Recent Bird Sightings–May 23

The Spring migration has been excellent this year.  Rains supplying some much needed water in the Cheyenne Bottoms pools along with excellent management of that water by KDWPT staff, have provided a great diversity of habitats and birding opportunities throughout the Spring migration season.  As is the case every year, bird diversity is ever changing, and what is being seen one day could very well be gone the next.   Most migrating ducks have already moved [...]

White Ibis spotted at CBWA

Photo by Dan Witt

A White Ibis was observed at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on Saturday, April 30 about 1 mile NE of the KWEC building along K-156 Hwy.  The bird, an adult ibis, was with a group of about 150 White-faced Ibis.  According the Robert Penner’s book The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms, this is only the 7th record of White Ibis at Cheyenne Bottoms over the last 40 years.  And, according the The Birds of Kansas there are [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–May 1

Opportune rains have brought much needed moisture to the wetlands over the last 2 weeks.  KDWPT staff has managed the inflowing water well, while also preserving excellent mudflat habitats for thousands of migrating shorebirds.  TNC staff estimated over 150,000 “peeps” during shorebird surveys 2 weeks ago. As is historically the case, the weeks surrounding right now prove to be the best birding weeks at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Diversity and abundance are at annual high levels typically [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–April 12

Despite many windy days, the past couple weeks have produced some excellent birding! Several “first of season birds” have been reported in the last couple weeks, including Eared Grebe, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, White-faced Ibis, Piping Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Franklin’s Gull, Tree Swallow, and Barn Swallow.  Another highlight of this past weekend, were 10 Whooping cranes observed in Pool 1C the evening of April 8 and continued through the morning of April 9, [...]

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 [...]

Spring Break Activities at the KWEC

Spring Break Activities at Cheyenne Bottoms Looking for something fun to do this Spring Break?  Make a trip to Fort Hays State University’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center.  Spend an hour or half a day!  During Spring Break, the KWEC is planning some special, free programs and activities each day for visitors of all ages. The KWEC is located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend along K-156 Highway at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Hours for the KWEC over [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-Feb 19

Spring migration is upon us, and the mild winter and warm past week we’ve had, seem to have birds moving a little early this year. Sandhill cranes have been gracing the skies above us for a couple weeks now.  Duck numbers and diversity has been excellent at Cheyenne Bottoms.  And, we spotted our first shorebirds this past week.  All good signs of spring migration. Cheyenne Bottoms will be ready for birds as they stop in [...]

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 [...]