Recent Bird Sightings - 2017

Recent Bird Sightings-October 24

Fall migration continues and we have seen a shift in the bird community at Cheyenne Bottoms over the last couple weeks.  Groups of birds are constantly arriving and leaving the area as weather fronts move birds through.  Many of the summer resident birds have now left, such as the egrets and swallows, but there are still a few remaining individuals that can be seen on certain days.  Sandhill cranes, geese, and ducks are on the […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-September 19

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 

Fall migration is rolling. As most birders know, fall migration at Cheyenne Bottoms is a drawn out process, with the first migrants being seen in mid-July and then birds trickling in throughout the next 4-5 months. As we get into the Fall months, migration is very dependent on weather fronts that push waves of birds down from the north. Birds are constantly arriving and leaving this time of year. Common birds to see right now […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-August 28

Wed, 30 May 2018 

Spring Migration is winding down some, but not over yet. Bird sightings seem to vary with time of day and water conditions across the area.  Mornings and evenings are seeing the best bird activity as opposed to during the middle of the day.  Many of the public pools at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (Pools 2, 3a, 3b, 4a, and 4b) are being dewatered in order for KDWPT staff to conduct vegetation and habitat management this […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-April 23

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 

Fall migration has been increasing each week.  As most birders know, fall migration at Cheyenne Bottoms is a drawn out process, with the first migrants being seen in mid-July and then birds trickling in throughout the next 4-5 months.  As we get into the Fall months, migration is very dependent on weather fronts that push waves of birds down from the north. Right now, there are some great viewing of some great birds at Cheyenne […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-June 16

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 

We have entered something of a June Gloom time of year for bird watching.  Spring migration is basically complete.  Every year, there is a short gap in June before we begin to see some of the first fall migrants begin returning sometime in July.  Most migrants are through the area.  Most of what is able to be seen at this time are summer residents. However, there are still plenty of birds to see. With the […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-May 13

Sat, 13 May 2017 

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 […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-March 21

Tue, 21 Mar 2017   

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 […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-March 8

Wed, 8 Mar 2017   

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 […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-February 23

Thu, 23 Feb 2017   

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.  […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-February 10

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 

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 […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-February 1

Wed, 1 Feb 2017   

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 […]

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