Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



Silcock & Jorgensen, "Winter Field Report, December 1996-February 1997," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1997) 65(1).


Copyright 1997, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


First, we wish to thank Larry Malone (LKM) for his excellent and detailed reports over the last 3 years or so. The reporting from western Nebraska has been greatly enhanced through Larry's efforts. Larry has retired from his position as Superintendent of NPNWR and CLNWR and we wish him luck.

Interesting features of this winter report include a few rarities such as Barrow's Goldeneye, Greater Yellowlegs, Mew Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Inca Dove, a “montane invasion” of such species as Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, and Cassin's Finch, birds rare in midwinter such as Red-breasted Merganser and Orange crowned Warbler, unusually good numbers of regular winterers such as Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Lapland Longspur and Snow Bunting, and a continuation of the ever-more-complex gull identification situation at LM, which is looking more like the west coast each winter.