Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Bird watching or commonly known as birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe rental, we offer a fun bird watching experience that you won’t want to miss out on while visiting the Nebraska area. Our guides are educated about the birds in the area and are eager to answer any questions that you may have. Identifying a bird’s species for the first time can be difficult, but you will become a pro in no time! After some time you will learn to look for specific things about each bird, such as the color and features the bird may have, all while observing the birds in their native, natural environment.

What will you need to begin your bird watching experience? Binoculars are a must! They are an important necessity to have for your bird watching adventure and they help you spot birds that you may not have seen otherwise. Binoculars will also allow you to zoom in and see the bird’s colors and features better. A comfortable harness or neck strap is a must for your binoculars, this will help keep you comfortable and prevent you from having to carry them the whole time. When looking for a strap for your binoculars; make sure that the strap is comfortable around your neck to refrain from neck pain later. Once you have your binoculars and a strap or harness, you will be ready to begin your bird watching experience.

When bird watching in Nebraska you may spot Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken, which are the most popular bird species found in Nebraska. They are well known in the area because of their ‘grassland dance.’ The grassland dance is a ritual performed by Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens. The dance is held on special grounds known as a ‘lek.’ The male birds gather on the lek trying to claim their territory. They dance around trying to intimidate their rivals and attract hens. The grouse are known for making deep booming noises and the Sharptail species are known for their frenetic performances. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental, we have been presenting the ‘grassland dance,’ since 2001 and it is a must see Nebraska attraction. Don’t miss your chance to see the Nebraska ‘grassland dance,’ while you are visiting.



When scheduling your bird watching experience allow enough time for the viewing. Viewings are usually three to four hours long and up to 16 people are allowed to view the birds at a time. We provide transportation to the viewings for your convenience. Viewings start early, as it’s necessary to arrive at the lek before dawn so as not to interrupt the birds. We have blinds that are placed 50 feet from bird activity and are arranged according to the angle of the sun, this is to help you have the best possible viewing and photo opportunities.

Be sure to plan ahead to secure your room too! Call today to reserve your spot for a viewing of the Grassland Dance, a truly unique bird watching experience that you will not forget. Viewings fill up quick, but short notice bookings can be made based on availability. At Sandhills Motel we offer comfortable accommodations in the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills area, which is one of Nebraska’s most popular tourist destinations.  Visit our website at: or call us at (308) 546-2206 for more information.