Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 88 No. 1, pp. 18, 27-41


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


Mergansers reached a new high of 104 counted in nine circles, which topped the count of 97 from 2017. A single Surf Scoter was found in the Lower Platte circle, which was only the fourth time that this species has been found on a Nebraska CBC. Lone birds were also found at Lake McConaughy in 1999, 2010 and 2015. A good North Platte find were two Barrow’s Goldeneye. Several species, however, were counted in numbers much below the norm. The lone Wood Duck found at Branched Oak was the lowest count for that species since 2004, when they were missed entirely. The two Canvasbacks from the Norfolk circle were a nice find, but they were the only ones found this season and represent the lowest count since they were missed entirely in 2009. The 8 Redheads were the fewest counted since 2009 when only five were found. Greater Scaup were missed for the first time since, you guessed it, 2009. (For those of you who’ve forgotten the blizzards of the 2009 CBC season, you’re lucky.) Only 17 Bufflehead were found, which is the lowest total since 12 were counted in 2008. Red-breasted Merganser was missed for the first time since 1994.