New to Nebraska, 1919

Cassin's Kingbird

Nowadays we know that the Cassin’s kingbird is a common September bird in the Nebraska panhandle, which is where I photographed this one last year (a whole year? already?).

It was 95 years ago tomorrow, on September 6, 1919, that C.E. Mickel and R.W. Dawson first discovered this species in the state, in Sioux County. They went on to collect three specimens that week.

We leave our shotguns at home now, but there are still discoveries to be made in western Nebraska. And especially this time of year, I envy those who get to make them.

Wildcat Hills, Cedar Canyon