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Birds

Lookout Spots

The Omaha area has several parks and wooded areas where non-city birds are more likely to be seen.  In Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center  (1111 N. Bellevue Blvd., Bellevue, NE (Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)) has one of the greatest tracts of land where wildlife of all types can be observed.  They also operate the Neale Woods Nature Center ((Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)).

National Wildlife Reserves are protected areas where birds of all types can be seen.  Around Omaha, there is DeSoto Bends National Wildlife Refuge just north on Interstate-29 right on the Nebraska-Iowa state line.  While there, pick up a guide to other areas where you can enjoy Nebraska birds and other wildlife.

Bird Species

Nebraska's birds are an important component in the eco-system of the state and the Midwest.  We are lucky to have some special species.

Bald Eagle  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Bald Eagle is on a comeback in Nebraska, mostly the northwestern portion of the state.  There are sightings reported from all parts of the state, which is a good sign that our National bird can survive for following generations to enjoy.

Barn Owl  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Barn Owl is a welcome sight to farmers with grain crops.

Brown Eagle  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Brown Eagle is a protected species but Nebraska has a good chance of helping to preserve this great bird.

Blue Heron  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Blue Heron feeds on small to mid-sized fish.  The Platte River provides the right environment for hunting out these tasty morsels.

Great Horned Owl  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

When you have farms and grain,  you have mice.  When you have mice, you have the Great Horned Owl.

Field Hawk  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

Where the Western Meadowlark takes care of insects, the Field Hawk takes care of rodents such as field mice.

Grouse  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Grouse is a popular game bird in Nebraska.

Mallard Duck  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Mallard Duck is plentiful in Nebraska due to the many lakes and streams we have.  The animal is so common, most city parks with a lake have a few semi-permanent residents.

Western Meadowlark  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of Nebraska.  It is no wonder as the bird is abundant and valuable to farmers in reducing insects. The bird is wide-ranging throughout the Midwest and western states, spanning from roughly the Mississippi River and Great Lakes west to the Pacific, penetrating slightly into Canada, and also the northern half of Mexico. It is also the official state bird of Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon.

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Osprey  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Osprey is common along Nebraska's Interstate and side roads.  The road offers a clearing where anything moving will stand out.

Pheasant  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Pheasant is a popular game bird in Nebraska.

Quail  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

Quail is a popular game bird in Nebraska.

Red Winged Blackbird  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Red-Winged Blackbird gets its name from the red stripe on its wings; the bird is common throughout the Midwest.

Sandpiper  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Sandpiper is common along the Platte River where there are abundant sandbars to feed on, offering protection from ground based predators.

Snow Geese  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The spring and fall are a favorite time for nature and bird lovers as this is when the Snow Geese migrate through the area.  Often they will tip you off to raise the binoculars skyward as they honk to each other.  It is probably the younger ones asking, "Are we there yet?"

Snowy Egret  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Snowy Egret is found along the slow moving streams where wading can provide food.

Vulture  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

The Vulture cleans up road-kill making it safe so you don't skid.

The Sandhill Crane  Back to the top of this page.  Back to the top of this page.

We are extremely lucky to be directly in the path of the Sandhill Crane's migration path as it travels north to Canada and south to Mexico.  This is no small bird.  The Sandhill Crane is not on the endangered species list but it is everyone's duty to help preserve this species.  To convince you, drive to the area between Grand island and Kearney when the birds pass through.  Also, stop in Grand Island and check out the crane sculptures around town.

More Information

For more information on Nebraska birds and wildlife, visit the official Nebraska Games and Wildlife website.

Also, visit the Omaha Audubon website.

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