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Silcock, “Summer Field Report, June–July 2013,” from Nebraska Bird Review (September 2013) 81(3).
In many ways this summer was a rerun of last; the drought persisted over most of the state after some welcome spring rains, but it was not as severe as it was in 2012. Water conditions were generally poor, with Harvard Marsh the only bright spot; it hosted nesting White-faced Ibises, and Little Bitterns were present. Beneficiaries of the generally low water levels were Least Terns and Piping Plovers, which nested in good numbers at Lake McConaughy, where the increased habitat even attracted Snowy Plovers again. Few Black-necked Stilts were reported statewide. Ducks, shorebirds, and passerines in general were unremarkable. Ospreys, most apparently inexperienced youngsters, continued to attempt to breed successfully at scattered sites statewide. Perhaps the bright spot was the appearance of a few rarities. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Pacific Loon, an apparent 2nd state record Black-chinned Hummingbird, 3rd state record Acorn Woodpecker, and 6th spring record Dusky Flycatcher were the best.