This post includes both Kansas and Missouri sightings since we birded in both . . .
EJ and I tried the Wakarusa arm of Clinton Lake which had absolutely no
shorebirds. The mudflats are closer to the road now, but I suspect the
new mudflats have no food - they were baked last fall and frozen last
winter and recently inundated.
At Baker Wetlands we had the previously mentioned GLOSSY IBIS.
We slogged through the restoration area turning up 3+ American Bittern,
16 Sora, 6 Virginia Rail, and 22 Yellow-headed Blackbird (mostly female
- it's getting to be that time in spring).
Today we thoroughly birded Wyandotte County Lake driving the
road and stopping quite often to listen and walk around. We spend ~6
hours there and had 24 species of warbler including 2 Golden-winged, 2
Chestnut-sided, 1 CAPE MAY, 4 Blackburnian, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 1
Black-throated Green, and others. EJ photographed the May, which can bee
seen in the following checklist.
are unusually common in mid may as others have noted - so are Orange
Crowns. Tennesses were not abundant, and many/most warblers we saw were
males (excluding YRWA and OCWA), so hopefully there's many more.
The Bean lake checklist is
not entered yet, but we had 9 Hudsonian Godwit, 5 Willet, 3 Sanderling,
and some others. A Peregrine was there. Of course the RUFF was a
highlight, and EJ got some photos.