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    The Twelve Birds of Christmas – A Nebraska Winter Wish List

    The Twelve Birds of Christmas – A Nebraska Winter Wish List

    The Twelve Birds of Christmas – A Nebraska Winter Wish List

    On the first day of Christmas, the bird I want to see is a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

     

     Gryfalcon

    On the second day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Little Gull

    On the third day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Tufted Duck

    On the fourth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Grosbeak

    On the fifth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Pinyon Jay

    On the sixth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Clark's Nutcracker

    On the seventh day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Long Tailed Jaeger

    On the eighth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are eight Long-eared Owls, any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Long-eared Owl

    On the ninth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are nine White-winged Scoters, eight Long-eared Owls, any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    White-winged Scooter

    On the tenth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are ten Lapland Longspurs, nine White-winged Scoters, eight Long-eared Owls, any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Lapland Longspur

    On the eleventh day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are eleven Long-tailed Ducks, ten Lapland Longspurs, nine White-winged Scoters, eight Long-eared Owls, any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Long-tailed Duck

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, the birds I want to see are twelve Snow Buntings, eleven Long-tailed Ducks, ten Lapland Longspurs, nine White-winged Scoters, eight Long-eared Owls, any kind of Jaeger, six Clark’s Nutcrackers — five Pinyon Jays — four Evening Grosbeaks, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Gulls, and a Gyrfalcon on a fence post.

    Snow Bunting

    Across the Nation, Christmas Bird Counts will take place between December 14 and January 5. For information on where and when these events are taking place in Nebraska, look at the following link: http://www.noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx

    Christmas Bird Counts often result in some of my “Twelve Birds of Christmas” being found and are good places to meet other birders, learn about winter birds and have a good time. If you choose to attend one of the Christmas Bird Counts, maybe I will “see you out there”

    T. J. Walker
    Wildlife Biologist
    Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, North Platte