Nature Notes

Learn how plants and wildlife respond to seasonal changes throughout the year

Recent Bird Sightings-Oct 5


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Fall birding is in full swing, and new migrants are showing up regularly with each new weather front. As with most Fall migrations, because it is extended out over several months, birding can be hit and miss, depending on what the weather has pushed out or brought in. Rains in early September and good moist soil plant production have created some excellent marsh conditions.  Vegetation is relatively high in some areas, so one problem is […]

Recent Bird Sightings-Aug 3

Late summer birding dominates, with early migrants showing up. We have started to see Fall migrants returning from the north for a couple weeks now.  Birding is great right now, but is mostly dependent on diminishing water levels at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Several of the pools at Cheyenne Bottoms are dry, and other pools are quite shallow.  Those that do have water are prime habitat for returning shorebirds and waders. A shorebird survey conducted by Robert […]

Recent Bird Sightings-May 30

Spring Migration is winding down some, but not over yet. Bird sightings seem to vary with time of day and water conditions across the area.  Mornings and evenings are seeing the best bird activity as opposed to during the middle of the day.  Many of the public pools at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (Pools 2, 3a, 3b, 4a, and 4b) are being dewatered in order for KDWPT staff to conduct vegetation and habitat management this […]

Recent Bird Sightings-April 23

Spring Migration is in full swing! Bird sightings continue to change almost daily and with the weather and water conditions right now at Cheyenne Bottoms.   Plan to make multiple trips to the wetlands this Spring, as it is fun to see the bird diversity change from day to day as new birds arrive throughout the next couple months. Shorebird numbers and diversity is changing most drastically right now.  We are entering the peak 2-3 weeks […]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 19

Spring Migration continues to ramp up! Bird sightings continue to change quite frequently right now at Cheyenne Bottoms.   Plan to make multiple trips to the wetlands this Spring, as it is fun to see the bird diversity change from day to day as new birds arrive throughout the next couple months. Several “First of Season” birds were reported this past week, including: Great Egret and Eastern Phoebe. Other common birds to see right now include: […]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 5

Spring Migration is definitely happening! It is the time of year, when bird communities at Cheyenne Bottoms can change frequently.  We encourage you to make multiple trips to the wetlands, as it is fun to see the bird diversity change from day to day. Several “First of Season” birds were reported this past week, including: Long-billed dowitchers, Dunlin, Baird’s Sandpipers, Double-crested cormorant, and Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal. Other common birds to see right now include: […]

Recent Bird Sightings-February 1

Winter birding at Cheyenne Bottoms is very dependent on the amount of open water.  After being frozen for most of January, much of the wetland pools in Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area have thawed, and waterfowl are returning in good numbers. Common birds to see right now include: Various raptors (Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks), all geese species, many ducks, mergansers, Great Blue Herons, gulls, pelicans, black-birds, and a few sparrows. Water levels at Cheyenne […]

Recent Bird Sightings-October 24

Fall migration continues and we have seen a shift in the bird community at Cheyenne Bottoms over the last couple weeks.  Groups of birds are constantly arriving and leaving the area as weather fronts move birds through.  Many of the summer resident birds have now left, such as the egrets and swallows, but there are still a few remaining individuals that can be seen on certain days.  Sandhill cranes, geese, and ducks are on the […]