“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Lou Holtz
No matter where you are in the state now is a great time to go birding. Whether there is 8 inches of snow on the ground, or it’s a sunny day. Anytime is bird time.
Be on the lookout for song birds building their nests. This includes robins, red-winged blackbirds, and even sparrows. I know I don’t have to go very far to find a Robin building a nest. There is one right outside my window who thinks it can build a nest on our motion lights.
Raptors, such as Eagles, and Owls have already had their babies, and their young will be in the nests already. Birds such as hummingbirds will not arrive here in Nebraska until late May or June. Let me give you a hint. The smaller the bird, the later in the year it makes a nest. Good to remember!
Now to go birding, you definitely don’t need any fancy equipment. Just your body and your eyes. Binoculars are a good idea if you have them, but you certainly don’t need them to spot a bird, or hear one. You may want to have a journal and a pen out with you too, in case you spot a really neat bird and want to record it. A Bird ID guide might also come in handy. If you do not have one you can always visit our Nebraska Bird Library at nebraskabirdlibrary.org.
Let us know what birds you spot in the next couple of weeks. Just leave us a comment and see how many Nebraska Birds we all can find.