Sunday, March 20, 2011

Return to Nebraska

One week ago, I returned home from a great trip to central Nebraska. I spent most of the time at a conference center in Kearney, but I had many hours to bird before my flights home on Sunday afternoon.

After checking out of my motel, I walked east for several miles parallel to Interstate 80, then crossed the highway to view hundreds of Sandhill Cranes landing, dancing, and foraging in a farmer's field.

Nine years ago, I trapped cranes for the US Geological Survey nearby along the Platte River. It was nice to watch them again, without the pressure to catch a daily quota.

After viewing the cranes, I turned north and walked along a road that was surrounded by a gigantic cornfield. I among the stubble, I saw Snow Geese, Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, and a few more cranes.
After my walk, a snowstorm blew in and delayed a couple of my flights. After seemingly endless hours of waiting, I finally returned to Portland at 11:00 pm.

Nebraska Bird List:

Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Mute Swan
Snow Goose
White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Northern Pintail
Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ring-billed Gull
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
American Robin
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow