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Brogie, "Hermit Warbler in Knox County: First Accepted Record for Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 2002) 70(3).


Copyright 2002, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The 2002 Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Record Committee has reviewed the following record and accepted it as a Class III. This Knox County sighting constitutes the first confirmed record of Hermit Warbler in Nebraska.

On 15 May, 2002, while birding with Ben Brogie, we stopped at an isolated planting of mixed hardwoods and Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) on a high hill 5.5 miles north (Road 530) of Creighton. We noticed several birds moving among the branches along the roadside and upon "spishing" for just a few seconds we attracted a female Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) and then an adult male Hermit Warbler (Dendroica occidentalis). I instantly recognized the second bird as a Hermit Warbler, having seen the species in California; but immediately got out a National Geographic Field Guide to show Ben the major characteristics of the species. We went over major field marks with the bird in view.