Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Ben G. Ohlander

Date of this Version



"Notes," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1980) 48(2).


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


GYRAFALCONS, PRAIRIE FALCONS. Of great interest are reports again this season of Gyrafalcons in Nebraska. At least three confirmed sightings were reported by knowledgeable individuals. First, Gary and Jackie Ohman, of Battle Creek, sighted an immature gray phase male Gyrafalcon about 3 miles west of Thedford, Thomas Co., on 25 September 1979. On 11 November 1979 I observed an immature male gray phase Gyrafalcon about 12 miles southwest of Minden, Kearney Co. I was able to approach as close as20 feet from the bird in my car. Athird reported sighting occurred in early December 1979 about 4 miles west of Sutton, Clay Co. This was a light phase male Gyrfalcon which was sighted by Bill Niehus, of LaVista, and Brad Mitchell, of Richfield.