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4 Mar BRCR [Don Kazmaier ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Ken Brunson ]
3 Mar Fwd: Access to Newton Wetlands [Fred Bartel ]
3 Mar Re: Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS [HR Parks ]
3 Mar Access to Newton Wetlands [Fred Bartel ]
3 Mar Unusual Duck at Tuttle Tubes, Manhattan KS [Thomas Schermerhorn ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
3 Mar Baker Wetlands survey [Daniel Larson ]
3 Mar Iceland Gull Hillsdale Lake ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Mulhern ]
3 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
3 Mar Russell CO roadrunner [Kat Farres ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
2 Mar Re: The Rusties are coming!!! [Brandon Magette ]
2 Mar The Rusties are coming!!! [Chuck Otte ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Andrew Burnett ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Elmer Finck ]
2 Mar My Thanks [Al Schirmacher ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site ["Bollin III, John J." ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Steve Sorensen ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Hoobler ]
2 Mar Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [EUGENE YOUNG ]
2 Mar Neosho County 3-2-15 [Andrew Burnett ]
2 Mar Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site [Dan Mulhern ]
2 Mar Burroughs Audubon features Chuck Otte! ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
1 Mar Lake Cheney [Andrew Miller ]
1 Mar Re: Harvey County East Lake [Michael Pearce ]
1 Mar Re: Harvey County East Lake [RODNEY WEDEL ]
1 Mar Carolina Wrens at Suet Feeders [Atcha Nolan ]
1 Mar Re: Hays finch - it is a Cassin's [Robert Reed ]
1 Mar HOLA Front Cover Picture [Mark Van Horn ]
1 Mar Hays finch - it is a Cassin's [Henry Armknecht ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not [Marky101 ]
1 Mar Re: Pink-sided Junco or not [Larry Lade ]
1 Mar County listing deadline March 7, 2015 ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
1 Mar eBird -- Harvey County East Lake -- Mar 1, 2015 [Gregg Friesen ]
1 Mar Re: Bluebirds at bird bath! [Sacie Lambertson ]
28 Feb Re: Today [Chris Hobbs ]
28 Feb Re: Today [Chris Hobbs ]
28 Feb Northern Shrike Miami County ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
28 Feb Swans in Chase County / 28 February [Scott Seltman ]
28 Feb Common Redpoll in Shawnee backyard, Johnson County [Debbie ]
28 Feb Hillsdale Lake/Miami County Gulls [Malcolm Gold ]
28 Feb Eastern Towhee - Shawnee, Johnson Co [John McConnell ]
28 Feb Today [Max Thompson ]
28 Feb Pink-sided Junco or not [Jeff Hansen ]
28 Feb Bluebirds at bird bath! [Mary Dennice Craig ]
28 Feb Towhee's [Don Kazmaier ]
26 Feb LaFarge Glaucous apparently has left & Songbird stamps at USPS [Pete Janzen ]
26 Feb Lesser goldfinch [Dan Larson ]
25 Feb Re: Morton County [Jeff Calhoun ]
25 Feb La Cygne lake gulls [Mick McHugh ]
25 Feb Re: Morton County [Pete Janzen ]
25 Feb Re: Morton County [Edward Raynor ]
25 Feb Re: Morton County [John Mallery ]
25 Feb Morton County [Al Schirmacher ]
24 Feb Labette/Neosho Counties [Richard Tucker ]
24 Feb Male Robin guarding mealworm feeder [Jane Liggett ]
24 Feb road runners in Ashland [Laura Kirk ]
23 Feb Re: hybrid goose [Michael Pearce ]
23 Feb hybrid goose [Lowell Johnson ]
23 Feb Purple Martin Arrival... [Andrew Burnett ]
23 Feb Sandhill Crane at Wyandotte County Lake [Matt Gearheart ]
22 Feb Kaw River gulls [Chris Hobbs ]
22 Feb Sapsucker Eating Suet [Jeff Hansen ]
21 Feb Fw: blackbirds [Henry and Debby Armknecht ]
21 Feb CB and Q [Edward Raynor ]
21 Feb Greater white-fronted geese Manhattan [HR Parks ]
21 Feb FW: eBird Report - Lake Parsons, Feb 21, 2015 [Richard Tucker ]
21 Feb Yellow headed blackbird [HR Parks ]
21 Feb Reno County Landfill [Andrew Miller ]

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

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

Elmer J. Finck, Professor
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From:   Ken Brunson 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   03/03/2015 01:56 PM
Subject:        Re: Prairie Chicken Lek Reporting Site
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




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

Cheers,
Ken Brunson

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

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

Cheers,
Ken Brunson

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego, KS


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


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


Respectfully, Gene
Ark City KS

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

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


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

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

Iceland.     Mark Land OP KS

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

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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

Elmer J. Finck, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601-4099
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A tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



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




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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/lfmwl7w

Chuck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Chuck & Jaye Otte      mailto:otte2 AT cox.net
613 Tamerisk
Junction City Kansas USA 66441
785-238-8800

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/lfmwl7w

Chuck

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

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

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

Chuck


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

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

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

with us to help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird!


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


His comments are below...

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

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



Hope this helps,
Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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

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

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



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




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

Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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

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


My deepest thanks to each of you!

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

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

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

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


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

Threatened
Birds
PIPING PLOVER  Charadrius melodus
RED KNOT  Calidris canutus rufa

Endangered
Birds
LEAST TERN  Sterna antillarum
WHOOPING CRANE  Grus americana

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


32-958

Chapter 32.--WILDLIFE, PARKS AND RECREATION

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

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


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

 ame and endangered species conservation act are no longer necessary.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chapter 32.--WILDLIFE, PARKS AND RECREATION

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

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


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


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


      (3)   disease or predation;

      (4)   the inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Gene

Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

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


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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

John Bollin
Leavenworth County KS


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

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


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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


Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

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


 

Steve Sorensen

Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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

 

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Valley Center, KS

Sedgwick County

 



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

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

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

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


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


Gene

Eugene A. Young


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

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

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

All:



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




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




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



Sincerely,



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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS



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



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



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



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



Sincerely,



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

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

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

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

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


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

Nancy Clark
Shawnee, Johnson County
nhclark AT planetkc.com




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


Mark Land
Overland Park

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Miller
Partridge KS

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

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

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

Michael PearceNewton, America

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

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


Rod Wedel
Newton

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

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler Co.

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

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

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

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

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


Any one have something?  

Sincerely,

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

	Henry A

	Hays KS

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

-Marky

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


Looks like a Pink-sided Junco to me.

Larry Lade
Saint Joseph, MO



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


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



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



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



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



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



Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overland Park, KS 66207

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


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

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



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

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

Sacie- in the country near Winchester in NE Kansas.

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM, Mary Dennice Craig 
wrote:

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


Chris Hobbs
Lenexa KS
chobbs AT everestkc.net

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Chris Hobbs  wrote:

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

>
>Chris Hobbs 
>
>Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Re: Today
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs AT EVERESTKC.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:48:35 -0600
You must have the Majority of Pine Siskins in the state! How you're doing well 
- miss you! 


Chris Hobbs 

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Max Thompson  wrote:

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

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

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

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

Mark Land
Overland Park, Ks 66207

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Debbie Reasoner

Shawnee, KS

 


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

Full ebird list below.

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

Good birding

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


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

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

Max

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Pink-sided Junco or not
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:31:39 -0600
I took these pictures yesterday of a junco in my yard.  I think it's a pink
sided.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Topeka


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Subject: Bluebirds at bird bath!
From: Mary Dennice Craig <mdcraigster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:23:34 -0600
I live SE of Derby. Quite isolated from other homes so to attract any Blue bird 
took years. Drought killed their attempts to nest for two years. Last year we 
had two different nests, at least three successful fledge broods. That second 
pair of bluebirds surprised me. Two weeks ago, two males had a fierce fight 
right before my eyes. And, to today's point, a FLOCK has found my small, heated 
birdbath--well, a big crowd of nine.Only those who read these posts can 
understand my joy. So, thanks for caring. 

Dennice Craig
(On a still drying pond SE of Derby)

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Subject: Towhee's
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:46:42 -0600
We still have the two spotted Towhees around the house.  Apparently, the
like the shelter and the food we've been providing for them.  Quite a treat
for us to have them in town to watch every day.  Donnie K. in Larned

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Subject: LaFarge Glaucous apparently has left & Songbird stamps at USPS
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:05:08 -0600
I have checked the LaFarge Sandpits in Wichita twice this week and have 
not found the 1st winter Glaucous Gull that present for nearly a month.  
It may have left the area.  While I'm on the air, the US Postal Service 
is offering some very attractive songbird postage stamps at this time.  
I bought one book I might keep as a collector item.  They have some way 
cool Batman ones as well.
-- 
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Subject: Lesser goldfinch
From: Dan Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:24:48 -0600
I am fairly certain I have had a Lesser goldfinch at my feeder I have seen it 
twice gone for my camera and it was gone 

Dan Larson

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Subject: Re: Morton County
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:20:05 -0600
E.J. beat me to the punch, but it has been an emphasis of mine and
continues to be a project in the very early stages, so this serves as a
good opportunity to alert the bird list:

Ford County has more birding hotspots than any county in Kansas. What? Did
you read the correctly?!?! On eBird, it does! But there the word hotspot is
a misnomer. Many "hotspots" are simply an attempt to collect birding data
from multiple eBirders from one aggregated area with specific coordinates,
and many don't really represent "hot" birding in any sense of the word. I
mean, check out the insanity for yourself with two counties that I love
more than most:

Ford -- http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KS-057/hotspots
Hodgeman -- http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KS-083/hotspots

And I continue to add publicly bird-able locations as hotspots and
encourage birders to do the same!! Take home message: if you happen to be
in a new area outside of your comfort zone, you can always use eBird to
help you with a place or two to visit! And hotspots are a great place to
start (especially in the obsessive compulsive "Calhoun Footprint" areas of
the state, hopefully statewide as my efforts move forward). If you get
ambitious, you can even dive into the hotspot data to see bar charts and
species lists at specific locations, and you can get the unrivaled
adrenaline rush as you add Eurasian Collared-Dove to a new all-time hotspot
list! There are no written descriptions on eBird, so this functionality
will never replace books/websites/personal advice, but with it entails a
sense of adventure as you answer the question "What in the world is Battin
Park?". If your mind is one to wander, you will probably find a place or
two that fills you with wonder, but you may also find a place or two that
leaves some to be desired, but I think that's just the mantra of Kansas
birding.

Perhaps you can use a hotspot and add to the base of community-wide
knowledge with your next visit to a wastewater treatment plant (WTP) in
birding-challenged Edwards County (
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KS-047/hotspots).


Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS



On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM, Al Schirmacher 
wrote:

> Is there a field trip - formal or informal - to Morton County in the
> spring?
>
> If not, any articles that would help pinpoint specific locations to hit
> for rarities?
>
> My thanks.
>
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
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Subject: La Cygne lake gulls
From: Mick McHugh <emchugh2 AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:51:19 -0600
This afternoon, 2/25/15, had two Glaucous Gulls,
adult and 1st year, and a 2nd year Lesser Black-back Gull. They were in the 
cove that runs west just north of the dam. Get there by going south on the road 
in the park. Continue down the hill to the parking lot next to the cove. Many 
ducks also. 

Mick McHugh
Kansas City

They will mount up with wings,as Eagles
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Subject: Re: Morton County
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:43:33 -0600
Al you need one of the Cimm Grassland books by Cable & Seltman. I think I still 
have an extra copy. Send me your address off list and I will send it to you. 

PJ

-----Original Message-----
From: "Al Schirmacher" 
Sent: ‎2/‎25/‎2015 10:13 AM
To: "KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU" 
Subject: Morton County

Is there a field trip - formal or informal - to Morton County in the spring?

If not, any articles that would help pinpoint specific locations to hit for 
rarities? 


My thanks.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

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Subject: Re: Morton County
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:32:44 -0600
EBird would provide you with such information here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KS-129?yr=all

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, John Mallery 
wrote:

> Al,
>
> I took my first trip there last May. It was wonderful, but knowing
> where to go is helpful. There are people with more knowledge and
> experience out there but here is my two cents.
>
> I stopped at the Ranger Station on my way into Elkhart. I found some
> useful brochures and gleaned some interesting info. Three places to
> check are Tunnerville Work Center (Where I had Green Tailed Towhee),
> Middle Spring and Point of Rocks are also great. Directions to these
> places can be found on this brochure:
> http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5261822.pdf
>
> In town, the cemetery, the shelterbelt north of the cemetery and the
> sewage ponds just northwest of the shelterbelt are great as well. It
> tickled me that there is a sign saying "Enjoy the Birds" on your way
> into the sewage ponds.
>
> You may find this useful as well:
> http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_rm/rm_gtr281/rm_gtr281_101_104.pdf
>
> It was extremely windy when I was there. I spent most of my time
> hunkered down at Middle Spring. Those are my thoughts. I'm sure others
> will have more.
>
> John
>
> --
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> Husband, Father, Grandfather
> Art Historian (in training)
> Rejuvenated Birder
> Overland Park, Kansas
> 913.708.4199
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-- 
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Subject: Re: Morton County
From: John Mallery <john.mallery AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:35:50 -0600
Al,

I took my first trip there last May. It was wonderful, but knowing
where to go is helpful. There are people with more knowledge and
experience out there but here is my two cents.

I stopped at the Ranger Station on my way into Elkhart. I found some
useful brochures and gleaned some interesting info. Three places to
check are Tunnerville Work Center (Where I had Green Tailed Towhee),
Middle Spring and Point of Rocks are also great. Directions to these
places can be found on this brochure:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5261822.pdf

In town, the cemetery, the shelterbelt north of the cemetery and the
sewage ponds just northwest of the shelterbelt are great as well. It
tickled me that there is a sign saying "Enjoy the Birds" on your way
into the sewage ponds.

You may find this useful as well:
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_rm/rm_gtr281/rm_gtr281_101_104.pdf

It was extremely windy when I was there. I spent most of my time
hunkered down at Middle Spring. Those are my thoughts. I'm sure others
will have more.

John

-- 
John Mallery
Husband, Father, Grandfather
Art Historian (in training)
Rejuvenated Birder
Overland Park, Kansas
913.708.4199

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Subject: Morton County
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:03:12 -0600
Is there a field trip - formal or informal - to Morton County in the spring?

If not, any articles that would help pinpoint specific locations to hit for 
rarities? 


My thanks.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Labette/Neosho Counties
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:43:40 -0600
I have seen flocks of Redheads and Canvasbacks on large ponds in Labette
County and on the sewer lagoons at Erie.  These are the first I have seen
this winter.  Also, Pintails, Mallards, Ringnecks and others.  Lots of ducks
around right now.

 

Rick Tucker

Parsons

Labette County


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Subject: Male Robin guarding mealworm feeder
From: Jane Liggett <liggettjane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:10:37 -0600
Hi,
I'm hoping someone might have a suggestion to thwart a male Robin from driving 
eastern bluebirds away from the mealworm feeder we have mounted on our deck 
railing. The feeder has a metal top & bottom with large mesh sides which the 
bluebirds are able to pass through. The Robin is unable to fit through the 
panels but harasses the bluebirds & chases them. This happened last year as 
well making me suspect it's the same robin. This recent behavior started this 
past week. 


We've tried luring the Robin away from the feeder with mealworms on the floor. 
Hasn't helped. 


Any ideas would be most appreciated.

Jane Liggett
Lawrence Ks



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Subject: road runners in Ashland
From: Laura Kirk <lauraellenkirk AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:11:30 -0600
Resident road runners are being seen and reported in Ashland, KS. near the
Methodist Church. People who work at the church say there are a pair living
nearby. Seems cold for them.

Laura Kirk
Lawrence, KS

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Subject: Re: hybrid goose
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:44:54 -0600
Interesting goose, Lowell.
Never seen anything like it in the decoys or in my retriever's mouth.
Anybody else?
Michael PearceNewton, America

> Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:31:48 +0000
> From: ljohnson AT KSU.EDU
> Subject: hybrid goose
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> 
> Late yesterday afternoon along the Big Blue River in Outlet Park I spotted 
this goose amongst a zillion others. It clearly looked strange. I am suggesting 
that it is a Canada/Greater White-fronted hybrid, as it seems to have 
characters of both. Feel free to confirm or disagree with my i.d. I have posted 
its photo on my Flickr site. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/lbjbirds
> 
> 
> Great Birding!
> 
> Lowell Johnson
> 
> Manhattan
> 
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Subject: hybrid goose
From: Lowell Johnson <ljohnson AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:31:48 +0000
Late yesterday afternoon along the Big Blue River in Outlet Park I spotted this 
goose amongst a zillion others. It clearly looked strange. I am suggesting that 
it is a Canada/Greater White-fronted hybrid, as it seems to have characters of 
both. Feel free to confirm or disagree with my i.d. I have posted its photo on 
my Flickr site. 


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


Great Birding!

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Manhattan


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Subject: Purple Martin Arrival...
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:35 +0000
Hello!

The first arrivals of Purple Martins in Kansas typically occur between Feb 22nd 
& Mar 8th.(info from PMCA Scout Arrival Study) With about half of the recorded 
years first arrivals occurring in Feb. So be on the lookout and get those 
houses up and ready! I am hoping for a late arriving bunch this year as with 
the current cold spell life will be tough for the aerial insectivore. There is 
no typical "Avg First Arrival" calculated for the normal Kansas colony, but if 
I had to guess based upon browsing the PMCA data I would say March 20th is a 
solid state wide avg for the first bird arrival at established colonies. 


If anyone is interested in hosting purple martins or is having issues 
maintaining or establishing a colony purplemartin.org is the website for the 
Purple Martin Conservation Association. http://www.purplemartin.org/ 


A wealth of knowledge and research is located there. Everything from how to 
tips to latest innovations in martin management. Also I am available via e-mail 
off list if anyone has any questions about their home setups. I'll be happy to 
share my experience. 


Recent geolocator info has established that a martin will make the trip from 
the wintering grounds in Brazil to a nest site in 14-21 days(~300 miles per 
day). So most Kansas first arrivals have left the cozy confines of perpetual 
summer in Brazil on their way to your home. 


Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS


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Subject: Sandhill Crane at Wyandotte County Lake
From: Matt Gearheart <mgearheart AT DESIGNWITHINSIGHT.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:20:53 +0000
Hello-

Corey Entriken, who is not currently on KS-Birds sent me a note on Friday about 
a 

Sandhill Crane foraging with the Canada Geese at Wyandotte County Lake. He 
spotted 

the bird near the marina cove and beach area.
Thought I'd pass along the message for anyone in the area to keep an eye out 
for it. 

He did mention seeing it fly off with the geese, so it may have moved on, but 
could 

still be in the area.
Corey has a photo of the bird shown here in his ebird checklist:
https://ebird.org/admin/reviewSub.htm?subID=S21993789

Good Birding,
Matt Gearheart
Lenexa, KS
mgearheart AT designwithinsight.com




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Subject: Kaw River gulls
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs AT EVERESTKC.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:34:32 -0600
Spent a chilly 45 minutes at Nelson Island in Johnson County this morning. 
You'd think after all these years, I would know the difference between dressing 
for 'walking' or for 'standing'. 


Of the hundreds of gulls resting on the ice, the vast majority were adult 
plumaged Ring-billed. There were a good number of Herring, but the five (5) 
Glaucous, one (1) Thayer's, and one (1) fly-by Lesser Black-backed were the 
highlights. 


Bald Eagles were doing a good job of shuffling the deck, but gulls were also 
coming and going during my brief visit. 


Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
chobbs AT everestkc.net
Subject: Sapsucker Eating Suet
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:03:50 -0600
I captured my sapsucker eating my suet today.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl9VQLMgjgs

 

Jeff Hansen
Topeka.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George E Probasco"


Today (21 Feb 2015) traveling on Highway 18, just east of Waldo, we (my 
passengers and I) began seeing large flocks of blackbirds.  I pulled off the 
road and as we began to look around us we saw even more massive flocks of 
blackbirds.  I talked to a local farmer briefly and he said the flocks had 
been around for some time, some days he sees them and some days he doesn’t, 
but they always show up again.  Numbers are likely in the millions, but it 
is difficult to get an adequate overall picture of the flock.

Paradise Creek runs through this area and at times treetops along the creek 
would just be black with the birds.  I thought that someone in KOS should 
know about this.  I used to report to listserv, but haven’t for a couple of 
years.  So, I decided to see if I could find an email address for someone 
and report.  I’ll see if this works.  George E Probasco 

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Subject: CB and Q
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:38:49 -0600
Hello,
Cheyenne Bottoms hosted thousands of white geese, pintail, and mallards
This afternoon. Most expected waterfowl were present as well as a few
Red-breasted Mergansers. The Snowy Owl was hiding on an island in pool 4a.
Waterfowl composition was similar at Quivira's Big Salt Marsh. Although
thousands of Sandhill Crane and two Tundra Swans made the added mileage
worth it. Wildlife Drive held both species near the end of the loop. I have
photos of an interesting light morph red-tailed hawk that was just a couple
miles north of Holyrood that I'll post in a bit.
 Good birding,
E.J.


-- 
Edward J. Raynor
Manhattan, KS
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Subject: Greater white-fronted geese Manhattan
From: HR Parks <hrparks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:44:43 -0600
I moved from the Ag Farm over to Tuttle Creek State Park and found several
greater white-fronted geese on the river below the tubes, with Canada and
cackling geese. One bufflehead is mightily outnumbered but seemed
oblivious.
This was supposed to be a brief detour on the way to pick up my mail in
town.  Now I have to find out what else is out here.
Eve Parks
Manhattan

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Lake Parsons, Feb 21, 2015
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:35:07 -0600
Birded at Lake Parsons in southern Neosho County this morning and picked up a 
few new county birds. Common Merganser and Winter Wren (responded to call) Lots 
of Snow/Ross Geese rafted on Lake. I saw a Great Horned Owl in an abandoned 
hawk nest. List attached. Great morning to be out. 


Rick Tucker
Parsons
Labette County, Kansas 

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Lake Parsons, Neosho, US-KS
Feb 21, 2015 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
26 species (+3 other taxa)

Snow/Ross's Goose  2000
Cackling/Canada Goose  500
Mallard  25
Common Merganser 24 new county bird, in body of lake near raft of Snow Geese 

Northern Bobwhite  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  10
Ring-billed Gull  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Great Horned Owl  2     one setting on hawk nest, one flying
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  6
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Winter Wren  1     responded to call, new county bird
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  15
American Robin  30
Northern Mockingbird  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  50
Northern Cardinal  20
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  200
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22007804 


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

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Subject: Yellow headed blackbird
From: HR Parks <hrparks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:13:10 -0600
One adult make yellow headed blackbird slumming with a large flick of
starlings at the Dairy And  Beef units at k-State off Marlatt Ave. the
flock is moving around frequently, but he stands out.
Eve Parks
Manhattan

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Subject: Reno County Landfill
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:20:49 -0600
Hi all,

Bryant and I went to the Reno County Landfill yesterday for several hours,
and found two first cycle Kumlien's Gull's( photos linked).
 
Other gulls there were, 15 Thayer's and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls as well
as the Kumlien's. There were also good numbers of Herring and Ring-billed
Gulls as usual.  More photos and info at our blog
http://www.renocountybirdmen.blogspot.com/.


Andrew Miller
Partridge, KS

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