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.