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Harlan White Pelican Watch

Generally occurs: Throughout March
Location: Republican City, Nebraska
311 Main St.
Alma, Nebraska 68920

Thousands of American White Pelicans stop at the Harlan County Reservoir in south-central Nebraska to feed before continuing their northern migration. They can usually be seen easily from shorelines, marinas, campgrounds, etc., but the flocks do move around from place to place on the lake. There is no fee to view the birds. Free birding boat tours for out of town visitors are offered in late March and early April; must have advance reservation.

Birds to See:
Species list from a previous boat tour: Snow Goose 34, Canada Goose 12, Wood Duck 8, Gadwall 125, American Wigeon 45, Mallard 1250, Blue-winged Teal 75, Cinnamon Teal 1 drake with possible Cinnamon Teal hen, Northern Shoveler 275, Northern Pintail 750, Green-winged Teal 175, Bufflehead 1, Ruddy Duck 3, Ring-necked Pheasant 2, Double-crested Cormorant 675, American White Pelican 550, Great Blue Heron 36 (rookery of 25+ nests), Turkey Vulture 35, Northern Harrier 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Coot 28, Killdeer 8, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Wilson's Snipe 3, Franklin's Gull 6, Ring-billed Gull 42, Eurasian Collared-Dove 2, Mourning Dove 4, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, American Kestrel 1, Eastern Phoebe 2, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 13, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, American Robin 16, European Starling 9, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2, Song Sparrow 17, Northern Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 75, Common Grackle 50, Brown-headed Cowbird 3, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 8, House Sparrow 7

Nebraska Prairie-Chicken Festival

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Calamus Outfitters/Switzer Ranch
83720 Valleyview Ave
Burwell, Nebraska 68823

The Nebraska Prairie-Chicken Festival aims to celebrate prairie grouse species, the grasslands they inhabit and the culture that surrounds them. Greater Prairie-Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse viewing highlight this spring birding festival. Additional birding excursions, informative and entertaining speakers, great food and the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, make for a fun-filled weekend.

Birds to See:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch
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