What a difference a week makes! Around work I was able to squeeze in a morning scouting walks on Tuesday for Thursday's Burrough's morning walk at Shannon Valley Park, an evening walk at Tomahawk Park on Wednesday, and a stroll at Indian Creek Trail and Overland Park Arboretum Saturday morning. Each location had a different mixture of migrants. Overall Vireos (3 Blue-Headed and a Philadelphia), Thrushes (maybe 100+ Swainson's and a Gray-Cheeked), and Warblers (21 species) were quite numerous this week. The Arboretum had the greatest diversity.
Today I scouted around Hillsdale Lake for Thursday's Burrough's Trip to Miami County. I hope some of the birds remain, as I had 115 species even though I didn't start until after 10 am when my parents headed back north. A spring Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Veery and Gray Cheeked Thrushes, and Warblers were numerous at Brown Wetlands.Through the Hillsdale Outlet park trails I flushed an American Bittern and heard a Chat, but could not find any rails. Listening to all three thrushes Sing was amazing. This was the first time I have heard the Veery singing and only the second time hearing Gray-Cheeked sing in Kansas.