Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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NOU Fall Field Days Count, 1997; May NAMC Count, 1998, from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1998) 66(2): 60-67.


Copyright 1998, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The NOU count during Fall Field Days, September 26-28, focused on areas in and around the Nebraska National Forest and includes reports from 6 counties: Blaine, Thomas, Cherry, Brown, Custer, and Logan. This year's count of 122 species is a record for NOU Fall Field Days; last year, the count registered 116 species. Especially notable sightings included a Red-necked Grebe at Willow Lake in Brown County; a Broad-winged Hawk in the Forest; a Rough-legged Hawk in Thomas County; and a LeConte's Sparrow also at Willow Lake in Brown County.

North American Migration Counts (NAMC) for Lincoln and Sarpy Counties are also included in this report. The Tout Bird Club of North Platte compiled the Lincoln Country report on its May 16, 1998, outing. Observers were Howard and Wilma Wyman, Harold and Esther Cunningham, Pat and Betty McEvoy, Marie Evans, Nancy Norton, and Greg Hoover. With a clear sky all day and winds from the southeast at 5 -15 mph, their survey began at 7:30 a.m. and concluded at 6:00 p.m. This year's count totaled 99 species.

This year's NAMC May 9, 1998, count for Sarpy County registered 137 species by 22 observers: Betty Allen, Mark Armstrong, Kathryn Barclay, Elliot Bedows, Laurine Blankenau, Duane Bright, Manit Bunnimit, Earl and Sharon Duignan, Dick Gilson, Ruth Green, Betty Grenon, Diane Guinn, Craig Hensley, Debbie Hunsberger, Clem Klaphanke, Janet and Ray Korpi, Jim and Sandy Kovanda, Jill Medland, Georgianne Meyer, Judi Miller, William Moak, Janice and Don Paseka, Dick Rasmussen, Neal Ratzlaff, Kathleen Rose, Jerry Toll, Diane West, and Pam Whistler.

Table 1. The following chart lists species confirmed from the NOU Fall Field Days' report, which includes the Nebraska National Forest (NNF), surrounding counties, and Logan County. The North American Migration Counts (NAMC) are also included for Sarpy and Lincoln Counties; the Sarpy statistics indicate the number of individual species seen. X= species present.