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25 Nov Re: Snowy Owl report from Dave Welfelt [Kevin Groeneweg ]
25 Nov 2014 Oak Park Warbler list [Paul Griffin ]
25 Nov Snow geese western Ks [Mary Herold ]
25 Nov Syracuse loon still present / 24 November [Scott Seltman ]
25 Nov Snowy Owl report from Dave Welfelt [PETE JANZEN ]
24 Nov Wings-n-Wetlands festival 2015 [mike rader ]
24 Nov Quivira CBC [mike rader ]
24 Nov Webster swans [mike rader ]
24 Nov Nothern Shrike Harvey county [Schwab Carolyn ]
23 Nov Re: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird [coleen brown ]
23 Nov Re: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird [Larry Lade ]
23 Nov White-throated sparrow in Salina [Shannon Rayl ]
23 Nov Cedar Bluff Whooping Cranes [mike rader ]
23 Nov Lakewood Park, Salina, Kansas [Bobby Hiebert Jr ]
23 Nov Squaw Creek NWR [Craig Rickard ]
23 Nov Re: Backyard Birds/Dove Update [John Row ]
22 Nov Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird [Mike Umscheid blog ]
22 Nov Linn County Black Scoter/Neotropic Cormorant - Burroughs Audubon Field Trip [Malcolm Gold ]
22 Nov Fall River lake [Tom Ewert ]
22 Nov Shawnee County Outing [Jeff Hansen ]
22 Nov Backyard Birds [John Row ]
22 Nov New yard bird - sort of [Henry and Debby Armknecht ]
21 Nov Re: Richard Johnston has passed away. [John Schukman ]
21 Nov Wyandotte Co. lake [Mick McHugh ]
21 Nov Re: Richard Johnston has passed away. [Elmer Finck ]
21 Nov Re: Richard Johnston has passed away. [David Seibel ]
21 Nov SW KS, Wilson, Milford [Edward Raynor ]
21 Nov Neosho County Birding 11-20-14 [Andrew Burnett ]
21 Nov Lunch with a Pileated Woodpecker [Atcha Nolan ]
21 Nov Re: Dr Johnson reverie [Roy Beckemeyer ]
20 Nov Milford Waterfowl Survey [Calvin Wohler ]
20 Nov Dr Johnson reverie [Pete Janzen ]
20 Nov Re: Richard Johnston has passed away. [Galen Pittman ]
20 Nov New Yard Bird [Jeff Hansen ]
20 Nov Richard Johnston has passed away. [Galen Pittman ]
19 Nov Common Loon at Syracuse / 19 November [Scott Seltman ]
19 Nov test [Scott Seltman ]
19 Nov 2014 Christmas Bird Count for St. Joseph, MO [Larry Lade ]
19 Nov MIGRATING\RETURNING CROWS 11/18 [Bill Falk ]
19 Nov Douglas County Sandhill Cranes [Kylee Sharp ]
18 Nov Thayer's and California Gulls at CB / 18 November 14 [Scott Seltman ]
18 Nov Calliope Hummingbird - CARPOOL REQUEST [Christine Kline ]
18 Nov Eastern Towhee in Oak Park [Paul Griffin ]
18 Nov Duck photos [Michael Stewart ]
18 Nov Mottled Duck? [Michael Stewart ]
18 Nov Spotted Tohee [Kellye Hart ]
18 Nov Re: Lesser Prairie Chickon season [Michael Pearce ]
18 Nov Re: Lesser Prairie Chickon season [Larry Lade ]
18 Nov Lesser Prairie Chickon season [Mick McHugh ]
18 Nov Mottled Duck? - Wyandotte County Lake [Mike Stewart ]
18 Nov Larned birds of interest [Don Kazmaier ]
18 Nov Re: Small Hawk, MS County [Tom & Lori Parker ]
18 Nov Re: Small Hawk, MS County [Scott Seltman ]
18 Nov Re: Small Hawk, MS County [Dan Mulhern ]
18 Nov Re: Small Hawk, MS County [Chuck Otte ]
18 Nov Small Hawk, MS County [Dan Mulhern ]
18 Nov Merganser Trifecta-Wyandotte County Lake ["Bollin III, John J." ]
17 Nov Late Summer Tanager Shawnee Mission Park ["markeland AT kc.rr.com" ]
17 Nov Northern Flint Hills Audubon program this Wednesday [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
17 Nov Milford Lake Bird Walk this Saturday [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
17 Nov Map of CBC circles in Kansas [Brett Sandercock ]
17 Nov Fwd: Calliope Update - Nov. 16 [Greg Swick ]
16 Nov Wichita Audubon events this coming week [Pete Janzen ]
16 Nov Kansas CBC page updated [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
16 Nov Minooka Park 11/16/14 [mike rader ]
16 Nov Cheney Reservoir [Tom Ewert ]
16 Nov White-winged doves [John Row ]
16 Nov Rusty blackbird at my feeder in rural Augusta [Mike Heaney ]
16 Nov Smiths Longspurs [Dan Hoobler ]
16 Nov Sn. Co. Trumpeter Swans [Dan Hoobler ]
16 Nov Baker Wetlands Survey [Daniel Larson ]
15 Nov Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
14 Nov Quivira birds 11/14/14 [mike rader ]
14 Nov Lake Perry [Al Schirmacher ]
14 Nov Swans & Ibis at Squaw Creek NWR, Mound City, MO [Larry Lade ]
14 Nov Pine siskin [Doris Burnett ]

Subject: Re: Snowy Owl report from Dave Welfelt
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:38:03 -0600
Confirmed. Saw it just now in fading light on a pole on the north side of US 
400 as reported. The owl is just west of the rest area and just east of the 
Greenwood county line. I'll put a photo up on the Kansas Birding Facebook page 
upon my return. I have to wonder about this owl's future hanging so close to a 
very busy highway. 


Thanks go to Dave for his keen eye and to Pete for passing word along. 

Kevin Groeneweg
Wichita

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 25, 2014, at 9:21 AM, PETE JANZEN  wrote:
> 
> I got a call just now at 9:14 am from Dave Welfelt. He is eastbound on US 
400. He went out of phone range just after calling me but quite close to the 
rest stop just east of Beaumont he observed a Snowy Owl perched on a telephone 
pole on the north side of the highway. "Unmistakeable" was the last word I got 
out of him before the call got dropped. The Butler/Greenwood county line is 
within eyesight of the rest stop so it is not clear at this time which county 
the Snowy Owl was in. I have traveled this stretch a number of times and I 
always drop phone coverage for about 10 miles after starting down the hill from 
the rest stop. I'm sure he will have more info to post later. Years ago Kevin 
G. and I saw a Short-eared Owl at this same location. 

> 
> Pete Janzen 
> Wichita, KS
> pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
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Subject: 2014 Oak Park Warbler list
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:43:28 -0600
Hi Folks,

I thought you might find my Oak Park Warbler list for 2014 interesting. Some 
unusual species were found. Here is my list: 


Warblers seen in Oak Park, Spring 2014 (Heading North)

Orange-crowned
Yellow-rumped
Tennessee
Blackpoll
Chestnut-sided 
Black and White
Common Yellowthroat 
Yellow
Wilson’s
Nashville (huge amounts for weeks)
Magnolia
Restart
Mourning
Ovenbird
Pine* (never seen in Oak Park before)
Yellow-breasted Chat* (rarely seen in Oak Park)

Warblers seen in Oak Park, Fall 2014 (Heading South)
Redstart
Prairie* (rarely seen, ever) (Best Warbler 2014)
Nashville
Yellow
Parula
Wilson’s
Chestnut-sided* (rarely seen in fall)
Black-throated Green
Worm-eating* (rarely seen, particularly in fall) 
Golden-winged* (rarely seen)
Ovenbird
Orange-crowned
Yellow-rumped
Total Warbler species seen in Oak Park, 2014 = 21 species (I always wonder how 
many species I missed) 


Happy Birding, Paul Griffin




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Subject: Snow geese western Ks
From: Mary Herold <herold4us AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:22:54 -0700
Driving from Pueblo Co back to Wichita today on Hwy 50 we are 
seeing thousands of snow geese.

(Got a trifecta of Scoters Sunday in Colo Springs at Prospect lake.)

Karl & Mary Herold
Wichita

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Subject: Syracuse loon still present / 24 November
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:50:37 -0600
The Common Loon I found 5 days ago at 'Sam's Pond' just SW of the river
bridge at Syracuse was still present yesterday, 24 November.  It was
swimming with a fairly-well marked male Greater Scaup, another local rarity
I imagine, but already on the county master list.

 

I did not see any western irruptive species yesterday.  The River Rd. was
pretty dead except for lots of sparrows and juncos.  The big concentrations
of birds I had seen in the town of Syracuse last week were nowhere to be
found.  Numbers of waterfowl were way up with perhaps 10,000 geese up and
down the river in Hamilton and a good variety of ducks [for a change] at
various ponds by Syracuse.

 

I saw two handsome Golden Eagles, one along US 50 in Kearny and another
along the River Rd. in Hamilton.  Lots of other raptors during the day for a
total of 10 species.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas


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Subject: Snowy Owl report from Dave Welfelt
From: PETE JANZEN <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:21:47 -0800
I got a call just now at 9:14 am from Dave Welfelt. He is eastbound on US 400. 
He went out of phone range just after calling me but quite close to the rest 
stop just east of Beaumont he observed a Snowy Owl perched on a telephone pole 
on the north side of the highway. "Unmistakeable" was the last word I got out 
of him before the call got dropped. The Butler/Greenwood county line is within 
eyesight of the rest stop so it is not clear at this time which county the 
Snowy Owl was in. I have traveled this stretch a number of times and I always 
drop phone coverage for about 10 miles after starting down the hill from the 
rest stop. I'm sure he will have more info to post later. Years ago Kevin G. 
and I saw a Short-eared Owl at this same location. 

 
Pete Janzen 
Wichita, KS
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Subject: Wings-n-Wetlands festival 2015
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:26:17 -0600
All,
I have asked several of you on this list to help in the past with the festival, 
acting as birding guides/van drivers. If you have an interest in doing so again 
or would like to be involved for the first time, let me know. In the past, we 
have had 15 - 20 folks fill this need, so I'd imagine that's what we'll need 
again. The event will be held on April 24th and 25th. The committee decided to 
not have anything scheduled for the 26th, so folks can go home at their leisure 
on Sunday. More information will be forthcoming, but tours will be held on 
Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon for sure. 

Thanks,

Mike Rader

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Subject: Quivira CBC
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:05:40 -0600
All,
If you have plans to participate in the Quivira CBC on Tuesday, December 16th, 
please let me know so we can make arrangements for lunch and area assignments. 
Mary Pat Haddican has graciously agreed to provide lunch for the crew this 
year, so we need to know how many to plan for. We meet at the refuge 
headquarters at 7:15-7:30am, send folks out and then back at noon for lunch and 
end-of-the-day compilation at around 5:30 - 6:00pm. I've already heard from a 
couple of folks, so that reminded me I need to get this out. 


Mike Rader

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Subject: Webster swans
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19:41 -0600
All,
FYI, Michael Zajic, the wildlife area manager for Webster Wildlife Area in 
Rooks Co. reported seeing 4 Trumpeter Swans there on 11/18/14. I don't know if 
they are still present or not currently. 


Mike Rader

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Subject: Nothern Shrike Harvey county
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:20:28 -0600
We watched a Northern Shrike out our north windows this morning. Very 
pale mask and pale brownish streaks across the breast.  Maybe it will 
come closer to a window later.

Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS
Harvey county

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Subject: Re: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:02:39 -0600
Thanks for sharing your experience AND photos! :-) We thoroughly enjoyed the 
shots! It must have been a true thrill! 

Coleen and Carla


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Mike Umscheid blog
Date:11/22/2014 10:07 PM (GMT-06:00)
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Subject: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird
Earlier this afternoon (Sat. 11/22) was the second confirmed yard visit from a Greater Roadrunner -- a bird that has been seen routinely around my neighborhood (5 miles north of Dodge City) since at least early October. The first time I saw this bird in my yard was on November 14. This is a country neighborhood and everyone is on a one-acre lot, including me, with quite a few empty lots as well, so there is a lot of decent Roadrunner type dry, open prairie habitat with scattered cedars, pines, etc. I live adjacent some CRP land, so that helps. Anyway, today I first spotted the roadrunner on my small brush pile, which I believe he may be attracted to because of my songbird feeding station (which, unfortunately for me, has attracted far too many HOSP). I have pretty big numbers of HOSP (which I'm trying to trap), and they love the brush pile, so I think this has helped bring me more roadrunner yard visits. Anyway, this afternoon I did a 30-minute shoot as the very tame roadrunner gave me incredible looks, even walking towards me at times (within 10 yards!!) going back and forth a couple times across the lawn. He even walked under my deck. The images he provided me were just great, and the iridescence in its tail came out very well in a couple of the frames. I have processed and uploaded some images of this bird, all from my backyard. Feel free to check them out! http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=966 (1 image from the first visit on 11/14) http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=967 (first image I uploaded from today's shoot, 11/22) http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=968 (8 more images from 11/22) Unrelated, I saw a random American White Pelican at Ford County SFL this morning around 930am. Mike Umscheid 5 N Dodge City For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/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 For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/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: Re: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:29:50 -0800
Great shots of the roadrunner!

Larry Lade
St. Joseph, MO



On Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:10 PM, Mike Umscheid blog 
 wrote: 

 


Earlier this afternoon (Sat. 11/22) was the second confirmed yard visit from a 
Greater Roadrunner -- a bird that has been seen routinely around my 
neighborhood (5 miles north of Dodge City) since at least early October. The 
first time I saw this bird in my yard was on November 14. This is a country 
neighborhood and everyone is on a one-acre lot, including me, with quite a few 
empty lots as well, so there is a lot of decent Roadrunner type dry, open 
prairie habitat with scattered cedars, pines, etc. I live adjacent some CRP 
land, so that helps. Anyway, today I first spotted the roadrunner on my small 
brush pile, which I believe he may be attracted to because of my songbird 
feeding station (which, unfortunately for me, has attracted far too many HOSP). 
I have pretty big numbers of HOSP (which I'm trying to trap), and they love the 
brush pile, so I think this has helped bring me more roadrunner yard visits. 
Anyway, this afternoon I did a 30-minute shoot 

 as the very tame 
roadrunner gave me incredible looks, even walking towards me at times (within 
10 yards!!) going back and forth a couple times across the lawn. He even walked 
under my deck. The images he provided me were just great, and the iridescence 
in its tail came out very well in a couple of the frames. 


I have processed and uploaded some images of this bird, all from my backyard. 
Feel free to check them out! 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=966 (1 image from the first visit 
on 11/14) 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=967 (first image I uploaded from 
today's shoot, 11/22) 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=968  (8 more images from 11/22)

Unrelated, I saw a random American White Pelican at Ford County SFL this 
morning around 930am. 


Mike Umscheid
5 N Dodge City

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Subject: White-throated sparrow in Salina
From: Shannon Rayl <shannon.rayl AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:35:56 -0600
I have been watching a white-throated sparrow feed on the ground under my 
courtyard feeders since mid morning today. Yard and Saline County life bird for 
me. 


Shannon Rayl
Salina, Kansas

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Subject: Cedar Bluff Whooping Cranes
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:59:18 -0600
All,
I got a call from Kent Hensley, the wildlife area manager for Cedar Bluff, at 
12:30 pm today saying he had confirmed the presence of Whooping Cranes (2 
adults and an immature). Lynn Davignon, a retired employee from KDWPT, had told 
Kent he was pretty sure he had seen them flying in the area yesterday and Kent 
received a call from another member of the public reporting them this morning. 
All sightings are from Trego County. 


Mike Rader

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Subject: Lakewood Park, Salina, Kansas
From: Bobby Hiebert Jr <bobbybirdman23 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:05:32 -0600
Hello everyone!

Acting on a tip from Kat Farres of a Bald Eagle at Lakewood Park yesterday,
Mark Neubrand and I set out on a birding adventure there this morning
(11/23).  We did see the Bald Eagle!  It flew across the "lake" and lighted
with a fish on the East side of the Park.  We then lost it as it flew back
to the other side as we were trying to get some photos.

We didn't extensively bird the entire trail area, but thought I would list
species noted:

--Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
--Red-bellied Woodpecker
--Downy Woodpecker
--Gray Catbird
--Northern Cardinal
--Spotted Towhee (noted at least a pair)
--Lincoln's Sparrow
--Harris' Sparrow
--American Tree Sparrow
--White-throated Sparrow
--White-breasted Nuthatch
--American Robin
--European Starling
--Mourning Dove
--Junco (Slate)
--Great Blue Heron
--Mallard
--Cedar Waxwing
--Black-capped Chickadee
--Carolina Wren
--Blue Jay
--American Crow
--Red-tailed Hawk

It was misting this morning and very overcast.  Most of the birds were
keeping low in the bushes and grasses.  The Spotted Towhee sighting was a
bit exciting as the bird(s) have been in the Park for about a month now,
and I have not traditionally noted a lot of Towhee activity there to speak
of.

Our target bird was Brown Creeper, but came up empty-handed on that.  The
Bald Eagle was quite exciting.  Hope it sticks around!

Happy birding everyone!

Bobby Hiebert
Salina, Kansas

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Subject: Squaw Creek NWR
From: Craig Rickard <rickard46 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:36:35 -0600
Yesterday (11/22) My granddaughter and I took a day trip to Squaw Creek
seeking Bald Eagle pictures.
I had heard the area was mostly frozen and the Snow Geese numbers were low.
I was surprised to see 200+ Bald Eagles. It was a fabulous day.
Craig Rickard
Olathe, KS

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Subject: Re: Backyard Birds/Dove Update
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:28:57 -0600
Just to update everyone on yesterday's backyard birding. We ended up with 24 
species which I believe is a new daily species count for the yard. A juvenile 
sharp-shinned hawk spent some time in the yard, clearing out all other avian 
species. We later observed a sharpie chasing a red-tailed hawk, species number 
24 for the day, not sure if it was the same sharpie. Once the sharpie was gone, 
the WWDO's returned. This time we counted 11 of them in the trees, a new high 
count for the species in our yard and to my knowledge, for Riley County. The 
last high counts of 10 were all in February 2014, on 4 different days. 

We observed that the Eurasian-collared doves are bullies and try to drive the 
WWDOs away from the feeding areas in the yard. 

John and Diane RowManhattan,  Kansas  





 		 	   		  
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Subject: Greater Roadrunner, Ford County yard bird
From: Mike Umscheid blog <blog AT UNDERTHEMESO.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:03:59 -0600
Earlier this afternoon (Sat. 11/22) was the second confirmed yard visit from a 
Greater Roadrunner -- a bird that has been seen routinely around my 
neighborhood (5 miles north of Dodge City) since at least early October. The 
first time I saw this bird in my yard was on November 14. This is a country 
neighborhood and everyone is on a one-acre lot, including me, with quite a few 
empty lots as well, so there is a lot of decent Roadrunner type dry, open 
prairie habitat with scattered cedars, pines, etc. I live adjacent some CRP 
land, so that helps. Anyway, today I first spotted the roadrunner on my small 
brush pile, which I believe he may be attracted to because of my songbird 
feeding station (which, unfortunately for me, has attracted far too many HOSP). 
I have pretty big numbers of HOSP (which I'm trying to trap), and they love the 
brush pile, so I think this has helped bring me more roadrunner yard visits. 
Anyway, this afternoon I did a 30-minute shoot as the very tame 

roadrunner gave me incredible looks, even walking towards me at times (within 
10 yards!!) going back and forth a couple times across the lawn. He even walked 
under my deck. The images he provided me were just great, and the iridescence 
in its tail came out very well in a couple of the frames. 


I have processed and uploaded some images of this bird, all from my backyard. 
Feel free to check them out! 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=966 (1 image from the first visit 
on 11/14) 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=967 (first image I uploaded from 
today's shoot, 11/22) 

http://www.underthemeso.com/photoblog.php?p=968  (8 more images from 11/22)

Unrelated, I saw a random American White Pelican at Ford County SFL this 
morning around 930am. 


Mike Umscheid
5 N Dodge City

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Subject: Linn County Black Scoter/Neotropic Cormorant - Burroughs Audubon Field Trip
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:28:04 -0600
Twelve people joined Mark Land's Burroughs Audubon Field Trip all day
excursion to Marais des Cygne in Miami and Linn County.

The highlight of the trip was a BLACK SCOTER and NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at La
Cygnes Lake in Linn County. Harlan's Hawk, Purple Finch, Cackling Geese, a
Hermit Thrush, Trumpeter Swans, and more expected species tallied a total
of 77 species on the day. Large blackbird flocks and variation in
red-tailed hawk appearances were the constant throughout the day.

http://tinyurl.com/Burroughs-11-22-2014 (A photo from La Cygnes Lake)

Below are the eBird checklists, for all those that joined the trip
without eBird accounts and for others that enjoy looking at lists.

La Cygne WA - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20631887 and
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20631568
La Cygne Lake - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20632687
La Cygne WA W399th St -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20631878
Reclaimed Mined Lands -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634406
Marais des Cygnes Rest Stop -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634661
Marais des Cygnes WA--Unit B -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20635030
Linn County Backroads -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20636524
Pleasanton City Lake - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20637208

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Kansas)
http://mcmdgold.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmgold/

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Subject: Fall River lake
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:45:34 -0600
After the Wichita Audubon field trip to Augusta and ElDorado lakes this
morning, I made a run out to Fall River. Best bird was a Western Grebe seen
off of Whitehall bay. It was near a couple of cormorants but kept pretty
close to the shore. I got some lousy photos on my iphone. Next best was a
merlin which perched nicely for me to study. Lots of merganzers out there
of all 3 varieties and another large raft of ducks too far out to get any
detail but I know there were goldeneye and mallards from what flew in while
I was watching.
The entire list is on ebird.
Tom Ewert
Wichita

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Subject: Shawnee County Outing
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:20:53 -0600
Had a good morning of birding with Janeen Walters.  We headed west to Silver
Lake and North to Shawnee State Fishing Lake.

 

Best birds:

 

At least 7 trumpeter swans between Topeka and Silver Lake.

 

A rooster pheasant at the State Lake (I think a new county bird for both of
us)..Next a very light hawk with a white head, narrow bands on tail, and the
upper part of the wings were whitish only on the outer half of the wings.
It appeared to be a juvenile Krider's redtail.

 

Also a northern shrike on the west half of the lake along the road (narrow
eye band).  About a mile south was a loggerhead shrike with its much wider
eye band.

 

Most abundant hawk was the harrier. They were everywhere around the state
lake.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Backyard Birds
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:49:19 -0600
All, 
On this foggy and damp morning, I could not quite get my rear in gear in time 
to make it over for Chuck's Milford Bird Walk. Due to visibility of about 0.75 
miles, I definitely was not going to be able to make up any time on the road 
either. So, we did a little backyard birding instead and have not been 
disappointed so far. While running about 18 or so species a day, we have 22 so 
far today. We had a FOS pine siskin for the yard, a species that was a no-show 
last year. A dove trifecta with a single white-winged dove early. At about 
10:25, a whole flock of WWDOs (9) flew in and landed in the trees behind our 
house. With it being overcast, they may loaf around here for a while, as they 
sometimes do. Padding the list was a single ring-billed gull flyover. 

Good Birding,
John and Diane RowManhattan, Kansas 		 	   		  
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Subject: New yard bird - sort of
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I glanced out the window this morning just in time to see a bright blue bird 
near the feeders.  It really stood out against the House Sparrows.  Mountain 
Blue.. oooh Budgerigar.  It looked healthy and wary.

A Red-breasted Nuthatch is visiting the sunflower seed feeder on a regular 
basis since November 9.  White-breasted first showed on November 6.

Henry A
Hays KS 

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Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
From: John Schukman <schuksaya AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:48:35 -0600
Thanks Galen, David and Elmer. I first met Dr. Johnston in 1973 at the museum 
with Dr. Chuck Ely, my graduate advisor. Richard was a gracious host and 
definitely interesting to be with. 


After his retirement we served on the KOS Board together for a few years. He 
had a long history in Kansas Ornithology. 


His article on the history of ornithology at KU can found in the last sentence 
in the following link: http://naturalhistory.ku.edu/ornithology/about Click on 
the word article. 


John Schukman
Leavenworth Co.

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

Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 1:48 PM 
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.

I was not a KU graduate as many of you know. One of my first integrations with 
Dr. Johnston was at an AOU meeting. There was a reception for ornithologists 
from Kansas one of the evenings during that meeting. As a naive graduate 
student from KSU, I went to the reception. I did not notice anyone from KSU 
there and did recognize a few of the KU graduate students and Dr. Johnston. I 
went over to him and asked is this for anyone interested in ornithology from 
Kansas or for KU graduate students and alumni. He said "It is for KU alumni, 
faculty, and graduate students, but you should stay. What do you thin we are 
going to kick you out? You love birds don't you and you are studying birds in 
Kansas! Well so do we. I 

would stay if I were you."     He certainly was a kind and generous 
person.  Saludos y nos vemos más tarde, EJF

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

A Rock, A River, A Tree -- a tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



From:   David Seibel 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   11/21/2014 10:48 AM
Subject:        Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




Professor Johnston was a great man, as much because of his personal character 
as his prolific and enduring ornithological work. Graduate students flocked to 
him for advice and guidance, and he always obliged with the utmost kindness, 
wisdom, and personal attention. As a result, he mentored an extraordinary total 
of 39 successful master's or doctoral students at KU and served on the graduate 
committees of dozens more, including mine. 


I know the number of his students because of research I did in the past few 
years - with much help from Tom Shane and Galen Pittman - for Dr. 

Johnston's nomination for the KOS Ivan L. Boyd Award (which he won in
2012) and a series of lectures on the history of Kansas ornithology that I 
presented for the Kansas Humanities Council last year. By 2012, Dr. 

Johnston was suffering from dementia, but to the very end he had moments of 
clarity that revealed his wit and charm. I had the pleasure of telling him he 
had won the Boyd Award, and he expressed his typical humility, surprise, and 
great appreciation for the recognition. Fellow KOS members, we did good that 
day. 


In his honor, here's a brief summary of Dr. Johnston's contributions to Kansas 
ornithology and to the field in general: 

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1955
KU Professor & Curator of Ornithology, 1957–1992 Fellow of the American 
Ornithologists’ Union, elected 1967 (one of a handful of Kansas 
ornithologists so honored) Directed National Science Foundation’s Systematic 
Biology Program, 1968-69 (only zoologist ever to do so) Editor of Systematic 
Zoology, 1967–1970 Editor of Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 
1968–1992 Founding editor of Current Ornithology, 1981 (to 1988) Published 3 
monographs and dozens of scientific papers, often coauthored with students Won 
AOU’s prestigious Elliot Coues Award (with Robert K. Selander), 1975 


Contributions to Kansas ornithology:
Wrote two directories to Kansas birds (1960, 1965) and nesting species
(1964)
Authored or coauthored 23 papers for the KOS Bulletin and numerous 
presentations at annual meetings Edited Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin, 
1958–1969 Served on KOS Board of Directors, 1996–1998 Won Ivan L. Boyd 
Award, 2012 


Dr. Johnston is missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him. 
His legacy lives on through his many students (and his fine family), and his 
work will continue to benefit us all. 


Respectfully,
David Seibel
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] on behalf of 
Galen Pittman [galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:29 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.

I learned a great deal from RFJ about science, birds, and life.........but 
apparently not how to spell. I assume most of you got the gist of what I 
"meant" to say. One of the best pieces of advice I got from him was "don't be 
so diffident". I had to look it up !?!? 


Galen

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Galen Pittman 
wrote:

> Hello Kansas birders,
>
> Today, I received word that Dr. Richard Johnston passed away on Nov
15th.
> There is a service scheduled in Lawrence for Monday the 24th. Here is 
> a link for more details and a chance for messages and condolences.
>
>  http://rumsey-yost.com/2014/11/richard-fourness-johnston/
>
> I was a student of his at the KUMNH. He made a very large impact on 
> the field of Ornithology in Kansas and beyond. I can say that I may 
> not have meant a finer scientist or human being!! He was a great man 
> and will
truly
> be missed by all that knew him.
>
> Galen
> --
> Galen L. Pittman
> 12042 258TH ST
> Lawrence, KS 66044
>
> 785-760-3572
> email: galenpitt AT gmail.com
>



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Subject: Wyandotte Co. lake
From: Mick McHugh <emchugh2 AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:48:22 -0600
Birders,
 Thousand of waterfowl on Wyandotte lake today. Nothing "zootie" wise, (no 
Mottled or Black Duck) 

today, but it has to happen!
Mick McHugh
Kansas City

They will mount up with wings,as Eagles
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Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
From: Elmer Finck <efinck AT FHSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:48:00 -0600
I was not a KU graduate as many of you know.  One of my first integrations 
with Dr. Johnston was at an AOU meeting.  There was a reception for 
ornithologists from Kansas one of the evenings during that meeting.  As a 
naive graduate student from KSU, I went to the reception.  I did not 
notice anyone from KSU there and did recognize a few of the KU graduate 
students and Dr. Johnston. I went over to him and asked is this for anyone 
interested in ornithology from Kansas or for KU graduate students and 
alumni.  He said "It is for KU alumni, faculty, and graduate students, but 
you should stay.  What do you thin we are going to kick you out?  You love 
birds don't you and you are studying birds in Kansas!  Well so do we.  I 
would stay if I were you."     He certainly was a kind and generous 
person.  Saludos y nos vemos más tarde, EJF

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

A Rock, A River, A Tree -- a tribute to Maya Angelou 1928-2014



From:   David Seibel 
To:     KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Date:   11/21/2014 10:48 AM
Subject:        Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
Sent by:        Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas 




Professor Johnston was a great man, as much because of his personal 
character as his prolific and enduring ornithological work. Graduate 
students flocked to him for advice and guidance, and he always obliged 
with the utmost kindness, wisdom, and personal attention. As a result, he 
mentored an extraordinary total of 39 successful master's or doctoral 
students at KU and served on the graduate committees of dozens more, 
including mine.

I know the number of his students because of research I did in the past 
few years - with much help from Tom Shane and Galen Pittman - for Dr. 
Johnston's nomination for the KOS Ivan L. Boyd Award (which he won in 
2012) and a series of lectures on the history of Kansas ornithology that I 
presented for the Kansas Humanities Council last year. By 2012, Dr. 
Johnston was suffering from dementia, but to the very end he had moments 
of clarity that revealed his wit and charm. I had the pleasure of telling 
him he had won the Boyd Award, and he expressed his typical humility, 
surprise, and great appreciation for the recognition. Fellow KOS members, 
we did good that day.

In his honor, here's a brief summary of Dr. Johnston's contributions to 
Kansas ornithology and to the field in general:
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1955
KU Professor & Curator of Ornithology, 1957–1992
Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, elected 1967 (one of a 
handful of Kansas ornithologists so honored)
Directed National Science Foundation’s Systematic Biology Program, 1968-69 
(only zoologist ever to do so)
Editor of Systematic Zoology, 1967–1970
Editor of Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 1968–1992
Founding editor of Current Ornithology, 1981 (to 1988)
Published 3 monographs and dozens of scientific papers, often coauthored 
with students
Won AOU’s prestigious Elliot Coues Award (with Robert K. Selander), 1975

Contributions to Kansas ornithology:
Wrote two directories to Kansas birds (1960, 1965) and nesting species 
(1964)
Authored or coauthored 23 papers for the KOS Bulletin and numerous 
presentations at annual meetings
Edited Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin, 1958–1969
Served on KOS Board of Directors, 1996–1998
Won Ivan L. Boyd Award, 2012

Dr. Johnston is missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him. 
His legacy lives on through his many students (and his fine family), and 
his work will continue to benefit us all.

Respectfully,
David Seibel
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] on 
behalf of Galen Pittman [galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:29 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.

I learned a great deal from RFJ about science, birds, and life.........but
apparently not how to spell. I assume most of you got the gist of what I
"meant" to say.  One of the best pieces of advice I got from him was 
"don't
be so diffident". I had to look it up !?!?

Galen

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Galen Pittman  
wrote:

> Hello Kansas birders,
>
> Today, I received word that Dr. Richard Johnston passed away on Nov 
15th.
> There is a service scheduled in Lawrence for Monday the 24th. Here is a
> link for more details and a chance for messages and condolences.
>
>  http://rumsey-yost.com/2014/11/richard-fourness-johnston/
>
> I was a student of his at the KUMNH. He made a very large impact on the
> field of Ornithology in Kansas and beyond. I can say that I may not have
> meant a finer scientist or human being!! He was a great man and will 
truly
> be missed by all that knew him.
>
> Galen
> --
> Galen L. Pittman
> 12042 258TH ST
> Lawrence, KS 66044
>
> 785-760-3572
> email: galenpitt AT gmail.com
>



--
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Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
From: David Seibel <dseibel AT JCCC.EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:44:36 +0000
Professor Johnston was a great man, as much because of his personal character 
as his prolific and enduring ornithological work. Graduate students flocked to 
him for advice and guidance, and he always obliged with the utmost kindness, 
wisdom, and personal attention. As a result, he mentored an extraordinary total 
of 39 successful master's or doctoral students at KU and served on the graduate 
committees of dozens more, including mine. 


I know the number of his students because of research I did in the past few 
years - with much help from Tom Shane and Galen Pittman - for Dr. Johnston's 
nomination for the KOS Ivan L. Boyd Award (which he won in 2012) and a series 
of lectures on the history of Kansas ornithology that I presented for the 
Kansas Humanities Council last year. By 2012, Dr. Johnston was suffering from 
dementia, but to the very end he had moments of clarity that revealed his wit 
and charm. I had the pleasure of telling him he had won the Boyd Award, and he 
expressed his typical humility, surprise, and great appreciation for the 
recognition. Fellow KOS members, we did good that day. 


In his honor, here's a brief summary of Dr. Johnston's contributions to Kansas 
ornithology and to the field in general: 

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1955
KU Professor & Curator of Ornithology, 1957–1992
Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, elected 1967 (one of a handful of 
Kansas ornithologists so honored) 

Directed National Science Foundation’s Systematic Biology Program, 1968-69 
(only zoologist ever to do so) 

Editor of Systematic Zoology, 1967–1970
Editor of Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 1968–1992
Founding editor of Current Ornithology, 1981 (to 1988)
Published 3 monographs and dozens of scientific papers, often coauthored with 
students 

Won AOU’s prestigious Elliot Coues Award (with Robert K. Selander), 1975

Contributions to Kansas ornithology:
Wrote two directories to Kansas birds (1960, 1965) and nesting species (1964)
Authored or coauthored 23 papers for the KOS Bulletin and numerous 
presentations at annual meetings 

Edited Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin, 1958–1969
Served on KOS Board of Directors, 1996–1998
Won Ivan L. Boyd Award, 2012

Dr. Johnston is missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him. His 
legacy lives on through his many students (and his fine family), and his work 
will continue to benefit us all. 


Respectfully,
David Seibel
________________________________________
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] on behalf of 
Galen Pittman [galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:29 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.

I learned a great deal from RFJ about science, birds, and life.........but
apparently not how to spell. I assume most of you got the gist of what I
"meant" to say.  One of the best pieces of advice I got from him was "don't
be so diffident". I had to look it up !?!?

Galen

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Galen Pittman  wrote:

> Hello Kansas birders,
>
> Today, I received word that Dr. Richard Johnston passed away on Nov 15th.
> There is a service scheduled in Lawrence for Monday the 24th. Here is a
> link for more details and a chance for messages and condolences.
>
>  http://rumsey-yost.com/2014/11/richard-fourness-johnston/
>
> I was a student of his at the KUMNH. He made a very large impact on the
> field of Ornithology in Kansas and beyond. I can say that I may not have
> meant a finer scientist or human being!! He was a great man and will truly
> be missed by all that knew him.
>
> Galen
> --
> Galen L. Pittman
> 12042 258TH ST
> Lawrence, KS 66044
>
> 785-760-3572
> email: galenpitt AT gmail.com
>



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Subject: SW KS, Wilson, Milford
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:40:26 -0600
Hello KSbirders,
Last weekend a group of intrepid Kansas birders trekked to southwest Kansas
for hopes of montane species that have been sporadically reported in west
Texas, west Oklahoma, and southwest Kansas. We found nothing new for the
season! The western scrub-jay at Fort Cedar View, Ulysses was still
present. A flyover American Crow at Middle Spring was our highlight for the
Cimarron National Grassland in terms of rarity for the region! We located a
Red-naped Sapsucker (http://www.pbase.com/ether9/image/158274344) at Middle
Spring that may have been the mystery sapsucker reported by Danny Akers in
October. They have a tendency to stick to wooded patches. A Ladder-backed
Woodpecker was observed at the Tunnerville Work Station. We did not observe
Ravens anywhere. The Elkhart Shelterbelt and Cemetery were mostly devoid of
birds except for a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the resident Barn and
Great-horned Owls. Boy Scout Woods offered a Rock and Bewick's Wren. Juncos
and White-crowned Sparrows dominated this Tamarisk-dominated area. We
observed several desperate hunters blasting the desperate waterfowl
roosting at the Elkhart sewage lagoons upon our departure from a snowy
Elkhart on Sunday. It was saddening to watch geese drop from the sky into
sewage water and flail until death while hunters remained outside of the
fenced area without retrievers. This must be illegal? I observed this
previously in 11/12 on my last visit to Morton and reported it to law
enforcement.

A dozen Mountain Bluebirds on powerlines were visible from near the
terminus of the Hell Creek loop at Wilson State Park at Wilson Lake near
nightfall on Sunday.

On a positive note: Yesterday, I led two busloads of Junction City
Highschool field biology students to Milford lake for a lesson on avian
migration and ecology. We noted an Eared Grebe at the base of the dam, many
Bonaparte's Gulls, and many Mallards. The trip was quite successful and
several students really got the knack of using a field guide to identify
migrant waterbirds. I forgot that efficiency in field guide use is a skill
by itself!

Lone, juvenile Ross's Goose and Snow Goose (blue morph) were grazing on the
lawn at the Wakefield town park. Hunderds of goldeneye, common merganser,
and ring-billed gulls were foraging around the causeway. The gulls were
roosting on the ice on the northside of the causeway in the late afternoon.



Good birding,
E.J.

-- 
Edward J. Raynor
Manhattan, KS
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Subject: Neosho County Birding 11-20-14
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett AT MAGNUMSYSTEMS.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:54:45 +0000
With favorable weather conditions particularly the wind I took the day off 
yesterday to bird around Neosho Co. 


Neosho Wildlife Area - Scoped the refuge pool from Wallace Rd a little after 
sunup. Easily 15,000 ducks there right now.(managers' report says 30k) The only 
trick is you need to be in the back of a pickup to be able to get above the 
access road and vegetation. Best bird of the morning scope was an American 
Black Duck mixed with the ~10k mallard raft. A Herring Gull, 6 Bald Eagles, and 
2 Trumpeter Swans rounded out the mentionables. I returned later in the 
afternoon to walk some areas that are unsafe during peak duck hunting times. I 
was surprised to find a Northern Shrike, this shrike was in the same area as 
the one that was found last winter at NWA. I'm guessing this is the same 
individual. It is quite the miracle as its territory is essentially in the 
pellet zone of the most heavily hunted area. For anyone interested it was 
located on the Pool2/3 levy. It typically perches high in the tree tops of the 
leafless trees a few hundred yards down from the parking area. Afternoons are 
recommended. 


Neosho SFL - Nov, Dec, & Jan NSFL really comes into its own. Cackling Goose, 
Common Mergansers, Wilson's Snipe, & Pine Siskins were the best birds 
yesterday. 35 species were found in an hour. 


Lake Parsons - Did a quick water scan. Western Grebe was the best bird, it is 
presumed that this is the same individual that has been located off and on for 
several weeks. Also a large raft of Common Goldeneye. Despite my best efforts I 
could not turn one into a Barrow's. 


Erie WTP - This little spot continues to impress me nearly every time I go out. 
It's typically a 10min stop with easy viewing. Nothing really impressive this 
time, but 13 species of water birds were recorded. 108 species have been 
recorded here with little time put in. 


Other - Spent several hours driving appropriate habitats looking for a Purple 
Finch. I was unable to find one. This is officially my No Co nemesis with 
Eastern Screech Owl a close 2nd. Hoping to find a Red-breasted Nuthatch and 
Purple Finch to round out my county year list. Merlin would be the next most 
common bird not on my list, but those are a tough find down here. Sitting at 
254 in the county for the year.. outside shot at 260 if some rarities show up. 
All birding lists are on eBird, with photos of the Grebe and Shrike. 


Now get out and do some birding!

Andrew Burnett
Rural Erie, KS

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Subject: Lunch with a Pileated Woodpecker
From: Atcha Nolan <qanolan AT COX.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:30:42 -0600
I drove out to the Big Oak Campground below the El Dorado State Park dam to 
eat my lunch Thursday, Nov.20, 2014.  I rolled my windows down and was 
immediately joined by a Pileated Woodpecker enjoying his lunch as well.  I 
watched him for 45 minutes and laughed as he debarked a tree.  With one 
swift flick of his stout bill he would remove large pieces of the bark and 
it would go crashing down to the ground. Also around were Ruby-crowned and 
Golden-crowned Kinglets, at least 3 Brown Creepers, several Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, a Yellow-shafted Flicker, Red-bellied 
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, American Crows, Bluejays, 
Robins, a few Tufted Titmice, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 
Northern Cardinal, and 1 Rusty Blackbird (a lifer for me.) There were, 
also, on the water at the swimming beach in front of me, several hundred 
Canada and Cackling Geese, a few Hooded Merganzers and Common Goldeneyes, 1 
Double-crested Cormorant, a few Gadwalls and Mallards, and 1 immature Snow 
Goose.

As I drove around the Lake I could only add several Gulls, a Great Blue 
Heron and 3 Red-tailed Hawks to my list. 

Quite an enjoyable lunch time.

Atcha Nolan

El Dorado, Butler Co.

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Subject: Re: Dr Johnson reverie
From: Roy Beckemeyer <royb AT SOUTHWIND.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:07:10 -0600
Way back when I was on the KOS board, I had gotten into dragonflies as a 
sideline interest, and was trying to learn biological systematics with only 
engineering courses under my belt. Richard Johnson responded to my enquiries 
and was very generous with his time and advice and never condescending as I 
asked some very naive questions. Over the course of a year or so, he guided me 
through the basics of phylogenetic systematics. I never became an expert, but 
could at least read and understand the pertinent literature. To paraphrase 
Pete, Dr. Johnson was the epitome of a class act! He will be missed and fondly 
remembered and respected. 

Roy Beckemeyer, Wichita, royb AT southwind.net

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 20, 2014, at 6:27 PM, Pete Janzen  wrote:
> 
> Really sorry to learn of Dr. Richard Johnson's death today. I only met him in 
person a couple of times. When I was a precocious young birder in my early 
teens I scored a copy of his "Birds of Kansas" (the one with the flying White 
Pelicans on the cover) and practically memorized the entire book. By the 
standards of today's massive new volume it was quite brief but it was the 
cutting edge document of its time, succinct and authoritative. I carried it 
around for years until it finally fell apart...quite literally. I was glad to 
find a copy of his book in decent shape at one of the KOS SIlent Auctions a few 
years ago. He was a real class act in person, quite unassuming yet obviously a 
keen mind. I also recall for some reason a lengthy email he wrote as a 
contribution to the discussion of the term "zootie" that went into considerable 
detail about zoot suits and jazz music scene. I was impressed. Others knew him 
far better but he sure made a mark on my life just by p! 

 ublishing that book.
> -- 
> Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
> 
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Subject: Milford Waterfowl Survey
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:25:57 -0600
I did not post 2 weeks ago because there wasn't any waterfowl to report. The 
first time in 3 years we could not find any ducks or geese, just a few Coots. 
Today a staff person with KDWPT and myself did find the following the 
waterfowl. Most of the upper wetlands of Milford Lake is frozen over. Hope the 
numbers get better. 

 
Canada Goose--33
Mallards--164
Northern Shoveler--13
Common Goldeneye--34
Common Merganser--100
American Coot--21
 
Other birds I counted as we drove around Milford Lake
 
Double Crested Cormorant--6
Great Blue Heron--1
Bald Eagle--1
Northern Harrier--4
Red-tailed Hawk--11
Killdeer--1
Ring-billed Gull--55
Rock Pigeon--35
Mourning Dove--4
Barred Owl--1
Northern Flicker--2
American Kestrel--1
Blue Jay--3
American Crow--45
Eastern Bluebird--5
American Robin--9
European Starling--30
Harris's Sparrow--12
Dark-eyed Junco--18
Northern Cardinal--3
Red-winged Blackbird--23
Eastern Meadowlark--45
Brewer's Blackbird--14
House Finch--4
American Goldfinch--6
 
Total Species--31
 
Calvin Wohler
Clay Center, KS
 
 
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Dr Johnson reverie
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:27:45 -0600
Really sorry to learn of Dr. Richard Johnson's death today.  I only met 
him in person a couple of times.  When I was a precocious young birder 
in my early teens I scored a copy of his "Birds of Kansas" (the one with 
the flying White Pelicans on the cover) and practically memorized the 
entire book.  By the standards of today's massive new volume it was 
quite brief but it was the cutting edge document of its time, succinct 
and authoritative.   I carried it around for years until it finally fell 
apart...quite literally.  I was glad to find a copy of his book in 
decent shape at one of the KOS SIlent Auctions a few years ago.  He was 
a real class act in person, quite unassuming yet obviously a keen 
mind.   I also recall for some reason a lengthy email he wrote as a 
contribution to the discussion of the term "zootie" that went into 
considerable detail about zoot suits and jazz music scene.  I was 
impressed.  Others knew him far better but he sure made a mark on my 
life just by publishing that book.
-- 
Pete Janzen Wichita, KS pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net

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Subject: Re: Richard Johnston has passed away.
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:29:23 -0600
I learned a great deal from RFJ about science, birds, and life.........but
apparently not how to spell. I assume most of you got the gist of what I
"meant" to say.  One of the best pieces of advice I got from him was "don't
be so diffident". I had to look it up !?!?

Galen

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Galen Pittman  wrote:

> Hello Kansas birders,
>
> Today, I received word that Dr. Richard Johnston passed away on Nov 15th.
> There is a service scheduled in Lawrence for Monday the 24th. Here is a
> link for more details and a chance for messages and condolences.
>
>  http://rumsey-yost.com/2014/11/richard-fourness-johnston/
>
> I was a student of his at the KUMNH. He made a very large impact on the
> field of Ornithology in Kansas and beyond. I can say that I may not have
> meant a finer scientist or human being!! He was a great man and will truly
> be missed by all that knew him.
>
> Galen
> --
> Galen L. Pittman
> 12042 258TH ST
> Lawrence, KS 66044
>
> 785-760-3572
> email: galenpitt AT gmail.com
>



-- 
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12042 258TH ST
Lawrence, KS 66044

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Subject: New Yard Bird
From: Jeff Hansen <hanjd AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:51:20 -0600
3 Trumpeter swans just flew over my house heading to lake Sherwood I
presume.  Pretty cool.

 

Jeff Hansen

Topeka


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Subject: Richard Johnston has passed away.
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:47:22 -0600
Hello Kansas birders,

Today, I received word that Dr. Richard Johnston passed away on Nov 15th.
There is a service scheduled in Lawrence for Monday the 24th. Here is a
link for more details and a chance for messages and condolences.

 http://rumsey-yost.com/2014/11/richard-fourness-johnston/

I was a student of his at the KUMNH. He made a very large impact on the
field of Ornithology in Kansas and beyond. I can say that I may not have
meant a finer scientist or human being!! He was a great man and will truly
be missed by all that knew him.

Galen
-- 
Galen L. Pittman
12042 258TH ST
Lawrence, KS 66044

785-760-3572
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Subject: Common Loon at Syracuse / 19 November
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:21:18 -0600
I suppose one could bird a lifetime in Hamilton County and not see a loon,
but there was a Common Loon there today, 19 November. It was swimming in
"Sam's Pond", the old sandpit that's being converted to a park, just SW of
the K-27 bridge over the Arkansas River.  I took some pretty good pics of
it.  I believe it is a 1st county record.

 

I only had about 3 hours to bird around Syracuse at midday before I had to
head back east.  On the way to Coolidge I had a group of 300 American Crows
in fields right along US 50.  There aren't supposed to be flocks of AMCR
that large along the Colorado line!  I drove the River Road between Coolidge
and Syracuse from west to east and it started off so poorly that I was
already composing a scathing review in my head.  Then I saw a big flock of
birds up ahead in the road.  Meadowlarks?  But as I drove closer I could see
that it was a covey of 50 Scaled Quail!  This is the biggest covey I've seen
of that species in a very long time.  They put on quite a show, too.  I
later saw 10 more also in the middle of the road almost to K-27.

 

A W. Scrub-Jay, (possibly two), was also along the River Road.  It was
hanging out where there's a bunch of russian olive trees on both sides of
the road (east of the camp) and was with a few Blue Jays and many robins and
assorted sparrows.

 

I drove Syracuse streets for about an hour but found nothing rare at all,
but there were several yards that were just loaded with birds.  There were
50 Yellow-rumped Warblers in ONE pine tree in the NE part of town, including
about 15 'Audubon's' with nice yellow throats.   I can never remember seeing
a concentrated flock like that anywhere in Kansas, at least in November and
especially after a couple snowstorms.

 

Back in Gray County I saw about 6 Prairie Falcons, 5 Ferruginous Hawks, 3
Rough-legged Hawks and a Merlin.

 

That's it.  And once again, I apologize for all the junk code and stuff
attached to several of my recent e-mails.  My ISP did that, not me, but now
it is apparently fixed.

 

Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas

 

  


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Subject: test
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:17:17 -0600
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Subject: 2014 Christmas Bird Count for St. Joseph, MO
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:16:59 -0800
Information on the 2014 Saint Joseph area Christmas Bird Count (MOSJ)

We will have an organizational meeting at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 
Fellowship Hall, December 18, 2014, at 5:30 PM to assign the various 
areas in our count circle. Some  people do bring soup, salad, snacks, 
cookies, etc. to the meeting, but it is not mandatory. Come ready to 
eat!
The count day will be Saturday, December 20, 2014. Begin any time after 
midnight Friday. Keep track of your distances and time spent for 
driving/walking/owling. (* I will be asking for this information as well as the 
number of birds seen of each of the species you observed for your area.) 


The "tally rally" will begin at 5:30 PM, (Saturday evening) at Bandana'a 
Bar-B-Q, 4225 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph. 


Larry Lade
St. Joseph, MO

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Subject: MIGRATING\RETURNING CROWS 11/18
From: Bill Falk <nlwlfalk AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:57:27 -0600
Our apt windows overlook Dillon lake 50 5n maize
Yesterday; a flock of 35-50 crows foraged\rested on the ice & tree tops for 
about 45 min then moved on.
no other activity
best
bill Falk
Wichita

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Subject: Douglas County Sandhill Cranes
From: Kylee Sharp <kyleesharp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:11:15 -0600
My husband, Scott Sharp (biology teacher and birder), was driving west this
morning on K-10 between DeSoto and Eudora at 10:00 am, and saw 8 Sandhill
Cranes flying over the highway.  He said they were about 1/4 mile east of
2200 Rd (Church Street) in Eudora, flying south.  They were not landing at
that time.  Pretty good Douglas County birds!

Kylee Sharp
Lawrence, KS

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Subject: Thayer's and California Gulls at CB / 18 November 14
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:28:48 -0600
I took a short swing through Cheyenne Bottoms today.  Water was mostly frozen, 
unlike any November 18 I've ever seen. I saw just about 10 gulls but they 
included 1st winter Thayer's and California. The CAGU was seen coming in from a 
distance and I made the ID right away, but it eventually landed right next to a 
Herring with the size difference being the cherry on top. I easily saw a 
million white geese in Barton County. BTW, I apologize for all the messy emails 
sent from my desktop lately. Scott Seltman. Larned 

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird - CARPOOL REQUEST
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:39:38 -0600
Hello everyone!  I really want to go see the Calliope, but my car is not fit
for an over the road trip.  My wonderful husband is concerned about me going
on a long distance trip since he hasn't done a tune up for a while.  (He's
out of town or he would right this for a bird sighting.)  Is anyone from the
Kansas City area going down to see it?  Would you be willing to have another
passenger?  Please contact me off list.  Thanks!

 

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Cass County, Pleasant Hill

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Subject: Eastern Towhee in Oak Park
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:41 -0600
Hi Folks,

A quick trip through snow covered Oak Park this afternoon produced a Eastern 
Towhee with it's companions the Spotted Towhees. The last few years there has 
been a Eastern Towhee in Oak Park the whole winter, right where this one was 
today. I also saw a immature Cooper Hawk having lunch with a Junco. The 
strangest thing this afternoon was; while I was zoomed in on the Towhees taking 
video, about 70 feet away, a Red-tailed Fox charged into the video, from the 
bushes, chasing away the birds. And there he was in my video screen, it looked 
up and saw me down the path and it made a quick exit, quickly prancing down the 
path away from me. Yes, I said prancing, it didn't run, it pranced. It probably 
was the Fox I have been getting glimpses of, but mostly smelling the last 
couple of years in Oak Park. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin   

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Subject: Duck photos
From: Michael Stewart <a.tristis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:52:43 -0600
For some reason the links didn't work when I tried copying and pasting what
posted. Here goes one more shot. If they don't work this time and anyone is
interested, e-mail me and I'll send the links.










From Squaw Creek:






Mike Stewart

Ft. Leavenworth

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Subject: Mottled Duck?
From: Michael Stewart <a.tristis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:26:25 -0600
A couple people came out to Wyandotte County Lake this afternoon, but we
were not able to locate the duck after I initially saw it.

I did not get to watch it for more than a minute or so before I lost it in
the mix of Mallards. It has a yellow bill and the side of it's face looked
very clean and buffy from what I could tell at that distance. It appeared
to be pretty uniform in color, and it looked like it did have black at the
gape.

Here are links to some really bad photos I took holding my phone to the
scope. These make it look like there was black on its forehead and there
was not, just a bit of a dark cap and eyeline.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwFQL27iEvFZN1hqSVNfVU9yLWc&authuser=0

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwFQL27iEvFZbVZpcTdpY1NVdDQ&authuser=0

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwFQL27iEvFZbWFxSlJGT3VEQWs&authuser=0

If anyone hasn't seen it here is a picture of the duck I found at Squaw
Creek NWR on the 11th. I didn't think the one today had a bill quite this
yellow, but it was probably too far to tell for sure. If this was a Mottled
Duck today it's probably a lot more likely that it's the same bird from
Squaw Creek and not a second bird in this area.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwFQL27iEvFZRnJwVW93RkRubVk&authuser=0

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Ft. Leavenworth

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Subject: Spotted Tohee
From: Kellye Hart <krhart06 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:48:33 -0600
Ron Wheeler (Ulysses) just dropped by and showed me pictures of a Spotted
Tohee he had in his backyard this afternoon.  Late date.

-- 
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Ulysses, KS (Grant Co.)

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Subject: Re: Lesser Prairie Chickon season
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:57:37 -0600
Technically the seasons were closed when the Feds put them on their threatened 
species list. Otherwise it probably would have remained open for a very limited 
harvest. 


Michael Pearce
Newton

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> On Nov 18, 2014, at 1:15 PM, "Larry Lade"  wrote:
> 
> Good move on the part of the Kansas people!
> 
> Larry Lade
> St. Joseph, MO
> 
> 
> 
> On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:49 PM, Mick McHugh  
wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Birders,
> I just realized the season on Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas had been 
canceled. Kudos 

> to Kansas Wildlife & Parks for doing the right thing!
> Mick McHugh
> Kansas City
> 
> They will mount up with wings,as Eagles
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Subject: Re: Lesser Prairie Chickon season
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:11:26 -0800
Good move on the part of the Kansas people!

Larry Lade
St. Joseph, MO



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Birders,
 I just realized the season on Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas had been 
canceled. Kudos 

to Kansas Wildlife & Parks for doing the right thing!
Mick McHugh
Kansas City

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Subject: Lesser Prairie Chickon season
From: Mick McHugh <emchugh2 AT KC.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:42:29 -0600
Birders,
 I just realized the season on Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas had been 
canceled. Kudos 

to Kansas Wildlife & Parks for doing the right thing!
Mick McHugh
Kansas City

They will mount up with wings,as Eagles
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Subject: Mottled Duck? - Wyandotte County Lake
From: Mike Stewart <a.tristis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:26:53 -0600
I've found what I believe is a Mottled Duck (don't think it's the same one I 
found at Squaw Creek last week). I'd love to get another set of eyes on it. 


It's near a cove in the northeast part of the lake near the dam. If anyone 
wants to meet me out here I'll hang out for a bit. 903-467-7604. 


Mike Stewart
Ft. Leavenworth

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Subject: Larned birds of interest
From: Don Kazmaier <dlknktk AT KANS.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:14:51 -0600
Last few days have had the following birds:   Immature Yellow Bellied
Sapsucker (pictures), FOS Dark Eyed Junco, and today a Pine Siskin.   
Donnie K. in Larned

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Subject: Re: Small Hawk, MS County
From: Tom & Lori Parker <velvetweed AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:57:20 -0600
The latest record I've listed for Broad-Winged Hawk in Marshall County was Oct. 
21. However, I saw one several weeks ago above Blue Rapids but I didn't write 
the date down. 


Tom Parker
Blue Rapids, KS


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> 
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> Yesterday on the south side of Beattie in Marshall County, I was driving my 
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There are some oddball late records of Broad-winged Hawk in Colorado including 
a much-photographed bird in Boulder (I think) a few winters ago. I didn't 
believe the ID when it was first reported, but then the pics started to roll in 
and it was obviously a BWHA. 


The Broad-winged Hawk I had in NE Gray County on 27 October was certainly a 
surprise, but I got great looks at it. Just a typical adult BWHA. Still, I 
think ruling out Red-shouldered should be the first order of business when 
seeing a small buteo. 


Scott Seltman
Larned, Kansas

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

Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:51 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Small Hawk, MS County

Yesterday on the south side of Beattie in Marshall County, I was driving my Mom 
out of town on some errands, when a smallish buteo flew across the highway in 
front of us. I had only a brief look, and did not see the tail pattern at all. 
But the overall size, shape and coloration made my brain think “Broad-winged 
Hawk”. Is that even possible in northern Kansas on November 17? 




Dan Mulhern

Manhattan

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Subject: Re: Small Hawk, MS County
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:23:53 -0600
Not a "good" look at all, but the breast did appear to be pretty pale and
unstreaked.  My gut tells me if it wasn't a BWH it must have been a runt
Red-tailed.  Like I said, the little guy inside my head that scrolls
through field marks and comes up with a millisecond snap decision said
Broad-winged.  While I've learned to trust him, he's been wrong before.

Dan


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On Behalf Of Chuck Otte
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:09 AM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Small Hawk, MS County

Checking Birds of North America, Broad-winged Hawks primarily winter in
southern Mexico and Central America BUT also in southeast Louisiana and
extreme southern Florida.

Birds of Kansas have a late date of November 11th so given some of the
other late dates for species this fall, I wouldn't rule it out. One other
thing to consider would be Red-shouldered Hawk given how they have been
expanding their range. Don't know if you got a good enough look to rule
RSHA out or not.

Chuck

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Subject: Re: Small Hawk, MS County
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:09:16 -0600
Checking Birds of North America, Broad-winged Hawks primarily winter in 
southern Mexico and Central America BUT also in southeast Louisiana and 
extreme southern Florida. 

Birds of Kansas have a late date of November 11th so given some of the 
other late dates for species this fall, I wouldn't rule it out. One other thing 
to 

consider would be Red-shouldered Hawk given how they have been 
expanding their range. Don't know if you got a good enough look to rule 
RSHA out or not.

Chuck

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Subject: Small Hawk, MS County
From: Dan Mulhern <dan_mulhern AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:51:16 -0600
Yesterday on the south side of Beattie in Marshall County, I was driving my
Mom out of town on some errands, when a smallish buteo flew across the
highway in front of us.  I had only a brief look, and did not see the tail
pattern at all.  But the overall size, shape and coloration made my brain
think “Broad-winged Hawk”.  Is that even possible in northern Kansas on
November 17?



Dan Mulhern

Manhattan

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Subject: Merganser Trifecta-Wyandotte County Lake
From: "Bollin III, John J." <BollinJ AT UMKC.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:37:16 +0000
I was able to stop at Wyandotte County Lake on my way home from work yesterday 
17 November, 2104. I arrived at 16:40 and left around 17:05. I did a few quick 
scans of the lake with my scope. On the third scan I picked up a couple of 
Red-breasted Mergansers. I did a little more scanning watching several flocks 
of ducks come in and then went back to the RBMEs and found three, then a few 
minutes later a fourth this one was even a male. Shortly after seeing the 
fourth bird they swam into the cove out of site. I entered what I had seen in 
Ebird and was getting ready to leave when I noticed five female Common 
Mergansers that had just landed. With the four Hoodies out with the bigger raft 
of birds it gave me the sweep! The other than the mergansers the diversity was 
not that great yesterday. There were about 300 Mallards, a pair of Pintails, 
around 15 Common Goldeneyes, a few Pied-billed Grebes, around 200 American 
Coots, and maybe 300 Canada Geese. I had a couple of stops last week that had 
greater diversity with Gadwalls, American Widgeon, Redheads, Lesser Scaup, 
Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Hoodies and had FOS Common Mergansers and Common 
Goldeneye on 13 November (sorry I was too busy with other things to manage to 
make a report). 


John Bollin
Leavenworth County, KS


Wyandotte County Lake, Wyandotte, US-KS

Nov 17, 2014 4:40 PM - 5:05 PM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6

9 species



Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  400

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  300

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  2

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  15

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  4

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  5

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  4

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  8

American Coot (Fulica americana)  200



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Subject: Late Summer Tanager Shawnee Mission Park
From: "markeland AT kc.rr.com" <markeland@KC.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:00:10 -0600
Today was a clear, cool day to say the least. The annual pilgrimage to the 
dump by the gulls began last week but really kicked in today for me. 
Hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls in small groups from 10 to 70 moved overhead. 
A few were on the lake included a Bonaparte's. More immature birds were in 
these groups which flew in bunches instead of the V's that will be seen 
later in the season. Loads of Robins are in each group of trees with 
berries. Purple Finches, Cedar Waxwings, Flickers (including the other 
hybrid I had not seen until today)all scattered upon the arrival of an 
immature Sharp-shinned Hawk. It circled several times looking as if it was 
trying to decide which way to go. It eventually went north which would not 
have been my first choice as all the birds went east.

Having lost the feeling in my toes I wandered (with numerous birdwatcher 
stops) back up to the car. As I was pulling away movement caught my eye in 
a cedar across the road. A very yellow orange bird was moving among the 
branches. I stopped the car and grabbed my binoculars to spot a Summer 
Tanager working the berries. It was quite active and allowed close approach 
as I attempted to try and photograph it. This is by far the latest in the 
year I have ever seen one.  

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS 66207    

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Subject: Northern Flint Hills Audubon program this Wednesday
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:20:04 -0600
For those of you in the Manhattan area I will be presenting the program for 
NFHAS on Wednesday evening (November 19), starting at 7 p.m. The 
program will be at the Senior Center on the NW corner of 4th and 
Leavenworth, just a couple of blocks North of Poyntz (near the mall). My 
presentation will be on Kansas Bird Populations and Distributions. I'll be 
looking at changes over the past 25+ years and looking at needs and 
challenges of the future. 

I'll also be giving this same program to Smoky Hill Audubon on December 18 
- stay tuned for location and time on that presentation.

Let me know if you have any questions and no, you don't need to be a 
member to attend either program (although I'm sure each would welcome 
you as a member!!!)

Chuck

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Subject: Milford Lake Bird Walk this Saturday
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:10:00 -0600
The forecast for this Saturday looks to be a great improvement over last 
Saturday. For those who can make it, we will hold our final Milford Lake Bird 
Walk of the season starting at 8 a.m., Saturday November 22nd. Meet at the 
parking lot at the south end of the dam. Contact me if you have any 
questions!!

Chuck

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Subject: Map of CBC circles in Kansas
From: Brett Sandercock <bsanderc AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:57:25 +0000
CBC Compilers and KS-Birders:


Chuck has added a new map to the KOS webpage for the locations of 51 Christmas 
Bird Counts in Kansas: http://ksbirds.org/kos/2014CBC.htm 



I set up the map to help folks locate Christmas Bird Count circles near them. 
If you are new to Kansas, you might not recognize the place names and wonder 
where the circles are. You can look up the locations of CBC circles and 
calculate the drive if you decide to participate in the St. Francis or Cimarron 
CBC this year. If you use the Count Circle app on your smart phone, the app has 
the Kansas CBC circles registered with National Audubon but you would have to 
set the center if your count circle is not entered already. You can then check 
to see if you are inside or outside the boundary of the count circle if you are 
driving on a backroad near the boundary (at least if you have a smart phone and 
a cell phone signal). And if you are inspired to start a new count circle, you 
can look at the map to see the gaps in our current coverage. Eventually, it 
would be nice to add local maps of each count circle to the KOS webpage too. 
For example, here is a local map of the Manhattan CBC: 
http://www.k-state.edu/bsanderc/circle.htm 



To create maps for the CBC circles in Kansas, I need an accurate location for 
the *exact* center of each count circle. To create the map on the KOS webpage, 
I used the lat/longs reported in the Christmas Bird Count compilations 
published in the KOS Bulletin over the last couple of years. Thanks to Max, 
Gene and others for compiling the information. Most locations are reported in 
degrees (d) and minutes ('). For example, the Arkansas City CBC is 37d02'N, 
97d02'W. A minute of latitude at 37dN is about 1.1 miles so rounding to the 
nearest minute could misplace the location of the center of a CBC circle by 
about a half mile. For comparison, the set radius of a CBC circle is 7.5 miles. 
Chuck compiled updated locations for 16 of 51 count circles and I used these 
centers where available ( http://www.chuckandjaye.com/CBC/CBC_GPS.htm). I know 
there are a handful of errors in the map on the KOS webpage so treat it as a 
first draft. The lat/long for the John Redmond Reservoir CBC is reported as 
38d27'N, 95d82'W but the minutes should not be >60. The lat/long reported for 
the Melvern Reservoir CBC is 36d49'N, 96d29'W which is located in the Osage 
Reservation of northeast Oklahoma. I have guessed on centers for both of these 
CBC circles. In a few counts like Baldwin, Olsburg, and Salina the pin is 
nearby but is not centered on the town or city that the CBC circle is named 
for. Both Cimarron and St. Francis CBC have the same longitude at 101d52'W. I 
am probably missing count circles that were run in the past but not in recent 
years. 



I could use help from CBC compilers and participants in locating the center of 
each CBC circle in Kansas. Please check the map on the KOS webpage and confirm 
whether the location for the center of your CBC circle is reported accurately. 
If not, what I need is a more accurate location. Google Maps uses locations in 
the format of decimal degrees to the 6th decimal place or to an accuracy of 
about 4 inches (0.1 m). Here are three ways you can obtain and send me a more 
accurate location. 


1. Exit the KOS webpage and go directly to Google Maps (www.google.com/maps). 
Zoom in to the location of your CBC circle so that the scale bar in the lower 
right corner is at ~50-100 feet. Move the cursor to the exact location of the 
center of your CBC circle and right click the location. Select the third option 
"What's here". From the location in the upper left corner, obtain the lat/long 
in decimal minutes. Copy and paste the information into an email or jot it down 
to send to me on a postcard. 


2. Email me a description of a landmark that I can easily find on a map. For 
example, the center of the Scott Lake CBC is at the intersection of highways 
US-83 and K-96. 


3.  Mail me a copy of whatever notes or maps you have for your count circle.

I can make corrections as I receive them, please send off list. If you want to 
wait until you are sending the results of your 2014/2015 compilation into KOS, 
that is fine, I can make edits next spring too. 



Thanks and happy birding,


Brett.


Brett K. Sandercock, Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 66506
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Subject: Fwd: Calliope Update - Nov. 16
From: Greg Swick <grswick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:50:48 -0600
I thought you Westerners might be interested in our Missouri hummer!
Good birding,
Greg Swick
Ozark, MO


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Greg Swick 
Date: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM
Subject: Calliope Update - Nov. 16
To: MOBIRDS-L 


Hi MoBirders,

The day started at 36 degrees, balmy in comparison to previous mornings.
The Calliope Hummingbird arrived at 6:54 am, and showed himself regularly
throughout the day, despite sleet and snow. His last visit was just before
5:00 pm.    No one left disappointed, and it was great to reconnect
with long time friends, birders and non-birders alike.  And, it's always a
pleasure to meet new people with whom we share our passion for birds.  They
feel like we have known them forever!

What a dream come true!  a life bird, 2nd state record, new and long-time
friends...... all happening in the comfort of home!

And did I mention what we've learned?  the smallest long distance migrant
in the world... smallest hummer in North America....  new words, like
spatulated and corrugations.... and how does one correctly pronounce
"gorget".... a little like "parula" or "pileated"? (In other words, however
darn well you want to say it.  We all know what you mean!)   little used
words like spangled, retrices.  new names for old birds... Stellula has
become Selasphorus....(is that a result of DNA analysis, cladistics,
behavior, field marks, ????)  Good thing there is MoBirds and Google!

In summary, 46 visitors, all Missourians, dropped in during the weekend.
The bird was a lifer for many and a state bird for most.  I look forward to
seeing all the cool photos that were taken here in the last two days.

Special thanks to my son Nate Swick, and Tim Barksdale, for detecting
something really different about the hummer I initially videoed on Nov. 13.
  Sarah Driver for banding and measuring the bird, Marvin DeJong, Al
Smith, and Janice Greene for their wonderful photographs recording the
event, Lisa Berger for her photographic memory of field marks, as we boldly
moved ahead with a HY Male call before the bander arrived, Nate Swick for
also calling it a HY male early on, and then for using social media to
query hummingbird experts from around the hemisphere, and to Bill Rowe for
encouraging me and for reminding me what I need to get the record accepted
by MRBC.  Hope it all stuck!

And the joy continues....  We will be trying to regain some normalcy in the
coming week, but as long as the bird choses to hang around, we will
diligently feed it and observe it, welcome onlookers, and make daily update
reports.  So, if you are coming, please call or text ahead to let us know
where you are coming from and what time we can expect you!  See you
tomorrow,visitors from Fayetteville, St. Louis, and Springfield!

Good birding and good night, all.  We have a 6:45 appointment in the
morning!

Greg and Martha Swick
Ozark, MO

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*Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE)*
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*I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we
unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright*. ~Henry David Thoreau






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*gladeproject AT gmail.com *
*www.greenleadershipacademy.org *

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Subject: Wichita Audubon events this coming week
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:46:44 -0600
There are two upcoming Wichita Audubon Society events this week. The 
public is always welcome at all WAS events free of charge.*
*

*NOVEMBER 18, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE 
CENTE**R *
"Wild Turkeys in Kansas," by Lowell Wilder. From 1900 to 1959 there were 
no documented Wild Turkeys in Kansas; now there are more than 350,000. 
Lowell's film shows the social and physical characteristics of Wild 
Tukeys that helped the state wildlife planners direct their dramatic 
return to every county of Kansas. Their social structures and seasonal 
interactions are fascinating. Dr. Lowell Wilder is a longtime member of 
WAS who left his medical practice in 1998 to concentrate on filming 
wildlife and producing films for not-for-profit organizations. This is 
his 9th film for WAS.

*NOVEMBER 22, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. BUTLER COUNTY HOTSPOTS *
Meet at 8 a.m. in the park off Ohio Street on the east side of Augusta 
City Lake for a half-day exploring the Augusta area. Dress for weather 
and moderate hiking.
Leader: Atcha Nolan  , 323-4921

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

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Subject: Kansas CBC page updated
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:06:03 -0600
Good chilly evening KSBIRDers!

The Kansas CBC page is now up to 32 counts listed. But there are several 
well known long running counts that still aren't listed. Please take a few 
moments to go to:

http://ksbirds.org/kos/2014CBC.htm

and check to see if yours is listed or if you know of details about one not 
listed, let me know!

Thanks to Brett Sandercock, a new feature has been added to the bottom of 
the Kansas CBC page. A Google map is now inserted showing the centers of 
past Kansas CBCs. You can zoom in on any section of this map and if you 
click on the little balloons, it will show you the name of the count and 
Lat/long 

for the center of that count. The count circle will then radiate out 7.5 miles 
from that center point. Thank you Brett for that great addition!!

(Presence of a count on this map is no guarantee that the count will be 
conducted this year!)

Chuck

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Subject: Minooka Park 11/16/14
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:17:42 -0600
Hi all,
I spent an hour and a half birding in and around Minooka Park late this 
afternoon and had 2 Common Loons, 2 Pacific Loons (likely the two that have 
been around for a few weeks now), 6 Western Grebes, 16 Trumpeter Swans and 475+ 
Bonaparte's Gulls. Lots of waterfowl, with most being Mallards and a smattering 
of a few other dabblers and increasing numbers of Com. Goldeneye. The swans 
were straight north of Minooka Point, on the north side of the lake with a 
flock of Canada and Cackling Geese. Bonaparte's Gulls were thick, especially 
east of Minooka, with several flocks harassing cormorants, grebes and loons. 


Mike Rader

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Subject: Cheney Reservoir
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:28:30 -0600
I was out at Cheney for a couple hours this afternoon. There were 2 male
red-breasted merganzers near the dam on the Kingman co side but not many
other ducks other than mallards and bufflehead. One cold looking white
pelican was perched on the rocks.

At the Spring Creek trail there were lots of expected sparrows and I
thought maybe heard a hermit thrush but with 3 spotted towhees around, that
is probably what I heard. At least 3 fox sparrows, 20+ Harris, same for Am
tree and juncos everywhere. 1 winter wren scurried under the bridge.
From the parking lot on the west side there was a late brown thrasher.
 good birding
Tom Ewert
Wichita, KS

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Subject: White-winged doves
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:12:23 -0600
Greetings All,
I took a little nap after watching some football this afternoon. When I got up 
the first thing I did was look outside to see what was at the feeders and 
spotted doves on the power pole and line. I counted about 4 and then 5 
white-winged doves, and as I looked closer there were 3 more on the crossarm 
and 1 on the top of the pole which was partially masked by tree limbs. Diane 
and I watched them for a few minutes and we tried to get an angle on them for a 
decent picture. They started getting flighty and 2 flew off while 3 flew to the 
powerline above our feeders. They soon flew off with the other 3 following in 
hot pursuit. We then saw a 9th WWDO fly up from the yard to the powerline 
briefly before flying off as well, in the same direction as the other 6, 
towards Candlewood Shopping Center. The first 2 flew off to the south towards 
Kimball Avenue. This all went on about 4:30 PM or so, I obviously have no idea 
how long they were here . The funny thing is Diane and I were wondering just 
this morning when the WWDOs would return or if we would even see many this 
winter. I anticipate that after today we will be seeing WWDOs on occasion this 
winter as the bird feeding season has begun at our place. 

John and Diane RowManhattan, Kansas 		 	   		  
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Subject: Rusty blackbird at my feeder in rural Augusta
From: Mike Heaney <jeager AT SOUTHWIND.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:14:43 -0600
Had a rusty blackbird at my feeder today along with the 50 or so Red-wings that 
have been running me dry for a while. Also had a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. 
Went by Augusta lake this afternoon. A lot more geese today than last week. 
Many Cackling for the first time this fall. A fair number of ducks including 
several Hooded Mergansers and the first goldeneyes of the year. Mike Heaney 
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Subject: Smiths Longspurs
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:52:27 -0600
About a mile or a little west of Maple Hill Rd. on Turkey Creek Rd. In Wab.
Co. South side in wheat field there is a flock of about 20 Smiths
Longspurs.

Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
Pott. Co. KS.
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Subject: Sn. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: Dan Hoobler <hootyowl52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:12:04 -0600
There are 4 swans about 1 mile west of Davis Rd on N. side of NW 35th. This
is west of  the IH dealership on 24 but you can't see them well from 24.

There is also a large mixed flock of HOLA and LALO along 53th as well.

Dan Hoobler
Amateur Naturalist
Pott. Co. KS.
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Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:40:41 -0600
Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Dan Larson, and Sam Richards surveyed Baker
Wetlands, Lawrence Kansas on a below freezing morning with some snow and at
least very little wind. High light was banding an Eastern Screech Owl.
Roger had seen what is believed to be the same owl in two different boxes.
We checked one it wasn't there. Roger spotted the owl in the second box.
The boxes was opened the owl was caught. It was banded and  the box closed
up the owl placed in it. It stayed in the box and did not come out while we
were there.

We found a single Least Sandpiper working the shore seemingly not minding
the cold or the ice and snow. At the end of the survey we found 4 Wilson's
Snipes and 1 Killdeer.

There were quite a number of ducks, raptors and sparrows.

The complete count is listed below.
Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton KS

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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:06:42 -0600
Hi Folks,

I spent a couple of hours in Oak Park today, to see what I could find. No real 
surprises. Here is my list: 


Winter Wren
Cardinal
Hermit Thrush
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Junco
Cedar Waxwing
Brown Creeper

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin

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Subject: Quivira birds 11/14/14
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:03:58 -0600
Hi all,
I made a quick lap on the Wildlife Drive loop at the Big Salt Marsh of Quivira 
NWR late this afternoon. It was pretty iced over as expected, but I did have a 
few goodies. I had 2 Killdeer, 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a single Am. Avocet - 
all looking pretty cold and miserable. The temp was 34 according to the car, so 
at least it was better than the 14 degrees it was on Wednesday morning when I 
went through there! The air was full of geese and a few ducks and Sandhill 
Cranes. I was able to find the Snow Bunting on the west side of the concrete 
low water crossing on the south side of the loop. It was out in the raod 
picking up grit with a Savannah Sparrow. I snapped a few photos of it and 
finished out the loop without much else of interest. The best birds I had on 
the trip were seen just to the east of the Snow Bunting location however - 
something I totally didn't expect - 2 Snowy Plovers! They were together, 
running across the ice and dirt on the south side of the road, just east of the 
locked gate. They acted pretty much like the ones present earlier in the fall - 
running, stopping, etc. but I don't think they were having much luck finding 
something to eat............. I shot some photos of them as well. I checked in 
Birds of Kansas and the late date listed was October 18th, so these were 
super-late in my opinion. Weird year for sure! 

When I got home in Wilson and took the dog out, I heard at least three 
fledgling Barn Owls down the alley, begging for food. An adult flew through and 
screamed a little later as well. This is the same location that some fledged 
from the last several years, including an October brood a couple of years ago. 
Again, this seems pretty late for begging young, especially since I haven't 
heard any in the neighborhood for a couple of months. 


Mike Rader

Wilson and/or Pratt, KS
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Lake Perry
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:17:37 -0600
Dad (from Wisconsin) & I stopped at Lake Perry this afternoon. Nothing unusual, 
but a few thousand waterfowl to sort through - significant rafts of 
Red-breasted Mergansers & Snow Geese - virtually every gull was a Bonaparte's. 
Numerous Pelicans, few Horned Grebes to sort through, including one pretending 
to be a Red-necked. 


Two reports of Snow Buntings in Atchison County this week, but I've not yet 
found either small group. 


Al Schirmacher
Muscotah, KS

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Subject: Swans & Ibis at Squaw Creek NWR, Mound City, MO
From: Larry Lade <llade AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:36:38 -0800
Yesterday (November 13) I visited Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Mound 
City, MO. All water areas were frozen with the exception of very small 
pools of water here and there along the far shorelines . Pintail Pool 
had the most waterfowl which included Trumpeter Swans (~100), 
White-fronted Geese, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, a couple of Northern 
Pintail and two Blue-winged Teal. There were also some American White 
Pelicans. Most of these birds were in the air or landing on the frozen 
pools. The surprise for me while leaving the area were the seven 
White-faced Ibis which came flying in and landed in the ditch beside the road 
of the returning auto tour loop. I checked my records when 

arriving home and found that my latest records for WFIB were November 13 (2004) 
and November 16 (2004). So these were not my latest! 


 
Larry LadeSt. Joseph, MO

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Subject: Pine siskin
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:03:43 -0800
Had the FOS pine siskin just now when I let the dogs out the deck door.
Lots more goldfinch today also.

Doris Burnett
Pottawatomie County
Manhattan, Ks

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