Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Bedell, "Louisiana Waterthrush Nesting in Fontenelle Forest," from Nebraska Bird Review (December 1982) 50(4).


Copyright 1982, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


On 5 June 1982, I located a nest of the Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla) in Fontenelle Forest. The location had been determined on 26 April when I, with three others, Tanya Bray, Babs Padelford and B.J. Rose, saw a Waterthrush carrying nesting material. This site was later reported as abandoned. I had first seen a Waterthrush in this area on 15 April and identified it as a Louisiana by its song. On 21 April I saw two foraging together. On the date of the nest building they were silent and easily overlooked; but I heard occasional singing on each of my five visits in June.