My wife Suzanne and I just got back from a fantastic birding trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in South Central Kansas. There were all manner of waterfowl: wood ducks, red heads, buffleheads, scaup, a zillion shovelers and several hundred ruddy ducks rafted in a huge mass on Big Salt Marsh along with the usual suspects. We didn’t see a cinnamon teal but the blue and green winged were great fun to watch as they cavorted doing their spring thing. We also saw lots of pheasant and heard bobwhite quail which I enjoyed.
In addition to the multitude of waterfowl, we observed American Avocets, Black Necked Stilts, Snowy Plovers, Marbled Godwits, Sandhill Cranes, Least, Baird’s and Semipalmated Sand Pipers, Franklins Gulls, Ring-Billed Gulls, Bonaparte Gulls, Says Phoebe, and an assortment of sparrows including Vesper, Harris’s, Swamp, and Song. We recorded over 75 different species including 12 Whooping Cranes that used the Quivira area during our 4-day trip. Two arrived sometime Saturday night at the south pool but flew off as soon as the sun came up early Sunday morning. Sunday night 10 arrived in the north pool but took off a little before dawn Monday morning with Berry […]