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Red-necked Grebe,©David Sibley

6 Feb Re: Cheney State Park and Hutchinson Landfill [Henry Armknecht ]
5 Feb Cheney State Park and Hutchinson Landfill [Kevin Groeneweg ]
5 Feb Baker Wetlands Survey [Daniel Larson ]
5 Feb Fwd: Tell us about your CBC experience! [Galen Pittman ]
5 Feb Re: Roadrunner [Jacquelyn coe ]
5 Feb Re: Roadrunner [coleen brown ]
5 Feb Re: Roadrunner [Larry Lade ]
5 Feb Re: Roadrunner [Jacquelyn coe ]
4 Feb New species for KOS Checklist [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
4 Feb Topeka Audubon Program, Tuesday, Feb 9 @ 7pm at the Topeka Shawnee County Library [Jeff Hansen ]
4 Feb Great Black-backed Gull at Wilson Lake today [Dave Klema ]
3 Feb Re: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED [Chris Hobbs ]
3 Feb Saturday Bird walk North Newton, KS [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
4 Feb FW: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED [EUGENE YOUNG ]
4 Feb Milford Lake Waterfowl Survey 2/3/16 [Calvin Wohler ]
3 Feb Bunny eludes Sharpie !! [Don Kazmaier ]
2 Feb Sandhill Cranes, Pottawatomie County [Chuck Otte ]
2 Feb Hairy Woodpecker [Don Kazmaier ]
1 Feb Roadrunner [Daniel Smith ]
1 Feb County Listing due February 7th ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
31 Jan Prairre Chickens [Dan Hoobler ]
31 Jan Black Vultures in Cherokee County, January 30 2016 ["Rader, Jennifer" ]
31 Jan Chautauqua County birding [Atcha Nolan ]
31 Jan Wichita Audubon Society February events [Pete Janzen ]
31 Jan HV County weekend [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
31 Jan Cheney Reservoir and Hutch Landfill Jan 31 [Pete Janzen ]
30 Jan Hamilton County Birds [Tom SHANE ]
30 Jan Fw: Black Vultures [John Northrup ]
30 Jan Re: Black Vultures [EUGENE YOUNG ]
29 Jan Black Vultures [John Northrup ]
29 Jan Kansas Birding Big Year [mike rader ]
29 Jan Mute swan Great Bend sandpit [Rob Graham ]
28 Jan Ferruginous Hawk [Joe Hoelscher ]
28 Jan Reno Co landfill, gulls and access [Joseph Miller ]
28 Jan Another Day in Kearny County. [Tom SHANE ]
27 Jan Great Black-backed Gull at Milford Lake [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
27 Jan Southwest Kansas Dove news. [Tom SHANE ]
26 Jan RFI - Northern Shrike in central Ks [Mary Herold ]
25 Jan Re: Southwest Kansas Hawk Drive [coleen brown ]
25 Jan Re: Meadowlark Movements.... [Lawrence Herbert ]
25 Jan Meadowlark Movements.... [Andrew Burnett ]
25 Jan Southwest Kansas Hawk Drive [Tom SHANE ]
24 Jan Re: Starling Bonanza [Ron Klataske ]
25 Jan Milford Lake Weekend [John Row ]
24 Jan Re: Starling Bonanza [Susan Adamchak ]
23 Jan Starling Bonanza [Jeff Hansen ]
23 Jan Red-headed Woodpecker [terry mannell ]
23 Jan Pott Co Short-eared Owl [Brandon Magette ]
23 Jan Baker Wetlands survey [Daniel Larson ]
22 Jan Long-tailed Duck's still at Milford Lake [Chuck Otte ]
21 Jan Merlin [William ]
20 Jan Ruby-crowned Kinglets [ok_forbs ]
20 Jan Re: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem [Ann Feyerharm ]
19 Jan Re: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem [marla ]
19 Jan Re: Binoculars [Jeff Hansen ]
19 Jan Re: Binoculars [Carolyn Schwab ]
19 Jan Binoculars [Jeff Hansen ]
19 Jan Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem [Ron Klataske ]
19 Jan Winfield City Lake (Cowley Co.) [Max Thompson ]
18 Jan Wilson Redpoll update [mike rader ]
18 Jan Curve-billed Thrasher - Finney County ["Michael K. Ramsey" ]
18 Jan Finches in Hays [Henry Armknecht ]
18 Jan Rough-legged Hawk E side of Newton,KS [Schwab Carolyn ]
18 Jan Brown Thrasher [Janet Rebant ]
18 Jan Wilson Common Redpoll [mike rader ]
18 Jan Re: Overwintering Gray Catbirds [Joseph Miller ]
18 Jan OT Birds of Colorado book? [Kat Farres ]
17 Jan Overwintering Gray Catbirds [Scott Seltman ]
17 Jan Starling Observations [Jeff Hansen ]
18 Jan Neosho WA [Andrew Burnett ]
16 Jan Lyon & Osage Counties [Carol Morgan ]
16 Jan Arnett CBC Results [ok_forbs ]
16 Jan Flicker - more detail ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
16 Jan Flicker? ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
15 Jan Re: Duck! Or, take a gander, please... [Bob Gress ]
15 Jan White-winged Dove Update [John Row ]

Subject: Re: Cheney State Park and Hutchinson Landfill
From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:11:26 +0000
Anyone birding the Hutch landfill tomorrow?

Henry A
Hays

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

Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 3:07 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Cheney State Park and Hutchinson Landfill

I birded the east entrance to Cheney SP this morning and didn't find much of 
interest except for a Northern Shrike on M&M Point. This marks the 7th time 
I've seen that species at Cheney SP going back to 2002. I then headed to the 
Hutchinson landfill for the gull-fest going on there. I didn't go into the 
landfill, but the field across from it had about 500 gulls, including an adult 
Great Black-backed, 3 adult Lesser Black-backed and 2 Thayer's (a 1st cycle and 
3rd cycle). All sightings were in Reno county. 

Kevin GroenewegWichita

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Subject: Cheney State Park and Hutchinson Landfill
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:06:40 +0000
I birded the east entrance to Cheney SP this morning and didn't find much of 
interest except for a Northern Shrike on M&M Point. This marks the 7th time 
I've seen that species at Cheney SP going back to 2002. I then headed to the 
Hutchinson landfill for the gull-fest going on there. I didn't go into the 
landfill, but the field across from it had about 500 gulls, including an adult 
Great Black-backed, 3 adult Lesser Black-backed and 2 Thayer's (a 1st cycle and 
3rd cycle). All sightings were in Reno county. 

Kevin GroenewegWichita

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Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:51:46 -0600
Last Sunday Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Sam Richards, Kylee Sharp and Dan
Larson surveyed Baker Wetlands, Lawrence Kansas.

Waterbirds

Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Cackling Goose 19
Canada Goose 1156
Gadwall 28
American Wigeon 3
Mallard 91
Northern Shoveler 15
Northern Pintail 43
Green-winged Teal 40
Redhead 15
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 4
Hooded Merganser 3
American White Pelican 20 ( A real treat as these spiraled down out of the
sky towards us.)
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 115
Belted Kingfisher

Raptors

Northern Harrier 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 29
Krider's Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
American Kestrel 1

Sparrows

Le Conte's Sparrow 5
American Tree Sparrow 59
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Harris's Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 9
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 9
Spotted Towhee 1

The complete count is below.

Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton KS

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Subject: Fwd: Tell us about your CBC experience!
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:11:20 -0600
Nat. Audubon is looking for feedback from CBC participants. So if you have
been a participant consider filling out their survey. It is fairly involved
and asks quite a few in-depth questions about why you particpate in CBCs
and other forms of citizen science projects.
Galen Pittman
Lawrence, Ks
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Feb 5, 2016 10:28 AM
Subject: Tell us about your CBC experience!
To: 
Cc:

  The Christmas Bird Count


Dear CBC Compiler,

Thank you for your work on the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Now, instead of
telling us about birds, we hope you will take a few minutes to tell us
about yourself and your CBC experience.  Please
complete this online questionnaire to help us better understand your
participation and the broader impacts of the program.

*Also, please help us by forwarding this email and survey link to all
participants in the circle(s) you managed during this year's 116th CBC.* We
appreciate your help in making sure the survey link reaches all CBC
participants.

*To access the questionnaire*:
Click here  OR cut and paste the following URL into
your browser: http://bit.ly/1P13RTC
The survey will remain open through *February 29, 2016* .

Participation in the survey is voluntary, and you must be 18 years or older
to participate. Be assured that your identity will be kept strictly
confidential and the information you give us will never be associated with
your name. The input you provide will inform the management of the CBC
program and help to ensure the CBC continues for over another century.

The survey has been designed by researchers at the North Carolina Museum of
Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University, and Clemson University,
in collaboration with Audubon. If you have any questions about the study,
please contact Dr. Caren Cooper, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity
Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, by telephone
(919-707-9273) or electronic mail (caren.cooper AT naturalsciences.org ). If
you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in
this study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human
Participants Administrator at 919-515-4514 or access the website at
https://research.ncsu.edu/sparcs/compliance/irb/.

Thank you, once again, for your input and your important work on the CBC!


Sincerely,

Geoff LeBaron
Director of the Christmas Bird Count
National Audubon Society
www.christmasbirdcount.org

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Subject: Re: Roadrunner
From: Jacquelyn coe <jcoecgah AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:08:14 -0600
So sorry. I am new to this. We live in Castleton, about 10 miles south of 
Hutchinson, in Reno county. We are on the southwest of town and have former 
CRP bordering the west and south of our property.

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Subject: Re: Roadrunner
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:56:07 -0600
I wanna know too! :-) Coleen Brown Manhattan, KS


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Larry Lade 
Date: 02/05/2016  11:27 AM  (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Roadrunner

And you live where?
Larry LadeSaint Joseph, MO

 On Friday, February 5, 2016 10:50 AM, Jacquelyn coe  
wrote: 



 We have had a roadrunner visiting our yard daily since the last part of
September. He seems to be catching mice and the occasional insect for a
living. Fascinating to watch..we never tire of seeing him.

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Subject: Re: Roadrunner
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:23:54 +0000
And you live where?
Larry LadeSaint Joseph, MO 

 On Friday, February 5, 2016 10:50 AM, Jacquelyn coe  
wrote: 

 

 We have had a roadrunner visiting our yard daily since the last part of 
September. He seems to be catching mice and the occasional insect for a 
living. Fascinating to watch..we never tire of seeing him.

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Subject: Re: Roadrunner
From: Jacquelyn coe <jcoecgah AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:33:02 -0600
We have had a roadrunner visiting our yard daily since the last part of 
September. He seems to be catching mice and the occasional insect for a 
living. Fascinating to watch..we never tire of seeing him.

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Subject: New species for KOS Checklist
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:37:53 -0600
The Kansas Bird Records Committee (KBRC) met last weekend for their 
annual meeting and to finalize all voting on records for 2015. The full report 
will be published in the June KOS Bulletin. There were a couple of records of 
note.

The Purple Sandpiper seen and photographed by Brent Galliart and Dave 
Klema at Wilson Lake on December 23 was accepted and added to the state 
checklist. It is the 479th species on the Kansas checklist (what will be 
#480?).

A Long-billed Murrelet seen and photographed by Rob Penner at Cheyenne 
Bottoms on October 6 was also accepted. This is the second record of 
Long-billed Murrelet for the state and the first with physical evidence 
(photograph). The hypothetical status for this species was removed thus 
leaving only 12 species on the hypothetical list for Kansas (species with 
accepted records but no physical evidence - list follows at end of message.

The last record of note is of a Scott's Oriole seen by Jay Newton in central 
Kiowa County on May 28. This is just the second record for Scott's Oriole in 
Kansas. The first record was a specimen collected in Morton County in 1967.

The updated full Kansas Checklist can be found on the county checklist web 
page: http://www.ksbirds.org/checklist/checklist_index.htm I'll start working 
on updating the county checklists later in February.

The KBRC also spent considerable time Saturday updating the KBRC 
Review list. There were several species removed, several added and 
locations where some species need to be documented refined as well. That 
updated list should be live sometime over the weekend.

If you have any questions on any of these actions, please don't hesitate to 
drop me a message!

Hypothetical Species on Kansas Checklist
Eurasian Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Wilson's Plover
Glaucous-winged Gull
Arctic Tern
Flammulated Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Black Phoebe
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Juniper Titmouse
Northern Wheatear
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Chuck

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

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Subject: Topeka Audubon Program, Tuesday, Feb 9 @ 7pm at the Topeka Shawnee County Library
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:55:47 -0600
TAS & KOS & anyone else,

What: Topeka Audubon Program, Tuesday, Feb 9  AT  7pm at the Topeka Shawnee County 
Library 


The presentation is titled "Creating a Bird Friendly Habitat". This is a 
favorite presentation of mine because it has good information for the novice 
and the experienced. There is plenty of misinformation available on the topic 
and I hope open people's eyes to the ALL of the things we can do to create a 
bird friendly habitat on our property. I hope to see EVERYONE there. 


A description of the presentation and the speaker follows.

Birds require four things to survive and prosper: food, water, shelter, and 
nesting sites. By providing all four in our landscapes we can attract birds to 
our properties. We will learn some of the plants that will provide food and 
shelter for birds, various bird feeder options, providing water in various 
forms, and natural and artificial nesting options. 


Jeff has been a gardener and lover of the natural world all of his life. After 
converting his yard to native plants of Kansas, he observed great quantities of 
birds visiting his property. Over 100 bird species have visited his yard in 
suburban Topeka. He is an enthusiastic teacher that loves entertaining while 
sharing his knowledge with others. 


As owner of Kansas Native Plants, he consults with property owners on 
evaluating their landscapes for wildlife. He has served on the Board of 
Directors of the Kansas Native Plant Society, Topeka Audubon Society, and 
Grassland Heritage Society. He is a citizen scientist for Project Feeder Watch 
& Project Nest Watch. His time is also spent monitoring about 100 nest boxes in 
Topeka parks. You may find him leading a wildflower, bird, or nature walk 
around the Topeka area. Other hobbies include making paper from plant fiber and 
gardening for butterflies. 


Jeff
-----Original Message-----
From: topekaaudubon AT googlegroups.com [mailto:topekaaudubon AT googlegroups.com] On 
Behalf Of janeen walters 

Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 9:52 PM
To: Topeka Audubon Society
Subject: [TAS] Program next Tuesday at the library

There is never a dull moment when Jeff Hansen is our presenter. I think his 
plans were to share information on sustaining birds in your landscaping. Have 
you modified that Jeff? 


The program is at 7pm. or you can join us at the Burger Stand at 5:30 (16th and 
Washburn) 


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Subject: Great Black-backed Gull at Wilson Lake today
From: Dave Klema <daklema1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:51:16 -0600
The Greater Black-backed Gull was in the boat ramp cove in the Hell Creek 
area.  Aparently too cold for the boats so the gulls moved in.  I will post a 
photo in eBird tomorrow.

Dave Klema
Wilson, KS

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Subject: Re: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:13:15 -0600
If we care about birds and Kansas, we'll vote these vermin out of office.

Chris Hobbs
chobbs.f1 AT gmail.com
Lenexa, KS
On Feb 3, 2016 7:02 PM, "EUGENE YOUNG"  wrote:

> If like KS birds, you might be interested in this…Gene
>
> Eugene A. Young
>
> [noc-logo.jpg]
> 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
>
> From: Ron Klataske  ron_klataske AT audubonofkansas.org>>
> Date: February 3, 2016 at 3:55:54 PM CST
> To: youngg6264 AT yahoo.com
> Subject: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act
> THREATENED
> Reply-To: ron_klataske AT audubonofkansas.org ron_klataske AT audubonofkansas.org>
>
> Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED
>
>
> Senate Bill 383
>
> The Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1975 is
> under attack again in the Kansas Legislature.  Senator Larry Powell
> (R-Garden City) introduced Senate Bill 384<
> 
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001USsFwIXXFkXqYR31-BIN1nwaXQxfvg1CmVjt-arNdt3UyJYQUSr5PgnU2HsH_3X5il1ZzXVeEQ6GlzBe7Hk-pzL8qHNz3BVbBTDeQpVs8nljUflxDXW0Cd0W2YFvmmhYdPqc7LpXzqjOtUxGxcf-03GGHWhZf2kEp3v2JIPCUfvb-8Bbesb9VlDsrWz7UZIG-OubEG2wpDnqvBiHPxfrFTnnhOuHlFKj2Vr3jET8kld73bOzmtA3iPRZ2NiLHZFT&c=pvFv8aCEo1ssxV568O6bRyQ8dkkxTfRn_qNZePLVF-PhMFcCl92VQA==&ch=0TqfQAYjy0Jh_WoqDefJ-ia8mvzPcNPRoxHo0olaFia3HYxmAh-lKA==>. 

> The short title of the bill is "Amending provisions of the nongame and
> endangered species conservation act," but a more accurate title would be
> "Eviscerating the nongame and endangered species conservation act."
>
> A hearing is scheduled tomorrow morning in the Senate Natural Resources
> Committee, chaired by Senator Larry Powell.  Senator Powell has proposed
> several similar bills to eliminate state protection for threatened and
> endangered species and their habitats in recent years, and he also pushed a
> bill to eliminate authority for conservation easements in Kansas.  He
> introduced this bill in the Ways and Means Committee so it will not die
> during the timetable for most bills.  Thus, if it emerges out of this
> committee he can attach it to other bills passed by the House, or impose it
> in other ways without advance notice.   He introduced the bill at the
> request of Aaron Popelka, a lobbyist with the Kansas Livestock Association
> (KLA).  Although KLA has been progressive with support for conservation
> easements and not normally anti-conservation in recent years, Aaron Popelka
> has been a staunch opponent of protection of threatened and endangered
> species.  He bitterly complained several years ago when a western Kansas
> feedlot operator was required to do some mitigation to obtain a permit for
> expansion.
>
> Senate Bill 384 will make it difficult at best, generally impractical and
> possibly impossible, for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and
> Tourism (KDWPT) to include threatened or endangered species on the state
> threatened and endangered list, establish critical habitat, or protect the
> species listed and their critical habitat. The bill adds a list of
> provisions that the Act "shall not apply to," including development of
> commercial and private property, any activity involving a requirement for a
> permit from any other state or federal agency (even if publically funded),
> etc.  Basically it only retains authority over the "intentional taking of a
> threatened...or an endangered species."  Establishing "intent" in the
> destruction of critical habitat or even actions resulting directly in the
> killing of a protected species is difficult to establish.
>
> It is likely that the Committee will not take action on the bill tomorrow
> morning immediately after the hearing.  However, Senator Powell could work
> the bill at any time, even on Friday morning.  Thus, it is important for
> folks who cherish our state's wildlife heritage to contact members of the
> Senate Natural Resources Committee as soon as possible and ask them to
> OPPOSE SB343. Please send a note or make a call even if it is next week or
> beyond.
>
> A list of the members of the committee, their phone numbers and email
> addresses is provided below.  Senators Marci Francisco, Tom Hawk, and
> Carolyn McGinn usually vote to support conservation.  Vice Chair Dan
> Kerschen was instrumental in protecting conservation easements, and we hope
> he will rise to the occasion to protect wildlife as well.  Other senators
> should be encouraged to vote against this bill.
>
> In addition to a copy of the statement<
> 
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001USsFwIXXFkXqYR31-BIN1nwaXQxfvg1CmVjt-arNdt3UyJYQUSr5PgnU2HsH_3X5JnPio8rbRV_O1s9urxRmgxOSrDgL0c-r7vjI0LQ1Dk6UyxEIxy7AF1KRD8sne0eNGr_O9Ek56rlxlEWJQ8sQDATX9kBLk6lnRAGMkDFY4HicfoQn1TpkxJGPTiUDKWQDjRoHSXhlne08VFSnI92ZjHvIxfwyaK6jaQ8or4nyUVOT7_ELNh6yqQ==&c=pvFv8aCEo1ssxV568O6bRyQ8dkkxTfRn_qNZePLVF-PhMFcCl92VQA==&ch=0TqfQAYjy0Jh_WoqDefJ-ia8mvzPcNPRoxHo0olaFia3HYxmAh-lKA==> 

> that I rushed to prepare today to have included in the record for
> tomorrow's hearing, please find included a copy of the statement<
> 
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001USsFwIXXFkXqYR31-BIN1nwaXQxfvg1CmVjt-arNdt3UyJYQUSr5PgnU2HsH_3X5PzZHFhdkFpfjCiKV_27qXvlH79v7pRY5W0mIMov0m8xUdXPoHeKlLCOAG-xwwyl9hEZEIZ7XsoduAt4GcK3Ew4tcuwdDN_Xz81TJwZjqpmNdLTr9GYFOvDO_h48rZ8bRHotlArre7sSBRwxXZFsoyrxQKXQ0rzcseizpy-9tTdAVWWfwP0ujVg==&c=pvFv8aCEo1ssxV568O6bRyQ8dkkxTfRn_qNZePLVF-PhMFcCl92VQA==&ch=0TqfQAYjy0Jh_WoqDefJ-ia8mvzPcNPRoxHo0olaFia3HYxmAh-lKA==> 

> prepared by the KDWPT team.  Secretary Robin Jennison will present it in
> the hearing.
>
> Thanks for all you do to help.  --Ron
>
>
>
> Members of the Natural Resources Committee
>
> Chair:
> Sen. Larry Powell Phone: 785-296-7694
> Email: Larry.Powell AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Vice Chair:
> Sen. Dan Kerschen Phone: 785-296-7353
> Email: Dan.Kerschen AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Marci Francisco Phone: 785-296-7364
> Email: Marci.Francisco AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Tom Arpke Phone: 785-296-7369
> Email: Tom.Arpke AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Tom Hawk Phone: 785-296-7360
> Email: Tom.Hawk AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Carolyn McGinn Phone: 785-296-7377
> Email: Carolyn.McGinn AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Michael O'Donnell Phone: 785-296-7391
> Email: Michael.ODonnell AT senate.ks.gov Michael.ODonnell AT senate.ks.gov>
>
> Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer Phone: 785-296-7399
> Email: Ralph.Ostmeyer AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Dennis Pyle Phone: 785-296-7379
> Email: Dennis.Pyle AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Greg Smith Phone: 785-296-7367
> Email: Greg.Smith AT senate.ks.gov
>
> Sen. Caryn Tyson Phone: 785-296-6838
> Email: Caryn.Tyson AT senate.ks.gov
>
>
>
>
>

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Subject: Saturday Bird walk North Newton, KS
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:44:09 -0600
The Kauffman Museum in North Newton will host the museum's monthly bird
walk this Saturday the 6th of February at 9 AM.  Meet in the parking lot of
the museum (north Main Street and 27th St) and dress warm.  We walk about
1.5 miles total and the walk ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Gregg Friesen

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: FW: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:59:07 +0000
If like KS birds, you might be interested in this…Gene

Eugene A. Young

[noc-logo.jpg]
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

From: Ron Klataske 
> 

Date: February 3, 2016 at 3:55:54 PM CST
To: youngg6264 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act 
THREATENED 

Reply-To: 
ron_klataske AT audubonofkansas.org 


Action Alert: Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act THREATENED


Senate Bill 383

The Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1975 is under 
attack again in the Kansas Legislature. Senator Larry Powell (R-Garden City) 
introduced Senate Bill 
384. 
The short title of the bill is "Amending provisions of the nongame and 
endangered species conservation act," but a more accurate title would be 
"Eviscerating the nongame and endangered species conservation act." 


A hearing is scheduled tomorrow morning in the Senate Natural Resources 
Committee, chaired by Senator Larry Powell. Senator Powell has proposed several 
similar bills to eliminate state protection for threatened and endangered 
species and their habitats in recent years, and he also pushed a bill to 
eliminate authority for conservation easements in Kansas. He introduced this 
bill in the Ways and Means Committee so it will not die during the timetable 
for most bills. Thus, if it emerges out of this committee he can attach it to 
other bills passed by the House, or impose it in other ways without advance 
notice. He introduced the bill at the request of Aaron Popelka, a lobbyist with 
the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA). Although KLA has been progressive with 
support for conservation easements and not normally anti-conservation in recent 
years, Aaron Popelka has been a staunch opponent of protection of threatened 
and endangered species. He bitterly complained several years ago when a western 
Kansas feedlot operator was required to do some mitigation to obtain a permit 
for expansion. 


Senate Bill 384 will make it difficult at best, generally impractical and 
possibly impossible, for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism 
(KDWPT) to include threatened or endangered species on the state threatened and 
endangered list, establish critical habitat, or protect the species listed and 
their critical habitat. The bill adds a list of provisions that the Act "shall 
not apply to," including development of commercial and private property, any 
activity involving a requirement for a permit from any other state or federal 
agency (even if publically funded), etc. Basically it only retains authority 
over the "intentional taking of a threatened...or an endangered species." 
Establishing "intent" in the destruction of critical habitat or even actions 
resulting directly in the killing of a protected species is difficult to 
establish. 


It is likely that the Committee will not take action on the bill tomorrow 
morning immediately after the hearing. However, Senator Powell could work the 
bill at any time, even on Friday morning. Thus, it is important for folks who 
cherish our state's wildlife heritage to contact members of the Senate Natural 
Resources Committee as soon as possible and ask them to OPPOSE SB343. Please 
send a note or make a call even if it is next week or beyond. 


A list of the members of the committee, their phone numbers and email addresses 
is provided below. Senators Marci Francisco, Tom Hawk, and Carolyn McGinn 
usually vote to support conservation. Vice Chair Dan Kerschen was instrumental 
in protecting conservation easements, and we hope he will rise to the occasion 
to protect wildlife as well. Other senators should be encouraged to vote 
against this bill. 


In addition to a copy of the 
statement 
that I rushed to prepare today to have included in the record for tomorrow's 
hearing, please find included a copy of the 
statement 
prepared by the KDWPT team. Secretary Robin Jennison will present it in the 
hearing. 


Thanks for all you do to help.  --Ron



Members of the Natural Resources Committee

Chair:
Sen. Larry Powell Phone: 785-296-7694
Email: Larry.Powell AT senate.ks.gov

Vice Chair:
Sen. Dan Kerschen Phone: 785-296-7353
Email: Dan.Kerschen AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Marci Francisco Phone: 785-296-7364
Email: Marci.Francisco AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Tom Arpke Phone: 785-296-7369
Email: Tom.Arpke AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Tom Hawk Phone: 785-296-7360
Email: Tom.Hawk AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Carolyn McGinn Phone: 785-296-7377
Email: Carolyn.McGinn AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Michael O'Donnell Phone: 785-296-7391
Email: Michael.ODonnell AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer Phone: 785-296-7399
Email: Ralph.Ostmeyer AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Dennis Pyle Phone: 785-296-7379
Email: Dennis.Pyle AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Greg Smith Phone: 785-296-7367
Email: Greg.Smith AT senate.ks.gov

Sen. Caryn Tyson Phone: 785-296-6838
Email: Caryn.Tyson AT senate.ks.gov




Subject: Milford Lake Waterfowl Survey 2/3/16
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:24:42 +0000
Today a KDWPT staff member and myself conducted the bi-monthly waterfowl survey 
around Milford Lake. It was interesting to note that there is 95% open water 
now whereas 5 days ago there was very little open water. There is still not the 
numbers of waterfowl as in past years. Waterfowl count was as follows: 



Canada Goose--130

Mallard--815

Northern Pintail--150

Green Winged Teal--12

Redhead--8

Lesser Scaup--6

Common Goldeneye--270


Other birds of interest:


American White Pelican--1

Great Blue Heron--1

Bald Eagle--67   a great day to watch them

Northern Harrier--2

Red-tailed Hawk--6    lowest number in a long time

Ring-billed Gull--32

American Kestrel--1

Red-winged Blackbird--140


Calvin Wohler

Clay Center KS


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Subject: Bunny eludes Sharpie !!
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:12:30 -0600
Never a dull moment here!!   Our yard bunny was casually munching away on
bird seed I had placed on the ground when he suddenly freaked out and ran
under the bird water pan (elevated), then turned around and ran full bore in
the other direction.  My guess is he must have know something of the
Sharpie's reputation of being a cannibal. We had recently broke down and
bought him some bunny food, but he likes the bird food ??!!  Also had the
female Hairy Woodpecker back at the seed feed this morning.   Donnie K. in
Larned

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Pottawatomie County
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:55:27 -0600
Yesterday I had a phone message on the office answering machine and a 
Facebook friend request. The upshot of it all was that someone in extreme 
northwestern Pottawatomie County took a picture Saturday evening (Jan 30) 
of 7 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. This is very near the upper end of 
Tuttle Creek reservoir with numerous marshes on the Big Blue and Black 
Vermillion Rivers in the area. I'm speculating that these birds were displaced 
by some of the big storms in November (the same ones that put 3 Whooping 
Cranes at the Milford Lake marshes) and they've just never left. So if you are 
birding the upper end of Tuttle Creek Reservoir, keep your eyes and ears 
open for Sandhill Cranes!

Chuck

-----
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: Hairy Woodpecker
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:07:35 -0600
Added this as a new yard bird last week.  We very seldom see them in Larned,
but this winter have had a pair hanging around the neighborhood.  I don't
know if it's common or not, but was excited to see one of them at the seed
feeder!  Great looks at a very impressive bill compared to the little
Downies we feed a a regular basis.   Donnie K.

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Subject: Roadrunner
From: Daniel Smith <mjs AT MJS7.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:42:49 -0600
Friday afternoon I took a trip to Hutchinson via K96 from Wichita.  Between
Wichita and Mt. Hope I saw 2 eagles which for me is still exciting to see.

 

Then when we were just about 3 miles from Hutchinson I looked in a ditch and
saw a roadrunner!  I have lived in Kansas for over 25 years and my dad has
lived in Kansas most of his life and neither one of us had seen one before.
It was about  mile southeast of McNew road.

 

We turned around to try to get a better look at it but couldnt relocate it.
I always thought that pheasants were pretty fast on the ground, but after
researching I found out that they only run 8-10 mph while roadrunners run 20
mph and some even run 26 mph!  

 

We looked around but didnt see a coyote in the area.

 

Daniel Smith

Valley Center

 


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Subject: County Listing due February 7th
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:22:28 -0600
Dear County listers,

The deadline for this months county listing will be Sunday February 7th, 
2015.

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

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.

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS 66207

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Subject: Prairre Chickens
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:55:38 -0600
I took an early morning road trip through the flint hills of northern
Wabunsee Co. on 1/30. Not much of interest, lots of raptors,  few sparrows,
but I did see Chickens on several of the leks. I assume they were all
males, they were hopping up and sparring, but I didn't hear any booming or
cackling. A sure sign of impending springtime, Yea!

Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
Pott. Co. KS.
785-256-3745 m

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Subject: Black Vultures in Cherokee County, January 30 2016
From: "Rader, Jennifer" <jennifer.rader AT KSOUTDOORS.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:00:47 -0600
Good evening all,

A friend saw and photographed three Black Vultures in a tree over at the
Riverton, KS powerplant lake (known locally as Empire Lake) yesterday,
January 30th.

Not much else to report from me. Traveling back to Galena from the Goessel
area today I saw an abundance of raptors and American Crows. The raptors
were mostly Red-tailed's with a few Northern Harriers and 2 adult Bald
Eagles.

Good birding,

-- 
Jenn Rader
Southeast Kansas Nature Center Director
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
3511 S. Main St.
Galena, KS  66739
(620) 783-5207

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Subject: Chautauqua County birding
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:26:34 -0600
I birded with Ben Leader for the past four days (Jan. 28-31)in Chautauqua 
County trying to decide where to set a Christmas Bird Count for next 
December. We saw 54 species. The following is a list of our findings:

Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Canvasvack
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle (3 adult, 4 Juv.)
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
Downy
Hairy
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker (2 going up the same tree)
American Kestrel
Merlin
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren (6)
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Meadowlark Species
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

I was surprised to not see any doves on this trip.

Atcha Nolan
El Dorado, Butler County

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Subject: Wichita Audubon Society February events
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:37:43 -0600
Wichita Audubon has a number of events in the coming three weeks.  I'll 
probably re-post this in about 10 days just to make sure the word 
reaches everyone.  The new staircase at Chaplin Nature Center that goes 
down the bluff from the Visitor's Center will be all or mostly complete 
sometime this month.  As always, all WAS Events are open to the public 
and are free of charge.

*FEBRUARY 6, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER*
Bald eagles have migrated back into Kansas for the winter. Cowley County 
and Chaplin Nature Center are great places to see them. The program will 
start with a 15 minute indoor introduction to the history and 
adaptations of the Bald eagle. Participants will then take a 1.5-mile 
hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering eagles.
Leader: Shawn Silliman  , 620-442-4133

*FEBRUARY 13, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
* Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of 
birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. Experienced birders 
and beginners are welcome. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center 
parking lot. For information:Pete Janzen 
 , 519-1970.  These walks last about 
90 minutes and are quite informal.

*FEBRUARY 16, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
*"Wings Over Weston," by Christine Cline. What started out as a one-time 
event to introduce the newly designated Iatan/Weston River Corridor IBA 
in 2010 is now the largest birding festival in the state of Missouri 
with more than 1,000 attending annually. Its mission is to introduce 
birds, their migation, and the importance of conservation of habitat to 
children, the birders of tomorrow. This is a wonderful program full of 
delights and even some laughs. Christine is the Vice-president of 
Burroughs Audubon Society in Kansas City

*FEBRUARY 20, SATURDAY, 1:00 p.m. GULLS OF RENO COUNTY FIELD TRIP
*We will watch gulls and other winter birds at several locations near 
Hutchinson, most likely including Hoskinson's Sandpit and the Reno 
County Landfill. We expect to see a good variety of gulls. Eight 
different species were seen at these locations last winter, and just 
this past week alone seven species were seen.  Dress for the weather.   
Meet at the PlazaGo Conoco Truck Stop on the southwest corner of K-96 
and US Hwy 50 in South Hutchinson. Leaders: Joseph, Andrew & Bryant 
Miller 

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

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Subject: HV County weekend
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:18:39 -0600
All reports are from 1-30-2016.  I birded the eastern end of the county.  I
finally had some duck variety with the SW 14th Street Wetlands in Newton
hosting Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, some Green-winged Teal nearby and
Canvasback.  It has been hard to drum up ducks this year in HV County.
Both East Lake and the SW14th Street Wetlands hosted single Bald Eagles
with the one in Newton  (the wetlands) soaring high the whole time I was in
the area.  A Winter Wren at the Osage Nature Trail sound more "eastern" to
my ear (Winter Wren).  Sparrows continue a dismal showing in the county.

Gregg Friesen

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: Cheney Reservoir and Hutch Landfill Jan 31
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:39:22 -0600
I spent about 6 hours birding today at Cheney with a final stop near the 
Hutchinson Landfill in Reno County.  Cheney receved littlei attention 
from birders this fall and winter judging from the paucity of reports.  
I hate to think of all the stuff that got missed.

Notables as follows:
Redhead-flock of 40 at the little pond near Heimerman Point (Reno Co.)
White Pelican-at least 250 at Cheney (all three counties)
Bald Eagle 12 or so all three counties
Great Black-backed Gull-1 at Cheney Dam Sedgwick Co.
Glaucous Gull-1 1st winter in field near Hutchinson Landfill
Lesser Black-backed Gull-1 adult in same field
Thayer's Gull-3 first winter in same field
Winter Wren 3 or more at Spring Creek Trail, Kingman Co
Audubon's race, Yellow-rumped Warbler-1 at Yoder Point Rd.  RIght at the 
corner on the blacktop road where you turn in.  Yellow throat seen well
-- 
Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Hamilton County Birds
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:52:52 +0000
Since the Syracuse CBC was not run this year, Sara and I decided to head over 
to Hamilton County late yesterday morning. We went all the way to Coolidge and 
back to Syracuse then took the south Arkansas River Road on east of K27. Just 
southwest of Kendall we took a very good road south, then drove into southwest 
Kearny County along the southern edge of the sandhills and back into Lakin on 
K25. The temp was 64F when we arrived in Syracuse about 11am MST. A strange 
little squall rolled through with the temp dropping back to 59F. The forecasted 
wind of 8mph turned out to be 20mph with some dust. However, later in the 
afternoon, the clouds departed and the temp got back up to 66F. The burger at 
Porky's was not as good as usual. 


Our best bird was a flock of 14 Lesser Prairie-Chickens about 13 miles 
northeast of Coolidge, KS in some CRP, that was a first for us in HM Co. We 
also picked up another Northern Shrike several miles southwest of Kendall in a 
small stand of scattered trees. He was really intense on capturing a Goldfinch. 


Hawks numbers were not as good as we expected:

Northern Harrier ................................ 12
Red-tailed Hawk ................................ 4
Ferruginous Hawk ............................. 1
Rough-legged Hawk .......................... 2
American Kestrel ............................... 11
Prairie Falcon .................................... 2

We also had a dead Merlin on the shoulder of the highway west of Garden City.

There was no good news for mammals. The two large prairie dog towns we often 
check: a 3,000 acre town north of Coolidge and a 11,000 acre dog town 7 miles 
northeast of Coolidge were completely devoid of prairie dogs. I always figured 
that this area was the second largest set of dog towns in Kansas after Logan 
County. We always drive around the large prairie dog town on the CBC, and have 
had counts as high as 23 Ferruginous Hawks. Yesterday there were none. The only 
FEHA we observed was in Kearny Co. The drought was bad in Finney County, but 
once you got west of Lakin it had been horrific. Southeast Colorado was 
scorched with numerous roller clouds bringing in dirt that we really never 
heard about via any Kansas news outlets. The once beautiful shortgrass prairie, 
which extended as far as the eye could see, near Coolidge, was covered in short 
stands of ugly brown fireweed. It indeed was an accumulation of multiple 
ecological disaster. My first thought was that the eradication! 

 of the prairie dogs was in response to the Logan County wars. I'm not going to 
research that. There are a number of Federal and State workers who cover the 
area who probably have the true answer and it could be a variety of things. 


The Hamilton County museum was open yesterday when we pulled into Syracuse, so 
we went in. I had stopped there for the first time 8+ years ago to try and 
research R.T. Shanstrom who owned a ranch just east of Coolidge. He also 
published two excellent CBCs in Bird-Lore circa 1916 and 1920. He had attended 
college in Pueblo and was on the local school board etc in the early 20th 
Century. I had briefly looked over a couple dozen bird mounts they had on 
display at the time, which had been prepared by a local lady. They were in 
pretty bad shape and sure enough when we arrived yesterday they were all gone 
except for a Golden Eagle. After my first trip to the museum I kept thinking 
that one of the grouse was a little large, but nothing on my first trip jumped 
out as a Sage Hen. Too many birds not enough time. 


Well, I had better get ready for the big blizzard. Let those massive flocks of 
Northern Finches find and swarm into our backyard ! ! ! ! We are ready. 


T Shane
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Subject: Fw: Black Vultures
From: John Northrup <jdn008 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:33:08 +0000
Jim Hoffman of Oklahoma shared some information about Black Vulture activity 
that I thought might be of interest to Kansas birders. 



John Northrup

Wichita

Sedgwick Co. KS


________________________________
From: John Northrup 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:28 AM
To: Hoffman, James; EUGENE.YOUNG AT noc.edu
Subject: Re: Black Vultures


On the other side of the coin, thank you, Jim, for your input on what's going 
on in Oklahoma and a heads up as to what may be heading our way! This helps me 
personally with understanding why I'm seeing these guys at what I considered an 
unusual time of year. For the record we were standing on the river at precisely 
the state line (where 332nd Road dead ends onto the west side of the Arkansas 
River) so these two birds were observed in both Kansas and Oklahoma at this 
time. Thanks again, Jim. 



John Northrup

Wichita

Sedgwick Co. KS



________________________________
From: Hoffman, James 
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 10:39 PM
To: jdn008 AT hotmail.com; EUGENE.YOUNG AT noc.edu
Subject: Black Vultures


John and Gene,


Was very interested to hear that Black Vultures have extended range all

the way up the Arkansas Valley to Kansas this winter.  We are currently

seeing unprecendented numbers along the Arkansas River at Keystone

Dam in Tulsa with a wintering flock of 60-70 indviduals.  Ten or fifteen

years ago we didn't have any here, summer or winter.  Thanks for posting

that information.


Jim Hoffman

Tulsa

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Subject: Re: Black Vultures
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG AT NOC.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:17:33 +0000
Interestingly, last spring, while conducting shorebird surveys, we (students 
and I) had one just S of the State-line in OK along the Ark River, along the 
Silverdale-Newkirk road, which is part of the OK Kaw Wildlife Area. 


Gene

Eugene A. Young


Agriculture, Science & Engineering
1220 E. Grand, PO Box 310
Tonkawa, OK, 74653-0310
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Behalf Of John Northrup 

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Subject: Black Vultures

Today I saw my very first Kansas Black Vultures finally. There were two of them 
soaring first upstream along the Arkansas River and then back downstream and 
out of sight. This was in the Kaw Wildlife Area southeast of Arkansas City and 
just barely north of the Oklahoma state line. Whoo-hoo! Also had an adult Bald 
Eagle fly over head with the added bonus of hearing it call several 
times......my wife had never heard one cry before so she was pretty thrilled by 
the moment. 



John Northrup

Wichita

Sedgwick Co.

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Subject: Black Vultures
From: John Northrup <jdn008 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:43:11 +0000
Today I saw my very first Kansas Black Vultures finally. There were two of them 
soaring first upstream along the Arkansas River and then back downstream and 
out of sight. This was in the Kaw Wildlife Area southeast of Arkansas City and 
just barely north of the Oklahoma state line. Whoo-hoo! Also had an adult Bald 
Eagle fly over head with the added bonus of hearing it call several 
times......my wife had never heard one cry before so she was pretty thrilled by 
the moment. 



John Northrup

Wichita

Sedgwick Co.

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Subject: Kansas Birding Big Year
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:44:58 +0000
Hi all,


We are still accepting participants in the Kansas Birding Big Year contest with 
KDWPT until April 1st. Even if you haven't been keeping track of what you've 
seen since January 1st, it's not too late to participate. More information on 
how to sign up is available at: 
http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2016-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year 



[http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/media/images/birding-big-year-contest/241960-1-eng-US/Birding-Big-Year-Contest.jpg] 


2016 Kansas Birding Big Year / Wildlife Diversity 
... 

ksoutdoors.com
The official website of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


We are especially interested in getting more Youth (under 18) and Senior (65 
and older) participants, but everyone is encouraged to sign up. I already have 
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's on board as supporters for 2016 and hope to add 
some additional sponsors as the year progresses. It's a fun way to challenge 
yourselves to get out and bird watch more and see how you match up against your 
peers, with a some incentive to help get you started. All totals need to be 
entered into eBird, so if you have been wanting to use that tool, this is a 
great way to learn more about it as well. If anyone has questions, please let 
me know. 




Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Mute swan Great Bend sandpit
From: Rob Graham <graham AT KSIMAGER.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:06:00 -0600
There is a mute swan on the private sandpit west of Stone Sandpit. I
watched it fly in from the east. Great Bend has several of the swans at the
zoo/Veteran's Lake, but I have never seen one fly. I assume it must be an
escapee.

Rob Graham
Great Bend

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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk
From: Joe Hoelscher <hoelscherchiefsix AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:40:11 -0600
This afternoon I watched what appears to be a light juvenile Ferruginous Hawk. 
It was circling a couple hundred feet above a prairie pasture that's just east 
of 143rd and Evening Star Road in Johnson County. Several Northern Harriers 
were hunting the pasture below it. 

Joe Hoelscher 
Johnson County

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Subject: Reno Co landfill, gulls and access
From: Joseph Miller <josephlowellmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:04:20 -0600
Over the last couple days we have found a number of good gulls at the Reno
Co landfill and nearby sandpit including Glaucous (3), California (1),
Great Black-backed (1), many Thayer's and a handful of Lesser Black-backed.
Photos at these checklists,
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27162531,
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27163506

  However, if you do go to the landfill, be sure to ask permission to bird
at the office and park ONLY up in the pit where they unload trash, ask the
attendant up there where to park. Do *not* park at the bottom of the ramp
leading up there, I wasn't aware of this criteria before today, when I was
warned that I had to "park in the pit, or not at all." The guy said that it
was the second time he's warned someone and if it happens a third time we
can't come back. They've also told us that we need to stay in or right next
to our vehicles. So let's be responsible and stay out of their way, and
hopefully they'll continue to let birders in.

     I should note that we found neither the Great BB or the California
today, so there wasn't that much to look at at the landfill. A slightly
less stressful place to view the gulls is at the Hoskinson's Sandpit just
to the north. The owner has been happy to let us bird if we ask, and gull
viewing is quite good there as well (even from the road, if you have a
scope).

Thanks,
Joseph Miller
Nickerson, Kansas
Reno County Birdmen 

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Subject: Another Day in Kearny County.
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:47:44 +0000
Sara and I highballed it to Kendall, KS this afternoon, 27 JAN 16, then headed 
back east on the north Arkansas River road. We stopped at the diversion dam, 
found a few Juncos and White-crowned Sparrows; many Western Meadowlarks were 
singing this afternoon. A Kestrel glided by me while I was on the slope above 
the river which had the best flow we had seen in years. 


We got farther east and Sara decided she wanted to climb Indian Mound, 
apparently a famous landmark for those traveling the Santa Fe trail. It looked 
like Mt Everest to me; it had to be at least 80 feet up that thing; so I stayed 
in the car. She called me from the top; could not believe AT&T pulled that off 
for us. She said she was doing fine, a little out of breath. 


We got back into Lakin at 4:45pm and the temp was still 62F. Our best bird for 
the day was two Northern Shrikes. Wintering NOSH are generally not hard to find 
along this stretch of the Ark Valley. We located only one active Great Horned 
Owl nest this afternoon. Our best mammal of the day was a porcupine up in 
mid-sized cottonwood in a small grove of large cottonwoods. I will be surprised 
if the branch he was in survives. He had really stripped the bark. Kearny 
County was a new porcupine county for us. We had previously seen them in 
Hamilton, Scott and Meade counties. 


On the 58 mile return trip from Kendall, KS to Garden City, including a 6 mile 
run north of Lakin to look for a Snowy Owl, we had 36 Hawks, with less 
diversity than what we had on the High Plains on Sunday, and the ratios had 
changed; more Red-tails and less Rough-legs.. 


Northern Harrier ............................ 16
Red-tailed Hawk ...........................  14
Rough-legged Hawk .....................  2
American Kestrel ..........................  4

Good Bird Watching,
Tom and Sara Shane
Garden City, KS

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Subject: Great Black-backed Gull at Milford Lake
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:02:53 -0600
Last night I received a message from Mike Houck about a large looking gull 
very dark gull that he'd seen at the south boat ramp area of Milford State 
Park. Hmmmmmm.

This afternoon, after a planning meeting for the Kansas Birding Festival, 
Doris Burnett and I made a side trip to the state park to see if we could 
relocate said large dark gull. Much of the lake has iced up but but still 
enough 

open areas to hold large numbers of ducks. Gulls were not numerous but 
were around.

As we were looking for the large dark gull a second winter California Gull flew 

by. We were about to call it quits when Doris spotted a group of gulls in the 
middle of the lake. One was MUCH darker and larger than the others. They 
took flight and the large one left the others and flew slightly closer but 
somewhat back lit. Through the scope and the heat waves we could see that 
it had a massive bill. Then it flew again and landed behind some Mallards 
and just totally dwarfed the mallards. Conclusion from all these observations 
was a Great Black-backed Gull. Not a bad ending for the day!

Chuck

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

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Subject: Southwest Kansas Dove news.
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:16:16 +0000
The White-winged Doves have been calling almost every day since New Year's 
weekend, much earlier than normal. Up until Sunday and today we were only 
hearing the "Perch-coo" - which is the long drawn out call of around eleven 
notes. Sunday we heard the "Advertising coo" which is the short call, or the 
one people state as the: "Who cooks for you" call. We heard that call numerous 
times today while we walked the Phainopepla ditch. That is the call where the 
dove bows and flips the tips of the wings up behind the body. 


In November the people of Scott City and Leoti were reporting a considerable 
number of dead Collared-Doves. Initial tests and reports indicated the 
possibility of it being Trichomoniasis. We started seeing dead Collared-Doves 
around Christmas here in Garden City. We are waiting for reports on birds sent 
in from Garden City a few days back. So far we have not found any dead 
White-winged Doves. Depending on how bad it gets, some other town may get to be 
the Dove Capital of Kansas. :>) 


Good Dove Watching,
Tom Shane    67846

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Subject: RFI - Northern Shrike in central Ks
From: Mary Herold <herold4us AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:37:23 -0600
I saw the posting for Hillsdale lake, but has anyone seen Northern Shrike in 
the central part of the state? 

Thanks!
Mary Herold - Wichita

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Subject: Re: Southwest Kansas Hawk Drive
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:02:17 -0600
    
Wow! :-) What a day! Red-tailed Hawks did NOT steal the usual limelight!Coleen 
Brown Manhattan, KS 



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From: Tom SHANE  
Date: 01/25/2016  9:04 AM  (GMT-06:00) 
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU 
Subject: Southwest Kansas Hawk Drive 


Sara wanted to get out and take some pictures of hawks yesterday, 24 Jan 16, 
and find some roads we had never traveled. We accomplished both on a very 
beautiful day. 




We worked our way north toward Friend, KS on the Finney-Scott border, then 
worked our way west to the Kearny-Wichita counties border. This is an area that 
in is sort of a twilight zone, especially when you forget to load the DeLorme, 
almost no landmarks and Kearny County completely changed their road numbering 
system a few years back. For those of you who county bird, the road numbers in 
the Kansas DeLorme are completely out-of-date. 




Well ......... I overshot and ended up several miles farther west than I had 
planned before turning south into northeast Kearny County. It turned out great 
since we ended up at a neat old homestead on the geological enigma called 
Campbell Draw. We got out of the car in short sleeves with the temperature at 
sixty degrees and perfectly calm. Sara said she wanted to enjoy the complete 
silence, which we did except for an occasional bird calling. 




The hawk watching was a success in that we found our first Merlin of the 
winter, a species we had missed on all four of the CBCs we had participated in 
this year. We also had not found Rough-legged Hawks in the numbers or locations 
that we normally do during most winters. We had great luck finding eleven. Best 
mammal was the two pronghorns in southwest Scott County 




We ended up traveling 40 miles in Finney County and 30 miles in Kearny County 
finding a total of 52 hawks: 


Northern Harrier ........................... 18

Red-tailed Hawk ........................... 4

Ferruginous Hawk ........................ 4

Rough-legged Hawk .................... 11

American Kestrel .......................... 9

Merlin ........................................... 3

Prairie Falcon ............................... 3



Good Hawk Watching,

Tom and Sara Shane



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Subject: Re: Meadowlark Movements....
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:29:24 -0600
I have noticed more meadowlarks, here in sw. Missouri, than in the last few
years as well.
Nothing like those numbers, however.
Maybe they had a good year...!
Lawrence Herbert,  Joplin, MO.  certhia13 AT gmail.com
 01-25-16.

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 11:25 AM, Andrew Burnett  wrote:

> Birded around Saturday morning in Neosho, Wilson, & the S edge of Woodson
> counties.   I observed large numbers of Meadowlark sp.  It seemed to be
> both Western & Eastern as occasionally singing individuals were present.  I
> found many groups numbering over 100 with a couple groups in the 2-300
> range.  Dozens of smaller groups were observed also.  All total I would
> guess I saw well over 3000 during the 4 hrs of birding.  Certainly the
> largest movement I have seen in my relatively short time birding.  As a
> contrast the recent Parsons CBC which mostly covers S Neosho Co totaled 299
> individuals.   It was also interesting to see the flock communication that
> was occurring.  One individual would give a "chert" type call and a
> meadowlark train would occur where the bulk of the flock would move to the
> new location.  This occurred on multiple occasions.  On as sad note I
> noticed multiple road killed individuals throughout the day.
>
> Briefly scoped Toronto Lake and found a breeding plumage Franklin's Gull.
> Certainly one confused individual.   Nothing else of major note on the
> water.
>
> Andrew Burnett
> Rural Erie, KS
>
>
>
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Subject: Meadowlark Movements....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:25:50 +0000
Birded around Saturday morning in Neosho, Wilson, & the S edge of Woodson 
counties. I observed large numbers of Meadowlark sp. It seemed to be both 
Western & Eastern as occasionally singing individuals were present. I found 
many groups numbering over 100 with a couple groups in the 2-300 range. Dozens 
of smaller groups were observed also. All total I would guess I saw well over 
3000 during the 4 hrs of birding. Certainly the largest movement I have seen in 
my relatively short time birding. As a contrast the recent Parsons CBC which 
mostly covers S Neosho Co totaled 299 individuals. It was also interesting to 
see the flock communication that was occurring. One individual would give a 
"chert" type call and a meadowlark train would occur where the bulk of the 
flock would move to the new location. This occurred on multiple occasions. On 
as sad note I noticed multiple road killed individuals throughout the day. 


Briefly scoped Toronto Lake and found a breeding plumage Franklin's Gull. 
Certainly one confused individual. Nothing else of major note on the water. 


Andrew Burnett
Rural Erie, KS



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Subject: Southwest Kansas Hawk Drive
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:58:57 +0000
Sara wanted to get out and take some pictures of hawks yesterday, 24 Jan 16, 
and find some roads we had never traveled. We accomplished both on a very 
beautiful day. 


We worked our way north toward Friend, KS on the Finney-Scott border, then 
worked our way west to the Kearny-Wichita counties border. This is an area that 
in is sort of a twilight zone, especially when you forget to load the DeLorme, 
almost no landmarks and Kearny County completely changed their road numbering 
system a few years back. For those of you who county bird, the road numbers in 
the Kansas DeLorme are completely out-of-date. 


Well ......... I overshot and ended up several miles farther west than I had 
planned before turning south into northeast Kearny County. It turned out great 
since we ended up at a neat old homestead on the geological enigma called 
Campbell Draw. We got out of the car in short sleeves with the temperature at 
sixty degrees and perfectly calm. Sara said she wanted to enjoy the complete 
silence, which we did except for an occasional bird calling. 


The hawk watching was a success in that we found our first Merlin of the 
winter, a species we had missed on all four of the CBCs we had participated in 
this year. We also had not found Rough-legged Hawks in the numbers or locations 
that we normally do during most winters. We had great luck finding eleven. Best 
mammal was the two pronghorns in southwest Scott County 


We ended up traveling 40 miles in Finney County and 30 miles in Kearny County 
finding a total of 52 hawks: 

Northern Harrier ........................... 18
Red-tailed Hawk ........................... 4
Ferruginous Hawk ........................ 4
Rough-legged Hawk .................... 11
American Kestrel .......................... 9
Merlin ........................................... 3
Prairie Falcon ............................... 3

Good Hawk Watching,
Tom and Sara Shane

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Subject: Re: Starling Bonanza
From: Ron Klataske <prairie AT AUDUBONOFKANSAS.ORG>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:47:37 -0600
If there were 1 million more with Jeff's Starling trapping skills, they
might make a substantial dent in Starling numbers--and the benefits to
other native birds, especially cavity-nesting birds, would be
phenomenal. Jeff's good work will result in at least improved nesting
success for a few woodpeckers and other birds next spring.  Not only do
Starlings aggressively compete for nesting cavities in and around human
habitations, they go virtually everywhere into the countryside.

Folks who want to read about Jeff's struggles with Starling control
relative to nesting native birds in his nesting boxes are invited to read
an article on Jeff in the most recent edition of PRAIRIE WINGS magazine:

http://www.niobrarasanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/An-Inspiring-Naturalist.pdf 


--Ron

On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:

> Since 2012, I've been trapping starlings.   Each year I learn a little more
> about them and find it a mystery as to when they will show up.
>
>
>
> Today they kept coming and coming.  Every time I'd unload my traps, I'd go
> in the house.  Within minutes, more would come.  I believe their "wild"
> food
> sources are depleted.
>
>
>
> My total caught in bait traps today was 60 and caught 3 more in nest box
> traps.  Overwhelmingly the majority seemed to be male starlings.  I wonder
> if they aren't more aggressive and hence enter the traps before the more
> timid females.  I also note that the males often try to "bite" me, while
> the
> females seem docile.
>
>
>
> Wildlife rehabbers, I have about 70 dead starlings ready to be picked up.
> If you can get them, let me know.
>
>
>
> Jeff Hansen
>
> Topeka
>
>
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210 Southwind Place
Manhattan  KS 66503
785-537-4385
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Subject: Milford Lake Weekend
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:09:19 +0000
Greetings All,


I headed out to Milford Lake in Geary County on a cold and windy Saturday in 
hopes of seeing the long-tailed ducks reported by Chuck Otte the previous day. 
The lake was mostly clear of ice except for some ice in the coves. Seven 
birders including Otte checked out several vantage points to the lake to no 
avail on the LTDU. We did find several greater scaup and red-necked mergansers. 
There were large numbers of mallards and common golden-eye. 



Today I returned to the lake. What a difference a day makes, the coves were 
iced in and the area around the outlet control structure and for a good 
distance off the dam was pretty much ice covered. I was surprised to see 10 
white pelicans in the middle of the lake. I soon ran into Otte. He had just 
come from Milford State Park and reported seeing one skittish LTDU in the Cedar 
Point Area. I soon headed up that direction and found a lone common loon 
loafing off Cedar Point. It began diving and came up with a fish that was 
quickly scooped up by an adult bald eagle that had been perched in a nearby 
tree. I worked my way south and found a vantage point amongst some cedar trees 
which shielded me from view somewhat. With snow melt dripping down my neck from 
the cedar trees, I was able to scan a large group of common golden-eye. I soon 
spotted a female LTDU. I looked for more LTDUs in the flock but did not find 
any. I no sooner relocated the female when gunshots rang out and frightened off 
the LTDU and reshuffled the golden-eye flock. I gave up the search about 1:15, 
needing to get back home and watch some football. 



John Row

Manhattan, KS

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Subject: Re: Starling Bonanza
From: Susan Adamchak <sadamchak AT KANSAS.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:19:50 -0600
There have been several very large flocks around Manhattan for the past
week, probably numbering more than 200. 

Susan Adamchak
Manhattan, KS

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Behalf Of Jeff Hansen
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:24 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT listserv.ksu.edu
Subject: Starling Bonanza

Since 2012, I've been trapping starlings.   Each year I learn a little more
about them and find it a mystery as to when they will show up.

 

Today they kept coming and coming.  Every time I'd unload my traps, I'd go
in the house.  Within minutes, more would come.  I believe their "wild" food
sources are depleted.

 

My total caught in bait traps today was 60 and caught 3 more in nest box
traps.  Overwhelmingly the majority seemed to be male starlings.  I wonder
if they aren't more aggressive and hence enter the traps before the more
timid females.  I also note that the males often try to "bite" me, while the
females seem docile.  

 

Wildlife rehabbers, I have about 70 dead starlings ready to be picked up.
If you can get them, let me know.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Starling Bonanza
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:23:41 -0600
Since 2012, I've been trapping starlings.   Each year I learn a little more
about them and find it a mystery as to when they will show up.

 

Today they kept coming and coming.  Every time I'd unload my traps, I'd go
in the house.  Within minutes, more would come.  I believe their "wild" food
sources are depleted.

 

My total caught in bait traps today was 60 and caught 3 more in nest box
traps.  Overwhelmingly the majority seemed to be male starlings.  I wonder
if they aren't more aggressive and hence enter the traps before the more
timid females.  I also note that the males often try to "bite" me, while the
females seem docile.  

 

Wildlife rehabbers, I have about 70 dead starlings ready to be picked up.
If you can get them, let me know.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker
From: terry mannell <terryman0405 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:43:15 -0600
Sam and I birded around JF county this morning and made a brief stop at the
Topeka Audubon Society Sanctuary on the east side of Perry Reservoir.  Much
to our surprise across the road from the entrance was a young Red-headed
Woodpecker.  The head was mostly brown with just a hint of red showing.

Terry Mannell
Topeka (JF Coutny)

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Subject: Pott Co Short-eared Owl
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:29:45 -0600
I finally saw one Short-eared Owl NW of Emmett on Saxon Rd where Dan
Hoobler and others have previously seen them. These owls have been a
nemesis bird for me so it was a lifer as well as a county bird for me.

So strange that all the years that I've worked at, and birded Jeffrey
Energy Center I have never came across Short-eared at the plant.

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: Baker Wetlands survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:13:26 -0600
Sorry for the late report. But with frozen water comes less birds. On
Sunday January 17, Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Kathy Ellis, and Kylee Sharp
surveyed Baker Wetlands, Lawrence Kansas. They found 45 species. Not
anything real unusual But here are some highlights.

90 Snow Geese
1 Bald Eagle after not having any last survey.

Other raptors-- 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Barred Owl

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Hermit Thrush

1 Le Conte's Sparrow these continue to be found in the tall grass

1 Western Meadowlark

Complete list is at site below.

Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton Ks

ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=
S26995026

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck's still at Milford Lake
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:56:17 -0600
I was able to make a quick stop by Milford Lake (Geary County) this morning. 
Still a lot of open water but quite a few ducks up around the dam. I swung 
down by the north overlook and was pleased to see 4 Long-tailed Ducks in a 
nice little group disperesed amongst the hundreds of Mallards and Common 
Goldeneye along with a smattering of Lesser Scaup and Common 
Mergansers.

Chuck

-----
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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: Merlin
From: William <suttonwill AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:56:40 -0600
Yesterday morning I looked out the window and noticed about 15 birds. Sparrows, 
juncos, house finches, and one Downy woodpecker. This bush is under the window 
on the south side of the house. 

I left for a few minutes and came back to look at the Downy woodpecker again. 
There was a adult male Merlin in the bush. Most of the other birds had left. 
There was 6 juncos and two sparrows at the back of the bush. They all fidgeted 
and acted frightened. Their feathers were so tight to their body"s they looked 
about the size of my thumb. One junco flew up over the retaining wall and the 
Merlin went after him two other juncos flew the other direction. The Merlin 
returned. Another junco went over the wall and the Merlin gave chase. All the 
other birds then flew the other way. The Merlin returned to an empty bush. Last 
year I had an immature male Merlin in the same bush. Bill Sutton Topeka Ks 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Ruby-crowned Kinglets
From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:14:22 -0600
Three hearty souls participated in the monthly Wichita Botanical Bird walk on 
Jan. 19. 

The weather was overcast and 30 degrees, but it felt much colder.

We found, what I consider as an unusually large flock (15 or so) of 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets. There were likely some Golden-crowned Kinglets with 
them, but we were unable to confirm it. They were very active, in constant 
motion, and because of the cold temps. (cold hands) we had trouble identifying 
anything else, except them. There were a few other kinglet sized birds in the 
area that we were not able to ID. 


I have never seen this many kinglets in a group before, in fact, I did not know 
it was possible. 



Other birds feeding with them (in a pocket):
Downy Woodpeckers 
Chickadees
White-throated Sparrows
Brown Creeper


Also seen during the walk:
Spotted Towhee - 2
Blue Jays  (Calling and singing most of the time as we walked)


Birds missed:
Coopers Hawk (Normally present, which may be why others birds were so active)
Robins


Total species seen: 15 (which is high for this walk)


Eddie Stegall
Ok_Forbs AT Zoho.com
Wichita, Ks.


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Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." 

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Subject: Re: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem
From: Ann Feyerharm <afeysf AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:19:15 -0600
We are all sad! Hoogy and his wonderful wife, Carol, were indeed a dynamic
birding duo. Konza, Audubon and the many environmental organizations he
lent his expertise to will miss him. He's proof that one person can make a
huge difference!
Ann Feyerharm, Manhattan

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, marla  wrote:

> That truly saddens me, but what a man who really enjoyed life! He taught
> me a lot!
> Marla ShoemakerRiley CountyManhattan
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device-------- Original message --------From:
> Ron Klataske > Date:
> 1/19/2016  3:04 PM  (GMT-06:00) To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
>  Subject: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear
> Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem
> *Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem*
>
>
>
> *Irwin “Hoogy” L. Hoogheem*
>
>
>
> Carol Hoogheem called this morning to let us know that Hoogy died on Sunday
> afternoon, following an extended illness.  Hoogy did not want a funeral;
> Hoogy just wanted all of us who became part of his vast network of friends
> to remember him as he was in days when he enjoyed nature and friends to the
> fullest.
>
>
>
> I remember the day, long ago when he came into the West Central Regional
> Office of the National Audubon Society in the next building to the north of
> our existing office here in Manhattan.  He had just retired from the public
> school system in Massachusetts.  Carol and Hoogy elected to retire to
> Kansas, in part to be close to their son who was a helicopter pilot
> stationed at Fort Riley.  Hoogy soon had an appreciation of Kansas that is
> unmatched by most Kansas.  They enjoyed traveling the country roads,
> viewing birds and other wildlife, and stopping in small town restaurants
> for lunch.  That gave them an added opportunity to meet people and make
> friends.  As an ambassador for bird appreciation and birding in Kansas,
> there has never been a better team.  I think he participated in almost
> every Manhattan area Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and compilation dinner
> since arriving in Kansas, led the CBC in the Olsburg area, and participated
> in others.
>
>
>
> Hoogy was an early riser, and one of his faithful springtime observances
> was to lead folks to the viewing blinds at Konza Prairie to watch the
> courtship rituals of Greater Prairie-chickens.  Hoogy and Carol were both
> part of the docent class of 1997 and Hoogy spent most of his time as a
> docent leading Prairie-chicken and Bison Loop tours.
>
>
>
> Hoogy helped organize and lead field trips at Kansas Birding Festivals from
> the first at Great Bend through all of them there and at Wakefield.  He
> represented Audubon of Kansas (AOK) and the Northern Flint Hills Audubon
> Society (NFHAS) at the festivals and other events.  He was a member of the
> Board of Trustees for Audubon of Kansas since it was transformed from the
> Kansas Audubon Council in 1999, and long a board member for the NFHAS.
>
>
>
> Hoogy and Carol transformed the initial plain backyard on the edge of Odgen
> into a welcoming place for most of the passerine birds in that area, with
> hummingbirds and bluebirds among the many that flocked to the diverse
> feeders and water.
>
>
>
> The family’s address is:
>
> Carol Hoogheem
>
> 327 Shetland Circle,
>
> Odgen, KS 66517
>
> --
> Ron Klataske
> Executive Director
> Audubon of Kansas
> 210 Southwind Place
> Manhattan  KS 66503
> 785-537-4385
> prairie AT audubonofkansas.org 
>
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Subject: Re: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem
From: marla <marlaswhisperingpines AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:04:18 -0600
That truly saddens me, but what a man who really enjoyed life! He taught me a 
lot! 

Marla ShoemakerRiley CountyManhattan

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device-------- Original message --------From: Ron 
Klataske  Date: 1/19/2016 3:04 PM (GMT-06:00) To: 
KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU Subject: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a 
Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem 

*Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem*



*Irwin “Hoogy” L. Hoogheem*



Carol Hoogheem called this morning to let us know that Hoogy died on Sunday
afternoon, following an extended illness.  Hoogy did not want a funeral;
Hoogy just wanted all of us who became part of his vast network of friends
to remember him as he was in days when he enjoyed nature and friends to the
fullest.



I remember the day, long ago when he came into the West Central Regional
Office of the National Audubon Society in the next building to the north of
our existing office here in Manhattan.  He had just retired from the public
school system in Massachusetts.  Carol and Hoogy elected to retire to
Kansas, in part to be close to their son who was a helicopter pilot
stationed at Fort Riley.  Hoogy soon had an appreciation of Kansas that is
unmatched by most Kansas.  They enjoyed traveling the country roads,
viewing birds and other wildlife, and stopping in small town restaurants
for lunch.  That gave them an added opportunity to meet people and make
friends.  As an ambassador for bird appreciation and birding in Kansas,
there has never been a better team.  I think he participated in almost
every Manhattan area Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and compilation dinner
since arriving in Kansas, led the CBC in the Olsburg area, and participated
in others.



Hoogy was an early riser, and one of his faithful springtime observances
was to lead folks to the viewing blinds at Konza Prairie to watch the
courtship rituals of Greater Prairie-chickens.  Hoogy and Carol were both
part of the docent class of 1997 and Hoogy spent most of his time as a
docent leading Prairie-chicken and Bison Loop tours.



Hoogy helped organize and lead field trips at Kansas Birding Festivals from
the first at Great Bend through all of them there and at Wakefield.  He
represented Audubon of Kansas (AOK) and the Northern Flint Hills Audubon
Society (NFHAS) at the festivals and other events.  He was a member of the
Board of Trustees for Audubon of Kansas since it was transformed from the
Kansas Audubon Council in 1999, and long a board member for the NFHAS.



Hoogy and Carol transformed the initial plain backyard on the edge of Odgen
into a welcoming place for most of the passerine birds in that area, with
hummingbirds and bluebirds among the many that flocked to the diverse
feeders and water.



The family’s address is:

Carol Hoogheem

327 Shetland Circle,

Odgen, KS 66517

-- 
Ron Klataske
Executive Director
Audubon of Kansas
210 Southwind Place
Manhattan  KS 66503
785-537-4385
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Subject: Re: Binoculars
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:03:17 -0600
Carolyn,

I should have converted the link via tinyurl. Here it is again: 
http://tinyurl.com/j52tblu 


This is for the Atlas Intrepid 8x42.

The field of view is fantastic.  Here are the specs.

Magnification 8x 
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm 
Field of View 420 feet/1000 yards 
Eye Relief 17 mm 
Close Focus 6.5 feet 
Weight 26.6 ounces 
Dimensions (HxW) 6.5 x 4.9 inches 
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof

Jeff

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From: Carolyn Schwab [mailto:caschwab3591 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 8:23 PM
To: Jeff Hansen; KSBIRD
Subject: Re: Binoculars

The link didn't go direct, but I'm guessing you are talking about the Vortex 
Diamond 8 x 42. They sound like a great deal with very good qualities for 
birding and butterfly watching. Waterproof is a Good thing! 


On January 19, 2016, at 7:44 PM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:

I thought I would pass this deal on to people. These are the binoculars I 
bought a year ago, and they are on sale for $199. If you need a spare set of 
good binoculars these might fit the bill. I just ordered another set. I got the 
8x42. 


 

http://www.eagleoptics.com/search?subcategory_permalink=all-products
 &query=intrepid&commit=GO

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 

 


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Subject: Re: Binoculars
From: Carolyn Schwab <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:22:33 -0600
The link didn't go direct, but I'm guessing you are talking about the Vortex 
Diamond 8 x 42. They sound like a great deal with very good qualities for 
birding and butterfly watching. Waterproof is a Good thing! 


On January 19, 2016, at 7:44 PM, Jeff Hansen  wrote:

I thought I would pass this deal on to people.  These are the binoculars I
bought a year ago, and they are on sale for $199.  If you need a spare set
of good binoculars these might fit the bill.  I just ordered another set.  I
got the 8x42.

 

http://www.eagleoptics.com/search?subcategory_permalink=all-products
 &query=intrepid&commit=GO

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 

 


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Subject: Binoculars
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:38:55 -0600
I thought I would pass this deal on to people.  These are the binoculars I
bought a year ago, and they are on sale for $199.  If you need a spare set
of good binoculars these might fit the bill.  I just ordered another set.  I
got the 8x42.

 

http://www.eagleoptics.com/search?subcategory_permalink=all-products
 &query=intrepid&commit=GO

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 

 


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Subject: Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem
From: Ron Klataske <prairie AT AUDUBONOFKANSAS.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:04:21 -0600
*Birds, Birders, Konza, and Audubon Lose a Dear Friend: Hoogy Hoogheem*



*Irwin “Hoogy” L. Hoogheem*



Carol Hoogheem called this morning to let us know that Hoogy died on Sunday
afternoon, following an extended illness.  Hoogy did not want a funeral;
Hoogy just wanted all of us who became part of his vast network of friends
to remember him as he was in days when he enjoyed nature and friends to the
fullest.



I remember the day, long ago when he came into the West Central Regional
Office of the National Audubon Society in the next building to the north of
our existing office here in Manhattan.  He had just retired from the public
school system in Massachusetts.  Carol and Hoogy elected to retire to
Kansas, in part to be close to their son who was a helicopter pilot
stationed at Fort Riley.  Hoogy soon had an appreciation of Kansas that is
unmatched by most Kansas.  They enjoyed traveling the country roads,
viewing birds and other wildlife, and stopping in small town restaurants
for lunch.  That gave them an added opportunity to meet people and make
friends.  As an ambassador for bird appreciation and birding in Kansas,
there has never been a better team.  I think he participated in almost
every Manhattan area Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and compilation dinner
since arriving in Kansas, led the CBC in the Olsburg area, and participated
in others.



Hoogy was an early riser, and one of his faithful springtime observances
was to lead folks to the viewing blinds at Konza Prairie to watch the
courtship rituals of Greater Prairie-chickens.  Hoogy and Carol were both
part of the docent class of 1997 and Hoogy spent most of his time as a
docent leading Prairie-chicken and Bison Loop tours.



Hoogy helped organize and lead field trips at Kansas Birding Festivals from
the first at Great Bend through all of them there and at Wakefield.  He
represented Audubon of Kansas (AOK) and the Northern Flint Hills Audubon
Society (NFHAS) at the festivals and other events.  He was a member of the
Board of Trustees for Audubon of Kansas since it was transformed from the
Kansas Audubon Council in 1999, and long a board member for the NFHAS.



Hoogy and Carol transformed the initial plain backyard on the edge of Odgen
into a welcoming place for most of the passerine birds in that area, with
hummingbirds and bluebirds among the many that flocked to the diverse
feeders and water.



The family’s address is:

Carol Hoogheem

327 Shetland Circle,

Odgen, KS 66517

-- 
Ron Klataske
Executive Director
Audubon of Kansas
210 Southwind Place
Manhattan  KS 66503
785-537-4385
prairie AT audubonofkansas.org

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Subject: Winfield City Lake (Cowley Co.)
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:52:47 -0600
Gene Young and I birded the city lake yesterday afternoon and weren't
disappointed. There were 1000s of ducks and geese on the lake and on the
small pond behind the dam on the Lewis property. We found the usual expected
ducks but were astonished by the number of Red-breasted Mergansers. They
were with a raft of Commons but kept to themselves making it easy to count.
We saw 152 in the raft. I suspect there were even more that we may have
missed. We had 5 species of gulls including Lesser Black-back, California,
Thayer's. There were 10 Bald Eagles including a young one on the ground
feeding on a carcass. When it flew, it was carrying a possum.

So a very good day.

Max

 

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Wilson Redpoll update
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:59:39 +0000
Hi all,


The Common Redpoll found yesterday at the feeders at our house in Wilson was 
last seen around 3:45 pm today. Most of the other birds (75+ Am. Goldfinches, 1 
Pine Siskin, and a dozen or so House Finches) it was associating with left for 
the day as well. We just had some House Sparrows, House Finches, E. Collared 
Doves, E. Starlings, a Red-bellied and a Downy Woodpecker, a couple WB 
Nuthatches, a couple of Am. Tree Sparrows, a few Harris's Sparrows, nine N. 
Cardinals, a C. Grackle and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet that had been frequenting 
our yard for over a month. I go back to work tomorrow, so Ellen will try to 
keep an eye out for it when she's home before and after work this week. 



Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Curve-billed Thrasher - Finney County
From: "Michael K. Ramsey" <ramsey.hmbcr AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:24:25 -0600
A Curve-billed Thrasher has been visiting the water tray in my yard this
past week. Last observed Sunday, 17 January at about 6 p.m.

 

Regards,

Mike Ramsey

Finney County


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Subject: Finches in Hays
From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:34:42 +0000
After an absence of 8 months, I saw a Goldfinch (one) in my yard in Hays 
yesterday. 


After an absence of 7 months, I saw a Pine Siskin (one) in my yard today.

Maybe tomorrow will be a Redpoll.

I have spent a little time in the evening looking for Short-eared Owls in the 
area without success, but did have an adult Bald Eagle guarding the geese on 
the airbase lake west of Walker on Saturday morning. 


Henry A.
Hays

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk E side of Newton,KS
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:35:43 -0600
I saw a Rough-legged Hawk hanging around on Spencer Rd by Newton, KS 
about 2:30 PM today.  This would be the closest that I have noticed a 
RLHA to Newton, and it certainly doesn't happen frequently.  It was 
hanging out on poles by the county shop.
Carolyn Schwab

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Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: Janet Rebant <gramanet AT RAINBOWTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:15:57 -0600
I have been watching a Brown Thrasher working in the leaf litter in my yard 
here in Horton, Brown County, KS. It has been quite busy. 

 In recording first sightings of the year for the past 25 years, the earliest I 
had recorded a Brown Thrasher was April 13. Usually it was later than that. 


Happy birding,
Janet Rebant
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Subject: Wilson Common Redpoll
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000
Hi all,


The Common Redpoll we saw at our feeders in Wilson (Ellsworth Co) yesterday 
afternoon (1/17/16) was observed again this morning from around 8:30 am until 
9:45 am. It's with a big flock of goldfinches and is kind of skittish, but has 
flown off and back several times. We are going out of town for most of the 
afternoon, so can't give updates until we're back. Dave Klema was able to get a 
few photos of it today. 



Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Re: Overwintering Gray Catbirds
From: Joseph Miller <josephlowellmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:00:58 -0600
Andrew Miller also found a catbird near Arlington, Reno Co, on January 9th.
It was still hanging around last Saturday when I made it over, along with
an Eastern Phoebe and Virginia Rail in the same area. Weird

Cheers,
Joseph Miller
Nickerson, Kansas
Reno County Birdmen 

On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 10:23 PM, Scott Seltman  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>
>
> I reported in November 2015 that a Gray Catbird was still lingering at our
> house NW of Larned.  The last sighting was about 10 December and I assumed
> that one bird had died.  Then this morning, 17 January, not one but TWO
> Gray
> Catbirds were noticed out by our corral by Steven Seltman.
>
>
>
> I believe this is the first January record of Gray Catbird for Pawnee
> County.  Our yard has a history of overwintering Brown Thrashers and Hermit
> Thrushes and not that many years ago held a Western Tanager for a time.
>
>
>
> There have been a few oddball catbird records in other states this winter.
> I believe a few were recorded on CBCs in Colorado and Nebraska.
>
>
>
> Scott Seltman
>
> Larned, Kansas
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: OT Birds of Colorado book?
From: Kat Farres <ozbelgnz AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:18:26 -0600
My SILaw has been sending me birding questions she lives in CO, the brother is 
going to get her a used Sibleys, but is there a specific to Colorado bird book 
anyone can recommend by chance? 

thanks private emails to: ozbelgnz AT cox.net

Kat Farres
OZ BelgianZ
Salina KS USA

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Subject: Overwintering Gray Catbirds
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:23:24 -0600
Hi all,

 

I reported in November 2015 that a Gray Catbird was still lingering at our
house NW of Larned.  The last sighting was about 10 December and I assumed
that one bird had died.  Then this morning, 17 January, not one but TWO Gray
Catbirds were noticed out by our corral by Steven Seltman.  

 

I believe this is the first January record of Gray Catbird for Pawnee
County.  Our yard has a history of overwintering Brown Thrashers and Hermit
Thrushes and not that many years ago held a Western Tanager for a time.

 

There have been a few oddball catbird records in other states this winter.
I believe a few were recorded on CBCs in Colorado and Nebraska.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas 

 

 


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Subject: Starling Observations
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:53:03 -0600
I thought Id share with everyone my  latest starling trapping results.

 

In the past couple of days, Ive been getting a few starlings dropping by my
yard.    I set up my funnel traps and have caught 16 starlings in the last 2
days.  This is the first January in 4 years that Ive had starlings visit
the yard.  Usually they dont show up until February. I am really impressed
at how well these traps work.  See trap in action at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6gebKBr2ts

 

Something I was always curious about with starlings is the ratio of males to
females.  I never knew there was a way to sex starlings, until yesterday.  I
read that the eye color is different for each sex.  Males have a dark pupil
in a dark iris. Females have a dark pupil in a light colored iris.  Also of
interest, 2 of the 19 that I trapped had the upper bill measure about 
longer than the lower bill.

 

Learn all about trapping starlings at
http://www.kansasnativeplants.com/yard_birds_europeanstarling.php

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 


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Subject: Neosho WA
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:45:44 +0000
Bald Eagles finally showed up today in mass at NWA with the strong N wind. 
After only seeing one yesterday, today there were at least 10. I was beginning 
to wonder if we were going to miss the big winter arrival this season. 


There were also 20 Trumpeter Swans with what I believe we're 3 Tundra, but were 
a touch too far away for confirmation. 


Jan 2nd I counted the wildlife area for the Parsons CBC. Interesting counts 
were 12 Marsh Wrens, 1 Sedge Wren, & 70 Song Sparrows. Had around 70 species 
that day. 


Jan 9th. I observed a Common Loon at the area on the refuge pool, quite unusual 
considering the shallow depths of the pool. 


Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS
Subject: Lyon & Osage Counties
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:29:48 -0600
We had a total of 18 birders on the TAS field trip to Lyon County Saturday 
morning.  Our two target species were the obvious ones: long-eared owl and 
Smith's longspur.  Two men from WAY out of town joined us hoping for those 
species.  Ed and Jason came from the east coast specifically to try to 
capture those species for their life lists, along with Harris' sparrow.
It was cold, but there was little wind.  Walking amongst the cedars at Lyon 
State Fishing Lake wasn't half bad.  We saw up to six long-eared owls in 
flight, but no owl ever perched for us, so we missed getting great looks at 
a single bird.  But we'll take it!
We walked in the usual longspur field near Hwy 170 and T Road.  Not a 
single longspur flew out of the field, only a single meadowlark.  So we 
proceeded to Eisenhower State Park at Melvern Reservoir.  Glenn Caspers led 
us on a walk through two fields where they had been reported, but no luck 
with longspurs.  We did find one LeConte's sparrow, however.
A drive across the dam at Melvern produced mallards, gadwall, pied-bill and 
horned grebes, coots and one immature bald eagle.  A walk in the outlet 
park turned up yellow-bellied sapsucker, golden-crowned kinglet and winter 
wren, among others.
No Harris' sparrows were found.  Crazy but true.  The birders from the east 
coast are flying home on Sunday and we hated to see them leave without 
getting Harris' sparrow.  Sue Newland offered to take them to her home in 
Wakarusa where she has had Harris' sparrows at her feeders.  They 
accepted.  I heard from Sue that her sparrows cooperated and put in an 
appearance for these dedicated birders.  Thank goodness!
We had 35 species total today.

Carol Morgan
Topeka Audubon Society

Species list:

Greater white-fronted goose
Snow goose
Cackling goose
Canada goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Canvasback
Ring-necked duck
Bufflehead
Common goldeneye
Pied-bill grebe
Horned grebe
Northern harrier
Red-tailed hawk
Bald eagle
American coot
Ring-billed gull
Long-eared owl
Red-bellied woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Downy woodpecker
Northern flicker
Blue jay
American crow
Black-capped chickadee
Brown creeper
Winter wren
Golden-crowned kinglet
Eastern bluebird
American robin
LeConte's sparrow
American tree sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Eastern meadowlark
Northern cardinal

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Subject: Arnett CBC Results
From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:57:45 -0600
The Arnett CBC was held Jan. 04, 2016. Their were 5 observers in 2 parties with 
a total of 48 species. 

The weather was calm, mostly clear with a high of 45 degrees. However, due to a 
blizzard that struck about a week or so earlier (with 6-8 inches of snow), some 
roads were still muddy. 



The two best birds (Both were new for the count) were:
Scaled Quail -1 (With a covey of Bob-white)
Western Grebe - 1 (At Lake Vincent - SW of Arnett 10 or so miles)


Other notable birds were:
Sandhill Cranes - 2,171 (Record High)
Bobwhite - 195 (Record High)
Turkey - 75
Roadrunner -3
Lark Bunting -1 (The first for many years)
Short eared Owl -1 (Chased by a Harrier)
Vir. Rails - 3 (Two responded by call from a CD, another later; same place; 
without a CD) 

Gull sp. - 6 (Very large gulls that were not ID)
Flickers - 14 (A high number)
Eurasian Collared-Doves - 69 (Mostly in 1 big flock)
Kestrel - 11 (A high number)
Red-tailed Hawks - 21 (A high number)
Harlan's - 1


Notable birds missed were:
Mt. Bluebird
Geese (It's rare not to have geese, the lake was only partly frozen)
Downy Woodpecker (Perhaps the first time missed)


Other Observations:
A Sundog was seen at about 3:00-ish pm. We noticed it as it was in decline. It 
is the 3rd that I have seen, 2 of them were on CBC's. 

Coyote's were calling at 5:15 pm.



Eddie Stegall
Ok_Forbs AT Zoho.com
Wichita, Ks.


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Subject: Flicker - more detail
From: "Nancy H. Clark" <nhclark AT PLANETKC.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:39:06 -0600
Aha! It has a red nape, gray face, and brownish crown, to go with its red 
mustache and yellow tail linings. Crazy mixed up bird! 


Nancy Clark
Shawnee, JOCO

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Subject: Flicker?
From: "Nancy H. Clark" <nhclark AT PLANETKC.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:12:59 -0600
A flicker at the feeder just now had a red mustache and yellow tail linings. 
I hope it comes back so I can pick up more detail. Is it most likely a hybrid? 


Nancy Clark
Shawnee, Johnson County

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Subject: Re: Duck! Or, take a gander, please...
From: Bob Gress <bobgress AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:45:07 -0600
And an amazing observation on Thursday.  While photographing from the blind,
two small spots suddenly popped up among the ducks.  Two slider heads!
There was still ice on the edges of the water!  And two of them?  How did
they find each other and did they emerge together or just coincidence?  This
is the third time I've seen turtles in December and January and I've been in
the blind around 10 times.  And since this is a bird forum.  On Thursday I
saw 16 species of waterfowl plus P-b Grebe and Am. Coot  on this body of
water in Wichita.  I've been working them hard and am amazed at their
iridescence, like giant hummingbirds....almost!!

 Bob Gress
 bobgress AT cox.net
 www.BirdsInFocus.com




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Behalf Of David Seibel
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 9:32 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Duck! Or, take a gander, please...

My apologies, no late-breaking avian news here, but Bob Gress and I had a
grand time in his duck, goose, grebe, and coot blind a few days ago thanks
to that perfect combination of frigid temperatures, magnificent lighting,
and cooperative birds, and I'd like to share a few of my personal favorites
with anyone who might be interested in seeing them. No rare species, no odd
dates, just the reassuring familiarity of unbelievably gorgeous, "ordinary"
Kansas birds. Here's the link:


http://davidseibel.com/wichita_waterfowl/


David Seibel

Overland Park, KS

www.BirdsInFocus.com

www.DavidSeibel.com


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Subject: White-winged Dove Update
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:30:44 +0000
Hello All,


I just got home a little before 5:00 PM to find white-winged doves hanging out 
in the neighbor's trees. It was the perfect situation with dark overcast skies 
for them to want to loaf for a while. At first glance there were 21. I kept 
checking as more moved in and ended up with a total of 28. A new high count for 
Riley County. 



John Row

Manhattan, Kansas

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