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Nongame Bird Blog

Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. Joel Jorgensen has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues.

Another After Hours Rescue

Trapped Peregrine Falcon A/Y

First off, there is the need to acknowledge it is all but certain only one egg out of the original four is going to hatch this year.  This outcome is a little bit of a surprise, but it does mean the parents can direct all their attention on the single eyas.  Let’s hope for good things.  The youngster is still only a few days old so it certainly needs a lot of care and attention from its parents.  If one of the ... Read More »

First Peregrine Falcon egg hatches

Peregrine chick #1

Updated @ 2:16 p.m. One Peregrine Falcon egg hatched at the Capitol on Sunday, as expected.  This can be seen in the screenshots provided below. As of mid-morning on Monday, only one egg of the three eggs has hatched.   You may also noticed one of the eggs disappeared (there were originally four eggs, but for the past week there has only been three eggs).  It is unknown what happened to the missing egg. Update (1:35 p.m.):  It appears that ... Read More »

Holy Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Batman!

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is a stunning species of waterfowl that typical occurs south of Nebraska, primarily south Texas.  However, this species is increasing and expanding its range.  Nebraska has not been immune or untouched from this expansion, not that we would want to be.  In 1989, Nebraska claimed its first documented record of this species when a single bird was shot in Clay County.  Sightings have increased since 1989 and during the past decade this species has occurred almost ... Read More »

Peregrine Hatch Watch 2015

Peregrine Falcon chicks

It has been about a month since the Peregrine Falcons laid their eggs at Nebraska’s Capitol building.  This means it is time to officially issue the hatch watch for 2015.  A Hatch Watch means conditions are favorable for egg hatching to develop over the next several days.  Since it has been about 30 days, hatching might be expected to commence late this week or over the weekend. If eggs do indeed start hatching, you do not need to take shelter ... Read More »

May is for birding

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Over the last few days, millions of individuals have invaded our state.  If you’ve been outside recently, perhaps you’ve noticed it.  In fact, it may have been difficult to miss.  Since this blog is about birds and birding, you probably have guessed I am referring to birds.   Spring migration commenced all the way back in late February when waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles began moving into the state and it slowly gained momentum through March and April.  However, May ... Read More »

Kestrel eggs hatching

Kestrel chicks

Over the weekend, our American Kestrel eggs started hatching, which is right on time if since they eggs were laid almost exactly a month ago.  This Monday morning, it appears three of the eggs have hatched.  The other two, if they are going to hatch, should emerge in the near future. The streaming video inside the kestrel nestbox can be accessed HERE.  I have heard the video is not coming up for everyone.  If you are having trouble, my advice ... Read More »

Helping Ospreys and avoiding power outages


Electric utilities and wildlife agencies are entities that you may not immediately think of as cooperators in conservation, particularly if you’ve closely followed the news as of late.  Even though both types of entities have their different roles and objectives, there are opportunities to work together.  Most electric utilities, such as those of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, work proactively to avoid and reduce the risk of collision and electrocution posed to birds by power lines and other electrical infrastructure.  These efforts are done ... Read More »

Hybrid grouse at Prairie-Chicken Festival

hybrid grouse

I had the privilege to participate in and be part of the Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival this past weekend.  This is the fourth year of this festival, but the first year I attended.  I had high expectations going in since the festival is an event organized and hosted by Calamus Outfitters, but my expectations were exceeded in a number of ways.  This was a top-notch affair with great birding and scenery that included morning trips to see lekking Greater Prairie-Chickens and ... Read More »

Peregrine Falcon egg #4

4th egg.

The fourth Peregrine Falcon egg was not a major surprise.  It arrived on Tuesday evening. Four eggs is good enough for me and it seems like a manageable number.   Will there be a fifth?  Or even a sixth? It seems possible given our pair’s history, so stayed tuned.   If you are looking for our LIVE streaming video, please click HERE.  If you would like to join a Facebook fan group about the the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcons, please click ... Read More »

Peregrine Falcon egg #3

three eggs

As children were searching for Easter eggs, the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcons found their own.  Egg #3 arrived sometime on Sunday. It is the point in the egg-laying process to wonder how many eggs makes this clutch complete.   As prolific as our birds have been in recent years, I would suspect they will lay at least one more; time will tell.  If you are looking for our LIVE streaming video from the 18th Floor of the Nebraska Capitol, please click ... Read More »