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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Spring migration seems to be in full swing. Shorebirds and wading birds are finally starting to show up in more numbers. Thursday, April 10-Friday, April 11 seemed to produce some impressive new arrivals, especially 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. There are still many ducks with excellent diversity to be seen as well. And the ducks [...]
Two adult whooping cranes were observed this morning at about 10:30 a.m. northwest of Cheyenne Bottoms. The pair of cranes were spotted among a large group of sandhill cranes about 2 miles East of Hoisington. They were North of Highway 4 and visible from NE 20 Ave. The birds were observed in this same location at 3:00 p.m.
The number and diversity of duck species at Cheyenne Bottoms is pretty impressive right now. It seems like about all the types of ducks that could be at Cheyenne Bottoms are. Just a handful of shorebirds have come through, but it is still early for them. The conditions of the wetlands are excellent, and we are looking forward to a great Spring migration season. Here is a list of bird species that have been reported in the [...]