Birds of Nebraska: Newspaper Accounts, 1854-1923

April 29, 1886. Forest and Stream 26: 263.

Spring Notes—Salem, Richardson County

Spring Notes.—Salem, Neb., April 16.—Cranes arrived here March 18, killdeer plover March 19, golden-winged woodpecker April 3, blackbirds and robins about a week earlier, bluebirds (Sialia sialis) have been here nearly all winter. I saw the first turkey buzzard this season April 9. There is another bluebird sometimes seen here that is smaller and darker blue than Sialia sialis. What are they?-J.F.L.
[Perhaps Sialia arctica, a common species in the mountains to the west of you, but only accidental on the plains.]