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20 Apr Harvey County [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
19 Apr Mill Creek Wind Farm ~ Holt County [Christine Kline ]
20 Apr Flint Hills near Latham, 4/19/14 [EUGENE YOUNG ]
19 Apr Special spot in Linn County [Michael Pearce ]
19 Apr McColl/Fitch & Burcham Saturday Morning ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
19 Apr Towhee ["G. Parkinson" ]
19 Apr RFI: [Emily Williams ]
19 Apr FOS male Baltimore Oriole - Shawnee, Johnson County [Debbie ]
19 Apr Re: more birding spots in Lawrence? ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
19 Apr House Wren [Richard Tucker ]
19 Apr FOS Baltimore Oriole [Jane Liggett ]
19 Apr more birding spots in Lawrence? ["Harrington, Joseph" ]
19 Apr Yellow-crowned night herons, Topeka [Carol Morgan ]
19 Apr Saline county morning [Judd Patterson ]
19 Apr FOS Scissor tailed Flycatcher [Maggie Schroeder ]
19 Apr Re: El Dorado State Park Birding [William Beard ]
18 Apr Re: House Wrens [Scott Seltman ]
18 Apr House Wrens [Max Thompson ]
19 Apr Neosho County Birding 4-18-14 [Andrew Burnett ]
19 Apr Re: FOS house wren [Thomas Schermerhorn ]
18 Apr FOS house wren [Calvin Wohler ]
18 Apr Upland sandpipers [Jeff Keating ]
18 Apr Possible FOS Mississippi Kites [Bobby Hiebert ]
18 Apr New Yard Bird [Atcha Nolan ]
18 Apr Black-necked Stilts in Linn County [David Seibel ]
18 Apr JO Co FOYs [Jeff Witters ]
18 Apr El Dorado State Park Birding [Atcha Nolan ]
18 Apr Labette County birds [Richard Tucker ]
18 Apr Surf Scoters [Michael Stewart ]
18 Apr Burcham Park ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
18 Apr house wren lawrence [Molly Zahn ]
18 Apr Signs of Spring [Ann Feyerharm ]
18 Apr FOS Scissortail Flycatcher 4/17/14 Saline CO [Kat Farres ]
17 Apr Milford Lake area [Henry and Debby Armknecht ]
17 Apr Shawnee Mission Park this week ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
17 Apr A Few more Schermerhorn Park Sightings ["Rader, Jennifer" ]
17 Apr Surf Scoters at Perry Lake [Michael Harding ]
17 Apr Warren Nature Area aka Felker Park proposed cell phone tower [Jeff Hansen ]
17 Apr Birding El Dorado State Park [Atcha Nolan ]
17 Apr W. Kansas / 15 April [Scott Seltman ]
17 Apr Today Cowley Co. [Max Thompson ]
17 Apr Re: Yellow headed blackbirds comin through! [coleenm2002 ]
17 Apr Today's birding. [Doris Burnett ]
17 Apr Riverton eagle nest [Lawrence Herbert ]
17 Apr SEKS [Lawrence Herbert ]
17 Apr Franklin's Gulls at El Dorado State Lake [Atcha Nolan ]
17 Apr Yellow headed blackbirds comin through! [Jim Mason ]
16 Apr Burcham Park: Wednesday Morning ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
16 Apr Flint Hills Shorebird Surveys [Robert Penner ]
16 Apr Sora at Lake Wabaunsee on 4/14/14 [Dan Gish ]
15 Apr Pair of Surf Scoters at Perry Lake [Susan Iversen ]
15 Apr Re: The bird that probably wasn't [John Schukman ]
15 Apr Quivira report 15 April 2014 [Barry Jones ]
15 Apr The bird that probably wasn't [Al Schirmacher ]
15 Apr FOY RT Hummingbird [Margaret Hoyle ]
15 Apr No Subject [coleenm2002 ]
14 Apr Fish Crows in Wichita [Pete Janzen ]
14 Apr FOS\Kentucky earbler 505 n. mize [Bill Falk ]
14 Apr Clarification [Chuck Otte ]
14 Apr ADMIN: KSBIRD-L list problems [Chuck Otte ]
14 Apr Pipits [Al Schirmacher ]
13 Apr 2 PISI at SEKS today [Lawrence Herbert ]
13 Apr Re: Lakewood Bird Walk [coleenm2002 ]
13 Apr HV County weekend [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
13 Apr Burcham Park: Sunday ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
13 Apr Eastern Kingbird [Richard Tucker ]
13 Apr Pott Co Poorwill [Brandon Magette ]
12 Apr Re: Chautauqua County 4/12 [Paul Roisen ]
12 Apr Chautauqua County 4/12 [Kevin Groeneweg ]
12 Apr Kiowa-Comanche-Clark 4/12 [Jeff Calhoun ]
12 Apr Lakewood Bird Walk [Marjorie Streckfus ]
12 Apr Fitch/McColl Areas ["Antonio, Robert J." ]
12 Apr Cheyenne Bottoms Shorebirds [Robert Penner ]
12 Apr Flicker Video [Jeff Hansen ]
12 Apr Neosho Wildlife Area & misc 4-11-14 [Andrew Burnett ]
11 Apr Cheyenne Bottoms-4/11/14 [Curtis Wolf ]

Subject: Harvey County
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:43:52 -0500
What a difference a day makes.  I saw a good variety of ducks and
passerines Thursday at HV County East Lake but returning on Saturday I
found no (zero) ducks and struggled to pick out much else.  Maybe it was
the strong south wind.  I did find one Osprey hunting over the lake.
 Everything else was more routine.

The owl with one downy young remains on the nest.

Gregg
friese n . fen ton (at) gmail.com

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: Mill Creek Wind Farm ~ Holt County
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:28:42 -0500
Dear friends, birders, and listers,

 

Burroughs Audubon, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the National Audubon
Society, opposes the proposed 200 Megawatt Mill Creek Wind Farm adjacent to
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County, Missouri.  This wind
farm is sited for placement at the merger of two major migratory flyways and
is adjacent to one of the most critical wetlands left in a four-state area,
giving alarm for unprecedented bird mortality.  Not only is Squaw Creek
National Wildlife Refuge home to hundreds of resident birds, it is a
stopover for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds including the
endangered Piping Plover and Least Tern.  The area can host 300+ Bald Eagles
during the winter and nesting Bald Eagles in the spring/summer.  Peregrine
Falcons are frequently seen in the area along with American Bitterns, both
Missouri species of conservation concern.  

 

The American Bird Conservancy, a leader on national wind energy and bird
conservation has designated Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge as the only
critical Important Bird Area (IBA) in the state of Missouri and is not
suited for adjacent wind energy placement.  

 

Wind turbines are also fatal to bats.  Endangered Northern Long-eared have
been surveyed on Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge and it's within the
range for Indiana bats.  

 

Please join us in opposing the Mill Creek Wind Turbine Farm.  Express your
concerns by contacting the following individuals: 

Holt County Commissioners
Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

102 W Nodaway Street; PO Box 437
United States Senate

Oregon MO 64473
Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 506
(660) 446-3304
Washington, D.C.  20510

  www.mccaskill.senate.gov

Office of Sam Graves, Congressman

1415 Longworth House Office Building
Office of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Washington, D.C.  20515
United States Senate

  www.graves.house.gov
260 Russell Senate Office Building

 
Washington, D.C. 20510

Element Power
 www.blunt.senate.gov
421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 1000
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 416-0800
northamericainfo AT elpower.com 

 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
contact us.

 

Mary Nemecek, Conservation Chair (msnemecek AT aol.com) 

Christine Kline, IBA Chair (birdsecretary AT comcast.net) 

 

Burroughs Audubon

7300 West Park Road

Blue Springs, MO 64015


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Subject: Flint Hills near Latham, 4/19/14
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:45:09 +0000
Had to conduct some field work in Butler and Elk counties near Latham today!  

Lots of stuff moving:
Had good #s of Greater PCs
2 male Smith's Longspurs in breeding plumage.
Lots of Sprague's Pipits, tons of sparrow including Savannah, Grasshopper, 
Lark, Vesper, Harris's, Chipping, and a Henslows and LeContes! 

Good #s of Upland Sandpipers, Killdeer, and golden plovers!
Early am had waves of DC Cormorants moving N!
Lots of Swainson's Hawks, a Rough-legged was still lingering!
Scissortails moved in with good numbers, and saw one Eastern Kingbird.

Gene Young
Ark City

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Special spot in Linn County
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:16:16 -0500
My 11-year-old buddy Jake and I did a little "consumptive birding" near the 
Linn, Anderson County line on a pretty nice piece of property. 

You gotta love a place where within about a half-mile you find scissortails, 
pileated woodpeckers, whippoorwills, wood ducks and a high concentration of 
barred owls, too. It was quite the noisy early morning, especially with high 
numbers of very amorous, sociable wild turkeys, too. 

Silly turkey, bringing spurs to a gun fight! :-)
Speaking of turkeys, most hunters are reporting very good numbers of birds, 
especially yearling jakes and very vulnerable two year-old toms (imagine 16 
year-old boys, minutes after leaving watching cheerleading practice!) :-) 

Jake (the human, he already has both of his spring birds) called in a big tom 
for me, got to hear whippoorwills for the first time and got a great look at a 
male scissortail, tail forked, hot after some insect not long for this planet. 
I think the scissortail was the highlight of his weekend. 

He's going to be a great hunter, but he also hits Bob and Pete's field guide as 
soon as he gets home to ID what we've seen. Fun stuff. 

Michael PearceNewton, America 		 	   		  
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Subject: McColl/Fitch & Burcham Saturday Morning
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:02:28 +0000
I walked for about three hours early this morning and listed 48 species:

McColl/Fitch - did not find many migrants

Northern Parula- (1 singing; only warbler)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (6 singing)
Eastern Towhee (1 singing; FOS)
Chipping Sparrow (4 singing)
Field Sparrow (1 singing)
Mallard (pair)
Blue-winged Teal (7)
Green-winged Teal (pair; FOS)
Wild Turkey (several gobbling)

Burcham Park

Yellow-rumped Warbler (25-many singing; all in bright spring plumage now)
Northern Parula (6 singing)

Double-crested Cormorant (6)
Franklin's Gull (3)
Blue-winged Teal (32)
Wood Duck (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2-some notes)
Brown Thrasher (5 singing)
Eurasian-collared Dove (1 singing near nesting area)
Rock Pigeon (1-see few nowadays in and around Burcham)
Lincoln's Sparrow (2 FOS)
Chipping Sparrow (3-some song)
Harris Sparrow (1-spring buzzing notes; FOS Burcham)
White-throated Sparrow (4- heard full songs and notes)

Although Burcham Park is now a torn-up construction site, the adjacent public 
land to the west of the RR tracks has been expanded and includes the pond that 
was previously on private land. There is an easy access sidewalk to and around 
the north side of the pond. Will be interesting to see if this area gets busier 
later during the migration. 


Bob Antonio
Lawrence


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Subject: Towhee
From: "G. Parkinson" <gparkinson AT SUNFLOWER.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:35:14 -0500
This morning at Clinton S.P, I saw and heard a singing Rufous Sided Towhee that 
was devoid of the rufous sides. 

I can't think of any other species that could be confused with this one.
Is this very rare or is it a known variant?  Gerry Parkinson
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Subject: RFI:
From: Emily Williams <ejwillia AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:23:51 +0000
Hi all,

I am a master's student within the Division of Biology at KSU and starting 
field work on Grasshopper Sparrows (GRSPs) at the Konza Prairie and adjacent 
private land in Riley Co. this summer. My lab conducted a pilot study on GRSPs 
last summer and banded over 200 birds. We are really interested in determining 
how many individuals return to this area to breed again this year. However, I'm 
also really interested in knowing whether these birds have dispersed elsewhere. 
We have uniquely marked each individual sparrow with an identifying color-band 
combination on their legs. Since people are starting to see and hear GRSPs, I 
thought I would ask any of you willing to help to please pay special attention 
to the birds' legs (if you so happen to see them perch) and see if you can tell 
whether birds are banded or not. I would really appreciate this information. 


The order for reading bands is left leg to right leg, top to bottom. For 
example: the code for a bird banded with a metal band, and white, orange, and 
red bands would be: SW-OR. The "S" stands for silver --- which is a Bird 
Banding Lab metal band. Even if you can't get the entire band combination, just 
knowing that you are sighting color-banded Grasshopper Sparrows would be 
immensely helpful. If you see a banded bird, please email me the date and time 
you saw the bird, color band information, location information, and GPS 
coordinates of where you saw the bird. 


Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Emily Williams
Manhattan, KS
Riley County
---------
Emily Williams
M. S. Student
Kansas State University
Division of Biology
333 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
mobile: (321)720-4778
e-mail: ejwillia AT ksu.edu?



---------
Emily Williams
M. S. Student
Kansas State University
Division of Biology
333 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
mobile: (321)720-4778
e-mail: ejwillia AT ksu.edu

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Subject: FOS male Baltimore Oriole - Shawnee, Johnson County
From: Debbie <debreasoner AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:43:02 -0500
Saw the first male Baltimore Oriole in the yard at the jelly feeder this
morning.

 

Debbie Reasoner

Shawnee, KS

 


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Subject: Re: more birding spots in Lawrence?
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:34:15 +0000
I covered those to areas for the Lawrence CBC. They look promising and def. 
worth checking out this spring. 


Phil Wedge
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] on behalf of 
Harrington, Joseph [jharring AT KU.EDU] 

Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:51 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: more birding spots in Lawrence?

Hi,

With the wetlands and Burcham both torn up, I'm looking for new passerine spots 
in (or close to) town - places one could hit on the way to work. I know Martin 
Park, Naismith Park, Prairie Park/Mary's Lake. 


What else? Has anybody birded the "Lawrence Nature Park" out in W. Lawrence? Or 
Peterson Park? Or know of good trails at Clinton SP? 


Any ideas greatly appreciated!

best,
Joe

________________________________
Joseph Harrington
Professor of English
Conger Gabel Teaching Professor
University of Kansas (Lawrence)


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Subject: House Wren
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:28:21 -0500
I also had a silent House Wren here yesterday. Also a Sora Rail hanging out in 
the wet area below my big pond. 


Rick Tucker
South of Parsons
Labette County
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Subject: FOS Baltimore Oriole
From: Jane Liggett <liggettjane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:07:33 -0500
Get the jelly & oranges ready.  A brilliant male Baltimore Oriole was
eating sunflower chips from the finch feeder just now.  My husband quickly
assembled the jelly feeder.
We will purchase some oranges today & hang them as well.

Last year we used about 30-40 2 lb jelly jars throughout the season.  The
adults brought the young ones to the feeders so we were able to observe the
Orioles in all stages.  We also observed a few Orchard Orioles as well.

Right on time!  Very cool.

Jane Liggett
West of KU
Lawrence, KS

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Subject: more birding spots in Lawrence?
From: "Harrington, Joseph" <jharring AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:51:22 +0000
Hi,

With the wetlands and Burcham both torn up, I'm looking for new passerine spots 
in (or close to) town - places one could hit on the way to work. I know Martin 
Park, Naismith Park, Prairie Park/Mary's Lake. 


What else? Has anybody birded the "Lawrence Nature Park" out in W. Lawrence? Or 
Peterson Park? Or know of good trails at Clinton SP? 


Any ideas greatly appreciated!

best,
Joe

________________________________
Joseph Harrington
Professor of English
Conger Gabel Teaching Professor
University of Kansas (Lawrence)


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Subject: Yellow-crowned night herons, Topeka
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:34:57 -0500
I saw one YCNH on a nest and one standing nearby on a branch this morning.  
YCNH have nested in this tree for two years that I know of, and have nested 
in the neighborhood for at least 10 years.  So cool.



Carol Morgan

Topeka, Shawnee County

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Subject: Saline county morning
From: Judd Patterson <judd AT JUDDPATTERSON.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:35:49 -0400
An unexpected trip home gave me time to get out on Friday morning. It was
really a beautiful dawn and the chorus of birds was so enjoyable.

Highlights included:

West of Salina
Upland Sandpiper - 2
Grasshopper Sparrow - >5 (most singing)
Greater Prairie-chickens cackling

Smoky Hill Audubon Lake
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Harris's Sparrow - 11 (many singing)
House Wren - 2
Spotted Towhee - 2
Barn Swallow - 1
American Avocet - 1
Forster's Tern - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Eastern Bluebirds feeding young

Others
Little Blue Heron - sunset flyover near Bill Burke Park
Northern Rough-winged Swallows - small group near Smoky Hill River/Simpson
Rd

My aunt mentioned that she had a couple of Yellow-headed Blackbirds
visiting her feeder in south Salina too.

Best,

Judd Patterson
http://www.juddpatterson.com
http://www.birdsinfocus.com

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Subject: FOS Scissor tailed Flycatcher
From: Maggie Schroeder <mschroeder263 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:37:16 -0500
Saw my first of season St flycatcher Wednesday evening around 5:30 1.5 miles 
north 

of Goessel along K-15. Sitting on a fence post all by himself. Can't wait to 
see 

what else this warmer milder weather willl be bringing us. Haven't heard or 
seen my 

orioles yet. They usually nest here in our yard and are around for the summer. 

Maggie Schroeder
North of Goessel

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Subject: Re: El Dorado State Park Birding
From: William Beard <w2bnn AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:21:34 -0700
Hi Atcha,  I enjoyed vicariously birding thru your email.    I really enjoyed 
seeing all those birds.  Bill and I have not been able to get out much.  I got 
a balance problem after we saw you and Bill had double pneumonia and a heart 
attack 2+ weeks ago.  He had a stint in one of his major bypasses plus other 
angioplasties.  He is still in inpatient Rehab trying to get over the pneumonia 
and regain his strength. 


Thanks for the neat bird list.
Nancy Beard AT w2bnn AT att.net 


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 From: Atcha Nolan 
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU 
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:34 PM
Subject: El Dorado State Park Birding
 

Did my regular walk below the dam of El Dorado State Park and had the 
following this morning (April 18,2014):
1 Chipping Sparrow
5 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
3 Downy Woodpeckers
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wrens
2 Black-capped Chickadees
Many Goldfinch
Great looks at a Barred Owl
6 Northern Cardinals
6+ Robins
2 Mallards
several Starlings
1 Crow
13 Canada Geese
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Turkey Vultures

Beautiful day to be out with no wind!

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado (Butler Co.)

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Subject: Re: House Wrens
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:33:17 -0500
2 House Wrens were in our garden yesterday 17 April, reported by Diane
Seltman.

I made a big 400 mile circle thru w. Kansas today, 18 April.  Not much
migration going on.  Birds of note were:

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Cimarron sewer ponds  Gray County
McCown's Longspur   5 females in NW Hodgeman County    [I'd given up on
finding McCown's this spring.]
Bald Eagle   1 female still on the nest, unknown if eggs have hatched
Finney County.

Lots of Swainson's Hawks today.

Scott Seltman
Larned, Kansas

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Subject: House Wrens
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:28:41 -0500
I might as well jump on the band wagon. I had a pair of dueling House Wrens
in the yard this morning. Must have come through Kansas in a wave.

Max

 

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Neosho County Birding 4-18-14
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:17:46 +0000
Did a little birding today.  Found 89 species.

Highlights:
 FOS Prothonotary Warbler
 FOS Warbling Vireo(2)
 FOS House Wren 
Northern Parula(12)
Common Yellowthroat


Peregrine Falcon still present at Neosho WA certainly feeding on the ample 
supply of Pecs, Lessers & Greater Yellowlegs. Flock of 40+ Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds also hanging around NWA. Pool 2 is nearly out of water and I'm 
afraid will end my shore birding bonanza prematurely unless we get some serious 
rain. I need those Black-necked stilts & Godwits to show up! 


Also an outbreak of Savannah sparrows(29) that were spread out every where I 
birded. Clearly making a migratory push as typically you are doing good to find 
2 or 3. Lincoln's sparrow numbers also appear to be peaking. 


Looked hard but could not find any of the "migratory, non-resident" warblers 
outside of the yellow-rumped. Figured I would run into an Orange-crowned or 
Tennessee. Also checked every Sycamore tree I could find and never could get a 
Yellow-throated warbler for No Co. 


3 Loons & an Osprey were also present at Lake Parsons on Thursday.

Perfect day to bird.. no wind and 70's.

Andrew Burnett
Neosho Co.

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Subject: Re: FOS house wren
From: Thomas Schermerhorn <tscherme AT VET.K-STATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:07:11 +0000
We had a FOS house wren at our place north of Wamego today, too.

Sam and Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego, KS

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On Apr 18, 2014, at 8:53 PM, "Calvin Wohler"  wrote:

> Had my first house wren in my BY this p.m.
> 
> Calvin Wohler
> Clay Center KS
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Subject: FOS house wren
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:42:31 -0500
Had my first house wren in my BY this p.m.
 
Calvin Wohler
Clay Center KS
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Upland sandpipers
From: Jeff Keating <jffkeats AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:47:06 -0500
First time in 25 years I've heard a mosquito before an upland sandpiper or
grasshopper sparrow.  Even beat the hummingbirds. Might say I'm in a big
funk.

jeff keating
Geary County

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Subject: Possible FOS Mississippi Kites
From: Bobby Hiebert <bobby.hiebert AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:28 -0500
Driving out of McPherson County this afternoon toward Salina I observed 2
birds appearing to be Mississippi Kites circling and heading North on the
East side of the Interstate right North of McPherson.

They were circling and cruising like Red-Tails, but I know they were not
red-tails.  Even a light variant.  I do not believe they were Harriers, as
their behavior just didn't fit that of Harriers, which I have only really
observed maintaining a kind of "map of the Earth" flight.

I believe the two birds I saw were Kites.  I know Salina has had regular
nesting and Summer-season groups of Kites.

Keep your eyes peeled.  I think they're coming back!

Bobby.

P.S.  The ID was a bird that appeared to be all white underneath with black
wing tips.  I believe based on the Sun that what would normally be a light
gray appeared to be a white.  Thought I may have had a lifer bird of some
sort, but upon reflection if I was going to call it, that would be my
guess.  BH.

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:03 -0500
I just had a new yard bird...a Lincoln's Sparrow was feeding on the ground 
under our feeders. It joins the Franklin's Gulls that flew over the yard 
yesterday.

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler Co.

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Subject: Black-necked Stilts in Linn County
From: David Seibel <dseibel AT JCCC.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:27:36 +0000
Mick McHugh just called to tell me that he saw a pair of Black-necked Stilts 
today at the east side of Area G at Marais des Cygnes, on the north end. 


David Seibel
Overland Park, KS

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Subject: JO Co FOYs
From: Jeff Witters <bioguy.witters AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:47 -0500
I found some interesting birds this morning:

Whip-poor-will calling at 6 a.m. near Cedar Creek at 127th St. bridge.

House Wren singing in the neighborhood this morning.

LeConte's Sparrow (seen well and heard singing right by lot) and Henslow's
Sparrow (heard only but very close) at west side of Prairie Center SWA
while doing some turtle fieldwork.

Fantastic weather and good birds!

Jeff Witters
Olathe

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Subject: El Dorado State Park Birding
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:05 -0500
Did my regular walk below the dam of El Dorado State Park and had the 
following this morning (April 18,2014):
1 Chipping Sparrow
5 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
3 Downy Woodpeckers
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wrens
2 Black-capped Chickadees
Many Goldfinch
Great looks at a Barred Owl
6 Northern Cardinals
6+ Robins
2 Mallards
several Starlings
1 Crow
13 Canada Geese
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Turkey Vultures

Beautiful day to be out with no wind!

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado (Butler Co.)

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Subject: Labette County birds
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:05:18 -0500
I drove around the neighborhood of my farm this AM. Interesting find was Brown 
Thrasher sitting on nest in a multiflora rose in the fence line in front of my 
place. Also, 20 or 30 Savannah Sparrows have been hanging out by my pond and 
along our driveway for two or three weeks now. Four pair of Bluewinged Teal and 
five Lesser Yellowlegs were wading in the shallow end of my pond. I had about 
25 species in all. 

Rick Tucker
South of Parsons
Labette County   
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Subject: Surf Scoters
From: Michael Stewart <acridotheres.tristis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:52:10 -0500
The four Surf Scoters are still at Perry Lake. They are currently in the cove 
near Whippoorwill Campground on the west side of the lake. 


Mike Stewart
Ft. Leavenworth 

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Subject: Burcham Park
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:38:30 +0000
It was a beautiful morning along the Kaw. I walked for about an hour and 
fifteen minutes and listed 35 species. 


Franklins Gull - (300 FOS in Burcham)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (18-lots of song)
Northern Parula (4 singing)

Lot of warm days coming in the next week so more migrants should be coming 
soon. 


Bob Antonio
Lawrence

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Subject: house wren lawrence
From: Molly Zahn <mollymzahn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:16:48 -0500
I heard my FOS house wren this morning 7:15 am corner of 5th and Indiana in
Lawrence.

Molly Zahn
Lawrence

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Subject: Signs of Spring
From: Ann Feyerharm <afey AT KANSAS.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:06:42 -0500
For two mornings cedar waxwings have covered one of our cottonwoods outside our 
bedroom window. A first for our yard on a hill overlooking Tuttle Creek 
Resevoir. 


Ann Feyerharm, Manhattan  
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Subject: FOS Scissortail Flycatcher 4/17/14 Saline CO
From: Kat Farres <ozbelgnz AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:16:17 -0500
FOS Scissortail Flycatcher on 4/17/14 in far Western Saline CO (N of Brookville 
quite a ways for the locals) 

Loooong tail, just a single bird was all we saw.
I am also watching two Red Tailed Hawk nests for activity, so far, only momma 
or papa birds hunkered down tight with all our wind... 

Kat Farres
OZ BelgianZ
Salina KS USA
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Subject: Milford Lake area
From: Henry and Debby Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:50:54 -0500
We made a non-birding trip to Junction City today, but I managed to peel off 
a few minutes of birding.  I saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher cross the 
highway near an active burn between the dam and Milford (Geary County).  I 
glassed several burns, but found no plovers or sandpipers on any of them.

There were quite a few shorebirds at the upper end of the lake (Clay 
County).  The distance was great, but a Willet stretched its wings and I 
think I saw both species of Godwit.  There were a number of Yellowlegs, and 
smaller birds too.  Debby saw an Upland Sandpiper on a post (Clay), but I 
missed it.

Franklin's gulls were not in huge numbers, but a few hundred scattered here 
and there.

I saw an estimated 3-4,000 DC Cormorants coming off of the upper end of 
Waconda (Osborne) this morning as well.

There are still 50-75 Snow Geese near Granite Creek (Mitchell).

Henry A
Osborne 

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Subject: Shawnee Mission Park this week
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:29:48 -0500
This week started with 70 degrees and windy. Matt found a strong number of 
species and then the wonderful spring Monday of cloudy, snowy, and numbing 
wind chills appeared. 

First warblers. This week Yellow-rumped Warblers are increasing each day 
with a lot of them in the trail eating buds. Northern Parula are singing in 
various parts of the park. Terry and I had a close encounter with a Yellow-
throated Warbler Tuesday and it was seen again today. An Orange-crowned was 
seen today along Mill Creek. A couple of Louisiana Waterthrush have been 
heard in various areas of the park as well.

The surprise for me today was an Eastern Kingbird that was picking stuff 
off the road 15 feet in front of my car. I had just mentioned how they 
should be back soon and here it was.

Great Egrets flew by today high and heading north, as did more Franklin's 
Gulls and immature Ring-billed Gulls. Right now all the Ring-billed seem to 
be juvenile birds. 

All the eastern swallows have been seen this week over the lake as they do 
when it is chilly. Osprey are back and Common Loons continue to be seen 
almost every day or so. Two were on the water at lunch time today close to 
the north shore. The first Horned Grebe I have seen on the lake was in a 
flock of Ruddy Ducks today. There was also a flock of at least nine female 
Hooded Mergansers today. 

And my new nemesis Johnson County bird, Fish Crow, were seen by Matt 
yesterday as they flew by. He said they were so small he thought at first 
they were grackles.

We shall see what tomorrow brings on the winds. 

Mark Land
Overland Park, Ks. 66207

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Subject: A Few more Schermerhorn Park Sightings
From: "Rader, Jennifer" <jennifer.rader AT KSOUTDOORS.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:53:24 -0500
I'll add a few more enjoyable sightings in addition to Larry Herbert's list
at Schermerhorn Park!

About 7:30am, a Pileated Woodpecker was in one of the oak's next to the SEK
nature center building. I believe Larry said he heard/saw one later. Always
fun to see!

Right after Larry left the center, Linda and I saw our first Ruby-throated
Hummingbird (male) of the year. Good thing the hummingbird feeder went up
over the weekend.

As I was leaving the park for the day, I stopped to check out a group of
vultures circling above the field across the highway from the park. Two
Black Vultures were soaring with five Turkey Vultures.

All in all, the park has been quite active the past month. If you're out
this way, make a stop at Schermerhorn!

-- 
Jenn Rader
Southeast Kansas Nature Center Director
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Galena, KS
(620) 783-5207

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Subject: Surf Scoters at Perry Lake
From: Michael Harding <michael.d.harding.ks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:49:27 -0500
All;

Took photographs of 2 male and 2 female surf scoters at Perry Lake this
afternoon at the Rock Creek area.  Probably the ones previously reported.

Mike Harding
Mayetta Ks
Jackson Co.

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Subject: Warren Nature Area aka Felker Park proposed cell phone tower
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:09:15 -0500
I was trapping the starlings that were in the kestrel box tonight.  Some
concerned citizens stopped to tell me about the new Cell Tower that they are
planning to put up in the north end of the Warren Nature Area.  

 

They told me where it's going.  It will be located on top of Bluebird house
#95 along the KNI road.

 

This is not a done deal yet.  There is a meeting planned for next Monday.

 

My question for this list is this:  Do cell towers negatively impact birds.
Is this something to speak out against?  Seems like locating it in the
nature area is counter intuitive.  

 

I asked the concerned citizen to post some info about the meeting and the
tower to the Topeka Audubon Facebook page.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Birding El Dorado State Park
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:08:32 -0500
I went out in the high wind yesterday morning (April 16) and walked along 
the river below the El Dorado State Lake Dam.  I had 5 Ruby-crowned 
Kinglets, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, several 
Goldfinch in the process of getting their summer colors, 1 Chipping 
Sparrow, 8 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Red-bellied 
Woodpeckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker.

Today we drove the county roads NW of El Dorado and saw the thousands of 
Gulls, 1 Horned Lark, Savannah and Song Sparrows, 4 Upland Sandpipers in a 
burned pasture, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Coot, 
Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, and others I couldn't ID.

The Juncos seem to have left my yard, but I still have a White-crowned 
Sparrow and some Harris Sparrows. The Common Grackles are at the feeders 
along with the Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds. I've seen a 
male Cardinal feeding a female. Spring is arriving!

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler Co.

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Subject: W. Kansas / 15 April
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:58:40 -0500
I made a swing through Hodgeman, Gray and Ford counties on 15 April.
Passerine migration was grim.  To my amazement and despite the extreme
drought conditions, there is a nice flow of water into Horsethief Reservoir.
Time to drill some more irrigation wells, I suppose!  And though it is
almost dry, Jetmore City Lake had 200+ shorebirds and is definitely worth a
visit if you're in the area.  The birds of much interest were all in
Hodgeman:

 

Cinnamon Teal   1 male at Buckner Valley park

Rough-legged Hawk  1 lingering bird near Horsethief Res.

Am. Avocet         4 at Horsethief Res. and 2 at Jetmore City Lake

Marbled Godwit   2 at Horsethief Res. and 1 at Jetmore City Lake

YH Blackbird       mixed flock of 100+ at Horsethief Res.

 

This morning, 17 April, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were flitting around in the
backyard here at our house.  I still haven't seen a warbler of any species
in 2014.

 

I have a follow-up to my earlier report of 3 Whooping Cranes that spent
Sunday afternoon, 6 April, at a small farm pond in SW Rush County, Terry
Seltmann observer.  I received a call from Ezra (?) from the International
Crane Foundation regarding these birds.  One had a GPS transmitter and fact
is that these birds had been in the area 3 or 4 days prior to their
discovery, had moved back and forth from Pawnee to Rush and had visited
several farm ponds on both sides of the county line. I'm hoping he'll send
me a full report of the daily movements eventually.  Ezra and his partner
from the ICF actually drove out here to have a look at the habitat that the
Whoopers were using and they had just come from a similar survey sites of
where those Marion County birds were hanging out, the flock that so many of
you saw.  It's nice to know there are lots of people keeping track of
Whooping Cranes!

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Today Cowley Co.
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02:48 -0500
The small barrow pit on the northern edge of Winfield had a flock of 79+
Yellow-headed Blackbirds this p.m. They were mostly males. Seventeen
White-faced Ibis were also present plus several shorebirds. The water is
evaporating pretty fast and unless we get some good rains, it will soon be
dry.

Max

 

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Re: Yellow headed blackbirds comin through!
From: coleenm2002 <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:55:08 -0500
FOS yellow headed blackbirds at bull barns in Manhattan SEEN THIS MORNING.
Coleen Brown
Riley Co.


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-------- Original message --------
From: Jim Mason 
Date:04/17/2014  11:59 AM  (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Yellow headed blackbirds comin through!

A large flock was in an alfalfa field off 135th Street West, between 45th
and 53rd north, this morning.



Jim Mason, Naturalist

Jim AT gpnc.org

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th Street North

Wichita, KS 67220-2200

316-683-5499 x103 - voice

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Subject: Today's birding.
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:40:04 -0500
I had a prairie chicken tour on Konza this morning and the chickens were a
no-show.  They had moved into a freshly burned area so we improvised and
drove to them.  They were not at all bothered by the cars.  We had 6 or 7
males and 1 hen.  The other bird of interest on Konza was a lone
buff-breasted sandpiper.

As I drove out at Konza office I found good numbers of lark sparrows had
arrived.

On the lake front- for the last several days, flocks of Franklin's gulls
have been moving north.  Also had a large flock of pelicans on the lake
yesterday.
Doris Burnett
Pottawatomie County
Manhattan

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Subject: Riverton eagle nest
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:07 -0500
This Thursday morning, 4-17-14, there were NO
Bald Eagles observed at the Riverton nest.
There was a lot of dump truck activity just to the west.
I wonder if that didn't disturb them...
Poor timing by the city fathers if so....
Larry Herbert,  Joplin, MO.  certhia AT att.net
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Subject: SEKS
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:25 -0500
Schermerhorn Park birds of note:

Osprey along the creek west.
Fish Crow on nest.
Red-headed Woodpeckers - 4 at least.
Yellow-throated Warbler observed and singing.
Pine Siskin - 2 - regular at the thistle feeders.
Linda, Jenn, and I enjoyed them again this morning.

Rest of  25, or so, critters on ebird too.
Larry Herbert,  Joplin, MO.  certhia AT att.net  4-17-14.



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Subject: Franklin's Gulls at El Dorado State Lake
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:34:02 -0500
There were thousands of, what appeared to me to be, Franklin's Gulls 
soaring over and west of El Dorado State Lake this morning, April 17, 2014.
At least they had black heads.

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler Co.

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Subject: Yellow headed blackbirds comin through!
From: Jim Mason <jim AT GPNC.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:54:40 -0500
A large flock was in an alfalfa field off 135th Street West, between 45th
and 53rd north, this morning.

 

Jim Mason, Naturalist

Jim AT gpnc.org

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th Street North

Wichita, KS 67220-2200

316-683-5499 x103 - voice

316-688-9555 - facsimile

www.gpnc.org

 


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Subject: Burcham Park: Wednesday Morning
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:33:56 +0000
It was a bit chilly but still pleasant along the Kaw early this morning. I 
walked for about an hour and fifteen minutes and listed 34 species. 


Besides the Cliff Swallow colony active at the nests and near the dam, there 
were hundreds and maybe many more mixed swallows - mostly Trees, Rough-wings, 
and a few Barns - operating very low over the Kaw and apparently in migration. 
There might have been some Banks as well but the lighting was such that they 
would have been hard to pull out. 


Yellow-rumped Warbler (12-song)
Northern Parula (3 singers)
Orange-crowned Warbler (1)

DC Cormorant (12)
Hairy WP - (1)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3 singing; FOS Burcham)
Eastern Bluebird (2)
Field Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (1 singing)

Bob Antonio
Lawrence



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Subject: Flint Hills Shorebird Surveys
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:36:45 +0000
Spent two day conducting shorebird surveys in the Flint Hills, while running a 
route SW of Reese, a drove a 10 mile stretch in which the grassland had been 
burned on both sides. I recorded 598 American Golden-Plovers in seven different 
flocks and 30 Upland Sandpipers. The two largest flocks of plovers were in 
pastures that had been burned but were showing significant green up, while the 
small flocks were located in the areas that were still black. 


Robert L. Penner II                   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: Sora at Lake Wabaunsee on 4/14/14
From: Dan Gish <gishbear AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:09 -0500
--Dan Larson and I located an immature Sora wading in one of the creeks that 
runs into the lake. WE watched the bird for about 5 minutes before it dove into 
the weeds along the shore of the creek. He fllicked his tail as he walked like 
a small chicken. 



Dan Gish
Topeka, Kansas
1-785-232-3731

"Once a Zen master stood up before his students and was about to deliver a 
sermon. And just before he was about to open his mouth, a bird sang. And he 
said, 'The sermon has been delivered.'" Joseph Campbell 


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Subject: Pair of Surf Scoters at Perry Lake
From: Susan Iversen <siversen AT SUNFLOWER.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:49:47 -0500
While monitoring the bluebird trail at Perry Lake this morning, Tuesday, 4/15, 
I saw a pair of Surf Scoters. Both were mature birds. They were loosely 
associated with a group of about 60 to 70 Northern Shovelers and 8 coots in a 
cove in the Rock Creek Public Use Area. 


Also very pleased to report that the bluebirds are well into egg laying and 
quite a few were already incubating their clutches. There were a total of 115 
eggs in 28 nests. A fantastic way to spend a morning. 


Susan Iversen
Lawrence, Kansas
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Subject: Re: The bird that probably wasn't
From: John Schukman <schuksaya AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:53:18 -0500
Brown-headed Cowbird--heard that on Saturday.

John Schukman
Leavenworth Co.

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From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On
Behalf Of Al Schirmacher
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:18 PM
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Subject: The bird that probably wasn't

Today, while walking a minimum maintenance road near Lake Nebo (Jackson
County) I heard "peetz-up" from a nearby (but mud-inaccessible) small woods.
The call was repeated a few times.

Since I'm am still getting used to migrant arrival times here in northeast
Kansas, I journeyed home and consulted the bible (not the one I'm usually
in, but "Birds of Kansas", which I love).  Earliest arrival date for Acadian
Flycatcher, 4/30; more likely in early May.  Not a surprise, they were an
(occasional) later migrant in MN & WI.

So, what else might say "peetz-up" with emphasis on last syllable?

FOS Grasshopper & Lincoln's Sparrows there; only warblers are Parula and LA
Waterthrush; still have not picked up a Black-and-White this season.

Good birding to all and sundry.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Quivira report 15 April 2014
From: Barry Jones <barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:34:04 -0500
Refuge-wide Quivira shorebird survey conducted by Haddican and Rogers 
today, 15 April, produced the following:
Snowy Plover - 55
Killdeer - 47
Black-necked Stilt - 8
American Avocet - 143
Greater Yellowlegs - 53
Lesser Yellowlegs - 30
Marbled Godwit - 5 (FOS)
Hudsonian Godwit - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 21
Least Sandpiper - 53
Baird's Sandpiper - 758
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - 2 (FOS)
dowitcher, sp. - 104
Wilson's Snipe - 5
Wilson's Phalarope - 31 (FOS)

Species = 16
Birds = 1,318

Other:  two FOS Bonaparte's Gulls on the east side of the Wildlife Drive 
this morning; Cinnamon Teal still present along NE 170th near the bridge.  
Also, Bald Eagles on Wildlife Drive nest are apparently with hatched 
young, although they are too small to be seen from the road.  We are 
making the presumption on young based on the timing and the adults' 
behavior.

Barry Jones
Quivira NWR

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Subject: The bird that probably wasn't
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:05 -0500
Today, while walking a minimum maintenance road near Lake Nebo (Jackson County) 
I heard "peetz-up" from a nearby (but mud-inaccessible) small woods. The call 
was repeated a few times. 


Since I'm am still getting used to migrant arrival times here in northeast 
Kansas, I journeyed home and consulted the bible (not the one I'm usually in, 
but "Birds of Kansas", which I love). Earliest arrival date for Acadian 
Flycatcher, 4/30; more likely in early May. Not a surprise, they were an 
(occasional) later migrant in MN & WI. 


So, what else might say "peetz-up" with emphasis on last syllable?

FOS Grasshopper & Lincoln's Sparrows there; only warblers are Parula and LA 
Waterthrush; still have not picked up a Black-and-White this season. 


Good birding to all and sundry.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS


 		 	   		  
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Subject: FOY RT Hummingbird
From: Margaret Hoyle <hoylem5562 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:21:43 -0500
A RT Hummingbird showed up just a bit ago. He really seemed to be enjoying
the weeds in the yard....:-)

-- 
Margaret Hoyle
Crawford State Park
Farlington, KS 66734

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Subject: No Subject
From: coleenm2002 <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:04:15 -0500
Last night at midnight while walking our dogs with backlighting of beautiful 
full moon, we heard what sounded like snow geese on northeast shoreline of 
Tuttle Creek Lake from viewpoint of High Meadow Circle. We could see white all 
along northeast shoreline as far as eye could see. This morning we got up 
before sunrise to view them but, alas, a deep, heavy fog had ascended upon the 
lake COMPLETELY obscuring the lake! Did anyone happen to see the view last 
night before it got dark? 

We were standing in Riley Co but view was on Pottawattamie County side.
Coleen Brown
Carla Trecek
Manhattan,  Ks


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Subject: Fish Crows in Wichita
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:11:09 -0500
This is not big news but I pulled over on Hydraulic Ave at the bridge 
today to take a phone call (just behind Starlite Theater screen) and 
while I was on the phone a posse of 5 or 6 Fish Crows flew in and 
landed, then moved on. Vocalizing throughout. This is really only a few 
miles up river from the Calhoun property where they have been for 
several years. I think these are the first I've seen right in town 
(Wichita).  There are other records from in town I think.  I give them 
1-2 years till they reach Reno Co.  or maybe they have already gone that 
far. Coming soon to a Wetland of International Importance near you!

-- 
Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net "Blessed are they who 
see beautiful things in humble places where other people see 
nothing."-Camille Pissarro

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Subject: FOS\Kentucky earbler 505 n. mize
From: Bill Falk <nlwlfalk AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:22:47 -0500
We had akentucky warbler  AT  the solarium window today \a yellow rump earlier

Other birds!

great egret cardinal, mallards, junco, house finch, Canada's, rock pigeons

house sparrow, chickadees

good birding

bill Falk

Wichita

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Subject: Clarification
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:41:53 -0500
KSBIRD-L - 

I just want to clear up that if you do not have a Yahoo address, even if you 
were booted off last week, you do not need to get a new address. You were 
caught in the backwash, but your messages to the list do not cause a 
problem.

Chuck

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Subject: ADMIN: KSBIRD-L list problems
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:12:52 -0500
Good day KSBIRD-L!

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Subject: Pipits
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:35:10 -0500
Always nice to pick up a county bird - five American Pipits at the west 
entrance to Atchison County Lake. 


Good birding to all!

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

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Subject: 2 PISI at SEKS today
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:21:06 -0500
Our son, Mark, and I had the volunteer duty at 
Southeast Kansas Nature Center today, Schermerhorn Park,
south of Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas.

Two Pine Siskin were at the thistle feeders at 3 pm.  These
were the first two that I have observed here, or in Joplin, MO.,
all of this winter and spring.  Made our day.  
Larry Herbert,  Joplin, MO.  4-13-14.  
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Subject: Re: Lakewood Bird Walk
From: coleenm2002 <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:37:27 -0500
Milford bird walk morning of 4-12-14.
Geary Co.

Great day! Saw and or heard greater than 40 species, thanks to Chuck Otte and 
the rest of the group! 


Horned grebe
Canada geese
Red winged blackbirds
Bewick's wren
Yellow rumped warblers
Chipping sparrow singing
Blue -gray gnatcatchers
Lincoln sparrow
Eastern meadowlark
Field sparrow singing
*****Pileated woodpecker*****yeh!!!!
***Wood ducks***yeh!!!!
***Carolina wren***
Mourning dove
Tufted titmouse
Downy woodpecker
Blue winged teal
Green winged teal
Gadwall
Northern shoveler
Common merganser
Cliff swallows
Buffelhead
Tree swallows
Turkey vultures
Cardinals
Ruby crowned kinglet
Great blue herons
Adult bald eagle with 2 eaglets
Crows
Grackles
***Northern parula***
***Swainson's hawk***
***Louisiana water thrush***
Harris sparrow
Cedar waxwings
Eastern phoebe
Black capped chickadees
Brown headed cowbird
American gold finches
Pied-billed grebe

And last but not least as we left...

Great egret. :)

Wonderful morning and great weather!
Coleen Brown
Carla Trecek
Manhattan,  Ks
Riley County










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-------- Original message --------
From: Marjorie Streckfus 
Date:04/12/2014  1:09 PM  (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Lakewood Bird Walk

Among other birds this morning on Bobby Hiebert's birdwalk at Lakewood 
Discovery Center in Salina, fos Cattle Egret (1) was seen. Blue Gray 
Gnatcatchers are back there too. 


Marge Streckfus, Salina
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Subject: HV County weekend
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:01:28 -0500
I stopped by Greenfield Lake and Patterson Marsh early this AM on my way to
church.  Most all shallow lakes in the SW part of Harvey County are dry.
 The two above had water but little to show.  Reeds over Greenfield Lake
kept me from seeing much but I did hear a lot of Greater Yellowlegs at both
locations along with distant flocks of flying peeps.  A few Yellow-headed
Blackbirds showed up briefly at Greenfield as did a flock of Cattle Egrets.

I had one dark Orange-crowned Warbler along Kidron Creek in North Newton
yesterday and refound the loudly singing Louisiana Waterthrush at Sand
Creek just down from Memorial Grove at Bethel College  Snowy Egrets at the
SW 14th Street Wetland were a nice find yesterday.

Sparrow diversity is picking up but the high winds have made seeing the
sparrows very difficult.

Gregg

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS
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Subject: Burcham Park: Sunday
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:06:24 +0000
Though thunder rumbled several times and a few rain drops fell, it was a very 
comfortable, calm, and "quiet" morning along the Kaw. It was also a bit more 
birdy with the pile driver, truck traffic, and rowers absent. I walked for 
about an hour and a half and listed 40 species - substantially more activity 
and variety than Friday there and at the Fitch yesterday. 


The day's highlights were two species I seldom see in Burcham:
Broad-winged Hawk (1 FOS)
Canvasback Duck (pair FOS)

Cliff Swallows - the colony has returned & were buzzing like bees at the hive 
around the nests below the Mass Street Bridge 

Eurasian Collared Doves - the pair was at their usual nesting site around the 
tower & power station south of park and its monotonous song could be heard. 


DC Cormorant (8)
Pied-billed Grebe (7 FOS)
American Coot (6 FOS)
Wood Duck (4)
Blue-winged Teal (2 FOS in Burcham)
Barred Owl (1 FOS in Burcham)
Rough-winged Swallow (2-calling FOS in Burcham)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1-FOS in Burcham)
Eastern Phoebe (1-singing FOS in Burcham)
Field Sparrow (3-one sang; FOS in Burcham)
Song Sparrow (2-1 still singing)
White-Crowned Sparrow (3 notes)

Orange-crowned Warbler (1-bright FOS)
Yellow-rumped Warblers (4-2 singers; males in full spring plumage)
Northern Parula (2 singing)

I have not heard the Prothonotary Warbler or Warbling Vireo, which usually 
return around this time or a little before. 


Bob Antonio
Lawrence


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Subject: Eastern Kingbird
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:03:29 -0500
I saw an Eastern Kingbird (FOS) near my farm in Labette County on Saturday, 
April 12 in the AM. 


Rick Tucker
Parsons
Labette County
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Subject: Pott Co Poorwill
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:05:04 -0500
For the last two weeks I have been on the 4 to 12 shift and every night on
the drive home I take a little detour and stop at a place I've named
Goatsucker Hill hoping to hear nightjars and/or owls, almost as soon as I
got out of the truck a single Common Poorwill was heard. It is not unusual
for me to hear both Poorwill and Chucks calling at the same time in this
spot and I hope to get a Whip-poor-will here someday as well.

Also had FOY Upland Sandpipers in the burned areas bordering the plant...

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: Re: Chautauqua County 4/12
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:31:21 -0700
Test to see if Yahoo emails are working with KS listserve.
 
God Bless,


Paul O. Roisen
Sioux City, IA 
712-301-2817
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:45 PM, Kevin Groeneweg  
wrote: 

 
Fourteen members of the Wichita Audubon Society cruised the scenic roads of 
Chautauqua county today.  Although it ended up being quite warm and breezy, it 
turned out to be a pretty good field trip.  On the way we stopped by the Massey 
farm near Dexter and saw a couple of Greater Prairie Chickens.  Upland 
Sandpipers have returned as well.  There was one Ross's Goose on a small pond 
not far from the B&B, possibly injured.  Sparrows have returned in a big way, 
with many Vesper, Lark, Savannah and Grasshopper.  At the Rock Creek crossing 
on Dalton Rd west of Hewins we had great looks at a pair of Louisiana 
Waterthrushes as well as Northern Parula.  At the Caney River crossing at 
Hart's Mill we had a very cooperative Yellow-throated Warbler that gave the 
crowd great looks.  While we were getting on the warbler, a Black Vulture 
circled low overhead...another crowd-pleaser.  Southeast of Hewins along a 
two-track by the Caney near Wilson Cemetery we had 

>another Yellow-throated Warbler, along with Black-and-White, a Yellow-throated 
Vireo and a White-eyed Vireo.  A great spot for butterflies too.  At the bridge 
west of Elgin there was a huge number of Cliff Swallows and a Red-headed 
Woodpecker.  We drove on to the Copan Wildlife Area just into Montgomery county 
where we had lunch, but did not see the birds previously reported there. 
 Having all of our target species, we didn't spend much time.  As we headed 
west back into Chautauqua Co., we saw another Black Vulture just west of Peru. 
 Fish Crows have really become the default crow in this part of the state 
anywhere near water, with many seen and heard, including at the Cedar Vale 
lagoons, at every river crossing, Copan WA and the Sedan lagoons.  There were 
several nice burns along the way back, but no plovers were seen.  One other 
bird of note was an Eastern Kingbird in eastern Chautauqua Co. just west of 
Copan WA. 

>
>Kevin Groeneweg
>Wichita
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Subject: Chautauqua County 4/12
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:35:04 -0700
Fourteen members of the Wichita Audubon Society cruised the scenic roads of 
Chautauqua county today.  Although it ended up being quite warm and breezy, it 
turned out to be a pretty good field trip.  On the way we stopped by the Massey 
farm near Dexter and saw a couple of Greater Prairie Chickens.  Upland 
Sandpipers have returned as well.  There was one Ross's Goose on a small pond 
not far from the B&B, possibly injured.  Sparrows have returned in a big way, 
with many Vesper, Lark, Savannah and Grasshopper.  At the Rock Creek crossing 
on Dalton Rd west of Hewins we had great looks at a pair of Louisiana 
Waterthrushes as well as Northern Parula.  At the Caney River crossing at 
Hart's Mill we had a very cooperative Yellow-throated Warbler that gave the 
crowd great looks.  While we were getting on the warbler, a Black Vulture 
circled low overhead...another crowd-pleaser.  Southeast of Hewins along a 
two-track by the Caney near Wilson Cemetery we had 

 another Yellow-throated Warbler, along with Black-and-White, a Yellow-throated 
Vireo and a White-eyed Vireo.  A great spot for butterflies too.  At the bridge 
west of Elgin there was a huge number of Cliff Swallows and a Red-headed 
Woodpecker.  We drove on to the Copan Wildlife Area just into Montgomery county 
where we had lunch, but did not see the birds previously reported there. 
 Having all of our target species, we didn't spend much time.  As we headed 
west back into Chautauqua Co., we saw another Black Vulture just west of Peru. 
 Fish Crows have really become the default crow in this part of the state 
anywhere near water, with many seen and heard, including at the Cedar Vale 
lagoons, at every river crossing, Copan WA and the Sedan lagoons.  There were 
several nice burns along the way back, but no plovers were seen.  One other 
bird of note was an Eastern Kingbird in eastern Chautauqua Co. just west of 
Copan WA. 


Kevin Groeneweg
Wichita
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Subject: Kiowa-Comanche-Clark 4/12
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:34:38 -0500
Will Chatfield-Taylor and I birded the subject counties today and found a
few birds of note.

In Kiowa County, we had a few Lesser Prairie Chickens, a singing Cassin's
Sparrow and a singing Louisiana Waterthrush along Thompson Creek. We had
two adult Whooping Cranes on a farm pond near Belvidere.

In Comanche County, we had two more singing Louisiana Waterthrushes along
Mule Creek.

In Clark County, we had a Rock Wren and a Townsend's Solitaire.

In Gray County this evening we closed the day with a Short-eared Owl and
four Lesser Prairie Chickens.


Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: Lakewood Bird Walk
From: Marjorie Streckfus <streckfusm AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:05:08 -0500
Among other birds this morning on Bobby Hiebert's birdwalk at Lakewood 
Discovery Center in Salina, fos Cattle Egret (1) was seen. Blue Gray 
Gnatcatchers are back there too. 


Marge Streckfus, Salina
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Subject: Fitch/McColl Areas
From: "Antonio, Robert J." <anto AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:19:18 +0000
I walked for about an hour and fifteen minutes at the Fitch and nearby McColl 
areas early this morning. I listed 27 species. Not many migrants there and it 
seems pretty dry - hoped to hear Louisiana Waterthrush but it was absent and 
the water was not running from the pond to the stream. I heard and saw mostly 
resident species. 


Northern Parula (1 singing)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2 notes)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2 notes)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Chipping Sparrow (1)
Field Sparrow (1 singing)
Wild Turkey (1 in woods at the Fitch)
Barred Owl (2)

Bob Antonio
Lawrence



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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms Shorebirds
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:51:17 +0000
Curtis Wolf's post about shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms prompted me to get out 
their Saturday morning and conduct the International Shorebird Survey and 
attempt to put some estimates on the shorebird numbers. 


Killdeer 52
Black-necked Stilt 27
American Avocet 39
Greater Yellowlegs 165
Lesser Yellowlegs 67
Marbled Godwit  9
Semipalmated Sandpiper 13
Least Sandpiper 3
Pectorial Sandpiper  5
Baird's Sandpiper 9150
Dowitchers   800  mostly Long-billed but I did hear a few Short-billed
Plus about 2000 unidentified

Birds were coming in as I was during the survey, so these numbers are already 
out dated. 


Best habitat is in Pool 3A, 2 and 5





Robert L. Penner II                   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: Flicker Video
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:23:08 -0500
I got a new camera.Canon SX 50.  Here is my first video using it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czy4ZmqSVAQ

 

I just saw 4 really weird looking birds fly over the house. They were
cormorants.  I think it's a new yard bird for me.

 

Jeff Hansen

topeka


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Subject: Neosho Wildlife Area & misc 4-11-14
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:26:23 +0000
My apologies for posting so much recently, but I believe this warrants 
sharing... 


I took the day off work to do some Neosho County birding since the weather 
forecast was perfect.. or close to it. 


Neosho Wildlife area continues to be drained. I did find out from the area 
manager than this is only for some more routine maintenance and that they have 
been awarded funding to begin their rehab project. He said don't expect any 
major work to begin until just after the end of next duck season. But at that 
point any or all of the area could be closed during the process. 


Pool 2 & 3 are roughly 4' low. Here are some of the birds of note from NWA 
...Sedge Wren, White-faced Ibis(6), Cinnamon Teal, Sora(3), Black-crown Night 
Heron(9), Green Heron, & loads of the expected shorebirds including a flock of 
50+ golden plovers. I also landed 2 new county birds.. Swainsons Hawk(#218) & 
Red-Breasted Merganser(#219). Have photos but they are pretty poor. 


Here is a link to a pic of the Cinnamon Teal.... you'll notice that a sora 
jumps into the photo at the last minute. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94977818 AT N02/13791107164 



Lake Parsons - Activity is way down here since the bulk of the deep water ducks 
have headed back north. Did see about 1000 coots there today and 2 Common 
Loons. Also saw 3 Red-Breasted mergansers there too. Fitting that I go all fall 
& winter without seeing one and see them in two separate places on the same 
day. 



Happy Birding!
Andrew Burnett
Neosho Co.

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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms-4/11/14
From: Curtis Wolf <cjwolf AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:34:50 -0500
It was a gorgeous evening at Cheyenne Bottoms this evening. 

Highlights were a cinnamon teal in Pool 3a about half way between the vault 
toilet and the Redwing dike and 4 marbled godwits in 3a east of Redwing dike. 


Lots of ducks with almost every species of duck that could be there, being 
there. 


A nice number of shorebirds came in last evening. Pool 3a and Pool 2 have some 
excellent shorebird habitat. I did not spend a lot of time checking out the 
peeps, but noticed good numbers of Baird's sandpipers and long-billed 
dowitchers and a few least sandpipers. Also had one pectoral sandpiper and both 
yellowlegs species. 


I also saw a flock of 18 white-faced ibis and 3 black-necked stilts. No avocets 
this evening but we've seen them the last couple weeks. Also had 7 cattle 
egrets, which were FOS for me. Did not find any snowy or great egrets, but 
we've also had these in increasing numbers this past week. 


Good number of yellow-headed blackbirds have come in too.

Curtis Wolf
Site manager
Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Ellinwood, KS

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