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“Notes,” from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1984) 52(3).


Copyright 1984 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


BURCHARD LAKE. Bill Garthright and Bill and Bonnie Mulder went to Burchard Lake, Pawnee Co. 16 April 1984 and saw the Greater Prairie Chickens on their booming grounds. Jim and Sandra Kovanda were there and reported these birds: 27 May 2 Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Little Blue Heron (immature), 2 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Forster's Tern; an immature Common Loon 3 and 23 June, and a Loggerhead Shrike 23 June.

WADERS. I found Great Egrets in Holt Co. in mid-June 1984, adult Little Blue Herons at three locations in Boone and Nance counties from April through June, and 10 adult Cattle Egrets in Antelope Co. in mid-July. Also, more American Bitterns than I’ve found in the past five years combined in the eastern Sandhills. —Wayne J. Mollhoff, Albion

SANDHILL NOTES. On 18 May 1984 I saw Red-necked Phalaropes at Lakeside, American Bitterns, and four nests of Marsh Wrens at the marsh near Whitman, and 20 May a Bufflehead at Loup City (a late date). There was a Swainson’s Hawk on a nest on Highway 20, a mile east of Hyannis.—Ruth C. Green, Bellevue

GREAT EGRETS. On 11 April, outside of Laurel, Cedar County, I spotted 4 Great Egrets and about 20 Franklin’s Gulls. I have also seen Greater Yellowlegs and Ring-billed Gulls. From 6 to 10 April I saw Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Shovelers, and Coots.—Paul Pearson, Wakefield

CATTLE EGRETS. John Schuckman, conservation officer at Crofton, quoted in the Omaha World-Herald 21 May 1984: “I saw 41 Cattle Egrets gathered on a small temporary pond west of Crofton.”

WHITE-FACED IBIS. On 7 July 1984 I saw a White-faced Ibis in Sheridan County, .75 mile south on Lakeside turnoff to Crescent Lake NWR. There were several Black-crowned Night-Herons in the same pond.—Doug G. Thomas, Alliance

BALD EAGLES. Dave Menke reported that DeSoto NWR set a record on 6 March 1984 by sighting 120 Bald Eagles in one day.

BLAINE COUNTY. On 20 May 1984, 8 miles southwest of Brewster, I saw a pair of Long-billed Curlews dive-bombing a Swainson’s Hawk. And just northeast of Brewster I saw what I took to be a Black-headed x Rose-breasted Grosbeak.—Wayne J. Mollhoff, Albion

PRAIRIE FALCON NEST. On 14 May 1984, while on the hiking trail halfway to the top of Scotts Bluff National Monument, I saw a Prairie Falcon gliding nearly level with me about 40 yards away. Suddenly a slightly larger falcon flew into the view of my binoculars. Both falcons flew together for a minute, then the smaller one flew down and landed on the facing cliff wall. Where the falcon landed, was bare rock, below which was thickly covered with white droppings; on the right was what appeared to be a large stick nest.—Wm. C. Garthright, Lincoln

A SUMMER RECORD OF A SANDHILL CRANE IN HALL COUNTY. A Sandhill Crane was reported to the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust by Virginia Luebs on 28 June 1984.—Thomas E. Labedz, Grand Island

INDIAN CAVE STATE PARK. On 26 May 1984 I saw a Willow Flycatcher and a Summer Tanager at Indian Cave State Park, Richardson County.—Ruth C. Green, Bellevue

CASSIN’S KINGBIRD. On 15 May 1984, I saw a Cassin’s Kingbird on the Sowbelly Canyon Road, about 2 miles northeast of Harrison.—Wm. C. Garthright, Lincoln

CEDAR COUNTY. On 28 April I saw Water Pipits in Cedar County, a Stilt Sandpiper 10 May, Bay-breasted Warbler seen by Allen George at a shelterbelt and dam 4 miles north of Laurel 17 May, and I saw a Blackburnian Warbler. The next day (18 May) Al George, Steve Dybdal, and I went to the dam and saw a Chestnut-sided Warbler.—Mike Erickson, Wayne

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER. I saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Purdum, Blaine County, 22 April 1984.—Russell Benedict, Bellevue

SEDGE WREN, A NEW BIRD SPECIES FOR MORMON ISLAND CRANE MEADOWS. Sedge Wrens were recorded on Mormon Island Crane Meadows, south of Grand Island, in Hall County, for the first time on 28 June 1984.—Thomas E. Labedz, Grand Island

A KENTUCKY WARBLER IN HALL COUNTY. A single adult Kentucky Warbler was recorded on 5 May 1984 at Hall County Park.—Thomas E. Labedz, Grand Island

MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER. I saw a MacGillivray’s Warbler 13 May 1984 in Bridgeport State Recreation Area.—Wm. C. Garthright, Lincoln

DIXON COUNTY. On 17 April 1984 I saw a Green-tailed Towhee 5 miles north of Dixon. John Chace, Paul Pearson, and I saw a Swamp Sparrow on 19 April.—Allen George, Dixon

ROSY FINCH. My first sighting of a Rosy Finch was here on our farm on 1 January 1984. Another first sighting for me was a Mountain Bluebird on 7 March.—Galen Wittrock, Lodgepole