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“Spring Field Report, March 2011 to May 2011” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2011) 79(2).
There was a nice mix of interesting phenomena this spring, notably a big influx of migrant warblers. Species that are normally uncommon were reported in good numbers, 30 or more each: Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Palm, and Northern Waterthrush, and species that normally occur in very low numbers approached double digits: Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Cape May, and Baybreasted. Southeastern species continue to expand in se. Nebraska, notably Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers and Summer Tanager. A few rarities showed up, most spectacular an alternate-plumaged female Red Phalarope, the first such record for Nebraska, which was captured on video by Nebraska Non-Game TV. Other rarities included Brant, Red-throated Loon, Common Crane, Laughing Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull. There were some interesting comments on Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster County related to a previously unnoticed decline in numbers and its virtual absence. Biggest surprise was probably a Hooded Crane in Hall County; evidence suggests it was not a wild bird, but the Records Committee will deliberate the question.