Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms

Recent Bird Sightings–Oct 10-14

Fall migration continues to progress, and as usual this time of year, we await each new weather front that comes through to push birds out and bring new birds in.  A weather front that brought over an inch of rain on Thursday-Friday last week, seemed to bring in an array of new birds:  mostly waterfowl and pushed out some of the other species that we had been seeing through the summer.  In the past week, [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–Sept 25-30

Fall migration continues, and as usual this time of year, we await each new weather front that comes through to push birds out and bring new birds in.  There are some great birds to see at Cheyenne Bottoms and water levels are prime for the waterfowl migration.  Wading birds (herons, egrets, ibis, etc) still seem to be the dominant bird most seen; Franklin gull numbers at times can be pretty large;  Still many American white pelicans can be [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–September 5-7

A nice cool front came through the area.  Some fall bird migrants were definitely pushed South and others brought into the area.  As mentioned before, Cheyenne Bottoms typically would have many more shorebirds (sandpipers, plovers, etc.) right now, but there are few mud flat areas for them.  Quivira NWR has the mudflats and some good reports of shorebirds (sandpipers, avocets, etc.) were made this weekend.  Most of the shorebird reports are from the north end of the refuge around [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-August 24

Fall migration is gearing up.  Cheyenne Bottoms typically would have many more shorebirds (sandpipers, plovers, etc.) right now, but there are few mud flat areas for them.  Quivira NWR has the mudflats and they have reported many shorebirds on the flats on the north part of the refuge.  Quivira staff and other birdwatchers have also enjoyed observing a Little Gull that has hung around there for several days.  There are some great birds to see at Cheyenne Bottoms and [...]

The Wetland Explorer-Wonders of Migration

A group of snowy egrets perch on a water control structure at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Snowy egrets are a migratory species that spends its summers at Cheyenne Bottoms, but will migrate south for the winter. (Photo by Dan Witt)

This article appeared in the Great Bend Tribune on Sunday, August 24 as part of the monthly KWEC column, The Wetland Explorer. Let me introduce you to a new Scrabble word guaranteed to give you a win if you can pull it off…zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue).  I’d venture to say that this is a word you have never heard before.  So, what does this have to do with the Wetland Explorer?  Zugunruhe is a German word that literally [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-June 7-13

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Some would say that we are hitting the lull time of year for birds at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Typically, the months of June and part of July are not the best for bird watching, as most of the migrants are already through and we are left with resident birds and nesting birds.  However, there is still plenty of birds to spot while driving through Cheyenne Bottoms, especially herons, egrets, avocets, ibis, pelicans, killdeer, yellow-headed blackbirds, etc.  [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-May 23-24

Spring migration may be winding down; however there are still some great birds to be seen at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Some rains this weekend have been welcomed.  Wading birds (herons, egrets, avocets, and stilts) are the dominant birds with shorebirds and waterfowl numbers still good but decreasing and less diversity than a few weeks ago.  Water levels are still optimal for most wading and shorebirds.  Here is a list of bird species that have been reported this weekend: Canada Goose–quite a few [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–May 5-13

Spring migration is ongoing.  Shorebirds and wading birds are the dominant birds with waterfowl numbers still good but decreasing and less diversity than a few weeks ago.  Water levels are still optimal for most wading and shorebirds.  The best habitat for shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms is in Pools 3b, 2, and 5, where water levels have been drawn down and mudflats are prevalent.    Depending on wind, the inlet canal has been holding a lot of birds on some days [...]