Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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“Notes,” from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1986) 54(3).


Copyright 1986 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


GREATER SCAUP IN BOONE COUNTY. On 27 and 28 March 1986 I observed a male Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2.5 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Petersburg.—Wayne J. Mollhoff, Albion

PRAIRIE-CHICKENS. On 20 April 1986 I saw a couple of Prairie-Chickens 2 miles north of Eppley Airfield, on Abbott Drive and Crown Point Avenue, Omaha.—Douglas Fritz, Omaha

GLAUCOUS GULL. At about 6 PM on 4 April 1986 Tom Headley, Babs Baldinger, Nancy Thoenes, and I were at Lake North, north of Columbus. Tom saw a large white gull. We put the Questar on it and found that it was slightly larger than a Herring Gull that passed by. The Glaucous Gull had a white head, with black eyes; a white back; its wings were white (it stretched them and all was white); and breast mostly white, with some tan or beige on its chest, very slight coloring. The bill was flesh colored, with the front 1/3 black on top and bottom, and the feet were pink colored. We decided it was a first winter Glaucous Gull.—Hank Thoenes, c/o Tom Headley, Mt. Clemens, Michigan

CHE5TNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS. The spring blizzard which struck this area 14/15 April 1986 was hard on local birdlife. While birding on the morning of the 15th I found a Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calearius ornatus) feeding in a cornfield. It was in such a condition that I almost caught it by hand. The next day I was given three Chestnut-collareds by people who had found them dead. All had depleted fat reserves and were markedly underweight, evidently from fighting the 40–70 mph winds the previous 24 hours. They were preserved as study skins and placed in the collection at Wayne State College.—Wayne J. Mollhoff, Albion