Date: 10/31/18 12:38 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Common Gallinule - Seward Co
The immature Common Gallinule the Padelfords discovered at LaPlatte Bottoms on 25 Oct was notable because it is a rare bird in the state; it was exceptional because of the date. Prior to their sighting and subsequent observations by others, the latest fall dates for the state were Aug 29, 30, Sep 3 according to BONO (

Today, (10/31), I discovered an immature Common Gallinule at North Lake Basin WMA in Seward County. Photo can be found on the eBird checklist:

If there are presumably two different birds in the state, are there more? What might have caused this peculiar little influx this year? Is it too early to call it an irruption (not a serious question)?

Good birding!


Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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