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Birding Calendar

Least Sandpiper by Mike Benkis

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General

Spring Migration: During March, Nebraska hosts one of the most spectacular examples of migration, the Sandhill Crane, along the Platte River between Grand Island and Lexington. The waterfowl migration is also an exciting natural event, particularly the concentrations of a half million Snow Geese and 100,000 Greater White-fronted Geese in the Rainwater Basins.

Fall Migration: Fall migration begins in July with shorebirds (numbers peak in August). Hawk migration begins in mid-September and continues through October. Warbler migration begins in late August and peaks in early September.

Calendar

The following calendar includes information about bird migration. Data is included for the months of peak migration: March, April, May, September, October, November. Please note that arrival times can be affected by weather patterns.

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May 2017

May Bird Migration Information

Monday, May 1, 2017

The following is a partial list of birds that migrate through our area and approximate times to see them. Arrival times can be affected by weather patterns.

Early Month
- Rails: Virginia, Sora, King (rare)
- Piping Plover (Summer resident, nesting on Platte River sandbars & Midwest Power Plant ponds south of Council Bluffs)
- Migrants: Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher
- Terns: Forster's, Black
- Flycatchers: Least, Great-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird
- Thrushes: Swainson's, Gray-cheeked, Woodthrush (Summer Resident)
- Warblers (Summer Residents - best viewed in first 3 weeks of May): Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Cerulean, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat
- Scarlet Tanagers (Summer Resident)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Summer Resident)
- Orioles (Summer Resident) - Orchard & Baltimore

Mid Month:
- Shorebirds: Black-bellied Plover Ruddy Turnstone, White-rumped Sandpiper
- Terns: Least (Summer Resident), Caspian
- Flycatchers: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied
- Veery Trush
- Warblers (Summer Residents - best viewed in first 3 weeks of May): Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Cerulean, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat
- Veery Thrush
- Summer Tanagers (Summer Resident)
- Blue Grosbeak (Summer Resident)

Late Month:
- Sanderling (late May -1st week of June)
- Acadian Flycatcher

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