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Concentrations of waterfowl, particularly ducks and geese, as well as gulls (mainly Bonaparte's, herring and ring-billed) reach their peak this month on area lakes. Be alert for loons and unusual gull and waterfowl species. Migrant bald eagles arrive along with the ducks and geese, some remaining along the Platte and Missouri Rivers all winter.

Occurrence is irregular but lapland longspurs, often in mixed flocks with horned larks, can sometimes be found in open fields and roadsides. They are best found just after a snowfall when they concentrate along roadsides and their brown colors contrast with the snow.

Tufted Titmouse photo provided by Phil Swanson