Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Clausen, "Recent Sedge Wren Observations in Nebraska," from Nebraska Bird Review (December 1989) 57(4).


Copyright 1989, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


The Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) in Nebraska was considered by Rapp (1958) an uncommon migrant in the eastern third of the state, and a rare breeder in suitable marshes in the eastern quarter, and by Johnsgard (1986) as an uncommon spring and fall migrant in the east and a rare summer resident in the eastern third of the state, mostly east of a line from Knox to Gage counties. Recent articles have prompted questions concerning the rarity of Sedge Wrens nesting in Nebraska (Bedell 1987, Lingle and Bedell 1989) and the possibility that may be nesting late in Nebraska, after having nested earlier elsewhere in their range (Lingle and Bedell 1989). Singing males and/or nests have recently been recorded in nine counties, as far west as Phelps Co. (Cink 1973, Bedell 1987, Lingle and Bedell 1989, and Dinan, pers. comm.)