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Sharp-tailed Grouse,©Barry Kent Mackay

22 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrow [Nic Allen ]
22 Jan Golden-crowned sparrow [Sue Newland ]
22 Jan Cheyenne Bottom Gulls and More [Malcolm Gold ]
22 Jan Re: Single County Species [Sebastian ]
22 Jan Re: Single County Species [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
22 Jan Re: Single County Species [Sebastian ]
20 Jan Re: Red-throated Loon.... [Andrew Burnett ]
20 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW Co. [Scott Seltman ]
20 Jan Re: double-shelled chicken egg [Harry Gregory ]
20 Jan double-shelled chicken egg [Jim Mason ]
21 Jan Cheney Reservoir today and more [Pete Janzen ]
21 Jan Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW Co. [Sue Newland ]
22 Jan Wilson Lake 1/21/17 [mike rader ]
22 Jan No Sighting - RFI Lesser Prairie Chicken viewing [David Starrett ]
20 Jan Red-throated Loon.... [Andrew Burnett ]
21 Jan Re: Single County Species [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
21 Jan Single County Species [Chuck & Jaye Otte ]
21 Jan Black Duck numbers [Ted Cable ]
19 Jan No Sighting ~ Wings Over Weston [Christine Kline ]
19 Jan Re: Wichita swan [Kevin Groeneweg ]
19 Jan Wichita swan [mike rader ]
19 Jan BIG Accipiter []
18 Jan 2016 Kansas Birding Big Year results [mike rader ]
18 Jan Orange-crowned Warbler [Paul Griffin ]
17 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrow [Jeff Calhoun ]
17 Jan KAW Valley Eagles Day - January 21st in Lawrence [Bunnie Watkins ]
17 Jan Red-breasted Nuthatch, Wichita [Paul Griffin ]
17 Jan Wabaunsee County Falcons [Brandon Magette ]
17 Jan 2016 Big Year Article [Brandon Magette ]
17 Jan 2017 Kansas Birding Big Year [mike rader ]
16 Jan Tundra and trumpeter swans [Carol Morgan ]
15 Jan Dove Trifecta X 2 for 2017 [John Row ]
15 Jan Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans [John Row ]
14 Jan Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans [Doris Burnett ]
14 Jan No Sighting ~ Save The Date! Wings Over Weston [Christine Kline ]
14 Jan Lyon State Fishing Lake, no LEOW [Carol Morgan ]
14 Jan Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans [Thomas Schermerhorn ]
14 Jan Maple Grove cemetery Wichita [Art Weigand ]
14 Jan Wilson Lake 1/14/17 [mike rader ]
14 Jan Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans []
14 Jan Bald Eagle near North Newton [Fred Bartel ]
14 Jan Wichita Audubon events coming up soon [Pete Janzen ]
14 Jan exporting Avisys to ebird [Kathy McDowell ]
13 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Daniel Larson ]
13 Jan Re: Mountain Bluebird, Jackson [Sue Newland ]
13 Jan Milford Dam [Jeff Keating ]
13 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Scott Seltman ]
13 Jan Mountain Bluebird, Jackson [Al Schirmacher ]
13 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Chuck Otte ]
13 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Chris Hobbs ]
13 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Sandy Vetter ]
12 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Brandon Magette ]
12 Jan Re: eBird Report - US-KS-Wilson-Avenue I - 38.7562x-98.3582, Jan 12, 2017 [Carol Morgan ]
12 Jan Re: Golden-crowned sparrow [Carolyn Schwab ]
12 Jan Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans - Correction [John Row ]
12 Jan Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans [John Row ]
12 Jan Re: Sad news... [Jeff Calhoun ]
12 Jan Milford Lake Eagle Days cancelled [Chuck Otte ]
12 Jan Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer ]
11 Jan swans [janeen walters ]
11 Jan Labette County Swans [Richard Tucker ]
11 Jan Re: Squaw Creek Refuge [Chuck Otte ]
11 Jan Re: Squaw Creek Refuge [Christine Kline ]
11 Jan Re: Squaw Creek Refuge [coleen brown ]
11 Jan Squaw Creek Refuge [Max Thompson ]
11 Jan Second Saturday bird walk at Chisholm Creek Park, Wichita ["Miller, Cheryl" ]
10 Jan Re: Sad news... [Rickt ]
10 Jan Prairie Falcon, Harvey County [Cheryl Miller ]
10 Jan Sad news... [Chuck Otte ]
10 Jan ducks at WYCO lake [Galen Pittman ]
9 Jan ebird list for Redmond Gulls [Will Chatfield-Taylor ]
9 Jan Shawnee Co Swans [Brandon Magette ]
9 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrow (eBird photo and list) EW county [Dave Klema ]
9 Jan Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW county [Sue Newland ]
9 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW county [Dave Klema ]
8 Jan Trumpeter Swans [Janeen Walters ]

Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow
From: Nic Allen <tendingthegarden AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:19:27 -0600
It was a great day birding with Matt Gearheart, and Will Chatfield-Taylor 
chasing the Golden-crowned Sparrow in Ellsworth County. After an early start we 
were treated to 27 Greater Prairie-Chickens near the farm. We searched for the 
bird in the known brush piles and soon spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting the 
sparrows. An American Tree Sparrow with some leucistic characteristics, very 
white, looked like a prime target. With very little activity we headed to 
Wilson Lake and enjoyed some Mountain Bluebirds among other things. Then we saw 
that the sparrow had been located by Sue and others shortly after we headed to 
Wilson so we went back and had much better success! 


It was in the brush pile closet to the farm house. There was also a flock of 
Brewer's Blackbirds in the area. We confirmed 85 but there were two larger 
flocks with them that we did not ID but were probably also Brewer's as well. 


The process and adventure is what makes this whole birding thing fun!

Nic Allen
Parkville, MO

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Subject: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:45:27 -0600
My sister and I, with the help of Dave Klema, found the sparrow this
morning. Numerous groups have missed lately and I am not sure I would found
it without help. Numerous other birds in the area, including a fly over by
a bald eagle.

Sue Newland

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Subject: Cheyenne Bottom Gulls and More
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:41:48 -0600
A group of Kansas City area birders (Micky Louis, Jennifer Hammett, David
Kirsch, Trent Reed, and myself) had a busy day yesterday enjoying the
weather outside.

We started the day looking for the Golden-Crowned Sparrow at sunrise, but
were unsuccessful. We went to Wilson Lake and joined Mike Rader and Rob
Penner who were wonderful at getting us on the Long-tailed Ducks north of
the State Park and Black Scoters at Minooka. Thank you to both of them for
sharing their knowledge of the are and sightings with us! In addition to
Mike's post and bird report we had a adult male Long-Tailed Duck at
Minooka.

After lunch at "Made from Scratch" in Wilson we tried again unsuccessfully
for the Golden-Crowned Sparrow.  Running into Pete Janzen, Bill Langley,
Dave Williams, and sorry for not writing your names down (Laura and John
perhaps) was a nice consolation.

From there we headed to Cheyenne Bottoms and saw a light Rough-Legged Hawk
along 156 just east of the Bottoms. While not everyone in the group enjoyed
looking through distance gulls, I was quite pleased that we refound an
adult type Lesser Black-Backed and Thayer's on pool 1A and the 1st cycle
Great Black-Backed Gull on the remaining ice on pool 1C. Watching,
listening, and feeling the blackbirds come into roost was truly spectacular
with a murmation in almost every direction.

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Johnson County Kansas)
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Subject: Re: Single County Species
From: Sebastian <sebastianpatti AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:38:13 +0000
Thanks!



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte 
Date: 1/22/17 7:09 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: Sebastian , ksbird-l AT listserv.ksu.edu
Subject: Re: [KSBIRD-L] Single County Species

In response to Sebastian's question:

>what are the nine Morton-only species???

Lesser Nighthawk
Flammulated Owl
Western Screech-Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Gray Vireo
Juniper Titmouse
Canyon Towhee
Hepatic Tanager


Chuck

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Subject: Re: Single County Species
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:09:38 -0600
In response to Sebastian's question:

>what are the nine Morton-only species???

Lesser Nighthawk
Flammulated Owl
Western Screech-Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Gray Vireo
Juniper Titmouse
Canyon Towhee
Hepatic Tanager


Chuck

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Subject: Re: Single County Species
From: Sebastian <sebastianpatti AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:40:28 +0000
That's really interesting...I'm generally not a make-work kind of guy, but it 
seems that you may know the answer already, Chuck...what are the nine 
Morton-only species??? 




Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte 
Date: 1/21/17 10:05 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Single County Species

That message got away before I could proof it - the last paragraph should
read:


This leaves one county remaining that has 9 unique species. Many of you
have already figured out that that county is Morton. The reason is actually
quite simple - location. Nestled into the corner of the state bordering
Oklahoma and Colorado. The Cimarron River flows (okay, that's a relative
term) out of Colorado and this river valley serves as a conduit to bring
western species across the border. I had long said that Morton had the most
single county species but I'd never actually taken the time to confirm that and
count!

Chuck

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613 Tamerisk
Junction City Kansas USA 66441
785-238-8800

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Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:31:08 -0600
Road conditions are great.  Best location to observe would be the overlook
on the S end of the lake.  The overlook area is just S of the spillway.
Here is the GPS of the location I typically observe the lake from
37.397316, -95.334149   ...   Also if anyone goes and looks be sure to
checkout our public feeding station... here.. 37.427911, -95.344225  RB
Nuthatch and Purple Finches have been regular there.

Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM, Linda Vidosh Zempel 
wrote:

> What kind of road conditions would I encounter chasing the loon?
> Thanks,
> Linda VidoshZempel
> Topeka
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> 
>
> On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Andrew Burnett
>  wrote:
> A 1PM today I observed at Red-throated Loon at Lake Parsons in Neosho Co.
>
> Only other notable species was a group of 8 Common Mergansers.
>
> Andrew Burnett
> rural Erie, KS
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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW Co.
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:49:44 -0600
The Golden-crowned Sparrow continues south of the intersection of J and 7th. It 
was in the original woodpile NW of the creek crossing when first seen, then was 
feeding with about 70 Harris's Sparrows along the road 1/3 of the way to the 
farmstead at the intersection. I watched it about 30 minutes. 


Some roads are pretty muddy right now and I would recommend against anyone 
driving in from the south like I did, but I did see a Prairie Falcon and 25 
Greater Prairie-Chickens about 2 miles SW. 


Scott Seltman
Learned,  Kansas 

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Subject: Re: double-shelled chicken egg
From: Harry Gregory <birdfan AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:11:36 -0600
As a kid, I remember an egg within an egg. It was fully formed with the shell 
membrane but lacked the shell. 


Harry Gregory


> On Jan 20, 2017, at 12:35 PM, Jim Mason  wrote:
> 
> I have a photo of one found in a box of eggs from the grocery store. Email
> me on the side if you want to see the photo. If anyone has ever heard of
> this phenomenon otherwise, please reply! I can only guess the egg got pushed
> back in the oviduct somehow and ended up going through the shell gland area
> twice.
> 
> 
> 
> Jim Mason, Director
> 
>  Jim AT gpnc.org
> 
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> 
> 6232 E. 29th Street North
> 
> Wichita, KS 67220-2200
> 
> 316-683-5499 x103 - voice
> 
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> 
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> 
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Subject: double-shelled chicken egg
From: Jim Mason <jim AT GPNC.ORG>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:35:19 -0600
I have a photo of one found in a box of eggs from the grocery store. Email
me on the side if you want to see the photo. If anyone has ever heard of
this phenomenon otherwise, please reply! I can only guess the egg got pushed
back in the oviduct somehow and ended up going through the shell gland area
twice.

 

Jim Mason, Director

  Jim AT gpnc.org

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th Street North

Wichita, KS 67220-2200

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Subject: Cheney Reservoir today and more
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:34:56 -0600
Eight Wichita area birders spent the morning hitting a few of the better 
spots at Cheney Reservoir today.  There are a LOT of birds at Cheney 
right now.  Common Merganser numbers were estimated at 10,000 +, Common 
Goldeneye also in the thousands.   Ring-billed Gulls are also in the 
thousands and there was a decent sized flock of White Pelicans.   Less 
common species observed included two Long-tailed Ducks at the 
northernmost portion of the West Shore State Park (Reno Co.), 3 or more 
Bonaparte's Gulls at Toadstool Cove (Kingman Co.), one Lesser 
Black-backed Gull at Heimerman Point (Reno Co) and three Pileated 
Woodpeckers at DeWeese Park (Reno Co.).   Herring Gull numbers were 
strong with 340 counted from one vantage point and well over 200 more 
seen at other stops around the lake.  There were only a handful of gulls 
at the roosting area outside of the Hutchinson landfill and we didn't 
stay there long.  After lunch at the ever-satisfying Anchor Inn, Bill 
Langley and I headed up to the Golden-crowned Sparrow stake out.  We 
hung around for about an hour without seeing the sparrow.  Malcolm Gold, 
Micky Louis, Trent Reed and Jennifer Hammet seem to pop up every time I 
chase a bird lately, and there they were again.  I"m sorry I didn't 
catch the names of the couple in the car with Johnson Co. tags.  It was 
also really good to see old birding friend Dave Williams there.  A brief 
stop at Kanopolis produced a flock of at least 50 Rusty Blackbirds at 
Langely Point.  On the way home we came down through Rice County and 
were surprised by an immature Golden Eagle about 8 miles north of Little 
River in the upland Smoky Hill grassland habitat that is found in that 
corner of Rice Co.  .  It was perched on a wood fence post and flew off, 
giving great looks at the tail and wing patterns.  That was the bird of 
the day for me.  We also had a Merlin in Ellsworth County.  Large flocks 
of Brewer's Blackbirds were seen in Ellsworth and McPherson Counties.

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

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW Co.
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:15:25 -0600
Thanks Scott for letting us know it is still around. My sister and I may 
try to go find it on Sunday.

Sue Newland
Wakarusa

On 1/20/2017 11:49 AM, Scott Seltman wrote:
> The Golden-crowned Sparrow continues south of the intersection of J and 7th. 
It was in the original woodpile NW of the creek crossing when first seen, then 
was feeding with about 70 Harris's Sparrows along the road 1/3 of the way to 
the farmstead at the intersection. I watched it about 30 minutes. 

>
> Some roads are pretty muddy right now and I would recommend against anyone 
driving in from the south like I did, but I did see a Prairie Falcon and 25 
Greater Prairie-Chickens about 2 miles SW. 

>
> Scott Seltman
> Learned,  Kansas
>
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Subject: Wilson Lake 1/21/17
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:38:08 +0000
Hi all,


Had a great day birding with Rob Penner here at Wilson Lake and got a chance to 
do a little birding with Malcolm 
Gold and his carload from the KC 
area as well. Rob and I covered a lot of ground and had a few birds of 
interest, including; 3 Long-tailed Ducks, the four Black Scoters (that have 
been here for quite a while), a Surf Scoter and Horned Grebe at Minooka and 8 
of the ten Common Loons seen earlier in the day by Dave Klema and Roger Schultz 
off of the Spillway boat ramp. Rob and I also got a couple of Fox Sparrows at 
the State Park office, 2 Hermit Thrushes and a Townsend's Solitaire below the 
dam, and 6 Greater Prairie Chickens just north of I-70 in Ellsworth County to 
end the day. Beautiful day to be out! 



Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: No Sighting - RFI Lesser Prairie Chicken viewing
From: David Starrett <StarrettDA AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:47:20 +0000
KS Birders,


I was fortunate enough last spring to get to see greater prairie chickens at 
Wah-Kon-Tah prairie here in MO. Now we want t be greedy and get to see lesser 
this coming spring. My question for KS birders is are there any organized 
viewing trips to see lesser prairie chickens in KS? I searched on the web and 
can't find any. I see reference to Cimarron grasslands being maybe the best 
place to see them. Are there any suggestions on the best chances as far as time 
and place to see them? 



Any suggestions, leads, etc. most appreciated.


Dave



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
David Starrett
Columbia, MO
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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Subject: Red-throated Loon....
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:02:57 -0600
A 1PM today I observed at Red-throated Loon at Lake Parsons in Neosho Co.

Only other notable species was a group of 8 Common Mergansers.

Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

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Subject: Re: Single County Species
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:05:51 -0600
That message got away before I could proof it - the last paragraph should 
read:


This leaves one county remaining that has 9 unique species. Many of you 
have already figured out that that county is Morton. The reason is actually 
quite simple - location. Nestled into the corner of the state bordering 
Oklahoma and Colorado. The Cimarron River flows (okay, that's a relative 
term) out of Colorado and this river valley serves as a conduit to bring 
western species across the border. I had long said that Morton had the most 
single county species but I'd never actually taken the time to confirm that and 

count!

Chuck

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Junction City Kansas USA 66441
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Subject: Single County Species
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:52:55 -0600
I periodically am asked some very interesting questions about birds in 
Kansas. Some of the questions are predictable, others, well, shall we say, 
out of left field. But some of them are intriguing enough that they have led to 

new web pages on the ksbirds.org website.

One question that came up a while back had to do with what county in 
Kansas was the most "unique" to go birding in. Hmmmmm..... How do you 
describe unique. Stafford and Barton are pretty darn intriguing. Sedgwick has 
the largest county list. There's just so many ways to go with that question. 
What I finally decided to do was to look at the list of Kansas birds and see 
how many species have been seen in just one county (possibly more than 
one sighting) but only in one county. 30 species qualify for this list. 11 
counties have had 1 unique sighting (Barton, Cheyenne, Clark, Commanche, 
Finney, Greeley, Jefferson, Johnson, Russell, Sedgwick, and Washington.) 
Five counties have had two unique species (Douglas, Riley, Scott, Stafford 
and Wyandotte).

This leaves one county remaining that has 9 unique species. Many of you 
have already figured out that that county is Morton. The reason is actually 
quite simple - location. Nestled into the corner of the bordering Oklahoma 
and Wichita. The Cimarron River flows (okay, that's a relative term) out of 
Colorado and this river valley serves as a conduit to bring western species 
across the border. I had long said that Morton had the most single county 
species but I'd never actually taken the time to confirm that and count!

Now you know!

Chuck

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Subject: Black Duck numbers
From: Ted Cable <tcable AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:25:35 +0000
Earlier this week I had a wetlands biologist tell me that he had about a dozen 
Black Ducks in with a huge flock of Mallards on the Kansas River just east of 
Ogden. He showed me a great photo of one in flight with some mallards. I don't 
think I have seen 12 Black Ducks total in Kansas in 30+ years! He noted that 
their numbers are significantly up to the point where the limit for hunters has 
been raised now to two Black Ducks this year instead of being able to harvest 
only one. (Pintails on the other hand have been lowered due to a decrease in 
population.) 



He also mentioned a larger than normal number of Long-tailed Ducks being 
harvested (including one on Tuttle) which mirrors the many reports from birders 
this winter. -- Ted 



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Subject: No Sighting ~ Wings Over Weston
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:12:50 -0600
Wings Over Weston has a couple of needs you birders may be able to help us
out with.

 

First, we recently received some feeders from Wild Birds Unlimited in
Leawood, Kansas.  These feeders were taken in from their trade-in program,
cleaned up, and donated for us to give away.  We'd love to have a few more.
If anyone has a feeder they'd like to donate, we'd be pleased to take them
off your hands.  

 

Second, we also collect used bird guides and magazines, such as Birds n
Blooms, for children to take home with them.  Throughout the year we
purchase them from antique stores and garage sales.  This year, we're a
little short.  Even if they are super old, they can be useful in continuing
the excitement for birds once a child leaves us.  (Magazines should contain
lots of color photos.)

 

I live in Pleasant Hill, just southeast of Kansas City.  If you have
something to give, contact me off list and I'll figure out a way to get them
to me.  

 

Thank you!

Christine Kline

Pleasant Hill ~ Cass County

birdsecretary AT comcast.net 

 



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Subject: Re: Wichita swan
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:57:07 +0000
I got there at about 4:45 and it flew off to the SE to a pond on the east side 
of Hoover (not visible from the road) at 4:55. A guy stopped to ask which 
species it is (Trumpeter). He said that he hunts that field and that it has 
been present there for a couple of weeks, so odds are high that it will be 
there tomorrow. 

Kevin GroenewegWichita

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 Subject: Wichita swan
   
Hi all,


I just got a call from Charles Anderson of Wichita and he's looking at a swan 
of unknown species in a corn stubble field at 53rd St N and Hoover. If anyone 
happens to be in that area and can better look, he said he's appreciate the 
help! 



Mike Rader
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Subject: Wichita swan
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:09:50 +0000
Hi all,


I just got a call from Charles Anderson of Wichita and he's looking at a swan 
of unknown species in a corn stubble field at 53rd St N and Hoover. If anyone 
happens to be in that area and can better look, he said he's appreciate the 
help! 



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Subject: BIG Accipiter
From: browndog06 AT COX.NET
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:02:12 -0800
At 11:30 this morning, a large raptor flew across Kimball Avenue in front of me 
and went into the east parking lot of KSU Football Stadium in Manhattan. I 
thought it was a big falcon so I turned into the lot to take a better look. The 
bird had perched on one of the ridiculously tall light poles, and despite me 
parking virtually underneath it, without binoculars (I know, I know) there 
wasn't much detail to be seen against the fog-gray sky. I did quickly realize 
it was an accipiter, overall body shape, long tail, dark cap, but I couldn't 
see much more than that it appeared to be about the size of a red-tailed hawk. 


It eventually flew and I was struck by how chunky the bird was, again comparing 
it to buteo size. It flew south and disappeared over campus. I have some idea 
how unlikely a Northern Goshawk sighting would be at this location, and I could 
not make a positive ID, but I am very suspicious about this bird's true 
identity. 


Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Subject: 2016 Kansas Birding Big Year results
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:18:23 +0000
Hi all,


Congratulations to the winners (and high-placing individuals) in the 4th Kansas 
Birding Big Year contest. For 2016, we had 60 participants spread out over 3 
categories (Adult, Youth and Senior), with an advanced, intermediate and novice 
breakdown in the Adult category. I want to thank Acorn Naturalists of Tustin, 
CA, Cabela's of Wichita, Bass Pro Shops of Olathe, Dr. Robert Penner, and the 
Ecological Services and Education Sections of KDWPT for the prizes sent out 
today. 



The overall winner with a total of 311 species came out of the 
Adult-Intermediate category, Malcolm 
Gold. The top spot in the 
Adult-Advanced group was Will 
Chatfield-Taylor with 306, 
second was Glenn Caspers with 302 and 
third was Matt Gearheart with 296. Second place in Adult-Intermediate was Micky 
Louis with 293 and third was Jennifer 
Wakefield Hammett with 292. The 
top spot in Adult-Novice was Kelli 
Egbert with 252, second was Todd 
Becker with 213, and third was Jess Painter 
with 142 species. The top Senior participant was Thomas 
Cannon with 304, second was Mick 
McHugh with 278 and third Doris 
Burnett with 265. The top Youth 
participant was Joseph Miller with 260 species, second was Sam Schermerhorn 
with 227 and third went to Ella Burnett with 150. Thanks again for 
participating and be sure to sign up for 2017! 



Mike Rader
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:44:33 -0600
Hi Folks,

Just had a Orange-crowned Warbler at my suet, here in Riverside, Wichita. That 
is nice to see, but not totally unusual to see them in the winter. If you look 
hard enough, you probably will find both Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers in the Wichita area in the winter. But, still nice to see a mostly all 
green bird this time of year. It appeared to be hanging around with a small 
flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, also mostly green. Both of those birds mostly 
eat bugs, which are in short supply this time of year. With the temperature 
going up in the next few days, we will see more insects in the air. 


Happy Birding,

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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:48:36 +0000
I had an unexpected free day due to widespread power-outages, so Luke the
dog and I drove up to Ellsworth County. We did not see the Golden-crowned
Sparrow in our first hour on the site but I did add Mountain Bluebirds (and
WC Sparrow) to my county list. I left and returned an hour later to find
Dave Klema the human on the bird. After we waited it out together for
another half hour, we all were rewarded with a nice showing of the
Golden-crowned Sparrow at the brush pile by the creek. State bird for me!!
Then we slicked and slided our way to Ellsworth for a nice hike and I added
a fun county twofer, White-winged Dove and Tufted Titmouse! Luke and I
visited Cheyenne Bottoms on the way home but we were tired and I hadn't
been taking very good care of myself so I can say that there were ducks,
gulls, eagles, and blackbirds but that's about it. Even in my dehydrated
malnourished state, I did finally figure out a decent way to bypass much of
Great Bend traffic... this has been an internal struggle for a while.

Fun day.

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Subject: KAW Valley Eagles Day - January 21st in Lawrence
From: Bunnie Watkins <ranger_rabbit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:45:33 -0600
The Jayhawk Audubon Society and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold the
21st Annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day on Saturday January 21, 2017, from 8:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Dr., Lawrence,
KS. 

 

Mike Watkins and Marty Birrell will make presentations on Nesting Bald
Eagles and Other Live Raptors in Kansas at 9:00 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m.
Local organizations and sponsoring businesses will have exhibits that offer
fun and educational activities for kids and adults. Two guided field trips
will be lead to view bald eagles at 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Food will be
available for purchase by the Lawrence Public Schools Food Service
Department. The event is free and open to all.  This is a very popular event
each year,  and with the current weather forecast for a sunny, 58 degree
day, it's sure to be a great success.  For more information, please contact
the undersigned at the e-mail below.  See you there!

 

Contact Person:

Bunnie Watkins

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Wichita
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:38:33 -0600
Hi Folks,

Three days of rain and ice, fortunately mostly rain. The sun this morning seems 
so bright I’m wearing my birdwatching hat at my computer, to shade my eyes. 
But, I was surprised this morning to see a rare Red-breasted Nuthatch at my 
feeders, in the Riverside neighborhood in Wichita, taking sunflower seeds. I 
don’t remember the last time I have seen one at my feeders. I hope it stays 
awhile. I haven’t had many birds at the feeders this winter. A few House 
Finches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Chickadees. I put out thistle seeds a month 
ago, but the only bird I have seen at the feeder is a Downy Woodpecker. 
Yesterday in the rain, I did see a Winter Wren on the top of the neighbors 
fence. That the first one this winter. I haven’t seen them in Oak Park this 
winter. 


Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Riverside, Wichita  
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Subject: Wabaunsee County Falcons
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:29:16 -0600
I traveled the backroads coming and going to Manhattan today and found an
American Kestrel, a Merlin and a Prairie Falcon all within a two mile
stretch along White Sands Rd southwest of St Marys.

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: 2016 Big Year Article
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:16:36 -0600
Shattered indeed!


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/01/10/americas-toughest-record-in-competitive-birdwatching-was-shattered-last-year/?utm_term=.387df7dec7f8 


Feeling puny but sane here in the Pott...



-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Subject: 2017 Kansas Birding Big Year
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:03:34 +0000
Hi all,


Registration is open for the 2017 version of the Kansas Birding Big Year 
contest, sponsored by the Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Go to the link 
below on the KDWPT home page, read the rules, sign up and get started! 
Announcement of the 2016 winners is coming soon. 




http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2017-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year

2017 Kansas Birding Big Year / Wildlife Diversity 
... 

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





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Subject: Tundra and trumpeter swans
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:20:17 -0600
Sue Newland and I went searching for tundra swans amid the big group of 
trumpeter swans at Rossville (Shawnee County). After examining the photos I 
took, I can say we found two adult and three juvenile tundra swans with the big 
flock of trumpeters (114 trumpeters). The swans have been easy to see, along 
54th Street from Rossville Road, on the north side of the town of Rossville. I 
posted a couple of photos in the eBird checklist (see link below), and another 
on the Kansas Birding Facebook page. Thank you to Jeff Hansen for his videos 
and Brandon Magette for the original posting. 


Carol Morgan
Topeka, Shawnee County
crxmorgan AT gmail.com

Rossville-Northwest 54th Street, Shawnee, Kansas, US
Jan 16, 2017 2:45 PM - 3:13 PM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Snow Goose  100     Flying over
Trumpeter Swan  114     Counted individually.
Tundra Swan 5 3 immature. Smaller, eye separation from bill, yellow lore on 
adult. 

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  10
Blue Jay  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33732855

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Subject: Dove Trifecta X 2 for 2017
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:49:31 +0000
All,


A pair of Eurasian-collared doves and numerous mourning doves visit our yard 
most days. We had not seen a white-winged dove since November 23, 2016. 
Yesterday, I spotted a large brown lump on a limb in a distant tree. Putting to 
scope on it verified my suspicions that it was a white-winged dove. So, a dove 
trifecta yesterday and this morning the white-wing was back (seen briefly 
before taking flight and heading east) along with the usual doves. 



John and Diane Row

Manhattan, KS

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Subject: Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:53:55 +0000
Yes, well posted. No Trespassing, No Fishing, No Hunting, No Swimming, Etc. It 
is private property posted or not. Okay to breathe though. An unfenced sand pit 
is always a safety concern, so understandably heavily posted. The best view of 
this pit is to set your scope up in the bed of your pick-up truck. 



John Row


________________________________
From: browndog06 AT cox.net 
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:03 PM
To: John Row; KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans

No swans present at this location at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Friday, and very few 
snow geese except for a handful on the sand pit pond itself. But the pond was a 
magnet for Bald Eagles. Between the pond and the tree line to the south, I 
counted 19. There were always 10-12 flying back and forth over the pond, 
reminding me of gulls, with some coming quite close to the public road where I 
was parked. After Jupiter departs, I hope to go back with my camera. 


Keep in mind this is private property, and it is signed quite aggressively as 
such. I stayed on the road and was unable to see a lot of the shoreline of the 
pond. 


Dan Mulhern
Manhattan


Greetings All,


About 3 miles south of Wamego on K-99, I spotted a large gathering of snow
geese. I was able to turn off on a gravel road, Antelope Cr. Rd., which is 
about 

a half mile south of Wamego. I went a half mile west and turned south a quarter
mile to view the geese.  A couple of bald eagles got the geese are stirred up
and they took to the skies. I spotted a sandpit a little further down the road
and so I stopped there to pick up some waterfowl view-able from the road. There 

was a lot of open water for ducks, mallard, ring-necked duck, common merganser,
1 redhead, and several scaup.  Across the way I could see a tree at a farmstead
filled with large brown birds, which turned out to be 16  bald eagles.  I can
see why they call it Bald Eagle Rd.  From the sand pit I could see white birds
larger than geese in a cornfield just west of the sand pit and on the south 
side 

of Antelope Cr. Rd. I moved on down to find 27 trumpeter swans, 8 of which were 

juvenile birds.  When I left there around 2:15 they were still standing or
sitting in that field.


John Row

Manhattan, KS

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Subject: Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:42:51 -0800
The swans were on the above mentioned pond at 5pm.  Thanks for the updates.

Doris Burnett
Pottawatomie County
Manhattan, Ks

On Jan 14, 2017 3:13 PM, "Thomas Schermerhorn" 
wrote:

> I can update this situation with some good news. Sam and I visited today
> just before noon. Plenty of Eagles - we counted 22. A mixed bag of ducks -
> mallards, l scalp, ring neck. We also found 14 trumpeters on the pond (10
> adults, 4 immature).  As Dan says, there are very limited options for
> viewing the pond but if you position yourself on the roadside on the
> northwest corner of the pond, there are decent views of the far shore of
> the pond, where all the activity was today. If you are unfamiliar with the
> area, John Row's directions to the site are spot on.
>
> Tom Schermerhorn
> Wamego KS
>
> Pardon any typos
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 14, 2017, at 12:03 PM, "browndog06 AT COX.NET" 
> wrote:
> >
> > No swans present at this location at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Friday, and
> very few snow geese except for a handful on the sand pit pond itself.  But
> the pond was a magnet for Bald Eagles.  Between the pond and the tree line
> to the south, I counted 19.  There were always 10-12 flying back and forth
> over the pond, reminding me of gulls, with some coming quite close to the
> public road where I was parked.  After Jupiter departs, I hope to go back
> with my camera.
> >
> > Keep in mind this is private property, and it is signed quite
> aggressively as such.  I stayed on the road and was unable to see a lot of
> the shoreline of the pond.
> >
> > Dan Mulhern
> > Manhattan
> >
> >
> > Greetings All,
> >
> >
> > About 3 miles south of Wamego on K-99, I spotted a large gathering of
> snow
> > geese. I was able to turn off on a gravel road, Antelope Cr. Rd., which
> is about
> > a half mile south of Wamego. I went a half mile west and turned south a
> quarter
> > mile to view the geese.  A couple of bald eagles got the geese are
> stirred up
> > and they took to the skies. I spotted a sandpit a little further down
> the road
> > and so I stopped there to pick up some waterfowl view-able from the
> road.  There
> > was a lot of open water for ducks, mallard, ring-necked duck, common
> merganser,
> > 1 redhead, and several scaup.  Across the way I could see a tree at a
> farmstead
> > filled with large brown birds, which turned out to be 16  bald eagles.
> I can
> > see why they call it Bald Eagle Rd.  From the sand pit I could see white
> birds
> > larger than geese in a cornfield just west of the sand pit and on the
> south side
> > of Antelope Cr. Rd.  I moved on down to find 27 trumpeter swans, 8 of
> which were
> > juvenile birds.  When I left there around 2:15 they were still standing
> or
> > sitting in that field.
> >
> >
> > John Row
> >
> > Manhattan, KS
> >
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Subject: No Sighting ~ Save The Date! Wings Over Weston
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:14:57 -0600
Wings Over Weston is four months away, so Save The Date! to volunteer,
support, and attend this wonderful birding festival on Saturday, May 13!  

 

Wings Over Weston is a partnership between Burroughs Audubon and Missouri
State Parks and takes place at Weston Bend State Park in Weston, Missouri.
It began as a one-time event, in 2010, to introduce the Iatan/Weston River
Corridor Important Bird Area to the general public. Seven years later, and
now an annual event, it is recognized as the largest birding festival in the
Midwest.  (We haven't verified this, but it is an honor to be referred to
with such greatness.  We know we're the largest birding festival in Missouri
and Kansas.)  Wings Over Weston introduces birds, their migration, and the
importance of conservation of habitat to children, the birders of tomorrow.
Wings Over Weston was also cited in lecture as "a prime example of wildlife
interpretation" as heard by a Missouri State Parks summer intern at K State
on November 2, 2016 and was presented at the National Audubon Conference in
July 2015.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us.  You can also help us
by directing people to our Facebook page (Wings Over Weston).  

 

*****Important Note:  If you will require accommodations, we highly
recommend you make reservations immediately.  During Wings Over Weston,
Nascar will be at the Kansas Speedway, Pyrtle Winery will be having its
annual wine festival, and the City of Weston will be having an art fair.
Rooms will be hard to come by.

 

Christine Kline

Burroughs Audubon

Wings Over Weston Co-Chair

A Burroughs Audubon/Missouri State Parks Partnership

Home/Office: (816) 540-3515  Cell: (816) 824-1074

 

 



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Subject: Lyon State Fishing Lake, no LEOW
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:42:47 -0600
Linda Zempel, Sue Newland and I drove from Topeka to Lyon State Fishing
Lake this morning to look for long-eared owls.  We had no luck.  Nor did we
get Smith's longspurs.  We picked up a few good species to help Linda get
listable in Lyon County, but overall the birding was pretty quiet.

So we ran over to Melvern Lake.  Lots of mallards, lesser scaup, and common
goldeneye, but no scoters.  We found a few bald eagles and a merlin
somewhat east of Marsh of the Swans.

There was no ice, and although it was cold there was no wind so it was a
pretty nice day to be out birding.

Mostly I wanted to report the absence of LEOWs at Lyon State Fishing Lake.

Carol Morgan
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Subject: Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: Thomas Schermerhorn <tscherme AT VET.K-STATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:12:14 +0000
I can update this situation with some good news. Sam and I visited today just 
before noon. Plenty of Eagles - we counted 22. A mixed bag of ducks - mallards, 
l scalp, ring neck. We also found 14 trumpeters on the pond (10 adults, 4 
immature). As Dan says, there are very limited options for viewing the pond but 
if you position yourself on the roadside on the northwest corner of the pond, 
there are decent views of the far shore of the pond, where all the activity was 
today. If you are unfamiliar with the area, John Row's directions to the site 
are spot on. 


Tom Schermerhorn
Wamego KS

Pardon any typos
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 14, 2017, at 12:03 PM, "browndog06 AT COX.NET"  
wrote: 

> 
> No swans present at this location at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Friday, and very 
few snow geese except for a handful on the sand pit pond itself. But the pond 
was a magnet for Bald Eagles. Between the pond and the tree line to the south, 
I counted 19. There were always 10-12 flying back and forth over the pond, 
reminding me of gulls, with some coming quite close to the public road where I 
was parked. After Jupiter departs, I hope to go back with my camera. 

> 
> Keep in mind this is private property, and it is signed quite aggressively as 
such. I stayed on the road and was unable to see a lot of the shoreline of the 
pond. 

> 
> Dan Mulhern
> Manhattan
> 
> 
> Greetings All, 
> 
> 
> About 3 miles south of Wamego on K-99, I spotted a large gathering of snow 
> geese. I was able to turn off on a gravel road, Antelope Cr. Rd., which is 
about 

> a half mile south of Wamego. I went a half mile west and turned south a 
quarter 

> mile to view the geese. A couple of bald eagles got the geese are stirred up 

> and they took to the skies. I spotted a sandpit a little further down the 
road 

> and so I stopped there to pick up some waterfowl view-able from the road. 
There 

> was a lot of open water for ducks, mallard, ring-necked duck, common 
merganser, 

> 1 redhead, and several scaup. Across the way I could see a tree at a 
farmstead 

> filled with large brown birds, which turned out to be 16 bald eagles. I can 

> see why they call it Bald Eagle Rd. From the sand pit I could see white birds 

> larger than geese in a cornfield just west of the sand pit and on the south 
side 

> of Antelope Cr. Rd. I moved on down to find 27 trumpeter swans, 8 of which 
were 

> juvenile birds.  When I left there around 2:15 they were still standing or 
> sitting in that field. 
> 
> 
> John Row 
> 
> Manhattan, KS 
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Subject: Maple Grove cemetery Wichita
From: Art Weigand <aweigand13 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:34:43 +0000
Since the the ice wasn't here yet I thought I'd check maple grove late this 
morning. Pretty quiet. I did get 2 winter wrens, a spotted towhee, 4 
red-breasted nuthatches and 2 fox sparrows in the N. E. corner. 

There was no sign of the plethora of bluebirds, flickers, robins and yellow 
rumps I had here a month ago. 


Art Weigand
Wichita KS
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Subject: Wilson Lake 1/14/17
From: mike rader <mike_rader AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:05:22 +0000
Hi all

I took a couple of hours or so this morning to see what was around Wilson Lake. 
I was able to find a Glaucous Gull and Thayer's Gull in with a big flock of 
Herrings in State Park Cove. There was also a single Long-tailed Duck and a 
drake Greater Scaup in with a large flock of goldeneye. I had another 
Long-tailed Duck at minooka dn tons of waterfowl. No scoters or loons, but it 
wouldn't surprise me if there were still some around 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33662686


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33662940 




Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Re: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: browndog06 AT COX.NET
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:03:41 -0800
No swans present at this location at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Friday, and very few 
snow geese except for a handful on the sand pit pond itself. But the pond was a 
magnet for Bald Eagles. Between the pond and the tree line to the south, I 
counted 19. There were always 10-12 flying back and forth over the pond, 
reminding me of gulls, with some coming quite close to the public road where I 
was parked. After Jupiter departs, I hope to go back with my camera. 


Keep in mind this is private property, and it is signed quite aggressively as 
such. I stayed on the road and was unable to see a lot of the shoreline of the 
pond. 


Dan Mulhern
Manhattan


Greetings All, 
 
 
About 3 miles south of Wamego on K-99, I spotted a large gathering of snow 
geese. I was able to turn off on a gravel road, Antelope Cr. Rd., which is 
about 

a half mile south of Wamego. I went a half mile west and turned south a quarter 

mile to view the geese.  A couple of bald eagles got the geese are stirred up 
and they took to the skies. I spotted a sandpit a little further down the road 
and so I stopped there to pick up some waterfowl view-able from the road. There 

was a lot of open water for ducks, mallard, ring-necked duck, common merganser, 

1 redhead, and several scaup. Across the way I could see a tree at a farmstead 

filled with large brown birds, which turned out to be 16  bald eagles.  I can 
see why they call it Bald Eagle Rd.  From the sand pit I could see white birds 
larger than geese in a cornfield just west of the sand pit and on the south 
side 

of Antelope Cr. Rd. I moved on down to find 27 trumpeter swans, 8 of which were 

juvenile birds.  When I left there around 2:15 they were still standing or 
sitting in that field. 
 
 
John Row 
 
Manhattan, KS 
 
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Subject: Bald Eagle near North Newton
From: Fred Bartel <fbartel70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:08:51 -0600
A short while ago, I saw a mature Bald Eagle in a dead tree west of Hwy 81
near Prestressed Concrete,  West of North Newton.  The only attractant I
can think of would be Geese that often feed nearby.

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Subject: Wichita Audubon events coming up soon
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:21:32 -0600
There are several Wichita Audubon events in the next 14 days. Looks like 
Icemagedden will be a distant memory by next Saturday so travel won't be 
a concern.  There have been a few interesting birds at Cheney recently, 
so perhaps a few will show up for the group.  Scanning large numbers of 
gulls will be a major focus. Try to carpool with others if possible.  At 
this time I have room for a passenger in my pickup.

*JANUARY 17, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER*
“Landscaping for Wildlife," by Chuck Otte. Homeowners can landscape 
their property in a manner that will encourage more wildlife, especially 
birds, to stop and perhaps stay. Chuck will focus on plants that have a 
broad appeal to birds and other wildlife, focusing on native species 
that are well adapted to the challenging climate we have in Kansas. 
Chuck is the Geary County Extension Agent, and an avid birder and 
naturalist.

You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 
N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.

*JANUARY 21, SATURDAY, 7:30 a.m. WINTER RAPTORS AND GULLS OF RENO COUNTY 
FIELD TRIP*
Cheney Reservoir and Wildlife Area is a good winter birding location for 
waterfowl, raptors and gulls. After exploring the lake area we will stop 
at the gull roosting area near the Hutchinson landfill where several 
uncommon gull species have been seen in prior years. Meet at the 
Dillon's parking lot at Twin Lakes, corner of 21st and Amidon. The group 
will depart at 7:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged. Optional lunch at the 
Anchor Room in Hutchinson following.
Leader: Pete Janzen  , 519-1970

*JANUARY 28, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER*
The winter months are the best times to view Bald Eagles. As things 
begin to freeze further north, they migrate into Kansas searching for 
open water. The program will start with a 15-minute indoor introduction 
on the history and adaptations of the Bald Eagle. We will then take a 
1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering 
eagles.
Leader: Shawn Silliman , 620-442-4133
-- 
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Subject: exporting Avisys to ebird
From: Kathy McDowell <sialias AT STEVENHMCDOWELL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:42 -0600
Greetings: I recently tried to move my data from Avisys to ebird using the 
directions that are provided in ebird HELP. I was able to get the Avisys data 
saved in a spread sheet and got the correct screens from ebird to import data. 
After it worked for some seconds, I got this message: ‘request rejected 
because the size exceeds the configured maximum.’ I only have about 23,000 
entries which is less than the amount indicated in the instructions. Can anyone 
who has moved their data over to ebird from Avisys provide any advice, further 
instruction or suggestions that I might try? Any help on this topic is much 
appreciated! 



Kathy McDowell
Lawrence, Kansas
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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:48:45 -0700
Confessions of a birder

1.When I was young I found a Horned Larks nest. It had babies. I put some
seed near it. A couple of days later I went to check the nest.  Seed still
there no more nestlings. I did learn something out of this. Too bad I
didn't think of it sooner. So use discretion.
I have noticed Kansas Wildlife and Parks have started to sign local duck
feeding locations. Noting feeding encourages dependency and creates an area
where diseases are transmitted. So use discretion.


2. Yesterday we left to travel I 70 I thought about stopping for the
Golden-crowned Sparrow. And amazingly I did not check my emails until we
were past Ellsworth. When I did I was certainly disgusted with myself.

3. I did bird a bit. The small birds seemed to know the weather was going
to be bad and were gone where I looked in Western Kansas. I did find a
Golden Eagle in eastern Thomas County.

Thanks
Dan Larson


On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:12 AM, Scott Seltman  wrote:

> Lately I've noticed lots of farmers are baiting Horned Larks by planting
> their fields to wheat!
>
> I've just this week started doing a little work in Harper County for
> awhile.
> On 11 January I found a small marsh west of the town of Harper that
> apparently has Virginia Rails overwintering.  I heard one as soon as I
> pulled up, but soon had five calling at once.  I was hoping for a Sora too,
> but playing the call just seem to make the Virginia's mad!
>
> Drive carefully this weekend.
>
> Scott Seltman
> Larned, Kansas
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Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebird, Jackson
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:54:50 -0600
Carol and i failed to find any bluebirds in the area this morning around L
or 206.

Sue Newland

On Jan 13, 2017 8:48 AM, "Al Schirmacher"  wrote:

> The Mountain Bluebird previously reported by Janeen Walters was present
> this morning in a slightly different location.
>
>
> Previous - Jackson County, L Road, 3.3 miles south of 16.
>
>
> Today - take L road to 206th (about 3 mile mark), turn east, just past
> conifers on 206, flying back & forth between power lines & farm.  In small
> flock of five bluebirds.  Gorgeous!
>
>
> Al Schirmacher
>
> Muscotah
>
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Subject: Milford Dam
From: Jeff Keating <jffkeats AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:57:02 -0600
On a tip that there were gulls at the outlet and ducks along the dam face,
I drove across Milford Dam hoping to score a rare gull. No such luck. While
I am not a gull expert, all seemed consistent with ring-billed and herring
gulls. A lot of ducks, all in middle where my scope is essentially useless.
However, a quick look at one duck by itself turned up a female long-tailed
duck. Lots of mallards, common mergansers, gadwall; I only got my
binoculars on about 1/5 of the birds, so likely more diverse. Five, large,
white birds near the north end of the dam turned out to be American white
pelicans and not swans. Darn, seemed early for pelicans and I could have
used swans on my Geary County list. Lots of bald eagles, should have been
easy finding some for Eagle Days.

Jeff Keating
Geary County

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Scott Seltman <sselt AT GBTA.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:12:13 -0600
Lately I've noticed lots of farmers are baiting Horned Larks by planting
their fields to wheat!

I've just this week started doing a little work in Harper County for awhile.
On 11 January I found a small marsh west of the town of Harper that
apparently has Virginia Rails overwintering.  I heard one as soon as I
pulled up, but soon had five calling at once.  I was hoping for a Sora too,
but playing the call just seem to make the Virginia's mad!

Drive carefully this weekend.

Scott Seltman
Larned, Kansas 

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Subject: Mountain Bluebird, Jackson
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:47:35 +0000
The Mountain Bluebird previously reported by Janeen Walters was present this 
morning in a slightly different location. 



Previous - Jackson County, L Road, 3.3 miles south of 16.


Today - take L road to 206th (about 3 mile mark), turn east, just past conifers 
on 206, flying back & forth between power lines & farm. In small flock of five 
bluebirds. Gorgeous! 



Al Schirmacher

Muscotah

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:26 -0600
There's definitely a little humor involved here, but Chris also addresses a 
valid point. Let's be honest - anytime we put out bird feed we are baiting the 
birds - we are baiting them to come in closer to our house so that we can see 
them better. Is that illegal? No. (But baiting of game species to bring them 
into hunting range is illegal!) Is it unethical? Since we aren't hunting them I 

don't feel like it is, but there are plenty of folks out there who would argue 
that 

point. I would also argue that the positive impact that we make in bird 
populations by feeding them is merely an offset of the negative impact of 
birds impacting our structures, killed by our cats, etc. Since there's a house 
nearby they may already be feeding the birds and that may be where the little 
Golden-crowned is spending part of his time. 

My two cents worth.

Chuck

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:28:49 -0600
Baiting?  This isn't a 'hunt' - nothing wrong with helping the birds, is
there?

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
Chobbs.f1 AT gmail.com

On Jan 13, 2017 8:26 AM, "Sandy Vetter"  wrote:

> Dumping some seed? That is considered baiting, is it not? (or is someone
> joking and I took it seriously?)
>
> On Jan 12, 2017 8:06 PM, "Brandon Magette"  wrote:
>
> > Encouraged by Carol's post today I left work a couple hours early and
> made
> > tracks for Blackwolf arriving around 4pm. The Golden-crowned Sparrow was
> > not to be found anywhere along the road from the house south to the creek
> > so I went to the house and asked if I could look around the yard. What
> few
> > birds I saw all ended up flying towards the leeward side of the
> shelterbelt
> > west of the house so I followed and by a stroke of pure luck the
> > Golden-crowned was there with a Junco and a couple of White-crowned
> > Sparrows. At tops I was out of the truck maybe 15 minutes and on site for
> > 30, what a great way to start 2017!
> >
> > And no I did not think to seed the area either...
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM, Carolyn Schwab 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Maybe the next chaser should dump some bird seed in front of that brush
> > > pile.  I didn't think of it.  Sorry.
> > >
> > > Carolyn Schwab
> > > Newton,KS
> > >
> > > On January 12, 2017, at 10:59 AM, Carol Morgan 
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > Linda Zempel and I are out chasing the GCSP in Ellsworth County.  We
> > found
> > > it!  It's in the same general vicinity as previously described.  Will
> > EBird
> > > later with a photo.
> > >
> > > Carol Morgan, Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Sandy Vetter <sandyvetter16 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:16:00 -0600
Dumping some seed? That is considered baiting, is it not? (or is someone
joking and I took it seriously?)

On Jan 12, 2017 8:06 PM, "Brandon Magette"  wrote:

> Encouraged by Carol's post today I left work a couple hours early and made
> tracks for Blackwolf arriving around 4pm. The Golden-crowned Sparrow was
> not to be found anywhere along the road from the house south to the creek
> so I went to the house and asked if I could look around the yard. What few
> birds I saw all ended up flying towards the leeward side of the shelterbelt
> west of the house so I followed and by a stroke of pure luck the
> Golden-crowned was there with a Junco and a couple of White-crowned
> Sparrows. At tops I was out of the truck maybe 15 minutes and on site for
> 30, what a great way to start 2017!
>
> And no I did not think to seed the area either...
>
> On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM, Carolyn Schwab 
> wrote:
>
> > Maybe the next chaser should dump some bird seed in front of that brush
> > pile.  I didn't think of it.  Sorry.
> >
> > Carolyn Schwab
> > Newton,KS
> >
> > On January 12, 2017, at 10:59 AM, Carol Morgan 
> > wrote:
> >
> > Linda Zempel and I are out chasing the GCSP in Ellsworth County.  We
> found
> > it!  It's in the same general vicinity as previously described.  Will
> EBird
> > later with a photo.
> >
> > Carol Morgan, Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:06:19 -0600
Encouraged by Carol's post today I left work a couple hours early and made
tracks for Blackwolf arriving around 4pm. The Golden-crowned Sparrow was
not to be found anywhere along the road from the house south to the creek
so I went to the house and asked if I could look around the yard. What few
birds I saw all ended up flying towards the leeward side of the shelterbelt
west of the house so I followed and by a stroke of pure luck the
Golden-crowned was there with a Junco and a couple of White-crowned
Sparrows. At tops I was out of the truck maybe 15 minutes and on site for
30, what a great way to start 2017!

And no I did not think to seed the area either...

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 6:40 PM, Carolyn Schwab 
wrote:

> Maybe the next chaser should dump some bird seed in front of that brush
> pile.  I didn't think of it.  Sorry.
>
> Carolyn Schwab
> Newton,KS
>
> On January 12, 2017, at 10:59 AM, Carol Morgan 
> wrote:
>
> Linda Zempel and I are out chasing the GCSP in Ellsworth County.  We found
> it!  It's in the same general vicinity as previously described.  Will EBird
> later with a photo.
>
> Carol Morgan, Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: eBird Report - US-KS-Wilson-Avenue I - 38.7562x-98.3582, Jan 12, 2017
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:21:47 -0600
I posted a message this morning to say that Linda Zempel and I found the
golden-crowned sparrow in the same vicinity as previously reported in
Ellsworth County.  What truly amazed us was that we found our target bird
on our first try in a likely brush pile, and that it let me get a
photograph.  Lifer for me!

Here is the eBird checklist and the link.  I posted a photo of the bird
with the checklist.  Good luck, chasers!

Carol Morgan
crxmorgan AT gmail.com

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:12 PM,  wrote:

> US-KS-Wilson-Avenue I - 38.7562x-98.3582, Ellsworth, Kansas, US
> Jan 12, 2017 9:59 AM - 10:41 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     Linda Zempel and I birded in Ellsworth County.
> 16 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Northern Harrier  1
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  1
> American Kestrel  1
> American Crow  6
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> American Tree Sparrow  40
> Dark-eyed Junco  20
> White-crowned Sparrow  2
> Golden-crowned Sparrow  1     Bird found in brush pile near a farm house
> on 7th Road just south of Avenue J.  GPS for this bird was 38.745586
> -98.375146.
> Harris's Sparrow  7
> Song Sparrow  1
> Western Meadowlark  1
> Western/Eastern Meadowlark  20
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S33621401
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned sparrow
From: Carolyn Schwab <caschwab3591 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:40:24 -0600
Maybe the next chaser should dump some bird seed in front of that brush pile. I 
didn't think of it. Sorry. 


Carolyn Schwab
Newton,KS

On January 12, 2017, at 10:59 AM, Carol Morgan  wrote:

Linda Zempel and I are out chasing the GCSP in Ellsworth County. We found it! 
It's in the same general vicinity as previously described. Will EBird later 
with a photo. 


Carol Morgan, Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans - Correction
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:21:17 +0000
I mentioned Bald Eagle Rd. in my previous post as being just east of the 
sandpit. It is actually south of that group of trees by about a half mile, but 
still appropriately named for the area. 



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Manhattan, KS

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Subject: Pott. Co. Trumpeter Swans
From: John Row <johmarrow AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:27:35 +0000
Greetings All,


About 3 miles south of Wamego on K-99, I spotted a large gathering of snow 
geese. I was able to turn off on a gravel road, Antelope Cr. Rd., which is 
about a half mile south of Wamego. I went a half mile west and turned south a 
quarter mile to view the geese. A couple of bald eagles got the geese are 
stirred up and they took to the skies. I spotted a sandpit a little further 
down the road and so I stopped there to pick up some waterfowl view-able from 
the road. There was a lot of open water for ducks, mallard, ring-necked duck, 
common merganser, 1 redhead, and several scaup. Across the way I could see a 
tree at a farmstead filled with large brown birds, which turned out to be 16 
bald eagles. I can see why they call it Bald Eagle Rd. From the sand pit I 
could see white birds larger than geese in a cornfield just west of the sand 
pit and on the south side of Antelope Cr. Rd. I moved on down to find 27 
trumpeter swans, 8 of which were juvenile birds. When I left there around 2:15 
they were still standing or sitting in that field. 



John Row

Manhattan, KS

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Subject: Re: Sad news...
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:49:40 +0000
Sad indeed. I first met Joyce as an old lady and never knew her as
anything less,
but she was always a young fiery spirit and just kept relentlessly trucking
and keeping one on their toes. She needed some car naps on CBCs and the
trip to KOS in Scott City, but she was always sharp as a tack!! I did not
talk to her much in recent years but I enjoyed the times I did. I saw her
by chance last summer at primary elections. Her encouraging words then will
live with me forever. She was a neat gal.


Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS


On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM Chuck Otte  wrote:

> Good afternoon KSBIRDers -
>
>
>
> Many on this list had the privelege to have met Joyce Davis of Dodge City
> at
>
> one or more KOS meetings. We belatedly received word today that Joyce
>
> passed away on October 16, 2016. She was 91. I always enjoyed Joyce and
>
> she was a regular attendee at KOS meetings, often driving herself all over
>
> the state to attend those meetings. As I told someone, she was a good
> birder
>
> and a spunky lady!
>
>
>
> I have not been able to locate an obituary. If someone does find one,
> please
>
> let me know.
>
>
>
> Chuck
>
>
>
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>
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>
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Subject: Milford Lake Eagle Days cancelled
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:14:25 -0600
Milford Lake Eagle Days, scheduled for this Saturday, January 14th, has 
been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Given the continuing deterioration 
of the weather forecast for the weekend, and the uncertainty of when ice 
accumulation would begin, the organizers felt it was prudent to cancel the 
event and encourage people to stay home and off the roads. While the event 
is not being rescheduled, the next several weeks should continue to give 
residents many opportunities to view Bald Eagles at Milford Lake. Wintering 
numbers are continuing to increase and eagles can frequently be seen at the 
dam area of Milford Lake and below the dam, often spending daylight hours 
in the trees along the south side of the outlet channel below the dam. 
Residents are encouraged to be respectful of safe distances when viewing 
eagles or any raptors. If the birds start to get fidgety or fly, then you 
approached too closely.

Chuck

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Subject: Together for Birds Petition
From: Steve Holmer <sholmer AT ABCBIRDS.ORG>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:20:26 +0000
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Together for Birds Petition 
 


Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful 
flight of a Bald Eagle or the charisma of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. This value 
is widely supported by citizens of all political persuasions. Now, we face a 
critical moment. The environment was not a major issue in the recent election, 
but decisions made by the incoming Administration and Congress could have 
far-reaching impacts for birds and their habitats. 


That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign 
this 
petition 
to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This 
may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for 
birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the 
progress we have made in recent decades is preserved. 


We will present the petition and signatures to the new Administration and 
Congress on January 23, just after the Inauguration. Please 
sign 
to show your support for bird conservation today! 


Sign the Petition


https://secure2.convio.net/abcb/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=290 


Forward the Petition

Please use Facebook, Twitter (#togetherforbirds) and email to let family, 
friends and colleagues know about this effort to join together in support of 
birds. 

Organizations Can Endorse the Petition

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Organizations, Please Circulate the Petition

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"TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION



Dear [Administration and Congress],



We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad 
cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue 
with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds 
and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people. 


More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related 
recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as 
the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits 
to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with 
many declining in population or facing extinction. 


We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats 
continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask 
that you please support: 


1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our 
national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble. 


2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect 
most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's 
most successful conservation programs. 


3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal 
support for migratory bird conservation. 


4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its 
vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other 
toxins. 


5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain 
public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is 
maintained. 


We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of 
critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play 
vital roles in these conservation efforts. 


Let's work together for birds!


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Steve Holmer
Vice President of Policy
American Bird Conservancy &
Director, Bird Conservation Alliance
202-888-7490
sholmer AT abcbirds.org

www.abcbirds.org, 
https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-conservation-alliance/, ABC on 
Facebook, 
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Subject: swans
From: janeen walters <waltersjaneen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:55:42 -0600
I went west from Topeka this afternoon in search of swans. There were 46 
Trumpeter Swans along highway 24 just east of Rossville. South side of the road 
in the K-State Research field. 

I saw a Red-tailed Hawk in the same field carrying a snake! It was 33 degrees. 


There were 53 closer to the road northwest of there. I went north on main 
street and turned right on 54th Went to Pearl street . Below the big water 
tower to the north. 


I did not find a Tundra.


Janeen Walters
Topeka/Shawnee Co.
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Subject: Labette County Swans
From: Richard Tucker <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:37:25 -0600
Tuesday afternoon there were three (3) Trumpeter swans on a small farm pond
across from my farm.  They allowed  a good close look.

 

Rick Tucker

Parsons

Labette County


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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek Refuge
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:32:57 -0600
Loess is a German word which basically means wind blown soil. I won't do 
the soil scientist thing and explain how that all happened (and Scott Seltman 
may well be best to explain the "proper" German pronounciation.) Basically in 
agronomists circles it is either prounouced luss (like lust without the T) or 
luess (like loose only more of a u than an o sound). Some people have even 
pronounced it as a two syllable word but most dirt heads just call it luss.

Chuck
(who really is an agronomist)

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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek Refuge
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:28:31 -0600
Coleen, 
Loess is pronounced "Luss."

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Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:20 PM
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Squaw Creek Refuge

How is that pronounced?
Coleen Brown
Manhattan, KS



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-------- Original message --------
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Date: 1/11/17 11:56 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Squaw Creek Refuge

Please note as of today, Squaw Creek Refuge in Missouri is now known as
Loess Bluffs NWR.





Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS




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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek Refuge
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:19:48 +0000
How is that pronounced?
Coleen Brown
Manhattan, KS



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Subject: Squaw Creek Refuge

Please note as of today, Squaw Creek Refuge in Missouri is now known as
Loess Bluffs NWR.





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Winfield, KS




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Subject: Squaw Creek Refuge
From: Max Thompson <maxt AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:55:53 -0600
Please note as of today, Squaw Creek Refuge in Missouri is now known as
Loess Bluffs NWR.

 

 

Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS 

 


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Subject: Second Saturday bird walk at Chisholm Creek Park, Wichita
From: "Miller, Cheryl" <cheryl.miller AT WICHITA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:54:55 +0000
Hi all. Given the forecast, Wichita Audubon will not hold its Second Saturday 
bird walk on Jan. 14. See you in February! 



Cheryl K. Miller
Senior Assistant Dean for College Outreach
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0005

316-978-6659 (o) 316-978-3234 (f)

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first 
time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon." -Robert Cromier 


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Subject: Re: Sad news...
From: Rickt <rickt AT WAVEWLS.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:00:15 -0800
Sad news for sure. We lost a dedicated and extremely pleasant lady. I enjoyed 
working with her on the Audubon of Kansas board for many years. She amazed me. 
I still have a vivid picture in my mind of that little 'ol ladyclimbing in her 
little truck in Basset, Nebraska and heading out for Dodge City. 

Rick tucker
Parsons





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Subject: Sad news...

From: "Chuck Otte" 

To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU

Date: 01/10/17 21:54:10



Good afternoon KSBIRDers - 



Many on this list had the privelege to have met Joyce Davis of Dodge City at 

one or more KOS meetings. We belatedly received word today that Joyce 

passed away on October 16, 2016. She was 91. I always enjoyed Joyce and 

she was a regular attendee at KOS meetings, often driving herself all over 

the state to attend those meetings. As I told someone, she was a good birder 

and a spunky lady!



I have not been able to locate an obituary. If someone does find one, please 

let me know.



Chuck



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Chuck Otte                      cotte AT ksu.edu

County Extension Agent, Ag & Natural Resources

Geary County Extension Office, PO BOX 28         785-238-4161

Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028             FAX 785-238-7166

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Subject: Prairie Falcon, Harvey County
From: Cheryl Miller <avian67226 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:56:06 -0600
On my way home from Newton late this afternoon, I saw a Prairie Falcon
south of town, heading north.

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Subject: Sad news...
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:53:49 -0600
Good afternoon KSBIRDers - 

Many on this list had the privelege to have met Joyce Davis of Dodge City at 
one or more KOS meetings. We belatedly received word today that Joyce 
passed away on October 16, 2016. She was 91. I always enjoyed Joyce and 
she was a regular attendee at KOS meetings, often driving herself all over 
the state to attend those meetings. As I told someone, she was a good birder 
and a spunky lady!

I have not been able to locate an obituary. If someone does find one, please 
let me know.

Chuck

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Chuck Otte                      cotte AT ksu.edu
County Extension Agent, Ag & Natural Resources
Geary County Extension Office, PO BOX 28         785-238-4161
Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028             FAX 785-238-7166
http://www.geary.ksu.edu/

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Subject: ducks at WYCO lake
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:22:57 -0600
hello all,
Male American Black duck and female Long-tailed duck off the dam at WY CO
Lake right now. Thousands of waterfowl at the north end of the lake!!
Galen

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Subject: ebird list for Redmond Gulls
From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <wchatfieldtaylor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:29:06 -0600
Here is the ebird list with photos for the Redmond Gulls.

The Iceland was confirmed as a dark kumlieni by Amar Ayash. There was also an 
adult Thayers in addition to an immature. 

Id suggest people visit Redmond regularly in the next week and see what else 
shows up. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33570185

Will Chatfield-Taylor

Lawrence
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Subject: Shawnee Co Swans
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:35:31 -0600
I ran over to Rossville this afternoon to get my first glimpse of the swans
for the new year. I located them in a field just east of the manor on the
south side of 50th. I counted 54 swans total with at least one being a
Tundra and not Trumpeter. The eyes on the Tundra seemed nearly separated
from the bill with very small yellow lores unlike the Trumpeters which the
bill and eyes run together with very fluid lines.

-- 
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
mailto: averbirder AT gmail.com

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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow (eBird photo and list) EW county
From: Dave Klema <daklema1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:16:19 -0600
Here is the eBird link for the Golden-crowned Sparrow photo and list from 
earlier today. 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S33563861

Dave Klema
Wilson, KS

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW county
From: Sue Newland <newlandsue60 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:38:01 -0600
Can you include your ebird list link in a message to the group please?

Thanks, Sue Newland
Wakarusa

On 1/9/2017 12:23 PM, Dave Klema wrote:
> I took some photos this morning of the Golden-crowned Sparrow that Kevin 
Groeneweg found on the Jan. 7th Blackwolf CBC. It was in the same location. 
About a quarter mile South of Ave. J and 7th. Road. West and north of the creek 
bridge in a brush pile. I called Mike Rader, and he also saw the bird. I will 
post the photo on eBird. 

>
> Dave Klema
> Wilson, KS
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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow in EW county
From: Dave Klema <daklema1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:23:35 -0600
I took some photos this morning of the Golden-crowned Sparrow that Kevin 
Groeneweg found on the Jan. 7th Blackwolf CBC. It was in the same location. 
About a quarter mile South of Ave. J and 7th. Road. West and north of the creek 
bridge in a brush pile. I called Mike Rader, and he also saw the bird. I will 
post the photo on eBird. 


Dave Klema
Wilson, KS

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans
From: Janeen Walters <waltersjaneen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:11:08 -0600
Jeff Hansen, Chad and Janeen Walters spotted 8 Trumpeter Swans along Highway 24 
on Sunday afternoon. They were a few miles west of Silver Lake but east of 
Rossville in Shawnee County. 

A neighbor reported seeing about 20 in the area.
They are hard to spot in the snow.
We also had 13 bald eagles between Topeka and Belvue along the Ks River.
There were tens of thousands of snow geese in flight.
Several dozen Lapland Longspurs were in fields with the Horned Larks 



Janeen Walters
Topeka
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