Date: 4/30/18 7:33 am
From: Daniel Larson <birdkansa...>
Subject: Baker Wetlands Survey
Roger Boyd, Scott Kimball, Kylee Sharp, and Dan Larson surveyed Baker
Wetlands, Lawrence Kansas on Sunday April 29, 2018. We had a great survey
observing 110 species in 6 hours.

Still many ducks including the surprising Common Merganser.

Towards the end of the survey 5 pelicans were spotted high in the sky and
then noted near them were 5 Broad Winged Hawks.

Most of the expected bitterns, herons and egrets were spotted. Except no
Snowy egrets or Least Bitterns. Maybe next time.

16 Sora Rails and 2 Virginia Rails were observed. Both species were seen
and heard and different locations.

There were 2 Semipalmated Plovers and 1 American Golden Plover at the far
east end of Baker Wetlands. A number of other expected sandpipers were
observed at different locations.

Eight Forster's Terns were flying above the waters at the east end of Baker
Wetlands

All of the expected Woodpeckers were observed.

A Least Flycatcher was chee-becking. And a Scissor-tailed flycatcher was
seen with its long tails in flight.

The chunkier and more yellowish than a Warbling Vireo-- Philadelphia Vireo
was observed. A Yellow-throated Vireo was caught in song. Four Blue-headed
Vireos were seen.

The martin house and the Tree Swallow boxes were being heavily used and all
of the expected swallows except the Bank Swallow were observed.

Four species of wrens were observed.

We had 5 Swainson's Thrushes.

The most stunning and enjoyable part of the survey was the warblers.The
palm Warblers stole the show. Finding a total of 45, they were in several
groups working near the ground and allowing close observation. Their tail
wagging and tail flashing especially wowed us.We saw three Black and White
Warblers working like nuthatches. A fair number of other warbler species
were seen.

12 species of sparrows were observed.

Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel and Baltimore Oriole were all new additions to
this years surveys.

The complete survey is at the site below.

Thanks
Dan Larson
Berryton Kansas

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