Date of this Version
Silcock, "Spring Field Report, March-May 2006," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2006) 74(2).
As many of you know, the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) has changed some generic names and rearranged the taxonomic order for shortbirds in the expanded genus Tringa and for the terns. This Spring Report uses the new taxonomic order.
Observers (thank you, I think!) submitted a huge amount of data that I distilled for this report; I entered more than 3500 sightings into my database, which allows for a comprehensive overview of what birds were doing this spring.
as has been the case the last few years, there were several record or near-record early arrival dates, some requiring documentation (readily supplied!) and some only marginally early relative to the previous early dates. Shorebirds had several of these early dates, with at least 8 species at or near record-early arrival dates. Two species of grebes and Blue-winged Teal also were early. Three species of swallow, along with Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Rock Wren, Swainson's Thrush, and American Pipit also showed up early. Finally, three "southern" warblers that breed north to Nebraska were record early: Yellow-throated, Prothonotary and Louisiana Waterthrush.