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.
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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March Bird Migration Information
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.
-Snow Geese (also Ross' Geese) and Greater White-fronted Geese (Riverton Wildlife Management Area in Fremont County, Iowa; Funk Lagoon and Sacramento-Wilcox Wildlife Area in Phelps County)
- Ducks (Wehrspann Lake west of Papillion, Cunningham Lake north of Omaha; Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs)
- Bald Eagles (Lake Manawa, IA; Riverton Wildlife Management Area in Fremont County, Iowa)
- Other raptors begin moving north (Waubonsie State Park in southwest Iowa is a good lookout spot)
- Woodcocks (Lake Manawa, IA hiking trail)
- Common Snipe, Killdeer
- Ring-billed, Herring, and possibly Thayer's Gull (Lake Manawa, IA; Cunningham Lake, NE)
- Bonaparte's Gulls (begin arriving the latter part of March - Cunningham Lake, NE)
- Eastern Phoebe (last two weeks of March)
- Northern Shrikes (head north by mid-March)
- Loggerhead Shrikes (arrives mid-March)
- Fox Sparrow (arrives the last two weeks of March)