Recent Bird Sightings - 2019

Recent Bird Sightings-November 20

A couple cold snaps over the last few weeks has really changed the bird community at Cheyenne Bottoms. At least twice, temperatures got cold enough over nights to totally freeze the marsh. This pushed many birds out of the area, and has created much more of a winter birding scenario. Waterfowl, raptors, and some songbirds dominate the bird diversity of Cheyenne Bottoms now. Cheyenne Bottoms pools remain quite full.  Pool 3a will remain very low/dry […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-October 14

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 

As the Fall migration continues, bird numbers and diversity can vary quite a bit from day to day.  Some days there are thousands of gulls to be seen on the area, and other days there are few. With some cold weather to the north of us the last week, we have seen some movement of birds into the area, such as cranes and ducks. There are still some shorebirds in the area, but numbers have […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-September 9

Mon, 9 Sep 2019 

Fall migration continues. Visitors to Cheyenne Bottoms in recent weeks have noticed the huge congregations of pelicans, herons, egrets, and gulls. Shorebird numbers have been variable and dependent on accessible mudflat habitats. Duck numbers and diversity has been increasing. Exciting birding news came on September 8, with the reports of 2 rare birds: Long-tailed Jaeger and Little Gull.  Numerous birders from across Kansas came in and most were successful in finding these 2 rare birds, […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-August 19

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 

Fall migration is happening now at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Although the peak of migration is not with the same intensity as the Spring migration which happens all at once, the peak of Fall migration for shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms is here in the middle of August.  From now through the fall, we will see new arrivals with every weather front that comes through.  Most Summer resident birds are also still quite plentiful, so there is no […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-July 26

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 

Fall migrants are starting to return to Cheyenne Bottoms and they are right on time. The first wave of early fall migrating shorebirds is typically around the middle to end of July. With the wet conditions that have persisted in the area over the spring and summer, many birds have shown up in the past weeks.  From now through the fall, we will see new arrivals with every weather front that comes through.  Summer resident […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-June 21

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 

We are into Summer Birding at Cheyenne Bottoms.  At this point of the year, basically all the migrant birds are already through the area.  We are left with summer resident birds.  However, with all the rain this spring and early summer, birding is a little atypical at this point.  Cheyenne Bottoms pools are all very full, and several roads have been closed down occasionally over the last few weeks due to high water.  At this […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-May 25

Sat, 25 May 2019 

Spring Migration is on the downswing.  However, a bigger factor in birdwatching at Cheyenne Bottoms right now is all the water.  Heavy rains over the last few weeks have created high water throughout the region.  Cheyenne Bottoms pools are all very full, and several roads have been closed down occasionally over the last few weeks due to high water. Due to the high water, conditions are not favorable for shorebirds.  However, we are seeing many […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-April 18

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 

Spring Migration is fully here. It is worth a trip through the wetlands right now.  And, repeat trips over the next couple weeks are encouraged, as new birds are showing up frequently.  We see our highest abundances and diversity of birds at Cheyenne Bottoms from the last 2 weeks of April through the first 2 weeks of May. All pools are quite full at Cheyenne Bottoms from rains last Fall and through the winter.  KDWPT […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-March 17

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 

Spring Migration is here.  After several weeks of cold, winter weather, we’ve seen some great movement of birds over the last week of milder weather.  That activity will only increase over the next few weeks. Most know that our peak Spring migration occurs from the last 2 weeks of April through the first 2 weeks of May. We received some more rain this past week.  This rain only adds to the already high water levels […]

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Recent Bird Sightings-Feb 18

Tue, 5 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 […]

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2018 Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count Results

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 

Kansas Winter Bird Count Count name: Cheyenne Bottoms Date of count: Dec 17, 2018 Time (duration of count excluding owling): 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Temperature: 30F to 56F. Wind Direction: S Wind Speed: 5 to 14 mph Place an X in the appropriate blanks. Still water: open ______ completely frozen ______ partly open  X Moving water: open ___X___ completely frozen ______ partly open ______ none ______ Snow: ____ inches Sky conditions AM: Foggy ______ […]

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