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Chestnut-sided Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

29 May Berwet BBS route [Pete Janzen ]
29 May Re: Whistling ducks [Gregg Friesen ]
29 May Severance BBS Route- DP and AT Cos. [John Schukman ]
29 May Quivira report 29 May 2016 [Barry Jones ]
29 May Re: Whistling ducks [Edward Raynor ]
28 May Great Crested Flycatcher [Jeff Hansen ]
28 May Whistling ducks [Andrew Miller ]
28 May Black-bellied Whistling Ducks seen at 9 am [Pete Janzen ]
28 May Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
28 May Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
28 May Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Carolyn Schwab ]
28 May Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Pete Janzen ]
28 May Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Andrew Miller ]
28 May Newton Black-bellied Whistling Duck directions [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
27 May White-winged Doves and Kites in Crawford Co. [Robert Mangile ]
27 May Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
27 May Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [G & J Fenton Friesen ]
27 May Neotropic Cormorant at NWA [Richard Tucker ]
26 May Birding 151st and Lone Elm Olathe KS []
26 May FOY Hooded Merganser [Jeff Calhoun ]
26 May The Trip West [Brandon Magette ]
26 May Hv Co Migrants [Carolyn Schwab ]
25 May RED PHALAROPE at Quivira [Malcolm Gold ]
25 May Quivira & Cheyenne Bottoms Report and Help requested on Phalarope [Malcolm Gold ]
25 May Black Billed Cuckoos [Sue Newland ]
25 May Cattle Egrets []
25 May Black Necked Stilts [Laura Kirk ]
25 May Cheyenne Bottoms Shorebirds [Robert Penner ]
24 May Blue Grosbeak? [sunwust ]
24 May Quivira report 24 May 16 [Barry Jones ]
24 May Red-necked Phalarope at baker wetlands [John Schukman ]
24 May Kites Wichita [Mary Herold ]
24 May Re: Camp creek wetland, Belvue KS [Henry Armknecht ]
24 May Camp creek wetland, Belvue KS [Thomas Schermerhorn ]
23 May Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
22 May Points west [Brandon Magette ]
22 May Lone Star area ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
22 May Belvue Camp Creek Rd wetland [Jeff Hansen ]
22 May Backyard warblers [Jeff Hansen ]
21 May Re: Baker RFI [Daniel Larson ]
21 May May 11, 2016 Harper Co. Migration Count [ok_forbs ]
21 May Palmer, Washington Co [Dan Thalmann ]
21 May Blackburnian and Canada Warblers in Shawnee County [Carol Morgan ]
21 May Birds this morning [Andrew Miller ]
21 May Fledgling brown thrashers [Jeff Hansen ]
21 May KU-area birds ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
21 May Re: Baker RFI ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
21 May Baker RFI [Will Chatfield-Taylor ]
21 May Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
20 May Red-Necked Phalarope at KCPL Wetlands [Matt Gearheart ]
20 May Willets and Phalaropes [Jeff Hansen ]
20 May Brown Thrashers [Jeff Hansen ]
20 May Re: Flicker nesting update [Jeff Hansen ]
20 May Loon and Neotropic Cormorant [Jeff Calhoun ]
20 May Re: Bellvue wetland [Brandon Magette ]
20 May Bellvue wetland [Jeff ]
20 May Neotropic Cormorant... Neosho WA.... [Andrew Burnett ]
20 May Flicker nesting update [Jeff Hansen ]
20 May Oak Park Friday morning [Kevin Groeneweg ]
19 May Lazuli Bunting [Jess P ]
19 May Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
19 May CB Thrasher, Gray Co [Jeff Calhoun ]
19 May Funny Bluebird nest... [Kat Farres ]
19 May Yellow Warblers [Sun Wus ]
19 May Possible Vermilion Flycatcher - Swope Park Golf Course [Matt Gearheart ]
19 May Oak Park Wichita [Art Weigand ]
19 May Flycatchers [Jeff Keating ]
19 May Warblers near KU ["Wedge, Philip C." ]
19 May Baker Wetlands Survey [Daniel Larson ]
18 May No Subject [Sandra Tholen ]
18 May Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
17 May Milford Lake Bird Walk [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
17 May bobolinks [Laura Kirk ]
17 May Re: Oak Park, Wichita [Joseph Miller ]
17 May Quivira and CB 5/17/16 [mike rader ]
17 May Bobolinks-Cheyenne Bottoms [Curtis Wolf ]

Subject: Berwet BBS route
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 19:24:48 -0500
I ran the Berwet BBS route today.  Conditions were excellent.  I found 
60 species which is high for this route.  The most unusual species was a 
calling King Rail at one of the more mundane stops on the route, calling 
in a wet field of winter wheat.  I shot video to record the calls.  This 
video has been posted to the Kansas Birding facebook page.  This is the 
strangest find I have ever had on a BBS route.  THis is only the second 
record of this species in Sedgwick County in modern times although they 
were a breeding species up till about 1920.  Other write-ins were 
Pied-billed Grebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Cliff Swallow, Field Sparrow and 
Painted Bunting.  I think the grebe and vireo were firsts for the route, 
possibly the Field Sparrow also.

I checked DeWeese Park briefly after the route.  They were having a 
Mountain Man Encampment there.  This is a colorful group of people. 
Cheney Reservoir has more water than I think I have ever seen.  Just to 
the west of Fred's Baitshop all of the woods have about 2 feet of 
surface water.  It looks like a southern swamp.   I went to Yoder Point 
after that and found water over the road near the point.  No access.  On 
the road in to the point  I did score the bunting trifecta with Indigo, 
Lazuli and Painted.  Also Blue Grosbeak and many Bell's Vireos & Field 
Sparrows.  The Colwich Wetland has more water than it has had in at 
least a decade.  Multiple coots, WF Ibis, BW Teal, several species of 
herons. A PB Grebe was heard calling from here during the BBS route.   
This small wetland may produce some interesting birds and/or nesting 
records this summer.
-- 
Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Re: Whistling ducks
From: Gregg Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 19:09:52 -0500
The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks remain present at the Newton location as of 6 
PM. We found them posing in the willows. 


Gregg Friesen
Newton , Ks

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 29, 2016, at 9:34 AM, Edward Raynor  wrote:
> 
> The whistling-ducks are still hanging out along the creek bank. We thank
> Mr. Miller for hosting these birds and visitors.
> 
> E.J.
> 
> On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Andrew Miller 
> wrote:
> 
>> We refound the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks again at 10:30.   They were
>> still in the willows in the drainage ditch when we left a little before 11.
>> 
>> Andrew Miller
>> Partridge ks
>> 
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> 
> -- 
> Edward J. Raynor
> Lincoln, NE
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Subject: Severance BBS Route- DP and AT Cos.
From: John Schukman <schuksaya AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:53:22 -0500
I started with the provision that I may not get to some flooded roads this
morning and not run the route, but I only had to go around 1 road closed
sign for .5 miles on a road that was under water a few days ago.

 

It was an average day for species detection with no new species to add. I
usually get one or more of Kentucky and Yellow Warbler, N. Parula and
Bobolink, but I had none these today. Made up for it with a Double-crested
Cormorant (migrant), Belted Kingfisher, Alder Flycatcher(migrant), Wood
Thrush, and Scarlet Tanager.

 

Submitted to ebird with first half in Doniphan Co. and last half in Atchison
Co.

 

John Schukman

Leavenworth Co.


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Subject: Quivira report 29 May 2016
From: Barry Jones <barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:11:55 -0500
Great morning for birding at Quivira, with a 6 am start. Quick count 108 
species including Bunting trifecta: indigo, lazuli, and painted (the latter at 
both locations as previous years - 1 mile north and 1/2 mile west of ne 170th 
and 105th junction, respectively). No red Phalarope but a few red-necked - few 
of the little groups were close enough for good viewing. Other good birds 
included Bewick's wren (same location from 3 weeks ago), Osprey, a single 
Piping plover, Bobolink, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron roosting in Deadhorse 
Grove. I will post all on ebird later. 


Barry Jones
Quivira NWR

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Subject: Re: Whistling ducks
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:34:56 -0500
The whistling-ducks are still hanging out along the creek bank. We thank
Mr. Miller for hosting these birds and visitors.

E.J.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Andrew Miller 
wrote:

> We refound the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks again at 10:30.   They were
> still in the willows in the drainage ditch when we left a little before 11.
>
> Andrew Miller
> Partridge ks
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Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 14:06:16 -0500
I'd pretty much given up on the great crested flycatchers from nesting in my
nest boxes this year. I've been seeing them daily and the male likes to
attack the windows on the house.  I also see them flycatching from a bird
feeding pole.  I figured they found a natural cavity to nest in.  But then
today who do I see on a nest box with a beak full of nesting material - a
flycatcher.  I presume the female as they are the ones that build the nest.
What's ironic is this is the same box in which I trapped a flycatcher on May
19.  This is not the next box that they nested in the past two years.  I
wonder why they decided on a new location?  Maybe it's not the same pair. 

 

So I checked my records and in the past they had their first egg by May 25,
26, and 29 the past 3 years.  I wonder if the constant rainy weather delayed
their nest building. This is their 6th year of nesting in nest boxes in my
yard.

 

Sadly I saw a pair of starlings at my wood duck box.  Trapped and caught
one.  Also saw a starling this morning at a different flycatcher box.  Set
the trap for him.

 

I'm hopeful that the starlings won't get the flickers or the flycatchers
over the next week.

 

FYI, the flicker has 7 eggs and I have 2 sets of house wrens nesting.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Whistling ducks
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:12:42 -0500
We refound the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks again at 10:30.   They were
still in the willows in the drainage ditch when we left a little before 11.

Andrew Miller
Partridge ks

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks seen at 9 am
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:29:25 -0500
The two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were still present at the same 
location in Newton (Harvey County) as described by Gregg Friesen 
 at 8:55 am this morning.  They 
were standing on the lawn near the willow trees.
-- 
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:28:56 -0500
From the facebook post it looks like they are hanging out in the willows.

Gregg Friesen
Newton, KS

On Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM, G & J Fenton Friesen <
friesen.fenton AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I ran by this AM and saw no ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks or
> Mallards.  The homeowner told me he has never seen it before 11 AM.  I'll
> run by around noon and check again.
>
> Gregg Friesen
> Newton, KS
>
> On Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:09 AM, Pete Janzen 
> wrote:
>
>> Leaving shortly to go check the location.
>>
>> Pete Janzen
>>
>> On 5/28/2016 7:49 AM, Andrew Miller wrote:
>>
>>> Did anyone see the Whistling Ducks today yet?
>>>
>>> Andrew Miller
>>> Partridge ks
>>> On May 27, 2016 7:12 PM, "G & J Fenton Friesen" <
>>> friesen.fenton AT gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>> --
>> Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
>>
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>
> --
> Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
> Newton, KS
>



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Newton, KS

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Subject: Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:25:06 -0500
I ran by this AM and saw no ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks or
Mallards.  The homeowner told me he has never seen it before 11 AM.  I'll
run by around noon and check again.

Gregg Friesen
Newton, KS

On Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:09 AM, Pete Janzen 
wrote:

> Leaving shortly to go check the location.
>
> Pete Janzen
>
> On 5/28/2016 7:49 AM, Andrew Miller wrote:
>
>> Did anyone see the Whistling Ducks today yet?
>>
>> Andrew Miller
>> Partridge ks
>> On May 27, 2016 7:12 PM, "G & J Fenton Friesen" > >
>> wrote:
>>
>>
> --
> Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Carolyn Schwab <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:10:37 -0500
Posted this morning on Facebook with picture.
On May 28, 2016 8:09 AM, "Pete Janzen"  wrote:

> Leaving shortly to go check the location.
>
> Pete Janzen
>
> On 5/28/2016 7:49 AM, Andrew Miller wrote:
>
>> Did anyone see the Whistling Ducks today yet?
>>
>> Andrew Miller
>> Partridge ks
>> On May 27, 2016 7:12 PM, "G & J Fenton Friesen" > >
>> wrote:
>>
>>
> --
> Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:09:18 -0500
Leaving shortly to go check the location.

Pete Janzen

On 5/28/2016 7:49 AM, Andrew Miller wrote:
> Did anyone see the Whistling Ducks today yet?
>
> Andrew Miller
> Partridge ks
> On May 27, 2016 7:12 PM, "G & J Fenton Friesen" 
> wrote:
>

-- 
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:49:44 -0500
Did anyone see the Whistling Ducks today yet?

Andrew Miller
Partridge ks
On May 27, 2016 7:12 PM, "G & J Fenton Friesen" 
wrote:

> Correction. This is east of Old Main and south of US 50. Access this by
> driving west from Walmart to Old Main and then north a half black. Look
> across the open grass field to where there are ducks and geese at times
> feeding from a water tub and with bread spread out for them to eat.
>
> Gregg
>
> --------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: G & J Fenton Friesen 
> Date: Fri, May 27, 2016 at 7:07 PM
> Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
> To: "KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU" 
>
>
> A call to James Miller in Newton resulted in confirming his report of 2
> Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Newton this PM.  They were seen east of
> South Kansas Ave in an open residential area east of the Church of Christ.
> This is on the south side of US 50 and West of Wal-mart.  Pictures to
> follow on E-bird and I'll send to Chuck to post also.
>
> Gregg Friesen
>
> --
> Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
> Newton, KS
>
>
>
> --
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> Newton, KS
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Subject: Newton Black-bellied Whistling Duck directions
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:24:35 -0500
I will include a bit better directions to the location of the Black-bellied
Whistling Duck in Newton.  I have entered it into Ebird as a hotspot (South
Old Main BBWD Hotspot) so when the Ebird crew gets around to it this will
avoid having a bunch of personal hotspots.  For GPS users, it is about 1800
South Old Main, Newton, KS.

On the south end of Newton there is a hospital/Wal-mart complex that sits
at the intersection of both US 50 and I-135 on the south end of town.
There are a few ways to get to Wal-mart but if you can get there you are at
the starting place.  Just south of Wal-Mart, take Windward Drive west till
you come to a "T" at Old Main (about a half mile).  Turn right (north) and
drive only a half block to an open grass area that runs between residential
housing and along a waterway.  Look east and about 100 yards east you will
see an area where the local resident has been feeding ducks and geese with
some shallow buckets of grain.  This is where the bird has been seen.  It
is not regular with the local homeowner saying it was only present around
noon the past two days till last night when it put on quite a show.  It
mixes with the local Mallards and Canada Geese.  The address of this
location for parking is approximately 1800 South Old Main, Newton, KS.  It
is near a Church of Christ that is on the West side of the road.  I do not
know the nature/ownership of the property that is defined as the grass area
but it is open and wet.

Enjoy.

Gregg

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Newton, KS

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Subject: White-winged Doves and Kites in Crawford Co.
From: Robert Mangile <rmangile AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:32:31 -0500
Last night at our annual Sperry-Galligar Audubon picnic Martha Price 
reported that two White-winged Doves have been visiting her bird feeders 
in Girard, Crawford County, KS.  She had them there is previous years.  
Perhaps they will nest nearby.

In our back yard the Baltimore Oriole numbers have dwindled at our 
Oriole feeder and grape jelly dish. Apparently they are moving to 
breeding territories.  And yesterday about 3:00 P.M.  an adult male 
Mississippi Kite flew directly towards where we were sitting on our 
patio, made a gyration in the air and landed in a tree 25 feet from our 
chairs.  It wobbled about on the limb and then took to the air, circled 
and flew away.  Probably caught a flying insect, landed and ate it on 
the limb.  It appears that this species is now a regular summer resident 
in the Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS area.  They have been observed in 
other nearby areas this year as well as in past  years.  I suspect they 
are nesting northeast of our residence.

Also had a Swainson's Thrush in the yard two days ago.   And today I 
photographed the first Gray Squirrel seen on my property - Fox Squirrels 
are aplenty!  And the Broad-headed Skinks (Plestiodon laticeps) keep us 
entertained running around on our patio.  They nest under our back 
steps.  They will allow my wife and me to physically touch them.  
Yesterday, when touching an adult, red-headed, male it snapper at my 
wife's hand. 

Bob Mangile
Pittsburg, KS

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Subject: Fwd: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:10:44 -0500
Correction. This is east of Old Main and south of US 50. Access this by
driving west from Walmart to Old Main and then north a half black. Look
across the open grass field to where there are ducks and geese at times
feeding from a water tub and with bread spread out for them to eat.

Gregg

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From: G & J Fenton Friesen 
Date: Fri, May 27, 2016 at 7:07 PM
Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
To: "KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU" 


A call to James Miller in Newton resulted in confirming his report of 2
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Newton this PM.  They were seen east of
South Kansas Ave in an open residential area east of the Church of Christ.
This is on the south side of US 50 and West of Wal-mart.  Pictures to
follow on E-bird and I'll send to Chuck to post also.

Gregg Friesen

-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS



-- 
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:07:28 -0500
A call to James Miller in Newton resulted in confirming his report of 2
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Newton this PM.  They were seen east of
South Kansas Ave in an open residential area east of the Church of Christ.
This is on the south side of US 50 and West of Wal-mart.  Pictures to
follow on E-bird and I'll send to Chuck to post also.

Gregg Friesen

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Newton, KS

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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant at NWA
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:38:18 -0500
Last evening I located the Neotropic Cormorant on the roost at Neosho
Wildlife Area near St. Paul, Ks,  and had great looks at in perched with
three Double-crested Cormorants and a Great-blue Heron.  Excellent
opportunity to observe the differences in coloration, size and tail length.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.  Andrew Burnett reported it a few weeks
ago and it is still there.

 

Rick Tucker

Parsons

Labette County   


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Subject: Birding 151st and Lone Elm Olathe KS
From: jandlbosnak AT KC.RR.COM
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:14:06 +0000
We drove west to the end of 151st St in Olathe this afternoon. We saw a male 
Painted Bunting, Bell's Vireo, Eastern Kingbirds, Lark Sparrows, Indigo 
Buntings, and Baltimore Orioles. I also heard a very unusual song that I had 
trouble identifying at first, and then realized that it sounded just like a 
Canyon Wren, which we have seen and heard many times on our travels to Tucson 
in January. (See my website for a picture and song of a Canyon Wren that I 
photographed near Tucson, http://kcbirdingwalks.com/htdocs/Gallery%20Wrens.html 
). I am probably mistaken, and it is more likely a Field Sparrow, but if any of 
you birders go over to that area of 151st listen for that song, as it would be 
very unusual for that bird to be in Johnson County. It sounded like it was 
singing in the area to the north of the entrance to the quarry/landfill. 


John Bosnak

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Subject: FOY Hooded Merganser
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:39:30 -0500
Just saw my FOY (first of year) Hooded Merganser on a Ford County
watershed pond. The year started 5 months ago in midwinter. Interesting
occurrence are these Hooded Mergz, so begins the best month of the year to
add this species to whatever southwest Kansas county you need them in.
People from Wichita and east must think I'm off my rocker again, but this
is truth with lots of anecdotal Calhoun eBird data to back it up. June is
also the only month I've ever had Red-breasted Mergs in Ford County, so
there's that.

Turn down for what,

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: The Trip West
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:46:46 -0500
Hey all, just wanted to give a quick summary of the trip to Morton Co that
Dan Hoobler and I made this week. We left home Monday morning stopping
briefly at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to see if anything exciting
was about then continued on with out driving through the Bottoms. West of
Montezuma in Gray Co we stopped at the playa on the north side of the
highway and picked up 22 species with the highlight being a Black-necked
Stilt that Dan spotted sitting on eggs in a nest on the edge of the road (I
believe this to be a breeding record for Gray). Unfortunately this nest
will probably not survive the vehicle traffic.

Arrived in Elkhart after getting Dan the Curve-billed Thrasher in Hugoton
and immediately checked the Sewer Ponds which were very quiet, having only
Ruddy and Red-headed Ducks present, A trip out to the grasslands gave Dan
his second lifer of the trip, Cassin's Sparrow. Tuesday morning we skipped
the shelterbelt and headed out to the workstation recording only 20 species
but happily finding two Scaled Quail (first sighting of the quail was about
twelve feet up in one of the pines near the asphalt parking area) this was
a lifer for both of us, myself having driven over most of Morton Co looking
for the dang things!

Overall very quiet so in a fit of boredom we drove west into Colorado and
somewhere east of Campo and south of Walsh we scared up a lone Long-billed
Curlew that started to fly away from us but turned around and glided back
to our general area giving us great up close looks. We saw only three
Ravens that gave a single low croak as they went over us so didn't get
enough information from them for an ID

Wednesday morning we left Elkhart without birding any areas, planning to
check out Lake Scott. Unfortunately Dan had work issues interrupt our trip
so we headed for home a few hours earlier than we planned, we ran across
some of the weather related damage west of Scott City and in Ness City that
occurred the night before.

To steal a phrase my wife and I hear in Florida relating to the beach I
will close with this. "If you are lucky enough to be birding, you're lucky
enough"

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: Hv Co Migrants
From: Carolyn Schwab <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:31:36 -0500
An Osprey spent about a minute over our pond this morning and headed east.
I was happy to hear a full Swanson's Thrush song at 12th and Rock Rd.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, Ks

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Subject: RED PHALAROPE at Quivira
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 22:16:07 -0500
Thank you to the many quick replies on my earlier email and to friends on
Facebook for identifying the bird as a Red Phalarope.  Teh map below shows
where we saw the bird at 8:30.

https://goo.gl/maps/X4eZwpB9pUP2

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Kansas)
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Subject: Quivira & Cheyenne Bottoms Report and Help requested on Phalarope
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:31:04 -0500
John Mallery and myself did a one day dash to Quivira NWR and Cheyenne
Bottoms WA today. Many of the shorebirds are similar to Barry and Rob's
recent reports, so I have left them off but there appeared to be some turn
over in a day.



At Quivira we found 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Dunlin, a Black-Bellied Plover
and almost 30 Sanderlings along 170th and amazingly to us 11 Red-necked
Phalaropes in breeding plumage just north of the cement parking structure
on Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh. Calling Virginia Rails and Black Rails
were a wonderful surprise as we headed north to Cheyenne Bottoms.



Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29900902

Second eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29902631



With black flies and warmer temperatures our energy was quickly draining at
Cheyenne Bottoms and we did not spend as much time scoping distant
shorebirds.  Still we found a Ruddy Turnstone at the same cement structure
as the Neotropic Cormorant (Pool 4A perhaps) and then a Willet, a couple
Dunlin, and once again quite a few Sanderlings in pool 1C. After driving
through the Conservancy property we found a Glossy Ibis along NE 50th Ave
just north of the refuge property near the stream.



Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29906676



The first shorebird we saw this morning remains confusing. In the field I
ended up defaulting to the more likely of the shorter billed, the
Red-necked Phalarope, based on back patterning....but my initial impression
was Red-Phalarope given the extremely short, robust, yellow based bill. I
have uploaded all my photos, with some cropped, for closer inspection if
anyone is willing to offer help identifying this bird.



Here is the album:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/malcolmgold/572iDP



Overall it was a great day of birding.



Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Kansas)
http://mcmdgold.blogspot.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/

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Subject: Black Billed Cuckoos
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:48:00 -0500
I walked the trail through the Santa Fe Restoration area of the Baker 
Wetlands today looking for bitterns. I first heard, then saw, a pair of 
black-billed cuckoos about midway along the trail. I did not think these 
were normal in this area but they were not flagged by eBird. Just 
thought folks might want to know that there are some nice things to see 
there besides just the water birds we hear so much about. I did get a 
chance to see the red-necked phalaropes yesterday and the black-necked 
stilts today.

Sue Newland
Wakarusa

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Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 23:23:11 +0000
"my flock" of Cattle Egrets which initially began several days ago, as a single 
individual in a small pasture along Contrary Creek Road grew to a "flock" of 
five a couple of days ago, is now number six (6). I wonder how long they are 
going to spend here. 

* Contrary Creek Road is a road off of 59 Highway south of St. Joseph, MO.
Larry LadeSt. Joseph, MO

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Subject: Black Necked Stilts
From: Laura Kirk <lauraellenkirk AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:24:00 -0500
The red necked pharalope, wilsons, semi plovers all in the ponds/grasses
between the gravel paths S.E. of the discovery center of Baker Wetlands
along with a pair of Black Necked Stilts - more storms moving through means
they will probably continue to be cooperative to view.

Laura Kirk
Lawrence, KS

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Subject: Cheyenne Bottoms Shorebirds
From: Robert Penner <rpenner AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:12:37 +0000
Since my friend Barry Jones posted his shorebird survey results, I figured I 
would post mine as a comparison. Fortunately, the KDWPT is still able to bring 
in water through the inlet canal and 2 inches of rain fall last night. Water 
levels are rising which is slowing covering the mud flats, but anytime you can 
fill a marsh in Kansas you better take advantage. Between the ideal habitat 
slowing disappearing and the fact that we are nearing the end of migration, the 
numbers of shorebirds is declining. Along with the shorebirds listed, I did 
spot 3 Western Grebes which is always a treat. I was also slowed down greatly 
by a shunk the just refused to get off the road. 




Black-necked Stilt  3

American Avocet  62

Snowy Plover  13

Killdeer  31

Spotted Sandpiper  3

Upland Sandpiper  1

Stilt Sandpiper  19

Least Sandpiper  21

White-rumped Sandpiper  164

Pectoral Sandpiper  34

Semipalmated Sandpiper  161

peep sp.  300

Wilson's Phalarope  31


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

rpenner AT tnc.org
(620) 786-4745

nature.org


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Subject: Blue Grosbeak?
From: sunwust <sunwust AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:01:03 -0500
Just want to make sure I got it right. Immature Blue Grosbeak? 
 https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/birdsofkansas/ 

Thank you,
Suntesha Wustrack South of Augusta 

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Subject: Quivira report 24 May 16
From: Barry Jones <barjones78 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:25:03 -0500
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge shorebird survey results from this morning, 24 
May: 

Black-necked Stilt - 62
American Avocet  - 46
Snowy Plover - 87
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Killdeer - 28
Spotted Sandpiper - 20
Stilt Sandpiper - 9
Least Sandpiper - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 257
White-rumped Sandpiper - 503
Wilson's Phalarope - 424
peep, sp. - 20
Whimbrel - 5
SPECIES = 13
INDIVIDUALS = 1, 467

Best shorebird areas continue to be the flats along NE 170th Street and some 
portions of the Wildlife Drive. High enough water in much of the Refuge, has 
eliminated most of the shorelines elsewhere. Other species of note included FOS 
Cattle Egret and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 


Barry Jones
Quivira NWR

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at baker wetlands
From: John Schukman <schuksaya AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:43:49 -0500
Roger Boyd found and then Galen Pittman and I also saw them ~.3 miles east 
Discovery center to the south of the gravel path. John Schukman 


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Subject: Kites Wichita
From: Mary Herold <herold4us AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:42:42 -0500
15-20 Mississippi Kites now over corner of Central & Tyler

Mary Herold
Wichita

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Subject: Re: Camp creek wetland, Belvue KS
From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 02:42:32 +0000
I was there this morning and saw pretty much the same except no Stilt 
Sandpiper. There was one Dunlin in the puddle north of the road and east of the 
overpass. 


Henry A
Hays

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

Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 9:04 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Camp creek wetland, Belvue KS

Here is an evening update for those of you following the birds at Camp Creek Rd 
wetland west of Belvue. We visited just after 7 pm this evening. No bobolinks 
were seen. There was still some shorb diversity but overall numbers of 
sandpipers were down compared with our other recent visits. 


In a blazing glare from the setting sun, we found a few dozen semi-palmated SP 
and least SP, a few white-rumped SP, and single examples of pectoral and stilt 
SP. A handful of shovelers and BW Teal comprised the waterfowl contingent. 


There is plenty of water and shoreline mud for feeding, so it may still pay to 
visit if you are in the area. 


Best,
Sam and Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego KS


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Subject: Camp creek wetland, Belvue KS
From: Thomas Schermerhorn <tscherme AT VET.K-STATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 02:03:49 +0000
Here is an evening update for those of you following the birds at Camp Creek Rd 
wetland west of Belvue. We visited just after 7 pm this evening. No bobolinks 
were seen. There was still some shorb diversity but overall numbers of 
sandpipers were down compared with our other recent visits. 


In a blazing glare from the setting sun, we found a few dozen semi-palmated SP 
and least SP, a few white-rumped SP, and single examples of pectoral and stilt 
SP. A handful of shovelers and BW Teal comprised the waterfowl contingent. 


There is plenty of water and shoreline mud for feeding, so it may still pay to 
visit if you are in the area. 


Best,
Sam and Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego KS


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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 00:05:10 -0500
Hi Folks,

The last few days I have seen very few warblers in Oak Park, which has been par 
for the course the last few weeks.. With the exception of the lone 
Chestnut-sided 2 days ago, most of the warblers seen are the last we normally 
see every year. The most common right now are female Redstarts and Yellow 
warblers. I’m coming to the conclusion the reason we haven’t seen a normal 
amount of warbler volume, is because the birds aren’t stopping or they 
aren’t flying over Wichita this year. Since we have so any flycatchers in the 
area, I think we have the right amount of bugs. I have seen 12 warbler species 
so far this spring. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin
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Subject: Points west
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 20:40:50 -0500
Dan Hoobler and I are headed for Morton Co tomorrow with a stop at the
Bottoms...Wondering if anyone has seen the White Ibis recently...

Brandon Magette of St Marys KS
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Subject: Lone Star area
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 16:10:13 +0000
My wife and I birded around the Lone Star Lake area (Douglas Co.) this morning 
(5/22) and found 15 warbler species, including: Ovenbird (2), Blackburnian (1), 
Magnolia (3), Chestnut-Sided (2), Canada (2) and Wilson's (1). Also of note, 
Swainson's Thrush (1) 


Phil Wedge
Lawrence

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Subject: Belvue Camp Creek Rd wetland
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 09:10:08 -0500
This wetland continues to delight me with every visit.  Oh how I wished I
could go there daily.

 

Last night I hit all the wetlands between topeka and belvue and really
nothing at any of them BUT Belvue.

 

Had a willet and a hudsonian godwits. 

 

Way in the back (didn't really see them) I had 7 dunlins.  This seems to be
the spring of the dunlin.  I've seen them 5 different times.

 

Jeff Hansen

TOpeka


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Subject: Backyard warblers
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 09:06:59 -0500
I hope I'm  not posting too much.But I just have to share what I'm seeing.

 

So I always tell people "I don't do warblers".  Mostly I say this because
they frustrate me with their constant movements.  And views are always
obstructed by foliage.  And I'm just not that patient!

 

Well today I decided to just sit in my backyard and watch for birds.  It was
a very good morning.

 

Started with a female A. redstart, next was wilson's and yellow warbler.  I
supremely love yellow warblers.  Sure they are common but that bright
yellow-orange blows me away every time I see it.

 

Watched a chickadee taking jute fiber from a new pollinator nesting bundle I
had just put up yesterday.  They were also at the milkweed stalks from last
year gathering stalk fiber.  Between them and the bluejays and orioles my
milkweed stalks are stripped clean.  Please plant milkweed for the birds.and
don't cut down the stalks.  Leave them up for next year.  I prefer swamp
milkweed.  

 

Saw least flycatcher (eyering) and another flycatcher, plus the great
crested.

 

Red eyed vireos were about.

 

An orchard oriole pair was working the yard close to me.

 

Then I see a warbler in my burr oak..it was a chestnut sided.  What a treat.
New yard bird.

 

I had seen another warbler in the black walnut.yellow and gray and white.
Just kept getting glimpses.  No good looks.  Kept watching. It turns out to
be a magnolia warbler.  Another new yard bird.

 

Maybe I will start doing warblers.

 

Maybe I should go out and keep looking for warblers.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Re: Baker RFI
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:18:21 -0500
We did find shorebirds in the restoration area in most of the waters
besides the lake this is called tract B on the map. Any of the areas at
Baker Wetlands I might call slow but certainly not dead. Baker Wetlands
runs pretty much from Hwy 59 to about a mile past Haskell Rd. With the new
Hwy 10 on the north side and the Wakarusa River  on the south side.Will,
did you check for a Peregrine they might cause it to be devoid for awhile.


Dan Larson

On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM, Wedge, Philip C.  wrote:

> There's a field east of Haskell Ave. that has been hosting shorebirds and
> terns, so east of the old wetlands.
>
> Phil Wedge
> ________________________________________
> From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas  on
> behalf of Will Chatfield-Taylor 
> Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:11 AM
> To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Subject: Baker RFI
>
> Hi all,
>
> Does anyone know where all the shorebirds and terns have been seen at
> Baker Wetlands? I’ve been going to the restoration area by the new
> visitor’s center and it’s completely dead. I feel like I’m missing a
> location.
>
> Will Chatfield-Taylor
> Lawrence, KS
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Subject: May 11, 2016 Harper Co. Migration Count
From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 15:00:42 -0500
Four participants in two teams found 75 species.
The weather was partly cloudy with a strong north wind.
The temperature ranged from about 69 - 85 for the day.


High Number Birds:
M. Dove 214
Cliff Swallow 376 - Conservative number.
Dickcissel 164 - Conservative number.
Red-winged Blackbird 95


Special Notes:
Red Tailed Hawk 13 - Including a nest with two juveniles.
Chimney Swift 50ish - May 30th in Anthony's old high school chimney . 
Unfortunately, the city is now taking bids to demolish the school, so this will 
be the last year they can use it. I suspect some will stay to nest. 

Rough-winged Swallow - A recurring nesting pair; for several years, at the 
north end of the Anthony Lake on a red cliff side. 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Several heard, it seems like an early date, since we 
don't normally get them on this count. 

Turkey Vulture 37 - Their is a roost in the north part of Anthony, that I first 
noticed last year. It may have been there longer. 



Missed Birds, or in Low Numbers:
Warblers - Only 2 Yellow Warblers seen.
Sparrows - Very few seen.
Western Kingbirds - Our team only saw 3, normally it's about 20+.
Ducks - Few species and low numbers seen, despite many rain filled pounds.


Best Birds:
None. We typically get a new county bird each year, but not this year.
However we did get the following.

American Avocet 1
E. Wood Pewee 1
Ruddy Duck 4
Wild Turkey 6
Cattle Egret 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 - All at feeders at the Anthony Lake.
Harris Sparrow 4
Ring-necked Pheasant 8
Mississippi Kite 18
W. Sandpiper 9


Mammal Sightings:
Bobcat - About 2/3 grown, walking along a dirt road.
White-tailed Deer - Some were vocalizing in the am.


Towns Birded:
Anthony
Harper
Bluff City
Crystal Springs

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the 
world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 

~Margaret Mead

Eddie Stegall
Ok_Forbs AT Zoho.com
Wichita, Ks.

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Subject: Palmer, Washington Co
From: Dan Thalmann <editor AT BLUEVALLEY.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 14:44:18 -0500
Finally had a free Saturday morning to just sit in my backyard and watch birds. 


Highlight was a Philadelphia Vireo. It's been so long since I've seen one I 
wondered if I actually had. This one hung out long enough I got to reference my 
bird guides just to make sure I had it right. 


Bell's Vireo singing and visual
Least Flycatcher
Yellow warbler
Pine siskins - 15

-Dan

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Washington County News
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Subject: Blackburnian and Canada Warblers in Shawnee County
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 13:49:39 -0500
Thirteen Topeka Auduboners took a walk on a beautiful morning along the
Shunganunga Creek in Topeka.  Jim Malcom was our de facto leader.  The
McDonald Field parking lot where we met yielded some good initial species
including yellow warbler, least flycatcher, white-breasted nuthatch,
yellow-crowned night heron (flyover) and a possible yellow-bellied
flycatcher.  We never got eyes on the YBFL and Jim didn't say we positively
had one, but keep your ears and eyes open if you are at McDonald Field.

We walked across the grass and began looking and listening along the
creek.  Jim heard Mourning warbler but the rest of our group never got eyes
on one.  But Jim was terrific and found Wilson's warbler, Blackburnian
warbler, American redstart, northern parula and blue-headed vireo among
other species for us in that area.

At the walking bridge we found gray catbird, indigo bunting, Swainson's
thrush, alder flycatcher, and eastern phoebe.  Along the creekside paths we
found many more species such as cedar waxwing, ruby-throated hummingbird,
Philadelphia vireo and wood ducks.

Near the big marsh Jim heard and then helped our entire group get on a
Canada warbler, a lifer for many in our group.  We got good looks.

Thank you, Jim!  A great morning to be out birding.  We had 55 species.

Carol Morgan
Topeka Audubon Society

Big Shunga Park, Shawnee, Kansas, US
May 21, 2016 7:54 AM - 10:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: 
Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.1 55 species Wood Duck 11 2 Females with young Mallard 3 Great Blue Heron 1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 Mourning Dove 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Alder Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Eastern Kingbird 4 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 1 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 1 Heard the call. Tree Swallow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Eastern Bluebird 3 Swainson's Thrush 1 American Robin 15 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 16 Cedar Waxwing 3 Tennessee Warbler 2 American Redstart 2 Northern Parula 1 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 5 Canada Warbler 1 Wilson's Warbler 1 Chipping Sparrow 3 Summer Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 7 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 3 Common Grackle 2 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 5 House Sparrow 5 For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm To contact a listowner, send a message to mailto:ksbird-l-request AT listserv.ksu.edu
Subject: Birds this morning
From: Andrew Miller <andrewdavidmiller00 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 13:20:11 -0500
Hi,

I went to a local patch early this morning, and it turned out to be quite
good!  I found a Olive-sided Flycatcher, a male Mourning Warbler, a Willow
Flycatcher, a Broad-winged Hawk, and a Philadelphia Vireo.  I then called
Joseph and Anthony and they came down to join me.  Together we found a
gorgeous male Magnolia Warbler, another Mourning Warbler, and a Northern
Parula.  Also, we caught a brief glimpse of what appeared to be a Common
Poorwill, but the look was to brief to be sure.  This seemed to redeem a
otherwise awful migration for us Reno county birders.  Pics can be found
here https://www.flickr.com/photos/134833219 AT N04/

Andrew Miller
Partridge ks

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Subject: Fledgling brown thrashers
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 12:25:51 -0500
I don't know if anyone will find this interesting.but these are the
thrashers I found in the asparagus patch yesterday.

 

https://youtu.be/sw6t_2mkHvI

 

They look so content just sitting on the ground.

 

This appears to be the year of the thrasher in my yard.  I'm seeing multiple
adults and now fledglings.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka

 


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Subject: KU-area birds
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 14:53:34 +0000
I had Chestnut-Sided (1) and Magnolia (2) Warblers in my yard south of the KU 
campus (Lawrence/Douglas Co.) this morning (5/21) and Yellow Warbler (2) and a 
Willow Flycatcher at the Chancellor's Residence on the KU campus proper. 



Phil Wedge

Lawrence

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Subject: Re: Baker RFI
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 13:52:37 +0000
There's a field east of Haskell Ave. that has been hosting shorebirds and 
terns, so east of the old wetlands. 


Phil Wedge
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas  on behalf of 
Will Chatfield-Taylor  

Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:11 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Baker RFI

Hi all,

Does anyone know where all the shorebirds and terns have been seen at Baker 
Wetlands? Ive been going to the restoration area by the new visitors center 
and its completely dead. I feel like Im missing a location. 


Will Chatfield-Taylor
Lawrence, KS
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Subject: Baker RFI
From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <wchatfieldtaylor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 08:11:26 -0500
Hi all,

Does anyone know where all the shorebirds and terns have been seen at Baker 
Wetlands? Ive been going to the restoration area by the new visitors center 
and its completely dead. I feel like Im missing a location. 


Will Chatfield-Taylor
Lawrence, KS
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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 00:45:31 -0500
Hi Folks,

Still not many warblers in Oak Park Friday. I was able to pick up 2 new warbler 
species today. Redstart and Chestnut-sided. Few warblers singing or calling in 
OP. Maybe today it will be better. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin 
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Subject: Red-Necked Phalarope at KCPL Wetlands
From: Matt Gearheart <gearheart.matt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 21:34:34 -0500
Hi-
I made a brief visit this evening to the KCPL Wetlands in
Johnson County.  Was observing a few shorebirds Rodney
Wright had sent me pictures from earlier in the day, when I
noticed a very active 'spinning' shorebird.  This was around
7:10pm.  Got my scope on it and was pleasantly surprised
to see a breeding-plumaged female Red-Necked Phalarope!!
Not a plumage I've seen very often.
As he is only a few minutes away, I phoned Rodney to
come back to the wetlands.  Unfortunately, the bird
was super flighty- taking off frequently and landing to feed--
then for no particular reason, it took to the air and bee-lined
to the North/Northwest- I watched it become a speck
only moments before Rodney arrived.  The dynamic
of shorebirding - being in the right place at the right
time- and I felt pretty lucky today.

I managed a fuzzy digiscope of the bird seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29805015

Good Birding,
Matt Gearheart
Lenexa, KS

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Subject: Willets and Phalaropes
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 21:19:52 -0500
Video of the willets at Belvue: https://youtu.be/2piacAp4cl4

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Brown Thrashers
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 17:05:26 -0500
I've had brown thrashers nest numerous times in my yard but I think
something usually gets the nest.  Well this year I have proof that they
nested successfully.  I was just checking the bluebird box and cleaning it
out when I saw movement in the asparagus patch.  I could barely make out
some birds nearly the same color as the grass clippings.  I counted 5 birds
total.  It was a family of thrashers.  The babies just sat still, sometimes
pecking at the grass.  I think the parents were bringing them food and they
just sat still.  I would think they would be in shrubbery but the grass
clippings gave them excellent camouflage.

 

I also saw a male redstart just a bit ago.  It was flashing its tale when I
noticed him.   

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Re: Flicker nesting update
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 16:46:06 -0500
There was one detail I left off in my tale about the starling destroying the
flicker's nest.  That starling could have used one of 5 other boxes to nest
in.  The box that the flickers moved to was wide open and the starling could
have nested there.  He also could have used many of my empty flycatcher
boxes.  They seem to prefer to oust a cavity nester than to use an open
cavity.  And they seem to prefer flicker nests.

 

Jeff Hansen \

Topeka

 

 

 

From: Jeff Hansen [mailto:hanjd AT cox.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 10:59 AM
To: 'KSBIRD'; 'topekaaudubon AT googlegroups.com'
Subject: Flicker nesting update

 

Thought I'd give an update on the flickers in my yard.

 

Last week (May 9) I didn't see the flickers at the nest box.  The next day
before I went to work I saw a starling pop his head out of the box.  I
feared the worst.  I opened the nest box to find the 3 flicker babies dead.
The rest of the eggs were thrown out of the nest.  I took down the nest box
and put up a flycatcher nestbox with a trap in it.  Within 10 minute the
starling was trapped and I killed it.  It was a male. 

 

I didn't have time to inspect the nestlings to see how they died. I planned
to check on them when I got home from work.  When I arrived home from work,
I found a black snake had crawled into the flicker nest box that I had
leaned against a table.  Snake only ate two of the dead flicker chicks.  The
largest chick wasn't eaten.  Probably too big for snake.  It didn't seem to
have any peck marks on it.  I think it just died of exposure as the starling
kept the flickers away.

 

Just the day before I had taken all the traps out of nestboxes intended to
catch starlings as I just hadn't been catching any.  I thought with the
chicks hatched, the flickers could defend against a lone starling.  Boy was
I wrong.  Just took one male starling to do the damage.

 

I put traps back in nest boxes to continue to trap starlings and caught 3
more throughout the week.  Yesterday I caught a great crested flycatcher.
First time I've ever caught one in a trap.  Turned it loose unharmed.

 

Back to the flickers. This spring I put up a 2nd flicker nest box.  I never
saw them use it for roosting  but within a day or two of the starling
destroying their nest, I saw the male at the new box.  Later I saw the
female.  I added more wood shavings to the box and soon they were excavating
the box.  On Tuesday, May 17, I checked the nest box and found 2 eggs.  The
flickers are renesting in my yard.  This box is right outside my back door
so I pretty much quit spending time there.  We will see if they can
successfully raise this brood.  Starling nesting season should be about
over.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Loon and Neotropic Cormorant
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 16:31:22 -0500
I went to chase the Common Loon at Kiowa SFL today, success!! I also
enjoyed a Neotropic Cormorant! Both here right now.

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: Re: Bellvue wetland
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:42:19 -0500
Plenty of Bobolink's too!

Brandon Magette of St Marys KS
currently mobile at (785)844-0139
On May 20, 2016 2:36 PM, "Jeff"  wrote:

>
> There are 4 willets, stilt sp and a dunlin ay camp creek Rd west of
> belvue. Right now. Jeff Hansen topeka
>
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Subject: Bellvue wetland
From: Jeff <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:29:55 -0500
There are 4 willets, stilt sp and a dunlin ay camp creek Rd west of belvue. 
Right now. Jeff Hansen topeka 


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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant... Neosho WA....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 16:37:29 +0000
I know Neotropics are not all that much of a novelty anymore. But there has 
been one seen nearly every time I have visited Neosho WA since the 12th of May 
and it was present again this morning. Some SEK folks or county listers may be 
interested in looking for it. This makes the 3rd consecutive spring one has 
been seen in this exact same location. 


The best location is from the east side of the refuge pool on the refuge road. 
It hangs out on the cormorant roost. This roost is the remains of dead trees 
towards the N of the that pool. A scope or high power binoculars will be needed 
to confirm. It has been there every time I have looked at dawn or sunset. 


Also did a brief check of the warbler hotspots this morning and overall 
activity was way down. Fewest warblers seen since Mid-April. Looks like the dog 
days are soon to be upon us. 


On a side note the recent rain covered up the exposed shorebird habitat. I'm 
not expecting any significant area to show in time for the remainder of spring 
migration. 


My yard Loggerhead Shrike nest has fledged at least 2 young. The male started 
courtship displays and calling on Feb 20th. 



Andrew Burnett
Rural Erie, KS


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Subject: Flicker nesting update
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:59:15 -0500
Thought I'd give an update on the flickers in my yard.

 

Last week (May 9) I didn't see the flickers at the nest box.  The next day
before I went to work I saw a starling pop his head out of the box.  I
feared the worst.  I opened the nest box to find the 3 flicker babies dead.
The rest of the eggs were thrown out of the nest.  I took down the nest box
and put up a flycatcher nestbox with a trap in it.  Within 10 minute the
starling was trapped and I killed it.  It was a male. 

 

I didn't have time to inspect the nestlings to see how they died. I planned
to check on them when I got home from work.  When I arrived home from work,
I found a black snake had crawled into the flicker nest box that I had
leaned against a table.  Snake only ate two of the dead flicker chicks.  The
largest chick wasn't eaten.  Probably too big for snake.  It didn't seem to
have any peck marks on it.  I think it just died of exposure as the starling
kept the flickers away.

 

Just the day before I had taken all the traps out of nestboxes intended to
catch starlings as I just hadn't been catching any.  I thought with the
chicks hatched, the flickers could defend against a lone starling.  Boy was
I wrong.  Just took one male starling to do the damage.

 

I put traps back in nest boxes to continue to trap starlings and caught 3
more throughout the week.  Yesterday I caught a great crested flycatcher.
First time I've ever caught one in a trap.  Turned it loose unharmed.

 

Back to the flickers. This spring I put up a 2nd flicker nest box.  I never
saw them use it for roosting  but within a day or two of the starling
destroying their nest, I saw the male at the new box.  Later I saw the
female.  I added more wood shavings to the box and soon they were excavating
the box.  On Tuesday, May 17, I checked the nest box and found 2 eggs.  The
flickers are renesting in my yard.  This box is right outside my back door
so I pretty much quit spending time there.  We will see if they can
successfully raise this brood.  Starling nesting season should be about
over.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Oak Park Friday morning
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 08:53:12 -0500
Still a little migrant activity in warbler-starved Oak Park in Wichita this 
morning. Three warblers of interest: an Ovenbird in the low thick understory 
along the east meadow, a Chestnut-sided along the main path toward the west 
side where the catbird is on territory, and a Blackpoll near (but not in) the 
previously mentioned ratty ash tree on the west side along the river. 


Kevin Groeneweg
Wichita

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Subject: Lazuli Bunting
From: Jess P <jpaint21 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 20:37:18 -0500
My husband found a Lazuli Bunting in the trees north of the parking lot at
the Riverwalk trail on Washington Street in Junction City tonight.  It was
with a group of Indigo Buntings. We were unable to relocate it a few hours
later, but it was getting late and starting to rain.  Bonus was a Great
Horned Owl on the power lines along K18 on the way home.

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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 17:50:33 -0500
Hi Folks,

No activity seen in Oak Park today, except for the ratty ash tree along the 
river on the Westside, that Art Weiland spoke of in his recent post. Of course 
it has been raining since about 11 am and that has obviously curtailed most of 
the bird movements. So I will tell you a story that happened to me a few days 
ago in Oak Park. 


I was walking one of the paths, when I heard a hummingbird chipping call. Since 
I’m trying to find hummingbird nest sites, I stopped to see if I could find 
the hummer. Well, I did find it, but it was a male Ruby-throated sitting on the 
end of a low hanging bare twig about 10 feet off the path to my right and about 
6 feet above the ground. Males don’t build the hummer nests, so I wondered 
what he was doing that low and so close to the path. I was able to slowly raise 
my camera and get a short video and a few pictures. Then he surprised me even 
more, when he left his twig and preformed his U shaped mating display right in 
front of me. He flew down in front of me crossed the path, then up to about 10 
feet into the air of to the left, paused, turned and dove down crossing in 
front of me climbing up to the right about the same 10 feet, paused then dove 
down across in front of me then climbing up to the left again. He did this 
about six times and landed back on his bare twig off the my right. I heard no 
sound. I thanked him for the display, and then he did it again, exactly the 
same thing, ending back on his twig when he finished. I softly accused him of 
being an exhibitionist and then he did it again, back and forth in front of me, 
but this time he finished by existing to the left disappearing into the taller 
trees. I have seen this display performed before, by males doing it near 
females, with the low part of the U shaped arc is where the female is sitting. 
Since I wear mostly green clothing, which matches the female RT coloring, I’m 
starting to wonder if that male RT needs some help of some kind, some kind of 
gender recognition thing. I looked around me to see if there was a female RT 
near me, but I didn’t see one, so I don’t know what that was all about. 
Maybe he was just a show off. 


Happy Birding,

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Subject: CB Thrasher, Gray Co
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 16:58:48 -0500
Henry Armknecht found a Curve-billed Thrasher carrying nesting material at
a rural cemetery in Gray County, painfully close to Ford Co, this morning.
I was able to easily relocate the bird this afternoon.

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: Funny Bluebird nest...
From: Kat Farres <ozbelgnz AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:36:20 -0500
a bluebird has nested in the 'usually always empty anyhow' dog poop bag 
dispenser at one of our parks we walk in and as of today, two eggs...here's 
hoping for about a month of her not being disturbed by the public....it's a 
federal offense right? to disturb/destroy a nest with eggs on a migratory bird? 

Kat Farres
OZ BelgianZ
Salina KS USA

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Subject: Yellow Warblers
From: Sun Wus <sunwust AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 14:52:37 -0500
Was a nice treat to have our trees full of singing Yellow Warblers this
morning.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdsofkansas/

Suntesha Wustrack
South of Augusta

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Subject: Possible Vermilion Flycatcher - Swope Park Golf Course
From: Matt Gearheart <gearheart.matt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 14:46:14 -0500
Hi-
I just spoke with friend, Steve Rinne, whom was at the Swope Park
Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, MO yesterday and he describes the
following bird sighting:

"I saw a smallish, warbler-size bird that was entirely red. It was too
small
for a cardinal and more red than a house finch. It hovered and
hawked like a warbler"

we spoke later on the phone about it, he didn't have binoculars
or know for sure what the bird was, but said that it was fluttering out
catching small insects and returning to low open dead branches.
This was near the 16th hole on the course up on the North side
of the green on a big hill surrounded by some trees on the west.
(he said this is not where a golfer should normally be- but somehow
his ball managed to go there).

This site may not be easily accessed to bird, and the report isn't for
sure a valid Vermilion, but wanted to put the word out if anyone
happens to be in the area - or suddenly has the urge to play golf with
binoculars on.

Good Birding,
Matt Gearheart
Lenexa, KS

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Subject: Oak Park Wichita
From: Art Weigand <aweigand13 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 19:32:03 +0000
Strange year indeed. The majority of the park has been relatively quiet this 
year. Except for this one ratty looking ash tree along the river between the 
road and the river on the west edge of the park just north of a disc golf 
basket. For 4 days in a row now it has had a steady traffic of yellow, 
Nashville, Tennessee, and blackpoll warblers as well as both Orioles, red eyed 
and warbling vireos and chipping and clay colored sparrows. 

Are these all the same birds every day? Hmmmm.......

Art Weigand
Wichita KS
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Subject: Flycatchers
From: Jeff Keating <jffkeats AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:36:28 -0500
Trying to duplicate Brett Sandercock's warbler success, but in Geary
County, I went out to the biggest block of woodland on Fort Riley, in TA2.
In past years this has been hit and miss for warblers, but when on, has had
rare finds. Looks like a miss for this year, as only heard one northern
parula. However, had flycatchers been my target, it would have been a grand
success. Eastern wood pewee, eastern kingbird, and great-crested,
yellow-bellied and willow flycatchers.

Jeff Keating
Geary County

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Subject: Warblers near KU
From: "Wedge, Philip C." <pwedge AT KU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 13:37:52 +0000
Not exactly a fallout, but yesterday (5/18) I had a Northern Parula and this 
morning a beautiful Magnolia Warbler in my yard just south of the KU campus in 
Lawrence (Douglas Co.). Other recent migrants were Yellow Warblers (5) and 
several remaining Swainson's Thrushes (3) by the Chancellor's Residence at KU 
(5/16). 


Phil Wedge
Lawrence

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Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 04:58:05 -0500
Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Sam Richards, Nick Pumphreys, and Dan Larson
surveyed Baker Wetlands, Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday May 15. Starting at 7
we found 100 species by 10:49. The previous earliest finding 100 was 11:08
last year. The weather cooperated as there was no wind. Forty some degrees
when we started and 60 some when we finished. It helped that there has been
good rains to fill the wetlands this year.

Waterbirds
Canada Goose 110
Wood Duck 11
Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 33
Northern Shoveler 4
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Least Bittern 4 Heard distinctive Cuh-cuh-cuh listed on the map as Grebe
Pond
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 13 seen mostly at east end
White-faced Ibis 2
Sora 2
American Coot 6
Killdeer 9
Spotted Sandpiper 7
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Hudsonian Godwit 4
Stilt Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 31
White-rumped 14
Pectoral Sandpiper 17
Semipalmated Sandpiper 34
Long-billed Dowitcher 4
Wilson's Phalarope 3
Franklin's Gulls 175
Ring-billed Gull 19
Herring Gull 1
Caspian Tern 1
Black Tern 22
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 25

A bobwhite was seen standing on the railing on the boardwalk over the water.
Flycatchers and Vireos helped get the species numbers up

Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great-crested Flycatcher 3
Western Kingbird 1
Eastern Kingbird 15
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2

Bell's Vireo 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 8
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 11

The new bridges have attracted the Cliff Swallows 687

Warblers
Black-and-White Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 27
Northern Parula 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1

Sparrows
Field Sparrow 5
Lark Sparrow 5
Harris's Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 8
Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Bobolinks 2 west end of Shorebird Shallows in clover.

Complete list below
Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton Kansas

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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 00:38:36 -0500
Hit Folks,

Few warblers inside Oak Park today. Except, for the Magnolia I recorded on my 
video camera. I met Kevin Groeneweg in Oak Park this morning and he told me he 
had seen and heard a Magnolia warbler. I rushed to that area and was only able 
to hear periodically a obvious warblers song from the heavy foliage and thick 
ground cover and thickets. Thinking back about it, I think there were at least 
2 Magnolias and when I went to where I heard one sing, it would stop. Then the 
other would sing somewhere else and they had me going all over the place. This 
has happened before. I spent over an hour looking and standing, trying to see 
the beautiful Magnolia adult male Kevin had seen. The Magnolia is my favorite 
warbler. I was able to finally get a good recording on my video camera and then 
the Magnolia stopped singing. Well, tonight I was able to compare my video to a 
recording, and I had recorded a Magnolia. I would rather have seen the warbler, 
but this is better than nothing. Maybe it stay over night and I will see it 
tomorrow. 


Warblers were still coming to the trees along the Westside of Oak Park, just 
like yesterday, but I didn't see any new species. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin
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Subject: Milford Lake Bird Walk
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 21:21:37 -0500
The monthly Milford Lake birdwalk will be this Saturday, May 21. Meet at the 
parking lot at the south end of the dam at 8 a.m. We will be looking for 
summer nesting species and lingering migrants. Expected locations to bird 
include the outlet area below the dam as well as Walla Walla Road and 
probably Munson Road for Bobolinks. Walks usually last 2 to 3 hours, birds 
and weather dependent and Saturday looks like a good day at this time! If 
you have any questions or need more directions, drop me a note!

Chuck

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Subject: bobolinks
From: Laura Kirk <lauraellenkirk AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 19:27:50 -0500
We saw 4 beautiful bobolinks in the meadow North of the gravel path, East
of the visitor center at Baker wetlands.

Laura Kirk
Lawrence, KS

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Subject: Re: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Joseph Miller <josephlowellmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 18:53:59 -0500
I did a little woodland birding after hearing this report this morning.
Didn't find anything too amazing, I did find 6 species of warblers
(actually pretty decent here for this spring), but definitely not a
fallout. Totals were: Yellow-20, American Redstart-1, Tennessee-1,
Blackpoll-1, Common Yellowthroat-1, Yellow-breasted Chat-1. I still haven't
been able to find Nashville or Wilson's this spring - yeah, this migration
has been that bad. I also had several Swainson's Thrushes, lots of Least
Flycatchers and a pair of Lazuli Buntings.
Cheers,

Joseph Miller
Nickerson, Kansas
Reno County Birdmen 

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 6:49 AM, Tom Ewert  wrote:

> Hi all,
> For the warbler starved folks of south central Kansas, this amounted to a
> mini-fallout. The trees along the Ark river on the west of the park were
> full of warblers and chipping sparrows.  I didn't find this area till after
> 6 but for the next hour or so we saw a stream of warblers and other birds
> moving back and forth among the trees.  Yellows, both male and female were
> the most common, but I also saw a couple blackpoll, Tennessee and
> Nashvilles. Art Wiegand says he saw blackburnian before I got there. A
> probable female yellow gave us bad looks and it might have been a
> Philadelphia vireo. At least one clay-colored sparrow was with the chipping
> sparrows. There were Baltimore orioles of all ages and sexes. I found a
> mulberry tree with at least 6 Swainson's thrush and was trying to find a
> probable tanager when Art yelled at me.  Given the rain and wind over
> night, this area will probably be good again this morning and I am headed
> out as soon as I finish my coffee.
> Tom Ewert
> Wichita
>
> On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 1:05 AM, Paul Griffin  wrote:
>
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > Finally, about 2 o’clock this afternoon, just after the rain stopped,
> > along the river on the West edge of Oak Park, I found some trees that
> were
> > full of warblers.  I watched them until about six o’clock this afternoon
> > (monday).  Warblers kept going by the whole time.  Towards the end of the
> > day, I was joined by Art, Curt and Tom.  Finally it got so dark I
> couldn’t
> > get my camera to work in the low light.  It was total cloud cover and was
> > starting to rain again.  Most of the birds were Yellow warblers, but
> there
> > were others.  I fact I took some much video I can’t get to it all
> tonight,
> > so I don’t know what all of the birds I saw are.  Aside for the many
> > Yellows, I did see, Blackpoll, Tennessee and Nashville.  I does tell me
> > there are a lot of warblers that are still out there that haven’t gone
> > North yet.  Maybe when I finish looking at of the additional video, I
> will
> > find others.  I thought I saw a Blackburnian earlier , but I’m not sure
> now.
> >
> > Earlier in the afternoon, I saw approximately 12 White-winged Doves in a
> > loose flock along the river on the Northside of Oak Park.  The most I
> have
> > seen together in Wichita before was 2.  Also, there were about 100 Cedar
> > Waxwings eating berries in the same area.
> >
> > Happy Birding,
> >
> > Paul Griffin
> >
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Subject: Quivira and CB 5/17/16
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 23:04:07 +0000
Hi all,


I took today off and did the slow route to Wilson through Quivira and Cheyenne 
Bottoms today and had a few birds of interest. At Quivira I had a Laughing 
Gull, a drake Ring-necked Duck, a Peregrine, five Red-necked Phalaropes, two 
Ruddy Turnstones, 22 Marbled Godwits and a half dozen Sanderlings at the Big 
Salt Marsh. Still thousands of Wilson's Phalaropes there as well. Odd bird of 
the refuge today might have been an adult Ferruginous Hawk at the Rice Co. 
prairie dog town. I had a Say's Phoebe at the Little Salt Marsh. Cheyenne 
Bottoms continues to produce great birding, especially the shorebirds in Pool 
1C. I estimated 750 Hudsonian Godwits and had 36 Marbleds, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 
Short-billed Dowitchers, a couple of Sanderlings and lots of peeps and Wilson's 
Phalaropes. In Pool 2, I had 1 calling King Rail, 3 Virginias and 5 Soras. 
There were 3 Neotropic Cormorants at their usual location in Pool 4A. I had a 
Swainson's Thrush, 3 Least Flycatchers and a Willow Flycatcher west of the 
Bottoms as well. The only warblers were Yellows and Common Yellowthroats! 
Jealous of the folks in the east for sure! 



Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Bobolinks-Cheyenne Bottoms
From: Curtis Wolf <cjwolf AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 19:37:27 +0000
On the way to work this morning, I spotted a flock of 15 bobolinks located 
about 1 mile east of the KS Wetlands Education Center. This would be on NE 90 
Ave about 0.25 mi South of K-156 Hwy. For those of you familiar with the old 
horse trailer that has been parked in the field along K-156 Hwy for many years 
now, the bobolinks were in an alfalfa field just South of the trailer. 


Curtis Wolf
Site Manager, Ks Wetlands Education Center
Fort Hays State University
Great Bend, KS

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