November Bird Calendar for the
Omaha Nebraska area
by Babs Padelford
November brings concentrations of
waterfowl and, possibly, some of the rarer gulls. Following is a
partial list of birds that can be found in eastern Nebraska and western
|Waterfowl - Look for Ross' Goose with large flocks of Snow Geese at DeSoto
NWR. The more unusual species of ducks, i.e., Greater Scaup, Oldsquaw,
Black, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Loons: Common; Red-throated (rare),
||All month until lakes freeze - Lake Manawa & Carter Lake, Iowa; Papio
Damsite Lakes - Douglas & Sarpy Counties; DeSoto NWR - Missouri Valley
|Bald Eagle - With concentrations of ducks and geese until lakes freeze.
||Lake Manawa & Carter Lake, Iowa; Papio Damsite Lakes - Douglas &
Sarpy Counties; DeSoto NWR - Missouri Valley IA; Some remain around
the Platte and Missouri Rivers all winter.
|Gulls: Bonaparte's, Ring-billed & Herring Gulls. More unusual - Thayer's,
Iceland & California (Great & Lesser Black-backed, Sabine's, or even
Ross's Gull are possible).
||Lake Manawa & Carter Lake , Iowa are the best places for gulls in the
Omaha area, & Branched Oak Lake near Lincoln is also good.
|American Tree Sparrow
||arrives for winter
Winter Finches: These rarely reach our area anymore, but be on the lookout
for Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak
and Pine Grosbeak. This could be the year!
|Cemeteries are good places to look, and your back yard at the feeders.