AFO Conference Nebraska, chapter A (March 9 to 15, 2011)

On my way back West, I stopped in Nebraska to attend the Association of Field Ornithologists joint conference (with Wilson Orn. Soc. and Cooper Orn. Soc.). Jenn Ma met me in Omaha and we traveled to Kearney together to check out the conference, meet ornithologists from all sorts of organizations and academic institutions, and check out the local birding attractions.

New York ornithologist Jennifer Ma





The view from Kearney - Sandhill Cranes





The other view from Kearney - migrating Geese of several varieties





The flying geese, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, fly at all levels of the atmosphere and made really interesting patterns in the skies above Kearney. Below, I've included some of my favorite patterns...


















































Most of the Geese in the above photos were Snow Geese and their "Blue Goose" morph. In addition to them, however, were Canada, Ross's and Greater white-fronted Geese.





Red-tailed Hawk








Young Bald Eagle





Rows and rows of harvested corn - inefficiencies in corn harvesting were the major factor in allowing Sandhill Crane populations to explode in the first place. As harvesting has become increasingly efficient over the years, the amount of waste corn on the ground has been reduced and the "natural" number of Cranes that can be sustained has fallen.





Another Red-tailed Hawk (RTHA)










Western Meadowlark





Wild Turkeys!














Downy Woodpecker





Oregon Dark-eyed Junco











Awesome distant kettle of geese





Close-ip of the kettle




















Sandhill Cranes























In Kearney, the migrants fly from sunrise to sunset





One thought on “AFO Conference Nebraska, chapter A (March 9 to 15, 2011)

  • July 10, 2011 at 21:39

    Nice to see you back in the saddle again… HI! from EMS…

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