Date: 5/14/18 7:23 pm From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen...> Subject: Seeking Sedgwick County Heronries
I got a call from Alan Maccarone at Friends University. He has done research on colonial nesting herons here in the Wichita area for many years. This year it seems there is not a large mixed species heronry in the area, or at least he and his studets have not found one. There is a seemingly pure colony of Great Egrets in the residential area near Towne West, there is a Black-crowned Night-Heron colony at the zoo, and the Yellow-crowned Night Herons are in their usual haunts. What is missing from prior years is a colony of nesting Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets and Little Blue Herons. So if you are aware of one let me know and I'll pass it along. I have not been out birding in Kansas for most of the past six weeks so I don't know what's going on. This is NOT a request for sightings of individual birds. This is a request for information on large numbers of birds building large numbers of nests constructed with sticks in a concentrated area. Obviously I've been mistaken for someone who still gets out chasing birds around town and that just isn't the case currently. I don't know if the big heronry in the Hutchinson area is as active as last year or if it is even in the same location near the Stratica Museum. That one may not be of interest to the Friends people, I don't know the nature or parameters of their studies.