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2 Apr Nancy Beard obituary [Pete Janzen ]
2 Apr Galena Black Vulture [Jenn Rader ]
2 Apr White tailed Kite Kiowa [Henry Armknecht ]
30 Mar Whooping Cranes Ellis Co [Henry Armknecht ]
31 Mar Re: Whooping Cranes Ellis Co [Elmer Finck ]
30 Mar Ellis County Bonaparte's Gull [Henry Armknecht ]
31 Mar Labette County Cattle Egret [Richard Tucker ]
31 Mar Snowy Egrets - Manhattan [David Rintoul ]
29 Mar Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County [Malcolm Gold ]
30 Mar Re: Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
30 Mar Re: Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County [Brandon Magette ]
29 Mar No Flicker vs my chimney [Dan ]
1 Apr Surf Scoter [redb819 ]
31 Mar Morris-Dickinson-Marion Counties March 31 [Pete Janzen ]
31 Mar Tuttle Creek [Doris Burnett ]
1 Apr Birds [Paul Griffin ]
1 Apr Surf Scoter - Marion Reservoir [Lloyd Davies ]
29 Mar Whooping Cranes continue Ellis County [Henry Armknecht ]
31 Mar Quivira / 30 March [Scott Seltman ]
1 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Apr 1, 2017 [Gregg Friesen ]
29 Mar Eulalia Lewis [Max Thompson ]
29 Mar Nature Conservancy's Birding Challenge [Robert Penner ]
29 Mar Avian Conservationist of the Year Award [Robert Penner ]
28 Mar Whoopers still here - Ellis County [Henry Armknecht ]
28 Mar Wichita Yellow-crowned Night-Herons [Kevin Groeneweg ]
28 Mar EABL eggs in March [Lawrence Herbert ]
28 Mar Butler Co waterthrush [Pete Janzen ]
28 Mar Sighting & Question from Bourbon Co. [Daniel Kerr ]
28 Mar Eastern Screech Owl.... [Andrew Burnett ]
27 Mar Whooping Cranes Ellis County - put to bed? [Henry Armknecht ]
28 Mar Linn and Bourbon Counties Today [Kevin Groeneweg ]
28 Mar Brown Thrasher ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
27 Mar Cranes are back Ellis County [Henry Armknecht ]
27 Mar FOS Brown Thrasher [Larry & Pam Houston ]
27 Mar Quivira Whoopers [Paul Griffin ]
27 Mar Fort Riley Birds [Jeff Keating ]
27 Mar Miscellaneous sightings [Carol Morgan ]
27 Mar Louisiana Waterthrush []
27 Mar Elk and Greenwood counties [Tom Ewert ]
27 Mar No Sighting - Burroughs Audubon Society Event [Linda Williams ]
27 Mar Yellow-throated Warbler, Schermerhorn Park, Galena [Jenn Rader ]
27 Mar Kearny County Birds; 26 MAR 2017 [Tom SHANE ]
27 Mar Milford waterfowl survey and other [Calvin Wohler ]
26 Mar EABL nest with eggs in March [Lawrence Herbert ]
26 Mar Seasonality of Kansas Sparrows [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
26 Mar Whooping Cranes Ellis County [Henry Armknecht ]
26 Mar Chickadees and more [Jeff Hansen ]
26 Mar Burcham Park ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
26 Mar Linn County - Burroughs Field-trip Report [Malcolm Gold ]
26 Mar Quivira Whooping Crane update 26 March 2017 [Barry Jones ]
26 Mar Quivira Whooping Cranes [Paul Griffin ]
23 Mar Habitat improvement at Oak Park-Honeysuckle removal -This Saturday [Pete Janzen ]
24 Mar Little Blue Heron Harvey county [Schwab Carolyn ]
25 Mar Re: Quivira Whooping Crane update 25 March 2017 [Gregg Friesen ]
25 Mar Williamson's sapsucker and GC sparrow, both continue [Carol Morgan ]
25 Mar Quivira Whooping Crane update 25 March 2017 [Barry Jones ]
25 Mar Re: Recent Notables SE KS..... [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
25 Mar sparrows ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
24 Mar Recent Notables SE KS..... [Andrew Burnett ]
21 Mar Red-Shouldered Hawks ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
24 Mar Re: Quivira Pileated 24 March 2017 [Scott Seltman ]
24 Mar Quivira Pileated 24 March 2017 [Barry Jones ]
23 Mar Kansas Birding Big Year deadline to participate [mike rader ]
24 Mar Re: Otoe Williamson's Sapsucker [Dave Klema ]
22 Mar Vesper Sparrows [Dan Hoobler ]
25 Mar Re: sparrows [Lawrence Herbert ]
25 Mar Quivira 3/24/17 [mike rader ]
19 Mar Williamson's​ Sapsucker [Andrew Burnett ]
19 Mar Re: Long-tailed Duck at Tuttle Dam [Dan ]
19 Mar Suet Log Feeder [Jeff Hansen ]
19 Mar Purple Finches [Jeff Hansen ]
19 Mar Sapsucker Updates? [Brandon Magette ]
19 Mar Long-tailed Duck at Tuttle Dam [Brett Sandercock ]
19 Mar Labette County birds [Richard Tucker ]
19 Mar Bewick's Wren - Dodge City [Jeff Calhoun ]
19 Mar Sunday Morning: Burcham ["Antonio, Robert J." ]

Subject: Nancy Beard obituary
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:03:47 -0500
Known primarily to Wichita Audubon members, Nancy Beard passed away this 
past Thursday.  Her husband Bill Beard preceded her in death several 
years ago.  The Beards were dedicated birders and were certainly 
memorable members of WAS.  In retrospect, their North Carolina accents 
and mannerisms. and Bill's colorful and lengthy observations on birding 
and life in general were under-appreciated, at least by me.  A great 
person who loved the birds.


http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansas/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-a-beard&pid=184797685&fhid=4861 




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Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Galena Black Vulture
From: Jenn Rader <jennrader34 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:14:31 +0000
On my way back from running a couple of errands in Jopin, I decided to take
a quick cruise along Stateline road heading south. Turned out alright for
me, as I spotted a Black Vulture around Stateline and Carver Hill Rd. This
is on the KS side, so yay!
Seeing and hearing quite a few Chipping Sparrows around as well.
Beautiful day out there today!

Jenn Rader
Galena, KS
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Jenn Rader
Galena, KS

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Subject: White tailed Kite Kiowa
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:30:18 -0500
Jeff Calhoun and I found the white tailed kite reported yesterday from Kiowa 
county just south of Greensburg. 


Henry A. 
Hays
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Subject: Whooping Cranes Ellis Co
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:29:23 -0500
The cranes (at least 2) were still at the same location (at the pond) at 8
pm tonight.

 

This location is only visible from the highway about .8 miles north of the
intersection of highway 183 and Saline River Road 16 miles north of Hays.

 

Henry A

Hays


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Subject: Re: Whooping Cranes Ellis Co
From: Elmer Finck <efinck AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:02:28 +0000
Henry -- LaVonne and I went out there for lunch today around noon and saw four 
Whooping Crane about 60 to 80 m from the fence line. We watched them for about 
45 minutes and then they flew to the pond about 200 m north of where we saw 
them. It was a lifer for both of us. Thank you for posting. Saludos y nos vemos 
más tarde, EJF 


Elmer J. Finck, Professor 
Associate Curator of Mammals and Birds
Department of Biological Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099
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"If the eyes had no tears, the soul would have no rainbow." Native American 
Proverb 


 

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Behalf Of Henry Armknecht 

Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:29 PM
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Subject: Whooping Cranes Ellis Co

The cranes (at least 2) were still at the same location (at the pond) at 8 pm 
tonight. 


 

This location is only visible from the highway about .8 miles north of the 
intersection of highway 183 and Saline River Road 16 miles north of Hays. 


 

Henry A

Hays


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Subject: Ellis County Bonaparte's Gull
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:33:57 -0500
After seeing that the cranes were still here, I spent a little time driving
some roads and checking some spots that I thought might hold birds.  For the
most part, it was pretty quiet, but I did find a lone Bonaparte's Gull on a
farm pond a few miles east of the cranes.  For most of you, that might not
be a big deal, but in Ellis County, any gull is a find.  I have had
Ring-billed in the county twice, Franklin's twice, Bonaparte's twice, and
Sabine's once.

 

Henry A

Hays


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Subject: Labette County Cattle Egret
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:16:27 -0500
Yesterday, March 30, there was a lone Cattle Egret feeding in the damp yard
in front of Labette Health in Parsons.  It seems this may be an early date
for this species.

 

Rick Tucker

Parsons

Labette County 


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Subject: Snowy Egrets - Manhattan
From: David Rintoul <drintoul AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:12:03 +0000
On the way home from work yesterday Elizabeth and I found 15 Snowy Egrets 
huddled in a dead tree along the creek that crosses College Avenue between 
Marlatt and Kimball, Manhattan KS. There is a pond in the subdivision near that 
tree, and the creek was running pretty full, so there could have been more at 
those attractions. But that is a large number of Egrets to find in spring here; 
I presume that the cold rainy weather and north winds made them decide to stop 
over for a bit. 


Cheers

Dave

David A. Rintoul, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Graduate Program Director
Biology Division - Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506
ICBM: 39.1926N, 96.5842W


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Subject: Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:58:38 -0500
Just passing along information.

Kelli Egbert reported a VERMILION FLYCATCHER late this evening to the
Kansas Birding Facebook group.

The bird was seen along 215th street along the Miami and Johnson County
line just east of Spring Hill and west of Renner Road. Location of the bird
at sunset was 38.73867,-94.7840953.

Malcolm Gold

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Subject: Re: Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:12:35 -0500
I was out of state for a few days and abhor writing lengthy messages on my 
phone, so just decided to wait until I got home to comment on this.

This is the 6th Vermilion Flycatcher (please note just one L in Vermilion - a 
very common mistake!) in Kansas in the past 17 months (dating back to 11 
October 2015.) If you recall - there was one seen in Johnson County April 11 
last year. The KBRC has received two reports on this bird - thank you to 
those folks for submitting them. Three of those reports have come from 
eastern Kansas (Johnson/Miami, Johnson, Neosho counties) and three from 
southwestern Kansas (Hodgeman, Seward, Stanton counties). 

When I saw the report and the photos last night I was not surprised. If you 
think about the strong weather pattern that has been impacting Kansas the 
past few days, it was a powerful low pressure system that stretched well 
down into the normal range of Vermilion Flycatcher with some powerful 
winds. What it also points out is that we need to be alert to the possibility 
of 

other southwestern species having been blown in to the state by the same 
storm, or possibly future storms the way the forecast is looking!

Vermilion Flycatchers in Kansas have a hisotry of being one day wonders. 
The Johnson County bird of last year was less than 24 hours on gone; same 
for the Neosho County bird of October 2015; no repeat finds in the southwest 
birds from last spring either. The one "recent" exception to that was the 
Washington County bird on Warren Buss's farm in September 2006 that was 
seen from September 11 though September 24. You may also want to pay 
attention on every 11th of the month however. The 2006 Vermilion was first 
seen on September 11th. The Johnson County bird of 2016 was seen on 
April 11th and the October 2015 bird was seen on October11. 
Coincidence???????

Chuck

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Subject: Re: Vermillion Flycatcher - Miami/Johnson County
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:41:06 -0500
Only birds blown into Pottawatomie county are Blue-winged Teal... Hundreds
of them, in every mud puddle available.

Brandon Magette of St Marys KS. Mobile at 785-844-0139

On Mar 30, 2017 9:12 PM, "Chuck & Jaye Otte"  wrote:

> I was out of state for a few days and abhor writing lengthy messages on my
> phone, so just decided to wait until I got home to comment on this.
>
> This is the 6th Vermilion Flycatcher (please note just one L in Vermilion
> - a
> very common mistake!) in Kansas in the past 17 months (dating back to 11
> October 2015.) If you recall - there was one seen in Johnson County April
> 11
> last year. The KBRC has received two reports on this bird - thank you to
> those folks for submitting them. Three of those reports have come from
> eastern Kansas (Johnson/Miami, Johnson, Neosho counties) and three from
> southwestern Kansas (Hodgeman, Seward, Stanton counties).
>
> When I saw the report and the photos last night I was not surprised. If you
> think about the strong weather pattern that has been impacting Kansas the
> past few days, it was a powerful low pressure system that stretched well
> down into the normal range of Vermilion Flycatcher with some powerful
> winds. What it also points out is that we need to be alert to the
> possibility of
> other southwestern species having been blown in to the state by the same
> storm, or possibly future storms the way the forecast is looking!
>
> Vermilion Flycatchers in Kansas have a hisotry of being one day wonders.
> The Johnson County bird of last year was less than 24 hours on gone; same
> for the Neosho County bird of October 2015; no repeat finds in the
> southwest
> birds from last spring either. The one "recent" exception to that was the
> Washington County bird on Warren Buss's farm in September 2006 that was
> seen from September 11 though September 24. You may also want to pay
> attention on every 11th of the month however. The 2006 Vermilion was first
> seen on September 11th. The Johnson County bird of 2016 was seen on
> April 11th and the October 2015 bird was seen on October11.
> Coincidence???????
>
> Chuck
>
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Chuck & Jaye Otte      mailto:otte2 AT cox.net
> 613 Tamerisk
> Junction City Kansas USA 66441
> 785-238-8800
>
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Subject: No Flicker vs my chimney
From: Dan <browndog06 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:46:11 -0500
Today a Northern Flicker has established a drumming post atop my chimney. 
Apparently, the metal cap that tops the metal chimney leading up from my cast 
iron wood stove makes for a very pleasing resonance chamber for him. I'm 
waiting for some firewood to dry sufficiently to test the thermal tolerance of 
his pointy little feet. I feel confident that man shall, once again, prevail 
over the encroaching wild. 


Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Subject: Surf Scoter
From: redb819 <redb819 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:28:50 -0500
    
The male Surf Scoter is still at Marion Res. as of 5 minutes ago. It is in 
front of the outlet jetties. 

Rod WedelNewton


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Subject: Morris-Dickinson-Marion Counties March 31
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:01:57 -0500
Yet another county listing spin with Kevin Groeneweg and Tom Ewert 
today.   In general a variety of waterfowl and sparrows were seen.  
Horned Grebes at multiple locations

In no particular order, a few notables were:

Surf Scoter-adult male along the dam at Marion Reservoir, Marion County.

Horned Grebe-20+ at Lake Kahola (Chase and Morris Counties)

Bald Eagle-one on the nest at Lake Kahola, the other adult in attendance 
nearby

La. Waterthrush-one singing in Morris Co. near Kahola

Bonaparte's Gulls-moderate sized flocks in flooded fields in Morris and 
Marion Co.

Osprey, Common Loon and two Red-breasted Mergansers at Council Grove 
City Lake (Morris Co.)

Bewick's Wren-Two at Herington City Lake (DIckinson Co)

Fish Crow-1 calling at Kelso Rd Bridge (Morrison)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-2 at Kelso Rd Bridge

Greater Prairie-chicken-flock of 24 flushed by N. Harrier 2 miles south 
of Herington, Dickinson Co.

YB Sapsucker-Morrison and Geary Counties

Tree Swallow-a few at Herington City Lake

I think that is most of the good stuff.

Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Tuttle Creek
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:19:45 -0500
Drive through the River Pond on my way home today. There were several
Bonaparte's  Gulls and a bunch of Ring-bills at the tubes. The have opened
the gates so water is really flowing.  There were more than 15 Great Egrets
at the beaver pond.. They were in and out of the cattails. There was also
nice little flock of warbles at the beach. The light way terrible.  They
looked like Blackpolls but it was difficult to tell. They had no yellow
that was visible in flight or foraging in the trees.  If they were
Yellow-rumped they were not in breeding plumage yet.

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Subject: Birds
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:15:53 -0500
Hi Folks,

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see a fully yellow male Goldfinch at 
my feeders here in Riverside in Wichita. I still have at least one Red-breasted 
Nuthatch that has been here all winter, which is a first for me. I have many 
House finches, Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, some Starlings and a few Goldfinches, 
a few Grackles, I hear Red-winged Blackbirds. Mourning Doves and a couple of 
days ago 2 Eurasian Collared Doves were at my bird bath. A lot of Robins 
around, a few Carolina Wrens, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches and a 
Titmouse every now and then. Some of the birds are collecting nesting material. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Wichita

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Subject: Surf Scoter - Marion Reservoir
From: Lloyd Davies <ldavies AT GPCN.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:43:23 -0500
Surf Scoter was there with lots of Coots near the west side of the spillway
gates, along the dam, about noon.  Pretty easy to pick out once you see
that orange bill.  Dives for long periods.  I counted at least 30 seconds.

Very cool

Lloyd Davies
Marion, Kansas

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Subject: Whooping Cranes continue Ellis County
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:18:29 -0500
The Whooping Cranes were observed on the pond just east of highway 183 less
than two miles south of the Rooks/Ellis County line.  I observed them at
about 6:40 pm today.

 

Henry A

Hays


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Subject: Quivira / 30 March
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:17:49 -0500
I should have posted this yesterday.  Sorry.  I drove home through Quivira's
Big Salt Marsh on Thursday afternoon, 30 March.  There were many many birds
to sort through, but I didn't find anything I would consider rare.  It was a
little windier than I like.  I think it rained about 2" and many pools were
much higher than my previous visits. 

 

Shorebirds were present in fair numbers considering the date.  I added a
number of FOS birds to my personal list including: Snowy Plover, Pectoral,
Baird's, Semipalmated Sandpiper and one Dunlin in very drab mid-winter
plumage.  One mystery sandpiper seemed structurally like a Stilt Sandpiper
but was much whiter below and paler above than any I've ever seen; it was an
intriguing individual and reminded me of a winter Sanderling with a long
bill, but my view was too brief and too distant for a positive ID.

 

Other notables included a pair of Cinnamon Teal on the north side of the
road just west of the Wildlife Drive entrance.  A male Greater Scaup was
swimming with Lessers in the long skinny pool at the SE side of the Wildlife
Drive.  Both Bald Eagles were at the nest south of the Big Salt Marsh with
one adult standing on the edge of the nest and looking down, kinda like they
do when eggs have hatched (?).   One or more Short-eared Owls were flying
around in late afternoon along the north edge of the Big Salt Marsh, perhaps
a little extra hungry after a couple days of heavy rain.  I saw zero cranes,
white or gray.

 

I saw few birds of interest in Pratt County during the week.  I had Just a
few Chestnut-collared Longspurs and about 5 lingering Lapland Longspurs in
Pratt County on 29 March.  A late-ish Rough-legged Hawk was in Pawnee County
on 28 March and I had two Ferruginous Hawks in a dogtown near our house back
on 21 March.  

 

Otherwise, I've just not seen much of interest.  Lots of sparrows
everywhere.  I've been checking out every odd thing I see, making lots of
U-turns along major highways, doing my best to come up with a Vermilion
Flycatcher or something, but it's just not happening.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas 

 

 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Apr 1, 2017
From: Gregg Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:17:06 -0500
The Kauffman Museum / Bethel College / North Newton bird walk drew in 5 birders 
and 21 species of birds today. Of note, Yellow-rumped Warblers are taking on 
summer colors and look great. The Cooper's Hawks appear to have finished their 
nest and one was sitting up nearby doing little today. Not too spring-like with 
the birds apart from a few very vociferous Eastern Phoebes and the local pack 
of Turkey Vultures. Ebird list below. 


Gregg Friesen 
Newton, KS (Harvey County)

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Subject: eBird Report - Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Apr 1, 2017

Sand Creek at Bethel College, North Newton, Harvey, Kansas, US
Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
21 species

Turkey Vulture  12
Cooper's Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  5
Purple Martin  1
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  38
European Starling  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10     Some changing to breeding plumage
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Harris's Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  18
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35604818

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



-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS
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Subject: Eulalia Lewis
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:36:31 -0500
Just wanted to let all that knew her that Eulalia Lewis passed away on March
13 at the age of 91. The Lewis's did a lot of birding in Kansas and birded
all 105 counties before they left for New Mexico. If you would like to send
Gene an email, it is EUGENE LEWIS emerlew AT gilanet.com.

Max

 

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Nature Conservancy's Birding Challenge
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:17:08 +0000
All Nature Conservancy programs have been invited to participate in a 
cross-organization "Birding Challenge." The goal is to count as many species of 
birds, in one day, on lands and waters that The Nature Conservancy had a role 
in protecting. Kansas has accepted this challenge and it will take place on 
Saturday, May 13, which is also International Migratory Bird Day. 

We are looking for volunteers to help with the bird count at various preserve 
locations. We have organized surveys at some of our protect lands and for those 
sites where we have no organized survey, I am hoping that some of you birders 
will bird those sites and send me your checklist. This event should be a fun 
and exciting opportunity to work together and recognize the importance of our 
work in Kansas and see how we stack up against other states. The categories we 
will be competing in are: 1. Single preserve or protected area with the highest 
number of species 2. The state with the highest number of species 3. The state 
with the highest percentage of birds seen on the official state bird list 

The protected lands with organized surveys in which will need skilled birders
* Smoky Valley 
Ranch, 
south of Oakley 

* Public Hiking Trails, Konza 
Prairie, 
south of Manhattan 

* Tallgrass Prairie National 
Preserve, 
north of Strong City 

*        Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Preserve east of Cassoday
*        Dingus Natural Area, near Mound City
THE PROTECTED LANDS WE HOPE A BIRDER WILL SURVEY FOR US AND SEND ME THE RESULTS
* Anderson County 
Prairies, 
near Garnett 

*        Cherokee County Wetlands, near Chetopa
*        Big Basin Prairie Preserve, near Minneola
*        Jamestown Wildlife Area, near Jamestown
*        McPherson Valley Wetlands Wildlife Area, near McPherson
*        Marais des Cygnes NWR, near Mound City
*
*        Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
* For more information, or to RSVP, Please indicate your preference of a 
preserve location. 


Robert L. Penner II  Ph.D.      The Nature Conservancy
Cheyenne Bottoms                                          593 NE 130 Avenue
& Avian Programs Manager                           Ellinwood, KS 67526

rpenner AT tnc.org
(620) 786-4745

nature.org


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Subject: Avian Conservationist of the Year Award
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000
The Kansas Ornithological Society's is still looking for nominations for the 
Avian Conservationist of the Year Award. The Award is given to an individual 
for making significant contributions to bird conservation and/or education. 
Nominations should be made for outstanding work in bird conservation, through 
the management or preservation of habitats, education or research. A nominee 
may be any professional, volunteer, educator or other person that has 
accomplished significant contributions in any of the areas listed. The 
accomplishment should reflect a long-time commitment to bird conservation 
and/or education within the State of Kansas. This award will be presented 
during the fall annual meeting or if the awardee cannot attend, arrangements 
will be made to have the award delivered. 


I have heard through the grapevine that a couple of my friends had nominations 
ready for last year, but just got too busy to send those in. The result is we 
didn't give the award last year. So if you have nominations left over or are 
willing to write a new one, please send them to me before the July 1st 
deadline. 



Robert L. Penner II  Ph.D.      The Nature Conservancy
Cheyenne Bottoms                                          593 NE 130 Avenue
& Avian Programs Manager                           Ellinwood, KS 67526

rpenner AT tnc.org
(620) 786-4745

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Subject: Whoopers still here - Ellis County
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:29:30 -0500
My nephew who originally found the birds just reported that the Whooping
Cranes are on the same field as the past two days.  This is on the NE corner
of Highway 183 and River road 16 miles north of Hays.  They are visible both
from the county road and the highway.

 

Henry A.

Hay


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Subject: Wichita Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:17:20 +0000
Late this afternoon I decided to check to see if the Yellow-crowned 
Night-Herons were back in their usual SE Wichita neighborhood. Four flew into 
the trees along Elpyco just north of Kinkaid, appearing to have come from 
Gypsum creek just to the east. 


Kevin GroenewegWichita

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Subject: EABL eggs in March
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:04:42 -0500
The other day I mentioned bluebird eggs in late March
here in Cherokee County.  I incorrectly thought that they
were early.
In my defense, your honor, I was thinking February!
"Bluebird Bob" in Pittsburg corrected me.  There are plenty
of eastern bluebird nests and eggs in late March.
I wouldn't have to check my records in the garage to know
that is correct.
I am surprized that Bob was the only person to correct me.
Good birding,
Larry, in Joplin, MO.
Lawrence Herbert  certhia13 AT gmail.com                3-28-17.

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Subject: Butler Co waterthrush
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:54:43 -0500
Stopped at a bridge about 5 miles east of Rose Hill this am and a Louisiana 
Waterthrush was singing away. 

Pete Janzen. Wichita

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Subject: Sighting & Question from Bourbon Co.
From: Daniel Kerr <daniel.adjuster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:02:12 -0500
Swallows are back, coursing over the family watershed.

Yesterday morning, I was outside at about 5am and heard an owl shrieking
above me in flight and then moments later down the in the field.  I don't
know if this was a Barn Owl or a juvenile Barred Owl.  I referenced the
vocalizations from the Sibley app on my phone and its just a bit hard to
say with certainty which it is.  Is this the time of year for a juvenile
Barred Owl to be out and about?

Best,

-- 
Daniel Kerr
Fort Scott, KS

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Subject: Eastern Screech Owl....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:47:14 -0500
Had a relative post on Facebook that he had a couple "hoot" owls in his
tree.

Upon investigation it appeared that in the tree were two Eastern Screech
Owls.  One grey and one red individual.  The red individual was at most
about half the size of the grey.  According to the relative the smaller
individual had been on the same branch for about a week.  Birds of Kansas
has fledgling dates much later than this.  Is it possible this is an early
fledgling?

Here is a link to eBird with a photo of the pair...
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35482823


Andrew
rural Erie, KS

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Subject: Whooping Cranes Ellis County - put to bed?
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:43:58 -0500
My nephew contacted me this afternoon to let me know that the Whooping
Cranes were back in the same field.  I went out and watched the four adult
birds until they took off and headed north.  I headed north on the highway
parallel to them, but quickly lost sight of them due to a deep cut through
the river bluffs.  On top, I pulled out at the first opportunity and could
not locate them.  I went back and found that they had landed at a pond about
˝ mile north of their former feeding location.  Eric Hough was stopped
watching them.  The pond is right at the base of the river bluffs.  They
seemed to be settling in for the night, I had errands to run, so I returned
to Hays.  With the north wind, I expect that these birds will be at the same
location in the morning.

 

Henry A

Hays


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Subject: Linn and Bourbon Counties Today
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:37:28 +0000
Malcolm Gold's recent post on the Burroughs trip to Marais des Cygnes caused me 
to make the trip to Linn county that I've been putting off all month. However, 
I decided to hit Bourbon county first, where the birding turned out to be 
pretty good and consumed most of the morning. I started at Bourbon SFL with 
typical waterfowl-free results. Brown Thrashers have really moved into that 
area. I moved on to the Bronson sewer ponds. On the way I had a nice flock of 
American Golden-Plovers on a recent burn in Allen county. The sewer ponds 
turned out to be quite productive, with a few duck and shorebird species, 
including 16 Pectoral Sandpipers, 6 Greater and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 6 
Wilson's Snipe. One Bonaparte's Gull was also present. Most of the shorebirds 
flew back and forth across the road into Allen county for a listing two-fer. At 
Elm Creek Lake there was a flock of 22 American Golden-Plovers and several 
ducks. Lake Fort Scott had a large raft of ducks being harassed by a pair of 
Bald Eagles. Fish Crows were noted at a few Bourbon County locations. At Marais 
des Cygnes and Linn County Park things were pretty much as Malcolm described. I 
counted 24 American Golden-Plovers at unit F. At Linn County Park I counted 4 
Common Loons (one in breeding plumage) and 7 Horned Grebes. 

Kevin GroenewegWichita 

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Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:04:33 +0000
Singing at 7PM near Chancellors Residence at ku. 
Bob Antonio Lawrence

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Subject: Cranes are back Ellis County
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:28:51 -0500
My nephew just texted to let me know that the Whooping Cranes are back on
the Ellis County field 16 miles north of Hays.

 

Henry A.

 

Hays


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Subject: FOS Brown Thrasher
From: Larry & Pam Houston <houstons4mail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:25:26 -0500
Had a Brown Thrasher under my feeder in southern Overland Park this morning.

Larry Houston

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Subject: Quivira Whoopers
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:29:26 -0500
I haven’t seen any reports of Whoopers at Quivira since yesterday morning. 
I’m amusing that means they aren’t there. Does anyone know what their 
status is. 


Paul Griffin, Wichita
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Subject: Fort Riley Birds
From: Jeff Keating <jffkeats AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:13:47 -0500
While out in Maneuver E on Fort Riley (Riley County) looking for greater
prairie-chickens, I also encountered 2 short-eared owls, ring-necked
pheasants, E and W meadowlarks, and lots of hawks (N harrier, red-tailed
and rough-legged). Then, in the northeast corner of TA 46, in the recently
burned road median, were dozens of killdeer, 2 American golden plovers, and
about 30 American pipit. Three species I have not seen since 2012, all
ticked off in one morning! Other FOS birds were savannah and field
sparrows.

Jeff Keating
Fort Riley

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Subject: Miscellaneous sightings
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:30:47 -0500
I had a report from a fellow Topekan of a bald eagle nest near Council
Grove Lake in Morris County.  Since there is only one other documented
eagle nest in that county (to my knowledge) I drove there this morning to
take a look.  I found the nest on the east side of Hwy 177 opposite the Dam
Road entrance to Council Grove Reservoir.  The nest is in an isolated
tree.  An adult and one eaglet were observed on the nest and another adult
was flying overhead.

I also birded the Council Grove Wildlife Area of Munkers Creek and found
many expected species, but of note for me was a winter wren and a barred
owl.

On my way home to Topeka, I drove around Lake Wabaunsee.  Lots of
bufflehead and lesser scaup were present, but the best bird was a common
loon, a species not commonly reported for that county for lack of lakes.

Have a good, birdy day,
Carol Morgan
Topeka, Shawnee County

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: jandlbosnak AT KC.RR.COM
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:32:55 +0000
We heard our FOS Louisiana Waterthrush along the Blue River on our walk at the 
Wilderness Wetlands, 167th and Nall, Overland Park, at 9:15 am this morning. 


John and Laura Bosnak
Overland Park,KS

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Subject: Elk and Greenwood counties
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:05:21 -0500
KS Birders,
I spent some time yesterday in Elk and Greenwood counties, mostly around
Severy, Howard and Moline. The best bird was probably a winter adult
Bonaparte's gull on the Howard WTP, not currently on the county list. There
was a Ring-billed gull on the wetlands just north of there, which flew over
to the WTP while I was watching, and made for good comparisons. A Purple
martin was also flying over the WTP. Lots of good ducks there also.
At Moline south city lake there was a Barn swallow sitting on a wire and
somebody doing target practice (I presume) behind the hill so I didn't stay
long. A Bald Eagle flew over the north city lake and was the only bird seen
there except a couple dozen coots.
The highlight was several flocks of American Golden Plovers. I first
encountered 12 in a small burn north of Severy lake. Then in a large
burned-over field a couple miles north of US400 just before the Butler Co
line there were probably 80 in the field. Another pasture in Butler,
northwest of Baumont had around 70 but they were pretty far away.

Good birding,
Tom Ewert
Wichita

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Subject: No Sighting - Burroughs Audubon Society Event
From: Linda Williams <lkwilliams AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:24:49 -0500
Deadline for tickets/reservation:  April 2

KSBIRDS Friends - you are invited!

Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City is excited to announce our 
annual dinner and fundraiser on April 8 which will feature the bird bander, 
researcher and natural history author Scott Weidensaul who will be speaking 
about Project SNOWstorm, the research effort he co-founded in the winter of 
2013-2014 to track and study Snowy Owls. On Sunday morning, Scott will be 
joining us for a birding trip to Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. 


Details and registration form at: 
http://burroughs.org/2017/02/evening-scott-weidensaul/ 
 


Thank you,
Linda Williams
President, Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City
lkwilliams AT kc.rr.com 


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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Schermerhorn Park, Galena
From: Jenn Rader <jennrader34 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:14:04 -0500
Good Morning,

Just a quick note from Schermerhorn Park in Galena. Had a Yellow-throated
Warbler sing twice from a sycamore down by Shoal Creek this morning.
According to Birds Of Kansas, the early date is March 29.


Jenn Rader
Galena, KS

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Subject: Kearny County Birds; 26 MAR 2017
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:19:06 +0000
Sara and I made a run out to the Deerfield Lane (Kearny County) to check on 
Curlews, the tally was zero. We did flush one Lark Bunting male which was in a 
unique plumage, but in a blink of an eye I had a car on my back bumper. As 
usual by the time I got turned around and back the bird was not gone, wish I 
had secured a photo. We also had 210 Snow Geese and one Ross's Goose at 
Deerfield Feeders. Tom and Sara Shane 


"More than One Way to Skin a Cheerful-chirpy." From B & Z (2001), KS BBS data, 
RA (average number of birds / BBS route) in stratum w/ greatest abundance for 
the following Emberizids: CHSP 2.8; FISP; 9.2; LASP; 6.1; LARB 103.2; & GRSP 
37.2. Not enough space for comments on shades of gray. If a beginner can read 
this then they probably don't qualify for beginner status. To be honest, I have 
been bird watching for 55 years and I'm still at the intermediate level of 
birding. Conclusion; I'm not sure what highway we are on. TS in GC 67846 


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Subject: Milford waterfowl survey and other
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:42:00 +0000
On 3/24/17 the final waterfowl survey of the season for Milford Lake was taken, 
it will start again next Sept. A staff member from KDWPT and myself conducted 
this survey on Friday instead of Thursday due to some conflicts. Starting to 
see some new birds along with shorebirds. I did some birding in several areas 
of upper Milford after the waterfowl survey. I recorded 67 species for the day. 
Waterfowl were: 


Greater White-fronted Goose--50

Snow Goose--70

Cackling Goose--5

Canada Goose--56

Wood Ducks--2

Mallard--178

Blue-winged Teal--720

Northern Shoveler--880

Northern Pintail--5

Green-winged Teal--475

Lesser Scaup--1

Bufflehead--29

Rudy Duck--4

Pied-billed Grebe--2

American Coot--290

Common Loon--1      Along face of Milford dam


Shorebirds were:

American Golden-plover--1

Killdeer--135

Pectoral Sandpiper--12

Greater Yellowlegs--5

Lesser Yellowlegs--1


Other birds of some importance:

Ring-necked Pheasant--4

Wild Turkey--70

Ring-billed Gull--55

Double-crested Cormorant--10    (FOS)

American White Pelican--125

Great Blue Heron--55

Turkey Vulture--35       FOS on 3/18/17

Bald Eagle--15

Northern Harrier--6

Coopers Hawk--1

Red-tailed Hawk--17

Great Horned Owl--  Same one reported before--on nest

Belted Kingfisher--1

Red-bellied wp--9

Downy wp--3

Northern Flicker--11

American Kestrel--5

Eastern Phoebe--7   FOS on 3/22/17

Black-capped Chickadee--2

Tufted Titmouse--1

Carolina Wren--1

Eastern bluebird--5

American Robin--80

Chipping Sp--2   (FOS)

Field Sp--  (FOS)

Savannah Sp--3  (FOS)

Song Sp--8

Lincoln's Sp--2  (FOS)

Harris's Sp--30

White Crowned Sp--18

Dark-eyed Junco--25

Northern Cardinal--12

Red-winged Blackbird--375

Eastern Meadowlark--60

Common Grackle--11


Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner.


Calvin Wohler

Clay Center, KS





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Subject: EABL nest with eggs in March
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:38:43 -0500
I have 16 eastern bluebird boxes east of Baxter Springs, Cherokee County.
I checked the boxes yesterday, 3-25-17.
One box had a bluebird nest with two eggs.
I've monitored bluebird boxes for many years.  I believe this is my
first time for a bluebird nest with eggs in March.
Four other boxes had bluebird nests with no eggs.

The ten boxes at Schermerhorn Park had one box with a EABL nest no eggs.
I've monitored those 10 for Linda and Jenn for years now.
Good birding,
Larry, in Joplin, MO.
Lawrence Herbert  certhia13 AT gmail.com  3-26-17.

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Subject: Seasonality of Kansas Sparrows
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:59:28 -0500
Good evening KSBIRDers!

Nice to see some rain in at least part of the state - wishing the folks in 
Clark 

and Meade county could have had a little more this weekend, but hopefully 
the short term patterns are changing.

For many reasons, I find birders become most confused by three groups of 
birds: shorebirds, gulls and sparrows. Of course, those three groups account 
for nearly 20% of the total Kansas bird list. I think many birders, especially 
beginning birders tend to focus on colors so brightly colored species like 
waterfowl and warblers become somewhat easier to identify. Key 
identification points of shorebirds, gulls and sparrows come down to more 
subtle features that even intermediate and advanced birders can struggle 
with at times!

I am particularly fond of sparrows for many reasons. The past few weeks I 
have received numerous questions from birders about sparrows. Some folks 
have ended up going down a wormhole trying to ID a sparrow that would be 
quite out of range in space or time. So I have taken a stab at trying to create 

a quick reference chart of the Kansas sparrows. I've included status and 
expected location based on Birds of Kansas (BOK) and input from some 
anonymous reviewers. Then I've used bar charts to try to indicate what 
months they might be expected to be seen in Kansas.

In those bar charts, the darker the bar the more abundant they will be. If the 
bar is quite dark you should expect to see that species on most birding trips 
in that month(s). The lighter colored the bar the less abundant/common they 
are. If there is no bar, but asterisks, it means they have been recorded in 
that 

time frame, but not common at all.

Kansas is a big state and we have a lot of sparrow species. Experienced 
birders will probably want to nit pick some of the spcies-status-location- 
seasonal distribution. Feel free to argue with me, off line, if you wish, but I 

didn't make this chart for you. You already know most or all of this stuff! I 
made it for the beginners, the intermediate level birders, the folks who 
struggle to ID sparrows. If you want a more inclusive discussion of the 
possible vagrants of any of these, PLEASE read the individual sparrow 
accounts in BOK. There is far more detail there than could be included in this 
chart. Some of you may also think that a certain bar should be one shade of 
gray darker than it is - that's fine - let me know. Just please understand that 

staring at these charts into the wee hours of the night sometimes makes it 
hard to know which shade of gray I was actually using!!!

Okay, now with all the disclaimers out of the way, the chart can be found at:

http://birdsofkansas.com/Sparrow_Seasonal_Distribution.pdf

And now if you will excuse me, I'm going back to separating probable and 
confirmed breeding records for the species county dot maps and county 
checklists.

Chuck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Chuck & Jaye Otte      mailto:otte2 AT cox.net
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Junction City Kansas USA 66441
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Subject: Whooping Cranes Ellis County
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:36:52 -0500
There are currently four hooping Crane's fitting in a milo a field at the 
intersection of Highway 183 and River Road 16 miles north of Hays. 


Henry A. 
Hays
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Subject: Chickadees and more
From: Jeff Hansen <jeff.hansen.sd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:36:48 -0500
Last weekend I saw chickadees checking out another nest box with a 1 1/8 
hole.  I saw them carry nesting material (moss) into the box.  I checked 
said box a few days later and it only had one bit of moss although i saw 
them go in the box more times.  I also checked the box that they were 
excavating.  It had no nesting material.  I just saw the chickadees at 
the nest box and when chickie was about to enter the box, a male 
bluebird swooped down and landed on the box.  Interesting seeing the 
competition among species.

While trying to trap a house sparrow in a box, I ended up catching a 
male downy.  Doesn't look like any excavation was happening at this box.

Saw the female flicker sticking head out of a flicker nest box. Normally 
i've just seen males in the boxes.

I've also trapped a few starlings that are beginning to try to start 
nest building.

-- 

Jeff Hansen
Topeka
785.806.6917

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Subject: Burcham Park
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:04:37 +0000
It was chilly with a slight breeze from the north this morning along the Kaw. I 
walked for about an hour and a half and listed 33 species. This is just my 
second spring walk there 


New today
Wood Duck - 6
N Rough-winged Swallow (3- 1 vocalizing)
Swallow - 3 (notes from one)
E. Collared Dove - 1 singing in usual south end of the park
Red-tailed-Hawk - 1 immature
Coopers Hawk - 1 immature
Pileated WP - 1 (south end of the park - have not seen it at that end often)
Fish Crow (8)
Turkey Vulture (2)
____________________________________________________
Carolina Wren - 8 singing
Eastern Phoebe - 3 (2 calling)
Song Sparrows (5 singing)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
YR Warbler - 5 drab plumage/silent

Bob Antonio
Lawrence



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Subject: Linn County - Burroughs Field-trip Report
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:23:58 -0500
The Burroughs Field-Trip had 10 people checking around Marais des Cygnes
National Wildlife Refuge on March 25th in Linn County.

La Cygne Lake had numerous COMMON LOONS and HORNED GREBES while sparrows
and other year-round residents were found in a few other locations. Unit F
provided the most diversity with a couple of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, couple of
AMERICAN PIPITS, 17 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, a pink Ring-billed Gull, and a
LeConte's Sparrow that Judy picked out of the flock of Savannah Sparrows.
Piming and Bob Yang even got pictures of the LeConte's Sparrow that was
along the edge of the plowed field.

An EASTERN TOWHEE and WINTER WREN sang along a bridge over North Sugar
Creek but never showed themselves, but a FOY LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH did. We
tallied 89 species by early afternoon.

On the birders route back to Johnson County Mike Stoakes, Sherry Leonardo,
and myself found 7 additional species including FOY Barn and Cliff Swallows
at Paola WTP and a Yellow-Headed Blackbird south of La Cygne. While the
drizzle it was a chilly start the day but fortunately we avoided rain
afterwards and had a calm day together with friends.

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas)

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Subject: Quivira Whooping Crane update 26 March 2017
From: Barry Jones <Barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:16:56 -0500
Mary Pat reports 14 Whooping Cranes on the flats north of NE 170th at 8 am this 
morning 26 March. 


Barry Jones 
Quivira NWR

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Subject: Quivira Whooping Cranes
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:14:35 -0500
Hi Folks,

Yes, 11 Whooping Cranes were still at Quivira Big Salt Marsh after sunset. They 
were in same general area they were the whole afternoon today. The area was on 
the Northside of 170th street in the shallow lake. They spent most of the 
afternoon sleeping about a mile to the north of 170th street. There was a 
strong North wind. All of the other cars watching most of the afternoon left 
just before sunset. I stayed until sunset because I have nice memories of 
Whoopers doing things around sunset and I was nicely rewarded. About sunset the 
Whoopers started chasing each other around, doing mating type things like 
jumping and running with there wings up. About this time off in the distance, 
coyotes started whining in the distance and the Whoopers stopped to listen 
closely. The Whoopers all moved out into the lake towards the distant road. 
They also moved farther to the West out in the lake. The best part was they 
suddenly started “Whooping”. It was very loud and many were doing it. It 
was so noisy, it startled me. This is only the second time I’ve heard them do 
it, both times it was near sunset. I was able to record some of it. I’m sure 
glad I waited. Who knows when they will leave, but I doubt they will go until 
sunrise. There was still a North wind when I left about 8, I don’t think they 
will go North until the North wind stops. If you are going to try for them in 
the morning, I would get there early, like sunrise. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin
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Subject: Habitat improvement at Oak Park-Honeysuckle removal -This Saturday
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:22:57 -0500
I am quite tardy in posting a reminder about the Wichita Audubon Society 
event for this coming Saturday, March 25.  This is a volunteer work 
event to remove invasive honeysuckle shrubs from the understory at Oak 
Park in Wichita.  Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant that is 
causing serious habitat damage in many Wichita parks and throughout 
Kansas.   The environmental degradation caused by this plant is 
difficult to overstate.  It eliminates most native understory plant 
species, and the bird species that depend on them.  We'll spend 3 - 4 
hours removing these plants, directed by the Wichita Parks Department 
staff.  All required tools, work gloves and bottled water will be 
provided. This is good exercise and a positive contribution to 
preserving habitat quality at one of our best local birding spots.  
There is something for everyone to do regardless of strength and 
stamina. We will meet by the stone arch at the southwest corner of the 
park.  This year we are being asked to sign liability releases. Also, 
the volunteer hours that we accrue help the city to qualify for 
additional federal funds to continue this fight.  Email me if you need 
any other information.    Also, I'll be having biscuits and gravy at 
Riverside Cafe at about 8 am if anyone cares to join me.  No I won't be 
buying........

Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Little Blue Heron Harvey county
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:54:06 -0500
I watched a juvenile Little Blue Heron fly into the area of our pond 
this morning.  My dates to notice one in previous years were April 11, 
April 27, and April 30.  As with many other birds sightings.... a bit early.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS

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Subject: Re: Quivira Whooping Crane update 25 March 2017
From: Gregg Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:34:24 -0500
Eleven cranes remain on the north mud flat at noon at Quivira. 

Gregg Friesen

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 25, 2017, at 9:07 AM, Barry Jones  wrote:
> 
> At 9 am, 25 March, 2 more adults were found that joined the rest, so now the 
total is 14 (12A, 2J). All moved to sedge meadows near refuge boundary 
northwest of tank batteries on NE 170th. 

> 
> Barry Jones 
> Quivira NWR 
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Subject: Williamson's sapsucker and GC sparrow, both continue
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:33:43 -0500
Debby McKee, Jimmy Fallon and I drove west from Topeka (at times through a
downpour) to try for both the Williamson's sapsucker and golden-crowned
sparrow.  We started at the stakeout for the GCSP and after a few minutes
found this bird.  Debby's 400th lifer!

They we proceeded to Wilson Reservoir and the Otoe area.  As we parked, a
trio of young men gave us discouraging news: they had been looking but had
not found the WISA.  But Debby, Jimmy and I headed for the sewage lagoons.
After 15 minutes or so I spotted the WISA in a tall pine at the southeast
corner of the sewage lagoons.  Debby's 401st lifer, and 300th Kansas bird!
The cold weather forced us back to our vehicle before long.  Once back at
our vehicle we were able to give the good news to four other people who
were also on the hunt for this bird.  Hope they found it.

Congratulations to Debby on these milestones.

Carol Morgan
Topeka Audubon Society

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Subject: Quivira Whooping Crane update 25 March 2017
From: Barry Jones <Barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:07:29 -0500
At 9 am, 25 March, 2 more adults were found that joined the rest, so now the 
total is 14 (12A, 2J). All moved to sedge meadows near refuge boundary 
northwest of tank batteries on NE 170th. 


Barry Jones 
Quivira NWR

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Subject: Re: Recent Notables SE KS.....
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:17:55 -0500
The Ferruginous Hawk always sounds so out of place in SE Kansas but I can
recall two records of such in the same general area years back; one with
Pete Janzen and one with Jim Nickel.  Some of the habitat in the SE just
seems to hold on to a few of them.

Gregg Friesen
Newton, KS
friesen _ fenton AT yahoo.com

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 9:57 AM, Andrew Burnett 
wrote:

> Ferruginous Hawk - A juvenile was seen in Neosho Co on 3-22-17 in a burned
> CRP field.
>
> Louisiana Waterthrush - One was seen on Labette Creek in Parsons, KS on
> 3-22-17,  This was the first day I had checked to see if it was back in its
> usual location.  Last year one was seen at the same location on 3-21-16.
> The first 2015 sighting at this location was 3-25.
>
> American Golden-Plover - 3-20 there were 100+ on a burned native field in
> Wilson Co, 3-21 40+ on burned CRP in Neosho Co, and 40+ on Neosho WA
> mudflats.
>
> Wilson's Snipe - On 3-18 I had a huge gathering of 255 Snipe on a private
> wetland mudflat in Neosho CO.  The flat was only about 3 or 4 acers in
> size. It also held 10 Least Sandpipers, 30 Pectoral Sandpipers, 6
> Long-billed Dowitchers, 4 American Golden-Plovers, 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 3
> Lesser Yellowlegs.
>
> Andrew Burnett
> rural Erie, KS
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Subject: sparrows
From: "Nancy H. Clark" <nhclark AT PLANETKC.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:51:03 -0500
Greetings!  

Yesterday a chipping sparrow showed up, as well as a drab little sparrow with 
heavy streaking on breast and small central dot, overall impression was of 
gray/buffy color with streaks. Seems to fit Lincoln’s Sparrow descriptions. 


My question is about behavior. It was scratching with both feet, like a towhee. 
I don’t find this mentioned anywhere in sparrow descriptions, except Fox, and 
it is too small for that. Any thoughts? 


Nancy Clark
Shawnee, Johnson County
Rock Chalk!
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Subject: Recent Notables SE KS.....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:57:54 -0500
Ferruginous Hawk - A juvenile was seen in Neosho Co on 3-22-17 in a burned
CRP field.

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was seen on Labette Creek in Parsons, KS on
3-22-17,  This was the first day I had checked to see if it was back in its
usual location.  Last year one was seen at the same location on 3-21-16.
The first 2015 sighting at this location was 3-25.

American Golden-Plover - 3-20 there were 100+ on a burned native field in
Wilson Co, 3-21 40+ on burned CRP in Neosho Co, and 40+ on Neosho WA
mudflats.

Wilson's Snipe - On 3-18 I had a huge gathering of 255 Snipe on a private
wetland mudflat in Neosho CO.  The flat was only about 3 or 4 acers in
size. It also held 10 Least Sandpipers, 30 Pectoral Sandpipers, 6
Long-billed Dowitchers, 4 American Golden-Plovers, 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 3
Lesser Yellowlegs.

Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

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Subject: Red-Shouldered Hawks
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:33:05 +0000
2 Red-Shouldered Hawks were circling and calling above the Chancellor's 
Residence this morning (3/21) on the KU campus (Lawrence/Douglas Co.). 


Phil Wedge
Lawrence

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Subject: Re: Quivira Pileated 24 March 2017
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:01:31 -0500
I had my first Kingman County Pileated Woodpecker on Thursday, 23 March, but 
not along the Ninnescah. It flew from a small woodlot in a pasture near the 
Harper County line. So they must just be roaming around the landscape for fun 
right now. 


Not much else to report except lots of sparrows. I saw my FOS Vesper Sparrows 
on 22 March in Harper and Kingman. Also I was surprised to see early Lark 
Sparrows in both Harper and Kingman on 22 March. Normal arrival date in the 
Larned area would be a month from now. 


Scott Seltman 
Larned Kansas 

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Barry Jones  wrote:

>A Pileated Woodpecker is feeding right across from Headquarters at Quivira, 
10:50 am, this morning 24 March 2017. 

>
>Barry Jones
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Subject: Quivira Pileated 24 March 2017
From: Barry Jones <barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:52:22 -0500
A Pileated Woodpecker is feeding right across from Headquarters at Quivira, 
10:50 am, this morning 24 March 2017. 


Barry Jones

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Subject: Kansas Birding Big Year deadline to participate
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:02:01 +0000
All,


The deadline to participate in the Kansas Birding Big Year for 2017 is April 
1st, so don't delay if you wish to be involved. 



http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2017-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year

2017 Kansas Birding Big Year / Wildlife Diversity 
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Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Re: Otoe Williamson's Sapsucker
From: Dave Klema <daklema1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:31:42 -0500
The Williamson was near the sewer pond at 9 this AM
On Mar 24, 2017 9:16 AM, "Dan Larson" <
0000008df5d69958-dmarc-request AT listserv.ksu.edu> wrote:

> I found it fascinating to go to ebird and go to the explore section and go
> to photos. Put in species Williamson's Sapsucker. Most of the recent photos
> are from Otoe. Thanks to those who posted them. In looking at the photos I
> thought these are not the same bird at first. As I checked and rechecked
> them I think they can seem so different because of the angle, wind and how
> the bird is holding its wings.
> I did stop by there on the way home about a week ago. I found plenty of
> drill holes but was not able to find the bird. I was there late in the day.
> I remembered in 2009 finding it up towards the housing one time and finding
> it near the shelter house another. Where does it seem to spending most of
> the time?
> Thanks
> Dan LarsonBerryton KS
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Subject: Vesper Sparrows
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:57:54 -0500
While driving around S. E. Pott. Co. on my appointed rounds, I have been seeing 
lots of Vesper Sparrows. Hurray for spring! 


Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
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Subject: Re: sparrows
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:30:47 -0500
Hi Nancy, and KS. birders.

Here is a quote from Arthur Cleveland Bent:
"Although the Savannah sparrow runs when disturbed,
it hops when it feeds, and sometimes scratches like a towhee."

Nice observation, Nancy.  Good birding,
Larry, in Joplin.
Lawrence Herbert  certhia13 AT gmail.com              3-25-17.


On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 9:51 AM, Nancy H. Clark 
wrote:

> Greetings!
>
> Yesterday a chipping sparrow showed up, as well as a drab little sparrow
> with heavy streaking on breast and small central dot, overall impression
> was of gray/buffy color with streaks.  Seems to fit Lincoln’s Sparrow
> descriptions.
>
> My question is about behavior.  It was scratching with both feet, like a
> towhee.  I don’t find this mentioned anywhere in sparrow descriptions,
> except Fox, and it is too small for that.  Any thoughts?
>
> Nancy Clark
> Shawnee, Johnson County
> Rock Chalk!
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Subject: Quivira 3/24/17
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:56:46 +0000
Hi all,


I made a quick trip through Quivira on the way to Wilson this afternoon, 
stopping at the HQ to see if could find the Pileated Woodpecker observed by 
staff earlier in the day - no luck. I did have a female Purple Finch and 
Eastern Phoebe in the shelterbelt there. Lots of ducks at Park Smith Pond and 
along Hunter Access Road, but nothing unusual. I need to get moving when I got 
on the north end, so did not take the Wildlife Drive, staying on 170th Rd to 
look for shorebirds. I had 10 Killdeer, 54 Snowy Plovers, 8 Greater and 6 
Lesser Yellowlegs, 80 Least Sandpipers, 20 Baird's Sandpipers and a single 
Pectoral Sandpiper. Plenty of waterfowl along the road there as well, with most 
interesting being two Red-breasted Mergansers. Another interesting sighting was 
a Common Loon at the little sand pit pond just south of Ellinwood. 



Mike Rader
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Subject: Williamson's​ Sapsucker
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:15:18 -0500
Henry Armknecht was nice enough to show my family and I the area where the
sapsucker had been seen.  Sure enough as soon as we approached the area the
bird showed itself.  Good looks were had by all.  Upon watching the bird at
a distance it flew towards us and landed in a tree about 50 ft away.  A
great experience.  We did not pursue it as to hopefully keep it comfortable
in it's surroundings for future viewing.  I'd encourage others to do the
same.  The sighting occurred at 4:15 Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Burnett
Rural Erie KS

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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck at Tuttle Dam
From: Dan <browndog06 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:28:34 -0500
Thanks, Brett. Just went and saw the LTD. Also saw my first Turkey Vultures 
over the River Pond. Spring is here. 


Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Brett Sandercock  wrote:

>KS-Birders:
>
>
>The Long-tailed Duck reported earlier is still hanging out on the face of 
Tuttle Dam (Riley Co, 19 Mar 2017). Also a couple of pairs of early Eared 
Grebes and one large flock of 20 Red-breasted Mergansers. 

>
>An eBird list with a few photos from today is posted here:
>
>http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35277830
>
>
>Cheers, Brett.
>
>
>Brett K. Sandercock, Professor of Wildlife Ecology
>Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 66506
>Phone: 785-532-0120, Fax: 785-532-6653, URL:  www.ksu.edu/bsanderc
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Subject: Suet Log Feeder
From: Jeff Hansen <jeff.hansen.sd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:53:43 -0500
I got a new "Trail Camera" from Bushnell and it takes very nice

pictures.  I decided to aim it at the suet log feeder last month. Check
out the variety of birds that come to eat at it.  I especially like
seeing the brown creepers.

https://youtu.be/e3MscERJUKo

In my opinion the best way to attract suet eating birds is to make your
own suet and serve it in a suet log feeder.  The suet log feeder has 1"
diameter holes drilled part way through.  The suet is stuffed in the
holes. Birds attracted to this suet include the following birds shown in
the video: northern flicker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker,
dark-eyed junco, brown creeper, white-breasted nuthatch, yellow-rumped
warbler, black-capped chickadee, Carolina wren, European starling and
house sparrow.

Recipe for homemade suet:
http://www.kansasnativeplants.com/yard_birds_suet.php


-- 
Jeff Hansen
Topeka
785.806.6917

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: Jeff Hansen <jeff.hansen.sd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:42:07 -0500
Finally had some purple finches come to the feeders.  There were three 
of them.

https://youtu.be/r5gwZC-MCXk

I also heard a phoebe calling outside of Dillon's at 29th & Urish this 
morning.  Not where I expected to hear one although there is a creek 
next to it.

Also had my first cowbird of the season yesterday.

-- 
Jeff Hansen
Topeka

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Subject: Sapsucker Updates?
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:09:29 -0500
I would be glad to hear of some late afternoon sightings of the bird as I
plan on heading that direction in the morning if reports are positive.

Brandon Magette of St Marys KS
Mobile at 785.844.0139

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Tuttle Dam
From: Brett Sandercock <bsanderc AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:03:38 +0000
KS-Birders:


The Long-tailed Duck reported earlier is still hanging out on the face of 
Tuttle Dam (Riley Co, 19 Mar 2017). Also a couple of pairs of early Eared 
Grebes and one large flock of 20 Red-breasted Mergansers. 


An eBird list with a few photos from today is posted here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35277830


Cheers, Brett.


Brett K. Sandercock, Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 66506
Phone: 785-532-0120, Fax: 785-532-6653, URL:  www.ksu.edu/bsanderc

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Subject: Labette County birds
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:25:56 -0500
There were two Spotted Sandpipers In the shallows of my pond yesterday.

 

Rick Tucker

South of Parsons

Labette County   


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Subject: Bewick's Wren - Dodge City
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:50:36 +0000
The big birding surprise of the day for me today was a Bewick's Wren
foraging in the brush pile in my backyard. This species has been a Ford
County nemesis and this was my first sighting of one in the county! It's
probably merely coincidental, but I can't help but wander if it was
displaced by a recent fire and is out exploring.

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City

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Subject: Sunday Morning: Burcham
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:18:23 +0000
It was a very nice early Sunday morning along the Kaw. I walked for a couple of 
hours and identified 31 species. A few were 


Snow Goose - a single bird standing near the riverbank in a grassy area in the 
south side of the park 

Bald Eagle - immature near the Mass Street Bridge
Carolina Wren - 10 calling
Eastern Phoebe - 4 - 2 calling (one was singing near my hose this morning as 
well); 2 were in usual breeding areas 


White-throated Sparrow - 1
Fox Sparrow - 2 - one was singing in a bushy tangle near the north stream
Song Sparrow - 8 - lots of song
Swamp Sparrow - 1

Yellow-rump Warbler - 9 in dull winter plumage & just chips

It was just nice to be out - lots of usual suspect song M Doves, Chickadees, 
Titmice, House Finches, RB Woodpeckers, Cardinals, WB Nuthatches, & especially 
C Wrens. Spring approaches. 


Bob Antonio
Lawrence

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