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Bird Watch – Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms. Also check eBird reports for Cheyenne Bottoms.

Recent Bird Sightings-May 22

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be closed to the public indefinitely.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Preserve are still open to the public as normal. Spring migration continues, but is winding down.  Several bird species have come and gone in the last few weeks as they complete their spring migration through the area.  As we get into June, bird activity generally reduces significantly. Many of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife […]

Recent Bird Sightings-April 28

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be closed to the public indefinitely.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Preserve are still open to the public as normal. Spring migration is approaching its peak.  Several “First of Season” (FOS) birds continue to show up frequently.  Shorebird species have arrived in numbers over the last few days.  Song bird migrants have also shown up. Waterfowl diversity is still great; however, there is […]

Recent Bird Sightings-April 15

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be closed to the public indefinitely.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Preserve are still open to the public as normal. Spring migration continues and will be hitting its peak over the next couple weeks.  Several “First of Season” (FOS) birds continue to show up frequently.  Waterfowl numbers and diversity are still great; however, there is a shift toward more wading and shorebirds. Many […]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 30

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be closed to the public beginning March 17 indefinitely.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Preserve are still open to the public as normal. Spring migration is ongoing.  Several “First of Season” (FOS) birds have been observed in the past 2 weeks.  Waterfowl numbers and diversity are still dominating the bird communities; however, other wetland birds are showing up in good numbers and will […]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 16

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be closed to the public beginning March 17 indefinitely.  Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Preserve are still open to the public as normal. Spring migration is ongoing and ramping up.  Several “First of Season” (FOS) birds have been observed in the past 2 weeks.  Waterfowl numbers and diversity are dominating the bird communities currently; however, the first shorebirds have shown up and will […]

Recent Bird Sightings-February

Overall bird activity has increased at Cheyenne Bottoms over the last week.  Waterfowl numbers and diversity has increased dramatically.  Other winter residents, such as raptors and some songbirds remain prevalent. Bird activity may depend on open water.  Cold snaps that freeze over some pools will limit bird numbers.  Cheyenne Bottoms pools remain quite full.  Pool 3a will remain very low/dry throughout the winter for vegetation/silt management.  The “Claflin dike” between Pools 3b and 4a is […]

Recent Bird Sightings-November 20

A couple cold snaps over the last few weeks has really changed the bird community at Cheyenne Bottoms.  At least twice, temperatures got cold enough over nights to totally freeze the marsh.  This pushed many birds out of the area, and has created much more of a winter birding scenario.  Waterfowl, raptors, and some songbirds dominate the bird diversity of Cheyenne Bottoms now. Cheyenne Bottoms pools remain quite full.  Pool 3a will remain very low/dry […]

Recent Bird Sightings-October 14

As the Fall migration continues, bird numbers and diversity can vary quite a bit from day to day.  Some days there are thousands of gulls to be seen on the area, and other days there are few.  With some cold weather to the north of us the last week, we have seen some movement of birds into the area, such as cranes and ducks.  There are still some shorebirds in the area, but numbers have […]