Sandhills Birding

The Nebraska Sandhills is home to hundreds of species of birds throughout the year. Some are present year-round, some seasonally and some just pass through for a short while on their annual migrations. Here's a sampling of some of the birds that you may encounter on your birding trip through the Nebraska Sandhills.

Blackbirds & Orioles

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird

Eagles

Bald Eagle

Falcons

Prairie Falcon

Grouse

Northern Bobwhite
Greater Prairie Chicken
Sharp-tailed Grouse

Hawks

Ferruginous Hawk
Northern Harrier

Herons & Egrets

White Face Ibis
Great Egret

Kingbird & Finch

American Goldfinch
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Larks

Western Meadowlark

Owls

Burrowing Owl

Pelicans & Cranes

Whooping Cranes
Sandhill Crane
American White Pelican

Plovers & Shorebirds

Black Necked Stilt
Piping Plover
Long-billed Curlew
Upland Sandpiper

Shrikes

Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike

Sparrows & Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing
Harris Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dickcissel
Chipping Sparrow

Swans

Trumpeter Swan

Thrashers

Brown Thrasher

Vultures

Turkey Vulture

Woodpeckers

Northern Flicker
Red-headed Woodpecker