This weekend 35 people from Missouri and Kansas participated with the
Burroughs Audubon Society of Kansas City's field trip to central Kansas.
With the help of many locals sharing sightings and passing along timely
information, an extremely gracious couple granting permission for this
group to visit their yard, and cooperating weather/birds we collectively
observed and enjoyed 115 species around Quivira, Cheyenne Bottoms, and
central Kansas. Below are brief highlights from evening on the August 24th
through late morning on the 26th.

The Clark's Grebe that Scott Seltman first reported on June 26th at
Horsethief Reservoir has remained for a couple of months and some of the
group made a side trip to chase the local rarity in Hodgeman County.

Donnie and Kathy Kazmaier's graciousness permitted many in the group to
observe Rufous and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds as well as White-winged Doves
for the first time in Pawnee County. Jeff Calhoun and Dan Larson refound a
family group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks mere hours before our group
headed that direction and the ducks, less than a mile east of last year's
location, were quite fun to see.

The hours looking for and scanning through flocks around Cheyenne Bottoms
Wildlife Area and the Nature Conservancy properties were awesome with owls,
shorebirds, ducks, waders, and gulls.

At Quivira National Wildlife Area we enjoyed studying close views of
Western Sandpipers of various ages and molts as well as Snowy Plovers,
other shorebirds, and ducks.

The birds were good but time with old friends and making new ones while
enjoying nature was better.  Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, KS)

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