Upcoming Field Trips
Blue and Purple Birds
Sunday, August 28
Blue grosbeaks can often be found on summer days in open country by roadside ditches and next to cornfields. During this trip, we'll spend part of the afternoon driving the Missouri River Valley gravel roads in search of these blue jewels singing their burry songs. If you need a second color to brighten your day, continue on to Omaha for a dusk viewing of the annual purple martin spectacle as they congregate at their pre-migratory roost site. Numbers peak this time of year, and tens of thousands of martins will be filling the sky as they come into their roost trees. The show starts about a half hour before sunset, lasts about an hour, and can be viewed next to the Nebraska Medical Center on 44th Street immediately south of Farnam Street. The parking lot next to Clarkson Doctor's Building South is open to birders.
We'll meet at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, on the south side of the Capitol in Lincoln, at 15th and H streets across the street from the governor's mansion. Recommended items include water bottle, insect repellent, and binoculars and scope if you have them. Martin watchers may want a hat or shirt that can be "martinized" by an offering from the sky. There is no fee and the public is welcome. If you have questions call John at 402-475-7275.