Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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"Annual Meeting at Ogallala" from The Nebraska Bird Review (June 2004) 72(2).


Copyright 2004 Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The Nebraska Ornithologists' Union 2004 Annual Meeting took place at Ogallala on May 14-16, with field trips centering around Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala. A total of 190 species was counted over the weekend. The low water level in Lake McConaughy provided excellent habitat for 21 species of waterfowl, 27 species of shorebirds, including nesting Snowy and Piping Plovers, and a Great Black-backed Gull. More surprising were the 17 warbler species, including Blue-winged, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, Palm, Bay-breasted, and Kentucky. The meeting also offered participants the chance to study many eastern and western species pairs, including Rose-breasted and Black-headed Grosbeaks and Baltimore and Bullocks' Orioles.