and (1 day each) OK and AR
April 21-29, 2008
Trip Report and Trip List
American White Pelican
Greater Prairie Chicken
Other Perspectives on Species Already Showcased Above (in the order of the pictures):
A Sampling of Other Bird Species Sighted (in taxonomic order):
- Pied-billed Grebe
- Cormorants, some with double crests evident;
Study of a Cormorant's feet on takeoff.
- Great Blue Heron in flight from below;
from above (Bushnell).
- Turkey Vulture taking off;
perched; Two perched together.
- Prairie Falcon
- Wood Duck; a pair.
- Blue-winged Teal in flight, coot not quite;
synchronized swimming; This
preening Teal shows a spot of blue,
usually only visible in flight.
- Ruddy Duck pair;
Four Ruddy Ducks.
- It was not unusual to spot a Ring-necked Pheasant (Canon).
Compare the photo quality with this Pheasant
taken with the camera built into my Bushnell binoculars.
- We sighted Wild Turkeys every day.
- Solitary Sandpipers have white spectacles.
- Upland Sandpiper. A couple of times, as I drove through rural Kansas,
Herman said, "Stop! Backup. Upland Sandpiper."
- We pulled over on a wide shoulder just outside Great Bend, KS to watch
Franklin's Gulls in a field.
Herman exclaimed, "They're pink!"
After awhile a policecar, lights aflashing, stopped to see if anything was wrong; Here's a
flight of Franklins near Wakefield, KS.
- Loggerhead Shrike
- Tree Swallow
- Northern Rough-winged Swallows
- Barn Swallow
- Bluebird (Bushnell); another;
and yet another
- Athletic Northern Mockingbird
- Harris's Sparrows were common in Kansas;
from the front;
Harris's has an unmarked rump
as does the Lark Sparrow.
- White-crowned sparrow;
two White-crowned sparrows in a tree.
- Indigo Bunting; another;
Indigo Bunting (Bushnell);
Tree full of Indigo Buntings (Detail, Bushnell) at La Cynge Lake.
Multiple Avian Species in the Same Frame:
- Franklin's Gull,
Red-winged, and Yellow-headed blackbirds at Quivera.
- First summer Red-winged Blackbird with Common Grackles,
taken with my Bushnell binocular camera. Compare with this shot of the
(but looks like a different Redwing individual) taken with my Canon.
- Willet and Lesser Yellowlegs. Republican River bottoms, Wakefield, KS.
- Blue Grossbeak and Lark Sparrow, Holla Bend, AR
- Size comparison of Coots and Long-billed Dowitchers at Cheyenne Bottoms.
- Male Blue-winged teal, and a Shoveler pair, respectively the first and second most common ducks of the trip.
- Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalaropes, and a pair of Blue-winged Teal at the sewage pits, Wakefield KS.
- Bobcat; from behind. Notice the bobbed tail.
We saw the bobcat at 8:30 a.m. between Stillwell Oklahoma and the Arkansas state line while traveling a country road.
The only pictures I got were these two taken with the camera built into my Bushnell binoculars.
- Deer. Herman noticed this. I would have missed it.
- View from Massey's porch to the lek.
- This was our ride between the farm BnB and the Prairie Chicken blind.
- Windmill. Did you notice the Meadowlark I accidentally picked up?
- I was surprised at the many Oil Wells in Kansas.
We were told a lot of them were dormant until the recent surge in oil prices. I'm sure you noticed the Turkey.
- I like nice signs.
- Steer sign.
I, Eva, the author of this page, am not a birder. My husband Herman is a birder. I personally saw
(as opposed to heard) about 129 avian species on this trip. There were quite a few times Herman identified a bird
that I missed. Herman got (saw or heard and identified) 154 species over 8.2 days (The .2 being driving Wichita to
Great Bend 5-7pm. Monday April 21) on the ground. I got recognizable photographs of about 90 avian species,
53 of which are represented on this page. So I photographed about 70% of what I personally saw, and 41% are on this page.
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Most of the photos on this page were taken with my Canon Digital Camera w/ 12X zoom lens.
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