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 really increased this week. Mallards and Pintails are probably the most abundant, but Gadwall, American Wigeon, and Redheads are plentiful and increasing too.
Gulls do not seem to be as plentiful as a couple weeks ago, but there are still gulls around. Mostly Ring-billed Gulls.
The first groups of Sandhill Cranes have been observed in the last week over Cheyenne Bottoms. I suspect to be seeing/hearing numerous birds this weekend.
Quite a few Great Blue Herons can be seen most days. And raptors are still plentiful with Northern Harriers, and Red-tails typically seen every outing. Bald eagles are not as common, but some still in the area.
Duck hunting season is now closed statewide, but goose hunting season remains open for all species through this weekend (Feb 12).
Water levels remain good area wide at Cheyenne Bottoms, and received a boost due to the nearly 2″ of rain/ice a few weeks ago. Pools 2, 3a, 4a, and 4b range from 15-20″ depth. Water levels and waterfowl reports are updated weekly on the KDWPT website: http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Southwest/Cheyenne-Bottoms
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Here is a list birds that have been reported over the last couple weeks:
- Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose-Large flocks of several thousand seen flying or on the water in Pool 1
Ross’s Goose-mixed in with Snows
- Northern Shoveler
- White-winged Scoter
American Coot–several 100 in Pool 4b on 2/9
- Sandhill Crane–several large groups flying over on 2/9
American White Pelican–small group has migrated in
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
- Marsh Wren
- American Robin
- Song Sparrow