Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 85 No. 3 (2017), pp 121-127


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


In 2015 Barn Owls (Tyto alba) nested on the floor of a grain bin in Ponca State Park, Dixon County. Seven nestlings were observed (Figure 1). It is believed that 6 fledged (one carcass was found on the floor of the bin September 26). Barn Owls were not observed the following spring (Jan Johnson, personal communication). Because there are few records of Barn Owls in the region, we collected data to better understand the Barn Owl nesting in Ponca State Park. Barn Owl prey and their importance to reproductive success has been well documented (Marti et al. 2005; Gubanyi et al. 1991); therefore, we analyzed Barn Owl pellets to determine their prey and used GIS software to analyze prey habitat near the nest site.