Recent Bird Sightings-Feb 2019

We are still in Winter birding mode; however, it seems as though we may be seeing some signs of Spring and bird movements.

Much of the bird activity this time of year is dependent on the availability of open water, which can change from day to day.

Rains this past Fall and Winter have filled all the pools at Cheyenne Bottoms, and water levels are considered high for the entire area.  KDWPT staff have been releasing water out the outlet canal for over 3 months.  However, at this time all roads are open and passable.

Water levels and waterfowl counts are updated weekly on the KDWPT Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area website:  As of 2/1/2019 water levels were Pool 1a-44″, Pools 1b and 1c-47″, Pool 2-33″, Pool 3a-27″, Pool 3b-25″, Pool 4a-25″, Pool 4b-24″, Pool 5-24″.

Common birds this time of year include: Light Geese (Snow’s, Blues, and Ross’s), Dark Geese (Canada’s, Cackling, and White-fronts), Ducks, Gulls, Great Blue Herons, Coots, Hawks, and Blackbirds.

As of 2/1/2019 KDWPT staff are reporting highly variable waterfowl numbers from day to day: 5,000-100,000 Geese and 1,000-10,000 ducks.

There have been as many as 1,000 Sandhill Cranes reported at Quivira throughout this Winter.  Sandhills were observed flying over Cheyenne Bottoms this past weekend.  It is not known if these were ones from Quivira or new migrating birds.  We should see migrating cranes by the end of February.

Give us your reports.  We rely heavily on other birders to know what is being seen at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Submit reports to Ebird, or email your observations to

Here is a list birds that have been reported over the last couple weeks:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose (large groups have been hanging out in Pool 1 most afternoons)
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Wild Turkey
  • American White Pelican–4 reported flying over Pool 1C on 2/4
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Coot
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Great-horned Owl
  • Northern Flicker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Kestrel
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Horned Lark
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Harris’s Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Meadowlark species
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • House Sparrow

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