Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 85 No. 1 (2017), pp 32-33


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc. Founded 1899


As we were having breakfast on January 8, 2017, we spotted an unusuallooking bird with House Sparrows in the tree above our deck. After consulting the National Geographic field guide, we determined it was a Brambling. Soon it was feeding on the deck where we were able to get some photos. It was first spotted at 9:25 a.m. and again at 10:30. We put the information on NEBirds and by late morning birders began to arrive.The first group saw the bird at 12:02. By early afternoon we had standing room only in our family room. The bird appeared again at 1:40, 4:05 and 4:15. We believe that all who came the first day were able to see the bird, and many got excellent photos. The Brambling was attracted to coarse, hulled sunflower seeds on our deck. It never stayed more than one to two minutes at a time. ,,,

This is the fourth known record of Brambling in Nebraska.