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    Systematic searches and chance encounters — finding rare birds in Nebraska during the fall

    Systematic searches and chance encounters — finding rare birds in Nebraska during the fall

    Nebraska is right in the middle, where east meets west and north meets south, which gives us great possibilities for bird watching throughout the year. This is especially true during migration periods, and during the fall we often find rare birds here. For example, during October and November, a type of sea duck known as a scoter, all of which typically migrate up and down our coasts, may be found at nearly any sizeable body of water across the state. There are also a few different species of other ducks, loons and gulls that tend to prefer saltwater but occasionally show up here as well. These possibilities draw a lot of attention from the most dedicated birdwatchers across the state (myself included) who go out specifically looking for these rare birds. In general, there are two ways that these and other rare birds are discovered.

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