Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



Gates, "Twenty-One Years of Say's Phoebes," from Nebraska Bird Review (March 1980) 48(1).


Copyright 1980, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lindeken live 10.5 miles northeast of Chadron, Nebraska, in a home with a big picture window over the kitchen sink, a window that faces the Sheridan Gates, a formation which is in Sheridan County across the Dawes County line. Outside the window is a small platform on which Say's Phoebes have nested for many years.

The first year the Lindekens were aware of Say's Phoebes was in 1958 when a pair nested in the garage, a building which is attached to the house. The birds were "messy" but they were allowed to remain through the summer. Before the next year Mr. Lindeken built a small platform at the angle where the garage and house meet. It is about 10 inches below a sort of overhang of the roof and is screwed to the north and east sidewalls. It is well protected. The platform itself is made of a 3-ply board about 7.5 x 7.5 inches with the outer corner mitered. The board is edged with a molding making a border which helps hold the nest together.