Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


1981 Nebraska Nesting Survey

Esther V. Bennett, Outdoor Education/Recreation, Parks and Recreation Department

Copyright 1982, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Data on the 1981 nesting season in Nebraska were received from 14 observers, reporting on 62 species from 25 counties. Counties in the tabulation are listed in a west to east order, with the northernmost of approximately equal locations given first. Numbers represent Nest Record Cards; Y represents young observed; C represents Cowbird eggs found in other nests; N represents nests observed for which no Nest Record Card was submitted; and E represents eggs or egg fragments observed.

Fifty-five species were reported on North American Nest Record Cards. The counties, with column numbers on the tabulation shown in parentheses, and the contributors were: Antelope (18) Marvyl Lockwood; Banner (3) Ross Lock, GA Wingfield; Box Butte (5) GA Wingfield; Cass (24) Jim Ducey; Dawes (4) GA Wingfield; Douglas (22) Tanya Bray, RG. Cortelyou, Jim Ducey, C.E. Johnston, E.D. Johnson, Gladys Johnson; Franklin (15) Harold Turner; Frontier (13) GA Wingfield; Gage (21) Jim Ducey; Grant (8) Ross Lock; Hall (17) R.G. Cortelyou; Howard (16) RG. Cortelyou; Johnson (25) Jim Ducey; Keith (9)GA Wingfield; Lancaster (20) Jim Ducey, Norma G. Johnson; Lincoln (12) G.A. Wingfield; McPherson (11) Oona Bassett; Morrill (6) Alice Kenitz, GA Wingfield; Perkins (10) GA Wingfield; Red Willow (14) GA Wingfield; Sarpy (23) R.G. Cortelyou, Jim Ducey; Saunders (19) Jim Ducey, Father Hoffman, Gladys Johnson; Scottsbluff (2) Alice Kenitz, Ross Lock; Sheridan (7) Ross Lock; Sioux (1) Ross Lock, GA Wingfield.

Persons contributing over 20 cards were: Jim Ducey-222, Norma G. Johnson-40, G.A. Wingfield-37, Ross Lock-28, Alice M. Kenitz-28, Gladys Johnson-23.

The following 28 Nebraska species which were reported in 1981 were not reported in the 1980 Nesting Survey (NBR 49:8): Mallard, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sora, Killdeer, Screech Owl, Long-eared Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Bank Swallow, Black-billed Magpie, Common Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, Wood Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Starling, Warbling Vireo, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, and Song Sparrow.