Date: 5/5/18 10:06 pm From: Scott Seltman <sselt...> Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher at Quivira / 5 May
I birded with some Colorado buddies at Cheyenne Bottoms yesterday afternoon, 4 May, and we birded Quivira and Stafford County today, 5 May.
Most unexpected bird was probably an Ash-throated Flycatcher seen on 5 May due east of the Quivira NWR Visitor Center on the Reno/Stafford line. This bird was studied and photographed at length with details to follow. (I doubt if this bird is chaseable, but if you try for it drive carefully. Not a passenger-car friendly road.) There is at least one other Ash-throated Flycatcher record for Stafford, one I found and photographed a few years ago west of the Big Salt Marsh.
Another rarity on 5 May was a Brewer's Sparrow seen among a flock of other spizellas in SE Stafford County by John Vanderpoel.
The five of us had a pretty wild tour of both refuges and wound up with 170+ species.
Birds seen at Quivira on 5 May included: Am. Golden Plover, Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Phalarope (stakeout), Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler.
Early on Saturday, 5 May, I saw three Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks flying over the sandpit on East K-19 to the SE of Larned.