Recent Bird Sightings - 2012

Mergansers and Other Sightings

Myself and one of our graduate students did a little birding while we were working on some water sampling in Cheyenne Bottoms. Pretty active day with a significant increase in open water this afternoon. In Pool 1 we saw 10 adult bald eagles and 2 juveniles, 50 or so ring-billed gulls with what appeared to be 2 herring gulls amidst them. Saw 75 or so geese, mostly cackling, 20 pintails, and 100’s of mallards, gadwall […]

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Sun, 21 Oct 2012

Yesterday, Mike Rader posted an excellent report on the bird activity at Cheyenne Bottoms. Most notably, he observed a mixed flock of small plovers, including the endangered Piping Plover. Mike wrote, “The Piping Plovers were in one loose group along the east side of Pool 1A, along with a dozen or so Snowy Plovers and 28 Semipalmated Plovers.” Plovers are a group of small to medium-sized shorebirds with short, pointed bills. The Charadrius plovers include the […]

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Celebrating Birds!

Thu, 18 Oct 2012

If you build it they will come—birds that is. Dried-out gourds were repurposed into colorful birdhouses at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this morning.  The children who participated in the program learned about winter birds, played games, and hiked the nature trail. Together we identified different types of birds, including numerous Red-winged Blackbirds gathered around the feeders and high soaring Red-tailed Hawks. In one of the nest boxes we discovered a small, speckled eggshell that belonged to a House Wren. Perhaps, […]

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Snowy Plover Crossing

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Why did the Snowy Plover cross the road? To find a place to hide. At Cheyenne Bottoms a few family groups have been seen foraging along the gravel roadways, especially near the outhouse. Adults can fly to safety; however, downy chicks must run for dear life. While slowly passing the Snowy Plovers, I saw two unfortunate chicks that had not made it to the other side. So, please remember to drive with care. In Kansas, […]

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Tue, 9 Oct 2012

Birds are everywhere in our lives. Can you think of a day that went by without seeing or hearing a bird? If you are the type of person who enjoys watching birds through a window or in a nearby park, you might be interested in participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun event held in February each year. Like a photograph, the count provides a […]

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