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)

 

 

 

 

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

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