Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



Silcock, "Spring Field Report, March-May 1996," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1996) 64(2).


Copyright 1996, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


This was an interesting spring season, with something for everyone. Interesting data in terms of numbers are being produced by the North American Migration Count (NAMC), especially this spring in Sarpy County; examples are 499 Swainson's Thrushes, 76 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, and 118 Black-and-white Warblers, and others. Some species appeared in large numbers such as 5,000 Western Grebes, 16 Clark's Grebes, 10,000 Wilson's Phalaropes, 300 each of Black-bellied Plover and Sanderling, 54 Whimbrels, and two flocks of over 100 Great-tailed Grackles.

Some interesting early and late dates are included in the species accounts, but several observers noted unexpected species such as Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, at feeders; this may have been due to-the cold, wet spring keeping insect numbers at a low level. It may have also brought Painted Buntings to our notice at feeders.