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Recent Bird Sightings-May 13

We love this time of year–Spring migration.  It is fun to watch the bird community change as well as all our birding friends visiting! With all the Spring rains the area has received, water levels have greatly impacted bird watching so far.  We are in the time of year with our greatest diversity of birds; however, high water levels have limited shorebird viewing to some degree.  Still, birding has been excellent as usual this time […]

Recent Bird Sightings–March 21

New spring migrants are arriving regularly.  Waterfowl still dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene, and duck diversity is still great, but has changed over the last week or so.  Compositions of species continue to change as new birds arrive and some birds head on north.  Ducks can be seen area wide, but the largest concentrations remain in Pools 4A and 4B. Sandhill Crane migration is on the downswing, with most cranes seemingly have passed through the […]

Recent Bird Sightings–March 8

Subtle changes to bird activity can be seen in this time of the Spring migration.  Waterfowl still dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene with pretty much all species of ducks possible being observed most days. Snow geese numbers have drastically declined; however, groups of a few hundred are still being seen in the area most days.  Groups tend to loaf in Pool 1a during the day and go out to feed in fields in the morning […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 23

Early Spring migration continues.  Waterfowl dominate the Cheyenne Bottoms scene with impressive numbers and diversity. Some very large groups of Light Geese are still being seen in the area.  Late afternoons, it is impressive to see large groups lift off the Pool 1 complex to feed in surrounding crop fields.  Greater white-fronted, Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity are impressive especially in Pools 4A and 4B.  […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 10

Bird activity continues to increase.  Waterfowl are the dominant group at Cheyenne Bottoms right now, with increasing diversity. Some large groups of Snow Geese are still being seen in the area.  Late afternoons, it is impressive to see large groups lift off the Pool 1 complex.  Quite a few Ross’s geese mixed in with the Snow’s too.  Greater white-fronted, Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity have […]

Recent Bird Sightings–February 1

Bird activity has been high over the last 2 weeks.  Water has opened up, and many waterfowl have returned to Cheyenne Bottoms after being somewhat absent for a few weeks. Waterfowl are the predominant group of birds right now. Snow geese numbers have increased dramatically, with many thousand in and around the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Greater white-fronted Canada, and Cackling geese are also able to be seen regularly. Duck numbers and diversity have increased as […]

Winter Kids’ programs

  Designed for children ages 6 through 12, one-hour programs will be offered at no charge from 10-11 a.m. each Saturday. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadlines in sequential order of the classes are Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22. To register for classes, or for more information, call 620-566-1456 or 1-877-243-9268. The maximum class size is 20 children. Although there is no program charge, donations for […]

Recnet Bird Sightings–November 9

We have seen an influx in birds over the last week, so a new sightings report was warranted. Sandhill cranes are commonly flying through and some can be seen in the mornings and evenings in fields surrounding Cheyenne Bottoms.  No Whooping cranes have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms, but several groups have been spotted at Quivira NWR.  So far, these groups have not stuck around more than one morning, so it appears that it is […]