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1 Sep Re: Common Nighthawks JOCO [Randy Carman ]
1 Sep Manhattan sighting [David Rintoul ]
1 Sep County listing due September 7th ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
31 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher [Max Thompson ]
31 Aug Common Nighthawks JOCO ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
30 Aug Lark bunting, Shawnee County [Carol Morgan ]
30 Aug Northern Parula Hv Co. [Schwab Carolyn ]
30 Aug Lark bunting, Shawnee County [Carol Morgan ]
30 Aug Mississippi Kites [Chris Hobbs ]
30 Aug Elk City Lake - Ruff [Andrew Burnett ]
29 Aug Chimney Swifts JOCO ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
29 Aug Willow Flycatcher ["Mulhern, Dan" ]
28 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite in Barber County [Brett Sandercock ]
28 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite-Sun City [mike rader ]
28 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite-Sun City [Edward Raynor ]
28 Aug hummer numbers [Don Kazmaier ]
28 Aug Hummer migration [Don Kazmaier ]
27 Aug Re: Hummer and Thrush [Jeff Calhoun ]
27 Aug Interesting article ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
27 Aug Quivira 8/27/15 [mike rader ]
27 Aug Re: short-stopping hummingbirds? [Dan Mulhern ]
27 Aug Re: short-stopping hummingbirds? [Edward Raynor ]
27 Aug Re: short-stopping hummingbirds? [Larry Lade ]
27 Aug Re: short-stopping hummingbirds? [Chuck Otte ]
27 Aug short-stopping hummingbirds? [Dan Mulhern ]
27 Aug Morton Co [Andrew Burnett ]
27 Aug KOS Fall Meeting Registration Clarification! [Chuck Otte ]
26 Aug Cheyenne Bottoms-Tuesday [Dave Klema ]
25 Aug Request for Sedge Wren sightings [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
25 Aug Re: Sedge Wrens [Rodney Wright ]
24 Aug Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe [Liza Ben Vaughn ]
24 Aug Re: Sedge Wrens [Rodney Wright ]
24 Aug Sedge Wrens [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
24 Aug Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe []
24 Aug Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe [John ]
24 Aug Re: First of Season Northern Harrier [Henry and Debby Armknecht ]
24 Aug oodles of hummers in Olathe [Jim Mason ]
24 Aug First of Season Northern Harrier [Kat Farres ]
24 Aug Blue-winged Warbler [Andrew Miller ]
24 Aug Oak Park Hummingbirds, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
24 Aug Sept. Program - Burroughs Audubon in KC [MW Stoakes ]
23 Aug Wichita misc sightings mostly from today [Pete Janzen ]
23 Aug Migrants [Jeff Calhoun ]
23 Aug Re: Upland Sandpipers [Dan Larson ]
23 Aug Upland Sandpipers [Gregg Friesen ]
22 Aug Not a Ruff [Henry and Debby Armknecht ]
22 Aug Turkey Vulture wearing leg marker. [Robert Mangile ]
22 Aug cheyenne and quivira Saturday ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
22 Aug Re: Black rails" [John Northrup ]
21 Aug Re: Black rails" [Sue Newland ]
21 Aug Mississippi kite in topeka [Jim Bender ]
21 Aug Black rails" [Don and Linda Mallonee ]
21 Aug Jeagur [Dan Hoobler ]
21 Aug Re: Conditions at McPherson Valley Wetlands [Michael Pearce ]
21 Aug Bullock's orioles ["Nancy H. Clark" ]
21 Aug Re: Mississippi kite juveniles/ chronology [Steve Seibel ]
20 Aug Conditions at McPherson Valley Wetlands [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
20 Aug Re: Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others [Joseph Miller ]
20 Aug Kansas Ornithological Society Fall Meeting Second Call for Papers [Robert Penner ]
20 Aug Re: Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others [Edward Raynor ]
20 Aug Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others [Curtis J Wolf ]
20 Aug Quivira report 20 August 2015 [Barry Jones ]
20 Aug Dowitcher [Jeff Hansen ]
19 Aug Purple Martins, Wichita [C Miller ]
19 Aug Pomarine Jaeger ["Jacob C. Cooper" ]
19 Aug Pomarine Jaeger [Max Thompson ]
19 Aug Re: Jaeger [Rodney Wright ]
19 Aug Re: Jaeger [Rodney Wright ]
19 Aug Jaeger [Max Thompson ]
19 Aug Tuttle Creek Lake Environs [Edward Raynor ]
18 Aug Cheyenne Bottoms 8/18/15 [mike rader ]
18 Aug Black-chinned Hummingbird [Andrew Miller ]
18 Aug Re: Nesting dove [Arthur Nonhof ]
18 Aug Nesting dove [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
17 Aug Wetland Reserve Program [Jeff Hansen ]
17 Aug Baker Wetlands Survey [Daniel Larson ]

Subject: Re: Common Nighthawks JOCO
From: Randy Carman <ralfcarman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:39:16 -0500
There were hundreds in Topeka Saturday night in Shunga/ Felker park.  They
are usually such a noisy bird, but they were totally silent.  Randy
Carman,  Topeka

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 8:47 PM, markeland AT kc.rr.com 
wrote:

> I thought for sure someone would mention the nighthawk migration last
> night. I was busy and I am just now am getting to it.
>
> We left church about 7:15 Sunday evening and the sky was full of Common
> Nighthawks low and Chimney Swifts high. As we drove home the sky continued
> to be full of birds the entire three miles. We had dinner and headed for
> the school to see if I could get some video of the swifts entering the
> chimney. There were five of us watching the show and high above the swifts
> were more nighthawks all heading SE as dusk settled in upon us. Although we
> see it most years it was still one of those amazing nights. Except for the
> little black mosquitos!
>
> I also remember that this is the week the remnants of Hurricane Isaac
> brought the kite migration to Johnson County. With all the sightings of
> Swallow-tailed Kites around it could be another good 1st week of September.
>
> Mark Land
> Overland Park, KS 66207
>
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Subject: Manhattan sighting
From: David Rintoul <drintoul AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:28:28 +0000
When I got home yesterday Elizabeth told me that she watched a Bullock's Oriole 
bathing in the birdbath on the deck for a while in the morning (north 
Manhattan, Riley County). No pics, but the description was exact and 
convincing. 


Cheers

Dave

David A. Rintoul, Ph.D.
Associate Director - Biology Division
Past-president - KSU Faculty Senate
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506


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Subject: County listing due September 7th
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:19:29 -0500
Dear County listers,

The deadline for this months county listing will be Monday September 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: Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:43:28 -0500
I was surprised to watch an Olive-sided Flycatcher in Costa Rica last week.
A real early migrant there. Great country to visit for birds

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Common Nighthawks JOCO
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:47:46 -0500
I thought for sure someone would mention the nighthawk migration last 
night. I was busy and I am just now am getting to it. 

We left church about 7:15 Sunday evening and the sky was full of Common 
Nighthawks low and Chimney Swifts high. As we drove home the sky continued 
to be full of birds the entire three miles. We had dinner and headed for 
the school to see if I could get some video of the swifts entering the 
chimney. There were five of us watching the show and high above the swifts 
were more nighthawks all heading SE as dusk settled in upon us. Although we 
see it most years it was still one of those amazing nights. Except for the 
little black mosquitos!

I also remember that this is the week the remnants of Hurricane Isaac 
brought the kite migration to Johnson County. With all the sightings of 
Swallow-tailed Kites around it could be another good 1st week of September. 

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS 66207

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Subject: Lark bunting, Shawnee County
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:06:15 -0500
This afternoon Linda & John Zempel posted to the Topeka Audubon Society 
group email list a message that they had seen a lark bunting at Shawnee 
State Fishing Lake.  I wanted to try to get that species for my Shawnee 
County list, so my husband and I jumped in the car and sped to SSFL.  Sue 
Newland met us there.  

I spotted the female lark bunting on the road at the southwest corner of 
the lake.  Sue was able to get photos of the bird and I embedded two photos 
with the eBird list (link below).  Lark bunting is a rare find for Shawnee 
County but John Zempel noted that "Birds of Kansas" shows a "vagrant" 
confirmed breeding record.  

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

Shawnee SFL, Shawnee, Kansas, US
Aug 30, 2015 5:10 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling  0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Kevin Morgan, Sue Newland and I.
10 species

Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  1
Common Nighthawk  12
Eastern Kingbird  10
Bell's Vireo  1
Brown Thrasher  2

Lark Bunting  1    
Sparrow-like bird with broad white strip on wings, largish bill, streaked 
breast and flanks, marked lateral throat stripe.  Pecking in the edges of a 
gravel/dirt road southwest of Shawnee State Fishing Lake.

Dickcissel  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch 4

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Subject: Northern Parula Hv Co.
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:48:50 -0500
I watched a male Northern Parula bathe in my neighbors bird bath this 
afternoon.  She thinks she has seen one at the bath in the last week or two.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS

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Subject: Lark bunting, Shawnee County
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:24:52 -0500
Kevin Morgan, Sue Newland and I are looking at a female lark bunting at Shawnee 
State Fishing Lake right now. On the road southwest corner of the lake. 


Carol Morgan, Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Mississippi Kites
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:40:34 -0500
Five (5) circling low around 95th and I-435 in Lenexa, Johnson County, just
now.

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa KS

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Subject: Elk City Lake - Ruff
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:19:59 +0000
Walked the far north finger of the refuge area that juts out into lake this 
afternoon. Lake levels have risen recently so that area was a soggy, squishy 
Marsh sort of environment with grass just under knee high. Not alot going on 
there until I flushed up a Ruff that appeared to of been feeding. I couldn't 
see it until it flushed, but did get a look at the prominent white U on the 
upper tail coverts. It also made what according to resources is its typical 
flight call upon take off. I did manage a couple distant flight shots that tend 
to confirm the ID. The refuge area is posted as closing to all activities on 
Sept 1st and is located on the S side of the lake. If you want an exact map of 
where it was seen please email me off list and I will send it. It is over a 
mile hike to get to the location. 


Other lake notables..... Osprey & Caspian Tern.

Andrew Burnett
Erie, KS

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Subject: Chimney Swifts JOCO
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:51:38 -0500
I had noticed Friday morning that about 100 Chimney Swifts were over 75th 
and Metcalf on my way to work. I made a mental note to check our local 
chimney and then promptly forgot about it. 

As we walked the dog this evening I noticed nighthawks and swifts hunting 
over the house. So after we returned Eileen and I headed for the school at 
71st and Lamar. When we arrived there were about 100 swifts swirling around 
with many more coming in from all around us. A nighthawk flew by going 
north and across the street dad pointed the birds out to his kids.

Around 8:07 the first swift dropped into the chimney. For the next 15 
minutes we enjoyed the show. The Barred Owl down the street even called 
out "who cooks for you" for us. Our count was around 345 give or take. 
There seemed to be a lot of them dropping in and then coming back out. This 
made it a little more difficult to get an accurate count. 

As always a great show.

Mark and Eileen Land
Overland Park, KS 66207

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher
From: "Mulhern, Dan" <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:00:10 -0500
two were calling in trees near the Broughton area at the upper end of
Milford Res this afternoon

-- 
Dan Mulhern
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Manhattan, KS

"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry, because I always back up my rage with
facts and documented sources."  The Credible Hulk

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite in Barber County
From: Brett Sandercock <bsanderc AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:24:46 +0000
Jonathan Lautenbach sent me a text message and asked me to post a report to the 
list. 


Jonathan and friends found a Swallow-tailed Kite in the vicinity of Sun City in 
Barber Co., Kansas. 


The kite was sighted today on Friday afternoon, August 28, around  1 pm.

Photos were taken and will be posted within the next couple of days.

I have no other info but posting to the list in case anybody wants to chase the 
bird. Good luck! 



Brett.


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

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite-Sun City
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:11:26 -0500
I'm supposed to make arrangements to transfer the carcass of one that died at a 
rehab facility after being found in Osborne last week. Interesting that two 
have made it to KS so far 



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Edward Raynor 
Date: 08/28/2015  1:54 PM  (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite-Sun City

hello all,
Frank Stetler, Joseph & Jonathan Lautenbach just texted to let me know
that they just followed a Swallow-tailed Kite down the road for 15 minutes
in Sun City.

E.J.


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Edward J. Raynor
Manhattan, KS
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite-Sun City
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:49:42 -0500
hello all,
Frank Stetler, Joseph & Jonathan Lautenbach just texted to let me know
that they just followed a Swallow-tailed Kite down the road for 15 minutes
in Sun City.

E.J.


-- 
Edward J. Raynor
Manhattan, KS
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Subject: hummer numbers
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:46:17 -0500
For what it's worth, hummer numbers in our yard as well have been poor.  I
think migration will be strung out this fall as they were this spring. 
Donnie K. in Larned

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Subject: Hummer migration
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:42:43 -0500
Migration of the hummingbird is triggered by the amount of light (or
lesser amount) that strikes the retina of the eye.  This creates a hormonal
change in the hummer that triggers the impulse to migrate.  Likewise, it's
also what causes the hummer to migrate north in the spring.  I've had
hummers as late as November.  I put out a feeder, the bird tanked up and
after 30 minutes was gone.  There happened to be snow on the ground at the
time.  I would echo Chuck's comment about their being tough, very tough !! 
By leaving your feeder up, you may save a hummer that's lagging behind when
bad weather comes. Because of the strange wet spring, out migration here was
very strung out.  We had a RT hummer that showed up in JUNE !!  A first
here. Obviously hung up by the weather.     Donnie K. in Larned

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Subject: Re: Hummer and Thrush
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:06:53 -0500
This is odd because two Ruby-throats are about all I can get the past week
and a half... albeit regularly. I had a Wilson's Warbler foraging in the
Salvia beds here last night.

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 1:48 PM, Tom SHANE  wrote:

> We had some individuals interested in hummers at our yard while they were
> in western Kansas this last weekend. I will continue to post our hummers if
> anyone is going to MTCo this weekend or next. If not I may do other things.
> We have had 4 species now, but numbers are dismal. If we can get a
> Ruby-throat in the next 5 weeks we will have all 5 of the common hummers of
> Kansas this year. We have not done that in several years.
>
> Last evening, 26 AUG 15, around 6pm we had a female Black-chinned
> Hummingbird at Sara's very large stand of Black-and Blue Salvia. The hummer
> is a no-show this morning.
>
> At 8:29 last evening I thought I saw a bird fly into the end of a maple
> branch hanging over our pond. Indeed, about two minutes later it flew down
> to the stream, and after it turned a little, I got just enough light that I
> could tell it was a Swainson's Thrush. It then proceeded to take a bath.
> SWTH is one of my favorite yard birds.
>
> Tom Shane
> Garden City
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Subject: Interesting article
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:18:06 +0000
Although this article is not about a Kansas bird, it is about interesting 
research by a Kansas birder, Mark Robbins, about S.American woodpeckers: 



http://news.ku.edu/2015/08/20/mimic-woodpecker-fools-competing-birds-genetics-expose-its-true-identity 


Phil Wedge

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Subject: Quivira 8/27/15
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:07:05 -0500
Hi all,
If you love waterfowl, shorebirds and long-legged waders, you might schedule a 
visit to Quivira! I spent an hour and a half at the Big Salt Marsh this morning 
starting at dawn and the birding is tremendous now There are thousands of 
shorebirds there along the Wildlife Drive (and north of 170th, but those are 
too far to really ID). If you like brown ducks, then it's the place for you as 
well! Many are too far away to ID well, but there are hundreds of Blue-winged 
Teal close to the road, with lots of Mallards, N. Shovelers, and N. Pintail 
mixed in. There were a few Redheads, Ruddy Ducks and Green-winged Teal as well. 

Fantastic numbers of wading birds are present with at least 180 Great Egrets, 
250 Snowy Egrets and 60 Great Blue Herons, just in the areas on the south of 
the Loop drive. There were at least 300 dark ibis all along the drive, with 
many not bothered at all by the vehicle. I was hoping for something unusual, 
but no luck. I did see one immature Little Blue Heron, but nothing rare. 

Shorebirding was great and I sure could have spent hours more looking If I'd 
have had the time. There are lots fewer Black-necked Stilts than when I was 
there last, but avocet numbers are lots higher (estimated 1500). The best bird 
I saw was a single basic plumage Red Knot on the east side of the Wildlife 
Drive in the shallow water and mud flats with peeps, avocets, Pectorals, and 
yellowlegs. I had 250+ Killdeer, 45+ Snowy Plovers, one juv. Piping Plover, 6 
Semipalmated Plovers, 12 Greater Yellowlegs, 300+ Lesser Yellowlegs, 400 
Baird's Sandpipers, 60 Pectorals, 800 Least Sandpipers, 150 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, 1 Western Sandpiper, 75 Stilt Sandpipers, 36 Long-billed 
Dowitchers, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers and just 24 Wilson's Phalaropes. There 
were quite a few more peep-sized sandpipers north of 170th and west of North 
Lake and in the middle of the Wildlife Drive Loop that were too far away to ID. 
It was interesting that I did not see any large plovers or larger waders like 
Willet or Marbled Godwits. I didn't see any Sanderlings or Dunlin and very few 
Wilson's Phalaropes. I have to remember that it is still August! 

Other birds of note included a single Least Tern and a Peregrine on the marsh 
and a couple of American Redstarts and a Yellow Warbler in the trees west of 
the rail fields. I would have liked to spent the day there, but I needed to get 
to Pratt. With all the great stuff at the refuge and at Cheyenne Bottoms right 
now, folks could really have a quality birding trip for more than just a few 
hours! 


Mike Rader

Wilson and/or Pratt, KS
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: short-stopping hummingbirds?
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:15:46 -0500
Thanks, Larry, and also Chuck, for your replies.  I guess my next question
is, do we know for certain we’re not affecting the birds (i.e., banded
birds in late fall early winter showing up again next spring) or are we
assuming this because we keep seeing them each summer?  It may be unlikely
we’re having a population level effect, so maybe the question is moot.
Just curious.



Dan



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They will leave when the need to, irregardless if there is food around or
not.



Larry Lade

St. Joseph, MO





On Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:57 AM, Dan Mulhern 
wrote:



I’m pretty sure this has been discussed here before, but is there any
danger to hummingbirds from us leaving nectar feeders out too long in the
fall, thereby keeping hummers around later than their little
thermoregulators can handle?



Dan Mulhern

Manhattan

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Subject: Re: short-stopping hummingbirds?
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:14:58 -0500
Here is a website relevant to this conversation:
http://www.casacolibri.net/rubythroatbanding.asp

It mentions a bit about recaptures and the short-stopping hypothesis.

E.J.

On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM, Larry Lade  wrote:

> They will leave when the need to, irregardless if there is food around or
> not.
> Larry LadeSt. Joseph, MO
>
>
>
>      On Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:57 AM, Dan Mulhern <
> dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV> wrote:
>
>
>  I’m pretty sure this has been discussed here before, but is there any
> danger to hummingbirds from us leaving nectar feeders out too long in the
> fall, thereby keeping hummers around later than their little
> thermoregulators can handle?
>
>
>
> Dan Mulhern
>
> Manhattan
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Subject: Re: short-stopping hummingbirds?
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:59:54 +0000
They will leave when the need to, irregardless if there is food around or not.
Larry LadeSt. Joseph, MO
 


 On Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:57 AM, Dan Mulhern  
wrote: 

   

 I’m pretty sure this has been discussed here before, but is there any
danger to hummingbirds from us leaving nectar feeders out too long in the
fall, thereby keeping hummers around later than their little
thermoregulators can handle?



Dan Mulhern

Manhattan

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Subject: Re: short-stopping hummingbirds?
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:55:26 -0500
I get asked that a lot and here's my take on it. The presence or absence of 
food really shouldn't dictate to a hummingbird whether to stay or leave. There 
are always still fall blooming flowers around when most hummers leave the 
state. I'm assuming that they are triggered to head south by things like day 
(or night) length. Hummers are tough as we have hummingbird records for 
every month of the year except March. Most of the time, when we have found 
dead hummers in cold periods they didn't die from exposure. I think many 
times late birds die from malnutrition because they have trouble finding small 
insects for protein. (Undocumented, Chuck's opinion) It has been my 
experience that if you have a hummingbird visiting a feeder AFTER 
November 1st, it probably is NOT a Ruby-throat though.

Going further south there has been some interesting speculation about a 
rebound migration of Rufous Hummers back from Mexico and showing up 
along the Gulf Coast perhaps artificially being sustained by the presence of 
feeders and non-native plants blooming well into mid-winter.

My two cents worth.

Chuck

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Subject: short-stopping hummingbirds?
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:44:32 -0500
I’m pretty sure this has been discussed here before, but is there any
danger to hummingbirds from us leaving nectar feeders out too long in the
fall, thereby keeping hummers around later than their little
thermoregulators can handle?



Dan Mulhern

Manhattan

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Subject: Morton Co
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:18:22 +0000
I had to run to the Texas panhandle for work reasons this week. I used that as 
an excuse to drop in on Morton Co a couple times to and fro. Stopped in at 
various times on the 24th, 25th, & 26th . 


The turnover during that time was not very good. So it doesn't appear action is 
heating up too much yet. Steady S winds the whole time I was there didn't help. 
Here are some notes from various locations.. 


Elkhart WTP - Not much going on here, very few shorebirds. Teal present, 
Spotted Sandpipers, and a few swallows(no Cave unfortunately) 


Elkhart Cemetery & Shelterbelt - A pair of Blue Grosbeaks present.. male was 
singing... Redstart & Yellow were the only warblers ID'ed. Have a few photos on 
another that I may be able to ID. Olive-sided Flycatcher was present on the 
24th. Appears to be a family of Barn Owls working it over pretty good, with a 
lot of feathers spread around on the ground. Overall the belt was much more 
quiet than I expected it would be. 


Work center - Ash-throated Flycatcher(one was present on my spring trip here), 
2 Olive-sided Flycatchers, 6 field sparrows 


Middle Spring - Red-breasted Nuthatch(actively feeding and calling, a year bird 
for me as none made it into SEK last winter), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 
Warbling Vireo, Redstart. 


Road 2, N of K51 - Hit this area pretty extensively looking for Mountain 
Plovers. None were found. Many fields were being worked so the area should be 
prime in Sept. Spent several hrs looking at every worked field I came across. 
Did find 60+ Swainson's hawks feeding/resting in the fields. 


Prairie Dog Town on K51 - Was scoping this area about dark on the 25th and a 
burrowing owl flew out over the road and started calling. Soon there were 20+ 
in one big gathering about 200 yards E of my position. 


Other - Oriole Sp. seemed to be on the move all over. Also noticed a bunch of 
Loggerhead Shrikes throughout my time there. Guessing I probably saw a dozen or 
more. 



Mountain Plover - In my effort to find Mountain Plovers I ended up in Stanton 
County. Found a flock of 8 in a worked field near Hwy 160. Here are the 
Coordinates of the location - 3727'49.7"N 10201'09.8"W 


Full lists available on eBird.

Happy Birdings,
Andrew Burnett
Rural Erie, KS

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Subject: KOS Fall Meeting Registration Clarification!
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:01:27 -0500
First of all a reminder that KOS Fall Meeting registration is still going on. 
Details can be found at:

http://www.ksbirds.org/kos/Fall2015/2015_KOS_Fall.htm

One point of minor confusion that has been corrected with the online 
materials but not in the newsletter, which most KOS members should have 
by now. For full time students there is no registration fee. Some of the 
material indicates an upper age limit of 25 on that but that was a mistake. 
Full time students in high school, community or junior college, college, grad 
school, it all counts. NOTE that you still have to pay for the meals (there is 
no 

free lunch!)

If you have any questions, just drop me a note and ask!

Chuck

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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms-Tuesday
From: Dave Klema <daklema1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:33 -0500
Yesterday, I went to see some of the birds that have been reported at 
Cheyenne Bottoms.  Photos on eBird.

 I took a picture of a Western Grebe with two chicks riding on the back.  

I don't know why I didn't shoot the 9 Wilson Snipes, all together in one 
spot.  

Had a real good look at the Common Gallinule.  

They are flooding the 4A pool where there was a little mud left to see 
the 6 Buff Breasted Sandpipers.

Photo of the Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Got the Pomarine Jaeger last week after two trips and several hours.

Dave Klema
Wilson, KS

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Subject: Request for Sedge Wren sightings
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:04:00 -0500
And I should have added to please just send the Sedge Wren sightings 
directly to me, not the list. that's what happens when I send emails after my 
bedtime!!!

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Subject: Re: Sedge Wrens
From: Rodney Wright <eaglerodney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:15:36 -0500
My bad....Nic Allen had 1 Sedge and 3 Olive-sided Flycatcher. 
Rodney Wright 
Gardner, Ks

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> On Aug 24, 2015, at 10:20 PM, eaglerodney AT gmail.com wrote:
> 
> Trent Reed, John Mallery, Bryan White and myself had one August the 15th. 
That same day Jeff Witters had one and Nic Allen had 3. All in Johnson County 
in different locations. Jeffs was in sw and Nics group was also in sw joco. 
Ours was in South East joco. 

> Rodney Wright 
> Gardner, Ks
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 24, 2015, at 10:01 PM, Chuck & Jaye Otte  wrote:
>> 
>> After a few reports of good numbers of Sedge Wrens over the past week I've 
>> been looking for them myself. A stop at three locations west of Junction 
City 

>> (Geary County) this morning (in prime Sedge Wren habitat) I had 0, 0 and 
>> then the jackpot of at least a half dozen. Mark Robbins and I were discussin 

>> the ever elusive Sedge Wren over the weekend. This is one that appears to 
>> come "back" to Kansas in late July and August and apparently breeds here, 
>> although confirmed breeding records are few and far between. 
>> 
>> I'm not asking for you to tromp through head high bluestem looking for 
>> Sedge Wrens in the coming few weeks, but if you encounter Sedge Wrens 
>> while you are out birding, would you please send me approximate location 
>> and approximate number. By approximate location I mean which quarter of 
>> the county (central, northwest, southeast, etc.) I checked eBird tonight and 

>> for July and August there are only two data points (both by Mark Robbins). I 

>> know firsthand of a Riley county report and then my own report from this 
>> morning. But any records from now through about the 15th of September 
>> would be greatly appreciated.
>> 
>> I had awesome looks this morning! I stood on the edge of the road, pished 
>> an had one 15 feet away in head high big bluestem but in clear sight. It was 

>> great!! Lots of Eastern Kingbirds, and Dickcissels too! Numerous Bell's 
>> Vireos in one location. Birds definitely on the move!
>> 
>> Chuck
>> 
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Subject: Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe
From: Liza Ben Vaughn <lizabenv AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:24:38 -0500
We have gone through 12 pounds of sugar in 2 feeders so far this summer. All 
have been Ruby throated. Our numbers have dropped to 5-6 from 10-15 humming 
birds feeding on the feeders. The ones tonight looked to be juvenile - smaller 
bodied. 

We have really enjoyed them.
I live in Cowley county near the Arkansas River

Liza Ben Vaughn

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> On Aug 24, 2015, at 6:29 PM, certhia AT ATT.NET wrote:
> 
> John S., and KS. birding friends,
> 
> A Rufous Hummingbird was observed in Newton County, extreme sw. Missouri, on
> 
> 8-19, and then again on 8-22. Linda C. described it as a male, and was 
observed from 

> 
> within 6 ft. of her window feeder. It was chased by her very common 
Ruby-throats. 

> 
> Linda is an excellent birder. She lives about 12 miles southeast of Joplin. 

> 
> I agree with John S. : hummingbirds do seem to be more prevalent this season 
than normal. 

> 
> Be looking for the drifters this season.  
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Lawrence Herbert, Joplin, MO. certhia at att . net 8-24-15. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from Windows Mail
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: John Schukman
> Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎24‎, ‎2015 ‎5‎:‎11‎ ‎PM
> To: KSBIRD
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> We are going thru that much in about 1.5 days and we have counted as many as 
9 hummers. All ruby-throated. 

> John Schukman Leavenworth co. 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 24, 2015, at 3:42 PM, Jim Mason  wrote:
>> 
>> I got an email from someone in Olathe that has swarms of hummingbirds this
>> month and has never had such numbers in several years of feeding.  She is
>> going through four cups of fluid a day!  Anyone else seeing unusual numbers
>> of birds like this at their feeders? I told her she is just lucky this year.
>> Any other theories?
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Jim Mason, Director
>> 
>>  Jim AT gpnc.org
>> 
>> Great Plains Nature Center
>> 
>> 6232 E. 29th Street North
>> 
>> Wichita, KS 67220-2200
>> 
>> 316-683-5499 x103 - voice
>> 
>> 316-688-9555 - facsimile
>> 
>>  www.gpnc.org
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Sedge Wrens
From: Rodney Wright <eaglerodney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:20:07 -0500
Trent Reed, John Mallery, Bryan White and myself had one August the 15th. That 
same day Jeff Witters had one and Nic Allen had 3. All in Johnson County in 
different locations. Jeffs was in sw and Nics group was also in sw joco. Ours 
was in South East joco. 

Rodney Wright 
Gardner, Ks

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 24, 2015, at 10:01 PM, Chuck & Jaye Otte  wrote:
> 
> After a few reports of good numbers of Sedge Wrens over the past week I've 
> been looking for them myself. A stop at three locations west of Junction City 

> (Geary County) this morning (in prime Sedge Wren habitat) I had 0, 0 and 
> then the jackpot of at least a half dozen. Mark Robbins and I were discussin 
> the ever elusive Sedge Wren over the weekend. This is one that appears to 
> come "back" to Kansas in late July and August and apparently breeds here, 
> although confirmed breeding records are few and far between. 
> 
> I'm not asking for you to tromp through head high bluestem looking for 
> Sedge Wrens in the coming few weeks, but if you encounter Sedge Wrens 
> while you are out birding, would you please send me approximate location 
> and approximate number. By approximate location I mean which quarter of 
> the county (central, northwest, southeast, etc.) I checked eBird tonight and 
> for July and August there are only two data points (both by Mark Robbins). I 
> know firsthand of a Riley county report and then my own report from this 
> morning. But any records from now through about the 15th of September 
> would be greatly appreciated.
> 
> I had awesome looks this morning! I stood on the edge of the road, pished 
> an had one 15 feet away in head high big bluestem but in clear sight. It was 
> great!! Lots of Eastern Kingbirds, and Dickcissels too! Numerous Bell's 
> Vireos in one location. Birds definitely on the move!
> 
> Chuck
> 
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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> Junction City Kansas USA 66441
> 785-238-8800
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Subject: Sedge Wrens
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:01:34 -0500
After a few reports of good numbers of Sedge Wrens over the past week I've 
been looking for them myself. A stop at three locations west of Junction City 
(Geary County) this morning (in prime Sedge Wren habitat) I had 0, 0 and 
then the jackpot of at least a half dozen. Mark Robbins and I were discussin 
the ever elusive Sedge Wren over the weekend. This is one that appears to 
come "back" to Kansas in late July and August and apparently breeds here, 
although confirmed breeding records are few and far between. 

I'm not asking for you to tromp through head high bluestem looking for 
Sedge Wrens in the coming few weeks, but if you encounter Sedge Wrens 
while you are out birding, would you please send me approximate location 
and approximate number. By approximate location I mean which quarter of 
the county (central, northwest, southeast, etc.) I checked eBird tonight and 
for July and August there are only two data points (both by Mark Robbins). I 
know firsthand of a Riley county report and then my own report from this 
morning. But any records from now through about the 15th of September 
would be greatly appreciated.

I had awesome looks this morning! I stood on the edge of the road, pished 
an had one 15 feet away in head high big bluestem but in clear sight. It was 
great!! Lots of Eastern Kingbirds, and Dickcissels too! Numerous Bell's 
Vireos in one location. Birds definitely on the move!

Chuck

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Subject: Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe
From: certhia AT ATT.NET
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:29:59 +0000
John S., and KS. birding friends,

A Rufous Hummingbird was observed in Newton County, extreme sw. Missouri, on

8-19, and then again on 8-22. Linda C. described it as a male, and was observed 
from 


within 6 ft. of her window feeder. It was chased by her very common 
Ruby-throats. 


Linda is an excellent birder.  She lives about 12 miles southeast of Joplin.  

I agree with John S. : hummingbirds do seem to be more prevalent this season 
than normal. 


Be looking for the drifters this season.  

Good birding,

Lawrence Herbert, Joplin, MO. certhia at att . net 8-24-15. 







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From: John Schukman
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎24‎, ‎2015 ‎5‎:‎11‎ ‎PM
To: KSBIRD





We are going thru that much in about 1.5 days and we have counted as many as 9 
hummers. All ruby-throated. 

John Schukman Leavenworth co. 

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> On Aug 24, 2015, at 3:42 PM, Jim Mason  wrote:
> 
> I got an email from someone in Olathe that has swarms of hummingbirds this
> month and has never had such numbers in several years of feeding.  She is
> going through four cups of fluid a day!  Anyone else seeing unusual numbers
> of birds like this at their feeders? I told her she is just lucky this year.
> Any other theories?
> 
> 
> 
> Jim Mason, Director
> 
>  Jim AT gpnc.org
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Subject: Re: oodles of hummers in Olathe
From: John <schuksaya AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:11:39 -0500
We are going thru that much in about 1.5 days and we have counted as many as 9 
hummers. All ruby-throated. 

John Schukman Leavenworth co. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 24, 2015, at 3:42 PM, Jim Mason  wrote:
> 
> I got an email from someone in Olathe that has swarms of hummingbirds this
> month and has never had such numbers in several years of feeding.  She is
> going through four cups of fluid a day!  Anyone else seeing unusual numbers
> of birds like this at their feeders? I told her she is just lucky this year.
> Any other theories?
> 
> 
> 
> Jim Mason, Director
> 
>  Jim AT gpnc.org
> 
> Great Plains Nature Center
> 
> 6232 E. 29th Street North
> 
> Wichita, KS 67220-2200
> 
> 316-683-5499 x103 - voice
> 
> 316-688-9555 - facsimile
> 
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> 
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Subject: Re: First of Season Northern Harrier
From: Henry and Debby Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:20:17 -0500
 Content preview: One thing I did not mention was that I had 5 Harriers in 
Logan 

    County on Saturday. Most seemed to be hanging around playas or farm ponds.
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One thing I did not mention was that I had 5 Harriers in Logan County on 
Saturday.  Most seemed to be hanging around playas or farm ponds.

Henry A
Hays

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From: "Kat Farres" 


8/22/15 out east Saline CO we spotted a male Northern Harrier! no others 
were spotted but we did look. First one we have seen this season, but a 
front was coming thru that evening so might bring some more thru.

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Subject: oodles of hummers in Olathe
From: Jim Mason <jim AT GPNC.ORG>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:42:51 -0500
I got an email from someone in Olathe that has swarms of hummingbirds this
month and has never had such numbers in several years of feeding.  She is
going through four cups of fluid a day!  Anyone else seeing unusual numbers
of birds like this at their feeders? I told her she is just lucky this year.
Any other theories?

 

Jim Mason, Director

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Subject: First of Season Northern Harrier
From: Kat Farres <ozbelgnz AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:48:13 -0500
8/22/15 out east Saline CO we spotted a male Northern Harrier! no others were 
spotted but we did look. First one we have seen this season, but a front was 
coming thru that evening so might bring some more thru. 

Also had a very gooney but adult Red Tailed Hawk, it's going thru the molt for 
sure, and the RT at the park is dropping feathers also. 

Kat Farres
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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:51:18 -0500
Hi All,

This morning I found a Blue-winged Warbler about two miles from our place,
it was on private property.  It appeared to be a first year female.  Other
bird of interest were Philadelphia Vireo, American Redstart (FOS), a silent
Trail's Flycatcher, and a Black-throated Green Warbler.  Pictures here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134833219 AT N04/.  It was a perfect morning to
be out!

Andrew Miller
Partridge, KS
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Subject: Oak Park Hummingbirds, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:57:31 -0500
Hi Folks,

As I have noted before, this has been a slow year for hummingbirds in Oak Park. 
The last few days there have been an increase in hummingbird activity, perhaps 
peaking for the year. I estimate approximately 15 different hummingbirds around 
my feeders in Oak Park, about half of what I normally see. I have been looking 
closely for different species, but so far everything seems to be Ruby-throated. 
It has been cooler and wetter than normal this year and I have enjoyed that. I 
have been looking over my shoulder for Warblers showing up, but I haven't 
noticed any so far. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin    

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Subject: Sept. Program - Burroughs Audubon in KC
From: MW Stoakes <mstoakes AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:57:34 -0500
Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 1 for our first program of autumn!
"The Sights and Sounds of Cheyenne Bottoms and the Kansas Wetlands Education
Center" with guest speaker Curtis J. Wolf, Manager, Kansas Wetlands
Education Center. Designated as Wetlands of International Importance, Curtis
will explain why Cheyenne Bottoms is so important to migrating shorebirds
and show photographs, videos, and recordings of some of its unique avian
visitors. He will also introduce us to the KWEC, an often overlooked but
excellent resource for natural history education in Kansas since 2009!
http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu/about/wetlands-of-international-importance/

Burroughs Audubon Society general meetings are held on the first Tuesday of
the month, Sept.-Nov., Jan.-Mar, and May-Jun. at the Discovery Center, 4750
Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Meetings begin promptly at 6:45 p.m.,
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Subject: Wichita misc sightings mostly from today
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:59:52 -0500
Before diving into a scheduled garage sale prep activity I hit a few of 
my usual fall birding spots this morning.  After the passage of the cold 
front I assumed there would be something of at least moderate interest.  
Birds meeting that criteria as follows: at Chisholm Creek Park I found 
one Olive-sided Flycatcher.  At Maple Grove Cemetery I found 3 
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 2 Indigo Buntings and 2 
American Redstarts.  At LaFarge Sandpit I found 1 Eared Grebe and 1 DC 
Cormorant.   There seems to be some gathering of Miss. Kites up here in 
the barrio in north Wichita.  I counted 11 of them while walking the 
dogs this morning. Almost all of them were perching on the highest lines 
of the high-voltage line that goes down Mascot to the substation at 
Evergreen Park.  On Friday 8/21 I drove the zig-zag back route from S. 
Derby to the Haysville turnpike exit and counted over 14 Miss Kites.  
That is about 4 miles of driving but most of them were seen within a 
mile of the Arkansas River.  So I'd say they are starting to gather a 
little bit.  All of the locations mentioned above are located in Wichita 
which is a municipality in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
-- 
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Subject: Migrants
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:30:05 -0500
I, too, went for a walk this morning and noted a few migrants. All were at
Ford SFL (Ford Co., 8/23/15).

Wood-Pewee sp.  - 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher - 1
Least Flycatcher - 1
Empid. sp. - 2
Warbling Vireo - 7 silent
Cedar Waxwing - 2 (not typical Summer residents here)
Yellow Warbler - 4
Wilson's Warbler - 4
warbler sp. - 7
Lazuli Bunting - 1
bunting sp. - 1
Dickcissel - 1 flyover


On the night of 8/21, I was on a dirt road in Ford Co. and flushed 20
Burrowing Owls from the roadside. Oddly enough, this was more than a 1/2
past sunset and they all appeared to be foraging by the moonlight on the
roadway in this nice CRP grassland area. They do not have a breeding colony
there that I am aware of. On that same date I noted an uptick in Say's
Phoebes at locations in Ford and Hodgeman Counties, and had a Rock Wren
along the Stotting Trail at HorseThief Reservoir (Hodgeman).

There seems to be just one Ruby-throated Hummingbird continuing in my
backyard (Ford Co.).

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: Re: Upland Sandpipers
From: Dan Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:59:06 -0500
I had 17 Eastern Kingbirds in my yard this morning. I would be interested if it 
is locals staging or migrants with the cold front. 

Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton Ks

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> On Aug 23, 2015, at 1:40 PM, Gregg Friesen  wrote:
> 
> I've been hearing Upland Sandpipers flying over early in the morning for the 
past week 

> 
> Gregg Friesen
> Newton, KS. 
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Subject: Upland Sandpipers
From: Gregg Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:40:55 -0500
I've been hearing Upland Sandpipers flying over early in the morning for the 
past week 


Gregg Friesen
Newton, KS. 

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Subject: Not a Ruff
From: Henry and Debby Armknecht <armknecht AT RURALTEL.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:34:20 -0500
Earlier today, I found a bird on a Logan County playa that I thought might be 
my lifer Ruff. I could not think of another bird it could be, yet wasn't fully 
convinced. When I looked at photos, I could not find a Ruff photo that matched 
what I saw. In the back of my mind, I had wondered about Ruddy Turnstone, and 
that is what I found. 


This photo is a dead ringer for what I saw.

Birds I was able to accurately identify on the same playa included a 
Black-bellied Plover, a Sanderling, a couple Pectoral Sandpipers, a Solitary 
Sandpiper, and many Baird's Sandpipers. Some peeps were probably semi-palmated. 
The playa also held many ducks and a government dozen Canada Geese (11). 


When I originally pulled up to the playa, probably 2-300 shorebirds took to the 
air along with a similar number of ducks. Maybe 3/4 of the shorebirds didn't 
come back. I'm sure there were other playas in the area, but I was unable to 
locate them. A prairie Falcon came by and moved the birds and I was never able 
to relocate the bird that turned out to be a Turnstone. When I came back by to 
try again (after maybe an hour) most of the shorebirds had left, the Plover was 
still there, and about 50 Wilson's Phalaropes had dropped in. 


I also kicked up about a dozen yellowlegs from wheat stubble beside the road in 
an area with apparently no standing water. 


I found a Red-eyed Vireo ( actively feeding at eye level in two small willows 
by a playa at mid afternoon) and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. It was using a dead 
branch on top of a big cottonwood tree to feed from. Also in the same tree were 
a Western Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, and one smaller flycatcher. All of these 
were perching lower in the still living part of the tree. Hunting was good as 
they were catching a lot of insects. 


Birds seemed to be moving a lot.

The air was also moving a lot. Dirt was blowing. Parts of Logan and Gove 
counties have apparently been very wet as the dryland corn looks like 
irrigated. Yet, just a few miles away the corn had dried up and died. 



Henry A
Hays KS
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Subject: Turkey Vulture wearing leg marker.
From: Robert Mangile <rmangile AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:28:06 -0500
My son and his friend stopped by this afternoon, August 22, 2015, to 
inform me that they just passed an red headed adult Turkey Vulture 
eating carrion on the road less than a mile from my place (address 
below) that was wearing a "white" leg marker on it left leg.  They  
didn't see any numbers on the leg marker, though. I do not know how 
significant this is but it seems someone would want to know about the 
sighting even without knowing the number on the marker. Last year 
someone pointed me to a place to report a patagial tagged Turkey 
Vultures but I did not get a response to my report. Searching for such a 
place on the Internet produces various results.  Is there one central 
reporting station for marked birds?

Bob Mangile

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Subject: cheyenne and quivira Saturday
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:22:08 -0500
Matt Gearheart, Jack Landes, and I blew in and blew out literally in a mad 
dash to Cheyenne and Quivira today in hopes that the jaeger might still be 
around. 

We found much of what everyone else has been seeing. What we didn't expect 
was a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Matt spotted it on the bunker island in 
pool 4B. It walked along in front of the rocks blending in nicely. It then 
flew a short distance giving exceptional views. This is a second year bird 
with the upper wings and back pretty much the same color. A white rump with 
black tail feathers. A black bill with a white head that had a black area 
around the eye. The breast was white with dusky flanks. Very similar to the 
bird illustrated as a 2nd winter in Sibley's.

What I didn't expect was the change from last week. Hundreds of Wilson's 
Phalaropes became a couple dozen. Avocets and Black-necked Stilts were very 
low in numbers compared to last week. Many other species we had lots of 
were in low numbers. And where did the Western Grebes go? Hopefully riding 
out the waves in the reeds. 

Increasing in numbers were Black Terns and Least Sandpiper. We found a 
family of Common Gallinules (3), the Buffies, and had exceptional looks as 
the turnstone flew in front of the car at Quivira. We found 3 American 
Wigeon that we did not see last week at the Q also.

I have never been two weekends in a row. I was great fun to see the change 
in what the cold front moved out and what has shown up from last week.

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS 66207 

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Subject: Re: Black rails"
From: John Northrup <jdn008 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 03:35:55 +0000
Not to be the devil's advocate but one needs to remember that ALL young rails 
are black in color not that I would expect any fledglings to be leaping out of 
tall grass. Also recently fledged blackbirds often appear to be tailless and 
would have a roundish look but they would be brownish rather than black and 
display streaking. 


John Northrup
Wichita
Sedgwick Co.
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas  on behalf of 
Don and Linda Mallonee  

Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 8:19 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Black rails"

This morning Don and I  made the first trip to Quivira in several
years.  The last thing I was expecting to see was a Rail.....I was
hoping to see that Gallinule.  We were driving north toward the
crossroad. Crossing the low water crossing followed by a narrow bridge.
I was quite alert b ecause this is an area that often has had mammalian
surprises for me.  All of a sudden two b lack birds smaller than
sparrows jumped up above the grass which is nearly 4ft high. and
instantly disappeared.  I realized they had no tails--Or at least v ery
short ones.  I was stunned.  I played my ibird sounds but the little
black birds had disappeared never to be seen again. I know this is not
the area I can remember seeing any Black Rail reports and I remember
full well seeing them at Anahuac NRefuge many years ago and how shy they
are.  But....I think the habitat was appropriate and I really think that
is what I saw.  Any suggestions?

--
Linda Mallonee
Wichita Kansas


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Subject: Re: Black rails"
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:10:17 -0500
I saw both a Black Rail and a Virginia Rail when I was at Quivira a 
couple of weekends ago. They were not quite in the same area you 
describe. But their normal area does not have water at this time, so I 
think they have shuffled around a little bit. The Gallinules I saw were 
all at Cheyenne Bottoms that same weekend, including at least one 
youngster. I was very excited, it was my first sighting of all 3 of 
these though I had previously heard 2 of them. I did hear the Black Rail 
that same weekend, but also managed to get a quick glimpse of one. But 
the Gallinules and Virginia Rails put on a show and were out in the open 
for a long time.

Sue Newland

On 8/21/2015 7:19 PM, Don and Linda Mallonee wrote:
> This morning Don and I  made the first trip to Quivira in several 
> years.  The last thing I was expecting to see was a Rail.....I was 
> hoping to see that Gallinule.  We were driving north toward the 
> crossroad. Crossing the low water crossing followed by a narrow 
> bridge.  I was quite alert b ecause this is an area that often has had 
> mammalian surprises for me.  All of a sudden two b lack birds smaller 
> than sparrows jumped up above the grass which is nearly 4ft high. and 
> instantly disappeared.  I realized they had no tails--Or at least v 
> ery short ones.  I was stunned.  I played my ibird sounds but the 
> little black birds had disappeared never to be seen again. I know this 
> is not the area I can remember seeing any Black Rail reports and I 
> remember full well seeing them at Anahuac NRefuge many years ago and 
> how shy they are.  But....I think the habitat was appropriate and I 
> really think that is what I saw.  Any suggestions?
>


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Subject: Mississippi kite in topeka
From: Jim Bender <pastorjim AT SWBELL.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:53:30 -0500
Saw a lifer today. Mississippi kite in Topeka, near the Kansas neurological 
institute at the pond area south of it. 

Jim Bender

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Subject: Black rails"
From: Don and Linda Mallonee <czrtail69 AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:19:49 -0500
This morning Don and I  made the first trip to Quivira in several 
years.  The last thing I was expecting to see was a Rail.....I was 
hoping to see that Gallinule.  We were driving north toward the 
crossroad. Crossing the low water crossing followed by a narrow bridge.  
I was quite alert b ecause this is an area that often has had mammalian 
surprises for me.  All of a sudden two b lack birds smaller than 
sparrows jumped up above the grass which is nearly 4ft high. and 
instantly disappeared.  I realized they had no tails--Or at least v ery 
short ones.  I was stunned.  I played my ibird sounds but the little 
black birds had disappeared never to be seen again. I know this is not 
the area I can remember seeing any Black Rail reports and I remember 
full well seeing them at Anahuac NRefuge many years ago and how shy they 
are.  But....I think the habitat was appropriate and I really think that 
is what I saw.  Any suggestions?

-- 
Linda Mallonee
Wichita Kansas


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Subject: Jeagur
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:00:22 -0500
Have there been any sightings today?

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

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Subject: Re: Conditions at McPherson Valley Wetlands
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:52:22 +0000
According to the biologist at the Wetlands, things look "pretty good" They have 
lost some water but still have quite a bit. Lots of vegetation in and out of 
the water. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 20, 2015, at 10:03 PM, Chuck & Jaye Otte  wrote:
> 
> Could anyone tell me about the water and vegetation conditions at the 
> McPherson Valley wetlands right now. Some folks are intersted in checking it 
> out for Sedge Wrens. Which, by the way, everyone should be checking out 
> appropriate areas for singing Sedge Wrens as they appear to be all over the 
> place in good numbers right now!
> 
> Thanks!
> Chuck
> 
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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> 613 Tamerisk
> Junction City Kansas USA 66441
> 785-238-8800
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Subject: Bullock's orioles
From: "Nancy H. Clark" <nhclark AT PLANETKC.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:43:32 -0500
This may not be unusual, but two of the young orioles coming to the jelly 
feeder have the beginnings of a black throat patch, which would make them 
Bullock's. Weve never had so many orioles feeding before! At least two 
first-fall Baltimores, and a young female. Theres a gorgeous adult male 
Baltimore, too. Shouldnt there be some adult Bullocks as well? I know they 
will all leave soon . . . . 


Nancy Clark
Shawnee, Johnson County

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Subject: Re: Mississippi kite juveniles/ chronology
From: Steve Seibel <sseibel999 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:24:00 -0500
Three of the juvenile Mississippi Kites I mentioned in my last email,I
continue to see often.  They are all from different nests.  Two can
often be seen in one city park, and one in another.  They are still
spending a lot of time perched and calling repeatedly, begging for
food.  The adults still bring them prey items.  I haven't yet observed
any juvenile attempt to hunt, other than snapping at insects while
perched, but on yesterday 8-20 I did catch my first look at one
soaring briefly.  It was circling near an adult, while vocalizing-- it
was making the typical two-note Mississippi Kite call, and also the
quieter wheezy begging call that is mainly given in close proximity to
an adult.

Steve Seibel, in Wichita

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Subject: Conditions at McPherson Valley Wetlands
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:00:10 -0500
Could anyone tell me about the water and vegetation conditions at the 
McPherson Valley wetlands right now. Some folks are intersted in checking it 
out for Sedge Wrens. Which, by the way, everyone should be checking out 
appropriate areas for singing Sedge Wrens as they appear to be all over the 
place in good numbers right now!

Thanks!
Chuck

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Subject: Re: Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others
From: Joseph Miller <josephlowellmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:43:41 -0500
Pomarine still there, floating pretty far out in Pool 1A, as of about 4
o'clock. Other birds of interest were a few Sanderling and Buff-breasted
Sandpipers on the mudflats in 4A as well as a Neotropic Cormorant fairly
close to the road towards the north (Pool 2, maybe?) Andrew did manage some
identifiable pics, (see here
)
despite the distance

Joseph Miller
Nickerson, Kansas
Reno County Birdmen 

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM, Edward Raynor 
wrote:

> Floating on ne corner of main pool 1b. Also, chasing Franklins gulls!
>  E.J.
>
> On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Curtis J Wolf  wrote:
>
> > Rob Penner called this morning and asked me to post that he had spotted
> > the Pomarine Jaeger this morning flying over Pool 1b around 7:45 this
> > morning.
> >
> > I was unable to find it when I drove through this morning.  I'll keep
> > looking.
> >
> > Rob also noted that he spotted a Common Gallinule in Pool 2.
> >
> > And, he saw a Cave Swallow perched on a structure near the Observation
> > Tower with other swallows.
> >
> > Curtis Wolf
> > Manager, Kansas Wetlands Education Center
> > Fort Hays State University
> > 592 NE K-156 Highway
> > Great Bend, KS 67530
> > Toll free: 1-877-243-9268
> > cjwolf AT fhsu.edu 
> >
> > http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu
> >
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>
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Subject: Kansas Ornithological Society Fall Meeting Second Call for Papers
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:51:11 +0000
CALL FOR PAPERS

The Kansas Ornithological Society is still seeking papers to be presented at 
our fall meeting and we are inviting you to attend and participate. 
Traditionally the fall meeting features papers that are given by students, 
professors, professionals, and birders. The Fall 2015 Meeting will be held at 
Emporia State University, (http://www.emporia.edu/campus-map) in Emporia, 
Kansas, October 2 - 4, 2015. Paper presentations are on Saturday, October 3. 
Details are included below. More information about the Kansas Ornithological 
Society is available at the web site: 
(http://www.ksbirds.org/kos/Fall2015/2015_KOS_Fall.htm) This site also includes 
the call for papers. 



KOS also sponsors some student research projects by providing funding. Details 
are available at http://www.ksbirds.org/kos/StuResearch.html. This fund 
supports student members attending Kansas schools. We want to encourage studies 
investigating the scientific aspects of birds found in Kansas (study area not 
limited to Kansas). Awards are for one year with grants ranging from $100-$750. 


Please forward this information to any staff or students who may be interested. 
Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more 
information. 


To submit an abstract: Include the title of the presentation, the list of 
authors (use an asterisk to indicate the speaker), the institutional 
affiliation of the authors (if applicable), and a brief abstract of up to 250 
words. Abstracts will be printed in the KOS meeting program. When you submit 
the abstract, please provide three additional pieces of information: 


     1) The multimedia equipment you will need;
 2) Papers will be 15 min, including questions. If you need a shorter or longer 
time slot, please let 

          Robert Penner know.

 3) Whether you are eligible and would like to be considered for a student 
presentation award. If so, 


         what type of program (undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate).

Paper abstracts are due by September 15; please send in MS Word to Robert 
Penner at rpennner AT tnc.org. In the subject line of the 
e-mail, please indicate the meeting and give your surname: "KOS 2015: Jones." 


Example abstract: Interspecific competition with wildcats limits populations of 
jay-hawks in northeast Kansas. 

 Willie T. Wildcat (*), Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
Ongoing declines in autumn populations of jay-hawks (Cyanorufa chalkii) are a 
topic of conservation concern in Kansas. To assess the role of interspecific 
competition with wildcats (Felis purpula) as a factor contributing to observed 
population trends, I conducted three-hour observation bouts of captive animals 
in large enclosed arenas. In competition trials, jay-hawks demonstrated a 
strong aversion to environments saturated with royal purple. Thus, 
interspecific competition from wild felids may be a limiting factor that 
controls foraging and reproductive success of jay-hawk populations in the state 
of Kansas. Effective conservation strategies for jay-hawks should include 
keeping cats indoors. 




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

rpenner AT tnc.org
(620) 786-4745

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Subject: Re: Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:11:20 -0500
Floating on ne corner of main pool 1b. Also, chasing Franklins gulls!
 E.J.

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Curtis J Wolf  wrote:

> Rob Penner called this morning and asked me to post that he had spotted
> the Pomarine Jaeger this morning flying over Pool 1b around 7:45 this
> morning.
>
> I was unable to find it when I drove through this morning.  I'll keep
> looking.
>
> Rob also noted that he spotted a Common Gallinule in Pool 2.
>
> And, he saw a Cave Swallow perched on a structure near the Observation
> Tower with other swallows.
>
> Curtis Wolf
> Manager, Kansas Wetlands Education Center
> Fort Hays State University
> 592 NE K-156 Highway
> Great Bend, KS 67530
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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms Pomarine Jaeger and others
From: Curtis J Wolf <cjwolf AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:45:30 -0500
Rob Penner called this morning and asked me to post that he had spotted 
the Pomarine Jaeger this morning flying over Pool 1b around 7:45 this 
morning.

I was unable to find it when I drove through this morning.  I'll keep 
looking. 

Rob also noted that he spotted a Common Gallinule in Pool 2.

And, he saw a Cave Swallow perched on a structure near the Observation 
Tower with other swallows. 

Curtis Wolf
Manager, Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Fort Hays State University
592 NE K-156 Highway
Great Bend, KS 67530
Toll free: 1-877-243-9268
cjwolf AT fhsu.edu

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Subject: Quivira report 20 August 2015
From: Barry Jones <barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:13:36 -0500
Quivira's Wildlife Drive/Big Salt Marsh/NE 170th loop continues to thrive 
with activity.  This morning (20 August) there was a noticeable increase 
in numbers of both shorebirds and ducks compared to last week, with an 
estimated 3,000 plus shorebirds and over 1,500 ducks, the latter including 
about 2-300 Northern Pintail.  Biggest shorebird numbers seem to be 
Baird's and Least Sandpipers, along with Avocets and yellowlegs.

Highlights:  at least 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers in the flats near NE 
170th, and a Peregrine Falcon over Big Salt Marsh.  Also worth noting:  
for the last two summers we have occasionally seen what we believe to be 
an albino Northern Shoveler.  It was present with Pintails and teal in Big 
Salt Marsh.

Barry Jones
Quivira NWR

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Subject: Dowitcher
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:34:18 -0500
Hopefully I don't publicly embarrass myself with this shore bird ID.

 

I found this shorebird in mid August in a feedlot near Grantville, KS. At
first I thought this was a stilt sandpiper, but it is too large to be a
stilt as it is twice the size of the peep.  The length of its bill is twice
the length of its head as well, ruling out stilt.  Thus it must be a
dowitcher. The lack of a rufous belly makes it a juvenile. Could it be a
short-billed dowitcher as the coloring of its breast seems buffier than a
long-billed dowitcher.  Furthermore, his back looks too brown to be a
long-billed. 

 

Here is a video.

 

https://youtu.be/V0UG0wXT8Kk

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 

 

 


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Subject: Purple Martins, Wichita
From: C Miller <avian67226 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:05:22 -0500
Hi all. The martins put on a fantastic show in Old Town tonight. It's difficult 
to estimate the number of birds; however, after having watched them annually 
for several years, I can confidently say the number was more than 30,0000. With 
no wind and a cloudless sky, viewing conditions were optimal. The martins 
started building numbers to the north, perching on wires at 3rd and Mosely. All 
had swarmed and settled into five small trees by 8:45. Look for them in the 
parking lot south of the building housing Adecco and the WPD substation, near 
the historic Keen Kutter building (now the Hotel at Oldtown). 


Cheryl

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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger
From: "Jacob C. Cooper" <black.hawk.birder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:19:30 -0500
Hi all,

The Pomarine Jaeger Mark Robbins and I found at Cheyenne Bottoms is still
flying and swimming around pond 1C where Varvel and other saw it.
Attempting to get better photos, but it's definitely an adult (in
difinitive plumage) Pomarine.

Jacob C. Cooper
KU Biodiversity Institute
Lawrence, KS



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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:24:39 -0500
Mark Robbins and Jacob Cooper called at 5:20 to say the Pomarine Jaeger was
still in pool 1C at CB.

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Re: Jaeger
From: Rodney Wright <eaglerodney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:18:43 -0500
I forgot to mention they saw it around 4pm. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 19, 2015, at 12:45 PM, Max Thompson  wrote:
> 
> Mark Robbins just called me and there is a jaeger at Cheyenne Bottoms that
> was seen about 20 minutes ago. It appears to be an adult Pomarine Jaeger. He
> also reported a lot of activity at CB with shorebirds and other things. Cold
> front apparently brought in a lot of things. If I have any more information,
> I will pass it on.
> 
> Max
> 
> 
> 
> Max C. Thompson
> 
> 1729 E. 11th Ave.
> 
> Winfield, KS 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Jaeger
From: Rodney Wright <eaglerodney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:17:12 -0500
Nick Varvel just asked me to post that he and others just relocated it in Pool 
1c swimming. 

Rodney Wright 
Johnson County 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 19, 2015, at 12:45 PM, Max Thompson  wrote:
> 
> Mark Robbins just called me and there is a jaeger at Cheyenne Bottoms that
> was seen about 20 minutes ago. It appears to be an adult Pomarine Jaeger. He
> also reported a lot of activity at CB with shorebirds and other things. Cold
> front apparently brought in a lot of things. If I have any more information,
> I will pass it on.
> 
> Max
> 
> 
> 
> Max C. Thompson
> 
> 1729 E. 11th Ave.
> 
> Winfield, KS 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Jaeger
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:45:51 -0500
Mark Robbins just called me and there is a jaeger at Cheyenne Bottoms that
was seen about 20 minutes ago. It appears to be an adult Pomarine Jaeger. He
also reported a lot of activity at CB with shorebirds and other things. Cold
front apparently brought in a lot of things. If I have any more information,
I will pass it on.

Max

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Tuttle Creek Lake Environs
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:13:00 -0500
Hello,
I've been birding a bit lately and just wanted Tuttle birders to know what
birds are out there from my experience over the last couple of weeks. Song
birds are starting to move and residents are found in family groups.

Carnahan Cove-shorebird habitat is dried up.

Fancy Creek- loaded with shorebirds but need to walk through waist high
weeds for a half mile to get good looks. Marbled Godwit (1; 2 weeks ago),
buff-breasted sandpiper(up to 20), and Bonaparte's gull (1 juv) have been
observed in the last two weeks. White Pelicans were in the hundreds but
seem to have left with the north winds.

Stockdale Cove- good, accessible shorebird habitat. Neotropic cormorant(on
snag a couple weeks ago), piping plover, wilson's snipe, and a a reported
sanderling.

Olesburg marsh-loaded with Forster's Terns, Great Egrets, and Great Blue
Herons.

Tuttle River Pond/Dam area- produced after yesterday's rains: Forster's
Terns(50+), Caspian Tern, and many Black Terns on the lake.

Western Hills/KSU cattle unit- Multiple white-winged doves near Plymouth
ave and a White-winged dove amongst hundreds of collared doves,
respectively.

This morning's results from Fancy Creek:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24680721

Good birding,
E.J.



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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms 8/18/15
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:19:28 -0500
Hi all,
Awesome shorebirding at Cheyenne Bottoms right now. I spent a quick 30 minutes 
or so looking at stuff in Pool 4A & B and had the following birds of interest: 
450+ Blue-winged Teal, 175 WF Ibis, good numbers of BN Stilts and avocets, 12 
BB Plovers, 1 Am Golden Plover, 18 Snowy Plovers, 2 Piping Plovers, 6 
Semipalmated Plovers, 15 Sanderlings, and singles of Ruddy Turnstone, SB 
Dowitcher, and RN Phalarope. Lots of Wilson's Phalaropes (450) and a Least 
Tern. Good numbers of peeps (mostly Baird's) and lesser numbers of Stilt 
Sandpipers, LB Dowitchers, Pectorals, Spotteds, Solitaries, and yellowlegs. 


Mike Rader

Wilson and/or Pratt, KS
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:04:23 -0500
Hi All,

I have had a female Black-chinned Hummigbird coming to my feeder in Reno
county for the last week.  Notice the clubbed primary tips and the short
tail.  I sent this to Hummingbird expert Sheri Williamson, and she agreed.
Pictures can be found at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/134833219 AT N04/ .

Andrew Miller
Partridge Kansas
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Subject: Re: Nesting dove
From: Arthur Nonhof <arthur.nonhof AT GCCCKS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:00:04 +0000
There is a nesting MD on the GCCC campus in Garden City.

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Subject: Nesting dove

Consistent with their long nesting season, I have a Mourning Dove sitting on 
eggs in a nest in my back yard in Newton (Harvey). 


Gregg

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Subject: Nesting dove
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:28:28 -0500
Consistent with their long nesting season, I have a Mourning Dove sitting
on eggs in a nest in my back yard in Newton (Harvey).

Gregg

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Subject: Wetland Reserve Program
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:07:40 -0500
There is a superb wetland at the Pott/Shawnee county line on the south side
of Hwy 24.  I'd guess it is about 30 acres.  It is in Shawnee County. It is
full of wetland plants like river bulrush, water plantain, and arrowroot
just to name a few.

 

I'm wondering if anyone on this list is associated with the feds and could
talk to the land owner about putting it into the wetland reserve program.

 

I do not know who the land owner is.  The wetland is in Shawnee County.

 

Jeff Hansen

topeka


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Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:17:07 -0500
Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Sam Richards, Kylee Sharp and myself surveyed
Baker Wetlands, Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday the 15th. We found 77 species.

The best bird of the survey had to be the Red-necked Phalarope. It was a
first for the the Baker Wetlands Survey. Roger first saw it and took the
picture of it on Wednesday the 12th.It is a juvenile. Remember Baker
Wetlands is still closed due to the construction. It looks like it might be
open in October. It was seen in a new wetlands area south of the pond near
the headquarters.

Fairly early in the survey we watched a Caspian Tern fly low over the pond
and seemed to possibly be coming back but flew on towards Clinton. At the
new east wetlands there were a Least Tern and 3 Forster's.

There were a number of the common shorebirds including a couple of
Buff-breasted Sandpipers. There was one Semipalmated Plover.

Below is the site for the survey a photo of the Red-necked Phalarope is
included.

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