Bird Watch

Reporting the latest bird observations from Cheyenne Bottoms

Recent Bird Sightings-March 23

Early Spring migration continues. Several “first of season birds” have been reported in the last couple weeks, including Ruddy Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, American Golden Plover, American Avocet, Western Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.  Sandhill cranes continue to move in the area, and 4 Whooping Cranes were observed at Quivira NWR during the evening of March 22 and through the morning of March 23.   Duck numbers and diversity remain excellent at Cheyenne […]

Recent Bird Sightings-Sept 28

Although we have not noted a lot of migration activity over the last couple weeks, Fall migration is definitely in full swing.  This time of year is always exciting as conditions and birds change with every small front that comes through.  What you see one weekend can very well be totally different the next weekend.  So, make plans to get out often.   Still a lot of the summer resident birds around, as well as a handful of […]

Whooper Watch

Whooping Crane viewing season is upon us! Check for recent sightings of Whooping Cranes in the area at the KWEC Whooper Watch Page.

Summer Birding at Cheyenne Bottoms

Summer is definitely here, and with it, brings a whole new season of birding at Cheyenne Bottoms.  The “dog days” of Summer do not provide an abundance of bird sightings; however, birders can still find some excellent sightings if they pay attention to the weather and time of day.   During the Summer months, Cheyenne Bottoms is dominated by wading birds (herons, egrets, ibis, avocets, and stilts) as well as pelicans, cormorants, and a few ducks.  Grassland nesting […]

Mergansers and Other Sightings

Myself and one of our graduate students did a little birding while we were working on some water sampling in Cheyenne Bottoms. Pretty active day with a significant increase in open water this afternoon. In Pool 1 we saw 10 adult bald eagles and 2 juveniles, 50 or so ring-billed gulls with what appeared to be 2 herring gulls amidst them. Saw 75 or so geese, mostly cackling, 20 pintails, and 100’s of mallards, gadwall […]


Yesterday, Mike Rader posted an excellent report on the bird activity at Cheyenne Bottoms. Most notably, he observed a mixed flock of small plovers, including the endangered Piping Plover. Mike wrote, “The Piping Plovers were in one loose group along the east side of Pool 1A, along with a dozen or so Snowy Plovers and 28 Semipalmated Plovers.” Plovers are a group of small to medium-sized shorebirds with short, pointed bills. The Charadrius plovers include the […]

Celebrating Birds!

Making bird houses with gourds

If you build it they will come—birds that is. Dried-out gourds were repurposed into colorful birdhouses at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this morning.  The children who participated in the program learned about winter birds, played games, and hiked the nature trail. Together we identified different types of birds, including numerous Red-winged Blackbirds gathered around the feeders and high soaring Red-tailed Hawks. In one of the nest boxes we discovered a small, speckled eggshell that belonged to a  House Wren. Perhaps, […]

Snowy Plover Crossing

Snowy Plover

Why did the Snowy Plover cross the road? To find a place to hide. At Cheyenne Bottoms a few family groups have been seen foraging along the gravel roadways, especially near the outhouse. Adults can fly to safety; however, downy chicks must run for dear life. While slowly passing the Snowy Plovers, I saw two unfortunate chicks that had not made it to the other side. So, please remember to drive with care. In Kansas, […]