A total of 240 species were recorded at Quivira during 2012. Despite the ongoing drought conditions, this total is comparable to the 230 recorded in 2011 and the 240 seen in 2010. Obvious shortages in waterfowl numbers and diversity persisted, with several species of diving ducks, such as Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser making poor showings during the year. One advantage of the drought was the shorebird use of many water areas that normally would have had higher water levels, but instead held good shorebird habitat.
Highlight species included:
Golden Eagle, 12/3 - 21Red-necked Stint, 7/1-2 (first Kansas record)
White-winged Dove, 5/9Snowy Owl, 1/1 - 29Burrowing Owl, 9/9 - 1/22Rock Wren, 11/9 - 12/28Bewick's Wren, 4/21Townsend's Solitaire, 4/21Black-throated Blue Warbler, 5/6-8, and 9/22Magnolia Warbler, 5/12Blackburnian Warbler, 5/13MacGillivray's Warbler, 9/22Canada Warbler, 8/19Summer Tanager, 5/7Nelson's Sparrow, 11/9Snow Bunting, 11/8 - 12/16In addition, relative rarities such as Painted Bunting, Lark Bunting, Hermit Thrush, and Red-breasted Nuthatch all had multiple occurrences during the year.
Click the link below to see the list of birds observed in 2012:
Quivira's 2012 Species List
Also, check the Recent Bird Observations page for more information.
We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2013!
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.