Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The FINAL List

Bill and Nancy Beard enjoyed four species that no one else did over the weekend. Technical difficulties delayed the reports until today, but we eclipsed 180 after all! Stilt Sandpiper (THANK GOODNESS), Willet, Hudsonia Godwit (THANK GOODNESS), and Least Tern were all great additions! Thanks Beards!! I also accidentally submitted Paul's report of Mourning Warbler as a Kentucky Warbler, which did not make my editing. Thus, the Mourning Warbler never made the previous list until now. 183! WOW!

183 Species

Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Semipalmated Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Hudsonian Godwit
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Franklin’s Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Least Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashvile Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Reporting: Emily Abrahams, Bill and Nancy Beard, Tony Brueski, Steve and Kim Calhoun, Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Dennice Craig, Janae Dennis, Ted & Jan Eberle, Tom Ewart, Mike Everhart, Rita Goben, Kevin Groeneweg, Paul Griffin, Charlie & Marie Hawthorne, Leon & Darlene Hicks, Allison Jones, Catherine Lewis, Darcie Lowry, Cheryl Miller, Zeke Miller, Nathan Ofsthun, Brian Pierce, Travis Ross, Carolyn Schwab, Curt VanBoening, Art Weigand, Lonnie Whistler, Teresa Wiebe, Painted Bunting Bird-a-thon team, Wichita Audubon field trip, Derby Public Library staff

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The List

I don't know how KY Warbler got on the last list. None were observed that I am aware of, just accidentally was included somehow. 178 is still not too shabby. Late additions are welcomed.

178 Species

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose
  2. Cackling Goose
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Wood Duck
  5. Gadwall
  6. Mallard
  7. Blue-winged Teal
  8. Northern Shoveler
  9. Redhead
  10. Lesser Scaup
  11. Bufflehead
  12. Hooded Merganser
  13. Ruddy Duck
  14. Northern Bobwhite
  15. Ring-necked Pheasant
  16. Wild Turkey
  17. Common Loon
  18. Pied-billed Grebe
  19. Eared Grebe
  20. Double-crested Cormorant
  21. Great Blue Heron
  22. Great Egret
  23. Snowy Egret
  24. Little Blue Heron
  25. Cattle Egret
  26. Green Heron
  27. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  28. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  29. Turkey Vulture
  30. Mississippi Kite
  31. Bald Eagle
  32. Northern Harrier
  33. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  34. Cooper’s Hawk
  35. Red-shouldered Hawk
  36. Swainson’s Hawk
  37. Red-tailed Hawk
  38. American Kestrel
  39. Merlin
  40. Sora
  41. American Coot
  42. Semipalmated Plover
  43. Killdeer
  44. Black-necked Stilt
  45. American Avocet
  46. Spotted Sandpiper
  47. Solitary Sandpiper
  48. Greater Yellowlegs
  49. Lesser Yellowlegs
  50. Upland Sandpiper
  51. Sanderling
  52. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  53. Western Sandpiper
  54. Least Sandpiper
  55. White-rumped Sandpiper
  56. Baird’s Sandpiper
  57. Pectoral Sandpiper
  58. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  59. Long-billed Dowitcher
  60. Wilson’s Phalarope
  61. Franklin’s Gull
  62. Bonaparte’s Gull
  63. Ring-billed Gull
  64. Forster’s Tern
  65. Rock Pigeon
  66. Eurasian Collared Dove
  67. Mourning Dove
  68. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  69. Eastern Screech Owl
  70. Great Horned Owl
  71. Barred Owl
  72. Common Nighthawk
  73. Chuck-will’s-widow
  74. Chimney Swift
  75. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  76. Belted Kingfisher
  77. Red-headed Woodpecker
  78. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  79. Downy Woodpecker
  80. Hairy Woodpecker
  81. Northern Flicker
  82. Pileated Woodpecker
  83. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  84. Alder Flycatcher
  85. Willow Flycatcher
  86. Least Flycatcher
  87. Eastern Phoebe
  88. Great Crested Flycatcher
  89. Western Kingbird
  90. Eastern Kingbird
  91. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  92. Loggerhead Shrike
  93. White-eyed Vireo
  94. Bell’s Vireo
  95. Blue-headed Vireo
  96. Warbling Vireo
  97. Red-eyed Vireo
  98. Blue Jay
  99. American Crow
  100. Fish Crow
  101. Horned Lark
  102. Purple Martin
  103. Tree Swallow
  104. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  105. Bank Swallow
  106. Cliff Swallow
  107. Barn Swallow
  108. Carolina Chickadee
  109. Black-capped Chickadee
  110. Tufted Titmouse
  111. White-breasted Nuthatch
  112. Carolina Wren
  113. House Wren
  114. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  115. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  116. Eastern Bluebird
  117. Swainson’s Thrush
  118. Wood Thrush
  119. American Robin
  120. Gray Catbird
  121. Northern Mockingbird
  122. Brown Thrasher
  123. European Starling
  124. Cedar Waxwing
  125. Tennessee Warbler
  126. Orange-crowned Warbler
  127. Nashvile Warbler
  128. Northern Parula
  129. Yellow Warbler
  130. Magnolia Warbler
  131. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  132. Black-throated Green Warbler
  133. Palm Warbler
  134. Blackpoll Warbler
  135. Black-and-White Warbler
  136. American Redstart
  137. Prothonotary Warbler
  138. Ovenbird
  139. Northern Waterthrush
  140. Common Yellowthroat
  141. Wilson’s Warbler
  142. Summer Tanager
  143. Scarlet Tanager
  144. Spotted Towhee
  145. Chipping Sparrow
  146. Clay-colored Sparrow
  147. Field Sparrow
  148. Vesper Sparrow
  149. Lark Sparrow
  150. Savannah Sparrow
  151. Grasshopper Sparrow
  152. Song Sparrow
  153. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  154. Swamp Sparrow
  155. White-throated Sparrow
  156. Harris’s Sparrow
  157. White-crowned Sparrow
  158. Northern Cardinal
  159. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  160. Black-headed Grosbeak
  161. Blue Grosbeak
  162. Lazuli Bunting
  163. Indigo Bunting
  164. Painted Bunting
  165. Dickcissel
  166. Bobolink
  167. Red-winged Blackbird
  168. Eastern Meadowlark
  169. Western Meadowlark
  170. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  171. Great-tailed Grackle
  172. Common Grackle
  173. Brown-headed Cowbird
  174. Orchard Oriole
  175. Baltimore Oriole
  176. House Finch
  177. American Goldfinch
  178. House Sparrow

Reporting: Emily Abrahams, Tony Brueski, Steve and Kim Calhoun, Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Dennice Craig, Janae Dennis, Ted & Jan Eberle, Tom Ewart, Mike Everhart, Rita Goben, Kevin Groeneweg, Paul Griffin, Charlie & Marie Hawthorne, Leon & Darlene Hicks, Allison Jones, Catherine Lewis, Darcie Lowry, Cheryl Miller, Zeke Miller, Nathan Ofsthun, Brian Pierce, Travis Ross, Carolyn Schwab, Curt VanBoening, Art Weigand, Lonnie Whistler, Painted Bunting Bird-a-thon team, Wichita Audubon field trip, Derby Public Library staff

More Photos

Pictures from Sunday -- courtesy of Steve Comeau in east Wichita.

Coming to a close

Thank you to everybody for your great efforts and fantastic birds! This event was an absolute blast!!!!!!!
Hooded Mergs reported. Had a blast!
Hicks' and Schwab chime in with a few adds!!
REPORTED- Vesper Sparrow in the rural northwest corner
I wish i had a good birder with me. We just saw a silent waterthrush. I think la, but never seen a nrthn. Weve become too cocky to carry a field guide around.... Errr!
REPORTED- Lesser Scaup in Maize, Mourning and Wilsons Warblers at Oak Park.
Eberles had Magnolia Warbler at Riley Park and PB Grebe on neighborhood pond. Going to close a fun weekend off in the backyard.

Number is starting to level off. Both Grosbeaks and a Scarlet Tanager are nice. Still some time, so get out and enjoy spring!

169 Species

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose
  2. Cackling Goose
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Wood Duck
  5. Gadwall
  6. Mallard
  7. Blue-winged Teal
  8. Northern Shoveler
  9. Redhead
  10. Bufflehead
  11. Ruddy Duck
  12. Ring-necked Pheasant
  13. Wild Turkey
  14. Northern Bobwhite
  15. Common Loon
  16. Eared Grebe
  17. Double-crested Cormorant
  18. Great Blue Heron
  19. Great Egret
  20. Snowy Egret
  21. Little Blue Heron
  22. Cattle Egret
  23. Green Heron
  24. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  25. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  26. Turkey Vulture
  27. Mississippi Kite
  28. Bald Eagle
  29. Northern Harrier
  30. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  31. Cooper’s Hawk
  32. Red-shouldered Hawk
  33. Swainson’s Hawk
  34. Red-tailed Hawk
  35. American Kestrel
  36. Merlin
  37. Sora
  38. American Coot
  39. Semipalmated Plover
  40. Killdeer
  41. Black-necked Stilt
  42. American Avocet
  43. Spotted Sandpiper
  44. Solitary Sandpiper
  45. Greater Yellowlegs
  46. Lesser Yellowlegs
  47. Upland Sandpiper
  48. Sanderling
  49. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  50. Western Sandpiper
  51. Least Sandpiper
  52. White-rumped Sandpiper
  53. Baird’s Sandpiper
  54. Pectoral Sandpiper
  55. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  56. Long-billed Dowitcher
  57. Wilson’s Phalarope
  58. Franklin’s Gull
  59. Bonaparte’s Gull
  60. Ring-billed Gull
  61. Forster’s Tern
  62. Rock Pigeon
  63. Eurasian Collared Dove
  64. Mourning Dove
  65. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  66. Eastern Screech Owl
  67. Great Horned Owl
  68. Barred Owl
  69. Common Nighthawk
  70. Chuck-will’s-widow
  71. Chimney Swift
  72. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  73. Belted Kingfisher
  74. Red-headed Woodpecker
  75. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  76. Downy Woodpecker
  77. Hairy Woodpecker
  78. Northern Flicker
  79. Pileated Woodpecker
  80. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  81. Willow Flycatcher
  82. Least Flycatcher
  83. Eastern Phoebe
  84. Great Crested Flycatcher
  85. Western Kingbird
  86. Eastern Kingbird
  87. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  88. Loggerhead Shrike
  89. White-eyed Vireo
  90. Bell’s Vireo
  91. Warbling Vireo
  92. Red-eyed Vireo
  93. Blue Jay
  94. American Crow
  95. Fish Crow
  96. Horned Lark
  97. Purple Martin
  98. Tree Swallow
  99. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  100. Bank Swallow
  101. Cliff Swallow
  102. Barn Swallow
  103. Carolina Chickadee
  104. Black-capped Chickadee
  105. Tufted Titmouse
  106. White-breasted Nuthatch
  107. Carolina Wren
  108. House Wren
  109. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  110. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  111. Eastern Bluebird
  112. Swainson’s Thrush
  113. Wood Thrush
  114. American Robin
  115. Gray Catbird
  116. Northern Mockingbird
  117. Brown Thrasher
  118. European Starling
  119. Cedar Waxwing
  120. Tennessee Warbler
  121. Orange-crowned Warbler
  122. Nashvile Warbler
  123. Northern Parula
  124. Yellow Warbler
  125. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  126. Black-throated Green Warbler
  127. Palm Warbler
  128. Blackpoll Warbler
  129. Black-and-White Warbler
  130. American Redstart
  131. Prothonotary Warbler
  132. Ovenbird
  133. Common Yellowthroat
  134. Summer Tanager
  135. Scarlet Tanager
  136. Spotted Towhee
  137. Chipping Sparrow
  138. Clay-colored Sparrow
  139. Field Sparrow
  140. Lark Sparrow
  141. Savannah Sparrow
  142. Grasshopper Sparrow
  143. Song Sparrow
  144. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  145. Swamp Sparrow
  146. White-throated Sparrow
  147. Harris’s Sparrow
  148. White-crowned Sparrow
  149. Northern Cardinal
  150. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  151. Black-headed Grosbeak
  152. Lazuli Bunting
  153. Blue Grosbeak
  154. Indigo Bunting
  155. Painted Bunting
  156. Dickcissel
  157. Bobolink
  158. Red-winged Blackbird
  159. Eastern Meadowlark
  160. Western Meadowlark
  161. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  162. Great-tailed Grackle
  163. Common Grackle
  164. Brown-headed Cowbird
  165. Orchard Oriole
  166. Baltimore Oriole
  167. House Finch
  168. American Goldfinch
  169. House Sparrow

Reporting: Tony Brueski, Steve and Kim Calhoun, Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Dennice Craig, Janae Dennis, Tom Ewart, Mike Everhart, Kevin Groeneweg, Paul Griffin, Allison Jones, Darcie Lowry, Nathan Ofsthun, Brian Pierce, Curt VanBoening, Art Weigand, Lonnie Whistler, Painted Bunting Bird-a-thon team, Wichita Audubon field trip, Derby Public Library staff
Rose-breasted Grosbeak now. Thanks Derby Public Library Staff!!
Black-headed Grosbeak.

Sunday - 9 AM: Additions

167 Species

Additions: Merlin, Black-throated Green Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager, Swamp Sparrow

Photo Highlights courtesy of Steve Comeau

These great photos were taken Saturday by Steve Comeau at the 71st St S Canoe Launch. He also had several new additions while there. Great job Steve! You are an early candidate for birdiest county MVP.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Photo Highlights

See some photo highlights from Friday and Saturday below. All pictures were taken by people with exceptionally poor photogarphy skills (Nathan or Jeff). Birders with good pictures from the weekend are encouraged to submit them for prestigious publication on this low circulation blog.


Notably Absent Species to try for on Sunday

Vireos (BLUE-HEADED, Philadelphia, Yellow-throated)
Shorebirds (STILT, both GODWITS, SB Dowitcher, Snipe, interesting Plovers)
Wrens (MARSH, Bewick’s, Sedge)
Warblers of any flavor
Broad-winged Hawk
Rarer Falcons
Rails (Virgina mainly)
Herring Gull
Sapsucker, RB Nuthatch, Pine Siskin
Empid Flycatchers
Eastern Towhee
Green-winged, Cinnamon Teal


GWF Goose

Whistler observed two Greater White-fronted Geese from the 83rd St Bridge. Ofsthun and I thought that we saw these, but when we turned around they were gone.

162 Species

Addition: Greater White-fronted Goose

Saturday: 9 PM

Not doing too bad. Really have a lot of holes to fill on our last day. Will post some pictures this evening.

161 Species

1. Cackling Goose
2. Canada Goose
3. Wood Duck
4. Gadwall
5. Mallard
6. Blue-winged Teal
7. Northern Shoveler
8. Redhead
9. Bufflehead
10. Ruddy Duck
11. Ring-necked Pheasant
12. Wild Turkey
13. Northern Bobwhite
14. Common Loon
15. Eared Grebe
16. Double-crested Cormorant
17. Great Blue Heron
18. Great Egret
19. Snowy Egret
20. Little Blue Heron
21. Cattle Egret
22. Green Heron
23. Black-crowned Night-Heron
24. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
25. Turkey Vulture
26. Mississippi Kite
27. Bald Eagle
28. Northern Harrier
29. Sharp-shinned Hawk
30. Cooper’s Hawk
31. Red-shouldered Hawk
32. Swainson’s Hawk
33. Red-tailed Hawk
34. American Kestrel
35. Sora
36. American Coot
37. Semipalmated Plover
38. Killdeer
39. Black-necked Stilt
40. American Avocet
41. Spotted Sandpiper
42. Solitary Sandpiper
43. Greater Yellowlegs
44. Lesser Yellowlegs
45. Upland Sandpiper
46. Sanderling
47. Semipalmated Sandpiper
48. Western Sandpiper
49. Least Sandpiper
50. White-rumped Sandpiper
51. Baird’s Sandpiper
52. Pectoral Sandpiper
53. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
54. Long-billed Dowitcher
55. Wilson’s Phalarope
56. Franklin’s Gull
57. Bonaparte’s Gull
58. Ring-billed Gull
59. Forster’s Tern
60. Rock Pigeon
61. Eurasian Collared Dove
62. Mourning Dove
63. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
64. Eastern Screech Owl
65. Great Horned Owl
66. Barred Owl
67. Common Nighthawk
68. Chuck-will’s-widow
69. Chimney Swift
70. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
71. Belted Kingfisher
72. Red-headed Woodpecker
73. Red-bellied Woodpecker
74. Downy Woodpecker
75. Hairy Woodpecker
76. Northern Flicker
77. Pileated Woodpecker
78. Eastern Wood-Pewee
79. Willow Flycatcher
80. Least Flycatcher
81. Eastern Phoebe
82. Great Crested Flycatcher
83. Western Kingbird
84. Eastern Kingbird
85. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
86. Loggerhead Shrike
87. White-eyed Vireo
88. Bell’s Vireo
89. Warbling Vireo
90. Red-eyed Vireo
91. Blue Jay
92. American Crow
93. Fish Crow
94. Horned Lark
95. Purple Martin
96. Tree Swallow
97. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
98. Bank Swallow
99. Cliff Swallow
100. Barn Swallow
101. Carolina Chickadee
102. Black-capped Chickadee
103. Tufted Titmouse
104. White-breasted Nuthatch
105. Carolina Wren
106. House Wren
107. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
108. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
109. Eastern Bluebird
110. Swainson’s Thrush
111. Wood Thrush
112. American Robin
113. Gray Catbird
114. Northern Mockingbird
115. Brown Thrasher
116. European Starling
117. Cedar Waxwing
118. Tennessee Warbler
119. Orange-crowned Warbler
120. Nashvile Warbler
121. Northern Parula
122. Yellow Warbler
123. Yellow-rumped Warbler
124. Palm Warbler
125. Blackpoll Warbler
126. Black-and-White Warbler
127. American Redstart
128. Ovenbird
129. Common Yellowthroat
130. Summer Tanager
131. Spotted Towhee
132. Chipping Sparrow
133. Clay-colored Sparrow
134. Field Sparrow
135. Lark Sparrow
136. Savannah Sparrow
137. Grasshopper Sparrow
138. Song Sparrow
139. Lincoln’s Sparrow
140. White-throated Sparrow
141. Harris’s Sparrow
142. White-crowned Sparrow
143. Northern Cardinal
144. Lazuli Bunting
145. Blue Grosbeak
146. Indigo Bunting
147. Painted Bunting
148. Dickcissel
149. Bobolink
150. Red-winged Blackbird
151. Eastern Meadowlark
152. Western Meadowlark
153. Yellow-headed Blackbird
154. Great-tailed Grackle
155. Common Grackle
156. Brown-headed Cowbird
157. Orchard Oriole
158. Baltimore Oriole
159. House Finch
160. American Goldfinch
161. House Sparrow

Reporting: Steve and Kim Calhoun, Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Dennice Craig, Janae Dennis, Tom Ewart, Mike Everhart, Kevin Groeneweg, Paul Griffin, Allison Jones, Catherine Lewis, Nathan Ofsthun, Curt VanBoening, Art Weigand, Lonnie Whistler, Painted Bunting Bird-a-thon team, Wichita Audubon field trip
3 sanderlings at cheney
Doing very well out here in the sw. Into the 120s for the day.
7 warbler spp, great shorebirding in big ditch. Several other adds.
E wood pewee is new this am

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday - 10 PM

Friday was a great day of birding in Sedgwick County. We are at 134 species already! There are a lot of glaring misses including Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, and Nashville Warbler. Keep the reports coming! We're not only hoping to beat the species total from last year, but our participation total as well. That's really what it is all about.

134 Species

1. Double-crested Cormorant
2. Great Blue Heron
3. Great Egret
4. Snowy Egret
5. Little Blue Heron
6. Cattle Egret
7. Green Heron
8. Turkey Vulture
9. Canada Goose
10. Cackling Goose
11. Wood Duck
12. Gadwall
13. Mallard
14. Blue-winged Teal
15. Northern Shoveler
16. Redhead
17. Bufflehead
18. Ruddy Duck
19. Mississippi Kite
20. Bald Eagle
21. Northern Harrier
22. Cooper’s Hawk
23. Swainson’s Hawk
24. Red-tailed Hawk
25. American Kestrel
26. Ring-necked Pheasant
27. Wild Turkey
28. Northern Bobwhite
29. American Coot
30. Killdeer
31. Greater Yellowlegs
32. Lesser Yellowlegs
33. Solitary Sandpiper
34. Spotted Sandpiper
35. Upland Sandpiper
36. Semipalmated Sandpiper
37. Western Sandpiper
38. Least Sandpiper
39. White-rumped Sandpiper
40. Baird’s Sandpiper
41. Pectoral Sandpiper
42. Wilson’s Phalarope
43. Bonaparte’s Gull
44. Franklin’s Gull
45. Forster’s Tern
46. Rock Pigeon
47. Eurasian Collared Dove
48. Mourning Dove
49. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
50. Eastern Screech Owl
51. Barred Owl
52. Common Nighthawk
53. Chuck-will’s-widow
54. Chimney Swift
55. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
56. Belted Kingfisher
57. Red-headed Woodpecker
58. Red-bellied Woodpecker
59. Downy Woodpecker
60. Northern Flicker
61. Pileated Woodpecker
62. Least Flycatcher
63. Eastern Phoebe
64. Great Crested Flycatcher
65. Western Kingbird
66. Eastern Kingbird
67. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
68. Loggerhead Shrike
69. Bell’s Vireo
70. Warbling Vireo
71. Red-eyed Vireo
72. Blue Jay
73. Fish Crow
74. American Crow
75. Horned Lark
76. Purple Martin
77. Tree Swallow
78. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
79. Bank Swallow
80. Cliff Swallow
81. Barn Swallow
82. Black-capped Chickadee
83. Tufted Titmouse
84. White-breasted Nuthatch
85. Carolina Wren
86. House Wren
87. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
88. Eastern Bluebird
89. Swainson’s Thrush
90. American Robin
91. Gray Catbird
92. Northern Mockingbird
93. Brown Thrasher
94. European Starling
95. Cedar Waxwing
96. Tennessee Warbler
97. Orange-crowned Warbler
98. Northern Parula
99. Yellow Warbler
100. Yellow-rumped Warbler
101. Palm Warbler
102. Blackpoll Warbler
103. American Redstart
104. Common Yellowthroat
105. Spotted Towhee
106. Chipping Sparrow
107. Clay-colored Sparrow
108. Field Sparrow
109. Lark Sparrow
110. Savannah Sparrow
111. Grasshopper Sparrow
112. Song Sparrow
113. Lincoln’s Sparrow
114. White-throated Sparrow
115. Harris’s Sparrow
116. White-crowned Sparrow
117. Northern Cardinal
118. Blue Grosbeak
119. Indigo Bunting
120. Painted Bunting
121. Dickcissel
122. Bobolink
123. Red-winged Blackbird
124. Eastern Meadowlark
125. Western Meadowlark
126. Yellow-headed Blackbird
127. Great-tailed Grackle
128. Common Grackle
129. Brown-headed Cowbird
130. Orchard Oriole
131. Baltimore Oriole
132. House Finch
133. American Goldfinch
134. House Sparrow

Reporting (10): Steve and Kim Calhoun, Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Tom Ewart, Mike Everhart, Paul Griffin, Allison Jones, Nathan Ofsthun, Art Weigand

Friday: Noon

Comeau's feeders held a number of good sparrows and Jones reports an adult Bald Eagle this morning. Calhoun finds a Redhead on the way to take his big final, which is now past and now marks the start of bigtime bird time!

65 Species

Wood Duck
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Least Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Parula
American Redstart
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Reporting (3): Jeff Calhoun, Steve Comeau, Allison Jones


Friday - 8:00 AM

A twenty minute walk was highlighted by a gorgeous American Redstart and a Chuck-will’s-widow flushed from a path I was walking. I will be testing until about 12:30, but preliminary reports from Ofsthun sound fantastic too. Check back early this afternoon for a full up-to-date report, and please send any additions to jecalhoun@wichita.edu.

27 Species

Turkey Vulture

Wild Turkey

Mourning Dove


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Purple Martin

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

American Robin

Northern Parula

American Redstart

Chipping Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Indigo Bunting

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

American Goldfinch

Reporting (1): Jeff Calhoun


Cardinal Kicks-off the effort

A Northern Cardinal is the first bird recorded for the contest, singing at 5:52 AM in my backyard. We won't be skunked on day one after all! Squarely at one species prior to 6AM on day one. Not bad!


Thursday, May 6, 2010


Don't forget to listen for WAS on KFDI this weekend!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


The head was in a book but the ears perked up when a YB Cuckoo began
clucking moments ago in my Derby backyard. We recorded 0 Cuckoo
species on last year's event, but with reports of Yellow-billeds and
Roadrunners recently, one has to wonder how many members of the Cuckoo
family we will record this weekend. Here's hoping 3!


A message from Jay Prater

A message from Jay Prater, meteorologist for KAKE TV, in regards to weekend wind, migration and birdfinding conditions :

Jay Prater, CBM- In
Wichita expect SSE winds 15 to 30mph Thursday...then NW 15 to 35mph on
Friday. Pretty light on Saturday...breezy late Sunday out of the SE. Good Luck!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Birdiest County Kicks Off Friday

The Birdiest County contest begins this Friday and you can catch all the exciting action here!!!