Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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"1980 Fall Field Day," from Nebraska Bird Review (December 1980) 48(4).


Copyright 1980, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.



Sixty people participated in at least part of the 1980 Fall' Field Day, which was held from noon 4 October to noon 5 October at the 4-H Camp, Nebraska National Forest, Halsey, The weather was on the cool side, but nice - maybe too nice, for many of the warblers apparently migrated during the night. Seventy-one species were reported from the Forest or immediately adjacent to it: Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture; Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Red-tailed, and Swainsons's Hawks; Golden Eagle (an immature, seen over the Camp after most people had left); Marsh Hawk, Osprey, Merlin, American Kestrel, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant, Killdeer, Common Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo; Screech and Great Horned Owls; Belted Kingfisher, Common Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers; Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Crow, Black-capped Chickadee; White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches; House Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire; Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Cedar Waxwing, Starling; Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, and Wilson's Warblers; House Sparrow, Western Meadowlark; Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds; Common Grackle; Cardinal, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Rufous-sided Towhee; Vesper and Lark Sparrows; Dark-eyed Junco; Tree, Chipping, Clay-colored, Field, Harris', White-crowned, White-throated, Lincoln's and Song Sparrows. In addition, Turkey droppings were seen, a dead Rock Wren was found on a road, and Longspurs (probably Chestnut-collared) were heard overhead in migration during the night.