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Silcock, "Summer Field Report, June-July 1994," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1994) 62(3).
I (Ross Silcock) would like to point out that observers who have information which adds to, modifies, or corrects this report are urged to send it to me; it is better published late than not at all! I like to think of these reports as a team effort to advance Nebraska ornithology.
Two nesting phenomena were significant this year: the continuing presence of nesting Clark's Grebes at the west end of L. McConaughy, and the stunning increase in numbers of nesting Mississippi Kites in Ogallala. Perhaps missed by some (it was in the Spring report) was the suggestive presence through June of a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks near Morse Bluff in northern Saunders Co. Of similar significance was the presence of a Merlin on the Pine Ridge. Rosche noted that some species of water-birds began nesting activities much earlier than normal in w NE.
Little information was received on the following dabbling ducks, all of which are regular nesters in some numbers in sandhill marshes and, in some cases, the Rainwater Basin and elsewhere: Mallard, Northern pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, and American Wigeon; I assume that this means that numbers were as expected by observers and that none were noted out of their normal summer ranges, i.e. a "normal" year. Ditto the diving ducks Canvasback and Redhead.