 :eceek Wow so many kinds! :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on November 08, 2016, 08:22:22 PM
Never tired of sparrows!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on November 08, 2016, 09:04:49 PM
Ok, this bird really doesn't look like our local west coast Song Sparrows, but I'd venture that it is the eastern kind. I always mis-identify them, so I'm not sure.

My guess is based on the rather stout bill that is darker above than below, and on the long tail. The pattern of streaks on the head sort of fits what a Song Sparrow is supposed to be like...

I could convince myself that it's a Lincoln's Sparrow also, but if I look at photos of those, they look more grey on the head and they have a dinky little bill and a normal-length tail for a sparrow.

So right now Song is my best guess. Anyone else?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 09, 2016, 08:14:53 AM
Love the collection of sparrows!  Doesn't seem like a song sparrow to me... no breast spot usually seen on song sparrows.  The eye stripe seems like the Savannah sparrow.  But it's hard to tell if this as a streaked or unstreaked breast.  Could be a younger sparrow with less marked markings, esp. since it was seen in the fall.  It looks like it has a longer tail, pointy-ish, so, Cassin's shows a longer tail and a bit of an eye stripe.  Tough to id any sparrow!  Thanks for the wonderful close-up photos, Deb!  Impossible to see these small birds well enough to id without a lens!
One helper I've come to rely on for identifying the birds I glimpse as they flit through trees or weeds, is the Merlin Bird ID, an app on my iphone.  You can choose a location, a date of sighting, a size, the colors you've noticed, and the app will choose possible birds in your area at the date with those colors and of that size.  I click on the ones I think it could be and listen to the song and calls, read the details, and 9 times out of 10 I've been able to id the bird I've seen.
 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 09, 2016, 06:48:57 PM
My input on the sparrow,  looking for a few identifying points.  Is is found in my area?  Amazed mentioned Cassin's,  really not a bird in my area by the range maps, this bird doesn't have a white eye ring.  I do think it is a young sparrow.  Does have a slight eyestripe,  beak  stout and seems streaky on the breast.  That is the challenging thing about identification.  What markings to look for and to make them fit for that bird.  As you have seen there are many different sparrows, different ages show a little bit different markings.  Don't you just love a challenge?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on November 09, 2016, 07:49:43 PM
I don't even dare to try to ID the sparrow!  there is an ABA Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatsthisbird/)
that will help if you post the photo and location data - I have gotten some help there on several Arizona species.  Astonishingly (and wonderfully!) there is a group of teenagers who snap back with the ID often in a matter of minutes after I post. One of them helps on the Flickr Bird Identification page as well.  I noticed they did not attempt hummingbirds, tho (an ABA webmaster helped me on those).

ETA:  OK, I can't help but take a guess. I think it might be a Song Sparrow, as wren suggested. The tail is really long, which is one of the characteristics of a Song Sparrow.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on November 10, 2016, 04:04:43 AM
I live in southern Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula area.. Our song sparrows look just like that. Although I am not a bird expert by any means, I see lots of those little fellows regularly. I worry about them, as the drink from puddles at the side of roads, where they might get hit by cars or stones thrown up by tires. Worse, the puddles have oily slicks.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 11, 2016, 09:17:06 PM
I want to thank all that have looked in on this thread and made comments.   That is what makes this really neat, adding input from so many.  Makes me happy :)  I think the Challenge sparrow is a Song Sparrow.  I am no expert by along ways but I have checked field guides and came up with the same species.  Thanks for adding your info and your idea of what bird it is.  Today from my bird feeder the house sparrows were very busy.  They really like the clematis that i have growing on my fence.  It gives them really nice shelter.   

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House Sparrow
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 13, 2016, 07:34:19 PM
Today's sparrow Identification post.  Such a nice day outside so I took the opportunity to go visit the small lake just outside of my town.  I was hoping to find more sparrow species to share here.  The juncos have arrived in large numbers now.  I saw many kinds of sparrows but they are ones I had seen before.  Then while walking past a group of honeylocust trees I caught a glimpse of something different.  Of course so many branches and those thorns in the way-- I wait and hope it shows itself better for a picture.  I have come to the conclusion that they just don't like to have their pictures taken  :eclol  So here is the best I could do and please feel free to add your comments as to what you think it is.  I have my idea and will post in a couple days and we can compare.  Thanks

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on November 14, 2016, 08:25:26 AM
I am fairly certain that this is a Savannah sparrow (note the yellow in front of the eye).  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: fol-di-rol on November 14, 2016, 05:34:40 PM
my decision was White-Throated Sparrow,  but what do I know?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on November 14, 2016, 06:22:53 PM
(Because of the white throat, I suppose.)  :biggrin3
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on November 14, 2016, 08:06:39 PM
my decision was White-Throated Sparrow,  but what do I know?

Apparently you know sparrows better than I do!!   :thumbup:

The wing bars are also good for White throated.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 16, 2016, 06:29:45 AM
Great Job on the ID of this sparrow.  As you can see sometimes you think it is one kind and then as you look and compare you see something different.  That is what makes it so challenging and fun, right this is fun !!  The sparrow is a White-Throated Sparrow.  I hope you all enjoyed checking this out,  maybe I will still find another sparrow to add to this list.   Thanks again for all your input.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on November 22, 2016, 03:56:40 PM
Nice thread!  I love this and I am learning!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 20, 2016, 04:09:03 PM
Winter has not officially begun but boy did we have a cold spell over the weekend.  I looked out the front picture window and saw these two squirrels huddling together in this hallow part of our tree.  They stayed for a bit, left and then later I looked out again and they were snuggling together again.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on December 20, 2016, 04:50:33 PM
They are so darling. Thank you for sharing Deb  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 21, 2016, 02:04:32 AM
snug as bugs in a rug!  :ecwink
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 21, 2016, 10:52:39 AM
Nice to have a friend!    :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on December 23, 2016, 02:21:52 PM
Adorable!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 08, 2017, 06:40:10 PM
All this cold weather has been tough on us people but you have to feel for the little birdies outside in the cold also.  Today there was so many sparrows using the clematis in my backyard and then they would rush over to the bird feeders for a bit and then back to the clematis.  Here is just a small section of them.  See how many you count.

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my count to follow later
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 09, 2017, 03:25:21 AM
I think I see 14  - cute lil fellows all fluffed up to  keep warm.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: ivani on January 09, 2017, 01:35:40 PM
Beautiful photo!
I see 14.
 :heart :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 10, 2017, 06:42:21 AM
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here is my count,  15. Hope you enjoyed the search
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 10, 2017, 09:27:32 PM
What does one look at when looking at birds?  their colors, their size, their beak/bill?  Here are a few pictures that show different types of beaks and you can guess what they are best used for due to their shape and size.  

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 11, 2017, 03:36:56 AM
Interesting series for comparison, gmadeb3.  Thank you for posting this information.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on January 11, 2017, 06:25:10 AM
Thank you Gmadeb
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: ivani on January 11, 2017, 03:57:52 PM
Wonderful photoss!!!!
Thanks Deb.
Love  :heart :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 17, 2017, 06:14:57 PM
WINTER...........we just went through an ice storm (hard to say but at least 1/2 inch build up).  Ice can be devastating to personal property and make it pretty miserable for the birds and critters.  If you can get past the bad you can find some really pretty things.  Today the sun was out and the trees were glistening like a crystal house.  Here are some pictures from around my place.  This first one is from our maple tree, the ice globe, some branches fell from the weight of the ice.  The second is a  spruce segment.  The third is the clematis from my backyard (so glad I didn't trim it down, has been used by these sparrows for shelter).  The last is just a neighborhood squirrel peeking around the tree at me.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 17, 2017, 06:57:20 PM
The storm moved on during the night leaving the trees highlighted by the street light.  The ice around the tree bud started to melt leaving icicles and then in the morning a look down the street.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 17, 2017, 10:34:55 PM
Beautiful captures, Deb!  The icy coverings make ornaments on the trees and bushes.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 18, 2017, 04:40:51 AM
A crystal palace 🤗 How nice for you. Thanks for sharing.  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: ivani on January 18, 2017, 11:13:38 AM
Wonderful photos Deb!
Thanks !
 :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 06, 2017, 09:36:24 PM
Even in winter there is some open water for geese and ducks to enjoy.  I can't wait for the spring migration to get here, March is just around the corner.  I found a lake in Omaha that had some open water and had many Canada geese and hidden in the geese I found a few other kinds of ducks.  The geese were swimming in a line from the open water and get to the ice at the end of the lake and then take off.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 06, 2017, 09:49:34 PM
This picture is of a little stream leading to the Platte River,  there was a small waterfall as the stream found its way through the forest.  While looking at the waterfall there is some water that is frozen in time but then you also see some of the water that is still able to continue on its way down the stream.  This is why Nature is Special

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 07, 2017, 03:58:24 AM
Lovely photo Deb. I live in a valley town surrounded by amcient limestone "mountains".. We have many similar waterfalls here, from very high to quite small. Each beautifull in its own way, at all times of the year. But I especially enjoy them in their winter clothes. Just be careful where you step to get those 'perfect' shots. We dont want you to hurt anything.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on February 08, 2017, 08:03:58 AM
putting on 22nd pair of socks looking at these poor birds  :mhihi
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 08, 2017, 03:57:31 PM
Beautiful there, Deb!    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 14, 2017, 07:12:08 PM
It was time to make my trip to the Lake and canal where the eagles gather in winter.  I was not disappointed in the numbers, plus there were other birds to watch also.  The ice was really melting on the lake, the gulls were busy fishing for food, the eagles were either in the trees or standing on the ice waiting to grab a fish dropped by the gulls.  I traveled to the Tri county canal where the eagles perch in the trees and swoop down on the fish in the canal after they have passed thru the power plant.  I saw many different ages of eagles at both places. 

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Eagles in the trees along the canal

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plenty of food

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Eagle resting in the tree
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 14, 2017, 07:41:39 PM
There are also many other birds in the area at this time.  Seems the Spring migration is starting.

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This is a Harlan's Red-Tail Hawk,  it was pulling the feathers off his breakfast

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While driving in the country this Merlin was sitting on a road sign (took the photo through the car window)

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The snow geese are arriving in large numbers.  Here they have taken a liking to a sand and gravel pit right along the interstate.  Earlier in the day there was a report of 100,000 there.

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I thought I would check out a place by the Platte River where I take people to a blind to view the Sandhill Cranes and I couldn't believe what I found.  A large number of Sandhills flying into the river to roost.  They are here already  :binocs :binocs

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Sunset on the prairie is always serene - here a small herd of deer enjoying the nice evening.  That sums up my weekend adventures.  Hope you enjoy your adventures where ever you wonder off to  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 14, 2017, 09:37:22 PM
While waiting for the Full Snow Moon to rise, an eagle flys off to his night time perch area, it was a bit cloudy out but still enjoyed the evening.

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Now what I have been waiting for, the full moon appears, oh no there is clouds in the sky making it difficult.  Kind of Mars like.

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Here is a view looking at the lake that has some open water, and then the ice.  This small area has lots of eagles, mergansers,  all sharing.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 15, 2017, 08:55:01 AM
Super photos, Deb.  Oh, to be in Nebraska during Spring migration!!

I guess the timing for the snow geese is right on, but a bit early for the cranes?  I am also curious to hear how that sand mining operation near the Crane Trust is going and if it will suspend operation during migration as promised.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on February 15, 2017, 01:31:31 PM
Yes, it seems early for the Sandhill Cranes!  I love the photo of the Merlin.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 15, 2017, 04:18:46 PM
Deb, you live in a great area for birding!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 15, 2017, 06:38:59 PM
I got an email from the Crane Trust this morning, it seems the sandhill cranes are exactly on schedule:

    
Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 1
by Crane Trust
Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The Crane Trust is back to flying the 90 mile route from Chapman, NE to Overton, NE. Our aerial count for the morning of Monday, February 13th, was 8,146 Sandhill Cranes. These were almost exclusively in bridge segment three (of eleven) from HWY 281 to HWY 40c (Alda road).  Based on our photo-subplot count the aerial count is approximately 3.2% low, which gave us about 8,400 Sandhill Cranes (SACRs) rounded to the nearest 100. This is almost the exact same number of SACRs detected last year at this time, which was 8,200 on 02/16/2016 by contrast there was about 3,800 SACRs at this time in 2015. In addition to Sandhill Cranes, we also counted Bald Eagles utilizing the river during their migration in February as well as Dark Geese. Today we counted 45 Bald Eagles (39 last year during week 1) and 4,200 Dark Geese (9,200 last year during week 1).

Hopefully this short update serves you well. Weather permitting, the Crane Trust will produce weekly count updates throughout the Sandhill Crane migration this year.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on February 15, 2017, 06:48:16 PM
Great series of photos Gmadeb! Wonder if Nancym returning!?  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on February 15, 2017, 09:21:02 PM
Great photos Gmadeb! Thanks
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 16, 2017, 01:31:42 AM
Interesting info about the Sandhill Cranes, Nancy.  Thank you for sharing it here.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 16, 2017, 08:07:43 AM
Great series of photos Gmadeb! Wonder if Nancym returning!?  :ecsmile

I gave it a lot of thought, Cali!!!  It is a magical experience that I wish everyone could see. Maybe next year ...
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 16, 2017, 04:43:25 PM
Finding the Sandhill Cranes from my place is not far, so if you want to come and see them let me know and we can make some plans   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on February 16, 2017, 05:55:13 PM
If wishes were fishes  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: MaggiesMom on February 20, 2017, 10:40:32 AM
Deb - that moon shot of yours.  Did you take it the night there was the partial eclipse?  That, plus the clouds, could have changed it to that color.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 24, 2017, 07:14:15 PM
Winter came back to the Plains today.  After work and the snow had stopped I took a drive out to the wildlife management area.  The wind was still blowing really strong but there were the meadowlarks and sparrows looking for something to eat.

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Meadowlark

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sparrows along the gravel road, Correction by an eagle eyed bird watcher- American Tree Sparrows


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sun glistening off the ice covered prairie grass with 2 shadow meadowlarks on a grass stem

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Winter on the Prairie
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 24, 2017, 11:38:46 PM
Beautiful photos, Deb!  The ice on the grass makes a beautiful picture but I guess is not ideal for the birdies.

I see that the sparrows have a dark spot on the breast an I think these are American Tree sparrows rather than Chipping Sparrows. They look so much alike except for that spot.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 25, 2017, 06:01:05 PM
A little video of the ice covered grasses along the roadside.  The wind was still blowing pretty good


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNfRNbaJ8Yg
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 25, 2017, 06:24:02 PM
Out for a hike along the river and off in the trees I hear the neat song of the Black-capped Chickadee.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 25, 2017, 06:35:26 PM
The river is flowing with some chunks of ice.  This is the edge of the river as the ice flows by making a soft sound


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hfm11gBiVw
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on February 25, 2017, 07:53:40 PM
Great photos Deb, thank you. Love the meadow lark and one of my favourites the chickadee!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 26, 2017, 03:19:31 AM
Neat to see  the ice coated grass - I guess it will be ice-free shortly in that wind but magical
to see the sparkling
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 26, 2017, 06:43:54 AM
When west nile was really making an impact on the birds, one of those birds effected was the black-capped chickadee here.  Lots were lost due to it.  We see them around now but not as plentiful as before the west nile.  I am hoping that seeing these now that they are increasing in numbers again.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 26, 2017, 09:32:00 PM
What a day.... driving in the car and saw lots of Sandhill Cranes in a cornfield so I thought I would go check out the river where they come for their evening roost.  Got back home and dropped off the hubby and told him I was heading out to find the cranes for the evening.  I was so surprised at the large number that was already at the river and a steady stream of them flying in.  It was so peaceful to sit and watch them all fly in.  The roost just keep growing and the skies continued to be filled with them flying in from the south.

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flying to the river over the fields, the cows were not impressed

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When I got to the blind, they were already forming the roost on the river

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the sky is full of cranes,  any guesses on a number??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAUa6aZu5wQ
it is amazing to see them all fly in the sky and find their spot on the river

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sunset on the Platte River

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silhouettes with the last little bit of light
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 27, 2017, 09:28:22 PM
Beautiful to see them gather there!    :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 05, 2017, 11:10:57 AM
This is kinda how it feels to be in a blind along the Platte River when the Sandhill Cranes gather right out in front of your little window

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n137EXBorA
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 05, 2017, 11:49:50 AM
No morning sunshine so it is gray on gray but the Sandhill cranes wake up, do a bit of dancing to warm up and get ready to start their day.  They will lift off and head to the wet meadows and cornfields to eat and then return again in the evening.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpfTvG7gLFM
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 06, 2017, 01:53:11 AM
watching them 'dance'  hypnotizes me - absolutely mesmerizing! :biggrin3
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 06, 2017, 10:36:13 PM
When you think the weather is  to bad and you debate on taking out a couple for a blind tour but you go forward with it and you are just gobsmacked at how beautiful and amazing the evening turned out you just say  thanks.  Today was a Red Flag day,  terrible winds and high fire danger,  wind blowing about 40mph- dirt in the air,  temps dropping. The Sandhill Cranes don't care,  they stick with their routine,  eat in the cornfields and meadows during the day,  fly to the river for the night.

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The blind tonight was on a hill overlooking the meadow on the right and the river to my left.  The wind was very strong out of the northwest, which was blowing right in our faces.  The clouds started to clear but there was lots of dirt in the air.  the cranes would fly right by our window.

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I have not heard a estimated number yet but there was a very large roost of birds in just this one area.

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So many take to the sky and fly to the river

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 06, 2017, 10:49:39 PM
A night in a small blind on the edge of the Platte River

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Not a full moon

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I believe this is a family

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wake up time

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the river roost of cranes, the little building is the blind I had stayed in overnight  :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 07, 2017, 03:31:44 AM
Wonderful pictures Deb - especially the silhouette  in front of the moon -  should go into photo contest ! - I cant imagine myself ever staying overnight in that little blind!! You are one brave woman.  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2017, 08:08:24 AM

Deb, wow, thank you so much for sharing these wonders with us!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 07, 2017, 12:32:46 PM
Striking colors and the cranes look as if that is a painting.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 11, 2017, 07:50:25 PM
Tonight at the Crane Tour I took a time lapse video of the Sandhill Cranes flying down the river while they look to land,  it was a steady stream of them flying by.  This was about 5 minutes worth.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64XU2D4l-b4
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 11, 2017, 08:22:24 PM
A river of cranes!    :binocs :hearts2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 11, 2017, 10:40:19 PM
Sandhill Cranes by the Light of the Moon

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 12, 2017, 04:53:59 AM
Dramatic and beautiful moon with cranes photo, gmadeb3!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 13, 2017, 09:15:33 PM
For most of the day the Sandhill Cranes forage in the cornfields and meadows.  While there you can see some of their crane dance behavior.  Jumping, bowing to one, picking up a cornstalk and tossing it, and calling back and forth.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 14, 2017, 10:40:05 PM
I woke up Tuesday and it was snowing, thinking about what this might mean for the Crane Tour tonight.  The bad would be - temp was going to be a bit cold,  the good-- cranes and snow should be nice (it would have been super if the sun would have come out).  You can never predict when and where they will start to land,  you just hope they get close enough with enough light to get a nice view of them.

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A very nice roost was forming kind of far away and there were many ducks out in front of the Cranes.

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This photo I believe is a family, the youngster is the one with a bit of rusty color on the back of its head/neck.  There was still some snow on the sandbars.

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It seems that once someone lands others will follow.

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The number reported today was around 500,000 Cranes along the 40-50 mile stretch of the Platte River.  This is peak crane season now.

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Sometimes it looks like solid Cranes across the river channel
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 15, 2017, 03:53:28 AM
 :eceek wow that is impressive Deb! Great photos. Ty for sharing.  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 15, 2017, 11:15:33 PM
Huge gathering, gmadeb3!   :binocs
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2017, 01:22:22 PM
I decided to take the plunge and do  a morning tour,  that means up before 5 am and drive about 30 miles to the Crane Trust, do the orientation  for 24 guests and then drive out to the blind along the river before the sun comes up.  We have to be very quiet because the cranes can be very close in the morning.  Then we wait till the sun appears and we get our first view of all of them in the river.  It is pretty different than an evening tour because you wait and hope they land before the sun sets and you have enough light to see them.  The morning you are waiting for the sun to give you a wonderful awakening  on the river.   

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Not the best but this is the first morning light

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What the light reveals is the amazing numbers of cranes that have spent the night in the river

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You never know what causes some to lift off and others to wait

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2017, 02:02:25 PM
The morning silhouette on the Platte River
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They seem to walk and then run before taking off at the end of the sandbar
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they enjoy playing in the river, splashing, jumping
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From the river out to the cornfields, they carry on their eating and bonding activities
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They like to toss things in the air,  here it looks like a piece of a corn cob in its beak
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These birds stand from 4 ft to 4 ft 6 inches tall.  They have strong legs and can jump/leap very high.
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2017, 02:12:30 PM
They sure do have some characters,  this one is showing off his split leg jump while staring at me
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This is the common landscape in Nebraska in which the cranes spend their day.  The pipe is part of a center pivot used for irrigation,  the metal building in the background is a storage bin for the crop.  They can be found in cornfields like this and in grassy meadows
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2017, 03:28:35 PM
Last year at this time there was a big turmoil over a sand and gravel pit going in across the road from the Crane Trust and Nature Center.  The company won the right to start pumping out the sand.  As you recall the company built up a very large berm around the area, they then brought in the equipment and working on making the sandpit.  The company has been very responsible during the migration season.  They have closed down the operation at this time.  There really will be some great benefits from this sandpit when they are done.  It will provide a place for ducks and others to use.  A big concern is the habitat that the plovers and terns use,  maybe this will be a place they can protect for them to use for nesting. Yesterday I noticed many cranes on the outside of the berm resting in the field.  I am thinking that they are getting ready to head north with the south wind we are getting.  Click on this first photo to get the total pano view.

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This is cropped in so not the best but,  here are the cranes and there are many laying down resting. You can see the interstate runs just on the other side of the raised berm area.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 20, 2017, 03:28:25 AM
Haleluiia for the company being responsible. I hope they get lots of publicity for that and maybe inspire others as well. Thanks for sharing that information with the pics Deb!    :ecwink  :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 22, 2017, 09:35:39 PM
Spring Migration - The Sandhill Cranes stop over here but others arrive and stay for the summer.  I saw my first shorebird, a lesser yellowlegs the other night at the river.  Hope we get some rain to help with the dryness of the wetlands.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 23, 2017, 05:58:14 AM
Wonderful photos (as usual) and narrative, Deb! Hard to decide if sunrise or sunset is more impressive crane-wise, but both are unforgettable.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 23, 2017, 01:11:38 PM
Beautiful Photos. Good news about the sand pit. I love the Yellowlegs guy!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 26, 2017, 07:33:57 PM
Another cloudy day but just can't squeeze much rain out of those clouds.  Still a fun day to check on those Sandhill Cranes that are still here in Nebraska.  The wind has been staying out of the north so that means they won't leave yet.  I went for a ride in the countryside and found an amazing number today.  They were on both sides of the road and I found some that decided to just go for a walk between the fields.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNVWySDJIO8
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 26, 2017, 07:46:19 PM
Lots of activity between the cranes,  dancing as in their courtship displays


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRLSUDK-ibc
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 26, 2017, 09:19:58 PM
Not a lot of car traffic out but lots of crane traffic

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the rhythm of the wing beats

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2017, 08:11:31 AM

Fabulous sightings, Deb, thank you so much!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 27, 2017, 03:04:46 PM
Love the cranes crossing the road! They were in no hurry, either.  That, and the dancing, playing "toss the corncob" - what enchanting creatures  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 30, 2017, 05:00:29 PM
As night falls the Sandhill Cranes leave the fields that they have been in during the day.  Amazing instinct that they have to fly to the river from where ever they have been.  Then the river becomes their highway,  they continue along the river until they find their special roosting spot on or near the sandbars of the river.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 01, 2017, 09:11:24 AM
Another late afternoon looking at the Sandhill Cranes.  This evening I was lucky to get some photos of a crane family.  The photos show the adults with the red patch on their head.  The youngster, called a colt has not matured to have the red skin on its forehead.   The colt travels with its parent back to their breeding grounds for the summer.  It will be at least 2-3 years for the colt to be mature and mate.  Sandhill Cranes can live 15-25 years in the wild, mate for life and lay 2 eggs.


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The red patch on their head is not feathers,  it is skin.  When they get excited they can pull the feathers back a little and show more of the red.
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on April 01, 2017, 09:19:07 AM

Lovely lovely lovely, thank you Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 01, 2017, 09:37:31 AM
So how do you view the Sandhill cranes at the river?  There are buildings placed just on the bank of the river.  In this photo you see a nice clear view of the river.  From the outside you can not see in due to the darkening of the plexi glass.  Cut outs are made so you can open the little windows.  The guests are not allowed to stick cameras or binoculars out the windows.  Then you wait to see the cranes.  :ecsmile

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 02, 2017, 01:54:14 AM
Thanks you for the great close ups and the  invormation about the colts Deb.  Very interesting..
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 10, 2017, 09:29:57 PM

I don't want to admit that the squirrels that visit my place are spoiled BUT when you are outside and you start hearing one scold you from the tree branch right above your head, telling me that his feeder is empty I am beginning to think they are.  I think you can almost make out my reflection in his eye,  LOL


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 10, 2017, 10:53:50 PM
  :eclol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 11, 2017, 03:21:26 AM
my squirrels chastise me for trespassing in their yard! :mconfused
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 12, 2017, 08:12:34 PM
I really get excited when a new bird stops at my place and I happen to get a photo of it.  Outside in my backyard I hear this really strange bird call,  I look up in the tree and I see the yellow headed blackbird calling, I make a dash back in the house to get my camera and am lucky to get a few pictures.  These birds migrate here and farther north into Canada for the summer and nest in freshwater marshes.  If you get a chance look up their call and take a listen.

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To enjoy the yellow headed blackbirds call, click this link
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 13, 2017, 01:42:33 AM
Cool. Never saw or heard of them before. That call is as diatinctive as its plumage, but nowhere near as attractive!  :eceek  Thanks for sharing.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 14, 2017, 11:45:43 PM

A cloudy morning at Calamus looking for prairie chickens and white pelicans.  As the sky got lighter there was movement on the sandhill -  dark little critters began to stir and call out.  The males protect their territory and call to the female.  The females walk between the males territory and the males try to impress the gals by filling their air sacs along their neck.  They call and raise some of their feathers along with some feet stomping.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 15, 2017, 12:33:38 AM
Warning the videos you are about to see are not the best quality,  it was a cloudy early morning and the wind was blowing right into the bus blind.  You might just fall in love with Prairie Chickens.  :s*   They are pretty fast LOL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dta7gODGgjU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249p-Tacw4g
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 15, 2017, 02:00:09 AM

they almost glide across the field as if floating on water - long grasses hiding the feet and legs  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 15, 2017, 08:11:49 AM
Deb, those videos are great!  I'm happy to know that you got up to Calamus outfitters  to see the prairie chickens - you know I fell in love with them last year! I think there were more on the lek when you were there mid-April compared with mid-March when I saw them. Looking forward to next year and maybe we will see Sage Grouse too!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 15, 2017, 10:24:51 AM
You have to get up early to get to the lek because they start coming out very early in the darkness.  You can hear them way before you can see them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt64zV3YNug
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 15, 2017, 10:10:42 PM
They seem to almost glide through the grass.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 23, 2017, 11:09:46 PM
I visited a little pond wetland in the middle of the city.  Much activity this time of year. First there was the Canada Goose family.  The new little goslings being coaxed to the water by their parents

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off they go for their first swim
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 23, 2017, 11:23:41 PM
This is very diverse habitat.  Good for water critters as well as land and birds.  This deer stood still as to say if I don't move I won't be seen.

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I kept hearing something right above my head, I looked up and this squirrel was dinning on the tree blossoms
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Very cute and busy little muskrat

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Early morning sunshine must feel good cause there were lots of bull frogs sunning themselves
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 23, 2017, 11:42:11 PM
I had my hopes set on finding a wood duck at this pond area.  Lots of Teal and Canada Geese and some Mallards.  So I kept waiting and scanning the water for my prize.  Finally around this little island came a duck that seemed a likely candidate........ YES it was him
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Mallards are pretty common but as he swam by it was so neat to see his mirrored reflection
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This GBH was in stealth mode, very slow and stalking as he moved along the log

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2017, 09:50:30 PM
I have been seeing a little squirrel running in the yard but could never see where his house was.  Then I went outside the other day and he was by the garage and when he saw me he ran to the tree.  He stopped up on a branch and looked at me for a bit.  I went and got some acorns from the fall that I had saved.  I put them out for him as a treat.  Later that evening I saw him again But this time there was another.  They were playing in the tree and when they spotted me they ran to the cavity in the tree.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2017, 10:01:24 PM
I know those that have been checking in here might be missing those Sandhill Cranes, so I thought maybe I would post one just for the memories  :biggrin3

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even added a couple of snow geese with them, lol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 25, 2017, 10:06:10 PM
Who do we have here, a trio of turtles.  Maybe someone can give them a name..... :ecwink

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on April 25, 2017, 11:23:35 PM
Who do we have here, a trio of turtles.  Maybe someone can give them a name..... :ecwink


Huey, Dewey and Louie ? 

Oh wait - they were ducks!

Seriously - wonderful photos Deb.  Thanks so much for sharing.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 26, 2017, 01:49:16 AM
let me think..... Tom,. Dick and Harry?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 26, 2017, 08:57:11 AM
Wonderful photos!  Thanks for posting them!  How bout The Three Musketeers for the cute turtles!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on April 26, 2017, 10:13:44 AM
Mo, Larry and Curly?  :biggrin3

I have been really enjoying all of your photos deb. Thank you for continuing to share your world with us.
 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 29, 2017, 06:52:28 AM
Another thought for my turtle trio --- Alvin, Simon and Theodore.  Sure enjoyed everyones input  :ecsmile

Could go an with a music trio,  Peter, Paul and Mary  :eclol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2017, 01:29:25 PM
My little squirrel stopped by just before nightfall and had a little snack  :heart

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 30, 2017, 10:01:35 PM
cutie!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 03, 2017, 09:05:08 PM
This Brown Thrasher has been visiting my backyard for 2 days.  So fun to watch as it digs around in the dead leaves under my tree. I think they just arrived from their winter migration.   I was sneaking around in my own yard, had to be so careful  to stay out of sight as they are spooked easily.  Am sure the neigbors wonder about me.... LOL

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 05, 2017, 10:34:52 PM
Time to give Spike his photo opportunity.  Yesterday was really nice so thought Spike would like to get some nice sunshine.  He is not a cuddly kinda guy so you have to watch out. He has a really beautiful shell. This fall he will turn 4, still a growing boy, LOL

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on May 05, 2017, 10:49:41 PM
 :eceek Spike is all grown up!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Snookums on May 06, 2017, 04:36:04 AM




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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 07, 2017, 09:31:56 PM
I got a nice chance today to see a Harris sparrow enjoying dandelion seeds for breakfast.  Those weeds are very important to birds and bees.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 07, 2017, 10:13:05 PM
What a beautiful sight to have 2 male wood ducks swimming by in the morning.  They are so colorful.  The female was well hidden on a branch so i didn't have a good view to take a picture of her.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 08, 2017, 07:50:10 AM
Nice!  The Harris sparrow is on my bucket list, I missed it last time in Nebraska.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on May 08, 2017, 07:58:42 AM
The wood ducks are gorgeous Deb! the sparrows are eating dandilions  in the park here too!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 08, 2017, 10:26:38 PM
Deb, you have such a wonderful variety of birds and animals where you live!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 11, 2017, 08:04:45 PM
What do you get when you put oranges out to eat?    Was only able to take their pictures through the back door window cause i didn't want to scare them off.  Baltimore Orioles love oranges


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Not only do the birds like the oranges...........but the squirrels like them also

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2017, 06:10:03 PM
It was sure a big surprise when I came home and hanging on my bird feeder was this Red Headed Woodpecker.  I got my camera and came back but he was not on the feeder.  I looked around in the tree and sure enough he was there.  He was looking for something, pounding on the tree.  I think he found something cause he stuck his tongue out,  lol


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I think he winked at me  :biggrin3


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 13, 2017, 03:05:19 AM
lovely bird and nice clear photos Deb - thanks for sharing them
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on May 13, 2017, 03:51:08 AM
What a treat!  :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 13, 2017, 10:35:49 PM
Seeing this beautiful bird is a real pleasure!    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 15, 2017, 05:28:58 PM
A great bird of the prairie grasslands and our state bird, The Meadowlark.  It has a wonderful song and as you can see it really opens up and sings with all his heart.  


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amazing how the perch on these posts even in the wind, he was trying to ignore me (the stalker)


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 15, 2017, 10:00:35 PM
Some birds the male and female look very similar and then some look so different you wouldn't know they were the same species.  Here is a male Bobolink and a female hidden in the alfalfa field.  You can see though not at all alike.


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She was hiding in there and wouldn't come out, maybe a nest.  The blurb is another female that flew by.


Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 19, 2017, 06:41:08 PM
Dad and Mom Baltimore Oriole have shown the kids where to find their lunch. They like the oranges and grape jelly.
 At one point there were 8 visiting,  aunts, uncles, mom, dad and the kids I think.



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Dad Oriole


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 19, 2017, 07:41:13 PM
Great photos, Deb!  If I am lucky, I see Baltimore and Orchard Orioles on some of my bird walks - I really need to put some food out for them and see if they will visit my feeder.  I really love the Bobolinks - the wildlife sanctuary near me manages the property so that they will have a safe nesting place there (and MassAudubon sponsors farmers to get them to put off mowing their fields until late summer in order to provide more nesting habitat). The male's song is so melodious, really lovely to hear them.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 19, 2017, 08:44:42 PM
I have a project now that I am very passionate about.  Monarch Butterflies -  I have a small common milkweed plant in my backyard.  I noticed last weekend some eggs on them.  I was hoping it could be monarch eggs but there was so many and I hadn't see a Monarch Butterfly in my area at all.  My milkweeds are barely a foot tall.  I went to fill the bird feeders on Wednesday morning and I looked down at the milkweed plant that is barely a foot tall but has 3 other plants that have grown up from it and noticed some holes in the leaves  :eceek.  I inspected closer and started to see very tiny caterpillars. OMG my milkweed had been the host for so many eggs.  Now the problem, so many baby caterpillars and not enough milkweed leaves for them all to eat.  So I became a foster to all the babies.  I had 12 that I took to work, kept 1 at home.  The next day 3 had not survived but looked again on my plant and found 3 more caterpillars.  I left one on the plant, brought one inside for me and took another back to work. 



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The hole is where it was eating the leaf

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size comparison,  they are very small

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The cups each have a leaf with a damp towel around it to keep it fresh. I also put a light cloth over the top with a rubber band to secure it.



Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 20, 2017, 02:45:19 AM
That is awesome Deb! and thanks for sharing those detailed photos.  What a woman!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 20, 2017, 05:42:00 AM
 :thumbup:   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 21, 2017, 10:22:56 PM
After having a nice week of rainy days I decided to drive out to the wetland meadow to see if any birds were visiting. I was happy to see quite a few birds.  The one that surprised me the most was this Cattle Egret.  He was searching for a meal along the water and the grass.
 Soon he speared something and I could see it was struggling to get it under control.  I watched the best I could from a good distance, the wind was blowing towards me so I got out of my car and quietly got to the back of the car so I had a better view.  It was a very large frog,  he kept stabbing it and then would pick it up by the leg which was not easy to get in his beak.  He repeated this over a couple of times and then he dropped it and went off for a little but then he thought about it and he returned.  He found the frog right away and started stabbing it again with his weapon of a beak.  After about 20 minutes he finally got it in his mouth.  Well nothing was easy,  it was very large and wouldn't go down easily (what if I had to do the heimlich on it).  Finally it was going down,  you could see the lump in his neck.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 29, 2017, 09:51:25 PM
The Monarch Caterpillars are doing well.  I have 11 at work and 3 at home.  They are growing so fast.  They can eat a whole milkweed leaf in one day.  It won't be long and they will be forming the pupae/chrysalis.  Then it is 10 days for the monarch to emerge from the chrysalis.


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can you tell the head from the end??
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A small video of the caterpillar
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 31, 2017, 09:47:44 PM
Today was the day that some of the monarch caterpillars started their journey to become beautiful Monarch Butterflies.
  I missed the beginning but they shed their skin to form the chrysalis.  The top part is the outter skin of the caterpillar that has been shed.  They transform inside there for about 10 days and will emerge a butterfly.  Nature at its most amazing best right before our eyes.  :heart





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmYDEgGbIOE
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 01, 2017, 04:48:19 AM
Wonderful capture Deb and very informative too. 🤗
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 01, 2017, 07:28:52 PM
Those tiny little caterpillars are now forming their chrysalis.  I was able to get a video of one forming its chrysalis this morning.  It sure is amazing that they totally transform themselves in this process.  The next chapter will be when they emerge as the butterfly.  It took just about 6 minutes but i recorded a little before and after.  Zip through some of the video but it is really cool to watch.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1zWmTcgDPQ
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 01, 2017, 09:52:48 PM
 :eceek Simply amazing  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 04, 2017, 12:01:14 PM
I was told by a friend that the coopers hawks have returned to their nest in her back yard.  I have been checking on them seeing one incubating on the nest.  I had no idea when they laid their egg(s).  I went yesterday morning and found the female standing on the back of the nest and the male landed on the nest and then flew to a branch near the nest.  He did some preening and scratching,  the female then started to pick and pull on something in the nest.  I saw some movement but not sure if i could get a good picture.

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Female on the nest
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The hawklet is being fed

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 04, 2017, 02:40:13 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on June 04, 2017, 06:28:27 PM

Oh, wow, nice catch Deb! ♥
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 08, 2017, 08:48:18 PM
A few weeks ago when the little squirrels started getting out and about I noticed a little one that looked strange.  I got out the camera to get a picture so I could look closer.  I was shocked at what I saw,  the poor thing had a terrible problem with its fur.  Seemed it was almost bald and he was just really itchy.  I didn't know what I could do and if it would be a problem for my dogs.  I reached out to AJL and she gave me some nutritional food ideas (those that contain good minerals and vitamins).  I have been watching for him as he returns and trying to get a picture to see how he is doing.  So much better for him to rehab in the wild than trying to capture and send him to a rehab.  I look forward to more healing.



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There is some improvement noted by the 3rd picture.



Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2017, 05:42:52 PM
I am pretty sure this is Squirt.  He still has less fur on the tip of his tail and at the base.
 Otherwise he looks good and is eating a black walnut here.



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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2017, 06:18:57 PM
Today was a hatch day for one of the Monarch butterflies.  You could see the wings that have formed in the chrysalis


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After it was out, it needed to dry and get Her wings exercised for her first flight.  I released her on some pretty flowers and she rested for a bit before she took off.

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She is a female because she doesn't have the dark spot on her lower wing section by one of the dark veins.









Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 09, 2017, 11:36:51 PM
She's a beauty, Deb!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 10, 2017, 08:40:01 AM
Amazing process
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 11, 2017, 09:37:36 AM
Here are a few videos of the monarch coming out of the Chrysalis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kssrJW2t5Nw


You can see that the wings have to straighten and the large body segment lengthens.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgxAXt4eTcA

A little time lapse as it drys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXq75aDtByE


Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on June 11, 2017, 10:31:57 AM
Fascinating to see this process, Deb, thank you!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 16, 2017, 09:57:36 PM
Squirt update ---  Here is Squirt as he is eating some corn on the cob.  He continues to have his fur fill out.  So the diet available to him is sure helping him plus any others that happen to stop by for a snack.


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here Squirt carried the cob up the tree to eat
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 16, 2017, 11:39:52 PM
Deb, It's so nice to see him eating/enjoying corn-on-the cob!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 17, 2017, 03:49:25 PM
Today was special because the last monarch has been set free.  She was #16 ♥


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on June 17, 2017, 08:23:47 PM
Congratulations on excellent monarch rearing, Deb!  This photo is glorious.

ETA:  and Squirt looks very healthy and cute!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 17, 2017, 11:20:01 PM
Happy Day, Deb!  What a lovely gift from Mother Nature, with you as midwife!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on June 19, 2017, 08:33:51 AM
Deb, it has been fun following your Monarch rearing! And the pictures have been beautiful. I bought my daughter a Monarch house when she was 4 or 5.  We had to send off for the eggs and all but one hatched. It was such a fun and educational experience for her that I got one for her kindergarten class. They had great success too and lots of fun releasing them.

Congrats on a most successful project...and thanks for 16 new Monarchs!  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on June 19, 2017, 08:39:44 AM
Your photos of these beauties doing their fabulous transformation, and final send off are wonderful, Deb!  Thank you so much for sharing the whole process!  This last one is particularly beautiful!!  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 27, 2017, 06:00:56 PM
How lucky to find a fox family right on the edge of town and right behind where I work.  I got there and found the Dad sitting by the tree and then he slipped behind the tree and out came one of the fox kits.  Oh that little one was trying to be so big,  he kept barking at me until he turned and bounded off.  It was one of those very hot evenings last week.


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this is the other kit as it slipped off into the shadow where their den is located

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the next night I went out and found one of the fox sitting behind an old wagon wheel

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 28, 2017, 03:26:51 AM
Sweet Deb - thanks for sharing! Foxes are so darn charming and graceful. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 29, 2017, 06:11:00 AM
Last night the kits were out playing again

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The parent was down at the end of this large lot along the tall grass and trees

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 29, 2017, 06:49:01 AM
What a gift for you; thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 29, 2017, 06:37:55 PM
You may know that I volunteer for our Raptor Rehab Center as a transporter of injured birds and sometimes I get to release some also.  The other night there was 2 young GHO's and 1 adult GHO that needed to be release very close to my home town.  I was asked and of course i said yes to the release.  There was an adult GHO that was picked up just 12 miles from me and then 2 GHO hatchlings that had been living with this adult.
  They wanted to release them all together.   We drove out to a nice area that was close for the adult and released all 3 there. 


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 29, 2017, 11:10:37 PM
I'm enjoying your photos and comments about your wildlife activities, Deb!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on June 30, 2017, 08:06:14 AM
How wonderful that you had the honor of returning them to their freedom.  :heart  They are lucky!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 05, 2017, 06:23:17 PM
Today I went out and was looking over my milkweed plants and I couldn't believe it, I found two tiny monarch eggs on the underneath side of a the leaves.  It can take 3-5 days for the caterpillar to hatch from the egg.  Will now wait and see if they hatch.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 05, 2017, 07:12:07 PM
I had a chance to visit a neat wetlands area right in the middle of Omaha this last weekend.
 I have been there before and saw the adult wood ducks.  This time I got to see their ducklings.  There were so many sitting on a log getting some morning sun.  You can begin to see the young male starting to get some of his grown up markings and feathers.


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Here you can see the male and a couple female youngsters

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Also got watched a green heron trying to fish.  The bad thing was I was looking directly at the morning sun which made interesting photos.  This also shows a dragonfly above the heron's head.

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Last of all a frog on a log....

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 06, 2017, 07:25:25 PM
Makes me smile when I see the little squirrel coming back for his oranges and extra minerals.
  It looks like he has fully recovered from his hair loss issue earlier.  He is happy and I think he knows that I am getting him some treats.  He just waited on the branch till I put out the snacks.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 06, 2017, 11:21:15 PM
He knows you are a friend.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 07, 2017, 08:43:38 PM
Tonight those 2 tiny monarch eggs hatched.  I noticed earlier that the nice green color had changed to a dark spot.  I though oh no it is not a viable egg.  Then later I looked and the egg was gone,  so I looked closer and closer.  I found a teeny tiny monarch caterpillar crawling along.
  I checked the other egg and sure enough that one has hatched also.  I also found more eggs outside on the plants.  Going to raise these like the last ones and hope for another successful release   :ecsmile


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 07, 2017, 11:47:01 PM
 :investigate2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2017, 02:09:00 PM
This is a close up (as best as I could get) of a monarch egg.  They have a football shape and are a green shade.  3-5 days after the egg has been laid it will hatch and it is then called a 1st instar caterpillar.

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My milkweed plants are now forming their pods which all the seeds are formed.  Then when the pods are mature they burst open and the seeds are then spread.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 11, 2017, 10:53:03 PM
Today is about 1 week for my first caterpillars that hatched and today I had 2 more hatch.  I noticed a couple tiny holes in the milkweed leaves and started looking closer and found 2 tiny caterpillars - wow they are so tiny at first.  I have a picture for size comparison.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on July 12, 2017, 03:58:51 PM
All of these observations are incredibly interesting, especially because you illustrate them with your great photos. Thank you for all of it.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 12, 2017, 04:58:30 PM
Deb, thank you for putting a penny there, for size comparison...it really helps to understand what you mean by 'tiny!'   

 :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 15, 2017, 06:58:23 PM
Update on the monarch caterpillars.  The caterpillars have hatched on different days so we can see such a difference in size.  They are so tiny when they hatch but once they start growing it is amazing how fast they change.  The larger one can eat a whole leaf in a day now.  :eceek

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 18, 2017, 08:38:00 PM
When all you have to do is eat all day this is what happens.  The stem was from this morning,  the one it is eating is from supper and the other is the full size leaf.  I am pretty sure the increase in food consumption means it will be ready to form the chrysalis very soon.  You can hear it chomping away, almost like eating corn on the cob,  LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyZE3s3GbEk

after it goes into the chrysalis it won't eat for 10 days until it becomes a butterfly and finds its first flower, it power eats.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 19, 2017, 07:51:08 PM
This morning my 2 little monarch eggs were beginning to hatch,  the sad thing was I had to leave for work.  When I came home for lunch I couldn't find the eggs (which they eat their shell).  I carefully starting looking over that milkweed leaf,  I wanted to get the little ones on a fresh leaf. Even got the magnify glass out to look. Finally found the first and got it moved to its own leaf.  The second was more difficult,  it was on the other side of the leaf,  thank goodness I was careful.  Both now are in their own little cup and eating away.  They are tiny and they have such a big black head at first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5r-CD2oLI

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 31, 2017, 06:27:50 PM
Painted Lady butterflies were all over here yesterday,  have no clue why but there were hundreds all around.  So I set out to take some pictures of them on some flowers.  Looking close at them they have hair on their body,  wow.

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They look kinda grumpy,  this one has its proboscis up and tasting the flower of a sullivans milkweed
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 31, 2017, 06:48:14 PM
What a special day I had this last weekend.  I had a call from our raptor center that 3 GHO's were ready for release and if I was available.  The adult was picked up very close to my town and they release them in the same area that they are rescued.  The other 2 were young ones that had been in the same flight pen so they could be released with the adult with no problem.  What made it more special was my daughter's family was coming out so I asked the grandkids if they would like to help.  They were great help,  each grandson got to release an owl.  I let the adult go first followed by the youngsters.  We watched them fly off and find a spot in the trees.  What a great feeling that was and to also share it with the grandsons.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on August 01, 2017, 07:13:19 PM
Wow! How special for your grandsons! But I cannot imagine the feeling when you are able to return these wonderful creatures back to their environment.  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 01, 2017, 08:00:15 PM
Wonderful experience for your grandsons!  They'll always remember it.   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 08, 2017, 09:35:36 PM
On August 21 there is going to be a total solar eclipse pass right over my town.  We are in the path of totality which will last 2 min and 31 secs.  I got a solar filter for my camera so i have been doing some practice photos.  Here is one of just the sun,  you can see a black dot on the sun which is a sun spot.  This is a really rare event so there are thousands of people coming to view this all across the state and country.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 08, 2017, 10:20:00 PM
It's exciting that you'll see totality during the eclipse, Deb!  I would have missed seeing the sunspot on your photo if you hadn't mentioned it.    :ecsmile

My brother and his family went to see one on the Peru border.  He said there was a 'diamond ring' effect.  I hope you'll see that.  (That effect doesn't last long.)  Hopefully, you can capture that moment and be able to share it with us.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on August 09, 2017, 03:34:30 AM
Beautiful  experience you shared with your grandsons Deb - I am sure they will never forget that
 Enjoy the ecclipse experience as well -  I have only seen 2 full ones in my life -  and yes they are very special indeed.  I look forward to your  photos. :-)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 22, 2017, 07:42:44 PM
The very anticipated day, hour, min and sec arrived yesterday.  No way to control mother nature,  the threat of clouds and in some places rain were forcasted but how can you get to another place fast enough,  so you stick with your original plan and just hope.  We lucked out so much, the skies had some clouds but as the moment for totality approached we got a great view.  Thousands of people traveled  so far for this very special celestial occurrence.  My work place had set up a viewing area with telescopes and our educator that had seen an eclipse before.  He gave out info as to what is happening and what to look for.  It was the most awesome thing I have ever seen.  I have pictures but truely if you ever get the opportunity to see one in person you should do it (2024).  In my town we had 2 min and 31 sec of total coverage of the sun by the moon, boy it goes by fast.  It started around 11:34 in the morning and ended around 2:30 pm.  Amazing how much the sun moves in that time frame so you have to keep moving your camera to keep the sun in the view finder.

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This is the first moment the moon appeared on the sun

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the haze around the sun is from the clouds

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amazing how the darkness is engulfing the circle of the sun

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just about the last sliver of the sun showing, the next series  will be so amazing.............
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 22, 2017, 08:23:16 PM
When the sun is totally covered by the moon you see an amazing light around the whole moon.  You get the corona view, which is the white flares from the surface of the sun.

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During this time you can see planets in the sky, a 360 degree sunset.  It is AMAZING,  ok I might say this word a few time.

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The next amazing thing to see is called Baily's Beads.  They are the flashes of light around the moon surface.   

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This is the brilliant diamond ring, so the surface of the moon is not smooth but has mountains and canyons. Flashes of light can be see around the circumference of the black moon as the sunlight shines through the canyons.  Another  AMAZING thing to see.  The darkness was such a surreal feeling.  It brought a chill to the air and of course a tear or two because it was so darn amazing.  Then the next phase is the moon slipping away from the sun......... and then it is over.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 22, 2017, 08:25:24 PM
Beautiful series, Deb.  Thank you for your 'live' comments.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 22, 2017, 08:45:14 PM
Now this is a repeat of the beginning process (looks like a bite of a cookie),  you see the moon move past the sun and slip away.  I am still on such a high and the crowd is still in awe.  You want it to keep lasting.  Some highlights-  we saw a nighthawk fly over, there was a planet that showed up, in town the street lights came on, the darkness was really Amazing since it was the middle of the day, crickets chirped  and many people came together to share in this spectacular event.  :heart

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There were a series of dark spots on the surface of the sun which are caused by areas that have reduced surface temperature

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And there is the last little bit of the moon covering the sun,  it is now completed.  It was so awesome and I hope you all enjoyed it also if not in person but by some of these photos.  :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 23, 2017, 04:07:23 PM
Amazing photos, Deb!  Beautiful series!  You really describe the whole event wonderfully with your camera and your impressions!  My kids went to Oregon to experience totality.  My son took his telescope and set it up on a tripod with the reflected image on a white board.  He showed me his image of the sunspots and the NASA photo that shows the sunspots are actually two places next to each other, one a positive charge, the other a negative charge, with the energy flowing between them like a flare!  I love your image of Bailiey's Beads, and how you can see the flares on the right side of the image in red/orange!  My kids also said it was the most amazing experience of their lives, my daughter said second only to childbirth!  LOL  One thing that amazed me was the image my son showed in a video that showed the sunshine on the horizon, while the sun was in total eclipse!  Amazing!  You are so fortunate to live close enough to really see it all and that you have the equipment to share your experience with others!  Thank you so much!!  If I'm still around in 2025 I'm heading to Texas!!!  Everyone says its a once in a lifetime experience and not to be missed!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 23, 2017, 06:09:52 PM
The place I work at has a 360 degree camera.  We took a video of the approaching eclipse and the totality.  You can see the shadow approaching in the sky and light fade.  It shows how the light changes and how the shadow moves past the sun and off to the east.  On the video you can click and move the picture around to see like you were looking around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfKQdgaDPo4

watch the video straight from the YouTube link it is better
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on August 23, 2017, 06:43:01 PM
 :thumbup: Fantastic narrations and captures Deb  :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 07, 2017, 09:17:32 PM
I have been enjoying a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at my feeder for a few days (I am smitten with the spunky little fella).
  There is a second one around but Never see them at the same time eating, The Boss doesn't like to share I guess.  The other evening I was giving the dog a haircut outside and it didn't bother him,  he still came to the feeder for his evening meal, it sure was hard to keep my attention on the dog haircut, lol.
 


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAKYTRguCNs

Size means nothing to the little hummer, he was in a stand off with a wren on the neighbors clothes line.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 07, 2017, 11:34:58 PM
The male hummers are feisty little birds.  One yelled at me when I was hand-watering the backyard lawn.

  :rotf1
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 13, 2017, 08:34:04 PM
This summer has seen an explosion of Painted Lady Butterflies.  The sedum flowers have been covered with them.
  The conditions were just perfect for these butterflies which hatched from the soybean fields.


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All these ladies kept Frankie busy,  ♥
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 13, 2017, 08:56:41 PM
The little hummer is still around and won't let the other get close to the feeder.  Have seen many chases, one even zipped by me as I sat waiting for her to come to the feeder.  I am not sure how long it will stay around but I sure am enjoying the activity.

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Even the Painted Lady was sneaking a drink from the feeder

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we are now getting the Monarchs passing through on their way south also
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on September 14, 2017, 07:43:38 AM
Deb, the photos of the butterflies on the Sedum are spectacular!

It is good to hear that there has been a "bumper crop" of Monarchs this year.  :heart

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 15, 2017, 07:58:19 PM
It is really neat to have birds visit my feeder.  I have observed lots about some of their behaviors.  The cardinals really like early morning and late evening visits, blue jays are loud and pushy, european collared doves come in groups, sparrows must call out to all their friends and relatives and fly into the bird feeder in mass.  Lately I have had a couple of hummingbirds,  they are fast little ones that is for sure.  The one doesn't like to share the feeder and goes on the chase many times but last night I got to watch 3 enjoy eating all together.
  Not sure what the occasion was but there they sat on the perches of the feeder all sipping away.  Then a young cardinal flew down to the bird bath and took a few sips.  Light was going but i got a couple of pictures of the late evening visit.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on September 16, 2017, 03:41:01 AM
I have never seen  hummers share! :eceek How nice to capture such a moment.  :nod2 I think you were blessed with that visit.  The hummers around here are very territorial and chase others of their kind away. :ecwink Nice of the  cardinal to pose for you too  :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 21, 2017, 07:03:45 PM
Fall is officially here, soon the trees will be colorful but until then I am busying watching for the monarchs and tagging as many as I can.  Lots of things are in migration mode, the hummer is still hanging around,  the tree was full of starlings yesterday (oh they were noisy),  the acorns are falling from the neighbors tree (almost need a helmut on when outside).  I have been gathering those that have fallen and will save them for the squirrels this winter.

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A tagged monarch,  the small tag is stuck on the wing and doesn't bother them.  Monarchs that have been recovered with a tag are documented and information is gathered where they are from.  This is important in following their migration path.

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Others love the flowers this time of the year, this is a spinx hummingbird moth, fast little flyers.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 24, 2017, 09:58:54 AM
Tis the season of butterflies.  We have had the painted ladies here in mass, the Monarchs are migrating through.
  Others are the yellow and white sulfurs and now this cute one called a border patch.


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border patch

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yellow sulphur

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Asters covered with Painted Lady butterflies, But there is one that is different, a white sulphur hiding in there
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sandor3 on September 24, 2017, 10:08:50 AM
You ARE the butterfly whisperer, Deb!  Beautiful photos...thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on September 25, 2017, 09:25:01 PM
:eclol I found it! I had to see the photo full size to see that White Sulphur. Otherwise it all looked the same.
This would make a crazy puzzle. Of the kind that I'm not patient enough to solve.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 01, 2017, 09:20:39 PM
While out looking for birds a monarch floated by and found a place to land on a tall piece of grass.  I am out in the prairie  and the flowers are starting to wither away.  This tall piece of grass is called big blue stem which is found in a tall grass prairie.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 05, 2017, 10:03:12 PM
A trip out to the marshy wetlands, with the recent rains there is a nice amount of water and the migrating birds are taking advantage.  One hazard of driving on the country roads is picking up a nail or two in the tires (yep two in one tire).  Happy to see so many Cormorants,
 Coots, Ducks and Cattle Egrets.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on October 06, 2017, 03:30:08 AM
Holy Hanna Deb! great luck with the wildlife - terrible luck with the tire! :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on October 06, 2017, 08:09:02 AM
Gmadeb, I thought that you would like to see that your Painted Ladies are abundant here in Colorado too. They say the weather conditions have lead to a bumper crop this year. So much so, the meteorologists picked them up on the weather radars, thinking that it was migrating birds. They are everywhere here.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 06, 2017, 01:33:53 PM
who would have imagined butterflies on radar. Even more that they migrated (or immigrate as my co-worker commented to me) like the monarchs and some that travel those many miles. Isn't nature full of amazing things
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 06, 2017, 07:02:25 PM
Wow!  That'a what you can call a plethora of butterflies!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on October 07, 2017, 02:12:08 AM
Nature is wonderful - so glad you lucky ladies have been able to enjoy that.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 13, 2017, 03:36:45 PM
My furry friend Squirt is living somewhere near.  He visits often so I thought I would put together a few pictures of the progress he has made.  When I first saw him he was a terrible sight to look at, hardly any fur on him and scratching all the time.  Got some advice and increased the food variety to include a better balanced diet.  He has slowly improved and now is a good looking squirrel- he does have a really unique tail now.  Seems the end of his tail which never grew any fur has fallen off so he has a really short tail.

First time I saw him
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This picture is of Squirt today,  pretty darn healthy squirrel

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 13, 2017, 07:12:22 PM
Looks better, thanks to your care, Deb!    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on October 13, 2017, 11:13:15 PM
He looks great Deb.... good job!!!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 15, 2017, 04:18:07 PM
Yesterday was a foggy, cold day but went out to the bison prairie after my workshop.  The bison heard was all snug in the tall grass prairie.  Every once in awhile one would get up and stretch and look around.  Of course I would have loved to have a nice blue and sunny sky,  the fog made it challenging.  The really neat thing about seeing the bison at this time of year is they have got their winter coat now.  They are such massive creatures.  Along the fence of the bison prairie I got to see some little birds sitting on the posts.   

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Blue Bird is another beautiful bird
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Sandor3 on October 15, 2017, 05:36:49 PM
Beautiful photos, Deb...love being near bison listening to their gentle sounds.  Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 15, 2017, 09:24:36 PM
Your bison photo would make a beautiful painting, Deb.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 31, 2017, 08:50:31 PM
It was a great Monarch year for me,  hope that they do well over the winter and I will see many come springtime.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 31, 2017, 08:58:27 PM
Deb, you got many Monarchs off to a very good start!   :investigate2      :hearts2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 31, 2017, 09:08:21 PM
A look back at some butterflies and it is amazing how they can fly when their wings get so beat up.

Common Buckeye
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 31, 2017, 09:18:32 PM
Now that it is fall the milkweed pods are opening and sending their seeds to the sky and hope to find a nice place to grow in the spring.  Habitat and pollinators are so important for all things plus we get to enjoy the beauty ourselves.

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butterfly milkweed pod and seeds

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common milkweed seed pod
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 04, 2017, 08:30:11 AM
One little milkweed seed caught on a dried flower,  you never know where it will end up...  hope it finds someplace that it can grow

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 04, 2017, 09:15:48 AM
It sure has been a very busy time around here with so many raptors needing rescued.  I have been involved in assisting in captures, transfers and overnight stays.  Some of the birds are hurt pretty bad and the best you can do is keep them warm and safe from predators.
  Many have broken wings, probably from being hit by vehicles and you want to get them to the center as quick as you can.  Our rehab center is at the eastern part of our state so all the birds must travel there, since I live close to the interstate and in the middle of the state it makes it really easy for me to help out.  Here is a GHO that was spotted on the ground, not far from a highway and out in the middle of the day on the ground.  He was unable to fly (but he could run).  I was able to get him and take him home and arrange transport with another volunteer to drive it to the center.  This bird was
 #525 for the year, last year we took in 600 (this maybe a record year with almost 2 months left).


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On the way back home I saw a hawk on a telephone pole so I pulled over to get a look at him.  He was picking on something in his talons.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jungleland on November 07, 2017, 06:53:50 PM
Such a pretty GHO.  I hope it gets better so it can go back to the wild.  Looks like a snake in the hawks talons.  Interesting thread.  Thanks for sharing your Nebraska.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 11, 2017, 06:33:44 PM
Just in case you have a pumpkin left over after halloween or a pumpkin decoration for fall, don't just throw them away.
  They make a good meal for the wildlife.  Remember the little squirrel that had the skin and fur issue? well here he is in this first photo and he is looking really good.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 11, 2017, 07:26:29 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on November 12, 2017, 04:18:00 PM
Sweet Deb  :eclove. I love happy emdings.  :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 12, 2017, 08:04:22 PM
Winter scenes are kinda pretty.  Places along the Platte River are sometimes magical.  Places that the Sandhill Cranes visit are amazing.  I enjoyed a nice brisk day along the river and thought I would visit a little shack of a place that is a crane blind.  Sometimes one that is kinda run down looking holds the most character.

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Always a very cool sight,  bald eagles flying along the Platte River
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 12, 2017, 08:09:24 PM
When your dogs go outside and don't stop barking,  you go and check out what the ruckus is and to your surprise you find a critter scared to death on the fence.  This opossum was froze in its tracks, we got the dogs in the house and went and checked on him later and he had made his escape (I hope).

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on December 12, 2017, 08:26:33 PM
I just love the photo of the old crane blind ... is that the one we were in or another one (where's the burlap?).

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 12, 2017, 08:58:09 PM
I took a raptor that was injured to our center and when I helped assess and place the bird in the hospital area I asked the director about if she had a snowy owl.  Well she pointed to a cage to my left and there she was, a Snowy Owl.  I was 3 feet from her- she was standing there looking back at me.  It broke my heart to see such a beautiful bird so weak,  she weighed just under 2 lbs (normally she should weigh over 5 lbs). She has been at rehab 12 days now and is eating better and is so much more alert.  I saw her today and she seemed much brighter,  followed us around,  clacked and even hissed at us.  She is slowly getting more solid foods.  The plan will be when she is recovered fully, she will be transfered to rehab up north and they will release her close to Canada.  These owls are very hard to rehab so it is really special to have a successful recovery.  We are really lucky and she is really lucky.  This first picture is not mine, it is from the rescue person that first day.  The next ones are mine.    

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This was from the weekend, standing and looking better
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Owl feet,  they have large feet and feathers on them but what is really cool they have feathers on the bottom of their feet also
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Today much more alert and following us around, even making more noises
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Snookums on December 12, 2017, 11:32:34 PM
Love the owl photos.   :eceek
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 13, 2017, 03:32:53 AM
Gorgeous - thanks for sharing
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 13, 2017, 10:11:10 PM
Wednesday is our after school program with students in grades K-5.  I had asked our raptor rehab center if they had a raptor ready for release if I could do the release for our program.  A young RT that had come to the rehab in July with a broken wing and a fracture in its leg was finally ready for release.  They had to pin the leg fracture and the wing was wrapped and healed very nicely.  We bused the kids out to the area that we could release it and they got to help set her free, you can hear them doing the count down.  What a neat afternoon to see this bird get back its freedom.     

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHycoBi1sGo
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 14, 2017, 04:37:03 AM
What a wonderful way to introduce the rehabbers if the future to the importance of caring for wildlife and habitat. Thank you for organizing that Deb.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 17, 2017, 05:27:21 PM
Just a little bird ID challenge time.......  who is this fella peeking at me?

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 17, 2017, 06:25:20 PM
Took a hike out to the Sherman Ranch.  It is pretty much a natural prairie,  at first I thought I was only going to see the normal sparrows but as I continued on closer to the bluff areas I spotted some birds up in the trees.  I got to an area that I could watch and they were eastern bluebirds.  They flew down to some plants that had lots of seeds for them to eat.  I think they were eating seeds off of a sumac plant.

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female

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male on the left, female on the right
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 18, 2017, 02:46:55 AM
Gorgeous little fellows  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 18, 2017, 09:44:39 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 08, 2018, 07:01:27 PM
Was able to get out to a lake that many eagles hang out during the winter.  There seems to be enough movement in the water to keep it from freezing solid.  The temperature was still cold but nothing like last weekend when it was in the minus column.  The only problem was there was no sun,  just a light gray sky.  I was still not going to let that keep me from my adventure to find some eagles and other birds.  I arrived at the hydro plant where the water doesn't freeze and right in front of the plant was an eagle sitting on a poll watching for the fish to come through the power generators.   The fish get a bit stunned and come to the surface and the eagles then swoop in for a meal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFGp9LYzN2Y
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 08, 2018, 08:01:40 PM
The day was cloudy but managed to get a few pictures of the eagles that were perching in the trees around the lake and hydro canal. 

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great take off

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their look is intense

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think we got each side covered now

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 08, 2018, 08:25:20 PM
Another day at the lake,  blue sky and lots warmer out but the eagles were way out on the ice.  Was able to watch lots of common mergansers enjoying the little bit of open water.

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see if you can find the common goldeneye in the midst of the mergansers

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the mergansers got a fish up on the ice but it was too big to swallow

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they would fly in and then get up on the ice and stand or lay down for a bit before getting back in the water

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I just like this photo,  landing gear down.....

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I finally got a belted kingfisher that was not far away and blurry.  I could hear the chatter from her and finally found her
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on January 08, 2018, 10:02:14 PM
Great photos, Deb! I think the mergansers  (Hoodies) are one of my very favorite birds - we rarely see the Common Mergansers here in Massachusetts, tho. 
And the eagle!

Please tell me the name of the lake where the hydro plant is (I am making a list and a map for March ...)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 14, 2018, 05:03:46 PM
Today was a Hike along the river after we had a little snowfall last night.  The temperature got to freezing, which was awesome (I actually over dressed and was sweating).  No one had been out so I was able to find lots of interesting footprints in the snow.  

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Little critters tunnel under the snow and into the hole.  Vole

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Little paws.  Raccoon

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Deer

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Hop, Hop Hop.  Rabbit

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I did not see what bird this was
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 14, 2018, 05:31:44 PM
The Platte River was almost totally frozen, just a little open water.

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someone photo bombed the river pic  :biggrin3

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a little mouse ran across the path ( think the other is big foot)  :lol

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another tunnel made by a vole
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on January 14, 2018, 06:10:04 PM

A fun post!
Thanks so much Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 14, 2018, 11:26:12 PM
Nice to see the tracks and IDs, Deb!   Very interesting.

 :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 15, 2018, 04:10:33 AM
Ditto what Toger said  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on January 15, 2018, 06:40:01 AM
informative and funny  :eclol
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 17, 2018, 09:47:11 PM
After many days of really cold temps this little fella came to visit the feeder today.  I noticed that his fur was not looking very good.  Got the camera and took a few pictures through the door and sure enough he doesn't  have  a nice full coat.  So I went and added some more treats to the feeder and had an apple that I cut up for him.  Right away he came back and picked up the apple and started enjoying the apple.  Hope he comes back and I can put out some more special items for him that will help his fur grow back.  Rehab situation again.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 18, 2018, 04:47:47 AM
Yay Deb   :ecsmile good on you!   
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 18, 2018, 10:52:15 PM
Rehab can be done in many places!  I'm glad you saw him, Deb.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 25, 2018, 08:07:12 PM
Having bird feeders in the back yard you expect to feed the birds, right.........  I was not expecting a bird to be food for a hawk.  I just happen to look out my back door and there on the patio was this sharp-shinned hawk with a starling in its talons.  He seemed to be squeezing it with his talons till it was deceased, (it looked like it was doing CPR on it, oh dear).  He then took off with the bird in its talons and I wonder if he will be visiting again,  :eceek

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One thing with nature, sometimes it is not easy to watch.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 25, 2018, 10:09:39 PM
Yes, sigh... 

 :ecrolleyes
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 26, 2018, 03:38:55 AM
Hard to watch certainly, :eceek and yet part of nature that we also bear responsibility for  :ohno
You were honoured to have the hawk visit your yard though, and hopefully it wont become his regular habit.  :sigh
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 28, 2018, 08:21:51 PM
For the last month there has been a snowy owl spotted in the city of Omaha.  Its location is rather dangerous,  it has been seen sitting on a merging traffic sign along the interstate freeway and exit off ramp road, even perching on the cement rail of the overpass road.  Flying down into the grassy section and grabbing some little mouse or vole.  Off to the side of the interstate there is a communication tower (cell tower),  she uses that most of the time for her daytime perch.  I had a trip planned to go see the grandkids so this was my opportunity to look for her since this is just a few blocks from their house  :ecsmile  I started out early afternoon to see if she was in her resting spot,  my luck no where to be seen.  I checked a few other spots on each side of the interstate and then found my way back to the tower area.  as it was getting dark just after sunset- amazing she flew into a small tower with a road cam on it, right above the interstate.  I have her spotted now,  she is silhouetted against the sky but she doesn't stay long.  Down she went into the grass below the overpass.  Soon up she came and landed on the cement rail of the road,  traffic was zipping by her (I wonder how many really even noticed her). I was snapping pictures like crazy.  I looked closely and sure enough she had something in her talons.  She stayed there for a bit and down she went again and then came up on a merging traffic sign.  There must be a good supply of food that lives in there.  I watched till it was really dark and she was comfortable on the sign.  Early the next morning I went out to see if she would return to her day perch spot on the tower and bingo I drove up and there she was.  She was looking around and then I could see at times she would squint her eyes and then some would have them totally closed.  Must be night time for her.  Before I left to come home I stopped by and she was still in the same area but at this time we had some little snow flurries falling.  There were a number of cars in this lot watching her.  I wished her well and I left to come home.  She sure was a really pretty owl.  I hope she stays safe and will soon leave to go back north.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMqn-hfYKa4
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 28, 2018, 09:03:35 PM
Photos of the snowy owl and the area she has been staying in.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on January 28, 2018, 09:57:14 PM
Sure hope the owl stays away from the road!!! Beautiful!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 28, 2018, 10:33:21 PM
The next morning it was time to go and see if she was still in the area.  I had been told she likes to perch on this communication tower just off the interstate road.  There is a little parking lot that I drove into and sure enough there she was right above the little building on a beam.  I shut off the car and rolled the window down,  there she was and she didn't seem to notice me.  The sun was not up and it was going to be cloudy (not so good for pictures) still there she was.  She was alert and looking around,  at times she would squint her eyes and sometimes just close them.  She seemed very comfortable there, I didn't want to leave but I thought before I left town I would go check on her again.

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getting a little nap in

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during the afternoon she is trying to catch a few winks with some snowflakes falling

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 29, 2018, 06:10:53 PM
She's a beauty, Deb!   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on January 29, 2018, 06:40:16 PM
Wonderful sighting and photos, Deb!  

I subscribe to a daily update from eBird on Snowy Owl sightings - I have never seen any reported from Nebraska, and I am sure they would love to know about this owl (even after the owl leaves - don't want to increase gawker traffic in the area - I put all of mine in well after the fact but)   http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN40647 (http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN40647)

Someone posted photos for a sighting (I forget where) and the owl had a transmitter; must be one of the Project SNOWstorm owls.

ETA:  added the next morning :  today’s snowy Owl alert email included a sighting from Nebraska and it might be this same Owl as there was a photo included and the setting looks similar.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 30, 2018, 02:26:01 AM
you  Nebraskans have been blessed by this visit - how lovely!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 31, 2018, 05:03:31 PM
Thank You Nancy for that info.  I will do that when I have heard that she hasn't been around.  I was looking back and I have the first report of her being seen on Jan 6.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 31, 2018, 06:48:18 PM
January 31 during the early morning there was a lunar eclipse happening.  Well of course this was going to be the second full moon of the month which is called a Blue Moon which doesn't happen often.  It also was a super moon which means it is a bit closer to the earth (the moons orbit is a little elongated).  When the earth passes between the moon and the sun we get the lunar eclipse which is also called the Blood Moon.  The moon being in the shadow of the earth takes on a reddish color.  All very neat - A super blue blood moon eclipse !!!!   Checking the forcast it doesn't look good for me--clouds predicted  :mgritted  I decided to set my alarm for 5 anyways and at least look outside,  so I wake at 4 and can't go back to sleep.  I look outside and see shadows on the ground, looked out the back and there is the moon bright as can be.  I gather my camera and things and head out to the country so I will have a nice open sky.  Got set up and now I just need to wait for it to start.  I can see a few clouds off in the distance but nothing serious,  little clouds pass,  the eclipse starts in the upper left corner.  About half way i see there are more clouds building from the west.  This is not good as it is going to be just a bit before it gets to totality and the redness will show.  Sure enough the clouds covered the moon and that was the end for me of the eclipse.  Here are the photos that I got before totality.

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Better luck next year I guess
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 01, 2018, 03:35:02 AM
NASA live streamed  that event which was wonderful for  Ontarians because the eclipse  did not occur in our area - only west of us.  They called it a "trifeca" super-blue-blood moon eclipse.  They are so rare that one had not occurred since 1866. I got up at 4:00 also because I didnt want to miss the live streaming of that event. You have my sympathy about the clouds ruining the full eclipse but it is wonderful that you got as much as you did of it.  Thank you for going to so much trouble and for posting what you captured. there will of course be other blue moon eclypses long before another trifecta.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 04, 2018, 09:58:51 PM
Found an area where Short Eared Owls hunt and live.  It is a very rich wet land area.  Short Eared Owls are ground nesters which come here during the winter.  They perch on fence posts out in the open as they look for prey.  They have long wide wings which they can float over the field looking for food.  Tonight out looking for them I saw 2 sitting on the posts and 4 flying over the field.

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Perched on the fence posted scanning the field for a meal
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 05, 2018, 04:44:29 AM
 :heart :heart :heart :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 05, 2018, 09:27:34 PM
Great place to live when you love wildlife, Deb!    :woohoo
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 07, 2018, 08:58:08 PM
It was a cold and snowy day.  I had let the dogs out in the back yard and I heard this rustling in the tree in the neighbors yard.  I kept looking around and trying to figure out what was making that noise.  Soon a squirrel came into view,  it was stuffing leaves in its mouth from the oak tree.  That tree does not shed all of its leaves till springtime.  That squirrel was needing some leaves to keep him warm in its nest.   

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 08, 2018, 01:57:22 AM
When I was still living in Dundas, the local squirrels used my two oak trees in the same way all winter long.  It was cute to see them scurrying about gathering leaves and running back to nest, while avoiding each other.  :ecwink
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 12, 2018, 10:22:40 PM


I was so happy to release this Red Tail Hawk after she had been in rehab for awhile.  She was so ready to be free.  As you can see she is a mature hawk by her full red tail, hope that she will find a mate. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 17, 2018, 10:06:02 PM
The state bird of Nebraska....... The Meadowlark

The have a very nice song that sounds like they say this " I am a pretty bird"


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 18, 2018, 01:45:36 PM
 :eclove. Love those photos, the colors are stunning!  Can’t wait to hear them again ...

And I hear the cranes are coming in !!!!  Must be Spring.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 18, 2018, 10:52:38 PM
the Sandhill Cranes are arriving along with other birds.  I found a place where there was a pretty good number out in a field, they didn't seem to be to active, not really doing any display dancing which I think they are still tired from the trip here.

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They set their wings and lower their legs like landing gear

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The prairie where the deer and the sandhills play ♪♫


There is a new webcam running on the Crane Trust Property to view the Sandhill Cranes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pblUykz-BJs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pblUykz-BJs)

There was a change in the Sandhill Crane Cam for the Crane Trust,  this is updated now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCtwMwVgoQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCtwMwVgoQ)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on February 19, 2018, 09:22:22 AM
 :eclove

Thanks for that cam link, at least the river is open in the middle. Hope things are warmer in a month!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 02, 2018, 09:13:47 PM
I have always had squirrels around in the yard but this is the first time I have had one that is really dark.  I found out it is the same kind of squirrel called the fox squirrel only it has the dark gene.  It is really not black cause you can see some of the brown tint in places.
  Will have to see if he stays around or was just passing by for a snack.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 11, 2018, 08:54:04 AM
This is how you wake up in the morning on the Platte River with thousands of Sandhill Cranes


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dLPaZlJG_Y
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 11, 2018, 09:53:21 AM

Wow!
Fabulous Deb!
Something i sure don*t see around here!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on March 11, 2018, 10:30:41 AM
 :eclove. Awesome, Deb (they are doing jumping jacks!)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 13, 2018, 10:04:30 PM
Well it is March and it is the time of the year that I bore you with my pictures of Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River.  Spring Migration is in full swing as the birds return to their nesting grounds farther north.
 


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Sandhills with their landing gear down coming in for a landing against the warm colors of the setting sun

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Sharing the river with many different kinds of ducks,  the river is a wealth of life

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Sunrise reveals the many birds in the river and the sky changes from darkness to such brilliant colors

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A very special visitor  has been traveling with the Sandhill Cranes.  I was so lucky to see it and to get a photo of it.
 It sure does stand out in the crowd.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 14, 2018, 04:39:58 AM
 :ecsmile i love all your photos and descriptions Deb.  You show me things I have never seen in my life  :nod2  and give excellent information to go with the photos.  :thumbup: They will NEVER be boring. :nope
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 14, 2018, 09:11:34 AM

i totally agree jeavverhey!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 14, 2018, 08:26:30 PM
Always welcome, never boring, Deb!

 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 14, 2018, 09:57:49 PM
After sunset the massive number of Sandhill Cranes arrive at the river.  While there was a large number flying in, something caught my eye,  it was white- could it be the whooping crane??  I am looking at the large roost of cranes in the river, like looking for a needle in a haystack with your sunglasses on.  Finally I spot the white blob, it is not any bigger than the others so it is not the whooper.  It is a Leucistic sandhill crane.  This picture is cropped and edited some because it was getting pretty dark, no moon outside either.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 17, 2018, 09:10:21 PM
This is a little clip of the cranes in the morning when they are waking up and doing a little dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuE9zAft-Cg
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on March 18, 2018, 03:20:39 AM
Cute - morning calisthenics
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on March 18, 2018, 09:00:23 AM

Lovely, Deb!
Thank you for showing us what you see there.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 19, 2018, 10:24:06 PM
There is a rare visitor hanging out with the Sandhill Cranes.  A Whooping Crane with a nickname- Bob.  For many years Bob has been seen with the sandhills.  For some reason he got lost from the whooping cranes and found these cranes to live with,  sad in a way since he has no mate.  This year I have been lucky to find it a few times.  Today was a rainy/snowy day and just happen to drive around before going to the crane blind for the night and see it eating with the sandhills in the cornfield right by the lane we needed to travel on to the blind.  We sat and watched for awhile and they never left so we had to find another way into the blind.  You are not suppose to get close,  at least 2,000 feet away.  Well we were for sure going to be closer so it was an adventure to take my guests on another road through the prairie and set up for a great evening watching the cranes fly into the river.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_-d_i0G5Tc
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 20, 2018, 09:30:41 PM
Sometimes a photo does not really show you all that is going on, a video can show you more action and includes the sound.
  The noise level keeps getting louder as more cranes arrive.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGJs6CQpnTE


a really short time lapse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-ND2UKAfkI
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 23, 2018, 09:36:08 PM
The Sandhill Crane behavior is really interesting,  it has been call the Crane Dance.  It is about renewing relationships

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wing span

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Tossing cornstalks is part of renewing their relationships
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 23, 2018, 09:49:40 PM
There is no explanation why this whooping crane is traveling with the sandhill cranes, it has been seen with them for many years.  Some have guessed that that he got lost and found this group.  Maybe he doesn't know he stands out in the crowd or he sounds a bit different.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 23, 2018, 10:02:12 PM
The painted sky is always a plus as a nice backdrop

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 31, 2018, 10:22:38 PM
Here are a couple  videos from a trip I took with a friend to see the prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse.  They have a very interesting (funny) display dance to lure in the female  into their territory on the lek

Sharp-Tailed Grouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z4XeQ1SEmM

Prairie Chicken
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JU6aIpChTo
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 03, 2018, 10:20:50 PM
March has been more like winter, cold little sunshine even snow at times.  No matter what the weather the cranes continue to spend time in the fields and roost in the river at night.  Last night was my last crane tour and it ended up being a really good show.  Just a bit of sun peeked out for the nice color to the sky and on the water.  The cranes were wonderful also.

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The first ones start landing on the sandbar

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more and more arrive

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a break in the clouds allows a colorful sunset

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so many arriving
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 03, 2018, 10:30:25 PM
Beautiful live action photos, Deb!    :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 03, 2018, 10:34:58 PM
Adding to the migration of birds through Nebraska it is also time for the prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse to start gearing up for mating season.  Both are very neat to watch and listen to.  These photos are of the Prairie Chickens

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 03, 2018, 11:29:53 PM
Sharp-tailed Grouse and also located out on the prairies.  They arrive at an area called a Lek and stake out their territory displaying and carry on courtship behaviors waiting for females to walk into the area.  They stomp their feet, rattle their tail feathers while turning in circles.  They inflate a neck sac which is a purple color and make a cooing call.  At this lek there is also a hybrid that is a mix between the prairie chicken and grouse.  It has been around for about 5 years and it is probably sterile - still it carries on trying to win a female.

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hybrid cross of prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 04, 2018, 08:20:04 AM
Great shots, Deb!  The last one of the Prairie Chickens, the male following the female, is cool. I wonder if that male turns out to be the breeder this year. I love the sound the chickens make, but the grouse display was fascinating also.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 07, 2018, 06:40:11 PM
More fun videos of the sharp-tailed grouse

This first video shows the prairie chicken hybrid to the right and in the far back


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29DLUtOPe4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdkZb0wovCs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKQibQ-gMhs
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 07, 2018, 06:47:13 PM
It was a chilly morning in the bus blind but the sharp-tailed grouse carried on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-6iBsefUHI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duAH5QbUmwc
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 07, 2018, 09:24:16 PM
A few more photos from our trip in the sandhills.  American White Pelicans and a Northern Shrike

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 09, 2018, 01:31:27 PM
Deb, I hope you don't mind that I am going to post about "my" Nebraska in "your Nebraska" topic.   :duck   I have a few photos and videos of many of the same birds that Deb has been posting about, because I spent 10 days there at the end of March this year (reminded me of New England, the way the weather changed from too hot to too cold ...)

One of the species I hoped to see this trip was the American White Pelican and they were there in numbers, just passing through on their journey north.

These guys were vying for position on top of this one little rock in the Calamus reservoir, where Deb got the photo of the diving pelican that she posted just above.

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Here comes a challenger.

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https://youtu.be/I5mz2cxy0Vk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5mz2cxy0Vk


Winner for now gives a satisfied shake.
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 09, 2018, 09:40:02 PM
Nice to see your Pelican photos and the video, Nancy.  Please see the forum jigsaw puzzle for April 9, 2018 (today).

 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 10, 2018, 01:51:55 AM
awesome photos ladies.  Thank you for the descriptions Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 10, 2018, 02:59:38 PM
Oh those Greater Prairie Chickens!  :eclove

Deb mentioned we went to see them displaying on a lek up in the sandhills of Nebraska.  This first photo shows the old school buses that are used as observation blinds - I was standing near the lodging area and was surprised to see how close they appeared to be (driving there in the pre-dawn darkness seems like we are on a long and convoluted road, but that is not really the case). Even more surprising to me was to see some prairie chickens in this photo, one up near the center blind and others toward the center of the lek to the left - this photo was at sunset and now I wonder how long they spend on the lek each day.  (Click through to see larger versions of the photos).

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Both days there were several females around and males were certainly vying for their attention. There was much leaping and displaying going on!

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 10, 2018, 03:05:57 PM
This video consists of three short clips combined of males chasing females around the lek. I think one female got chased by another female, too - wanting her to go away, probably.  Near the end, it seems that this one male might be the winner this year (on each lek, one male mates with about 80% or more of the females that come to look for a mate.  A female might mate with 3 or 4 males from other leks, according to DNA research that was discussed during our stay).

https://youtu.be/PJe1nuFdvG0 (https://youtu.be/PJe1nuFdvG0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJe1nuFdvG0


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 11, 2018, 04:44:35 PM
One more video of the Prairie Chickens. These clips were taken on our second day of observing the chickens, and is mostly of males pairing off to see who can dominate the other. It starts when the light was very low (pre-sunrise) and ends with a chin-scratch salute. I lost focus a few times, but considering this was essentially hand-held or at most resting lightly on a tripod, I am not too unhappy.  Besides, the humm-purr and other sounds and the behaviors ("ears" up!) are so much fun to hear and see, a bit blurred or not.

https://youtu.be/Y9GdbtQfX3Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9GdbtQfX3Q
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on April 11, 2018, 08:00:26 PM
  FANSINATING NANCY!!  Thank you
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 12, 2018, 01:14:14 PM
thanks, Donna! These birds are so engaging!

As Deb has explained, we also saw the Sharp-tailed Grouse on their lek.  I have a couple of videos and some photos of those.

The first video is of two males confronting each other, then they break apart and a new pair forms. Of course, as soon as I zoomed in on one, he started zipping around and was difficult to follow.  I think my favorite part of this multi-segment clip is the second part, the close-up where the two are face-to-face and quietly clucking (gobbling?) at each other.

https://youtu.be/5QaqKpqlVn0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QaqKpqlVn0



This video starts with two "regular" grouse, then one of them dances in a circle and runs over to the prairie-chicken/sharp-tailed grouse hybrid.  The hybrid leaps into the air!  He voice is a bit higher than the gobblers around him.

https://youtu.be/87E7-p0dvJM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87E7-p0dvJM

https://youtu.be/87E7-p0dvJM
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 12, 2018, 10:10:12 PM
Not only are the prairie chickens speedy as they move from one area to another to engage in a challenge with another male,
 they can jump !


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kinda blurry but hey they are fast

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Playing Leap-Frog on the Lek

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 13, 2018, 01:56:32 AM
Those are incredible Nancy - thanks for sharing them  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 13, 2018, 01:59:31 AM
Deb your hand must be much steadier than mine to capture those shots  at those precise moments WoW :eceek :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 13, 2018, 08:40:03 AM
 :eclove Thank you Deb and Nancy for sharing these funny  characters with us
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 16, 2018, 10:41:45 PM
Two videos from a little wetland after the snow had melted.  The shorebirds are arriving now.  Also the Yellow-headed blackbirds have arrived and are hanging out with the red-winged black birds also.  The video of the Godwits is looking into the evening sun but they were so busy probing in the water it was pretty funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_FexZdwzRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CNNL3Cgcnk

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 19, 2018, 10:44:20 PM
There is just something about some birds that just bring out a smile--Sharp-tailed Grouse are one of those birds.  I still have some photos to look at.  Here is a sharp-tailed grouse

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This male is trying to impress another male in his territory

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Looking around on the Lek for other males
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on April 20, 2018, 08:22:03 AM
 :eclove Such beautiful captures!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2018, 05:46:55 PM
I have to get some more shorebirds posted here.  It has been pretty dry around here and I found this one little bit of water that has been pretty busy with a variety of birds.  Starting with some of the larger ones.

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Hudsonian Godwits, they really use those long bills to probe down in the water to look for food

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The Common Snipe, not as long legged

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Baird's Sandpiper,  keeping tabs on them running around is pretty hard

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Greater yellowlegs (has the yellow legs, godwits all have their heads in the water)

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2018, 06:13:02 PM
This Godwit is a Marbled one,  I like it cause you can see the nostril in the bill
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I have seen many different ducks also,  here is a female greater scaup
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Not one or two but a whole tree filled with Double crested cormorants - some stay through the summer but most like these are just stopping for a bit.
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Pretty neat to see a Northern Shoveler out of water

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This was something else to see,  the bald eagle came in and chased the Red Tail Hawk

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2018, 06:40:10 PM
I can never catch a nice picture of a pheasant,  here he is running away from me....... :eceek
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American Avocet,  look at that long slender bill.  It is so neat to watch how each different bird uses their bill to get food.
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Wood Ducks on the log and she was not happy with this fella, she snapped at him
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This male took the place of the other and she was so much happier,  they even shared a little beaking kiss

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This GBH had just finished eating and was still trying to get it all down,  here it is sticking out its tongue
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 30, 2018, 07:24:36 PM
What a nice day and met up with a friend in Omaha to do some birding,  hope to find an owl at least.  We had finished walking around the lake and decided to take a chance to go look in the pine trees,  why we picked this spot I don't know but she let me go first and we got in the middle of the trees and started walking through the middle of the trees.  Looking up, back and forth, dodging branches and trying to be quiet.  We passed two trees and i looked up to my right and OMG I couldn't move or speak- there was this Long-eared Owl looking straight down at me.
 I motioned to my friend to get closer and we slowly got our cameras pointed up to take a picture of him.  He just kept looking at us as we were looking back at him.  Finally we slowly walked forward and left the area,  we got to a clearing and boy we were able to breath and do a little happy dance.  It was such a relief to leave the area without disturbing the owl.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 30, 2018, 10:28:32 PM
Nice sightings, Gmadeb3!   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on April 30, 2018, 10:32:22 PM
Wow, Deb - awesome bird sightings and photos! I love godwits and never see them here, just in Alaska or Iceland - maybe I need to try closer to home and visit Nebraska in late April ... 

Those owl photos are spectacular !!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 07, 2018, 08:04:22 PM
This evening was out in the yard and I noticed the triplets playing around the tree, I looked up and here came mom down and I had put out a few acorns.  She enjoyed a little snack and then went up on the tree branch.  One of the youngsters went up and was having a few new leaves from the tree for a snack and then one decided to go see mom.  She was enjoying a nice rest on the tree branch,  it was a pretty warm day here.  Nice time to take a nap............ so she thought.

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Little one comes up to his mom, "Hi Mom"

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Do you want to play?

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How about a piggy back ride?

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Maybe you want a massage

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Gee,  isn't this fun.

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Thank goodness he is gone....
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on May 07, 2018, 08:47:41 PM
 :eclol Very cute!!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 07, 2018, 10:35:23 PM
Fun captions with Mama Squirrel and Son.    :giggle
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 09, 2018, 07:55:01 PM
While taking a hike in the forest I found this cute little foot.  When it moved it then appeared attached to this cute little squirrel

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 10, 2018, 03:28:58 AM
The afternoon nap  series is hysterical! They could be human  - almost :-)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2018, 11:33:52 AM
Spring brings many birds back for the summer.  Yesterday I saw a baltimore oriole so time to get out the oranges and grape jelly.  If you put out what they like they will come and enjoy.  Male, female first year males.  I have refilled the jelly and put out 4 oranges sliced up.
 I think I counted 12 here today.


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Time to stock up on supplies and just maybe there will be a nest and babies in one of our trees.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 13, 2018, 10:17:53 PM
Lovely birds, Deb.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 14, 2018, 04:14:47 AM
Thanks for the tips Deb.  :thumbup: I will try the oranges because they dont seem interested in my feeders, but no jelly because we have ant problems in the neighbourhood.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: ivani on May 14, 2018, 01:11:39 PM
Wonderful photos, Deb!! :heart :heart Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 17, 2018, 09:38:21 PM
The Marshy wetland area has been a wonderful stop over by many birds migrating through.  Such a variety has stopped and if you are lucky you can see them.  I was able to stay in my car and take these pictures.  This first photo is of a  virginia rail.  There were two of them there but they really stayed back by the grassy weeds.

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Another sweet looking bird along this area is a Sora.  That bird brings new meaning to shake your booty........  it bobs its tail up and down with every step it takes- you see the white flash up and down before you really see the bird.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 18, 2018, 05:49:40 AM
Good shotsvof interesting birds🤗
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 18, 2018, 07:42:18 PM
Great photos of mysterious birds ... I have never seen a Sora, and have only heard but not seen the Virginia Rail. 

I am curious - where is this wetland? The one in Utica was pretty wonderful.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 18, 2018, 09:14:12 PM
This is located about 6 miles west of Aurora and 1 or 2 miles south of highway 34,  there are 2 areas that you can find the different birds at.  It was very dry when you were here, Nancy.  Now with the rain it has come to life.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 19, 2018, 08:23:59 AM
Was traveling to Omaha for the weekend and decided to take a little detour off the interstate by Utica (Nancy knows the place).  We have had some nice rain lately so there is ample water in the wetlands.  Many GBH's in the area and then this log was loaded with cormorants.  Driving along I see a whitish bird on the mud flat.
 I drive up slowly and stop the car- I have 4 dogs in the car that are bird watching with me  :eceek.  There standing on the mud flat was a Black-crowned Night-Heron. 


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 19, 2018, 08:30:56 PM
The milkweed plants are shooting up so thought i would share some pictures of what they look like when they are small before they flower.

Common Milkweed
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Swamp Milkweed
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Butterfly milkweed
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 21, 2018, 05:31:02 PM
After all the rain we had over the weekend it was really worth the visit to the very good wetlands just north of the interstate at the Utica exit.  I was hoping to find some Ibis and lucky for me there was a pretty good number of them But the coolest part was there stood one just a ways off the road.  The only issue was that it was a cloudy and drizzly evening so kinda hard on the getting a nice bright picture.

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Traveling down the road I saw another Ibis all by itself.  It was standing on one leg from what I could tell,  then it hopped a little and I thought wow that other leg didn't come down for it to stand on.  I continued to watch and it flapped to move to another spot and still I only saw the one leg.  I was now focusing on looking at the legs to see if maybe some line was holding the leg up or what could be the matter.  It was managing very well probing in the water eating.  So when I got home and looked at the pictures on the computer I could see that there was an issue but the issue was the bottom part of its leg was missing not at all tangled.

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Another great find was Black-necked Stilt- a first for me to see.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on May 21, 2018, 06:28:43 PM
Gosh, Deb, those are great finds and great photos!  I can't imagine birding with 4 dogs in the car, tho.  :eclol
Seems like you are having a great Spring (now that it is there).
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 04, 2018, 08:33:39 PM
I had time to get out and hike in the prairie this last weekend,  needing some time to get out and sit with the birds.  My trip took me to a nice little prairie where I know  the Northern Rough-winged Swallows nest.  It is a nice sandbank just a ways from the Platte River.  I just sat in the grass below the hill and watched a couple work on their nest.  Others would just fly by picking up bugs (I know there were many mosquitoes for them).  Along the hillside there were some nice pine trees and it seemed they would go into the trees and come out and go right to the nest hole in the bank.  Now I will tell you they are not easily photographed,  they are fast as swallows are.  Sometimes one would go to the dirt and fly up to the hole.  This will make me get back out to check on them later to see if there are little ones.

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please click the photo to see it enlarged and you can see the nest holes on the left towards the top. The active building is the one pretty much in the middle.  I was sitting down by the stick pile watching them.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 04, 2018, 09:09:46 PM
Something very interesting happened while I was watching the Rough-winged swallows.  I kept hearing a kingfisher chattering and chattering, of course they were behind me up in the tree so no way to get a photo.  A bit later one came back, chattering again,  this time it landed in another tree and I could see him.  He had a minnow in his beak,  still chattering all the while.  He then took off and flew to the nest hole that the swallows were working on.  He tried to get in the hole and then flew off.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 04, 2018, 09:17:17 PM
Nice way to be able to observe birds doing their daily life activities, Deb!     :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on June 05, 2018, 03:52:46 AM
See s very odd for kingfisher to go to swallow nest hole.  :really
Any theories?  :puzzled2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 05, 2018, 06:38:16 AM
This is a quote from Cornell and All About Birds  -- Kingfishers live near streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and estuaries. They nest in burrows that they dig into soft earthen banks, usually adjacent to or directly over water.   So this may explain why this hole was something they were interested in.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 05, 2018, 10:09:52 PM
Interesting information, Deb.  Thank you for sharing it.
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Post by: jeavverhey on June 06, 2018, 02:40:31 AM
Swallows need to put out an "OCCUPIED" sign  :mhihi
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 19, 2018, 07:58:50 PM
I volunteer for our Raptor Rehab center as a transporter and short term stop over for raptors as they need to travel across our state to reach the centers rehab facility.  Sometime I can keep them for a few days as we arrange rides for the raptor(s).  From my place it is about 115 miles east one way so that is why arranging rides is important because maybe there is another bird that needs a ride also and we can meet up and relay birds together.  So now the rescue story of a little screech owl.  The young screech owl was found on a guys porch and he called a gal he knew that dealt with animals,  she then knew the place I worked at was involved in releases because of the bald eagle we released in April.  She brought the owl to us and then I was in charge of finding a ride or taking it myself.  This last weekend was a very hot one and the director said it was OK for me to keep it through the weekend knowing I had food for it and that there was nothing else that was wrong with it.  Maybe there would be other calls that would need a ride also.  I then contacted the gal again to get a better idea of where the owlet was grounded and just maybe I could find the nest.  I took a walk in the neighborhood on Sunday evening hoping to hear or see some adult activity.
 I had recorded the young one calling and so I played that recording and bingo I had the adult fly by and then sat in the tree and called.  I had goosebumps because I was so excited.  Well it was too dark to see in the trees for a nest but the next day I went looking for it.  I used the call again after I found a cavity in a maple tree that looked promising,  Amazing a head emerged from the darkness of the hole.  The Parent was in there.........and again i got goosebumps.  So now the issue was do I put it back or take it to the center.  I called the director and she was concerned about the adult attacking me if i got to close to the hole.  I told her that I had access to a bucket truck from our phone company and they were happy to help out.  She agreed that this would be the best for the little one cause the longer away the chance of imprinting on people could happen also.  I had a ride for it but not until Wednesday so this was the best plan,  take it back to the parents.  The bucket truck arrived and we got in position, up we went and got in a good position so i could stay on the side of the branch and reach around and put it back in the nest.  It worked perfect,  we didn't scare the parent and the little one went right in.  Later that night I went back and waited til it was getting dark,  I saw the parent peeking out and then off she flew.  I heard the male calling from another tree also.  After she left I kept looking at the nest hole and then I saw some movement.  I took some pictures but they were pretty dark so I turned on the flash and took a picture.  Looking at the picture I was thrilled to see 2 sets of eyes peering out.  The siblings were together and mom and dad were out looking for a meal.  One returned a number of times to feed them and by then it was really dark and hard to see anything or even hear them, except for a few nice little calls.  The crazy thing about this is the nest is just one block away from my house.  I went and checked again tonight and the mom flew out after she heard her mate call and I could still see the little ones in the hole. What a great feeling to reunite the family....... now it better stay put til it is ready to fledge   :heart


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 20, 2018, 12:11:59 AM
What a wonderful report and outcome. Deb!   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 21, 2018, 07:40:33 PM
I have been raising monarch caterpillars again.  This year I had 6 caterpillars and have been wanting to get the time lapse of the forming the chrysalis.  I missed the first 4  :mgritted so I had 2 more chances.  This morning I saw the caterpillar attached to the top of the container so I was so excited that I may get my chance.  Well I set up a place and kept watching ALL DAY,  but just as the day was ending I could tell it was getting close.  I set up to take a time lapse of the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis.  When it starts it doesn't take long for it to finish (that is why it is hard to catch).  So this video is only 28 seconds long but I recorded for over an hour.  What an amazing thing to see first hand.  Next will be the butterfly emerging.  Stay tuned.  :ecsmile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2BxGHpYByY
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on June 26, 2018, 10:26:48 PM
A Reddish Egret has found his way to Nebraska.  It is a very rare sight to see so far inland because its normal range is just along the coastline of Texas, Florida and California.  It was seen in the Platte River about 35 miles west of where I live so why not go out and try and see it for myself.  So many birding people from all over have been driving out to get a look.  I may never get another chance to see one so off I went on a cloudy day.  When I arrived I didn't have to search for it cause it was standing out in the middle of the Platte River feeding on minnows.  What a sight to see it chasing around the minnows in the water.  After a while it flew to a tree not far from our walkway and settled in on a tree branch.  Thank goodness the tree didn't have leaves but of course it had to position itself so a tree branch was right in the way of making a clear picture of it.  Well after a time a couple of us moved down the walkway and sure enough there was a little window of an opportunity to get a picture without a branch in the way.  I wonder if he knew he was the star attraction for so many people cause he didn't fly away the whole time we were there.

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So he made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up here for all of us to see.  I am glad he found the river a great place to hang out and so glad that the river provided him a great habitat.  This is an area where much work has been done to keep the river a great place for the Sandhill Cranes to stay on their migration journey.  Now look how that impacts other birds and wildlife.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on June 27, 2018, 07:20:18 AM
 :thumbup: What a sight!!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: birdvoyer on June 29, 2018, 01:16:22 PM
Wow, what a great opportunity deb! He is a fine specimen indeed. Sure hope he can find his way back "home" at the right time. Really makes one wonder how they get so far away from their natural habitat.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 29, 2018, 11:31:04 PM
Excellent sighting, Deb!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 07, 2018, 09:55:44 AM
I went out to check on a Prairie Dog town.  Was looking for a Burrowing Owl nest, which I never saw an owl- possible burrow for one so will check again.  There was lots going on at the little prairie area.  The prairie dogs seem always on alert as little ones run around and you can see why.  A Red Tail Hawk watches from a wood pile.

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Kill Deer seem to be all around,  not sure if they had a nest close either.

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Ever watchful and quick to retreat back in the burrow,  this one peeks out to see if it is safe to come out.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2018, 10:08:19 PM
A little video of the bobwhite quail singing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4J4bUihJ0c
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on July 09, 2018, 02:41:53 AM
I love how they  sing their name - in case you don't know it :-)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 17, 2018, 07:08:56 PM
This is a rather interesting post.  Sometime if you see a bird and look it up it shows the area where the bird is located, but what if you are not in that area?  I have had this couple of White-winged doves visiting my backyard feeders for over 2 years.  I know there are others seeing some in nearby towns now.  So this must mean they are moving out to other areas and doing well.  They are a really sharp looking dove, their wings have a white strip on the leading edge and a white rim on a square tail,  very neat light blue eye ring with an orange red iris and they have nice reddish feet.  I am pretty lucky they visit daily.

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Last year they brought their young so hope they have success and bring them again.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 20, 2018, 10:55:39 PM
Kinda neat to see these two kinds of finches.  The first is a House Finch and the second is  an American Gold finch eating a thistle seed.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 21, 2018, 04:41:19 PM
Here is a couple of pictures of one of the little squirrels that visit.  When I had a poor squirrel that was having issues with its fur, a very wise person told me to add some important things to its diet.  Well I did and it recovered so now I keep oranges and other things out all the time for the squirrels,  they really enjoy them.

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Maybe this is one of the offspring of the one that needed a little nutrition boost.  Wouldn't that be so cool.   :hooray :woohoo2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 21, 2018, 07:54:07 PM
 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 22, 2018, 10:17:57 PM
I have been waiting for this kind of day.  I went to the area where some burrowing owls have been seen,   not by me until today.  I was so happy to see 4 youngsters and an adult around their burrow and another adult and youngster at another burrow.  Burrowing Owls make their nest in  abandoned burrows made by prairie dogs.  They get along so well together, the prairie dogs know that they are safe because the owls meal is bugs.   Burrowing owls are not very big and they have long legs,  they run pretty fast also. They also are very active during the day unlike most all other owls.  They are pretty cute also.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: winterwren on July 23, 2018, 09:59:01 AM
Wow, you found them!
And flowers everywhere... So beautiful.

Who are the other birds, walking around in the background in the second video?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 23, 2018, 11:07:49 AM
Those are Upland Sandpipers,  also there were meadowlark, and killdeer and lots of prairie dogs,  which neither were worried about each other, which is so amazing.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 23, 2018, 09:53:27 PM
 :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on July 24, 2018, 05:59:02 AM
Cute as the dickens!   :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 25, 2018, 09:48:47 PM
What a cool pose from this burrowing owl  :heart

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on July 26, 2018, 02:36:45 AM
S/he is practising thei ballet  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 26, 2018, 09:04:05 PM
The owls costume is perfect for dancing.    :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 09, 2018, 06:11:22 AM
Fall is just around the corner and this is a sure sign,  the cicadas are coming out.  Their sound that they make is loud.  They come out of the ground and crawl up the tree bark and attach.  The shell splits on the back and they come out, hanging from their shell as their wings unfold and dry.  Then off they go.  They vibrate their wings  to make that loud buzzing sound.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on August 09, 2018, 09:59:19 AM
Awesome pictures, Deb - I hear them every year in the fall but have never seen this process. Thanks!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on August 10, 2018, 02:23:10 AM
I have never seen a live cicada, likely because rhey are so well
L camouflaged, but I often find the empty exoskelletons. They look frgile and fascinating too. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 10, 2018, 11:57:03 AM
Their wings are transparent.  Never knew that.  Nice photos that show details.   :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 11, 2018, 06:30:07 PM
Don't want any of you to miss out on the loud noise the cicadas make so here is a video of one that just emerged.  It is not the one making all the noise.  The wings need to dry before they make this noise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh63_yvs2jU
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 11, 2018, 09:05:44 PM
I made a quick weekend trip to the Niobrara River and did a kayak trip along with seeing some of the special places from the sandhills.  Smith Falls is always amazing, it is the tallest waterfall in Nebraska (not like we have many anyways).  The Norden Chute is another neat thing to see.  Not taking my kayak over that drop off.  As the sun was coming up there was fog in the river valley.  Here an eagle flew by, as you can see the hill side shows the burnt trees from the fire that came through in 2012.  Was burned so bad that these trees will never recover

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This last one is of the sandhills.  The sunflowers were all around and that hill has a blow out,  that is the erosion because of the sandy soil.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 11, 2018, 09:11:39 PM
Beautiful waterfall, Deb!    :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 13, 2018, 10:16:12 PM
This morning two things happened with the monarchs that I have been fostering. The first was I knew that one was going to emerge sometime today,  the trick is watching at the right time.  It happens so fast and you miss that very first moment that they open the chrysalis and then start coming out.  I rushed to take a shower- nothing happening, I got off to work- nothing happening.  I got the other staff on watch also.  Finally a bit of movement.........I get my camera on my phone ready,  I see a slight split on the side of the chrysalis and sure enough it is happening.  All eyes are now watching and waiting to finally witness the monarch emerge.  After it emerges there are a few things that Has to take place, it must make sure it doesn't fall, it needs to zip the proboscis, the wings need to straighten out and then dry.  When that is done and it is getting restless it is ready for release.  One of the neatest moments is seeing them flutter off for its next adventure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om3g6DyxBf8
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 13, 2018, 10:32:49 PM
Just a warning that you may not want to look at the video posted below.  I mentioned two things happened this morning.  This is the story of what happened with the second chrysalis.  I have never had a chrysalis fail but today I noticed that this chrysalis was looking strange.  I noticed that half of the chrysalis was dark at the bottom and the top was still kinda green but then another odd blotchy color on the back side.  I had my coworkers look at this and we noticed a small hole in the chrysalis and that we could see some movement inside.  Not a good sign.  Right before our eyes something started to come out of the chrysalis,  it was light in color and then another started to come out.   Oh it was the larva from a Tachinid fly.  They parasite the caterpillars.  The good thing is all the other caterpillars are safe.



Warning you don't have to watch the video




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygJbGIId92w

Here is the chrysalis and then one of the larva

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I hope this doesn't happen again to any of my monarchs.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 21, 2018, 03:43:28 PM
By the looks of things falling from the tree, 1) maybe a tree trimmer, 2) a bad storm last night that I didn't hear, 3) must be nest building time for the squirrel.
 Got the camera and started looking closer and sure enough there she was busy as can be snipping little branches and hauling them to a nest.  Yes the nest is right over our driveway so that is why the leaves on the drive.  Must be a sure sign of fall approaching.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 21, 2018, 03:54:36 PM
I guess it is not to late to have baby birds.  I found an egg shell a while ago on the driveway, my car while sitting outside the garage was christened by a bird poop.  Today while watching the squirrel work on her nest a dove landed on a branch below and I saw some dark shadows moving around by the adult dove.  Oh boy two little doves were getting their dinner.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on August 21, 2018, 05:52:39 PM
you have the best yard!!
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Post by: Cawatcher on August 21, 2018, 07:18:20 PM
 :eclove what a gift!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on August 22, 2018, 03:30:03 AM
I had no idea that these things could happen so late in the season!! Hope  they are  able to   make it through winter.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 22, 2018, 06:06:56 PM
Lovely sighting, Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 24, 2018, 09:10:23 PM
I love getting a chance to see the fall flowers come alive with the hummingbird moths, hummingbirds and butterflys.

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This is a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly,  they are fairly large
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A couple of sphinx moths flying together
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Another kind of hummingbird moth,  Titan

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 24, 2018, 10:11:31 PM
All so colorful, Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on August 27, 2018, 07:44:39 PM
Best part of volunteering for our Raptor center is getting to do a release.  Even better is when you did the rescue and the bird makes a full recovery and gets to be released by me.  For owls they need to be released around sunset or close to it so photos are a bit hard.  This night I was by myself and thought I would do a video and do it in slow motion.
 She was on my glove and just looked around,  stretched her wings once, looked around as if to say " Oh I am back home"  She then took off heading for a nice tree.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-c391zd_8

This is the best part of being a rescuer   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on August 28, 2018, 02:40:28 AM
Neat video Deb - now you can add multitasking to you resume :-)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 28, 2018, 08:50:16 PM
Happy day for the owl and you, Deb!    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Donnae on August 28, 2018, 09:30:10 PM
Thanks Deb, one happy owl.... releases always make my heart sing!!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 01, 2018, 07:01:21 PM
The hummingbirds have returned in the area as they are heading south for the winter.  I get the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds here.  I have my feeders out and then my neighbor has a really neat garden which they visit.  There is a male that owns the feeder and he rarely lets anyone else near the feeder. The first photo is a male the second is a female or youngster the 3rd is one is in the air just about to enjoy a flower and the last is one that flew up to a branch and as it sat there it was panting... it was a warm and muggy day.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 03, 2018, 10:18:57 PM
The male hummers really can get nasty when guarding "their" territory!   :grr
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 07, 2018, 07:42:23 PM
Happy Hummingbird time for me,  now if the sun would just come out before they all leave.  I put out 2 feeders so they can share,  well that still doesn't happen very well.  I have seen one sitting up in the tree watching and waiting for one to just try and get close to the feeder, of course they are not very successful.  The watcher one is off and chasing any that come close.  Seems now we just have the females and youngsters here.  Here is a picture of one that flew in on a branch and sat for a bit.  It was ready for its photo shoot and then to my surprise it looked to its side and stuck out its tongue, a mighty long tongue for sure.  They are not very good at sharing their food source.  I have noticed one sitting and just watching all around from a nice perch spot, then as one tries to get a drink away it goes chasing it away.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 07, 2018, 09:24:58 PM
Those long tongues are really something!    :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 18, 2018, 07:46:26 PM
Time for me to update some info about my snapping turtle Spike.  He was coming up on 4 years old and growing up to be a big turtle.  He was not a sweet and cuddly guy but one that could snap and not let go,  one that would look up out of the water at you with that pig like nose.  It was time to get him a bigger tank or think about letting him go.  I talked to our university herpetologist earlier this summer about what to do about introducing him back to the wild.  He assured me that he would be just fine if he was out in the wild early in the summer to give him time to find a nice place and get adjusted before he would have to hibernate.  He told me that after they are born they are on their own and know exactly what to do without a parent teaching them anything.  So I thought of a nice out of the way place to take him.  I didn't want him around a lake or where people fish cause there are people who like turtle soup and I sure didn't want that to happen.  The good thing that we did for Spike was to feed him live food.  He always had minnows, crickets, worms of all kinds so I was sure he would be just fine.  A snapping turtle can live a long long time, up to 50 years,  well I am pretty sure he would live longer than me so it is best to part ways now.   

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one last close up

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Once in the water he gave me once last look,  Bye for now - Love You Spike

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 18, 2018, 08:32:42 PM
Released to the wild with love and compassion.    :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on September 18, 2018, 10:09:23 PM
oh, very well done, Deb.  You have a gift with critters (and a camera).  :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 21, 2018, 02:33:51 PM
The hummingbirds at my place have been very active and hungry.  I needed to fill the one feeder a bit the other day so as I was taking it down one flew by me so I thought,  What if I hold it out would they come to the feed as I was standing there holding it.  Well of course I tried it and sure enough they did, so I though this is cool and decided to get my phone out and start a video.  So this is up close with the hummingbirds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsd3Mhjt9RQ

How cool it was to see them so close and to feel their wing beats around me.  I have so enjoyed their company while they have been hear,  now the winds have changed from the north so I imagine they will be moving on south for the winter.  I sure hope I get to see them again in the spring
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 24, 2018, 10:06:10 PM
I had a day off to go out and do some birding on Sunday.  The sun was nice and bright but the wind was pretty strong from the south.  I drove out to the wetland area and looked around.  Not looking good at all, a couple of GBH off in the distance, northern harrier flying far away.  I though this was going to be a bust, but decided to go check out one more area.  Lots of swallow action, there was a wire frame out in the middle of the marsh and the swallows would land then take off hunting the dragonflies and other bugs.

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After watching the swallows and not seeing much of anything else I was ready to leave.  I started to drive off and then all of a sudden these birds flew up from by the road ditch and landed out in the middle of the marsh.  Of course I stopped the car right away and got out the camera and looked.  Wow I found 5 Ibis, they stayed in a group for a bit so I decided to sneak through the grass along the roadside and got settled in by the fence to watch them.  Soon they were walking towards me probing in the water for food,  I have been there for awhile now.  I got some nice photos but if I get up I could scare them so I sit and watch them.  Well the sitting paid off even more than I could imagine.  One was so busy eating he kept coming closer.  Now I am really excited, watching it walk closer and closer. 

White Faced Ibis


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sniff-  :eclol
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on September 25, 2018, 12:14:08 AM
Wow, Deb! Wonderful photos of a bird I have never seen (ibis).  Wonder why they are called white-faced?  And a neat landing spot for the swallows.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 25, 2018, 06:32:59 AM
I was trying to get a bit closer in some of the pictures to see a little difference in the face markings.  Best explanation that I can say is this is the non breeding coloration.  In the pictures you can see a bit of difference,  one has a bit of a white outline and one has more of a purple color and then the other seems just brown.  So maybe one is a youngster also.  So come springtime they should look different.  Now that gives me another reason to get out and find them again in the spring.

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Thanks for your question.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: boonibarb on September 25, 2018, 09:18:12 AM

FABULOUS sightings Deb!
i sure enjoy all your posts, showing me wonderful Birds & Animals i never see here. ♥
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 26, 2018, 08:59:02 PM
Thanks Booni and everyone else that checks in here.  I enjoy sharing my photos and little adventures that I get to take.  Now I have a little photo here from tonight.  I have been finding bird droppings on my patio,  always in the same place.  I wash it off and there it is the next day.  So tonight I go out and look up in the tree right above where I keep finding the droppings and I see the shadowy figures of birds on the branch.  I go back in the house and get the camera of course.  But the issue is it is very dark out now.  I pop up the flash on the camera to get a picture of what is up there.  Caught the love couple on their branch.  I think he is looking at me like how dare you interrupt us and I think she was trying to hide.

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This couple is the Eurasian Collared Doves ( maybe the ones that had the nest in the other tree)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 29, 2018, 04:53:30 PM
butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies.....  How about some butterfly fun  :biggrin3

You have seen pictures of Monarch Butterflies but there have been lots of others around.  Here is an  interesting comparison between   a common butterfly called the Painted Lady and an American Lady -- look close there is a slight difference between two.   I also enjoyed seeing a couple others.


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Check out the differences in these two

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Pearl Crescent

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Variegated Fritillary

Please post what you think is the differences in the Lady butterflies  :hooray

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 30, 2018, 03:57:19 AM
Guesses:  Wing shape is one difference.  The 'eye-shaped' spots to confuse predators and the placement of colors are other differences.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 08, 2018, 09:12:48 PM
Lets discuss the Butterfly identification differences.  They both have four eye spots but in a different combinations.  The American Lady has 2 eye spots on the bottom wing and two eye spots on the top wing.  It also has a white dot right in the middle of an orange section on the top wing.  The American also is a bit lighter in color.  The Painted lady has all 4 of the eye spots in the bottom section of its wing and is a bit more orange colored.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 11, 2018, 10:36:07 PM
The monarch butterflies have moved on just in time because the weather has sure changed.  We have had rain and cold temps for a week now.  I had my last monarch emerge last Saturday (thank goodness there was no rain that day and reasonable temperatures  so he was able to fly off) and there was a wind from the north.  The monarchs are not able to fly if the temps are below 50 F or around there depending if there is sunshine to give them warmth.  The other factor that they are having to deal with is the storms that have been down south.  Lets hope that they have a nice place along the migration path to have food and protection and they make it to there wintering area in Mexico.  Here is a picture of a monarch enjoying a native prairie flower called Pitcher Sage.  The other photo is the flower called New England Aster which is a very good plant for fall nectar.  Lets hope that we can enjoy these monarchs for many years to come.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 13, 2018, 09:50:47 PM
Today was such a nice day after a week of cold and rain so I thought I would go take a look for some birds.  Going by the wetlands there were a couple of Northern Harriers scanning the ground.  The harrier is really a neat raptor but usually hard to get photos of,  always in motion.  This first photo just happened to be as I was walking along this trail.  It came towards me and of course the sun was almost behind the bird.  At least you can see how neat their face is, almost owl like. 

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Here the harrier had went down to the ground,  I thought maybe it picked up a prey and then flew off.  Looking at the feet it does have something but it looks like a clump of grass, does that mean it picked up the prey and it got some of the grass with it?
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In the same area I see a RT hawk fly up to a telephone pole with something hanging from its talon-- hmmm  the thing dangling is a snake.
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Happy Hunting with my camera  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on October 14, 2018, 07:23:12 AM
Exciting  captures Deb!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 14, 2018, 08:29:02 AM
  If anyone looks at sparrows you realize how many there are and how difficult they are to ID.  It is fun and challenging to come up with the correct answer but then again you need to also look for sparrows.  I think sometimes we see a small brownish bird and just say it is just a sparrow.  While out yesterday I saw a little bird fly into the tree right along the roadside.  I stopped and looked closely and of course I couldn't tell what it was so I took a few pictures of it.  Turns out after looking at many pictures and having a bird ID discussion on the chat that the sparrow I saw is called Vesper Sparrow.  There is a challenge when you look closely at them.  Enjoy looking for the small brownish busy little birds.

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To view  another post about sparrows, click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1661.msg175670#msg175670)
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 15, 2018, 08:37:10 PM
Fall is a time for migrations or  for things to find a nice spot to hibernate and wait for transformations.  I just happen to find a couple of caterpillars around my tree and woodpile  in the backyard.  One is called an American Dagger which the hairs can cause an irritation to the skin, and the other is a Wooly Bear.  These caterpillars will turn into moths next spring, in the meantime they need to find a way to make it through the winter.  The yellow fuzzy caterpillar with a couple of black antenna will over winter as a pupae in a cocoon made with their hairs.  They will emerge in the spring as a moth and lay their eggs on the leaves which they will feed on during the summer and by fall they are a full grown caterpillar which then comes down from the tree to find a sheltered area to make its cocoon.  This is the same life cycle for the wooly bear caterpillar also.  The first picture has a caterpillar in the cocoon and right next is the caterpillar getting ready to pupate.

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This is the wooly bear all curled up in a leaf
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So now we wait til spring and see what they look like as a moth...........
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 17, 2018, 09:16:07 PM
I got my pumpkins the other day,  not really for Halloween or for fall decorations but for my squirrels.  So if you get a pumpkin you may think about giving the wildlife a nice treat.   I cut it open and let it set for a couple of days and the squirrels finally decided it was ok to finally check it out.  They were digging in for the seeds but also were enjoying eating on the pumpkin itself.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on October 18, 2018, 09:13:18 AM
Very cool, Deb!  I offered pumpkin to my backyard critters a few years ago and they refused it. I thought that since the cranes liked pumpkins, other critters would too.  I guess the pumpkins are better in Nebraska.  :puzzled2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 18, 2018, 07:55:55 PM
Yummy wildlife treat, Deb!     :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 20, 2018, 06:53:25 AM
After a cold rainy even snowy week earlier  the weather changed and was really nice, so I hurried up after work and went out (it is getting darker earlier and earlier).  I was happy to locate 4 white pelicans, pied-billed grebe, cormorant and later at the river a lone Sandhill Crane.

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I just happen to find this cormorant when looking at the pelican photos,  sneaky

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The sun had set and I was looking down the river and saw a silhouette standing in the pastel colors of the river.  Then overhead I heard that familiar call -- yes some sandhill cranes are passing through heading to their winter grounds.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 23, 2018, 08:02:15 PM
Fall and Winter are times for changes,  this bird really makes a change in its feathers and coloring.  They  also have many different calls, maybe even mimic other birds' calls.  They like to nest in cavities.  This one came to visit the bird bath while I was in the backyard.  They are very speckled during the winter for the nonbreeding months. This is an European Starling

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on October 24, 2018, 03:27:29 AM
Interesting bird  - never saw one like it -  do you think it is a mocking bird? Since it has so many calls?
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on October 30, 2018, 09:32:57 PM
This evening I saw this squirrel at the feeder and I thought he had a dirty nose so of course I got the camera to zoom in a bit and see what he had.  What a surprise to see it was a scab instead of dirt.  Poor thing must have been in a terrible scuffle or something.  The good thing that I can see is that it didn't effect his eyes and that it looks to be healing up.  He was eating good also.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 08, 2018, 09:36:05 PM
Taking photos of nature is very special to me and then also sharing them.  This year has been such a great year for some of my photos.  In April we were involved in an eagle release.  The eagle had been found near my home town suffering from lead poisoning.  She was one of two eagles to recover out of 9 eagles brought in from the first two months of the year.  We released her close to where she was picked up because she will return to her territory to find her mate.  Our county phone book is published each year and you can submit a photo for consideration for the cover.  So I submitted the eagle that was released for consideration and she was chosen.  How cool that we could educate all these people about lead poisoning. 

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I am also a member of our Nebraska Master Naturalists.  Each year they have put together a calendar that is about nature and I submitted some photos.  I have been lucky and had some of my photos chosen for a month feature and some that are used in a sidebar for added information.  This year one that I sent in was picked for the cover of our calendar.   Thanks also for checking in here and seeing a little bit about Nebraska

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 08, 2018, 10:16:06 PM
Congratulations, Deb!  You take beautiful pictures!     :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: madrona on November 09, 2018, 04:53:47 PM
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Our county phone book is published each year and you can submit a photo for consideration for the cover.  So I submitted the eagle that was released for consideration and she was chosen.  How cool that we could educate all these people about lead poisoning.

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I am also a member of our Nebraska Master Naturalists.  Each year they have put together a calendar that is about nature and I submitted some photos.  I have been lucky and had some of my photos chosen for a month feature and some that are used in a sidebar for added information.  This year one that I sent in was picked for the cover of our calendar.   Thanks also for checking in here and seeing a little bit about Nebraska

Thanks for all you do, Deb.  What an honour to have your photos chosen!  I am happy that you have had some recognition of what you do for wildlife!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on November 09, 2018, 06:35:17 PM
Well-deserved recognition, Deb!  Love the grouse photo especially. I hope you have framed copies of both covers (and photos).   :heart
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on November 15, 2018, 07:12:03 PM
I have always wondered what ducks do for food in the winter.  This little pond had a bit of open water with ice all around.  There were many Mallards in this little area. They were eating around the edges of the ice which had a mossy stuff there.  I got a little video of them eating on this.

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The cold weather didn't bother these guys.

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Dreaming

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 15, 2018, 09:30:49 PM
They found some yummy food!    :nod2
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 02, 2018, 05:44:33 PM
Out driving the country roads and it is getting dark but there are a few birds that sit on posts or signs and give you an opportunity to take their picture.  Of course Nebraska's state bird is the Meadowlark and they are seen in the fields year round.  They have a lovely song and like to let you know they " are a pretty bird"

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 02, 2018, 06:49:58 PM
Adding to my sparrow sightings,  I was looking and listening to the black capped chickadees and i saw some other little birds sneaking in the bushes eating some berries.  Of course trying to get a nice clear picture of them with all the branches was a bit difficult. 

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white-throated sparrow

These were the ones I was watching and love listening to them sing.

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Black capped chickadee
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 02, 2018, 07:54:32 PM
We had a bit of snow this weekend and the birds needed the extra food from the feeders.  It is always nice to see them around.  I had a cardinal couple, junco, sparrow.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 02, 2018, 08:12:14 PM
Some weeks ago I had a squirrel visitor that had a nasty black scab on its face.   I really hadn't been looking until we had the snow this weekend and was making sure that there was some food out for them.  Today I was watching the birds and of course the squirrels were around also.  I was able to get a better picture of this one and could see that the scab is off and it needs some fur to grow back.  It has a very healthy coat and looks good and plump.

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Another squirrel that has been around and this was one from a year ago that was having issues with it fur coat.  It was pretty much naked and lost the end of its tail.  Today I think it was around eating also.

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This was squirt over a year ago.
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 02, 2018, 08:22:38 PM
I have to post a couple pictures of my dog Frankie,  sometimes a black dog is very hard to get a nice picture of because they just don't show many features BUT when it is white out from snow he shows up pretty good and of course he was having fun.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 03, 2018, 12:52:53 PM
Really cute dog Deb. He looks very much like a spanial we has as kids. He loved to eat snow, tried to cTh snowballs thrown a d ate the snow. He would run out the door, across the porch a d jump into the snow and began romping in it. Thanks for the memories of him.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 03, 2018, 09:56:08 PM
Fun time for Frankie!     :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 10, 2018, 05:11:06 PM
There are sunsets and sunrises all over the planet and each is special and beautiful.  They are made for each person to sit and admire, dream and make their own moment.  My little sunset here was the other night and it was a gorgeous rich color.  I looked up and there was this tiny sliver of the moon following the sunset to the horizon.  There are moments that speak to you and you hear them back.  Can you believe no matter where you are, if you look to the sky and see our moon we are not that far apart.   My wish is that this coming year will bring you all the best.   :heart

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 10, 2018, 06:49:08 PM
I enjoyed sitting watching birds the other day coming to the feeder.  Sitting watching them grab a seed and then take off to go crack it open and eat it in a safe place.  Sometimes they are so speedy with their take offs you get half a bird in the picture.  I may never get another take off as cool as this one,  the white-breasted nuthatch was visiting the suet feeder and poking around,  not knowing when and which way he would go I just keep my camera focused on it.  Then off he went in a flash and was gone,  I just kept clicking ......  then the big reveal- did i get a picture of it ( better yet, was anything in focus).  Looking on the camera screen there is a couple that were nice but getting on the computer would tell.  Well this one turned out pretty sweet.                             

So here's coming at you .........


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: NancyM on December 10, 2018, 07:02:50 PM
Those are both awesome photos, Deb!  The moon and sunset one is special and the bird is a great catch!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 11, 2018, 02:57:58 AM
Beautiful sunset, Deb.  Looks like a painting.  Nice shot of the Nuthatch in flight. 
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 12, 2018, 08:10:57 PM
I had a visit at our raptor rehab center the other day.  We are getting ready to build mews to house 3 education birds at my work place.  When we were done she asked if we could take two birds that had healed from their injuries and were ready to be released.  Of course there was no hesitation ,  yes would love to.  One was a Red Tail and the second was a Rough legged.  I had a coworker with me so I thought it would be neat for her to release the RT and the RL needed to go farther west, so I would take that one on my own.  The RL had been found in April with a broken wing, by the time the wing had healed it was too late for it to be released since they leave to head north for the summer.  So this hawk has been here for a long time and now is the time the RL's return from the north to winter here.   The afternoon light is going but the clouds opened to give us a nice golden sunset.  It is a  great way to end a busy day (traveled 150 miles to release them). 

Free to fly over the prairie again


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 12, 2018, 08:48:35 PM
Very nice and good photos of you, too!    :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 29, 2018, 08:01:04 PM
During the winter the bald eagles leave their nest territories and lots gather around a lake in central Nebraska called Johnson Lake.  There is usually open water no matter how cold and can get food there.  I found a couple of them even though they were not really close.  Interesting that the turkeys were plentiful in the trees also.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 29, 2018, 08:17:36 PM
Not sure about these Canada Geese,  I think they are pretty funny characters.  Look at those tongues and then this one has leftovers on its bill.





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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on December 29, 2018, 08:49:09 PM
Habitat is so important,  there is a marsh wetland that was restored with the help of different organizations.  Many benefit from it like the birds, raptors and other critters.  I have seen a number of pheasants - which many say are in decline because the red tail hawks and other raptors prey on them (which is really false)  Today I went out there and the water is all frozen and snow on the ground but was able to see a number of harriers flying, the pheasants came out to the edge of the gravel road, a little mouse scurried into a little hole and then as the sun had set the short eared owls flew in.

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Taking pictures in low light is so challenging but at least you can see the photos even though they are not the best.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on December 30, 2018, 03:33:46 AM
Wowowow Deb - what a wonderful place and variety of species for you. Thanks for sharing.

Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on December 30, 2018, 09:25:44 AM
Fantastic captures!
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 06, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
When you know you have just a little time to get outside for a little hike and enjoy some bird watching, and come across the best little find - it sure makes your day.  We were celebrating my family Christmas later in the afternoon so I went out for a bit to look for any song birds.  Well there were many and they were pretty busy flying around and making all sorts of noise.  I was having a hard time trying to focus on them because of the tree branches.  Some of the birds were juncos, cardinals, blue jays, wrens, nuthatch, downy woodpecker.  So I was really excited but something else caught my eye.....  it was a lump sitting on a little stump of a branch.  It blended in so well,  the camouflage was awesome.  Standing there taking pictures and people would come by and would be asking  "what are you taking photos of,  just a tree?"  Then ever so careful I would guide them to a little spot on the tree and say "look at that little fluffy ball,  that is a screech owl enjoying the sunshine".  Enjoy this cute little screech owl.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 06, 2019, 10:08:22 PM
Nice find, Deb.  It pays to take time to look carefully when you're outside!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on January 07, 2019, 11:04:37 AM
I love all owls, great or small  :nod2 - they are my number one favourite birds (don't let the eagles know that). :eceek  The Screech owl is my number one favourite of the owls.  :ecsmile  :heart :eclove. Thanks for the  photo of that sweet little fellow Deb.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on January 26, 2019, 10:20:27 PM
There was a Lunar eclipse that just passed.  It was also called the Full Blood Lunar Eclipse,  this meaning that because of the eclipse the moon takes on a reddish color.  For my area it was going to be an iffy event,  clouds were forecast but I was hoping they would not form a total cloud cover.  As it started t was pretty cool to see the moon surrounded by clouds.  I kept checking and taking a picture every little bit.  Pretty soon I could tell more clouds were moving in,  dang they need to hold off till at least the moon is in the total shadow of the earth so I can see the red color.  It is not looking good,  I can barely find the moon,  just a little break and I see just the sliver of the moon.  The next time I look and it should be in totality and it is no where to be seen except this strange dark red glow in the clouds.  Here are some photos as the eclipse began and continued. 

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the last bit of moon that I saw,  then it was covered by clouds
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 01, 2019, 06:18:54 AM
Winter is a time when I can see a number of Eagles.  They seem to gather at a couple of places that the water remains open even in the bitter cold.  Plus the trees don't have leaves and they are easier to see while perched on the branches.  They like to sit out on the ice near the open water and fish.   

I had some time out at Johnson's Lake after some winter weather.  Here is a few pics of eagles in the fog and on some iced up branches.

Even an American Kestrel was perched on the frosty wire.


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 01, 2019, 06:24:27 AM
Eagle watching after the fog,  so glad there was some clear skies.  One eagles was not happy about having to share the tree with another eagle.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 01, 2019, 06:48:22 AM
Sunsets can be so peaceful,  I know everyone has been witness to some amazing ones.  You have the brilliant colors, cool clouds and amazing landscapes.  Last night I saw this one.

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Into the trees after sunset
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 01, 2019, 08:31:03 PM
Vivid colors and interesting shapes.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 04, 2019, 07:04:48 PM
It was such a nice day on Sunday,  temps around 50 F.  There have been reports that some Sandhill Cranes in the area.  We know that the spring migration is about to kick off but usually it is closer to Valentine's Day.  I decided to go see if I could find some and also to just look for a few other birds.  Driving around I found lots of hawks but still not able to find those cranes in the fields.  I decided to go check out the blind that I do most of my Crane Tours and sure enough there were Cranes in the field right across the river.  More and more kept flying in as i was there BUT I had another reason to go birding,  I wanted to find some Short Eared Owls.  They come out just about sunset and start hunting over the fields.  They have been seen just a couple of miles to the west of the crane blind.  I got there and set up to  look for them.  Well I was not disappointed -  out they came and the were flying and scanning the fields looking for mice/voles.  So I got a few photos (flying owls shots are difficult) and then back to the river to watch the Sandhill Cranes.  At this point is was after sunset but of course still some light,  the cranes were flying in in large numbers but of course not to the river yet.  I thought maybe since the river still had lots of ice in it that they were going to stay on the bank.  I packed up to leave and was half way to the car and I heard this sound...........the sound of cranes lifting off.  I turned and thought do I head back or just go home............ Of course I turned and ran back to the river.   Yes they were landing in the river on the ice.  Their sound just resonates in the air when they call.  They are back !!!!!!

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Now for some other birds


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 10, 2019, 01:26:08 PM
Open fields, wetlands, prairies make for wonderful habitats.  You know you have something special when you see wildlife thriving in those areas.  It doesn't come easy now days.   Many farmers till the land and plant crops which break up the sections of land and cause fragmented prairies.  There are agencies that work to restore and protect these areas and when that happens people can sure enjoy seeing the results.

The Sandhill Cranes and the Whooping Cranes benefit from all the work on the river.  Restoring crop fields back to native lands is another area that takes lots of man hours.  There is a great wetland area just off of the river that a few short eared owls have been hunting on along with the Northern Harriers.  Last night I just parked on the road and waited for them to come out.  It wasn't long and there an owl appeared on the fence post.  Ever alert looking around for his first meal I am sure.  Of course the day was cloudy so the light was not going to be the best.  Looking around there was one flying on each side of the gravel road looking in the ditch for his meal.  I had to get out of the vehicle so I could follow the flight.  At one point one flew right along the side of me (well those pictures didn't turn out well at all).   


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 10, 2019, 02:44:17 PM
Bison use to roam the prairies in massive numbers, then they were almost wiped out.  Bison play an important role in prairies so that is why the Crane Trust has reintroduced bison to their prairie.  They graze the grasses differently,  they make wallows,  they are a very hearty animal in the elements.  I sat and watched  a small number of them.  At first they were unsure and moved away, then one decided to take a few steps towards me.  The bull ( which had a really messy hairdo) kept a young calf by him and gradually took some steps forward.  They must have figured I was OK because they moved closer and continued to graze, two decided to play a little head butting game.  It was cold and windy,  after sitting there for a long time I had to go warm up,  but I sure enjoyed watching them.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 11, 2019, 03:38:12 AM
How wonderful to see such a variety of wildlife where you can sit and observe them.
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on February 11, 2019, 01:19:23 PM
Your  photos are always interesting Deb but I have to say the bull would have been far too close for my comfort!
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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 21, 2019, 07:18:39 PM
I was enjoying an evening at the wetland field,  hoping to see some short eared owls.  While waiting for sunset there was a Northern Harrier that was hunting and it flew right by me,  almost to close for my camera lens.  Amazing to see the focus in his eyes as he went by.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 23, 2019, 04:13:11 PM
More snow today but this one comes with strong winds.  I went out and had to clear off the snow from the feeders and shortly there were visitors (four legged and two legged ones).  The White Winged Dove is a special visitor.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on February 23, 2019, 07:42:07 PM
Took a couple of videos during the snow today.

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These next two were from a little over a week ago at the river watching the Sandhill Cranes

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 10, 2019, 08:44:49 PM
Winter has been hanging on making it very miserable to do some birding.  The Sandhill Cranes have been staying away due to the cold and snow.   There has been a few thousand here but the rest have been waiting for better weather.  Today was one of the nicest we have had in such a long time.  There is still plenty of snow but I think everyone is ready for Spring.  Not only the Sandhill Cranes were out but a very handsome Ring Necked Pheasant along with a Northern Harrier hunting.

I enjoy watching the cranes interact with eachother


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This male pheasant was busy looking around under the corn stalks for food

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The Look

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The Take Off

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 16, 2019, 08:05:47 PM
March is Migration and Sandhill Crane season so I got out a few times.  First is early morning as the sun was rising and the sky was filled with snow geese flying.   As it lightens you get a view of the massive number of cranes standing in the river.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 22, 2019, 05:12:13 PM
Happy Earth Day!  Great Blue Herons nest colonially in the tops of trees called a Rookery.  They can use last years nest of sticks and add some improvement sticks.  Right now the trees are not fully leafed out so their nests are easy to see.  This rookery is located  right by a  softball complex in Omaha,  they can fly many miles to hunt for food which I know there is a nice lake a few miles away.  Some seemed to be incubating while others were still working on sticks.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 22, 2019, 09:41:27 PM
What an interesting place to visit!   :binocs
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on April 23, 2019, 02:35:34 AM
We saw such a rookery on Hornby Island during the last HIP trip.  :nod2 Wren took us to visit a friend who  had one on his property. :thumbup: That was also the time when Foldi got dressed up in the tree climber gear. :thumbup: What fun we had with that! :eclol Thanks for the memories Deb.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 24, 2019, 08:28:22 PM
I had a very cool surprise while out birding the other day.  I was driving along this area that has lots of water,  a very wet wetland area.  Not many species noted and was about ready to head out when I noticed a little grebe swimming along the edge.  I just sat and waited to see if it would continue to come towards me.  Sure enough it did kind of a zig and zag but it got closer.  The evening light was pretty so I just continued to wait.  As it got closer i was amazed it was something that I have not seen before.  It was a Horned Grebe.  So glad i did not just take off for home.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 25, 2019, 10:43:18 PM
We saw such a rookery on Hornby Island during the last HIP trip.  :nod2 Wren took us to visit a friend who  had one on his property. :thumbup: That was also the time when Foldi got dressed up in the tree climber gear. :thumbup: What fun we had with that! :eclol Thanks for the memories Deb.  :ecsmile


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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 01, 2019, 09:53:14 PM
I always keep an eye on what birds are at my feeder,  this day i noticed a sparrow that looked a bit different.  I went out quietly and sat on my step and sure enough it continued to come closer picking up some seeds.   Getting a better view it seems to be a Lincoln's Sparrow.  A nice sighting for my backyard.

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Of course my little squirrel friend stops by and doesn't scamper away when I am out there.  I think this one has been around for a bit,  maybe even the little one that needed some extra care due to the fur issue.  Anyways he sure trusts me,  I was pretty close to him for this picture.




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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 01, 2019, 10:00:23 PM
Migratory birds move in for a bit and then head on.  Getting out at the right time and finding them is the challenge.  The other night I had a dinner in another town so I was going to be driving by this wetland area so I just had to drive by and take a look.  There were many Yellow headed blackbirds along the road (perfect for a quick look)  These birds migrate through on their way to Canada. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 01, 2019, 11:14:45 PM
How nice to have a squirrel friend, Deb.    :eclove
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 05, 2019, 08:51:03 PM
Visiting the wetlands at this time of year yields migrating birds.  I was looking for little shorebirds and  heard a strange noise,  looked around and saw an odd looking stick.  Well the stick did move and it caught my eye,  it was not a stick but an American Bittern.   The video did not come out well cause the wind was carrying the sound away from me and I was not very close.

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 05, 2019, 09:07:59 PM
Another amazing visitor is the White faced Ibis.  For some of these birds I am amazed how they can fly with that bill.

White Faced Ibis


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Wilson's Phalaropes, female and male

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: jeavverhey on May 06, 2019, 03:24:52 AM
I live adjacent to a wonderful wetland  :nod2 - but am totally unfamiliar with any of those very interesting birds!  :ecrolleyes
Thanks for sharing them Deb. :ecsmile
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2019, 07:42:01 PM
I really think we are in spring now.  Many birds are visiting and some are even bonding  :ohno

These are Wilson's Phalaropes- 


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I guess getting a "piggy back ride"
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2019, 07:58:34 PM
I was lucky and saw some really nice shorebirds.  The first was a Sora,

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A Dowitcher
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American Golden Plover
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American Bittern,  he was calling and this time was a bit closer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMhptIlMQbs

The coloring blends in so well with the habitat,  great camouflage
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Post by: gmadeb3 on May 12, 2019, 09:26:42 PM
I saw the most amazing thing,  this Eastern Kingbird caught a large dragonfly.  I saw it land on the wire with it in its beak and it hit it on the wire a couple of times,  then in a blink it tossed it up and caught it again and one more time before it flew off.  That is Talent!!!

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So Cool

here is a link to my flickr page  https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/debmiller11/)
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Post by: Cawatcher on May 12, 2019, 09:28:24 PM
Fantatasic!!!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 13, 2019, 02:03:41 AM
Wonderful sightings, Deb!
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Post by: jeavverhey on May 13, 2019, 03:24:43 AM
wow talk about a trigger finger - mazing captures there Deb and great photos too
 :thumbup:
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Post by: boonibarb on May 13, 2019, 07:09:14 AM
 
Wonderful sightings Deb!
LOVE the Bittern.
What kind of Frogs are singing during that video?
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Post by: gmadeb3 on May 13, 2019, 11:28:14 AM
As best as I can tell they are Chorus frogs,  little but mighty
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 04, 2019, 09:06:49 PM
This is the time of year the monarch butterflies migrate back from wintering in Mexico.  The have reached my area and heading on north.  The next generation of monarch eggs have been laid and of course I have found a few eggs that I am raising, 10 at this time.  I thought i would start a little project of taking a picture each day while it is a caterpillar.

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in this photo the bottom right is an egg about to hatch on the milkweed,  going left bottom is the caterpillar as it just ate the shell and has hatched.  Top left is day 2 and the top right is day 3.

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This is day 4,   growing and the dark black head is now changing  (note you will see the dark spots well that is the caterpillar frass, caterpillar poop).   Will follow up with more photos of them growing

Day 5 with some items to help show the size. Little horns are showing.

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 04, 2019, 10:37:43 PM
Enjoying your tutoring us on this special science area.  Thank you, Deb!    :nod2
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 05, 2019, 10:26:07 PM
I had another project that started in the fall and then the end result would happen in June.  I had no idea how this would work but I wanted to give it a try because I was curious.  I had seen a couple of these caterpillars, American Dagger.  They are yellow with lots of hair with black setae (hair that looks like a bristle)  coming out of their back.  I read that they would make their cocoon using their hair and overwinter then emerge later the next year.  I kept them in the garage over the winter so it would be cold but still safe.  Then the first of May which i though would be warm enough i sat it outside and then watched.  I had no timeline to go on, so I just kept checking on it.  After a few warm days in a row I went and checked and wow to my surprise i saw in there was a moth on the inside of the jar,  I could still see the cocoon but it was empty.

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The American Dagger Moth,  look at that great camouflage


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Post by: Cawatcher on June 06, 2019, 09:16:47 AM
Thank you deb, love the education!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 06, 2019, 05:44:55 PM
Day 6,  the antenna have grown

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 06, 2019, 06:06:50 PM
 :nod2
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 07, 2019, 09:10:35 PM
Day 7 for the little caterpillar.  Why does it look like it has antenna at both ends??  do you know which is the head?


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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2019, 10:00:29 AM
Day 8,  not much change physically but just filling out a bit more,  caterpillars molt their skin as they grow,  each stage is called on instar.  They go through 5 instars before they  form their chrysalis

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 09, 2019, 07:54:03 PM
TY.  The penny helps to understand size..so tiny!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 09, 2019, 10:53:00 PM
Day 9,  today you can really see some difference in the growth, am sure it just completed a molt.  You can see the longer antenna.

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 10, 2019, 06:53:22 PM
Day 10,  now it is becoming the hungry hungry caterpillar

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 11, 2019, 08:14:54 PM
Day 11,  seems the antenna are a bit droopy so I think it is about to molt.

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 11, 2019, 09:39:27 PM
There is something pretty special during the month of June that occurs in the night sky.  The planet Jupiter is closer to earth at this time. With binoculars or a telephoto lens you can see the four moons of Jupiter, they are called the Galilean satellites. Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.   Jupiter has many moons but these four are the largest.

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 11, 2019, 11:57:27 PM
Thank you for showing this to us, Gmadeb3.     :nod2
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 12, 2019, 06:41:53 PM
Day 12 of the monarch caterpillar and its journey to become a monarch butterfly.

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Post by: Cawatcher on June 13, 2019, 05:15:59 AM
Very instructive Thank you Deb !
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 13, 2019, 06:50:03 PM
Day 13,  today seemed like a slow day for the caterpillar,  not moving much-  well i checked on it just before I left for home and now I know why,  it had a growth spurt, well kinda.  It molted and left its skin still behind.  It won't be long now

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 14, 2019, 08:03:36 PM
Day 14 was a major growth spurt.  The hungry caterpillar ate through a leaf this morning and was ready for another tonight.

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 14, 2019, 08:51:08 PM
Just a munching machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAWKfAtREW8
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 14, 2019, 09:19:08 PM
Wow!
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 14, 2019, 11:03:40 PM
Voracious appetite!    :thumbup:
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 15, 2019, 07:34:57 PM
Day 15 and it is power eating,  it must eat all night long.  I had one other caterpillar go into its chrysalis today so it won't be long for this one.

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 16, 2019, 07:12:07 PM
Day 16,  no penny today in the picture.  This is the last day of being a caterpillar,  it is up on the top of the lid and it is spinning a little bit of silk and then will attach to form its chrysalis. 

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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 17, 2019, 05:01:17 PM
I had a nice day so I decided to head out to the prairie for a hike and to look for the Northern Rough-winged Swallows that make their nest in  the holes in the sandbanks.  From Cornell Lab of Ornithology - they get their name because minuscule hooks on the leading edge of their primary feathers. Running a finger along the edge of the feather from base to the tip feels like touching a rough file.  They are very good flyers, found often by water where they hunt insects in midair.  They have a long body with a  smaller head and bill.  They spend the winter in Mexico and Central America.  I really enjoyed my time watching them fly in and out of their burrow (makes me think they were taking food to their young),  another trip is required to check.  Catching them in flight was my challenge for the day.  The sky was nice and blue and there was some lovely prairie flowers blooming on the top of the bank called Yellow toadflax.  Patience grasshopper kept going through my head as I took photo after photo of blurry swallows, finally I got lucky and felt satisfied with  a couple.  Hiking along I woke up a nice young buck white tailed deer,  he stopped and looked back at me before he bounded off.  Another wonderful grassland bird is the Dickcissel.  They sure belt out a a wonderful song,  they look almost like a small meadowlark with a thicker bill.

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Post by: Cawatcher on June 17, 2019, 05:23:20 PM
Good education and Nice photos!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 17, 2019, 06:02:17 PM
Day 17 is the start of hanging upside down for 10 days. It will molt its skin for the last time and be in the chrysalis for the next 10 days as it goes through and amazing transformation inside that chrysalis and then emerge as the monarch butterfly.

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Post by: jeavverhey on June 18, 2019, 03:26:57 AM
fantastic photos Deb! :thumbup:
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 18, 2019, 05:48:00 AM
Over night the caterpillar went into its chrysalis.  Day 18 is the chrysalis and the skin from the last molt. 

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Post by: NancyM on June 18, 2019, 08:52:45 AM
What an amazing process!  Thank you for the daily photos.

Love the Dickcissel photo too, hope to see one someday.
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 18, 2019, 10:42:19 PM
Deb, this series would make a very good science lesson for many students and people of all ages.    :nod2
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 19, 2019, 07:13:42 PM
I got very lucky today,  I came home from work and one of the caterpillars was very close to going into its chrysalis.  I thought it would be neat to get a video and better yet to have it in time lapse mode so it would go faster, you can get a good feeling when it is really close.  You see the caterpillars antenna get very limp and it kinda straightens out as it is hanging, then you start to see the skin getting pushed up.  Soon there is a split in the skin down by where the head  was and then the skin gets pushed up all of the way to the top and then off.  It is really wiggly at that point.  Now the chrysalis dries a pretty green and we wait.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PE18YF8Vx8
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 19, 2019, 07:39:01 PM
That should be on Nat Geo!!
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Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2019, 08:24:30 AM
 
Holy-moly, that is an amazing transformation to try to wrap your little head around how exactly can that happen!
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 22, 2019, 08:44:29 PM
The chrysalis is now a week old.  Here is a photo from each side -  You can make out the wings a bit, they are famous for having the gold dots

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 23, 2019, 10:50:17 PM
Seeing the wings amazes me!    :nod2
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 24, 2019, 08:40:35 PM
You almost need to keep the chrysalis right with you all the time when it gets down to the final days.  In the first picture you can really see the wings and the chrysalis is becoming more clear.  After work when I looked in on the chrysalis it was no longer a chrysalis (the shell still attached to the top of the paper towel.  There she was hanging with her wings still drying.  Since it was later in the evening I will wait to release her in the morning.

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Now she can go out and lay the next generation   :heart
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 24, 2019, 11:42:53 PM
A real beauty, Deb!    :s*
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 25, 2019, 07:17:30 PM
Didn't see the start of the monarch emerging,  here are some photos after it came out.  The wings are curled up and the abdomen is plump.  They pump the fluid from their abdomen into their wings to straighten them out and then dry hanging upside down.  It is also very important during this time that the proboscis is zipped together or they won't be able to eat.  Now the only thing left is the clear empty shell.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtOI6hDLTs

That is the start to the finish of becoming a Monarch Butterfly
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Post by: Cawatcher on June 25, 2019, 09:24:14 PM
Fantastic sequence Thank you Deb
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Post by: jeavverhey on June 26, 2019, 02:29:53 AM
I have thoroughly enjoyed your caterpillars diary from start to finish.  :ecsmile  What a great educational tool.    You are very clever to have set it up  in the way that you did, and recorded it so beautifully.  :thumbup: Thanks for sharing  that adventure Deb.
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 26, 2019, 08:02:37 PM
Thank You All for following along.  There is one more thing that is important and that is pollination plants,  that is the food that monarchs need and also food for many like the bees.  Everyone can help by planting flowers,  I know I have mentioned milkweed before and that is important because that is where the monarchs lay their eggs and the caterpillars eat till they are ready to form their chrysalis.  It all is important.

Well Thanks again,  I still have one goal and that is to get the monarch emerging from the chrysalis,  Stay tuned
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 27, 2019, 08:48:57 PM
I finally got a video of the monarch emerging from its chrysalis.  I used the time lapse option,  it goes really fast then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9_wptBhOhU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVReXpSUr0Y
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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 28, 2019, 12:38:14 AM
Beautiful results!  Thank you for sharing your videos, Deb.       :eclove
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 30, 2019, 01:31:18 PM
Those who have followed my posts on monarchs may have seen an article being posted or being on TV about raising monarchs.  Here is an article about a study that was done and then they published.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/hand-reared-monarch-butterflies-dont-migrate/592423/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/hand-reared-monarch-butterflies-dont-migrate/592423/)

Of course the media has taken that article and had it on TV and others have used it  also.  Well I have found other sources that can put up their data and give you another opinion. 

https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/when-monarch-science-fails-to-take-flight/?fbclid=IwAR3Rq-SNS_uL0Dbuc6WK4D5kl6HpzMtVeV9quRcXljs8ZvwTIIBd5pZ450E (https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/when-monarch-science-fails-to-take-flight/?fbclid=IwAR3Rq-SNS_uL0Dbuc6WK4D5kl6HpzMtVeV9quRcXljs8ZvwTIIBd5pZ450E)

Just to let you know how I go about raising monarchs for release.  First is looking for eggs on milkweed in the wild,  maybe even finding tiny caterpillars.  I  take them home and make sure they have fresh milkweed everyday, have them in a nice area that is exposed to daylight and also a place that the temperature changes with the day and night.  When they are ready they form their chrysalis and then they continue to stay in the window still exposed to the day and night.  Inside they have a better chance of not being parasitized by the tachinid fly or something else killing them.  They are released to the wild when they have had a chance to dry their wings and can fly off safely.  Another article that is very interesting is  

https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-ento-010814-020855 (https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-ento-010814-020855)

In the fall I do monarch tagging and not so much of the raising.  One thing I have noticed is when you release a monarch after it was tagged it may go right back to eating - at this time they are fueling up for their trip south so I don't think they fly south right then.  They really will wait till the weather conditions are favorable for them to get up to the air currents that are northerly  and will assist them heading south.  No matter what is being said or done I do believe one thing that can be done is to make sure the migration highway has milkweed and flowering pollinators for them to use.  Remember also that not all monarchs migrate,  only the 4th generation that emerges in the fall are the ones that fly south.

I hope this info is helpful in understanding what is being said or posted.   
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Post by: gmadeb3 on June 30, 2019, 08:05:14 PM
It is really neat to have the prairie areas so close to me.  Conservation groups work very hard at restoring old cow/horse pastures and cornfields back to native prairies which can be tall grass or short grass and  wet meadows.  Many birds love that habitat,  it gives them good ground cover and lots of food.  Amazing that so many of the prairie birds nest on the ground,  well it shouldn't be a big surprise  cause there are not very many trees.  Most trees are along the river or in ravines.  I saw a couple of Bobolinks out on the prairie and they are pretty neat.  Males don't look like the female at all and they sing while they fly.  They are a bird that migrates to the plains to breed.  It winters in South America and the male will molt to look like the female in the fall.

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Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 30, 2019, 09:28:24 PM
Deb, thanks for telling us about the Monarchs and for the links.    :thumbup:
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Post by: winterwren on June 30, 2019, 11:09:06 PM
Deb, thank you for that thoughtful post with the 3 articles about Monarch biology. What an interesting read. Each article teaches us something about the Monarchs, and each teaches us something about how research works, what it does well, and what we might miss if we get stuck in the (fascinating) details. The entire post is a great reminder to never lose track of the greater context... About which we know so little.

And so we learn, bit by bit.
 :heart




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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 02, 2019, 06:23:12 PM
Prairie Dog town has prairie dogs but also if you are lucky you may find a Burrowing Owl.  Prairie Dogs live in burrows and sometimes a burrowing owl will take over a burrow and nest in it.  Hot and Humid but worth a trip to see if there is any activity.  This time no cows around and I looked around and saw no owls.  I took a little adventure by crawling out to a burrow and laying down hoping to be just another lump in the ground.  I had some nice camo on so I laid and waited.  No activity.....  the prairie dogs were barking.  I was about to just get up and leave when here comes a bird in with around 5 black birds chasing and diving at this bird.  OH wait it was the small little burrowing owl,  it landed on one of the mounds that I suspected was their burrow from last year.  Now I am on my belly and stretched out taking photos.  He has not gone in the burrow and I have only seen him.  I thought that maybe they didn't nest, something happened to its mate.  We had so much rain earlier that maybe the rain flooded out their nest or when the cows were in there they scared them off.  Finally he flew off to the edge of the tall grasses and I was able to crawl back out ( thank goodness all the cow pies have dried) Once back to the car, the clouds came in and it was getting to be dusk,  sure enough she pops up out of the burrow and he flies back to the post.  Maybe they just have very little ones still.

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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 06, 2019, 10:36:10 AM
Took a hike back to see the Rough winged Swallows who nest in the cavities of a hill side bank.  This time I noticed the adults flying in and out of the cavity with something in their beaks.  So I set out to try and get a photo of the food delivery.  This is not easy,  they are fast and unpredictable -  after a good 45 minutes and many photo deletes I at least got a picture.  One swallow was so kind to land on a branch not far from me almost to say " see this is what the kids are having to eat"

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I think this is the removal of a poop sac from the nest cavity

Hiking back I was looking for any butterflies, one special one - the Regal Fritillary, it has been in decline over the last years.  I was just out for a butterfly and wildflower count last week and that was one we were particularly looking for.  They are very difficult to get close to. 


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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2019, 08:04:42 PM
I was finally able to get out on the river with my Kayak.  Not far down the river I notice on my left to dark objects on an old tree.  Of course I was pretty sure they were eagles and as I looked around on my right I saw two adults in another tree and right behind them a tree with a nice nest in it.  I pulled my kayak up to a sandbar and just watched for a bit.  Soon the youngsters left the tree and flew across to where the parents were,  also another youngster was in the tree behind the nest.  Lucky for them, 3 healthy juvies.

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The really nice thing about kayaking is i could just float on by and not bother them
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Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2019, 09:09:04 PM
More from my kayak trip.  The river is running really good and I don't have to paddle much.  I can have my camera out and get some photos as I pass by things. 

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Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 08, 2019, 09:41:15 PM
I had a stop on a sandbar and took a little walk around.  I saw this little bird walking very fast for cover.  I was able to get a quick picture of it and I think it could be a young spotted sandpiper chick.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48234268252_105a4957da_b.jpg)

Also saw a few small leopard frogs
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Paddling by a sandbar I look back and see a strange looking thing,   it looks like a creature, a river monster....... I can get a photo and look closer........... it is really just a piece of drift wood.....   :eclol

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48218074217_637de62667_b.jpg)



Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 21, 2019, 07:05:06 PM
I was so glad to have a day off so guess what I wanted to do?  Go Owling ............  yes Burrowing Owls and Owlets.  It is that time that the young should be out and about.  I headed out to some prairie dog towns and started looking.  We were in a very extreme heat index so being outside was hard on me, can't imagine how the owls felt out there.  I found a couple of places that had burrowing owls.  They are cute to watch.  The good thing about these locations is you could sit in your car and watch them.

The parent here was just to the left of the burrow entrance


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At first this is what I saw

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Sitting quietly in the car I waited, took more pictures of course

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326753577_66009d9562_b.jpg)

Then another popped up and another,  kinda a shy one

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326625486_7230b763af_b.jpg)

checking out what is flying above

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326624966_2bd0abef3a_b.jpg)

This was the first area I went to,  another area is next
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 21, 2019, 07:27:32 PM
Second burrow I found was a bit farther away but had 4 owlets,  they were out and about a little.   They were standing by their burrow and one flew a ways to another burrow.  While standing on the side there was a prairie dog across from it.  The prairie dog was not at all afraid of the owl,  they kinda looked at each other some.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326752467_6de4d0f062_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326624391_274765ca91_b.jpg)

This shows the size comparison a bit
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: gmadeb3 on July 21, 2019, 08:25:36 PM
Here is a little bit of cuteness for you to watch  :heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qamxLGr6j4w
Title: Re: My Nebraska
Post by: Cawatcher on July 21, 2019, 09:00:51 PM
Great series Deb; the little smile makers