2015 Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count Results

Fourteen observers conducted the Cheyenne Bottoms CBC on Monday, December 21st.  A chilly but clear and still day provided good birding conditions with even a few sprinkles in the afternoon.  Most of Cheyenne Bottoms’s pools and other still water was mostly thawed, providing good conditions for viewing waterfowl.  Goose numbers were very impressive throughout the area. The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count encompasses a 15-mile diameter count circle that includes Cheyenne Bottoms as well as other parts of Barton County, including parts [...]

Wetland Explorer: Powerhouse hunting

Intent on his prey, a black-tailed jack rabbit, the golden eagle glides over wheat stubble in pursuit. Golden eagle talons exert over 400 pounds per square inch of pressure, 15 times that of the human hand. The braided cord trailing from the eagle's legs are jesses, used by the falconer to hold the bird on his or her glove.

By Pam Martin, KDWPT educator The goal: find black-tailed jack rabbits to hunt, using not a bow or a rifle, but the eyes, talons and sheer power of a golden eagle. As soon as Chase Delles, Minnesota, removed Dexter’s hood, he straightened on Delles’ heavily gloved hand and began surveying the wheat stubble with piercing, amber-colored eyes. After eight years together, the two make a formidable team and both were ready to hunt. About 15 [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-Nov 20

This Fall has been a little strange and I think the bird migration has also been a little atypical.   In Fall migration form, weather has played the biggest driver of departures and arrivals from birds; however the timing has not produced large groupings of birds coming into the area at any one particular time.   Surprisingly, many shorebirds and wading birds are still present and can be easily observed on the many mudflats that are exposed in Pools [...]

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.

Recent Bird Sightings-Oct 16

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.   In the past couple weeks, we have definitely noted some bird migration.  Many shorebirds and wading birds are still present and can be easily observed on the many mudflats that have recently been exposed in Pools [...]

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 [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-Sept 1-8

Fall migration continues.  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.   KDWPT staff began flooding exterior pools (Pools 2, 3a, 4a, and 4b) a couple weeks ago.  This new water in the pools has reduced the mudflat habitat that is accessible to be seen from the roads [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-Aug 20-24

The wetlands seem to be alive with birds again, as Fall migration keeps ramping up.  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.   Water levels at Cheyenne Bottoms remain good, with some water in all pools.  However, several pools (3a, 3b, and 4a) are nearly [...]