Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Date of this Version



“Notes,” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1984) 52(2).


Copyright 1984 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


DIPPER. In late September or early October 1982 I saw a Dipper on wood stacked in my yard, near the business center of Stanton.—Bruce P. Jundt, Stanton

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. On 17 September 1983 I saw a Mockingbird in the shelter belt on our farm.—Mike Erickson, Wayne

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. On 8 October 1983 I saw a female Black-throated Blue Warbler in our shelter belt.—Mike Erickson, Wayne

WORM-EATING WARBLER. On 26 April 1984 Layne Johnson, John Chase, Paul Pearson, and I saw a Worm-eating Warbler in the shelter belt on our farm 8 miles north and 1 mile west of Wayne.—Mike Erickson, Wayne

COMMON REDPOLLS. This (January 1984) is the year for Common Redpolls! Wintering over this year, too, have been several Harris Sparrows.—Doug G. Thomas, Alliance, Nebraska

BURT CO. We have lots of birds with all the cold weather. Among the unusual ones is a Tufted Titmouse. At the suet feeder we’ve had an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Another first for us was Evening Grosbeaks. Another unusual sighting was the pair of Cooper’s Hawks which visited daily during that coldest 10 days or so around Christmas.—Kathleen True, Decatur

REPORT FROM MINDEN. On 23 October 1983 Ropert Spicknall and I saw a Prairie Falcon, north of town. On 25 January 1984 Robert saw a Northern Shrike at a carcass on the highway west of town. On 4 February we went up to the Platte and saw 2 Bald Eagles and on 25 February we saw 3 up there. On 15 February we saw Green-winged Teal on a roadside pond, Shovelers on the same pond 15 March, and 15 April and a White Egret there. Robert saw a Great Blue Heron 6 April, and we both saw one 15 April. On 15 March I saw a Peregrine Falcon, and on 30 April a Turkey Vulture. During the winter, hundreds of Crows, thousands of Lapland Longspurs, and a good sprinkling of Meadowlarks literally lined the shoulders of N 10.—Harold Turner, Minden

HAND FEEDING. In winter of 1982 I decided that I would hand feed Black-capped Chickadees, but they refused to cooperate. At the same time Pine Siskins crowded another feeder. A male, displaced by a female, lighted in my near frostbitten hand and ate several minutes from the unroasted sunflower seeds in my palm. I set a new goal: attract the more skitterish American Goldfinches that came in with the Pine Siskins. Several tries, my patience stretched more than I thought possible, a male came in for just one brief moment, long enough to eat one seed and fly off with another.—Doug G. Thomas, Alliance