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22 May: @ 11:46:27 
Franklin County 5/21 [Kevin Groeneweg]
22 May: @ 09:42:17 
Burcham: Tuesday [Antonio, Robert J.]
21 May: @ 21:35:41 
Terns and such [Aaron Batterbee]
21 May: @ 18:40:37 
Mississippi Kites, Galena, KS Cherokee County, 5-21-18 [Jenn Rader]
21 May: @ 15:41:19 
Alder Flycatcher Vocalization Question [Malcolm Gold]
21 May: @ 11:25:10 
Burcham: Monday Morning [Antonio, Robert J.]
20 May: @ 20:39:39 
Saline Co birding May 20 [Pete Janzen]
20 May: @ 08:35:11 
Burcham: Sunday [Antonio, Robert J.]
19 May: @ 20:47:05 
HV County West Lake [Gregg Friesen]
19 May: @ 18:25:35 
Red Crossbills [Kellye Hart]
19 May: @ 09:21:30 
Mississippi Kite nest-building 5/18 Wichita / 2nd-year Kite / etc [Steve Seibel]
19 May: @ 06:44:07 
Slate Creek Wetlands [EUGENE YOUNG]
19 May: @ 03:58:31 
Slate Creek Wetlands [EUGENE YOUNG]
18 May: @ 19:56:03 
Slate Creek Wetlands [EUGENE YOUNG]
18 May: @ 11:17:28 
Burcham: Friday [Antonio, Robert J.]
18 May: @ 11:17:15 
urgent [Wayne Dahl]
18 May: @ 09:12:34 
Midland access Mill Creek streamway [Aaron Batterbee]
17 May: @ 19:26:29 
Wichita Audubon field trip to Slate Creek Wetlands this Saturday [Cheryl Miller]
17 May: @ 13:58:02 
Red Crossbills [Kellye Hart]
17 May: @ 13:49:20 
Water Softeners and hummer nectar [Chuck Otte]
17 May: @ 13:45:39 
Re: Obscure question [Carolyn Schwab]
17 May: @ 13:40:53 
Obscure question [Chuck Otte]
17 May: @ 13:19:04 
Correction RE: Ash-throated Flycatcher at Quivira / 5 May [Scott Seltman]
17 May: @ 10:24:06 
KCPL Wetland [Aaron Batterbee]
16 May: @ 18:21:52 
Re: Manhattan migration [Dan]
16 May: @ 17:51:40 
Swainsons warbler [Aaron Batterbee]
16 May: @ 17:02:42 
Burroughs Field Trips [Malcolm Gold]
16 May: @ 15:06:21 
Re: Manhattan migration [coleen brown]
16 May: @ 13:11:17 
Blue-winged Warbler - Miami County [Malcolm Gold]
16 May: @ 10:56:55 
Manhattan migration [Dan]
16 May: @ 09:11:46 
Antioch Park, Johnson County [Chris Hobbs]
16 May: @ 07:09:42 
Final KOS Spring Checklist, county listed [Chuck & Jaye Otte]
15 May: @ 20:43:33 
Morton County [Nickel, James B]
15 May: @ 19:18:18 
Fw: [cobirds] Golden-Crowned Warbler, Kit Carson Co. [Sebastian]
15 May: @ 14:14:16 
Connecticut Warbler Johnson County [Malcolm Gold]
15 May: @ 13:00:30 
Swainson's Warbler Johnson County [Terry Swope]
15 May: @ 11:07:24 
Burcham: Tuesday [Antonio, Robert J.]
15 May: @ 10:00:30 
Atchison Lake [Al Schirmacher]
15 May: @ 09:24:59 
Have Co Whimbrels [Carolyn Schwab]
15 May: @ 08:05:30 
Pratt loon [mike rader]
14 May: @ 23:58:15 
Oak Park, Wichita [Paul Griffin]
14 May: @ 21:27:06 
Re: BAS Field Trip to Fort Leavenworth [Linda Vidosh Zempel]
14 May: @ 21:23:57 
Seeking Sedgwick County Heronries [Pete Janzen]
14 May: @ 19:48:31 
Tomahawk Creek Park, Johnson County [David Williams]
14 May: @ 18:37:44 
Pottawatomie Co Mississippi Kite [Brandon Magette]
14 May: @ 18:32:14 
Red Crossbills [Kathy McDowell]
14 May: @ 14:28:00 
22 BBWDs at Larned / 14 May [Scott Seltman]
14 May: @ 11:08:07 
Re: Oak Park, Wichita [Mark Nolen]
14 May: @ 11:06:10 
Pine Siskin [Nancy H. Clark]
14 May: @ 11:01:19 
Least Tern invasion - LY County [Alexis Powell]





Subject: Franklin County 5/21
Date: Tue May 22 2018 11:46 am
From: kgroeneweg AT sbcglobal.net
 
I spent most of yesterday in Franklin County, following up on Pete's recent sightings along Turkey Creek. Some really great habitat there along Virginia Rd from about Neosho Rd south to Labette Rd, then along Labette Rd east to the nearby county line, as he mentioned previously. In addition to the nice selection of breeding species he had, I had a Mourning Warbler where the creek crosses Marshall Rd. Along the Flint Hills Nature Trail, where it crosses the Marais Des Cygne River west of the Hope Cemetery in Ottawa, I had a Blackburnian Warbler and a Bay-Breasted Warbler (Bay-breasted is new for the Franklin County checklist). I first found the Blackburnian when it started singing, so I went back to the car to get my camera. I managed to get a bad photo when it decided to chase a female Yellow Warbler and disappear across the trail. I thought I had relocated it, but that bird turned out to be the Bay-breasted, of which I managed another bad photo before it too disappeared. I waited for more action but that was about it. I returned to the Turkey Creek location as sunset, figuring I would get a Wood Thrush, E. Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow given the great habitat, and was not disappointed. Some photos and sound recordings on a few of the checklists of note below.
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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Subject: Burcham: Tuesday
Date: Tue May 22 2018 9:42 am
From: anto AT ku.edu
 
Its was a beautiful crisp early morning along the Kaw. The honeysuckle is finally in full bloom; cotton covered the surface of the Kaw and collected early morning light; mulberries are finally visible and ripening (too bad they are late for the departed opportunistic Swainson's Thrushes who I have observed eating them in the past along with the usualy suspects). The foliage is really dense now.

Alder Flycatcher - at least 5 were revEEting on the river trail at sunrise

Yellow Warbler - 2 singers
Northern Parula - 2 singers
Prothonotary - 2 one singing behind the KU boathouse & one on north stream

Red-shouldered Hawk - calling NW of park
Wood Duck - one pair
Yellow-throated Vireo - still singing next to the KU boat house
Warbling Vireo - 17 kings of Burcham Park
Cedar Waxwings - ~40 - two flocks appearing to be moving northward; stunning in the early morning light
Fish Crow - hearing one across river on the last couple of times near end of the river trail.

Bob Antonio
Lawrence

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Subject: Terns and such
Date: Mon May 21 2018 21:35 pm
From: abatterbee25 AT gmail.com
 
I went for a very short drive this evening after my daughter's softball
game to a mining pit that is filled with water. To my surprise, I found
some Forster's and Black Terns resting on the pipes. I bet more will pass
through there for those interested. I would say best viewing is towards
dusk because workers would have gone home for the evening. You would need a
scope to better view them. I also stumbled upon a scarlet tanager, which is
a life bird for me.

Happy Birding,
Aaron Batterbee
Johnson County

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Subject: Mississippi Kites, Galena, KS Cherokee County, 5-21-18
Date: Mon May 21 2018 18:40 pm
From: jennrader34 AT gmail.com
 
Nothing earth shattering to report, but after being gone for a few days, I
was emptying out excess rain water in my flower pots this evening and had 6
Mississippi Kites soaring and calling over my house. Most I've seen down in
the southeast corner of the state at one time.

Jenn Rader
Galena, KS Cherokee County

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher Vocalization Question
Date: Mon May 21 2018 15:41 pm
From: malcolmgold AT gmail.com
 
This spring, more than any other than I can remember, I've enjoyed tracking
down odd calls for common birds during migration. In past years I found
this frustrating as it always took me away from the rarities.
Unscientifically it seems there are a million different calls for the
Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, and Carolina Wren.

Anywho, I have a question regarding the frequency of individuals hearing
the Zzwweeoo or Rreeaa call of the Alder Flycatcher. This morning I had
visual of a Trail's Flycatcher at Ernie Miller Park and after a
short wait it gave that vocalization; one that I had to compare to
recordings for ID.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

A link to a similar call.
https://www.xeno-canto.org/189...

A nice comparison of the Trail's vocalizations.
http://www.appliedbioacoustics...

So the question is, how often is this heard in the field? I am quite
familiar with the call note challenges and identification by song, but the
other flycatcher vocalizations are something tha tI have not studied in the
past. I heard it last week and luckily was able to identify the bird when
it sang a feebeeo shortly after. I would have likely forgotten that
experience if I did not have the same thing happen this morning.

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold
(Overland Park - Johnson County - KS)

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Subject: Burcham: Monday Morning
Date: Mon May 21 2018 11:25 am
From: anto AT ku.edu
 
It was overcast with a westerly breeze on my early morning walk along the Kaw.

Most interesting events involved likely breeding species.
Prothonotary Warblers - 5 - 3 males were singing in relatively close proximity - 2 were along north stream one to the west of the crossing and one to the east. I could hear both singing at the same time. Interestingly while I was listening to the males, two female Prothonotarys flew in and landed on a branch about twenty yards away on the east side - one was carrying nesting material and the two did some hostile posturing without a battle and then flew off. I walked back quickly to the KU boathouse area and there was a third male singing in the woods behind the structure.

Orchard Oriole - a pair working small sycamore leaves next to south bridge. Molly Zahn stopped on her run and said she had heard OO song there this spring. Don't recall them nesting here or even seeing a pair together in Burcham. Then heard another at adjacent small park on west side of RR tracks - heard one there two weeks ago.

Red-shouldered Hawk - when I exited the park, two were sitting next to each other on top of the dead tree in the marshy area on the west side of the road at the entrance to Burcham. Had a single RS there about 10 days ago and have heard one calling nearby two weeks ago. But this is the first time I have seen two.

Yellow Warbler - 3 vocalizing
Common Yellowthroat - 1calling
Blackpoll - 1 singing
Northern Parula - 3 singing

Spotted Sandpiper - 2 first really good look - handsome they are in spring - on KU boat deck
Alder Flycatcher 1 or 2 singing in woods SW of north stream on river trail (same location as yesterday)
Least Flycatcher - 2 calling
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 1 notes

Bob Antonio
Lawrence

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Subject: Saline Co birding May 20
Date: Sun May 20 2018 20:39 pm
From: pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
 
Kevin Groeneweg and I birded Saline County most of the day on Sunday,
May 20. We saw 96 species of birds. We both added more than 20 species
to our respective Saline Co. lists. After being gone from Kansas during
the heart of the spring migration, and not having been to Quivira or
Cheyenne Bottoms at all in this calendar year, I've still managed to get
over 200 species of birds in Kansas this year. So there is that......

A few highlights were:

N. Waterthrush on Water Well Rd near Salina. New to Saline Co. list
Also seen here was a River Otter crossing the road and then through a
plowed field. It really looked big as it rumbled along.

WF Ibis-10+ at Smoky HIlls Audubon Sanctuary.

Hudsonian Godwit-6 at Saline County Lake, 1 at small pond SE of Salina

Pectoral Sandpiper-several at Smoky Hills Sanctuary, more at Saline Co. Lake

White-rumped Sandpiper-10+ at Smoky Hills, 30+ at Saline Co. Lake

Alder Flycatcher-several calling or singing at Lakeview Park

Summer Tanager-at least 5 at Webster Convention Center woodlands

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Subject: Burcham: Sunday
Date: Sun May 20 2018 8:35 am
From: anto AT ku.edu
 
Jon King and I walked on the Kaw river trail for about thirty or forty minutes before hard rain shut us down.

We had one possible Yellow Warbler & no Swainson's Thrushes which have been numerous even yesterday. A reminder that its getting late and summery.

Wilson's Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 1
Northern Parula - 3
Possible Canada Warbler - jumbled notes twice in woods south of the north stream

Alder Flycatcher - 2 singing in thickets near same stream
Least Flycatcher - 2

Bob Antonio
Lawrence

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Subject: HV County West Lake
Date: Sat May 19 2018 20:47 pm
From: friesen.fenton AT gmail.com
 
Rod Wedel and I birded Harvey County™s West Lake this afternoon (south of Burrton). Shorebirds included well over 200 white rumped sandpipers a number of semipalmated sandpipers and a number of Wilson™s phalaropes. A lone white 
-faced ibis flew in while we were at the lake. The shrubbery around the lake hosted to Bell™s Vireos along with a mix of other passerines.


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Subject: Red Crossbills
Date: Sat May 19 2018 18:25 pm
From: krhart06 AT gmail.com
 
Sam Guy and I went to the residence of Pam Annis (Ulysses) to see the Red
Crossbills reported earlier. There are several feeders in the backyard, but
the platform feeder (black oil sunflower and safflower) attracted the most
birds, particularly the Red Crossbills - At on time, I saw 12 on the
platform and at least that many on the ground under the feeder. Difficult
to get a count as they kept flying up, down, and to adjacent trees.

Other birds: 2 female and 1 male Black-headed Grosbeaks, 1 male American
Goldfinch, 6 Pine Siskins, 3 White-winged Doves, 1 Blue Jay.

--
Kellye Hart
Ulysses, KS (Grant Co.)

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Subject: Mississippi Kite nest-building 5/18 Wichita / 2nd-year Kite / etc
Date: Sat May 19 2018 9:21 am
From: sseibel999 AT gmail.com
 
On 5/18 I saw a pair of Mississippi Kites adding fresh leafy green
material to a nest in a pine tree in Schweiter park in Wichita.
That's the only nest I've seen kites active at in that park this
spring. It's not well situated for a very good view from the ground.
I actually saw kites working on that same nest, or another in a very
similar location in the same tree, in a previous year-- 2015 I
believe? -- but it was never completed; kites ended up nesting in a
different tree (an elm) that year. In 2016 kites nested in the same
tree as used in 2015 plus one additional tree (also an elm) that was
well situated for great views from the ground-- you could sit at a
picnic table in the shade under a gazebo roof and watch.

This spring, I first saw a kite carrying a stick to the nest in the
pine tree about a week ago. I'll send another note with a more
complete chronology-- date I first observed kites perched in that
park, date of first observation of mating, date of first observation
of nest-building, etc-- when I get a chance.

A week ago or two I also saw a kite perch briefly at an old Cooper's
Hawk nest (from 2015 or 2016?) but I haven't seen any subsequent
activity there.

Nearly all the Mississippi Kites I've seen to date have been adults as
opposed to second-year birds (distinguishable by white mottling on
breast and other underparts, prominent striping on underside of tail).
I did see one second-year kite soaring high overhead about a week ago,
and also got a close look at one perched near Schweiter park today
5/19. I suspect that many of the second-year kites that will spend
the summer here have simply not arrived yet.

One odd observation-- this morning 5/19 I saw a Mississippi Kite in
extended pursuit-- using horizontal, powered flight-- of a small dark
bird that appeared to be a Starling. They went out of sight over a
block away so I don't know the final outcome.

Steve Seibel

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Subject: Slate Creek Wetlands
Date: Sat May 19 2018 6:44 am
From: EUGENE.YOUNG AT noc.edu
 
In the interest of safety, I™m going to cancel the SCW tour.  The marsh is full, and I anticipate Slate Creek will come out of its banks with the amount of rain in the area...2-3 inches.  Even the rd west of Church is slick.  I™ll wait at church, in case anyone shows up.

Gene Young
Ark City/NOC

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Subject: Slate Creek Wetlands
Date: Sat May 19 2018 3:58 am
From: EUGENE.YOUNG AT noc.edu
 
We™ve received significant rain since my last message.  I™m not sure what the marsh will be like, other than wet and muddy.  The bad news, there is no way to travel within the complex by vehicle now...so it will have to be by foot, thus you will need boots.

The good news, birds could be along the perimeter roads. At this point, it looks as if storms will be out of area by our meeting time.

Therefore, I will still meet at church at 0800 hrs, for those brave enough to walk. I™ll head over and get there at 0700...to make sure it™s not

Gene Young
Ark City/NOC

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Subject: Slate Creek Wetlands
Date: Fri May 18 2018 19:56 pm
From: EUGENE.YOUNG AT noc.edu
 
Wichita Audubon Society will be visiting SCW tomorrow, meet at Slate Valley Baptist Church at 0800 hrs.

The area should be good for shorebirds, and we might be able to get around with vehicles, pending rain tonight. At present it™s all west of us. In the event of heavy rains or storms in AM, I™ll post updates here and on FB.

Gene Young
Ark City/NOC
620-660-0547



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Subject: Burcham: Friday
Date: Fri May 18 2018 11:17 am
From: anto AT ku.edu
 
It was a beautiful morning along the Kaw. Walked with Joe Harrington this morning. Seemed pretty quiet early but we found a few migrants.

Warblers
Yellow ` 20
Northern Parula - 4 singing
Prothonotary - 2 one singing behind the KU boathouse & another where north stream flows into the Kaw
Wilson's - 2 singing and one gave good looks
Blackpoll - 3 singing
Blackburnian - singing & Joe Observed on river trail

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1 FOSB just above south bridge on marshy edge
Acadian Flycatcher - 2 - FOSB one sang near south most wood edge & another north south bridge
Least Flycatcher - 1 singing
Swainson's Thrush - 6 a couple singing

Bob Antonio
Lawrence



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Date: Fri May 18 2018 11:17 am
From: wjdahl5 AT att.net
 
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Thanks,
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Subject: Midland access Mill Creek streamway
Date: Fri May 18 2018 9:12 am
From: abatterbee25 AT gmail.com
 
Good Morning,

I refound the Connecticut Warbler after the bridge and before where the
trail spilts. The Swainsons Warbler was a no show. The water level in the
creek in higher, so if you want to hike it, bring boots or shoes you don't
mind getting wet.

Happy Birding
Aaron Batterbee
Johnson County

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Subject: Wichita Audubon field trip to Slate Creek Wetlands this Saturday
Date: Thu May 17 2018 19:26 pm
From: avian67226 AT gmail.com
 
Hi friends. You're invited to join Wichita Audubon for their field trip to
Slate Creek Wetlands, 8 a.m., Saturday, May 19.

Slate Creek Wetlands is the Pearl of the Prairie, a unique ecosystem with
ties to when Kansas was admitted to statehood. This wetland complex plays
hosts to a variety of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, other waterbirds,
sparrows, flycatchers and raptors. Expect to see migrating shorebirds,
terns, herons, rails, and lingering or nesting waterfowl.We will meet at
Slate Valley Baptist Church at 8 am. Bring boots and mosquito spray. Water
conditions will determine the amount of walking required. We will go to
Chaplin Nature Center for lunch and do some more birding there in the
afternoon. Leader: Gene Young, 620-660-0547.

--
Cheryl Miller
Wichita, KS

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Subject: Red Crossbills
Date: Thu May 17 2018 13:58 pm
From: krhart06 AT gmail.com
 
On May 16, 2018, Pam Annis reported (with pictures) having six Red
Crossbills at her feeders here in Ulysses the past few days.

--
Kellye Hart
Ulysses, KS (Grant Co.)

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Subject: Water Softeners and hummer nectar
Date: Thu May 17 2018 13:49 pm
From: cotte AT ksu.edu
 
So to answer my own question - I was able to track down an email that
Sherri Williamson wrote (Sherri wrote the hummingbird book for the
Peterson Field Guide series) where she discourages using water that's been
through a home softerner unit because of the elevated salt content. I'm
not sure what listserv this had been on originally, but it's from 1999 and
this is what she wrote:

"Bill Calder, longtime hummingbird researcher, found higher than normal
levels of sodium in the urine of urban hummingbirds in Tucson, where many
people use chemical water softeners. The typical softener system replaces
the calcium ions in the water with sodium, in the form of ordinary salt.
This, too, is probably not good for the birds in the long run. Natural
nectar contains a variety of electrolyte salts providing a balance of
sodium, potassium and other ions, so to bring your nectar substitute
closer to the real thing you might use untreated tap water or bottled
drinking water."

Chuck

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Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028 FAX 785-238-7166
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Subject: Obscure question
Date: Thu May 17 2018 13:45 pm
From: caschwab3591 AT gmail.com
 
Good question.  I avoid it for myself choosing a whole house filter instead.

On Thu, May 17, 2018, 1:40 PM Chuck Otte wrote:

> I have never had anyone ask this question but saw it today. Is there any
> negative impact about using water softened with a home water softener when
> making hummingbird nectar.
>
> Hmmmmmmm
>
> Chuck
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Subject: Obscure question
Date: Thu May 17 2018 13:40 pm
From: cotte AT ksu.edu
 
I have never had anyone ask this question but saw it today. Is there any
negative impact about using water softened with a home water softener when
making hummingbird nectar.

Hmmmmmmm

Chuck

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Subject: Correction RE: Ash-throated Flycatcher at Quivira / 5 May
Date: Thu May 17 2018 13:19 pm
From: sselt AT gbta.net
 
Excellent pics by Peter Burke of the silent 'myiarchus' I reported from
Quivira NWR on 5 May showed several fieldmarks that I simply didn't notice
in the field, so we have switched the ID from Ash-troated to Great Crested.
It was paler than normal for a GCFL this time of year.



My apologies and please strike the sighting from any seasonal reports.



This means that Quivira NWR still doesn't have a Ash-throated Flycatcher
record. Some may remember that I saw and photographed a ATFL a little over
a mile west of the Big Salt Marsh and off the refuge on 2 May, 2013. I
can't recall if anyone else saw that bird.



The Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are still just sorta roaming around Larned
in small groups. On 16 May I saw 13 along the shore at the sandpit SE of
town along K-19. My guess is that a few will linger all summer, but who
knows?



I made a quick drive-thru of Cheyenne Bottoms on 16 May and saw nothing of
note, in fact bird numbers had dropped dramatically from 12 days earlier.
On 4 May I saw a lone Common Gallinule on the north side of the road about a
mile east of the refuge HQ. I did NOT see it again yesterday, but it's
something to watch for.



Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas


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Subject: KCPL Wetland
Date: Thu May 17 2018 10:24 am
From: abatterbee25 AT gmail.com
 
Lack of rain has kept the water levels low. Today there was one dunlin
mixed in with continuing sandpipers.

Aaron Batterbee
Johnson County

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Subject: Manhattan migration
Date: Wed May 16 2018 18:21 pm
From: browndog06 AT cox.net
 
Aha! That caught on more quickly than I had even hoped. It only takes a spark.



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coleen brown wrote:

>RLG sounds good to me!! And I agree that Warblers do not really warble but House wrens do! So that being said, I have a nesting House "Warbler" pair and yesterday morning in my mulberry tree I had 2 Yellow RLG's and a Palm RLG. ˜
>Coleen Brown
>Manhattan
>
>
>Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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>
>-------- Original message --------
>From: Dan
>Date: 5/16/18 10:56 AM (GMT-06:00)
>To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
>Subject: Manhattan migration
>
>I walked part of the South Manhattan Linear Trail this morning, paralleling Wildcat Creek. Although I added Eastern Wood-pewee and Cape May Warbler as new for 2018, it was predominantly sights and sounds of summer. Which has been the case for at least 2 weeks for me.
>
>I know I've lost significant high-end hearing, and that limits me (although I heard the Cape May directly overhead). But have others in the Manhattan area been having good outings, particularly for warblers?
>
>And, can I get something off my chest? Warblers don't warble. Some of their songs could loosely be described as pretty, but none of them warble. House Wrens warble. Enthusiastically.
>
>So I propose we change the family name, and I've given this a lot of thought, trying and rejecting various attempts. What I finally came up with is Resplendent Leaf Gleaner, or RLG for short.
>
>So this morning I had 1 Cape May RLG and several Yellow RLGs, but no others.
>
>Can I get an amen on the proposed name change?
>
>Dan Mulhern
>Manhattan
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Subject: Swainsons warbler
Date: Wed May 16 2018 17:51 pm
From: abatterbee25 AT gmail.com
 
Walt Cochran and I relocated the swainsons warbler along the west creek bed
from bridge. About 60 yards down stream from where it was found recently. I
got a fantastic look but no camera shot. Walt also got looks.

Johnson county
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Subject: Burroughs Field Trips
Date: Wed May 16 2018 17:02 pm
From: malcolmgold AT gmail.com
 
There are 3 Burrough's Audubon field-trips during the next week around
Kansas City. Many migrants are still around and we hope to find some
during the morning and evening walks. Stick around until dark this Friday
and listen to Chuck-will's-widows and Eastern Whip-poor-wills. Consider
yourself invited to all of them, the trips are open to everyone and we hope
to see at one or all of them!

Thursday May 17th “ Mornings with Malcolm at Tomahawk Creek Park
Friday May 18th “ Nightjars in Johnson County
Tuesday May 22nd “ Mornings with Mark

Three additional trips scheduled in June before Burrough's field-trips take
a break during the summer months.

Sunday June 3rd “ Dunn Ranch and Pawnee Prairie Natural Area
Saturday June 9th “ Blue River Parkway Breeding Bird Census
Tuesday June 12th “ Jerry Smith Park Breeding Bird Census

Details for these and all trips can be found on the field-trip webpage. An
overnight field-trip to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Quivira National
Wildlife Refuge, and central Kansas is being planned for early to middle
part of August. More details to come.

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love your opinion to better determine where, when, and how to offer
field-trips in the future.

Sincerely,

Malcolm Gold
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Subject: Manhattan migration
Date: Wed May 16 2018 15:06 pm
From: coleenm2002 AT hotmail.com
 
RLG sounds good to me!! And I agree that Warblers do not really warble but House wrens do! So that being said, I have a nesting House "Warbler" pair and yesterday morning in my mulberry tree I had 2 Yellow RLG's and a Palm RLG. ˜
Coleen Brown
Manhattan


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-------- Original message --------
From: Dan
Date: 5/16/18 10:56 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: KSBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: Manhattan migration

I walked part of the South Manhattan Linear Trail this morning, paralleling Wildcat Creek. Although I added Eastern Wood-pewee and Cape May Warbler as new for 2018, it was predominantly sights and sounds of summer. Which has been the case for at least 2 weeks for me.

I know I've lost significant high-end hearing, and that limits me (although I heard the Cape May directly overhead). But have others in the Manhattan area been having good outings, particularly for warblers?

And, can I get something off my chest? Warblers don't warble. Some of their songs could loosely be described as pretty, but none of them warble. House Wrens warble. Enthusiastically.

So I propose we change the family name, and I've given this a lot of thought, trying and rejecting various attempts. What I finally came up with is Resplendent Leaf Gleaner, or RLG for short.

So this morning I had 1 Cape May RLG and several Yellow RLGs, but no others.

Can I get an amen on the proposed name change?

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler - Miami County
Date: Wed May 16 2018 13:11 pm
From: malcolmgold AT gmail.com
 
A Blue-winged Warbler was calling north of the small bridge on 223rd ST in
Miami County. More details about location are in the comments and can be
navigated from the map.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold
Johnson County- Overland Park KS
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Subject: Manhattan migration
Date: Wed May 16 2018 10:56 am
From: browndog06 AT cox.net
 
I walked part of the South Manhattan Linear Trail this morning, paralleling Wildcat Creek. Although I added Eastern Wood-pewee and Cape May Warbler as new for 2018, it was predominantly sights and sounds of summer. Which has been the case for at least 2 weeks for me.

I know I've lost significant high-end hearing, and that limits me (although I heard the Cape May directly overhead). But have others in the Manhattan area been having good outings, particularly for warblers?

And, can I get something off my chest? Warblers don't warble. Some of their songs could loosely be described as pretty, but none of them warble. House Wrens warble. Enthusiastically.

So I propose we change the family name, and I've given this a lot of thought, trying and rejecting various attempts. What I finally came up with is Resplendent Leaf Gleaner, or RLG for short.

So this morning I had 1 Cape May RLG and several Yellow RLGs, but no others.

Can I get an amen on the proposed name change?

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Subject: Antioch Park, Johnson County
Date: Wed May 16 2018 9:11 am
From: chobbs.f1 AT gmail.com
 
Still fairly birdy this morning.  I had 15 minutes, so parked by the tennis
courts and walked over to the wooden low water crossing. Highlights were:

2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Philadelphia Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireos
4 Swainson's Thrush
2 Chestnut-sided
3 Wilson's Warblers
4 Am Redstarts
6 Yellow Warblers
1 Tennessee

If standing in that spot for a few minutes was any indication, still plenty
of migrants moving through.

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
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Subject: Final KOS Spring Checklist, county listed
Date: Wed May 16 2018 7:09 am
From: otte2 AT cox.net
 
The final compiled checklist from the KOS spring meeting, broken down by
county, is now posted and can be viewed at the link below. We finished with
178 species, not record setting but given the weather and the year, pretty
darn good!!

http://ksbirds.org/kos/KOS_201...

Thank you to all the trip leaders who helped compile the list, to all who
attended and a special thank you to the spring meeting chairman, Jeff
Calhoun!

Chuck

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Subject: Morton County
Date: Tue May 15 2018 20:43 pm
From: James.Nickel AT bnsf.com
 
It's a pleasure to come back to Kansas. The Panhandle is dry and not much green. The big playa lakes of last year are gone. The Titmice are all Black-crested. But, It's green in Kansas!
I stopped, of course, in Morton County on the way there and back. The cemetery/lagoons/shelterbelt had some good birds. I saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the little dried up pond. Not much to speak of on the lagoons. There were loads of yellow warblers at the shelterbelt. But, the best warbler was a MacGillivray's hanging low in some brush in the shelterbelt. There are about 25-30 nesting Black-crowned Night Herons in the shelterbelt now. I walked over to the cemetery. Not much there, but I talked to a woman that said her friend was a birder that knows some of the Wichita birders. She said that they had seen a Vermillion Flycatcher. If it was not the one I saw, that would be 2 for this spring.
I went to middle springs. That area is great. It must have been a god send for the tired people who stopped there on the Santa Fe trail many years ago. It really is a bird oasis. I saw a Lazuli bunting there. There were many yellow warblers, another Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Nashville. But, the best bird for me was a Townsend's Warbler.
Then I headed to the North Fork country. When I turned off the paved road I saw a Raven and then a Northern Harrier. There are lots of Lark Buntings in the area. There are also many Cassin's sparrows. The Buntings were great to see again as I have not seen them for years. The old home site had two recently dead Magpies in the stock tank. But there were several live nesting pairs in the area. There were a few Empids, although none were calling. One looked especially dark. I saw a pair of Blue Grosbeaks. The best bird for me was probably a Yellow-breasted Chat.
My last stop was the cemetery at Richfield. There was a Say's Phoebe there. There was also a Black-headed Grosbeak, making three species of Grosbeaks! I flushed a Nighthawk that I tried without success to make into a lesser. The Lesser Nighthawks, at least one, are close to Kansas now. David Wiggins sent me a photo of one that he saw in the panhandle of Oklahoma. I think he said near Kenton.
On a serious note I got a tick bite last time I was home. After the bite I got flu like symptoms for a day or so. Then the bite area turned into a larger red area with telltale bullseye mark. I am talking antibiotics now, as I think I may have had the first signs of Lyme's. As birders we are almost sure to get bitten. So if you think you might have the bug, do not wait as early treatment is more successful then waiting. Waiting could create lifelong problems. Best Wishes Jim Nickel


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Subject: Golden-Crowned Warbler, Kit Carson Co.
Date: Tue May 15 2018 19:18 pm
From: sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com
 
Ummmm . . .


doubt that this was on ANYONE'S radar screen . . . spitting distance to KANSAS, as the Golden-crowned Warbler flies, that is!


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Subject: [cobirds] Golden-Crowned Warbler, Kit Carson Co.

Folks,

I just photographed a Golden-Crowned Warbler at Mitchek Ranch. The ranch is private, but the bird was visible from Cheyenne County Rd 9, about a mile south of the Kit Carson / Cheyenne Co. line. The folks living there are not the owners and can not grant permission to enter the property. Since I am working out here, I will provide an update tomorrow morning.


Glenn Walbek
Castle Rock, CO

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler Johnson County
Date: Tue May 15 2018 14:14 pm
From: malcolmgold AT gmail.com
 
Following up on Terry's great find, Kathy Carroll, Melissa Bruce, and
myself found a male Connecticut Warbler a few hundred yards south on the
same trail at the 33212J0 red sign.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold



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> Found a silent Swainson™s Warbler this morning along Mill Creek in Johnson
> County at the Midland Rd access point. From the parking lot take the trail
> and cross over the bridge. Where the trail splits take the lower trail on
> the right to where the vegetation begins and look on the left in the low
> tangles.
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Subject: Swainson's Warbler Johnson County
Date: Tue May 15 2018 13:00 pm
From: kcswope AT everestkc.net
 
Found a silent Swainson™s Warbler this morning along Mill Creek in Johnson County at the Midland Rd access point. From the parking lot take the trail and cross over the bridge. Where the trail splits take the lower trail on the right to where the vegetation begins and look on the left in the low tangles.
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Subject: Burcham: Tuesday
Date: Tue May 15 2018 11:07 am
From: anto AT ku.edu
 
It was sociable summery early morning along the Kaw - ran into Christopher Rogers and partner, and Galen Pittman and Joe Harrington.  The migrant activity is down and we're edging into summer in these parts. Getting harder to see out there as the foliage thickens

Warblers
Yellow - 20+ lots of song and even more chatter and partial song
Wilson's - 3 singing
Blackpoll - 1 singing
Prothonotary - 1 still singing behind the KU Boathouse
Canada - 1 it did its jumble of notes once in the thicket 50 yards to 75 yards above south bridge on river trail low in wet bush

Joe & Christopher had several American Redstarts; Joe also said he heard several Blackpolls & Orange-crowns earlier on the river trail; Joe and Galen had a an Alder Flycatcher above the KU boathouse that stooped singing when I got there

Philadelphia Vireo - 1 the best looks I had at one this year
Swainson's Thrush - 11 - one song & lots of whit notes
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1 still singing from the same tree next to the -wonder if he has a mater?
Least Flycatcher -1 calling
Eastern Bluebird - pair active together near their nesting site aound south bridge

Bob Antonio
Lawrence



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Subject: Atchison Lake
Date: Tue May 15 2018 10:00 am
From: alschirmacher AT live.com
 
18-20 warblers at Atchison Lake this morning.


Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers as well.


Best warblers Mourning, Canada, Golden-winged, possible late Pine.


Don Merz had good looks at the Canada; arriving later, I did not. And it™s been five years since I listened to Pines on territory; my ear said Pine, my brain hesitates. Hence, 18-20.


Nevertheless, best warbler day of the year.


Al Schirmacher

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Subject: Have Co Whimbrels
Date: Tue May 15 2018 9:24 am
From: caschwab3591 AT gmail.com
 
I  seem to be lousy at finding warblers, but I get good "yard birds"!
Eleven Whimbrels lifted from our pond while we were eating last evening. I
only had a few seconds to try to capture their exit to the NW. Newton,
Harvey county. Photos on Facebook Kansas Birding.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS
P/S. Bob Dester reports a Western Tanager at Osage Nature Trail on Sunday,
May 13.

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Subject: Pratt loon
Date: Tue May 15 2018 8:05 am
From: mike_rader AT hotmail.com
 
Hi all,


I took a quick drive around Pratt County Lake this morning before work and was a little surprised to see a Common Loon on the east end of the lake. With a light rain, it was pretty quiet otherwise:

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Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
Date: Mon May 14 2018 23:58 pm
From: pgriffin1 AT cox.net
 
Hi Folks,

I didn™t see or hear any warblers in Oak Park today, until I got to the Arch pond near the SW corner of OP. I sat by the pond, being as stealthy as possible, and I finally got to see a Nashville along with many Yellow warblers. Then I saw a Mourning warbler, new for the year. Later reading Mark Nolan™s post, he reported a Mourning warbler near the pond also, probably the same one. I also saw female Redstart™s, which are generally the last warbler species to pass through Oak Park in the spring. Many vireo™s, and flycatchers.

Sorry for this late report. Last Saturday morning we had the Warbler Walk in Oak Park. It™s always a good time to walk Oak Park with people interested in birds. We did see a nice warbler, a Magnolia and a few others, including a nice Redstart male. The Cooper™s hawk female sitting on her new eggs. Hummingbirds in different places. Many Vireo™s and Flycatchers. I had a good time and I hope everyone else did to.

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Wichita
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Subject: BAS Field Trip to Fort Leavenworth
Date: Mon May 14 2018 21:27 pm
From: 0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request AT listserv.ksu.edu
 
Thanks Nancy, Dave, John and Neil. It was a wonderful day.Linda Vidosh Zempel

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On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 8:51 PM, David Williams wrote: A Burroughs Audubon sponsored field trip to the Fort Leavenworth woods on Saturday, May 12 had 19 participants and logged 93 species. Some highlights:

13 species of warblers included Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Kentucky, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Yellow, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green Warblers. None of these were seen in very large numbers except for the listing of 42 American Redstarts.

10 sparrow species included Grasshopper, Chipping, Clay-colored, Field, Lark, White-crowned, Harris™s, Savannah, Lincoln™s Sparrows and Eastern Towhee.

Empid Flycatchers included Least, Acadian and Alder.

Many of the reliable species of the Fort Leavenworth woods were present - Summer & Scarlet Tanagers, 7 Wood Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, Bell™s Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Pileated Woodpecker (heard only).

An adult Bald Eagle was seen in flight from the bottoms area of the fort heading toward the Missouri River and beyond. We have seen an eagle hunting for fish on the post this week and then also flying toward the river, likely to a nest location near where a pair has nested previously.

Sora & Spotted Sandpiper were seen at the small marsh at the south end of the air field.

A Giant Swallowtail butterfly was also a big hit!

Thank you to all who participated including trip leader Nancy Leo, local Leavenworth County expert John Schukman and the Fort Leavenworth Natural Resources Specialist Neil Bass.

Dave Williams
Leavenworth County KS
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Subject: Seeking Sedgwick County Heronries
Date: Mon May 14 2018 21:23 pm
From: pete.janzen AT sbcglobal.net
 
I got a call from Alan Maccarone at Friends University. He has done
research on colonial nesting herons here in the Wichita area for many
years. This year it seems there is not a large mixed species heronry in
the area, or at least he and his studets have not found one. There is a
seemingly pure colony of Great Egrets in the residential area near Towne
West, there is a Black-crowned Night-Heron colony at the zoo, and the
Yellow-crowned Night Herons are in their usual haunts. What is missing
from prior years is a colony of nesting Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets and
Little Blue Herons. So if you are aware of one let me know and I'll pass
it along. I have not been out birding in Kansas for most of the past six
weeks so I don't know what's going on. This is NOT a request for
sightings of individual birds. This is a request for information on
large numbers of birds building large numbers of nests constructed with
sticks in a concentrated area. Obviously I've been mistaken for someone
who still gets out chasing birds around town and that just isn't the
case currently. I don't know if the big heronry in the Hutchinson area
is as active as last year or if it is even in the same location near the
Stratica Museum. That one may not be of interest to the Friends people,
I don't know the nature or parameters of their studies.

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Pete Janzen Wichita, KS [email protected]


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Subject: Tomahawk Creek Park, Johnson County
Date: Mon May 14 2018 19:48 pm
From: davewilliams8 AT mac.com
 
I joined Malcolm Gold to walk Tomahawk Creek Park in Leawood KS this morning on the trails south of 119th St.  We were joined on the walk for much of the time by Nancy Leo, Pat StJohn, Micky Louis and Linda Bryan.

A slow walk over 4 hours on the paths yielded a lot of birds, and a lot of song, with 17 species of warblers. We had good to exceptional looks at all of the warblers except for Golden-winged & Kentucky which were heard only. Highlights:

Blackburnian Warbler - 1 with killer looks, 2 others briefer, good for some looks, 2 by voice,
Chestnut-sided Warblers - multiple birds seen well, 5 at least, we listed 7,
Canada Warbler - 2 for certain, 1 with great looks,
Mourning - 3, with looks at birds on the bank across the creek,
Magnolia Warbler - 2 or 3 with great looks, 2 others heard, maybe glimpsed.

Others - Black-and-white, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, American Restart, Northern Parula, Yellow, Blackpoll, Wilson™s.

Blue-headed, at least 2 Philadelphia, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos were present.

We walked with warblers on the brain and likely under-reported some species. Much credit goes to the great ears of Malcolm and Nancy. We had a great morning, a great time.

Dave Williams
Leavenworth County Ks

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Subject: Pottawatomie Co Mississippi Kite
Date: Mon May 14 2018 18:37 pm
From: averbirder AT gmail.com
 
Mississippi Kite soaring above the ball field this evening in St Marys. Not
my first Pott Co. Kite but new to the city of...

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

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Subject: Red Crossbills
Date: Mon May 14 2018 18:32 pm
From: sialias AT stevenhmcdowell.com
 
Greetings:  three red crossbills made a brief stop at my feeders in NW Douglas County late this afternoon (May 14,2018).  They did not linger for long and it was a first for my yard!

Kathy McDowell
Lawrence, Kansas
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Subject: 22 BBWDs at Larned / 14 May
Date: Mon May 14 2018 14:28 pm
From: sselt AT gbta.net
 
I believe our high count for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in 2017 was 22 and that's how many  I'm looking at right now at the sandpit SE of Larned along K19 East.

We had our first YB Cuckoo here on 13 May.

Scott Seltman
Larned Kansas

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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita
Date: Mon May 14 2018 11:08 am
From: marktnol AT hotmail.com
 
Nice about the prothonotary! This morning (5/15) I heard my first Tennessee warbler of the season at Oak Park. Also heard and found was a (softly) singing mourning warbler near the main path above the pond, among the usual suspects (orange-crowned, American restart, and yellow).

I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas where migratory warblers were much more abundant than here in Sedgwick County. As my teaching semester is over, I think I need to head east in Kansas this week before the warbler season is over.

Mark Nolen
Wichita-Hutchinson

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From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas on behalf of Paul Griffin
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 12:13:46 AM
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Subject: Oak Park, Wichita

Hi Folks,

Oak Park is still low on warbler species. Today, I saw only a few Yellow warblers. But, I did have a surprise. I did find a warbler that I had never seen before. It was taking a bath with a small group of yellow warblers at the Arch pond on the SW corner of Oak Park. It was a female Prothonotary warbler. I have only seen a Prothonotary male twice in OP. Until now, never a female. Maybe, the rain coming in tonight, will help bring some new warblers in.

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin
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Subject: Pine Siskin
Date: Mon May 14 2018 11:06 am
From: nhclark AT planetkc.com
 
Greetings!

A lone pine siskin is on our sunflower chip feeder!

Nancy Clark
Lenexa, Johnson County

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Subject: Least Tern invasion - LY County
Date: Mon May 14 2018 11:01 am
From: 00000046a85cfb27-dmarc-request AT listserv.ksu.edu
 
Lyon County is suffering drought, so conditions for marsh and shorebirds are not good, making sewage ponds all the more attractive. Yesterday, 13 May 2018, I observed a Least Tern at the sewage ponds E of Neosho Rapids. Today, 14 May 2018, I found one at the biggest industrial pond on the N side of Logan Ave (about 2 blocks W of Weaver St.) on the E side of Emporia. These may be the first records for the county.

Alexis Powell
Emporia, KS

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