Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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"Notes," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1988) 56(2).


Copyright 1988, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


YOUNG GREAT HORNED OWLS On 5 April 1988 we banded two young Great Horned Owls that were in a nest near Laurel, in Cedar Co., Neb. An adult Owl was first seen on this nest 3 March. The nest was approximately 31 feet above the ground in a dead Siberian elm tree. One adult Owl was in the nest as we approached it at about 7:00 PM. The adult bird flew of the nest and remained about 200 meters away, in a small grove of trees. It took us about 35 minutes to set up our ladder, retrieve and band the owlets and return them to their nest. The adult bird called occasionally during this time. An interesting discovery was that of the carcass of an American Coot in the nest with the owlets. The head and most of the body had apparently been eaten, but the rump, tail, and legs were still intact.

A NOCTURNALLY FORAGING WESTERN KINGBIRD IN LANCASTER CO. On 21 August 1987 I observed a nocturnally foraging Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The bird could not be found on subsequent evenings.

At 2315 hours the Kingbird was observed flying north across N Street between 9th and 10th streets, the bird alighted in a tree, directly beneath a mercury vapor street lamp, along the N Street frontage and adopted a perch approximately 3.5 meters above the street. From 2317 to 2349 seven forage flights were observed. All flights were initiated from the same perch, the distal end of a leafless branch, with captures made approximately 5 to 6 meters above N Street. All captures were made well within the cone of light supplied by the street lamp, and flying insects were clearly visible to the observer.