Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms

Recent Bird Sightings–September 29

Fall migration continues, and we wait for the next wave of migrating birds to arrive as weather fronts from the north push the birds to the wetlands.  Several species of birds have already passed through (e.g. most shorebird species) and some of the summer residents have exited the area (e.g. orioles, kingbirds, many swallows, etc.).  Other species of birds have greatly increased in the last week or so (e.g. Northern harriers, American coots, Pied-billed grebes, etc.).  Still egrets, herons, [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–August 29

Fall migration is in full swing, but remember, the Fall migration is drawn out over several months, unlike in the Spring.  From now through November, we will see waves of different birds come in as weather fronts push birds from their northern breeding grounds.  So far, we have already seen a fair number of shorebirds come through the area.  We are also seeing groups of Blue-winged teal show up.  Blackbirds, dove, and swallows also seem to be grouping up.  Summer resident [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–July 29

Early Fall migration has begun.  Over the last week, an influx of migrating shorebirds has come in to Cheyenne Bottoms.  Summer resident birds also remain abundant.  Bird activity on the marsh has been relatively good at about any time of day, even on hot days.   Water levels remain good area wide.  Most of the bird activity has been noticed in Pools 4a and 4b from the interior dike roads.  Other pools may have good birds, but [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–June 24

Summer conditions have been prevalent at the wetlands over the last few weeks.  Temperatures have been in the upper 90′s to 100′s for over 2 weeks.  Surprisingly, even with the extreme heat, bird activity on the marsh has been relatively good.   Pools were seeing some drying until a storm on June 17 dumped approximately 1.25-2.00 inches of rain in the area.  Storage pools at Cheyenne Bottoms are full.  This stored water will be much appreciated later on in [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–June 7

The Spring migration has slowed dramatically over the last 2 weeks.  While some good birds still exist, numbers and diversity have dramatically decreased.  This decrease is basically because of two main reasons.  1.  June is historically one of the slower birding months at Cheyenne Bottoms–most migrants have already passed through to their northern breeding grounds and 2.  rains have increased water levels in most pools of Cheyenne Bottoms to the point that there is not much [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–May 23

The Spring migration has been excellent this year.  Rains supplying some much needed water in the Cheyenne Bottoms pools along with excellent management of that water by KDWPT staff, have provided a great diversity of habitats and birding opportunities throughout the Spring migration season.  As is the case every year, bird diversity is ever changing, and what is being seen one day could very well be gone the next.   Most migrating ducks have already moved [...]

White Ibis spotted at CBWA

Photo by Dan Witt

A White Ibis was observed at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on Saturday, April 30 about 1 mile NE of the KWEC building along K-156 Hwy.  The bird, an adult ibis, was with a group of about 150 White-faced Ibis.  According the Robert Penner’s book The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms, this is only the 7th record of White Ibis at Cheyenne Bottoms over the last 40 years.  And, according the The Birds of Kansas there are [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–May 1

Opportune rains have brought much needed moisture to the wetlands over the last 2 weeks.  KDWPT staff has managed the inflowing water well, while also preserving excellent mudflat habitats for thousands of migrating shorebirds.  TNC staff estimated over 150,000 “peeps” during shorebird surveys 2 weeks ago. As is historically the case, the weeks surrounding right now prove to be the best birding weeks at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Diversity and abundance are at annual high levels typically [...]