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Silcock, "Winter Field Report, December-February 1994-95," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1995) 63(1).


Copyright 1995, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission


This was an interesting winter season, with some record late and early dates, rarities, and early arrivals of large numbers of migrants. This information was provided by a dedicated group of observers, who have been patient in understanding the kind of information to report.

First Feb records for Common Loon, first Jan record for Horned Grebe, first wintering record for Western Grebe, record late date for Eared Grebe, first Dec record of Baird's Sandpiper, first Feb record of winter Wren away from the Missouri valley, and 4th Feb record for Yellow-rumped Warbler, were all notable.

Large numbers of geese, ducks, notably Northern Pintail, and Sandhill Cranes returned early to Rainwater Basin marshes, which were still largely frozen. Lake McConaughy is a staging area for extremely large numbers of Common Mergansers, with about 40,000 there during Dec.