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Blue Bird of Paradise,©Jan Wilczur

8 Mar Harvey / Reno county FOY [Schwab Carolyn ]
7 Mar Quivira this afternoon. [Paul Griffin ]
7 Mar Ellis-Rush-Ness County Birds, 3/7 [Jeff Calhoun ]
7 Mar Woodcocks displaying in Jefferson County tonight [Galen Pittman ]
7 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Mar 7, 2015 [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
7 Mar Northern Shrike Johnson County ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
7 Mar White pelicans near Maize KS [Steve Seibel ]
7 Mar Purple Finches []
7 Mar waxwing flock [Jerry Reeck ]
7 Mar Common Redpoll [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
6 Mar Pott Co Common Redpoll [Brandon Magette ]
6 Mar Hillsdale Gulls (Miami Co.) [Mick McHugh ]
6 Mar interesting titmouse [Pam Hanson ]
6 Mar Cassin's Finch Hays [Henry Armknecht ]
6 Mar Pine Grosbeak continues / 6 March [Scott Seltman ]
6 Mar Re: Red-Headed Woodpecker [D & B Helmke ]
5 Mar Red-Headed Woodpecker [D & B Helmke ]
5 Mar Milford Waterfowl Survey [Calvin Wohler ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March [Scott Seltman ]
5 Mar Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March [Scott Seltman ]
5 Mar Nightjar Survey [Matt Gearheart ]
5 Mar KOS Spring Field Trip details now available [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
4 Mar Golden Eagle at Tuttle Creek? [Patricia Yeager ]
4 Mar Re: Unidentified Riley County duck [Emily Weiser ]
5 Mar Unidentified Riley County duck [Lowell Johnson ]
5 Mar Unidentified Riley County duck [Lowell Johnson ]
4 Mar BRCR [Don Kazmaier ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Ken Brunson ]
3 Mar Fwd: Access to Newton Wetlands [Fred Bartel ]
3 Mar Re: Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS [HR Parks ]
3 Mar Access to Newton Wetlands [Fred Bartel ]
3 Mar Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS [Thomas Schermerhorn ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
3 Mar Baker Wetlands survey [Daniel Larson ]
3 Mar Iceland Gull Hillsdale Lake ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Mulhern ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
3 Mar Russell CO roadrunner [Kat Farres ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
2 Mar Re: The Rusties are coming!!! [Brandon Magette ]
2 Mar The Rusties are coming!!! [Chuck Otte ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Andrew Burnett ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
2 Mar My Thanks [Al Schirmacher ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site ["Bollin III, John J." ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Steve Sorensen ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Hoobler ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Neosho County 3-2-15 [Andrew Burnett ]
2 Mar Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Mulhern ]
2 Mar Burroughs Audubon features Chuck Otte! ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
1 Mar Lake Cheney [Andrew Miller ]
1 Mar Re: Harvey County East Lake [Michael Pearce ]
1 Mar Re: Harvey County East Lake [RODNEY WEDEL ]
1 Mar Carolina Wrens at Suet Feeders [Atcha Nolan ]
1 Mar Re: Hays finch - it is a Cassin's [Robert Reed ]
1 Mar HOLA Front Cover Picture [Mark Van Horn ]
1 Mar Hays finch - it is a Cassin's [Henry Armknecht ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not [Marky101 ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not [Larry Lade ]
1 Mar County listing deadline March 7, 2015 ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
1 Mar eBird -- Harvey County East Lake -- Mar 1, 2015 [Gregg Friesen ]
1 Mar Re: Bluebirds at bird bath! [Sacie Lambertson ]
28 Feb Re: Today [Chris Hobbs ]
28 Feb Re: Today [Chris Hobbs ]
28 Feb Northern Shrike Miami County ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
28 Feb Swans in Chase County / 28 February [Scott Seltman ]
28 Feb Common Redpoll in Shawnee backyard, Johnson County [Debbie ]
28 Feb Hillsdale Lake/Miami County Gulls [Malcolm Gold ]
28 Feb Eastern Towhee - Shawnee, Johnson Co [John McConnell ]
28 Feb Today [Max Thompson ]

Subject: Harvey / Reno county FOY
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:32:18 -0500
I noticed first of year Killdeer at my home in Harvey county on 
Saturday, and a friend reported Scissortailed Flycatcher along US 50 in 
Reno county on Sat.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS

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Subject: Quivira this afternoon.
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:39:37 -0600
Hi Folks,

I went to Lake Cheney first, but the boaters were out in the lake. That has a 
tendency to mess up the bird watching. It appears most of the gulls that were 
at Lake Cheney have departed. I did have a first, I got good close video of a 
Eastern Bluebird singing. I think it was thinking about spring, with the 
temperature around 70 degrees. 


At Quivira, I was surprised to see the high water levels at both the Little and 
Big Salt Marsh lakes. The Little Salt Marsh had some ducks, but mostly the lake 
was dominated by a large group of Snow Geese. The Bald Eagle nest that was 
rebuilt at the Big Salt Marsh, has a adult Bald Eagle sitting in it. It can 
easily be seen from the Wild Life Drive, to the East, from the Southeast corner 
of the drive. The nest looks good, it seems to be well built and maybe it will 
with stand high winds better than last year. Must have eggs. Both eagles were 
there. 


I was surprised to see a large group of Sand Hill Cranes, mostly West of the 
Wild Life Drive across the lake, near the telescope stand. They were easily 
heard with the wind from the West. As I was leaving, about 6 PM, I found 10 
Trumpeter Swans. Both adults and immatures. They were close on the Westside of 
the wild life drive at the very North end of the water. I wasn't sure if they 
were Tundra's or Trumpeter's until I got home and I looked closely at my 
pictures. No question what they were. When I left the area they were going to 
sleep. There were few ducks and most were at great distance. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin      

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Subject: Ellis-Rush-Ness County Birds, 3/7
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:25:04 -0600
Henry Armknecht and I birded our way around Ellis, Rush, and Ness Counties
today (3/7/2015), and really knocked it out of the park by all accounts.
The morning started with Greater Prairie Chickens in Ellis (and also
Russell Co). We had 8 Tundra Swans at Stone Lake in Rush County. An
exploratory road in Ness County produced a beautiful adult Golden Eagle
soaring overhead.

Five species of goose, one swan species, twelve species of duck adds
together for a grand total of eighteen waterfowl species between the three
counties. We saw White-fronted, Cacking, Canada Geese, Mallard, Pintail,
Wigeon, Gadwall, Canvasback, Redhead, and Green-winged Teal in each of the
three!

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City

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Subject: Woodcocks displaying in Jefferson County tonight
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:37:29 -0600
Hello all,

American Woodcocks (AMWO) were doing full courtship displays tonight after
sunset at about 6:45 PM at the KU Field Station (KUFS) near the main gate
at the NESA HQ.entrance. There were at least 3 or 4 birds calling both on
the ground and in the air.
 I heard a sound from one of the males on the ground that I had never heard
before in 30+ years of listening to AMWO diplays in Jefferson county!!!!!

Interspersed between "beent" calls the male was making a low throaty soft
gurgling noise almost like chuckling?!?!!? The bird had landed on the edge
of the county road next to reseeded tall prairie grass with shrubby woods
on the far side of the road.where another woodcock was calling on the
ground about 50 feet away. the aerial courtship display was going on high
above the the tall grass plot.

Galen

Galen L. Pittman
12042 258TH ST
Lawrence, KS 66044

785-760-3572
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Mar 7, 2015
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:06:57 -0600
The monthly Kauffman Museum bird walk (North Newton, KS) attracted 10
intrepid individuals today and the group tallied 24 species; pretty good
for just coming off a cold snap.  Common Grackles are usually present at
this time of year but have been late in Harvey County this year and, hence,
didn't make the list.  This is a great hike if anyone wishes to join  It is
almost always the first weekend of the month and departs from the Kauffman
Museum parking lot in North Newton, KS (Harvey County). Times vary so check
the web site.  The walk is 1.5 miles with roughest part being the two
crossings over K-15.  Group size varies from 2 to 17.

The Common Redpoll I noted earlier at my home feeder has not been seen
since, though I cannot say I've been watching regularly.  I have not seen a
Pine Grosbeak today (to put things in perspective).

Gregg Friesen
Newton KS   Harvey County.

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From: 
Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 11:58 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Mar 7,
2015
To: friesen.fenton AT gmail.com


Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Harvey, US-KS
Mar 7, 2015 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
24 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  1
Canada Goose  600
Mallard  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  18
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  7
European Starling  32
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Spotted Towhee  1
American Tree Sparrow  18
Song Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  16
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22209224

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: Northern Shrike Johnson County
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <Markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:34:16 -0600
Malcolm, Matt, Nic, and I found a Northern Shrike 1/4 mile south of 191st and 
Renner. Nemesis 

county bird no more. Last seen west of farm pond on west side of road. A new 
county record 

Chuck.

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS

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Subject: White pelicans near Maize KS
From: Steve Seibel <sseibel999 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:51:19 -0600
Thursday March 5 I saw 6 White pelicans overflying Maize.  They were
heading generally W or NW.  Steve Seibel

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: terryman0405 AT GMAIL.COM
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:19:33 -0600
Returning home after 2 weeks on the road, I filled the feeders and one male and 
one female Purple Finch showed up to feed. 


Terry Mannell
Topeka (JF county)
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Subject: waxwing flock
From: Jerry Reeck <grrksbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:14:50 -0600
About a week ago I first noticed, for this year, Cedar Waxwings -- the
tipoff, as it nearly always is, was the wispy high-pitched chorus from the
top of a tree.  The first time I saw them there were only 8 - 10 in the
group.  A week later, the (same?) group was up to about 25 individuals.
This is one of my favorite birds, both to see and to hear.

Jerry Reeck
just north of Manhattan International Airport

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Subject: Common Redpoll
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:20:44 -0600
I just had a Common Redpoll at my sunflower feeder this AM along with a
single Pine Siskin and over 30 American Goldfinches. The bird flew when I
got the camera (of course).  All in Newton, KS (Harvey County).

Gregg

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: Pott Co Common Redpoll
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:18:59 -0600
On a day that you could walk outside a say yep winter is done the last bird
on the continent that I expected to see would be a Common Redpoll, seen at
the backyard sunflower feeder for about five minutes then gone. I would
have missed it had I not had some springly fever up and doing some outdoor
work.

The last time I saw a Redpoll was the 2nd of Feb in 1996 at our home in
Emmett, I was a lifer for me and the last state/county bird I recorded in
that location before moving to St Marys in the fall of that same year.

WOW, long time no see...

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: Hillsdale Gulls (Miami Co.)
From: Mick McHugh <emchugh2 AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:02:45 -0600
Birders,
 The 1st year Greater Black-backed Gull was on the ice east of the marina this 
A. M. at 9:00 at 

Hillsdale Lake.
Mick McHugh
Kansas City

They will mount up with wings,as Eagles
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Subject: interesting titmouse
From: Pam Hanson <pambirdsong AT CS.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:17:25 -0500
I have a delightful titmouse that has been coming up on our back deck since 
Christmas. We have large picture windows all along the deck and he comes to a 
table or chair that is just outside one of them. Comes virtually every day. To 
my knowledge he doesn't necessarily look in the meal worm container up there, 
but just gets close to the window and looks in! Now in the last 3-4 weeks, he 
sings his little 4 note song when he comes, and then leaves rather 
quickly--VERY too camera shy in my opinion. Seems really weird behavior---but 
of course, I love him! 

Pam Hanson, Leawood

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Subject: Cassin's Finch Hays
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:31:54 -0800
	The Cassin's finch just visited the feeder again shortly after 4:00
this afternoon.

	Henry A

	Hays

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Subject: Pine Grosbeak continues / 6 March
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:55:37 -0600
The female PINE GROSBEAK appeared near our north feeders once again at 10:20
today, sat in plain sight for a few seconds as it did yesterday, flew back
to our pine trees for a few minutes, then went past my window and off to the
east. So it's hangin' around, but is still incredibly camera-shy.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 

 

 

From: Scott Seltman [mailto:sselt AT gbta.net] 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:38 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: RE: Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March

 

I was unable to refind the PINE GROSBEAK that I reported this morning, 5
March, from our home NW of Larned.  We have 4 fairly large Austrian pines at
the NW corner of our house and the grosbeak flew in from that direction and
flew back that way when it left my sight, but I was unable to find it again
in those trees.

 

It was in typical female plumage, grayish overall, but with rich yellowish
coloration on the head and nape down to the upper back.  I was also able to
study the subtle wingbars and the smallish stubby bill.  I may have seen it
briefly while I was walking around outside and think I heard one call note
too.

 

Of course I'm very familiar with Pine Grosbeak and have seen many of them
all over the high country of the Mountain West from Colorado to the Sierra
Nevada.  My favorite memory is probably the family group that hopped all
around us during a family picnic above Alta, Utah in August 1990.  

 

Should this become an accepted record, Pawnee County will join the exclusive
11-finch Club along with Morton and Finney Counties.

 

I'll be home tomorrow morning and will be keep an eye out for this bird.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 


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Subject: Re: Red-Headed Woodpecker
From: D & B Helmke <powercat.park AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:20:27 -0600
The public land containing the flood pool extends into SE Shawnee Co. The 
woodpecker was on 89th Street between Shadden & Stubbs Roads. 


Doug - Tecumseh, KS

On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:03 AM, Joe Yoder  wrote:

> Not to be too nit picky, but it looks like Clinton Reservoir is entirely 
inside of Douglas County. We don't see Red-Headed Woodpeckers too often here in 
Douglas County, either, though. We did see one on Haskell University campus 
earlier this year, however. 

> Joe Yoder, Lawrence, KS
> 
> On 3/5/15 10:22 PM, D & B Helmke wrote:
>> I saw a Red-Headed Woodpecker at the upper end of Clinton Reservoir this 
morning. First one I've ever seen in Shawnee County. 

>> 
>> -- Doug Helmke, Tecumseh, KS
> 

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Subject: Red-Headed Woodpecker
From: D & B Helmke <powercat.park AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:22:29 -0600
I saw a Red-Headed Woodpecker at the upper end of Clinton Reservoir this 
morning. First one I've ever seen in Shawnee County. 


-- Doug Helmke, Tecumseh, KS

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Subject: Milford Waterfowl Survey
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:46:56 -0600
Today in the a.m. the semi-monthly waterfowl survey was taken at Milford Lake 
by a KDWPT person and myself. 

Again as it has been for 2 months the lake had a lot of ice cover. This time 
the lower half was all ice and the upper areas about 50% ice. The following 
waterfowl were counted: 

 
Greater White-fronted Goose--12
Snow Goose--10,120
Cackling Goose--20
Canada Goose--2,079
Mallard--1,675
Northern Pintail--15
Redhead--20
Common Goldeneye--224
Hooded Merganser--80
 
 
Other birds counted while traveling around the lake:
Ring-necked Pheasant--1
Wild Turkey--28
Bald Eagle--122
Northern Harrier--1
Red-tailed Hawk--18
Ring-billed Gulls--70
Rock Pigeon--20
Eurasian Collared-dove--4
Mourning Dove--1
Red-bellied WP--1
Downy WP--1
Northern Flicker--5
American Kestrel--2
Blue Jay--7
American Crow--305
Horned Lark--4
Black-capped Chickadee--1
White Breasted Nuthatch--1
Eastern Bluebird--5
American Robin--44
European Starling--75
American Tree Sparrow--41
Harris's Sparrow--5
Dark-eyed Junco--25
Northern Cardinal--4
Red-winged Blackbird--500
Eastern Meadowlark--79
House Finch--8
American Goldfinch--18
House Sparrow--15
 
Total species--39
 
I would like to give a shout out to Derrick Moon who I have traveled with on 
half of the bird surveys the last 3 years. 

Tomorrow is his last day working for KDWPT. We have traveled a lot of miles 
together and counted many birds. Good luck Derrick! He will be doing some type 
of land management work for Fort Riley beginning Monday. 

 
Calvin Wohler
Clay Center, KS
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:37:47 -0600
I was unable to refind the PINE GROSBEAK that I reported this morning, 5
March, from our home NW of Larned.  We have 4 fairly large Austrian pines at
the NW corner of our house and the grosbeak flew in from that direction and
flew back that way when it left my sight, but I was unable to find it again
in those trees.

 

It was in typical female plumage, grayish overall, but with rich yellowish
coloration on the head and nape down to the upper back.  I was also able to
study the subtle wingbars and the smallish stubby bill.  I may have seen it
briefly while I was walking around outside and think I heard one call note
too.

 

Of course I'm very familiar with Pine Grosbeak and have seen many of them
all over the high country of the Mountain West from Colorado to the Sierra
Nevada.  My favorite memory is probably the family group that hopped all
around us during a family picnic above Alta, Utah in August 1990.  

 

Should this become an accepted record, Pawnee County will join the exclusive
11-finch Club along with Morton and Finney Counties.

 

I'll be home tomorrow morning and will be keep an eye out for this bird.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 

 

From: Scott Seltman [mailto:sselt AT gbta.net] 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:45 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March

 

Just moments ago a female-type PINE GROSBEAK landed on the wire above our
bird feeders!!!  No pics yet, but great looks for about a minute!

 

Scott Seltman

9 miles NW of Larned, Kansas

 


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Subject: Pine Grosbeak in Pawnee County / 5 March
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:45:11 -0600
Just moments ago a female-type PINE GROSBEAK landed on the wire above our
bird feeders!!!  No pics yet, but great looks for about a minute!

 

Scott Seltman

9 miles NW of Larned, Kansas

 


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Subject: Nightjar Survey
From: Matt Gearheart <mgearheart AT DESIGNWITHINSIGHT.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:10:34 +0000
KS-Birders:
If you have interest in volunteering on a nightjar survey this
Spring, please contact Bryce below.  He should have a map of the routes
available soon.

Thanks,
Matt Gearheart
Lenexa, KS

Mr. Gearheart:

My name is Bryce Zirfas. I am currently an undergraduate at Emporia State 
University. I am working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for part of my 
senior project. They have me coordinating volunteers to conduct a nightjar 
survey at the end of May through the first of June. The Flint Hills is their 
main concern but would like me to come up with enough volunteers to conduct the 
survey from the Flint Hills to the Missouri border. There are 10 routes in the 
Flint Hills and 22 with eastern Kansas included. The routes will only need ran 
once and most are the same as BBS routes. If you know of anyone that may be 
interested in volunteering, could you please have them get ahold of me? My 
email is zirfas.bryce AT yahoo.com. 


Thanks,
Bryce Zirfas
Subject: KOS Spring Field Trip details now available
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:31:45 -0600
Details and registration form for the KOS Spring Field Trip to Scott City, May 
1 - 3, 2015 are now online and will be in the upcoming issue of the Horned 
Lark.

http://ksbirds.org/kos/KOS_Spring_2015.html

Chuck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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613 Tamerisk
Junction City Kansas USA 66441
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Subject: Golden Eagle at Tuttle Creek?
From: Patricia Yeager <pyky AT FLINTHILLS.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:01:40 -0600
I saw what I thought to be an immature Golden Eagle soaring over head
from Tuttle Creek's McIntyre Creek lake access road.  I would have thought
in another Bald Eagle except for the distinct wide band on the end of the
underside of it's tail. Anyone else see this bird?

Patricia Yeager

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Subject: Re: Unidentified Riley County duck
From: Emily Weiser <emily.l.weiser AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:59:46 -0600
From what I've gathered from the discussion around Tom's pictures, the
consensus is that it's a domestic duck, most likely the "Khaki Campbell"
breed of domestic Mallard.  It has quite a distinct look to it!




-------------------------------------------------------------
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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network 
Division of Biology, Kansas State University
emily.l.weiser AT gmail.com
http://sites.google.com/site/emilylweiser/
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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Lowell Johnson  wrote:

> As several others have reported, we have a rather strange duck occurring
> in the outlet tubes of Tuttle Creek Dam.  Suggestions are welcome and a
> clear-cut I.D. would be fantastic.  I have posted a couple photographs that
> I took Saturday morning on my Flickr site.
>
>
>
> Great birding!
>
> Lowell Johnson
>
> Manhattan
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Subject: Unidentified Riley County duck
From: Lowell Johnson <ljohnson AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:52:02 +0000
For those of you who wanted to find my Flickr site, I am sure that you had 
trouble. Chuck Otte just pointed that out to me that it was not on my post. I 
remember typing it and double checking it to make sure that it was right, but 
somehow it must have been deleted. It is as follows: 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/lbjbirds/


Good luck in finding it this time.


Lowell Johnson

Manhattan

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Subject: Unidentified Riley County duck
From: Lowell Johnson <ljohnson AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:08:42 +0000
As several others have reported, we have a rather strange duck occurring in the 
outlet tubes of Tuttle Creek Dam. Suggestions are welcome and a clear-cut I.D. 
would be fantastic. I have posted a couple photographs that I took Saturday 
morning on my Flickr site. 




Great birding!

Lowell Johnson

Manhattan

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Subject: BRCR
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:24:59 -0600
Woo Hoo !!   Had a second Brown Creeper in the big Maple tree in the front
yard.   After 27 year living here,  this past winter has been terrific!  
Donnie K. in Larned

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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Elmer Finck <efinck AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:21:17 -0600
Ken -- Well said!  Dr. Dwight W. Moore from ESU often told me not to 
attribute malice of  forethought to things that could be attributed to 
stupidity, lack of time, forgetting to do something,  etc. Good words of 
wisdom!!  Saludos y nos vemos ms tarde, EJF

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Fort Hays State University
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hurdles, leaps fences,and penetrates
walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 
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From:   Ken Brunson 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   03/03/2015 01:56 PM
Subject:        Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




Being in the T&E realm for the greater part of my former life, I had no
issue with well intentioned oversight.  Committees, scientific reviews,
commission and committee meetings are all meant to encourage and receive
it.  I also submit that the state's LPC review was the most scientifically
rigorous one I had ever witnessed.  Reaching concensus didn't happen.  But
a lot of excellent scientific review did and its not unusual for 
scientists
to reach different conclusions.  However, sometimes ommissions happen for
very simple reasons--like just not catching that the website needed
updated.  The KDWPT staff primarily involved are short-staffed.  Recall
KDWPT did not refill the Nongame Program Coordinator's position when I
left.  The agency is also under considerable distress from a number of
fronts, including continued monkeying around with the state's T&E list for
very obvious political reasons.  I'd urge all interested in birds to keep 
a
very close oversight on what's happening.

Cheers,
Ken Brunson

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM, EUGENE YOUNG  wrote:

> I'm not sure the intent of the message  concerning the second statement,
> but perhaps it's prudent to recognize that State and Federal employees 
work
> for all of us, and perhaps they should listen to US!  And kudos to 
KDWP&T,
> they listened an put the LPC on their listing under the Federal 
listings!
> That's a start!
>
> If the intent is to conserve prairie-chickens by reporting leks, all the
> Lek reporting in the world means nothing if the State doesn't want to 
abide
> by ESA, now does it?  Thus, the next step!  None of this is hardly
> "telling" them how to do their jobs, but I think it's called oversight,
> which is our civic responsibility and from a conservation standpoint, 
part
> of many NGOs missions!
>
> Respectfully, Gene
> Ark City KS
>
> Gene Young Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 3, 2015, at 8:11 AM, "Dan Mulhern"  wrote:
> >
> > Perhaps we can also remember the original intent of this message; to
> > report locations of leks of both prairie-chicken species in Kansas. 
I'm
> > sure there will still be plenty of opportunities to tell the State 
agency
> > folks how to do their jobs, because we all undoubtedly know better 
than
> > they do.
> >
> > Dan Mulhern
> > Manhattan
> >
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Ken Brunson <prattbrunsons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:44:12 -0600
Being in the T&E realm for the greater part of my former life, I had no
issue with well intentioned oversight.  Committees, scientific reviews,
commission and committee meetings are all meant to encourage and receive
it.  I also submit that the state's LPC review was the most scientifically
rigorous one I had ever witnessed.  Reaching concensus didn't happen.  But
a lot of excellent scientific review did and its not unusual for scientists
to reach different conclusions.  However, sometimes ommissions happen for
very simple reasons--like just not catching that the website needed
updated.  The KDWPT staff primarily involved are short-staffed.  Recall
KDWPT did not refill the Nongame Program Coordinator's position when I
left.  The agency is also under considerable distress from a number of
fronts, including continued monkeying around with the state's T&E list for
very obvious political reasons.  I'd urge all interested in birds to keep a
very close oversight on what's happening.

Cheers,
Ken Brunson

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM, EUGENE YOUNG  wrote:

> I'm not sure the intent of the message  concerning the second statement,
> but perhaps it's prudent to recognize that State and Federal employees work
> for all of us, and perhaps they should listen to US!  And kudos to KDWP&T,
> they listened an put the LPC on their listing under the Federal listings!
> That's a start!
>
> If the intent is to conserve prairie-chickens by reporting leks, all the
> Lek reporting in the world means nothing if the State doesn't want to abide
> by ESA, now does it?  Thus, the next step!  None of this is hardly
> "telling" them how to do their jobs, but I think it's called oversight,
> which is our civic responsibility and from a conservation standpoint, part
> of many NGOs missions!
>
> Respectfully, Gene
> Ark City KS
>
> Gene Young Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 3, 2015, at 8:11 AM, "Dan Mulhern"  wrote:
> >
> > Perhaps we can also remember the original intent of this message; to
> > report locations of leks of both prairie-chicken species in Kansas.  I'm
> > sure there will still be plenty of opportunities to tell the State agency
> > folks how to do their jobs, because we all undoubtedly know better than
> > they do.
> >
> > Dan Mulhern
> > Manhattan
> >
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Subject: Fwd: Access to Newton Wetlands
From: Fred Bartel <fbartel70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:29:46 -0600
Carolyn, thanks for the response.  This has been on my mind for some years
already, but since I am not a Newton constituent, I probably carry little
clout with the city fathers.  If this was in North Newton, it probably
would not be a problem.  I am willing to play what ever roll I can, but a
resident, or residents of Newton probably would need to be spokes men for
any formal request to the City Commission.
Fred Bartel
North Newton

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From: *Carolyn Schwab* 
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Subject: Re: Access to Newton Wetlands
To: Fred Bartel 


I should mention that funds from the R. Michael Rhoades Foundation can
sometimes be used for wildlife habitat enhancement.  We were able to get
funds from it for the Harvey County park nature trails in years past.

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Subject: Re: Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS
From: HR Parks <hrparks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:05:31 -0600
On Friday at the tubes, I saw a duck matching your description and could
not come up with an identification either. I'd be interested in seeing your
pictures. Thanks.
Eve Parks
Manhattan, KS

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM, Thomas Schermerhorn <
tscherme AT vet.k-state.edu> wrote:

> KS Birders,
>
> I apologize ahead of time for this late report.  Yesterday around 5 pm, I
> found a duck I could not ID swimming in the area of the outlet tubes below
> Tuttle Lake. It was mallard-sized with a chocolate brown body and a darker
> brown head/neck. The bill was olive/dark with size and shape most like a
> mallard's. There was a bit of white showing on the primaries when swimming.
> I never saw the bird dive or fly, so no additional details there. This bird
> did not seem to be one of the tough-to-ID hens (e.g. body wasn't sleek like
> a pintail and the head pattern wasn't right for redhead, etc) and I thought
> the color wasn't dark enough for Am Black Duck (although the light wasn't
> ideal).  I think it is possible this duck may be a domestic variety but I'm
> not versed enough in duck ID to rule out an unusual species for KS.  I'm
> interested in hearing what others think if it is spotted again.  I have
> pictures that I can send to anyone interested but won't be able to do so
> until later this evening.
>
> Tom Schermerhorn
> Wamego, KS
>
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Subject: Access to Newton Wetlands
From: Fred Bartel <fbartel70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:40:38 -0600
I was in the barber shop this morning when the Mayor of Newton walked in.
We have known each other for some time.  I asked him if there was some way
that the wetlands north of SE14 street which were created when Sand Creek
was worked on several years ago, and attract large numbers of water fowl,
could be made accessible for birding. Currently one can see into the area
only by standing on the road with traffic, and at long distance.  This is
an asset that the city could develop, at little cost, and create an amenity
that could be enjoyed by many.  The mayor was not immediately dismissive of
the idea, and said that he would bring it up with the city engineer.
Perhaps this is something that the birding community in the Newton area
could get behind, and try to get accomplished.
Fred Bartel
North Newton

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Subject: Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS
From: Thomas Schermerhorn <tscherme AT VET.K-STATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:41:17 +0000
KS Birders,

I apologize ahead of time for this late report. Yesterday around 5 pm, I found 
a duck I could not ID swimming in the area of the outlet tubes below Tuttle 
Lake. It was mallard-sized with a chocolate brown body and a darker brown 
head/neck. The bill was olive/dark with size and shape most like a mallard's. 
There was a bit of white showing on the primaries when swimming. I never saw 
the bird dive or fly, so no additional details there. This bird did not seem to 
be one of the tough-to-ID hens (e.g. body wasn't sleek like a pintail and the 
head pattern wasn't right for redhead, etc) and I thought the color wasn't dark 
enough for Am Black Duck (although the light wasn't ideal). I think it is 
possible this duck may be a domestic variety but I'm not versed enough in duck 
ID to rule out an unusual species for KS. I'm interested in hearing what others 
think if it is spotted again. I have pictures that I can send to anyone 
interested but won't be able to do so until later this evening. 


Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego, KS


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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:39:57 +0000
I'm not sure the intent of the message concerning the second statement, but 
perhaps it's prudent to recognize that State and Federal employees work for all 
of us, and perhaps they should listen to US! And kudos to KDWP&T, they listened 
an put the LPC on their listing under the Federal listings! That's a start! 


If the intent is to conserve prairie-chickens by reporting leks, all the Lek 
reporting in the world means nothing if the State doesn't want to abide by ESA, 
now does it? Thus, the next step! None of this is hardly "telling" them how to 
do their jobs, but I think it's called oversight, which is our civic 
responsibility and from a conservation standpoint, part of many NGOs missions! 


Respectfully, Gene
Ark City KS

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 3, 2015, at 8:11 AM, "Dan Mulhern"  wrote:
> 
> Perhaps we can also remember the original intent of this message; to
> report locations of leks of both prairie-chicken species in Kansas.  I'm
> sure there will still be plenty of opportunities to tell the State agency
> folks how to do their jobs, because we all undoubtedly know better than
> they do.
> 
> Dan Mulhern
> Manhattan
> 
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Subject: Baker Wetlands survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:54 -0600
Sorry for the late posting. On Sunday Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Sam
Richards and Dan Larson Surveyed Baker Wetlands Lawrence Kansas. It is
closed do to construction.One of the highlights were 2 Ross's Geese that we
joked about looking like a white plastic chair turned upside down out in
the grassland. The two standing there looked like that.
We saw 4 Bald Eagles. One juvenile was perched in a tree. The other three
were soaring high overhead. There were two juveniles and an adult.
We saw one Merlin perched high on the top of a pole. We saw 5 Herring Gull
and one Ring-billed Gull.
We observed one Winter Wren and two Marsh Wrens. We only saw one Savannah
this time and two Leconte's. We observed 5  singing Eastern Meadowlarks. We
hade a flock of 138 Western Meadowlarks most were singing.We later saw a
flock of 55 that were not singing.
The complete list is at the site below.
Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton KS


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Subject: Iceland Gull Hillsdale Lake
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <Markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:49:25 -0600
An adult Iceland Gull was seen from the boat ramp looking north. The Gr. 
Black-backed and a 

Thayer's were in with hundreds of Herring and Ring-billed. Look for gray 
primaries on the 

Iceland.     Mark Land OP KS

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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:47:11 -0600
Perhaps we can also remember the original intent of this message; to
report locations of leks of both prairie-chicken species in Kansas.  I'm
sure there will still be plenty of opportunities to tell the State agency
folks how to do their jobs, because we all undoubtedly know better than
they do.

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Elmer Finck <efinck AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:21:35 -0600
Chuck -- Well at least that is a start in the right direction.  Saludos y 
nos vemos ms tarde, EJF

Elmer J. Finck, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099
office: AH 302
e-mail: efinck AT fhsu.edu
webpage: http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/efinck/
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walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 
A tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



From:   Chuck & Jaye Otte 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   03/02/2015 07:56 PM
Subject:        Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




It looks like today's earlier conversation stirred the pot somewhere. As I 
was 
looking at KDWPT's website tonight I found that Lesser Prairie-Chicken had 

suddenly been added to the page, although the specific page about the LPC 
appears to be a work in progress!

The department's web page URL for the Threatened and Endangered 
Species page is quite lengthy so I offer you a much shorter version to 
take 
you there!

http://tinyurl.com/lfmwl7w

Chuck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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613 Tamerisk
Junction City Kansas USA 66441
785-238-8800

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Subject: Russell CO roadrunner
From: Kat Farres <ozbelgnz AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:19:50 -0600
Friend of a friend said there is a Roadrunner in his milaw's back yard, in 
Russell KS, saw it and wasn't sure we have roadrunners in KS. So she called me 
to check, yes we do :) 

Kat Farres
OZ BelgianZ
Salina KS USA
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:53:17 -0600
It looks like today's earlier conversation stirred the pot somewhere. As I was 
looking at KDWPT's website tonight I found that Lesser Prairie-Chicken had 
suddenly been added to the page, although the specific page about the LPC 
appears to be a work in progress!

The department's web page URL for the Threatened and Endangered 
Species page is quite lengthy so I offer you a much shorter version to take 
you there!

http://tinyurl.com/lfmwl7w

Chuck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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613 Tamerisk
Junction City Kansas USA 66441
785-238-8800

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Subject: Re: The Rusties are coming!!!
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:20:00 -0600
I had a couple dozen Rusty BB on the Pottawatomie side of the St Marys dump
on the 9th of February. That is the largest group I've seen in a long time,
normally I just see pair here or there...

Brandon Magette of St Marys via a mobile device.
On Mar 2, 2015 4:49 PM, "Chuck Otte"  wrote:

> I'm sure a l lot of you have heard about the Rusty Blackbird migration
> blitz
> but just posting this again for the Kansas coordinating committee!
>
> Chuck
>
>
> The Rusties are coming!  Rusty Blackbirds are moving northward from their
> southeastern U.S. wintering grounds, and they are headed towards Kansas,
> so get ready to go out and start searching!  The Rusty Blackbird Spring
> Migration Blitz officially opens in Kansas tomorrow, and we encourage all
> birders to participate.  Helping out is easy- bird as you normally do and
> search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds, and report your results
> to
> eBird under the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" survey type. Or,
> visit
> one of our Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit our interactive map at
> http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/)
> to
> help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during
> spring
> migration. For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty
> Blackbird identification tips, data collection instructions, and data
> reporting
> information, you can find additional resources at
> http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/.  We hope you'll "get
> Rusty"
> with us to help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird!
>
>
> -----
> Chuck Otte                      cotte AT ksu.edu
> County Extension Agent, Ag & Natural Resources
> Geary County Extension Office, PO BOX 28         785-238-4161
> Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028             FAX 785-238-7166
> http://www.geary.ksu.edu/
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Subject: The Rusties are coming!!!
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:46:07 -0600
I'm sure a l lot of you have heard about the Rusty Blackbird migration blitz 
but just posting this again for the Kansas coordinating committee!

Chuck


The Rusties are coming!  Rusty Blackbirds are moving northward from their 
southeastern U.S. wintering grounds, and they are headed towards Kansas, 
so get ready to go out and start searching!  The Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz officially opens in Kansas tomorrow, and we encourage all 
birders to participate.  Helping out is easy- bird as you normally do and 
search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds, and report your results to 
eBird under the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" survey type. Or, visit 

one of our Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit our interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/) to 
help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during spring 
migration. For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty 
Blackbird identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 

information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/. We hope you'll "get Rusty" 

with us to help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird!


-----
Chuck Otte                      cotte AT ksu.edu
County Extension Agent, Ag & Natural Resources
Geary County Extension Office, PO BOX 28         785-238-4161
Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028             FAX 785-238-7166
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:04:12 +0000
E-mailed my friend and avid birder Ed Miller the "endangered species program 
coordinator" for KDWPT since I knew he could clear this up. If I remember 
correctly from one of Ed's presentations all recommendations of the listing 
working group to the secretary are public record.(not 100% sure) 


His comments are below...

Not mentioned here was KSA 32-960:  This statute says under (b)(3):
"Species of wildlife which occur in this state and which have been determined 
to be threatened species or endangered species pursuant to Pub. L. No. 93-205 
(December 28, 1973, and amendments thereto, shall receive full consideration by 
the secretary to determine whether such species is a threatened or an 
endangered species in this state." 

To the lawyers, this means the Secretary has full discretion on whether or not 
to add a federally listed species. 



Hope this helps,
Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Elmer Finck 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 3:06 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

Gene -- My understanding is that federal listed species of animals, but not 
plants that have populations in Kansas are listed. I do not know if 

that is at the discretion of the Secretary or by statute.   Saludos y nos 
vemos ms tarde, EJF

Elmer J. Finck, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099
office: AH 302
e-mail: efinck AT fhsu.edu
webpage: http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/efinck/
office phone: (785) 628-4269
fax: (785) 628-4153
home phone: (785) 625-9727
cell phone: (785) 650-1057

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps
hurdles, leaps fences,and penetrates
walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 
A tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



From:   EUGENE YOUNG 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   03/02/2015 01:27 PM
Subject:        Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




But, by Statute, I believe it's supposed to be listed...I thought.  They 
list every other Federally listed species.  Why should they list any 
Federal species?

Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

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From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] 
On Behalf Of Steve Sorensen
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:46 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the 
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency 
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the 
state T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee.

 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Elmer Finck <efinck AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:05:53 -0600
Gene -- My understanding is that federal listed species of animals, but 
not plants that have populations in Kansas are listed.  I do not know if 
that is at the discretion of the Secretary or by statute.   Saludos y nos 
vemos ms tarde, EJF

Elmer J. Finck, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099
office: AH 302
e-mail: efinck AT fhsu.edu
webpage: http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/efinck/
office phone: (785) 628-4269
fax: (785) 628-4153
home phone: (785) 625-9727
cell phone: (785) 650-1057

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps 
hurdles, leaps fences,and penetrates
walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 
A tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



From:   EUGENE YOUNG 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   03/02/2015 01:27 PM
Subject:        Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




But, by Statute, I believe it's supposed to be listed...I thought.  They 
list every other Federally listed species.  Why should they list any 
Federal species?

Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] 
On Behalf Of Steve Sorensen
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:46 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the 
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency 
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the 
state T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee.

 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: My Thanks
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:59:26 -0600
Recently I wrote, asking for assistance birding Morton County.

I received a number of excellent emails and a copy of "Birds of the Cimmaron 
National Grassland". 


My deepest thanks to each of you!

I left behind "Minnesota Nice"; what is the expression for Kansas generosity?

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

(Rather certain that I heard and briefly viewed three flyover redpolls this 
morning here in Muscotah; will advise if they are relocated in area. The softer 
jip, jip and jip jip jip led to thinking redpolls rather than more common 
finches or wandering crossbills. Unfortunately they did not stop, nor did they 
share their longer song.) 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:43:19 +0000
I should add the following to my previous post. KDWP&T list other Fed Listed 
species on their web page 
http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Services/Threatened-and-Endangered-Wildlife/Federal-Threatened-and-Endangered-Species-in-Kansas 
including the Red Knot (T on 1/12/15), which was after LPC listing (T on 
5/12/14)...so one may conclude this is selective listing as well as the 
potential to bring all kinds of unneeded legal action: one could say that 
"according to the KDWP&T, I checked before I decided to build a building on the 
lek, and it wasn't listed." 


Federal Threatened and Endangered Species in Kansas (I removed other vert and 
inverts): 

Threatened
Birds
PIPING PLOVER  Charadrius melodus
RED KNOT  Calidris canutus rufa

Endangered
Birds
LEAST TERN  Sterna antillarum
WHOOPING CRANE  Grus americana

I should add, that furthermore, their web page branding the aforementioned 
definitions I posted below (in previous e-mail), is directly from the Statute: 


32-958

Chapter 32.--WILDLIFE, PARKS AND RECREATION

Article 9.--LICENSES, PERMITS, STAMPS AND OTHER ISSUES

32-958. Same; definitions. As used in the nongame and endangered species 
conservation act: 


 (a) "Conserve," "conserving" and "conservation" mean the use of all methods 
and procedures for the purposes of increasing the number of individuals within 
species and populations of wildlife up to the optimum carrying capacity of 
their habitat and maintaining such numbers. Such methods and procedures 
include, but are not limited to, all activities associated with scientific 
resources management such as research, census, law enforcement, habitat 
acquisition and maintenance, propagation, live trapping, transplantation, 
regulated taking and, when and where appropriate, the periodic or total 
protection of species or populations of wildlife. With respect to threatened 
species and endangered species, the terms mean the use of all methods and 
procedures, including but not limited to those described above, which are 
necessary to bring any threatened or endangered species to the point at which 
the methods, procedures and measures provided for such species pursuant to the 
nong! 

 ame and endangered species conservation act are no longer necessary.

 (b) "Ecosystem" means a system of living organisms and their environment, each 
influencing the existence of the other and both necessary for the maintenance 
of life. 


 (c) "Endangered species" means any species of wildlife whose continued 
existence as a viable component of the state's wild fauna is determined to be 
in jeopardy. That term also includes any species of wildlife determined to be 
an endangered species pursuant to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the 
endangered species act of 1973, and amendments thereto. 


 (d) "Nongame species" means any species of wildlife not legally classified a 
game species, furbearer, threatened species or an endangered species by statute 
or by rule and regulation adopted pursuant to statute. 


 (e) "Optimum carrying capacity" means that point at which a given habitat can 
support healthy populations of wildlife species, having regard to the total 
ecosystem, without diminishing the ability of the habitat to continue that 
function. 


 (f) "Threatened species" means any species of wildlife which appears likely, 
within the foreseeable future, to become an endangered species. That term also 
includes any species of wildlife determined to be a threatened species pursuant 
to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the endangered species act of 1973, 
and amendments thereto. 


 (g) "Wildlife" means any member of the animal kingdom, including, without 
limitation, any mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, reptile, mollusk, crustacean, 
arthropod or other invertebrate, and includes any part, product, egg or 
offspring thereof, or the dead body or parts thereof. 


AND HERE IS HOW WE CAN TELL THAT THE "NOT LISTING" ON THE KDWP&T IS INDEED 
SELECTIVE, because the Secretary hasn't listed it, although the Red Knot has 
been: 


Chapter 32.--WILDLIFE, PARKS AND RECREATION

Article 9.--LICENSES, PERMITS, STAMPS AND OTHER ISSUES

32-960. Same; threatened or endangered species. (a) The secretary shall 
determine whether any species of wildlife indigenous to the state is a 
threatened species or an endangered species in this state because of any of the 
following factors: 


 (1) The present or threatened destruction, modification or curtailment of its 
habitat or range; 


 (2) the overutilization of such species for commercial, sporting, scientific, 
educational or other purposes; 


      (3)   disease or predation;

      (4)   the inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or

 (5) the presence of other natural or man-made factors affecting its continued 
existence within this state. 


 (b) (1) The secretary shall make the determinations required by subsection (a) 
on the basis of the best scientific, commercial and other data available to the 
secretary and after consultation, as appropriate, with federal agencies, other 
interested state agencies and interested persons and organizations. 


 (2) In determining whether any species of wildlife is a threatened species or 
an endangered species in this state, the secretary shall take into 
consideration those actions, if any, being carried out or about to be carried 
out by the federal government, by other states, by other agencies of this state 
or political subdivisions thereof, or by nongovernmental persons or 
organizations which may affect the species under consideration. 


 (3) Species of wildlife which occur in this state and which have been 
determined to be threatened species or endangered species pursuant to Pub. L. 
No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the endangered species act of 1973, and 
amendments thereto, shall receive full consideration by the secretary to 
determine whether each such species is a threatened or an endangered species in 
this state. 


 (c) (1) The secretary shall adopt, in accordance with K.S.A. 32-805 and 
amendments thereto, rules and regulations pursuant to K.S.A. 32-963 and 
amendments thereto which contain a list of all species of wildlife indigenous 
to this state which have been determined to be endangered species pursuant to 
this section and a list of all such species which have been determined to be 
threatened species pursuant to this section. Each list shall refer to the 
species contained therein by their scientific and common names, if any, and 
shall specify with respect to each such species the portion of the range of 
such species within this state in which it is threatened or endangered. 


 (2) The secretary may not add a species to nor remove a species from any such 
list unless the secretary has first: 


      (A)   Published a public notice of such proposed action;

 (B) notified the governor of any state which shares a common border with this 
state and in which the subject species is known to occur that such action is 
being proposed; 


Gene

Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: EUGENE YOUNG 
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 1:04 PM
To: 'Steve Sorensen'; KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: RE: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Importance: High

As I thought per their own Statute, from their own web page...see below:

Endangered species: any species of wildlife whose continued existence as a 
viable component of the state's wild fauna is determined to be in jeopardy. 
That term shall also include any species of wildlife determined to be an 
endangered species pursuant to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, and amendments thereto. 


Threatened species: any species of wildlife which appears likely, within the 
foreseeable future, to become an endangered species. That term shall also 
include any species of wildlife determined to be a threatened species pursuant 
to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
and amendments thereto. 


Species in Need of Conservation: any nongame species deemed to require 
conservation measures in attempt to keep the species from becoming a threatened 
or endangered species. 


Nongame species: any species of wildlife not legally classified a game species, 
furbearer, threatened species, or endangered species by statute or by rule and 
regulation adopted pursuant to statute. 


Critical Habitat: specific areas documented as currently providing essential 
physical and biological features and supporting a self-sustaining population of 
a listed species; or specific areas not documented as currently supporting a 
listed species, but determined essential for the listed species by the 
secretary. 


Action: any activity resulting in the physical alteration of a listed species' 
critical habitat, physical disturbance of a listed species, or destruction of 
individuals of a listed species. 


Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Steve Sorensen 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:46 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the 
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency 
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the state 
T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee. 


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: "Bollin III, John J." <BollinJ AT UMKC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:02:32 +0000
Google maps can give you coordinates. Find your spot on the map and click on 
it. Then right click on your mouse and select "What is here?". This should put 
the coordinates in the search box. 

John Bollin
Leavenworth County KS


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From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Dan Hoobler 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:31 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

And how does a technology challenged old man come up with long/lat numbers?

Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
Pott. Co. KS.
785-256-3745 m
On Mar 2, 2015 12:13 PM, "EUGENE YOUNG"  wrote:

> But you wouldn't get prosecuted by the State, since apparently, they 
> don't know the species has been listed yet, or is it that they don't 
> recognize its listing?
> http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Services/Threatened-and-Endangered-Wildl
> ife/Kansas-Threatened-and-Endangered-Species-Statewide
>
> And if you find a lek, since it's on private land, is that an 
> infringement on private property rights?
>
> Gene
>
> Eugene A. Young
>
>
> Agriculture, Science & Engineering
> 1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
> Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
> Phone: 580-628-6482
> Fax: 580-628-6209
> E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
> Website: www.noc.edu
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 
> [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU]
> On Behalf Of Dan Mulhern
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 10:29 AM
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Subject: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
>
> All:
>
>
>
> I want to ask everyone again this spring to document any prairie 
> chicken display sites (leks) that you observe while you are out an 
> about across Kansas.  If you observe a lek please report your 
> observation into our KDWPT online database (below link).  If you 
> report a lek you will need to know the geographic coordinates 
> (latitude and longitude) of the site.  The location data and the date 
> of observation are the only required information when reporting a lek 
> but other data will be accepted if you can gather it [e.g. bird count 
> and species presence (greater and/or lesser prairie-chickens)].  Do 
> not intentionally flush lesser prairie-chickens because that could be 
> construed as "take" now that the species is federally protected.
>
>
>
> The data from this effort are extremely important to the department 
> because they help us target prairie chicken conservation programs and 
> provide siting recommendations to energy developers.  Your help will 
> ensure that we are using the best available data to make those 
> decisions.  Please feel free to share this link with other 
> conservationists who you feel can help in this effort.
>
>
>
>        Reporting a Prairie Chicken Lek Observation:
> https://www.surveymonkey.com/chickenleks
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
>
> Jim Pitman, CWB®
> Small Game Coordinator
> Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism P.O. Box 1525, 1830 
> Merchant Emporia, KS 66801
> Office: 620-342-0658
> Fax: 620-342-6248
>
> *Please contact me at jim.pitman AT wafwa.org  for 
> all business pertaining to implementation of the range-wide lesser 
> prairie-chicken conservation plan.  My last day with KDWPT will be 
> March 16, 2015 and my ksoutdoors e-mail address will not be active 
> after that date.  I will begin my employment with the Western 
> Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) the following day as 
> their LPC Conservation Delivery Director. *
>
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:03:48 +0000
As I thought per their own Statute, from their own web page...see below:

Endangered species: any species of wildlife whose continued existence as a 
viable component of the state's wild fauna is determined to be in jeopardy. 
That term shall also include any species of wildlife determined to be an 
endangered species pursuant to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, and amendments thereto. 


Threatened species: any species of wildlife which appears likely, within the 
foreseeable future, to become an endangered species. That term shall also 
include any species of wildlife determined to be a threatened species pursuant 
to Pub. L. No. 93-205 (December 28, 1973), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
and amendments thereto. 


Species in Need of Conservation: any nongame species deemed to require 
conservation measures in attempt to keep the species from becoming a threatened 
or endangered species. 


Nongame species: any species of wildlife not legally classified a game species, 
furbearer, threatened species, or endangered species by statute or by rule and 
regulation adopted pursuant to statute. 


Critical Habitat: specific areas documented as currently providing essential 
physical and biological features and supporting a self-sustaining population of 
a listed species; or specific areas not documented as currently supporting a 
listed species, but determined essential for the listed species by the 
secretary. 


Action: any activity resulting in the physical alteration of a listed species' 
critical habitat, physical disturbance of a listed species, or destruction of 
individuals of a listed species. 


Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Steve Sorensen 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:46 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the 
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency 
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the state 
T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee. 


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:02:01 +0000
But, by Statute, I believe it's supposed to be listed...I thought. They list 
every other Federally listed species. Why should they list any Federal species? 


Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Steve Sorensen 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 12:46 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the 
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency 
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the state 
T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee. 


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Steve Sorensen <webforbs AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:46:26 -0600
According to Jason Luginbill, KDWPT Ecological Services Section Chief, the
reason it is not on the Kansas T&E list is they went through an emergency
listing process some years back and it was not warranted to be put on the
state T&E list by the KDWPT T&E Task Committee.

 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:31:01 -0600
And how does a technology challenged old man come up with long/lat numbers?

Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
Pott. Co. KS.
785-256-3745 m
On Mar 2, 2015 12:13 PM, "EUGENE YOUNG"  wrote:

> But you wouldn't get prosecuted by the State, since apparently, they don't
> know the species has been listed yet, or is it that they don't recognize
> its listing?
> 
http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Services/Threatened-and-Endangered-Wildlife/Kansas-Threatened-and-Endangered-Species-Statewide 

>
> And if you find a lek, since it's on private land, is that an infringement
> on private property rights?
>
> Gene
>
> Eugene A. Young
>
>
> Agriculture, Science & Engineering
> 1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
> Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
> Phone: 580-628-6482
> Fax: 580-628-6209
> E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
> Website: www.noc.edu
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU]
> On Behalf Of Dan Mulhern
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 10:29 AM
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Subject: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
>
> All:
>
>
>
> I want to ask everyone again this spring to document any prairie chicken
> display sites (leks) that you observe while you are out an about across
> Kansas.  If you observe a lek please report your observation into our KDWPT
> online database (below link).  If you report a lek you will need to know
> the geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the site.  The
> location data and the date of observation are the only required information
> when reporting a lek but other data will be accepted if you can gather it
> [e.g. bird count and species presence (greater and/or lesser
> prairie-chickens)].  Do not intentionally flush lesser prairie-chickens
> because that could be construed as "take" now that the species is federally
> protected.
>
>
>
> The data from this effort are extremely important to the department
> because they help us target prairie chicken conservation programs and
> provide siting recommendations to energy developers.  Your help will ensure
> that we are using the best available data to make those decisions.  Please
> feel free to share this link with other conservationists who you feel can
> help in this effort.
>
>
>
>        Reporting a Prairie Chicken Lek Observation:
> https://www.surveymonkey.com/chickenleks
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
>
> Jim Pitman, CWB®
> Small Game Coordinator
> Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism P.O. Box 1525, 1830 Merchant
> Emporia, KS 66801
> Office: 620-342-0658
> Fax: 620-342-6248
>
> *Please contact me at jim.pitman AT wafwa.org  for all
> business pertaining to implementation of the range-wide lesser
> prairie-chicken conservation plan.  My last day with KDWPT will be March
> 16, 2015 and my ksoutdoors e-mail address will not be active after that
> date.  I will begin my employment with the Western Association of Fish &
> Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) the following day as their LPC Conservation
> Delivery Director. *
>
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Subject: Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:12:53 +0000
But you wouldn't get prosecuted by the State, since apparently, they don't know 
the species has been listed yet, or is it that they don't recognize its 
listing? 
http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Services/Threatened-and-Endangered-Wildlife/Kansas-Threatened-and-Endangered-Species-Statewide 


And if you find a lek, since it's on private land, is that an infringement on 
private property rights? 


Gene

Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
Phone: 580-628-6482
Fax: 580-628-6209
E-Mail: Eugene.Young AT noc.edu
Website: www.noc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Dan Mulhern 

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 10:29 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site

All:



I want to ask everyone again this spring to document any prairie chicken 
display sites (leks) that you observe while you are out an about across Kansas. 
If you observe a lek please report your observation into our KDWPT online 
database (below link). If you report a lek you will need to know the geographic 
coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the site. The location data and the 
date of observation are the only required information when reporting a lek but 
other data will be accepted if you can gather it [e.g. bird count and species 
presence (greater and/or lesser prairie-chickens)]. Do not intentionally flush 
lesser prairie-chickens because that could be construed as "take" now that the 
species is federally protected. 




The data from this effort are extremely important to the department because 
they help us target prairie chicken conservation programs and provide siting 
recommendations to energy developers. Your help will ensure that we are using 
the best available data to make those decisions. Please feel free to share this 
link with other conservationists who you feel can help in this effort. 




       Reporting a Prairie Chicken Lek Observation:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/chickenleks



Sincerely,



Jim Pitman, CWB®
Small Game Coordinator
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism P.O. Box 1525, 1830 Merchant 
Emporia, KS 66801 

Office: 620-342-0658
Fax: 620-342-6248

*Please contact me at jim.pitman AT wafwa.org  for all 
business pertaining to implementation of the range-wide lesser prairie-chicken 
conservation plan. My last day with KDWPT will be March 16, 2015 and my 
ksoutdoors e-mail address will not be active after that date. I will begin my 
employment with the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) the 
following day as their LPC Conservation Delivery Director. * 


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Subject: Neosho County 3-2-15
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:01:16 +0000
A few updates on the birding around Neosho Co.

Neosho Wildlife Area - Rusty blackbirds have been reliably found since mid Jan. 
Counted 28 yesterday, most certainly more present. If past records are an 
indication they should remain in some numbers through the end of March. Ducks 
and Geese present in good numbers... ice cover limiting overall totals. No 
swans have returned since the mass exit a month or so ago. All pools other than 
the refuge pool are being drained as is usual. Not sure if the refuge pool is 
going to be lowered again this spring, but the other pools should provide some 
shorebirding at least through Late April if normal spring rains occur. The 
renovation project is delayed a bit due to some red tape and permitting. Not 
expecting any sort of access issues the next few months. Refuge road opens 
April 1st. 


Lake Parsons - Being some of the only open water in the county, Lake Parsons is 
very active with water birds. Several hundred of each of Common and hooded 
mergansers. Spotted the first full adult Herring Gull I have ever seen in the 
county there yesterday. Not notable for those in the North and Central part of 
the state, but noteworthy here. The cold snap has also held a sizable flock of 
Snow Geese here for a couple weeks now. Numbering up to 5000 at some 
points(significant for SEK). There were also 25 bald eagles present on the lake 
this morning. A high count for me there.  were immature birds. Pine Siskins 
are also present at the SEK Audubon feeders near the Pine Forest, numbering up 
to 20 at times. 


Home Feeder - Had a high count of 150 American Goldfinches at the feeders 
Saturday. Previous all-time high before this week was 75. 


Notable County Sightings - Merlin near Thayer, KS on 2-11-15 (Only the 2nd one 
I've seen in the county); American Woodcock 2-9-15 at NSFL(making twittering 
flights, no peeting); 


Signs of Migration - Red-tailed hawk numbers are 1/3 to  of peak numbers; 
flock of 20 savannah sparrows seen yesterday(was not able to document a 
wintering Savannah this year); A few single Ruddy Ducks starting to appear, 
Green winged teal numbers increasing. 


Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS



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Subject: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:29:04 -0600
All:



I want to ask everyone again this spring to document any prairie chicken
display sites (leks) that you observe while you are out an about across
Kansas.  If you observe a lek please report your observation into our KDWPT
online database (below link).  If you report a lek you will need to know
the geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the site.  The
location data and the date of observation are the only required information
when reporting a lek but other data will be accepted if you can gather it
[e.g. bird count and species presence (greater and/or
lesser prairie-chickens)].  Do not intentionally flush lesser
prairie-chickens because that could be construed as "take" now that the
species is federally protected.



The data from this effort are extremely important to the department because
they help us target prairie chicken conservation programs and provide
siting recommendations to energy developers.  Your help will ensure that we
are using the best available data to make those decisions.  Please feel
free to share this link with other conservationists who you feel can help
in this effort.



       Reporting a Prairie Chicken Lek Observation:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/chickenleks



Sincerely,



Jim Pitman, CWB®
Small Game Coordinator
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
P.O. Box 1525, 1830 Merchant
Emporia, KS 66801
Office: 620-342-0658
Fax: 620-342-6248

*Please contact me at jim.pitman AT wafwa.org  for all
business pertaining to implementation of the range-wide lesser
prairie-chicken conservation plan.  My last day with KDWPT will be March
16, 2015 and my ksoutdoors e-mail address will not be active after that
date.  I will begin my employment with the Western Association of Fish &
Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) the following day as their LPC Conservation
Delivery Director. *

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Subject: Burroughs Audubon features Chuck Otte!
From: "Nancy H. Clark" <nhclark AT PLANETKC.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:52:38 -0600
Good morning!

Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City is pleased to announce our 
Tuesday, March 3 program speaker will be the illustrious Chuck Otte, of KOS, 
Birds of Kansas and KS Birdlist fame! His topic will be Warblers: Fancy Flights 
of Frustration, and will focus on warbler identification and improving our 
overall birding skills. With warmer weather arriving we are anxious for these 
colorful, lively migrants to visit. Chuck will help us get ready to ID them! 

  
Social time with refreshments begins at 6:00 pm, meetings begin at 6:45 with a 
short business meeting preceding the program at 7:00 p.m. at the Discovery 
Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. OR join us at 5:00 p.m. for 
dinner with our speaker at Bo Lings Chinese restaurant on the Plaza, at the 
corner of Jefferson and 47th St. Just ask for the Audubon group. 


For further info, email me, or see www.Burroughs.org.  

Nancy Clark
Shawnee, Johnson County
nhclark AT planetkc.com




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Subject: Re: Pink-sided Junco or not
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:56:13 -0500
I will throw my two cents in. First the lores appear real dark in some shots 
and just a slightly darker gray in others. Pink-sided Junco's have black lores 
at all angles. In my limited experience with Pink-sided in Kansas (twice) and 
Colorado (six)that was always the tell tale point of ID for me. Plus the 
pinkish flanks helped. I've sometimes felt photos don't show the pink sides as 
well as in real life. There is an interesting discussion on Pink-sided, Oregon, 
Cassier Juncos on the Ocean Wanderers website. Also Bill Schmocker has some 
great photos to compare to. I'll say Oregon but would love to see more on the 
possibility of a female Cassier. 


Mark Land
Overland Park

  
---- Marky101  wrote: 
> To throw my thought in this- I don't see pink-sided here. All juncos have 
"dark" lores. This bird is a first year bird (most likely) and the brown 
extending on the crown rules out pink-sided to me. Plus, pink-sided show a 
distinct cold gray color to the head. This is more like a female Oregon, maybe 
approaching Cassiar traits. Just my two cents. 

> -Marky
> 
> > On Feb 28, 2015, at 10:31 AM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:
> > 
> > I took these pictures yesterday of a junco in my yard.  I think it's a pink
> > sided.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
https://plus.google.com/photos/100723389144645029797/albums/6120931421263179 

> > 329?authkey=CKmTm9Lv2e_r7wE
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > He/She has a darkish lore, light throat, rufous sides, gray head.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Looking my National Geographic guide, it seems to be a match.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > If it's not a pink-sided, what is it? An intergrade?
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Jeff Hansen
> > 
> > Topeka
> > 
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Subject: Lake Cheney
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:33:52 -0600
Today Bryant and I went to Cheney.  There were very high numbers of diving
ducks with the majority being Common Mergansers, but the best bird of the
day was a White-winged Scoter, that was seen just off the dam for about an
hour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/88930494 AT N02/16687872292/.

There were some gulls flying around the lake, and the only gull that we saw
other than the Ring-billed and Herring was a Lesser Blacked-backed.  It was
a very nice day to be out!

Andrew Miller
Partridge KS

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Subject: Re: Harvey County East Lake
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:14:59 -0600
In the southern part of the county this afternoon I saw some very impressive 
strings of "blackbirds." Two were pushing a half-mile or more in length, and I 
could see at least six big flocks doing their crack the whip flight paths at 
the same time. Probably the most I've seen in the county in 24 years. 

Six pelicans gave the 50 or so sledders on the dam at El Dorado Reservoir a 
heck of a close look today as they flew over the peak of the dam for nearly the 
entire length. 

No sure where they're going to be finding fish in that area for a few days. 
Even the river below the dam was 95-percent ice. 

Michael PearceNewton, America

> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:48:35 -0800
> From: redb819 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET
> Subject: Re: Harvey County East Lake
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
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> In addition to what Gregg reported from earlier today, I had 4 Canvasback, 2 
Hooded Mergansers, 1 Green-Winged Teal along with approx. 85 Snow Goose and 12 
Ross' Goose. The two adult eagles that I saw came over causing the Snows and 
White-Fronted to scramble. The Canada's stayed put, do eagles ever take healthy 
Canada's? Beautiful afternoon to be out. 

> 
> Rod Wedel
> Newton
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Subject: Re: Harvey County East Lake
From: RODNEY WEDEL <redb819 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:48:35 -0800
In addition to what Gregg reported from earlier today, I had 4 Canvasback, 2 
Hooded Mergansers, 1 Green-Winged Teal along with approx. 85 Snow Goose and 12 
Ross' Goose. The two adult eagles that I saw came over causing the Snows and 
White-Fronted to scramble. The Canada's stayed put, do eagles ever take healthy 
Canada's? Beautiful afternoon to be out. 


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Newton

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Subject: Carolina Wrens at Suet Feeders
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:27:09 -0600
I just now had 3 Carolina Wrens at my suet feeders.  That was a first.  I 
have had 2 at the same time but this is the first time for 3. Just bought 
120 more lbs. of Sunflower seed! I've been going through it pretty fast 
with the influx of Red-winged Blackbirds. My all-time high for Northern 
Cardinals at the same time at my feeders has been 17 in Feb. They have been 
going through the Safflower seed pretty fast as well. Still haven't had any 
Pine Siskins or Redpolls.  They would be a nice addition to my feeders.

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler Co.

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Subject: Re: Hays finch - it is a Cassin's
From: Robert Reed <ridgewalkertrent AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:19:14 -0600
Congratulations!  Great find in Kansas!

Are you a tracker asked John Grady?  I can track low flyin birds! ~CORMAC
MACCARTHY

Robert T Reed
Louisburg, Miami Co. KS
On Mar 1, 2015 2:19 PM, "Henry Armknecht"  wrote:

>         The finch stopped by again today.  This is the eighth day it has
> visited since January 18th.  The last previous visit was February
> 21st.  I am now confident that it is indeed a Cassin's Finch. It just
> returned as I am typing this.  After viewing photos from Colorado of
> a Cassin's and a Purple Finch side by side, there is no longer any
> doubt in my mind about the ID of this bird.
>
>         Henry A
>
>         Hays KS
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Subject: HOLA Front Cover Picture
From: Mark Van Horn <mark.e.vanhorn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:59:37 +0100
Hello Kansas Birders,

I’m looking for a good cover photo (anything from the past three months) for 
the Spring issue of the Horned Lark. I also have about a page and a half of 
blank space for additional pictures or any other material that individuals 
would like to provide to the editor. 


Any one have something?  

Sincerely,

Mark Van Horn
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Editor, The Horned Lark, Kansas Ornithological Society
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Subject: Hays finch - it is a Cassin's
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:15:50 -0800
	The finch stopped by again today.  This is the eighth day it has
visited since January 18th.  The last previous visit was February
21st.  I am now confident that it is indeed a Cassin's Finch. It just
returned as I am typing this.  After viewing photos from Colorado of
a Cassin's and a Purple Finch side by side, there is no longer any
doubt in my mind about the ID of this bird.

	Henry A

	Hays KS

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Subject: Re: Pink-sided Junco or not
From: Marky101 <marky101 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:20:32 -0600
To throw my thought in this- I don't see pink-sided here. All juncos have 
"dark" lores. This bird is a first year bird (most likely) and the brown 
extending on the crown rules out pink-sided to me. Plus, pink-sided show a 
distinct cold gray color to the head. This is more like a female Oregon, maybe 
approaching Cassiar traits. Just my two cents. 

-Marky

> On Feb 28, 2015, at 10:31 AM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:
> 
> I took these pictures yesterday of a junco in my yard.  I think it's a pink
> sided.
> 
> 
> 
> https://plus.google.com/photos/100723389144645029797/albums/6120931421263179
> 329?authkey=CKmTm9Lv2e_r7wE
> 
> 
> 
> He/She has a darkish lore, light throat, rufous sides, gray head.
> 
> 
> 
> Looking my National Geographic guide, it seems to be a match.
> 
> 
> 
> If it's not a pink-sided, what is it? An intergrade?
> 
> 
> 
> Jeff Hansen
> 
> Topeka
> 
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Subject: Re: Pink-sided Junco or not
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:02:46 -0800
https://plus.google.com/photos/100723389144645029797/albums/6120931421263179329?authkey=CKmTm9Lv2e_r7wE 


Looks like a Pink-sided Junco to me.

Larry Lade
Saint Joseph, MO



On Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:43 AM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:
 


I took these pictures yesterday of a junco in my yard.  I think it's a pink
sided.



https://plus.google.com/photos/100723389144645029797/albums/6120931421263179
329?authkey=CKmTm9Lv2e_r7wE



He/She has a darkish lore, light throat, rufous sides, gray head.



Looking my National Geographic guide, it seems to be a match.



If it's not a pink-sided, what is it? An intergrade?



Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: County listing deadline March 7, 2015
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:53:13 -0600
Dear County listers,

The deadline for this months county listing will be Saturday March 7, 
2015.

The email address to send your listing to is markeland AT kc.rr.com 

Once again a reminder, please do not use the old kestrelland email address. 
It is no longer used and your listings will not be published. 

The only rule for Kansas county listing is you must have a minimum of 75
species to list in a county. Please send me any updates that you may have
as well as those of your friends that are not on KsBirds. Also, you may
send me your Kansas Life List totals and your totals for 2015. This is the 
last month I will accept your 2014 totals.

To minimize the chance of a virus getting into KsBirds the monthly update
is forwarded to the list owners to post to the list serve. Whenever you
have a change or submission to make to your county lists be sure to send
the change to me and I will do my best not to leave your listing out.

If you have any questions about County listing just drop me an email.

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Overland Park, KS 66207

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Subject: eBird -- Harvey County East Lake -- Mar 1, 2015
From: Gregg Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:27:10 -0600
The small amount of open water at the lake held good numbers of waterfowl at HV 
East Lake today. The oddest thing was finding 7 Great Blue Heron all out in the 
grasslands. 


Gregg Friesen
Harvey County
Friesen.  Fen ton  AT  gmail . Com

frieseng
Mar 1, 2015
Harvey County East Lake
Traveling
4 miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.8
50 Greater White-fronted Goose
3 Cackling Goose
800 Canada Goose
6 American Wigeon
300 Mallard
7 Northern Pintail
8 Redhead
2 Ring-necked Duck
5 Common Goldeneye
15 Common Merganser
7 Great Blue Heron
3 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 American Crow
3 Fox Sparrow (Red)
3 Song Sparrow
13 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Northern Cardinal
150 Red-winged Blackbird



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Subject: Re: Bluebirds at bird bath!
From: Sacie Lambertson <sacie.lambertson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:35:56 -0600
Re Blue Birds and my earlier post expressing surprise to see any drinking
water here, yesterday all of a sudden we had four pairs sitting around the
heated water container.  While many of you say BB are common around your
place, this for me is a first, a delightful one of course.

These days too is awesome to watch the geese flying back and forth across
the sky, sometimes waaaaay up there looking like broken spider webs blown
by the wind, other times so closely overhead their wings whishing sounds as
near as a broom sweeping our deck.  And my goodness they fly
fast--forty-fifty mph Google tells me.

Sacie- in the country near Winchester in NE Kansas.

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM, Mary Dennice Craig 
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> I live SE of Derby. Quite isolated from other homes so to attract any Blue
> bird took years. Drought killed their attempts to nest for two years. Last
> year we had two different nests, at least three successful fledge broods.
> That second pair of bluebirds surprised me. Two weeks ago, two males had a
> fierce fight right before my eyes. And, to today's point, a FLOCK has found
> my small, heated birdbath--well, a big crowd of nine.Only those who read
> these posts can understand my joy. So, thanks for caring.
> Dennice Craig
> (On a still drying pond SE of Derby)
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Subject: Re: Today
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs AT EVERESTKC.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:52:27 -0600
Sorry meant to send that to my old buddy Max and not the list! Still, hope he's 
doing well, and I do miss him!!! 


Chris Hobbs
Lenexa KS
chobbs AT everestkc.net

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Chris Hobbs  wrote:

>You must have the Majority of Pine Siskins in the state! How you're doing well 
- miss you! 

>
>Chris Hobbs 
>
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Subject: Re: Today
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs AT EVERESTKC.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:48:35 -0600
You must have the Majority of Pine Siskins in the state! How you're doing well 
- miss you! 


Chris Hobbs 

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Max Thompson  wrote:

>We have had about 5" of snow so far in Winfield. I put out about 2 lbs of
>sunflower chips out this morning and they are mostly gone. The bird trap I
>use for banding (It is now open to come and go), has probably
>
>30-40 siskins and goldfinches. The other 5 feeders probably have 200 siskins
>and 100 goldfinches. I have now gone through about 150 lbs of chips and the
>bag is getting low. My brother feeds birds at Udall (Cowley) and has fed 250
>of black sunflowers. He has no siskins only goldfinches. Yesterday there
>were probably over 200 Harris's and White-crowns below his feeders, not to
>mention a Roadrunner that loves sparrows to eat!!!  I have a feeder that
>closes when large birds get on it. There are so many siskins and goldfinches
>trying to eat their weight closes it. I keep hoping for something exotic but
>nothing yet.
>
>Max
>
> 
>
>Max C. Thompson
>
>1729 E. 11th Ave.
>
>Winfield, KS 
>
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Subject: Northern Shrike Miami County
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:31:01 -0600
After a call from Matt I made the daring trip to Hillsdale to try and find 
the gulls mentioned earlier as the snow continued to pile up. By time I got 
there the gulls had dispersed. Trent and I scanned the ice edge and were 
able to find a third winter Great Black-backed Gull and some huge immature 
Herrings among the Ring-bills. We had a large flock of American Tree 
Sparrows and juncos near us the entire time. We finally gave up looking for 
other gulls with the snow pelting us in the face and hands and feet 
freezing. 

On my way home I decided to take the birders route home. I turned north at 
255th and Somerset and was amazed to see a Pileated Woodpecker get up out 
of the ditch and fly toward the outbuildings. A fare number of Horned Larks 
were here as well. I followed the road around east to Lackman and turned 
north. Just south of 239th near the tree line I spotted a bird on the power 
line that from a distance looked to be a mockingbird. As I approached it 
became clear this was not a mocker and too late I realized it was a large 
shrike. By time I skidded to a stop I was past it and went just a touch 
further so I wouldn't spook it. As I studied it I noticed the size and the 
build with the thin black stripe through the eye not over it. Then out of 
nowhere came a procession of cars that did spook it off the line. I just 
did not see it fly so am not sure where it went. 

I then went through Bucyrus and headed toward the sod farms in Johnson 
County. Around 207th and Quivira the lake on the north side held some 
waterfowl with a Canvasback, some Ring-necked, Common Goldeneye, and of 
course Mallards. A small lot with cattle to the west had a large flock of 
Red-winged Blackbirds with a number of Rusty Blackbirds two of which looked 
to be bathing in the snow in a pothole in the middle of the road. Just west 
of there was a Loggerhead Shrike. I had seen one here a about a month ago. 
I was now out of time for fun and headed home. 

As I write this a Great Horned Owl is calling from the sycamore across the 
street. A nice silhouette against the gray sky.

Mark Land
Overland Park, Ks 66207

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Subject: Swans in Chase County / 28 February
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:10:54 -0600
I stopped by a very snowy Chase State Fishing Lake w. of Cottonwood Falls
this morning, Saturday, 28 February and had 24 swans mixed in with a wide
assortment of waterfowl at the lone open hole in the ice.

 

Most of the swans had their necks twisted back into sleeping mode, but a few
were actively feeding and of these at least two big ones were obviously
Trumpeters and two smaller ones were yellow-bill-mark Tundras.  Based on
size differences, I'd guess most of the swans were Trumpeters however it was
snowing pretty hard at the time and I wasn't able to study them well.

 

I've been making regular trips to eastern Kansas lately and have been seeing
lots of new neighborhoods and new backroads in some counties I've seldom
birded before.  Very few rarities to report but I've been surprised by a few
things like how common Red-shouldered Hawks are, plus I've also been seeing
Prairie Falcons on every trip, especially in Coffey County.  

 

I had an adult Northern Shrike in Coffey County on 27 February. I doubt if
there are many records for that county.

 

This weather lately has been crazy-cold.  I have yet to see a Killdeer
despite spending a number of days in the field and driving a couple thousand
miles in Kansas these last two weeks, in fact zero shorebirds of any type
which is extremely unusual for me by the start of March.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 


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Subject: Common Redpoll in Shawnee backyard, Johnson County
From: Debbie <debreasoner AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:21:05 -0600
I believe I had a Common Redpoll at a feeder in my backyard today.

 

I only saw it twice.  The first time I just got a quick glimpse of the top
of the head and thought it was a Redpoll.  I grabbed my camera, the second
time she came, I saw her back first and wondered what it was, then saw the
profile and realized it was the Redpoll.

 

I live fairly close to Nancy Clark, she reported a Redpoll in her back yard
a couple of months ago, so I don't know if this could be the same one, but I
have been watching my feeders closely ever since she reported seeing one.

 

I hope it comes back tomorrow and I can get better photos. These are all I
could get today.

 

https://debbiereasonersphotos.shutterfly.com/birds/289

 

Debbie Reasoner

Shawnee, KS

 


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Subject: Hillsdale Lake/Miami County Gulls
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:12:15 -0600
We had good gulls at Hillsdale Lake in Miami County this morning, viewed
from the shelter just east of Jayhawk Marina.  We saw 2 immature Great
Black-backed, 2 immature Glaucous, and 5 Thayer's of various ages in the
early morning light before the snow and cold drove us away.  A Great
Black-backed lingered for others to see later in the morning and early
afternoon.  Thanks to Greyson Yerby for finding a GBBG earlier in the week.

Full ebird list below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22105804

Good birding

Malcolm Gold
http://mcmdgold.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/

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Subject: Eastern Towhee - Shawnee, Johnson Co
From: John McConnell <macjohn4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:44:54 -0600
We had an eastern towhee visit our backyard for the first time on 12/31.  
Haven't seen him since... until today.  Showed back up with the ground 
birds eating seed in the snow.


Here's a picture
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Subject: Today
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:17:23 -0600
We have had about 5" of snow so far in Winfield. I put out about 2 lbs of
sunflower chips out this morning and they are mostly gone. The bird trap I
use for banding (It is now open to come and go), has probably

30-40 siskins and goldfinches. The other 5 feeders probably have 200 siskins
and 100 goldfinches. I have now gone through about 150 lbs of chips and the
bag is getting low. My brother feeds birds at Udall (Cowley) and has fed 250
of black sunflowers. He has no siskins only goldfinches. Yesterday there
were probably over 200 Harris's and White-crowns below his feeders, not to
mention a Roadrunner that loves sparrows to eat!!!  I have a feeder that
closes when large birds get on it. There are so many siskins and goldfinches
trying to eat their weight closes it. I keep hoping for something exotic but
nothing yet.

Max

 

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1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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