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Recent Bird Sightings at Quivira

Ibis, Glossy and WF 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: 24 May 2017

Find out where and when to bird by visiting our Birding Quivira page:   Birding Quivira

Quivira Bird Checklist

Unusual/notable Sightings:

Species       Date Last Observed Location
Cassin's Sparrow 15 May 2017 near History kiosk, e side of LSM
Whimbrel 15 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Bewick's Wren 15 May 2017 Environmental Education Classroom area
Marbled Godwit 23 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Least Tern 22 May 2017 along NE 170th St
Piping Plover 6 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Semipalmated Plover 23 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Ruddy Turnstone 13 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Sanderling 23 May 2017 flats along NE 170th St.
Willet 11 May 2017 NE 170th St.
Bobolink 15 May 2017 field south of jct NE 170th St and NE 105th Ave.
Black-crowned Night Heron 15 May 2017 Wildlife Drive
Red-necked Phalarope 23 May 2017 s.e. corner of Wildlife Drive
Say's Phoebe 2 May 2017 Salt Marsh Drive near Deadhorse Grove
Cinnamon Teal 11 May 2017 NE 170th St.
Glossy Ibis 11 May 2017 Wildlife Drive
Black Rail 10 May 2017 NE 170th St. ditches, west end
Bald Eagle 23 May 2017 2 active nests:  Santana Grove and SWBSM
Peregrine Falcon 13 May 2017 near Migrant's Mile
Whooping Crane 11 April 2017 3 adults north of NE 170th Street
Hudsonian Godwit 27 April 2017 flats along NE 170th
Black-billed Magpie 1 May 2017 NE 140th St. blacktop, 3 miles west of NE 140th Ave
Pileated Woodpecker 3 April 2017 across parking lot from Visitor Center
Red-breasted Nuthatch 17 April 2017 across parking lot from Visitor Center
Bonaparte's Gull 19 April 2017 NE 170th Street flats (2)
Sedge Wren 13 April 2017 road alongside Unit 63
Mountain Bluebird 17 February 2017 Salt Marsh Road, east side of Unit 7
Greater Roadrunner 16 March 2017 Headquarters
Sandhill Crane 11 April 2017 Unit 49 (one late bird)
Short-eared Owl 3 April 2017 north of NE 170th Street (1 at dawn)
Prairie Falcon 24 January 2017 NE 170th east of Wildlife Drive
Barred Owl 3 April 2017 woods just west of jct NE 170th and NE 105th
Merlin 15 February 2017 east side of Wildlife Drive
Winter Wren 12 December 2016 corner of NE 170th St and NE 105th Ave.
Rough-legged Hawk 23 February 2017 West side of Unit 49
Le Conte's Sparrow 1 November 2016 north of Darrynane Grove on interior service road
Lesser Black-backed Gull 6 October 2016 Unit 48
Burrowing Owl 6 October 2016 Unit 61
Sabine's Gull 5 October 2016 Big Salt Marsh (3)
Common Poor-will 5 October 2016 Residence area
Yellow-crowned Night Heron 24 September 2016 Unit 50
Osprey 13 November 2016 Big Salt Marsh
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 20 August 2016 NE 170th Street flats
Greater Roadrunner 16 August 2016 NE 190th Street near north boundary
Least Bittern 23 August 2016 just north of Unit 49
Cave Swallow 29 July 2016 Wildlife Drive; new refuge record
Burrowing Owl 20 July 2016 Prairie Dog Town along NE 190th, north side (1)
Laughing Gull 30 May 2016 Big Salt Marsh area
Painted Bunting 27 July 2016 NE 170th, 1/2-mile west of jct NE 105th Ave
Red Phalarope 29 May 2016 Wildlife Drive
Lazuli Bunting 30 May 2016 NE 105th Ave, just north of NE 170th jct
Pileated Woodpecker 6 May 2016 NE 170th St., 1/4-mile east of west boundary
Bewick's Wren 30 May 2016 south end Unit 7
American Redstart 10 May 2016 tree tunnel along NE 80th st. (2)
Horned Grebe 25 April 2016 Unit 58 (e side of Wildlife Drive)
Bonaparte's Gull 14 April 2016 Little Salt Marsh/Unit 26
Tundra Swan 15 March 2016 nw Big Salt Marsh
Northern Shrike 4 January 2016 NE 170th St at Y-Road
Snowy Owl 21 December 2015 1/2 mile north of Little Salt Marsh
Whooping Crane 18 November 2015 Big and Little Salt Marsh (9)
Lesser Black-backed Gull 14 November 2015 Big Salt Marsh
Nelson's Sparrow 14 October 2015 Wildlife Drive
Hermit Thrush 15 December 2015 just north of Tree Tunnel Grove (sw of HQ on NE 80th St.)
Red Phalarope 9 September 2015 Unit 58 (east side of Wildlife Drive)
Palm Warbler 7 September 2015 Migrants Mile Trail
Blue-headed Vireo 2 October 2015 Deadhorse Grove
Nashville Warbler 2 October 2015 Deadhorse Grove
Black-headed Grosbeak 7 September 2015 Deadhorse Grove
Black-and-white Warbler 7 September 2015 corner NE 170th/NE 105th (1), Deadhorse Grove (1)
Wilson's Warbler 7 September 2015 Deadhorse, Migrant's Mile, and Warbler Grove (5 total)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 31 August 2015 NE 170th Street flats (2)
Least Bittern 6 August 2015 Wildlife Drive, northwest corner
Glossy Ibis 7 September 2015 Big Salt Marsh area
Whimbrel 20 June 2015 flats along NE 170th St.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck 23 May 2015 Unit 63
Chuck-will's-widow 23 May 2015 Deadhorse Grove
Magnolia Warbler 9 May 2015 Deadhorse Grove
Blackpoll Warbler 9 May 2015 Deadhorse Grove and Bur Oak Grove
Tennessee Warbler 9 May 2015 Grove along NE 170th east of Wildlife Drive entrance
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9 May 2015 Deadhorse and Bur Oak Groves (3 total)
Philadelphia Vireo 9 May 2015 Bur Oak Grove
Swainson's Hawk 9 May 2015 flying over Unit 24
Greater Scaup 28 April 2015 Unit 14B
Western Grebe 26 April 2015 Big Salt Marsh (2)
Long-tailed Duck 11 April 2015 Big Salt Marsh
Greater Roadrunner 25 April 2015 corner NE 90th Ave and NE 170th St
Mountain Bluebird 13 March 2015 Salt Marsh Road, north of NE 140th blacktop (1)
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
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
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
Greater Roadrunner 28 August 2014 Salt Marsh Road, just north of Catalpa Grove
Ruff 27 July 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Red Phalarope 18 July 2014 flats along NE 170th St
Brown Pelican 3 July 2014 south interior Wildlife Drive
Common Moorhen 21 June 2014 Little Salt Marsh
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
Summer Tanager 27 April 2014 Migrants Mile Trail
Townsend's Solitaire 7 April 2014 Headquarters area
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
Northern Parula 15 September 2013 Headquarters
Brown Pelican 22 July 2013 Little Salt Marsh
Caspian Tern 14 July 2013 Little Salt Marsh (2)
Ovenbird 18 May 2013 Tree tunnel Grove, along NE 80th southwest of HQ
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)
Louisiana Waterthrush 14 April 2013 corner of NE 170th and "Hay Barn" road (NE 105th Ave)
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
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)
Snowy Owl 29 Jan 2012 flats north of Big Salt Marsh 

 Poor-will staff 448

Common Poor-will, HQ area, 5 October 2016

Gull, Laughing 448
 Laughing Gull, Big Salt Marsh area, 30 May 2016 

Woodpecker, Pileated staff 448

Pileated Woodpecker, NE 170th St., 6 May 2017

 Gull, Lesser Black-backed staff 448

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Big Salt Marsh, 24 October 2015

Whistling Duck, BB staff 448

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Unit 63, 19 May 2015

Ibis, Glossy Miller 448

Glossy Ibis, Unit 63, 9 May 2015

 Chuck-wills-widow Miller 448

Chuck-will's-widow photographed in Deadhorse Grove 9 May 2015

Plover, Piping staff 448

One of several Piping Plover observed in the Big Salt Marsh area in late April, 2015

Owl, Short-eared staff 448

Short-eared Owl, Big Salt Marsh area, 23 February 2015

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


Brown Pelican staff 448

Brown Pelican at Little Salt Marsh, 21 July 2013


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 May 6, 2017 


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: May 24, 2017
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