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The Year in Birds, 2012

Stint, Red-necked staff 512A first Kansas record, and many more exciting finds during 2012!

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 - 21
Red-necked Stint, 7/1-2 (first Kansas record)

White-winged Dove, 5/9
Snowy Owl, 1/1 - 29
Burrowing Owl, 9/9 - 1/22
Rock Wren, 11/9 - 12/28
Bewick's Wren, 4/21
Townsend's Solitaire, 4/21
Black-throated Blue Warbler, 5/6-8, and 9/22
Magnolia Warbler, 5/12
Blackburnian Warbler, 5/13
MacGillivray's Warbler, 9/22
Canada Warbler, 8/19
Summer Tanager, 5/7
Nelson's Sparrow, 11/9
Snow Bunting, 11/8 - 12/16

In 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!

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2013
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