Date: 5/17/18 11:19 am From: Scott Seltman <sselt...> Subject: Correction RE: Ash-throated Flycatcher at Quivira / 5 May
Excellent pics by Peter Burke of the silent 'myiarchus' I reported from Quivira NWR on 5 May showed several fieldmarks that I simply didn't notice in the field, so we have switched the ID from Ash-troated to Great Crested. It was paler than normal for a GCFL this time of year.
My apologies and please strike the sighting from any seasonal reports.
This means that Quivira NWR still doesn't have a Ash-throated Flycatcher record. Some may remember that I saw and photographed a ATFL a little over a mile west of the Big Salt Marsh and off the refuge on 2 May, 2013. I can't recall if anyone else saw that bird.
The Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are still just sorta roaming around Larned in small groups. On 16 May I saw 13 along the shore at the sandpit SE of town along K-19. My guess is that a few will linger all summer, but who knows?
I made a quick drive-thru of Cheyenne Bottoms on 16 May and saw nothing of note, in fact bird numbers had dropped dramatically from 12 days earlier. On 4 May I saw a lone Common Gallinule on the north side of the road about a mile east of the refuge HQ. I did NOT see it again yesterday, but it's something to watch for.