Recent Bird Sightings–April 11-13

Spring migration seems to be in full swing.  Shorebirds and wading birds are finally starting to show up in more numbers.  Thursday, April 10-Friday, April 11 seemed to produce some impressive new arrivals, especially shorebirds.  The best habitat for shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms is in Pools 3b, 2, and 5, where water levels have been drawn down and mudflats are prevalent.  There are still many ducks with excellent diversity to be seen as well.  And the ducks [...]

Whooping cranes–April 2, 2014

Two adult whooping cranes were observed this morning at about 10:30 a.m. northwest of Cheyenne Bottoms.  The pair of cranes were spotted among a large group of sandhill cranes about 2 miles East of Hoisington.  They were North of Highway 4 and visible from NE 20 Ave.  The birds were observed in this same location at 3:00 p.m.

Hatteberg’s People–March 30

We had the fortune of hosting Larry Hatteberg, news anchor for KAKE News (Wichita), last week.  Larry hosts a segment every Sunday on the 10pm news called Hatteberg’s People.  Last week’s segment was focused on the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Cheyenne Bottoms, and the FHSU graduate students that work at the KWEC.  Please check it out by clicking here:  Hatteberg’s People – Cheyenne Bottoms: A 41,000 acre Classroom.

Recent Bird Sightings–March 25-28

The number and diversity of duck species at Cheyenne Bottoms is pretty impressive right now.  It seems like about all the types of ducks that could be at Cheyenne Bottoms are.  Just a handful of shorebirds have come through, but it is still early for them.  The conditions of the wetlands are excellent, and we are looking forward to a great Spring migration season.  Here is a list of bird species that have been reported in the [...]

‘Focus on the Byway’ photo contest begins

Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway

Anyone with a camera has a new opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and compete in a unique photography contest. It is called “Focus on the Byway” and is open to amateurs and professionals of all ages. The year-long contest begins immediately and provides several chances to win cash prizes each quarter of that year. Photographers are asked to focus their lenses on the Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The Byway corridor [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 15-17

Migration has been heating up with the weather, and we are seeing new bird arrivals frequently. This past weekend (March 15-16) was a good bird-watching weekend. Here is a list of some species that were reported: Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Canada Goose Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Blue-winged Teal Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead Lesser Scaup Bufflehead Horned Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American White Pelican Great Blue Heron Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk American [...]

Whoopers spotted Feb. 28

Three whooping cranes were spotted at 12:10 p.m. circling over the eastern edge of Cheyenne Bottoms with several thousand sandhill cranes.

Recent Bird Sightings-Weekend of Feb 22

The weekend of February 22-23 was a great bird-watching weekend at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Many waterfowl have shown up at the wetland over the past week.  Here are some observations that were reported: Greater white fronted geese–>1,000 Snow geese–>100,000 Ross’s geese–138 Cackling geese–34 Canada geese–500 Gadwall–7 American wigeon–10 Malllard–>2,000 Northern pintail–>2,000 Green-winged teal–5 Redhead–>200 Bufflehead–2 Common Goldeneye–1 Hooded merganser–4 Common merganser–25 Ring-necked pheasant–2 Great blue heron–1 Northern harrier–3 Red-tailed hawk–1 American coot–9 Ring-billed gull–20 Snowy owl–2 [...]