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Birds

Great horned owl on snag perched in the prairie grasses

Click here for the most recent Monthly Bird Sightings collected by Refuge Volunteers.

  • American Kestrel

    American kestrel

    The American kestrel is North Americas smallest falcon and the second smallest falcon in the world. 

  • Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle Landing in Tree

     A pair of bald eagles have been successfully nesting at the Refuge since 2002.

  • Burrowing Owl

    Burrowing owl with wings open

     Burrowing owls migrate to the Refuge every summer and raise their young in abandoned prairie dog burrows.

  • Ferruginous Hawk

    Ferruginous Hawk on the ground

     Seen at the Refuge in the winter months, ferruginous hawks are one of only three raptors that have feathers on their legs extending to the toes.

  • Mallard

    Mallard duck at water's edge

    Mallards are the most common species of duck seen at the Refuge.

  • Northern Harrier

    Northern Harrier in flight

     Northern harriers, also called marsh hawks, use their sense of hearing instead of sight to locate prey.

  • Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-tailed hawk perched in cottonwood tree

     Red-tailed hawks are seen at the Refuge year round.

  • Red-winged Black Bird

    Red-winged black bird at Lake Mary perched on floating boardwalk post

     Red-winged black birds are a common sight along the cattails of Lakes Mary and Ladora.

  • Swainson's Hawk

    Swainsons hawk on pole with open mouth

     The Swainson’s hawk is the Refuge’s farthest migrating bird flying from as far as Argentina each summer. 

  • Western Meadowlark

    Western Meadowlark singing

     The song of the western meadowlark is commonly heard throughout the Refuge’s short-grass prairie.

Page Photo Credits — Great Horned Owl - © Michael Mauro, American Kestrel - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Bald Eagles in Tree - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Burrowing Owl with Open Wings - © Shattil/Rozinski, Ferruginous Hawk - © Dave Showalter, Mallard Duck - © Gary Kramer, Northern Harrier - © Dave Showalter, Red-Tailed Hawk - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Red-Winged Blackbird - © Pete Goonis, Swainson's Hawk - © Michael Mauro, Western Meadowlark - © Shattil/Rozinski
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014
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