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"Notes on Bird Sightings" from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1992) 60(2): 69-70.


Copyright 1992 Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Brown Pelican in Nebraska. A BROWN PELICAN arrived at DeSoto Wildlife Refuge sometime during the last week of April 1992 and was still there on May 8 with a flock of WHITE PELICANS.

Longspurs, Black Scoters, and Cormorants. Just after the snowstorm on April 20-21, 1992, I saw LAPLAND LONGSPURS south of Bellevue, feeding on a windswept patch of ground. In their midst were two CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS, which rarely migrate through eastern Nebraska. On April 28, 1992, I saw two BLACK SCOTERS swimming on the Missouri River by Child's Hollow in Fontenelle Forest. I also saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS swimming on the Missouri, the first time for me to see them on a deep, swift-flowing river.

Banding Notes. I banded a WHITE-EYED VIREO in my yard on April 6, 1992. I believe this is the earliest record for Nebraska. I banded a female LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH in Fontenelle Forest on June 6, 1992.

Albino Birds. An albino AMERICAN ROBIN was discovered by Mark Brahman in the Maxwell Arboretum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus July 6, 1991. George Brown reported that a partially albino RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD had returned during the second week in March, 1992, to the area at the junction of state routes 10 and 50A south of Kearney. He also said that an albino SANDHILL CRANE was seen in the area between Elm Creek and the Gibbon bridge during March and early April. Ruth Green saw a partially albino AMERICAN ROBIN among a flock of 5000 south of Offut Base Lake just after the April 20-21, 1992 snowstorm. Scott Purdy reported that an albino RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on I-80 west of Lincoln in early spring.