20 Year Member
I've been very fortunate in seeing Whoopers. I currently live in Burwell, NE but have seen them near Kearney before I retired. I have photos of a group of ten of them near here and have had the opportunity to catch photos of them on 4 or 5 occasions. The last opportunity was in October of 20. If you would PM me your phone, I'd be happy to give you a call if I would be so fortunate to experience a sighting.I rejoined NOU last year. whooper yard bird would be tremendous. I’m guessing I’d recognize your name IRL…pretty small birding community in NE. If you see any this spring, PM me PLEASE! Whooper is #1 on my wish list in 2022! I’ll send you my contact info if you wish. What is the best week for Whoopers? We havent gotten lucky the past few years in March, although we missed one at Rowe had we gone into the early blind in 2019.
I’m also about 95% to buy a camera and get into photography this year. Need the capability to ID and document. Definitely interested in recommendations. I’m thinking mirrorless..Canon R5, R6, Sony a7 iV type range…but welcome any recommendations for ultrazoom/bridge to mirrorless. I want a bridge to start, but the problem I keep hearing is AF isnt fast or good enough on those. Realized quickly that this is not a cheap proposition…
I ended the year #13 in Nebraska at 276 species for 2021. I moved up to #31 all time with 317. Of course, this excludes anyone who isnt on eBird or hides their lists. 89 new NE birds in 2021…far exceeding anything I thought would be possible, given the limitations of living out of state and having a full time job…most of the top birders are retired and can go out all the time.
My last lifer was a Winter Wren at Schramm the other day. #75th new lifer in 2021, #350 total! after i had gotten going, I was hoping to get to 250 total in NE, and exceeded that by 67. 291 year overall. Best year of birding ever.
If you want to see an example of my stuff, I just now posted a couple photos of a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker on the Nebraska Birds group on Facebook.