Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms

Recent Bird Sightings–March 21

New spring migrants are arriving regularly.  Waterfowl still dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene, and duck diversity is still great, but has changed over the last week or so.  Compositions of species continue to change as new birds arrive and some birds head on north.  Ducks can be seen area wide, but the largest concentrations remain in Pools 4A and 4B. Sandhill Crane migration is on the downswing, with most cranes seemingly have passed through the […]

Recent Bird Sightings–March 8

Subtle changes to bird activity can be seen in this time of the Spring migration.  Waterfowl still dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene with pretty much all species of ducks possible being observed most days. Snow geese numbers have drastically declined; however, groups of a few hundred are still being seen in the area most days.  Groups tend to loaf in Pool 1a during the day and go out to feed in fields in the morning […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 23

Early Spring migration continues.  Waterfowl dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene with impressive numbers and diversity. Some very large groups of Light Geese are still being seen in the area.  Late afternoons, it is impressive to see large groups lift off the Pool 1 complex to feed in surrounding crop fields.  Greater white-fronted, Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity are impressive especially in Pools 4A and 4B.  […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 10

Bird activity continues to increase.  Waterfowl are the dominant group at Cheyenne Bottoms right now, with increasing diversity. Some large groups of Snow Geese are still being seen in the area.  Late afternoons, it is impressive to see large groups lift off the Pool 1 complex.  Quite a few Ross’s geese mixed in with the Snow’s too.  Greater white-fronted, Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity have […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 1

Bird activity has been high over the last 2 weeks.  Water has opened up, and many waterfowl have returned to Cheyenne Bottoms after being somewhat absent for a few weeks. Waterfowl are the predominant group of birds right now. Snow geese numbers have increased dramatically, with many thousand in and around the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Greater white-fronted Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity have increased as […]

Recnet Bird Sightings–November 9

We have seen an influx in birds over the last week, so a new sightings report was warranted. Sandhill cranes are commonly flying through and some can be seen in the mornings and evenings in fields surrounding Cheyenne Bottoms.  No Whooping cranes have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms, but several groups have been spotted at Quivira NWR.  So far, these groups have not stuck around more than one morning, so it appears that it is […]

Recent Bird Sightings–October 28

It is hard to say we are in Fall migration as temperatures continue to be ~20 degrees above normal temperatures for the end of October.  However, we are seeing more Fall migrants coming through the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  The common birds being seen at Cheyenne Bottoms include: herons, coots, gulls, ducks, geese, harriers, sandhill cranes, and grebes. We’ve finally started seeing larger groups of Sandhill cranes and White-fronted geese.  They seemed absent far too long this fall.  […]

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, […]