Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms

Recent Bird Sightings-March 15-17

Migration has been heating up with the weather, and we are seeing new bird arrivals frequently. This past weekend (March 15-16) was a good bird-watching weekend. Here is a list of some species that were reported: Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Canada Goose Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Blue-winged Teal Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead Lesser Scaup Bufflehead Horned Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican Great Blue Heron Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk American [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-Weekend of Feb 22

The weekend of February 22-23 was a great bird-watching weekend at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Many waterfowl have shown up at the wetland over the past week.  Here are some observations that were reported: Greater white fronted geese–>1,000 Snow geese–>100,000 Ross’s geese–138 Cackling geese–34 Canada geese–500 Gadwall–7 American wigeon–10 Malllard–>2,000 Northern pintail–>2,000 Green-winged teal–5 Redhead–>200 Bufflehead–2 Common Goldeneye–1 Hooded merganser–4 Common merganser–25 Ring-necked pheasant–2 Great blue heron–1 Northern harrier–3 Red-tailed hawk–1 American coot–9 Ring-billed gull–20 Snowy owl–2 [...]

Another Snowy Owl!

Once again a snowy owl was spotted in Cheyenne Bottoms, this one was spotted on Feb. 17, 2014 in Pool 2. Local Photographer Jay Miller from Great Bend sent us these great photos of the owl. Thanks to him for letting us use these photos.

Snowy Owl!

Snowy Owl

A Snowy Owl was spotted in pool 4A on January 25, 2014. It was moving around the pool throughout the afternoon.

Snowy Owl

A snowy owl was spotted on Cheyenne Bottoms December 28, 2013 in Pool 2 around 10:30 am. It was spotted around a pumping station on the south of the road and straight out from a little pull off place on the north of the road. It was located about a ¼ mile from the road. It was spotted in the same location at about 3:30 pm the same day. Bring some binoculars and come and [...]

2013 Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count

Twenty-one observers conducted the Cheyenne Bottoms CBC on Saturday December 14th.  A cold, cloudy, windy morning made early birding a little challenging, but the sun coming out by mid-morning warmed the area and made birds quite active.  Most of Cheyenne Bottoms was frozen solid, so waterfowl, besides geese were hard to find; however, sandpits and city ponds were common hangouts.  The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count encompasses a 15-mile diameter count circle that includes Cheyenne Bottoms as well [...]

Whoopers make appearance for crane tour

Participants on last year's crane tour watch about 2,000 sandhill cranes from The Nature Conservancy observation tower.

Participants who attended KWEC’s crane tours on Oct. 27 and 29 viewed several species of ducks and geese, sandhill and whooping cranes and shorebirds. Highlights included sighting three whooping cranes in flight. As the Tuesday evening tour began, the two adult and one juvenile whooping cranes flew by the Center on the west side of Highway 156, providing a great view of the birds in flight. They continued south, circled then headed south. There was [...]

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored heron at Cheyenne Bottoms August 17, 2013

Visitors reported a Tricolored heron at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area today (August 17).  KWEC staff were able to photograph the bird. The heron was located in Pool 4a near the North Hub, which is near the location of the vault toilet at the center of the Wildlife Area.