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Recent Bird Sightings at Quivira

Grebe, Western staff 448aThe table below is a summary of unusual or otherwise notable bird sightings in the last few months.  It is updated weekly.


Page updated: 13 April 2015  

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Quivira Bird Checklist

Unusual Sightings:

Species       Date Last Observed Location
Whooping Crane 12 April 2015 south end of Little Salt Marsh (2A)
Long-tailed Duck 11 April 2015 Big Salt Marsh
Say's Phoebe 10 April 2015 Salt Marsh Road, just south of NE 170th St.
Marbled Godwit 10 April 2015 flats along NE 170th St.
Long-billed Curlew 5 April 2015 flats north of NE 170th Street
Greater Roadrunner 31 March 2015 along NE 190th Street north of Refuge
Peregrine Falcon 13 April 2015 southwest Wildlife Drive
Merlin 31 March 2015 flats north of NE 170th Street
Cinnamon Teal 9 April 2015 Park Smith Pond
Bonaparte's Gull 31 March 2015 flast north of NE 170th St.
Tundra Swan 25 March 2015 Big Salt Marsh, west side - 2
Sandhill Crane 4 April 2015 flats north of NE 170th Street
Barred Owl 10 April 2015 NE 170th St. just west of NE 105th Ave.
Bald Eagle 10 April 2015 2A at old nest, north of NE 140th blacktop
Winter Wren 14 March 2014 corner NE 170th and NE 105th (Hay Barn road)
Rough-legged Hawk 24 March 2015 just west of Migrant's Mile
Short-eared Owl 23 February 2015 south Wildlife Drive (1)
Mountain Bluebird 13 March 2015 Salt Marsh Road, north of NE 140th blacktop (1)
Northern Shrike 15 January 2015 Quivira
Prairie Falcon 4 March 2015 west side of Wildlife Drive
Sedge Wren 15 January 2015 Wildlife Drive, south end near spillway
Ferruginous Hawk 2 February 2015 just west of Scenic Overlook (NE 140th St)
Whooping Crane 12 November 2014 Big Salt Marsh, east side (2A)
Snow Bunting 14 November 2014 Wildlife Drive
Long-tailed Duck 7 November 2014 east side of Wildlife Drive
Le Conte's Sparrow 25 October 2014 Headquarters prairie
Western Grebe      26 October 2014 Big Salt Marsh (2)
Horned Grebe 16 November 2014 Big Salt Marsh
Red Knot 18 October 2014 flats along NE 170th Street
Sabine's Gull 25 September 2014 Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh
Laughing Gull 21 September 2014 east side of Wildlife Drive
Osprey 22 September 2014 east side of Little Salt Marsh
Lazuli Bunting 22 September 2014 "Hay Barn Road" 1 mi NW of Big Salt Marsh
Hudsonian Godwit 25 September 2014 east side of Wildlife Drive
Lazuli Bunting 22 September 2014 main refuge road 1 mi north of Little Salt Marsh
Red-necked Phalarope 11 October 2014 east side of Wildlife Drive
Sanderling 21 October 2014 Little Salt Marsh, south end
Willet 7 October 2014 Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh
Wilson's Warbler 21 September 2014 south boundary "tree tunnel" grove
Mourning Warbler 21 September 2014 canal north of Little Salt Marsh (1 female, photographed)
 Little Gull 16-25 August 2014 Big Salt Marsh area; juvenile; 1:00 pm
Burrowing Owl 17 September 2014 NE 140th Ave, 4 mi south of HQ
Nashville Warbler 14 September 2014  Deadhorse Grove, Salt Marsh Rd 2 mi n of NE 140th St
Ruddy Turnstone 25 September 2014 Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh
Red-breasted Nuthatch 7 September 2014 Deadhorse Grove
Greater Roadrunner 28 August 2014 Salt Marsh Road, just north of Catalpa Grove
Least Tern 23 August 2014 Little Salt Marsh (1)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 3 August 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Ruff 27 July 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Red Phalarope 18 July 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Whimbrel 9 September 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Brown Pelican 3 July 2014 south interior Wildlife Drive
Least Bittern 26 June 2014 north side of Little Salt Marsh
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8 September 2014 across from EEC
Painted Bunting 20 July 2014 along NE 170th St 1/2 mile west of "Hay Barn" road (1 male)
Common Moorhen 21 June 2014 Little Salt Marsh
Bobolink 6 July 2014 pasture south of NE 170th St and "Hay Barn" intersection
Swainson's Hawk 12 September 2014 just south of Headquarters on NE 70th St.
Cassins Sparrow 30 June 2014 1.5 mi north of NE 140th Street on "Hay Barn" road
Willow Flycatcher 24 May 2014 west end of NE 170th Street
Cape May Warbler 17 May 2014 Deadhorse Grove, along Salt Marsh Rd, 1.5 mi. n. of NE 140th blacktop
Magnolia Warbler 17 May 2014 Deadhorse Grove
Yellow-breasted Chat 20 July 2014 corner of NE 170th and Hay Barn Rd, nw of BSM
Olive-sided Flycatcher 17 May 2014 Migrants Mile area
Black-headed Grosbeak 15 May 2014 Headquarters area
Northern Waterthrush 17 May 2014 along NE 170th Street near west boundary
Summer Tanager 27 April 2014 Migrants Mile Trail
Townsend's Solitaire 7 April 2014 Headquarters area
Cinnamon Teal 24 April 2014 Marsh Road flats, along NE 170th Street
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
Nelsons Sparrow 21 October 2013 NE 170th Street, west of the Wildlife Drive
Black-and-white Warbler 17 September 2013 Catalpa 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
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
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
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
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
MacGillivrays 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, Wilsons Warbler 26 August 2012 Grove along south boundary, 1 mile southeast of Headquarters
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
Black-throated Blue Warbler 8 May 2012 shelter belt east of Headquarters
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 

Gull, Sabines staff 448

Sabine's Gull, Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh, 24 Sept 2014
Gull, Little Miller 448

Little Gull, Big Salt Marsh, 16 August 2014, a new species for Quivira
  Ruff staff 448 

Ruff, flats along NE 170th Street, 27 July 2014

Warbler, Cape May 448

Cape May Warbler, Deadhorse Grove, 17 May 2014, a new species for Quivira

Sparrow, Cassins staff 448

Cassins Sparrow, 1.5 mi north of Hudson Rd, 23 May 2014

Phalarope, Red-necked staff 448

Red-necked Phalarope, Marsh Road flats, 17 May 2014

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

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



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 April 10, 2015 


First-of-Year Sightings: See our Phenology Page


Bald Eagle Nest 


Since 2009, a pair of Bald Eagles have been using the Big Salt Marsh area 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 13, 2015
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