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Recent Bird Sightings at Quivira

Bluebird, Mountain staff 512The table below is a summary of unusual or otherwise notable bird sightings in the last few months.  It is updated weekly.


Page updated: 21 April 2014  

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Quivira Bird Checklist

Unusual Sightings:

Species        Date Last Observed  Location 
Whooping Crane 4 April 2014 Big Salt Marsh (12A, 3J); also 2A, 1J 1.5 miles east of Hudson
Swainson's Hawk 20 April 2014 near Headquarters
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 15 April 2014 just south of the Migrants Mile area
Marbled Godwit 18 April 2014 Wildlife Drive
Hudsonian Godwit 18 April 2014 Unit 62
Bonaparte's Gull 15 April 2014 Wildlife Drive, east side (2)
Townsend's Solitaire 7 April 2014 Headquarters area
Peregrine Falcon 15 April 2014 Big Salt Marsh area
Horned Grebe 20 April 2014 Big Salt Marsh
Cinnamon Teal 18 April 2014 Marsh Road flats, along NE 170th Street
Barred Owl 29 March 2014 NE 140th Street, just west of "Hay Barn" road
Tundra Swan 27 March 2014 west side of Big Salt Marsh (4A, 2J)
Bald Eagle 21 April 2014 refuge-wide:  2 (1 on new nest)
Say's Phoebe 12 April 2014 NE 170th Avenue, 2 mi. west of Refuge
Sandhill Crane 9 April 2014 refuge-wide:  6   
Rough-legged Hawk 21 March 2014 Unit 40
Short-eared Owl 18 March 2014 Just north of Little Salt Marsh (1)
Mountain Bluebird 18 March 2014 Reno County unit, along Raymond Road (1)
Ferruginous Hawk 23 February 2014 NE 190th Street at prairie dog town
Northern Shrike 30 January 2014 NE 170th Street east of Wildlife Drive
Prairie Falcon 4 March 2014 NE 130th Ave west of Little Salt Marsh
Merlin 22 March 2014 NE 170th Street along Marsh Road flats
Sedge Wren 16 February 2014 NE 170th Street, west of the Wildlife Drive
White-winged Scoter 24 November 2013 Little Salt Marsh
Long-tailed Duck 11 November 2013 Unit 58 (east side of the Wildlife Drive), with Buffleheads
Rusty Blackbird 11 November 2013 Unit 62
Willet 28 October 2013 Wildlife Drive
Sanderling 26 October 2013 Big Salt Marsh area
Nelsons Sparrow 21 October 2013 NE 170th Street, west of the Wildlife Drive
Nashville Warbler 11 October 2013 Headquarters
Le Conte's Sparrow 11 November 2013 NE 170th Street, west of the Wildlife Drive (at least 4)
Red Knot 16 September 2013 flats north of NE 170th Street (1 in basic plumage)
Western Grebe 26 September 2013 Big Salt Marsh
Black-and-white Warbler 17 September 2013 Catalpa Grove
Wilson's Warbler 17 September 2013 Deadhorse Grove
Greater Scaup 17 September 2013 Big Salt Marsh (drake)
Northern Parula 15 September 2013 Headquarters
Blue-headed Vireo 17 September 2013 1 each in Catalpa Grove and Deadhorse Grove
Osprey 8 September 2013 Little Salt Marsh
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 September 2013 Salt Marsh Road just north of NE 140th Street
Red-necked Phalarope 17 September 2013 along NE 170th Street north of Big Salt Marsh (9)
Bobolink 25 August 2013 along NE 170th Street west of the Wildlife Drive (with Dickcissels)
Northern Waterthrush 23 August 2013 Migrant's Mile Trail
Brown Pelican 22 July 2013 Little Salt Marsh
Caspian Tern 14 July 2013 Little Salt Marsh (2)
Black Rail 3 July 2013 NE 170th Street, nw of BSM:  2 in ditch along road
Cassin's Sparrow 16 Jun 2013 East of Unit 40, in uplands around yuccas (along NE 140th Avenue, 2.5 miles north of NE 140th Street blacktop)
Painted Bunting 10 August 2013 Male .75 west of NE 170th Street/"Hay Barn" junction (private land)
Least Tern 9 August 2013 Little Salt Marsh area (1)
Long-billed Curlew 28 May 2013 Unit 29
Blackpoll Warbler 18 May 2013 Tree Tunnel Grove, along NE 80th southwest of HQ
Ovenbird 18 May 2013 Tree tunnel Grove, along NE 80th southwest of HQ
Whimbrel 14 May 2013 west side of Little Salt Marsh (9)
Black-headed Grosbeak 10 May 2013 Headquarters area
Ruddy Turnstone 18 May 2013 NE 170th Street, flats north of BSM
Glossy Ibis 5 May 2013 Big Salt Marsh
Ash-throated Flycatcher 2 May 2013 shelter belt corner of NE 90th Avenue and NE 170th Street (nw of Big Salt Marsh)
Sprague's Pipit 30 April 2013 grasslands north of Unit 10A (northeast of LSM)
Piping Plover 29 April 2013 Wildlife Drive
Red-breasted Nuthatch 10 May 2013 Headquarters (1)
Burrowing Owl 27 April 2013 Prairie Dog Town
Louisiana Waterthrush 14 April 2013 corner of NE 170th and "Hay Barn" road (NE 105th Ave)
Snow Bunting 16 December 2012 1 bird along NE 170th Street north of Big Salt Marsh, at the oil tanks
Rock Wren 27 March 2013 north side of Little Salt Marsh, at the fishing docks
Golden Eagle 21 December 2012 1 juvenile, east side of Little Salt Marsh
Dark-eyed "Gray-headed" Junco 10 May 2013 southwest of HQ along Tree Tunnel grove on NE 80th St.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female) 22 September 2012 "DeadHorse" Grove, 1.5 miles north of NE 140th St. blacktop on Salt Marsh Road
MacGillivray's Warbler (female) 22 September 2012 extreme southeast corner of Quivira, at junction of NE 80th Street and Salt Marsh Road
Black-throated Green Warbler 29 September 2012 Headquarters
Ovenbird, Wilson's Warbler 26 August 2012 Grove along south boundary, 1 mile southeast of Headquarters
Lazuli Bunting 26 August 2012 Hay Barn Road, 1 mile northwest of Big Salt Marsh
Canada Warbler 19 August 2012 1 mile southwest of Headquarters, along south boundary
Red-necked Stint  1-2 July 2012 north end of Little Salt Marsh
White-winged Dove 19 May 2012 Headquarters area
Blackburnian Warbler 13 May 2012 Grove on s side of NE 140th St, just west of Rattlesnake Cr
Magnolia Warbler 12 May 2012 NE 80th St, 1 mile southwest of Headquarters
Black-throated Blue Warbler 8 May 2012 shelter belt east of Headquarters
Summer Tanager 7 May 2012 Headquarters area
Clark's Grebe 4 May 2012 Big Salt Marsh (5)
Bewick's Wren 21 April 2012 Unit 24 (e of Migrants Mile)
Hermit Thrush 8 April 2012 Southeast corner Big Salt Marsh
Snowy Owl 29 Jan 2012 flats north of Big Salt Marsh 

 Horned and Eared Grebe staff 448 

   Both the Horned (l) and Eared (r) Grebe were present in Big Salt Marsh on 4 April 2014 

Swan, Tundra staff 448 

Tundra Swans could be seen in Big Salt Marsh during much of March 

Sparrow, Nelsons staff 448 

Nelsons Sparrow, Y-Road levee, 20 October 2013 

Sandpiper, Buff-breasted A Miller 448 

Buff-breasted Sandpipers, NE 170th st., 31 August 2013 

Godwit, Marbled staff 448 

Marbled Godwit using the road-bed for a roost in early August, 2013 

Brown Pelican staff 448 

Brown Pelican at Little Salt Marsh, 21 July 2013 

Bunting, Painted staff 448 

Painted Bunting, 1.5 mi. north of Quivira along "Hay Barn" road 

Grosbeak, Black-headed staff 448 

Black-headed Grosbeak, s.e. of HQ, 4 May 2013 


Eagle, Golden staff 448 

Golden Eagle, digi-scoped photo, east side of Little Salt Marsh, 21 December 2012 

Bunting, Snow staff 448 

Snow Bunting, photographed along the Wildlife Drive, 15 November 2012 

Bluebird, Mountain staff 448 2010 

Mountain Bluebirds have been observed regularly along Raymond Road during the 2012-13 winter 




To see more photographs of some of the unusual bird species, click on the link below: 


Multimedia Links



Recent Bird Lists, First-of-Season, Images, etc.: 

Click on this link to get a copy of a recent list of observations:  Bird Observations for 2014 April 18-20


First-of-Year Sightings: See our Phenology Page


Bald Eagle Nest 


Since 2009, a pair of Bald Eagles have been using the area south of Big Salt Marsh for nesting.  Young birds have successfully fledged in past years.  For more, see the Bald Eagle page.

Bald Eagles at Quivira 


Biological Surveys 



Periodically, surveys are conducted to assess populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other birds.  Click on the link below to see the most recent survey results.


Biological Survey Results Page




Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014
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