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Another thing to consider:  while sewage ponds attract unusual birds, they may have limited viability as a food source for many species.  Hence, an Arctic Tern or skua may come in for a look, make a few passes, find little interest, then move on.  Patience with a healthy dose of serendipity (and sometimes a strong stomach) goes a long way in finding rarities at sewage ponds.  Depending on the species, chasing a reported rarity at a sewage pond may offer the least percentage of success.

Chris Hobbs
Shawnee, KS
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From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 2:55 am
Subject: Re: Birding the Unusual Urban Places; correction

> If my post responding to Scott Laurent's query about K.C. region 
> hotspots 
> created the impression that Excelsior Springs has the only sewage 
> lagoons in 
> the area  worth visiting, it was a mistake. Others in the area, 
> some perhaps 
> as close or closer to K.C. than Excelsior Springs, also deserve 
> mention. 
> They are:
> 
> The Paola, KS sewage lagoons have been consistently good for 
> diving ducks in 
> migration and yielded a Little Gull on one occasion.
> 
> The Overbrook, KS sewage lagoons are worth visiting. They 
> regularly produce 
> Greater Scaup and have yielded Oldsquaw.
> 
> The Appleton City, MO lagoons can be productive of ducks, snipe, etc.
> 
> The New Strawn, KS lagoons east of Redmond Reservoir are also 
> worth 
> visiting, regularly yielding Greater Scaup and occasionally Oldsquaw..
> 
> The small lagoons near Clinton Reservoir have produced Oldsquaw 
> and, I 
> believe, at least one scoter.
> 
> The lagoons below the dam at Lake Perry, KS are small and grown up 
> with 
> vegetation but worth visiting.
> 
> The Louisburg, KS lagoons are visible from US 69 and therefore 
> hard to bird. 
> But they usually have diving ducks in season.
> 
> The fish farms and sand pits in Lawrence, KS have been productive, 
> the best 
> bird probably being a Neotropic Cormorant at the sand pits.
> 
> The Maryville, MO sewage lagoons have yielded all sorts of goodies 
> (e.g. 
> scoters, S. Buntings, phalaropes, C. Black-headed Gull) for Dave 
> Easterla 
> and others over the years, (but they are a fur piece from K.C.)
> 
> Like any other hotspots, sewage lagoons are only as productive as 
> their 
> coverage. No doubt the Maryville lagoons yielded so much because 
> they were 
> covered so well. Conversely, except perhaps for the Paola, KS 
> lagoons, most 
> of the ones I have mentioned above are covered only sporadically.
> 
> I have visited the Tucson, AZ sewage treatment plant only once -- 
> in 1975. 
> It produced several shore bird species and a Black Tern for me, 
> the latter 
> then a very good bird for Tucson. The Tucson plant has the very 
> large 
> advantage of being an oasis in a desert. In 1975, at least, it 
> also had 
> shorebird habitat, whereas most of the places mentioned above are 
> ponds 
> usually full of water.
> 
> Another oasis that I have visited many times is the Elkhart sewage 
> lagoon 
> complex  in extreme southwestern Kansas, I have seen Sabine's Gull 
> there 
> twice, and it has appeared there on other occaisions. Other 
> zooties at 
> Elkhart have included Red and Red-necked Phalaropes and, I 
> believe, 
> Kittiwake. Though far from K.C., Elkhart gets a lot of coverage. 
> So do the 
> Liberal, KS lagoons, which have also been very productive.
> 
> Don't get me going about garbage dumps and landfills. They are 
> also great 
> places to look for birds, especially gulls (and Tamulipas Crows in 
> Brownsville, TX).

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