Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Silcock, “Winter Field Report, December 2006 to February 2007,” from Nebraska Bird Review (March 2007) 75(1).


Copyright 2007 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.



Although temperatures varied substantially during the winter, the winter average temperature was above normal. There were noticeably more individuals of "half-hardy" species reported, possibly as a consequence. These included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Mourning Dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Hermit Thrush, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Otherwise, the period was unremarkable ornithologically.


Greater White-fronted Goose: Unexpectedly late were 2 at LO 28 Dec (SJD) and 5 at Desoto NWR 3 Jan (BB). First arrivals reported were in Gage and Lancaster Cos 26 Feb (WF); several hundred were between North Platte and York 27 Feb (AO).

Snow Goose: Large numbers arrived "overnight" in cen. Nebraska 20 Feb (JEt), with 2000 at Fairmont SL 20 Feb (JR) and 7000 at Harvard Marsh two days later (PD).

Ross's Goose: Arrival was at the end of Feb. A dark morph bird photographed at Harvard Marsh 26 Feb (PD) was Nebraska's 5th record (

Cackling Goose: Wintering birds are most numerous in cen. and w. Nebraska; two in Sarpy Co l Jan (L&BP) and another (probably the resident bird) there l Feb (WF), one at GPD 5 Jan (BFH), and one in Lancaster Co 28 Jan (LE) were easterly. Best count was an excellent 400 at Johnson Res 27 Dec (SJD).