KSBIRD-L
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1/20/18 9:46 am Jeff Keating <jffkeats...> Re: KSBIRD-L Digest - 17 Jan 2018 to 19 Jan 2018 (#2018-19)
1/20/18 9:25 am Ken Lassman <wilddouglascounty...> Re: KSBIRD-L Digest - 17 Jan 2018 to 19 Jan 2018 (#2018-19)
1/20/18 8:31 am Catherine Lewis <seasidesparrow...> Snowy Owl photos, newspaper article
1/20/18 8:17 am Steve Seibel <sseibel999...> lots of Bald Eagles at Lake Cheney 1-19-2018
1/19/18 4:26 pm Robert Reed <ridgewalkertrent...> Re: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
1/19/18 2:30 pm ok_forbs <ok_forbs...> Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
1/19/18 2:01 pm Carla Trecek <cartreck...> Prairie Flacon
1/19/18 1:58 pm coleen brown <coleenm2002...> Prairie Flacon
1/17/18 2:20 pm mike rader <mike_rader...> Results for the 2017 Kansas Birding Big Year competition
1/16/18 1:43 pm Calvin Wohler <cwohler...> Bald eagles at Milford
1/16/18 9:24 am Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> Windchill below zero.
1/15/18 6:51 pm Jon King <jonking271...> eBird: Using the Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) option
1/15/18 5:21 pm Joan Fox <j43fox...> ruby-crowned kinglet
1/15/18 5:16 pm Scott Seltman <sselt...> Re: long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 4:56 pm Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...> Re: long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 4:19 pm janeen walters <waltersjaneen...> Re: long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 4:00 pm EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 3:02 pm Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> Re: long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 8:03 am Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...> long eared or short eared?
1/15/18 7:44 am Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...> Haemorhous finches question
1/14/18 10:35 am Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold...> Lesser Black-Backed Gull at Melvern and birding report.
1/14/18 9:58 am EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: More on filters
1/14/18 9:20 am Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/14/18 8:56 am Max Thompson <maxt...> Red Crossbills
1/14/18 6:43 am Mary Nemecek <00000485050e4b14-dmarc-request...> Re: More on filters
1/14/18 1:17 am EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: More on filters
1/13/18 10:29 pm Jon King <jonking271...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/13/18 9:18 pm Henry Armknecht <armknecht...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/13/18 8:56 pm Jon King <jonking271...> More on filters
1/13/18 8:24 pm mike rader <mike_rader...> Kansas Birding Big Year
1/13/18 7:41 pm EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: A defense of the eBird review system
1/13/18 6:47 pm Max Thompson <maxt...> Re: Feeder Siskins
1/13/18 6:37 pm Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/13/18 6:06 pm G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> East of Newton
1/13/18 4:06 pm <dallaspumpman1...> Short-eared owls
1/13/18 10:41 am Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg...> Cheney Snowy Owl
1/13/18 10:08 am Lloyd Davies <ldavies...> Feeder Siskins
1/13/18 8:11 am Jon King <jonking271...> Links to photos from last posts
1/13/18 4:28 am Jon King <jonking271...> Forgotten attachment
1/13/18 3:53 am Jon King <jonking271...> A defense of the eBird review system
1/12/18 4:06 pm Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...> Fwd: [OKBIRDS] Birdy Jobs
1/12/18 12:29 pm EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBirds
1/11/18 7:36 pm Jon King <jonking271...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBirds
1/11/18 7:09 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> Documenting unusual records in eBirds
1/11/18 6:59 pm janeen walters <waltersjaneen...> feeder birds in the cold
1/11/18 6:52 pm Jenn Rader <jennrader34...> SE KS Feeder Birds at Schermerhorn Park, CK Co. 1-11-18
1/11/18 5:50 pm Jon King <jonking271...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/11/18 5:19 pm Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Re: Fox Sparrows
1/11/18 5:06 pm Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...> Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/11/18 3:35 pm redb819 <redb819...> Fox Sparrows
1/11/18 2:12 pm Jeff McIntyre <jeffmci9...> RFI - Snowy Owls - Reno, Kingman, McPherson counties
1/11/18 1:16 pm Jon King <jonking271...> Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/11/18 1:07 am R w <eaglerodney...> Re: Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe, Johnson County
1/10/18 2:33 pm BOB GRESS <bobgress...> Sedgwick County Trumpeter Swans
1/10/18 1:23 pm Jeff Hansen <jeff.hansen.sd...> Topeka Birds
1/10/18 1:15 pm Terry Swope <kcswope...> Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe, Johnson County
1/10/18 1:04 pm Cheryl Miller <avian67226...> Upcoming Wichita Audubon Society trips
1/10/18 11:50 am Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Pottawatomie Co Trumpeter Swans
1/10/18 7:53 am mike rader <mike_rader...> Webster Reservoir & Blackwolf CBCs
1/9/18 5:17 pm Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...> My Big Year 2017
1/9/18 9:21 am mike rader <mike_rader...> Re: CBC season!
1/9/18 12:47 am Scott Seltman <sselt...> CBC season!
1/8/18 8:42 pm Jenn Rader <jennrader34...> Raptors in southcentral to southeastern KS & some Blackwolf CBC highlights, 1/6 & 1/8 2018
1/8/18 7:47 pm Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> (FWD) January 2018 Update, Kansas County Listing
1/8/18 4:20 pm <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> Re: Probable Northern Shrike Hv County
1/8/18 2:49 pm Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Pottawatomie Co Snowy Owl
1/8/18 12:40 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> Bubo scandiacus paper
1/7/18 5:55 pm G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> SG County; Lafarge and Twin Lakes
1/7/18 5:29 pm Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11...> Syracuse and Jetmore CBCs
1/7/18 5:05 pm Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...> Marion CBC results
1/7/18 4:54 pm Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591...> Probable Northern Shrike Hv County
1/7/18 4:35 pm Jess P <jpaint21...> Re: Additional Snowy Owl musings
1/7/18 4:33 pm EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> Re: Snowy Owls
1/7/18 3:54 pm Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...> Re: Snowy Owls
1/7/18 2:44 pm Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> Snowy Owls
1/7/18 1:53 pm Pete Janzen <pete.janzen...> Cheney birding Jan 7
1/7/18 9:15 am Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Additional Snowy Owl musings
1/7/18 7:02 am Robert Gress <bobgress...> Re: Searching for snowy! None found but, great times.
1/7/18 5:52 am Mark Land <markeland...> Searching for snowy! None found but, great times.
1/6/18 10:18 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> Mindo Best CBC Ever
1/6/18 7:22 pm Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...> Mindo Best CBC Ever
1/6/18 11:43 am Steve Seibel <sseibel999...> Snowy Owl at Cheney State Park
1/5/18 5:11 pm Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...> Re: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
1/5/18 11:29 am Max Thompson <maxt...> Christmas Bird Count
1/5/18 9:13 am Kathy McDowell <sialias...> Franklin County snowy owl
1/5/18 7:40 am Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg...> Cheney SP Snowy Owl
1/5/18 6:18 am Kathy McDowell <sialias...> Osage snowy owl
1/4/18 10:24 pm Scott Seltman <sselt...> Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
1/4/18 11:41 am Chuck Otte <cotte...> Snowy Owl Map
1/4/18 10:25 am Michael Pearce <md_pearce...> Summer County snowy owl
1/4/18 10:23 am <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> Re: No sightings
1/4/18 6:11 am Rodney Wright <0000005b881bc9ec-dmarc-request...> No sightings
1/4/18 5:45 am <dlknktk...> Larned Yard Birds
1/3/18 6:34 pm Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> Feeder Birds
1/3/18 6:30 pm Jon King <jonking271...> Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
1/3/18 5:02 pm G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...> Snowy Owl Reno County
1/3/18 4:28 pm Mick McHugh <emchugh2...> Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
1/3/18 3:12 pm Lowell Johnson <ljohnson...> Trumpeter Swans in River Pond State Park.
1/3/18 2:02 pm Scott Seltman <sselt...> Bohemian Waxwing on Syracuse CBC / 2 January 2018
1/3/18 1:22 pm Walt Cochran <0000023297197213-dmarc-request...> Re: Franklin County snowy owl
1/3/18 11:49 am Sebastian <sebastianpatti...> Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
1/3/18 11:07 am John Row <johmarrow...> Re: Swans on Tuttle Creek
1/3/18 11:01 am Nic Allen <tendingthegarden...> Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
1/3/18 9:58 am Kathy McDowell <sialias...> Osage County snowy owl
1/3/18 9:37 am Doris Burnett <dburnett7750...> Re: Swans on Tuttle Creek
1/3/18 9:37 am Kathy McDowell <sialias...> Franklin County snowy owl
1/3/18 6:14 am Doris Burnett <dburnett7750...> Swans on Tuttle Creek
1/2/18 3:10 pm Hofmeier, Jordan [KDWPT] <Jordan.Hofmeier...> Sawyer CBC Summary - better late than never
1/2/18 12:05 pm Mark Mayfield <markherb...> Re: Salina Swan
1/2/18 11:45 am Dan <browndog06...> Salina Swan
1/2/18 11:16 am Corey Entriken <0000006b8cbc7a8c-dmarc-request...> Tundra Swan Lexington Lake Park
1/2/18 7:41 am Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...> Snowy Owl sighting
1/1/18 8:37 pm Calvin Wohler <cwohler...> 2018 birds
1/1/18 5:58 pm mike rader <mike_rader...> Wilson State Park 1/1/18
1/1/18 2:54 pm Max Thompson <maxt...> Cimarron Grasslands
1/1/18 2:54 pm Elizabeth Oakley <000003085a49d163-dmarc-request...> Bald eagle
1/1/18 1:54 pm Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11...> Dodge City CBC
1/1/18 10:19 am Mark Land <markeland...> County listing due January 7
12/31/17 5:59 pm Lloyd Davies <ldavies...> McPherson Snowy Owl
12/31/17 2:07 pm mike rader <mike_rader...> Webster CBC
12/31/17 12:45 pm Carol Morgan <crxmorgan...> Holton CBC
12/30/17 6:12 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> Scott Lake CBC
12/30/17 10:18 am Lloyd Davies <ldavies...> McPherson Snowy Owl?
12/30/17 7:16 am Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...> Melvern Lake Long-tailed Ducks
12/29/17 9:20 pm Henry Armknecht <armknecht...> Waconda CBC
12/29/17 10:29 am Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...> Tundra Swan, Wyandotte Co. Lake
12/29/17 7:57 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> Long-tailed Duck - Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Trego Co.
12/28/17 7:16 pm Debby McKee <grmasmurf...> Trumpeter Swans & eagles
12/28/17 5:56 pm Walter Cochran <0000023297197213-dmarc-request...> Rossville Snowy Owl present today at 4:15 PM
12/28/17 5:21 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> White-winged Scoter
12/28/17 4:00 pm Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...> Marion yesterday and today
12/28/17 3:31 pm terry mannell <terryman0405...> Jefferson County Snowy Owl
12/28/17 11:58 am Nic Allen <tendingthegarden...> Trumpeter Swans, Wyandotte
12/27/17 2:47 pm Pete Janzen <pete.janzen...> Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
12/27/17 2:43 pm mike rader <mike_rader...> Haskell Co. birds
12/27/17 11:55 am Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...> Fwd: Southeast Kansas Mined-land Christmas Bird Count - Friday 7am.
12/27/17 11:40 am Robert Gress <bobgress...> Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
12/27/17 8:43 am Rachel Roth <lilbluestem...> Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
12/27/17 8:10 am D & B Helmke <powercat.park...> Snowy Owl / Butler County
12/27/17 7:36 am Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180...> Parsons CBC 2017
12/26/17 4:35 pm Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Junction City Christmas Bird Count
12/26/17 2:34 pm Dan Thalmann <editor...> Yellow-rumps working the house - Washington County
12/26/17 9:34 am Lloyd Davies <ldavies...> Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
12/24/17 1:21 pm Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> Odd bird at my feeders.
12/24/17 5:42 am Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Searching the KSBIRD-L archives
12/23/17 6:19 pm mbruce82769 <mbruce82769...> The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
12/23/17 5:38 pm Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Re: The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
12/23/17 3:31 pm Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
12/23/17 2:30 pm Henry Armknecht <armknecht...> McPherson County snowy owl
12/23/17 1:24 pm Mary Herold <herold4us...> Possible 2 snowy owls
12/23/17 9:11 am Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Re: Clarity
12/23/17 9:03 am terry mannell <terryman0405...> Clarity
12/23/17 8:46 am Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> Clarity
12/23/17 8:21 am Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> ADMIN: my confusion
12/23/17 7:34 am R w <eaglerodney...> Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/23/17 5:28 am Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...> ADMIN: List Protocol & Etiquette
12/22/17 3:59 pm coleen brown <coleenm2002...> Re: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
12/22/17 2:46 pm R w <eaglerodney...> Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/22/17 1:34 pm Jeff Witters <bioguy.witters...> Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/22/17 1:10 pm Jane Liggett <liggettjane...> Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/22/17 11:05 am Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Re: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
12/22/17 10:22 am Galen Pittman <galenpitt...> Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/22/17 8:29 am Kylee Sharp <kyleesharp...> Douglas County Snowy Owl
12/22/17 7:57 am Brandon Magette <averbirder...> Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
 
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Date: 1/20/18 9:46 am
From: Jeff Keating <jffkeats...>
Subject: Re: KSBIRD-L Digest - 17 Jan 2018 to 19 Jan 2018 (#2018-19)
Since I bought the Sibley phone app, I usually don't even take a guide
book. The pocket guides never seem to fit, and the Sibley book bulk make it
difficult to carry with me. As the phone easily goes in my pocket, and has
audio as well, easy call for me. Caveats, my old eyes are tempered with
being nearsighted, so don't need reading glasses, phone must stay charged
all day, and if your phone has unscheduled rendezvous with the ocean, you
are SOL.

Jeff Keating

On Jan 20, 2018 11:25 AM, "Ken Lassman" <wilddouglascounty...> wrote:

> As more of a plant guy, I rely on my Sibley bird ID book to hone in on many
> birds. I have the smaller pocketbook version but with my"maturing" eyes was
> considering getting the larger images found in the larger 2nd Edition
> Sibley's. But as someone who has only reluctantly joined the smart phone
> ranks what are folks thoughts on bird apps? Should I go electric or go with
> a larger acoustic, to pose my question musically? Which do you grab when
> you can't quite tease it out or want to confirm?
>
> Ken Lassman, Lawrence
>
> On Jan 20, 2018 12:02 AM, "KSBIRD-L automatic digest system" <
> <LISTSERV...> wrote:
>
> > There are 4 messages totaling 137 lines in this issue.
> >
> > Topics of the day:
> >
> > 1. Prairie Flacon (2)
> > 2. Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV (2)
> >
> > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> >
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:57:48 +0000
> > From: coleen brown <coleenm2002...>
> > Subject: Prairie Flacon
> >
> > This morning out on Ashland Bottoms we think we saw a Prairie Falcon?
> Has
> > anyone else seen one out there?
> > Coleen Brown
> > Manhattan, KS
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> >
> > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:01:06 +0000
> > From: Carla Trecek <cartreck...>
> > Subject: Prairie Flacon
> >
> > This morning at about 10 a.m., Coleen Brown and I watched a Prairie
> Falcon
> > hunt along 22nd Ave (I am guessing on the street name) in the research
> > fields in Ashland Bottoms. For several weeks on Fridays, we have been
> > seeing this bird fly across the road but have NOT had our binochs with
> us.
> > Today<calendar:T5:Today> we did have a pair of binochs and got good
> looks!
> > Yay!!!
> > Carla Trecek of Manhattan
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> >
> > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:29:55 -0600
> > From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs...>
> > Subject: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
> >
> > On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
> > In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).
> >
> > The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
> > Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
> > My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.
> >
> > The Current Show Listings are:
> > 9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
> > 9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
> > 10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
> > 10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
> > 11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
> > 11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation
> >
> >
> > "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big
> problems
> > in the world."
> > ~ Thomas Lovejoy
> >
> >
> > Eddie Stegall
> > <Ok_Forbs...>
> > Wichita, Ks.
> >
> > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:26:23 -0600
> > From: Robert Reed <ridgewalkertrent...>
> > Subject: Re: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
> >
> > In addition to these PBS has some amazing birding specific programs such
> as
> > Expeditions With Patrick McMillan, In The Americas With David Yetman.
> There
> > are other series and docu films that stand alone. Hopefully Timothy B
> > Roadcurlew's prairie chicken film shows up soon.
> >
> > On Jan 19, 2018 4:30 PM, "ok_forbs" <ok_forbs...> wrote:
> >
> > > On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
> > > In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).
> > >
> > > The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
> > > Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
> > > My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.
> > >
> > > The Current Show Listings are:
> > > 9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
> > > 9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
> > > 10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
> > > 10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
> > > 11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
> > > 11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation
> > >
> > >
> > > "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big
> > problems
> > > in the world."
> > > ~ Thomas Lovejoy
> > >
> > >
> > > Eddie Stegall
> > > <Ok_Forbs...>
> > > Wichita, Ks.
> > >
> > > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> > >
> >
> > For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> > https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> > For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> > http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> > To contact a listowner, send a message to
> > mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > End of KSBIRD-L Digest - 17 Jan 2018 to 19 Jan 2018 (#2018-19)
> > **************************************************************
> >
>
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>

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Date: 1/20/18 9:25 am
From: Ken Lassman <wilddouglascounty...>
Subject: Re: KSBIRD-L Digest - 17 Jan 2018 to 19 Jan 2018 (#2018-19)
As more of a plant guy, I rely on my Sibley bird ID book to hone in on many
birds. I have the smaller pocketbook version but with my"maturing" eyes was
considering getting the larger images found in the larger 2nd Edition
Sibley's. But as someone who has only reluctantly joined the smart phone
ranks what are folks thoughts on bird apps? Should I go electric or go with
a larger acoustic, to pose my question musically? Which do you grab when
you can't quite tease it out or want to confirm?

Ken Lassman, Lawrence

On Jan 20, 2018 12:02 AM, "KSBIRD-L automatic digest system" <
<LISTSERV...> wrote:

> There are 4 messages totaling 137 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Prairie Flacon (2)
> 2. Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV (2)
>
> For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
> https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html
> For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to
> http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-LGuidelines.htm
> To contact a listowner, send a message to
> mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:57:48 +0000
> From: coleen brown <coleenm2002...>
> Subject: Prairie Flacon
>
> This morning out on Ashland Bottoms we think we saw a Prairie Falcon? Has
> anyone else seen one out there?
> Coleen Brown
> Manhattan, KS
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to
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> Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:01:06 +0000
> From: Carla Trecek <cartreck...>
> Subject: Prairie Flacon
>
> This morning at about 10 a.m., Coleen Brown and I watched a Prairie Falcon
> hunt along 22nd Ave (I am guessing on the street name) in the research
> fields in Ashland Bottoms. For several weeks on Fridays, we have been
> seeing this bird fly across the road but have NOT had our binochs with us.
> Today<calendar:T5:Today> we did have a pair of binochs and got good looks!
> Yay!!!
> Carla Trecek of Manhattan
>
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> Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:29:55 -0600
> From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs...>
> Subject: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
>
> On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
> In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).
>
> The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
> Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
> My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.
>
> The Current Show Listings are:
> 9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
> 9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
> 10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
> 10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
> 11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
> 11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation
>
>
> "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems
> in the world."
> ~ Thomas Lovejoy
>
>
> Eddie Stegall
> <Ok_Forbs...>
> Wichita, Ks.
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> Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:26:23 -0600
> From: Robert Reed <ridgewalkertrent...>
> Subject: Re: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
>
> In addition to these PBS has some amazing birding specific programs such as
> Expeditions With Patrick McMillan, In The Americas With David Yetman. There
> are other series and docu films that stand alone. Hopefully Timothy B
> Roadcurlew's prairie chicken film shows up soon.
>
> On Jan 19, 2018 4:30 PM, "ok_forbs" <ok_forbs...> wrote:
>
> > On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
> > In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).
> >
> > The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
> > Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
> > My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.
> >
> > The Current Show Listings are:
> > 9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
> > 9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
> > 10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
> > 10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
> > 11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
> > 11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation
> >
> >
> > "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big
> problems
> > in the world."
> > ~ Thomas Lovejoy
> >
> >
> > Eddie Stegall
> > <Ok_Forbs...>
> > Wichita, Ks.
> >
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Date: 1/20/18 8:31 am
From: Catherine Lewis <seasidesparrow...>
Subject: Snowy Owl photos, newspaper article
Beautiful photos of the Cheney Owl, taken by Bob Gress, and interesting overview from Chuck Otte in this morning’s Wichita Eagle newspaper.

Catherine Lewis
Wichita, KS
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Date: 1/20/18 8:17 am
From: Steve Seibel <sseibel999...>
Subject: lots of Bald Eagles at Lake Cheney 1-19-2018
Yesterday afternoon 1-19 I was at Cheney Lake near the east entrance
to the park, at the boat ramp area with the large parking lot south of
Lakeview campground and north of the marina-- scanning out over the
ice with 10X binoculars I saw about 35 Bald Eagles, including a
cluster of about 10 and another cluster of about 15-- many thousands
of white (Snow or Ross's) geese were present as well

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Date: 1/19/18 4:26 pm
From: Robert Reed <ridgewalkertrent...>
Subject: Re: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
In addition to these PBS has some amazing birding specific programs such as
Expeditions With Patrick McMillan, In The Americas With David Yetman. There
are other series and docu films that stand alone. Hopefully Timothy B
Roadcurlew's prairie chicken film shows up soon.

On Jan 19, 2018 4:30 PM, "ok_forbs" <ok_forbs...> wrote:

> On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
> In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).
>
> The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
> Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
> My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.
>
> The Current Show Listings are:
> 9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
> 9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
> 10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
> 10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
> 11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
> 11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation
>
>
> "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems
> in the world."
> ~ Thomas Lovejoy
>
>
> Eddie Stegall
> <Ok_Forbs...>
> Wichita, Ks.
>
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Date: 1/19/18 2:30 pm
From: ok_forbs <ok_forbs...>
Subject: Saturday morning nature shows on ABC TV
On Saturday mornings, I have been enjoying the nature shows on ABC TV.
In Wichita, ABC TV is on channel 10 (KAKE).

The nature shows begin at 9:00 am and last until noon.
Its a group of 6 shows that are 1/2 hour each.
My favorite is Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, it's the first show.

The Current Show Listings are:
9:00-9:30 Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown
9:30-10:00 Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
10:00-10:30 Sea Rescue
10:30-11:00 The Wildlife Docs
11:00-11:30 Rock the Park (Sports sometimes preempts it.)
11:30-12:00 Vacation Creation


"If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems in the world."
~ Thomas Lovejoy


Eddie Stegall
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Wichita, Ks.

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Date: 1/19/18 2:01 pm
From: Carla Trecek <cartreck...>
Subject: Prairie Flacon
This morning at about 10 a.m., Coleen Brown and I watched a Prairie Falcon hunt along 22nd Ave (I am guessing on the street name) in the research fields in Ashland Bottoms. For several weeks on Fridays, we have been seeing this bird fly across the road but have NOT had our binochs with us. Today<calendar:T5:Today> we did have a pair of binochs and got good looks! Yay!!!
Carla Trecek of Manhattan



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Date: 1/19/18 1:58 pm
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002...>
Subject: Prairie Flacon
This morning out on Ashland Bottoms we think we saw a Prairie Falcon? Has anyone else seen one out there?
Coleen Brown
Manhattan, KS



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Date: 1/17/18 2:20 pm
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Results for the 2017 Kansas Birding Big Year competition
All,


I have the results from the 2017 version of the Kansas Birding Big Year contest, promoted and conducted by the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. The official news release was to be made available today, but will now be posted next week. Since I promised results this week, however, here they are:

Adult Advanced:
1st place Malcolm Gold of Overland Park, Ks with 332 species
2nd place Andrew Burnett of Erie, Ks with 307 species
3rd place Sue Newland of Wakarusa, Ks with 305 species
4th place Robert Penner of Ellinwood with 302 species
5th place - Kevin Groeneweg of Wichita with 296 species

Adult Intermediate:
1st place Kathy Carroll of Bonner Springs, Ks with 334 (and overall high total)
2nd place Mickey Louis of Overland Park, Ks with 304
3rd place Jennifer Hammett of Shawnee, Ks with 294
4th place Kelli Egbert of Spring Hill, Ks with 286
5th place Linda Zempel -of Topeka, Ks with 259

Adult Novice:
1st place Allison Godek of Prairie Village, Ks with 297
2nd Place David Kirsch of Overland Park, Ks with 270
3rd place Michael Bader of Great Bend, Ks with 234
4th place Suntesha Wustrack of Augusta, Ks with 221
5th place Walt Cochran of Gardner, Ks with 220
Youth:
1st place Andrew Miller of Partridge, Ks with 272 species
2nd place Will Kirsch of Overland Park, Ks with 257
3rd place Sam Schermerhorn of Wamego, Ks with 232 species
4th place Lynnea Nelson of Carbondale, Ks with 208
5th place Michaela Gold of Overland Park, Ks with 193
6th place Ella Burnett of Erie, Ks with 162

Senior:
1st place Dan Larson of Berryton, Ks with 255 species
2nd place Doris Burnett of Manhattan, Ks with 223 species
3rd place John Row of Manhattan, Ks with 191 species

First place winners in all categories will be awarded prints of original pencil drawings featuring Kansas shorebird species from Dr. Robert Penner of the Nature Conservancy. I will be in touch with the winners to get mailing addresses. Not all placing individuals will be awarded prizes as any other prizes will be awarded upon availability. Other sponsors include Acorn Naturalists and the Education Section of KDWPT.

The 2018 version of the competition is up and running, so if interested, use the following link for information:

http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2018-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year
2018 Kansas Birding Big Year / Wildlife Diversity ...<http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2018-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year>
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Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 1/16/18 1:43 pm
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler...>
Subject: Bald eagles at Milford
Yesterday afternoon (1/15/18) I took a quick trip to Milford dam to see some Bald Eagles. There were at least 12 eagles pestering ducks and geese in the open water just above the dam. In Milford State Park across from the marina were at least 40+ eagles in trees and on ice, a lot of open water was there also. There were hundreds of mallards, common goldeneye and canada geese in the open water plus a few common mergansars.


I hope the open water and eagles remain for the Eagle Days for Saturday.


Calvin Wohler

Clay Center, KS

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Date: 1/16/18 9:24 am
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...>
Subject: Windchill below zero.
Hi Folks,

I looked out my kitchen window this morning noticing my sturdy old outside temperature gauge, tied to a small tree limb about ten feet away, reading 0 degrees. It felt a lot colder than that with the windchill. The bright early morning sun was shinning into my eyes, trying to make me think it was warmer than it was. My small 2 gallon plastic birdbath was frozen solid. Suddenly I see some movement out of the corner of my eye. A small green bird had just entered the wire cage I have around my suet feeder, that is about 3 feet away through the window glass, hanging from the edge of the roof eves above. I think, it must be the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I look closer, I’m surprised, it’s the Orange-crowned Warbler. I hadn’t seen it for a few days. I’m not always looking out the window. The Warbler looks good, it seems healthy, and active. It’s plumage seems fresh. It then flew down to a feeder, ate something small, probably millet, and flew away. It was a nice way to start the day. Seeing a Warbler reminds me of my favorite time of the birding year, spring.

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Wichita
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Date: 1/15/18 6:51 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: eBird: Using the Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) option
Hello again. An eBird user recently emailed me to ask why the Red-tailed
Hawk (*calurus*/*alascensis*) option gets flagged throughout much of
eastern Kansas in eBird. I decided to post my response publicly, as I think
others should be aware of the points I'm making. As everyone knows there
are many Red-tailed Hawk subspecies in Kansas. In the eastern part of the
state most Red-tailed Hawks during the winter months of the widespread
eastern subspecies (*B. j. borealis*) which breeds throughout Kansas. The
borealis breeding in Kansas have a weak to nonexistent belly band. A
smaller yet significant number of wintering individuals are of the northern
subspecies (*B. j. abieticola*), characterized by it's overall darker
coloration and thick, blobby belly band among other features. Many
individuals are also intermediate in appearance between typical *abieticola*
and the nearly unmarked *borealis* which breed throughout the state.
Sprinkled amongst all of these northern and eastern Red-tailed Hawks are
smaller numbers of dark morphs. Many of the dark morphs are of the
distinctive Harlan's subspecies (*B. j. harlani*). However, some are not.
These non-*harlani* dark morphs which might comprise something like 1-3 %
of the wintering population throughout eastern counties, are usually called
dark morph *calurus* or rufous morph *calurus*. For those not aware, I'm
referring to the widespread western subspecies (*B. j. calurus*).

The status of *calurus* throughout the plains, midwest, and eastern states
has always been contentious it seems. Recently some raptor experts (e.g.
Brian Sullivan, Jerry Ligouri) have come to believe that these non-*harlani*
dark morphs found throughout the central US states are actually melanistic
versions of *abieticola*. In case they plan to publish papers upon this
subject, I won't go into great detail about their reasoning ... I'm also
feeling lazy. Just think about this one question however. Where are the
light morph *calurus*? Personally I've never seen a light morph *calurus*
in eastern Kansas, and they are supposed to comprise the majority of that
subspecies population ... Based upon current records it would seem that
only dark morph *calurus* reach our territory ... This obviously would be
crazy. Keep in mind that the northern subspecies *abieticola* resembles
light morph *calurus* is some regards, and is relatively common here. For
those wishing to review its identification criteria, I recommend the
article linked below.

In eBird we are flagging all *calurus* reports from the eastern counties
(where I review). Doing so encourages people to document and photograph
these strange creatures, whatever they are, which in turn helps
researchers. I've been told directly that good quality photos uploaded to
eBird are used by the experts pondering these subspecies distributions, and
are useful in testing hypothetical identification criteria that have been
developed for separation of melanistic *calurus* and *abieticola*. Next
time you see one of these birds get a photo of the darn thing and upload
under Red-tailed Hawk (*calurus*/*alascensis*). If and when these are
proved to be melanistic *abieticola*, such records may be transfered
automatically into *abieticola* but that's probably a ways away.

http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/identifying-northern-red-tailed-hawks/
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/red-tailed-hawks-recognizing-subspecies-in-vermont/

What I wrote above comes primarily from my experience (and that of others)
birding Kansas' easternmost counties. How does it work in the west? What
percentage of your birds are melanistic? Do you guys see light morph
*calurus* out there? In the front range of Colorado there seem to be some
interesting mutt Red-tailed Hawks where the ranges of *calurus* and
*borealis* meet. Ever see any of those?

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/15/18 5:21 pm
From: Joan Fox <j43fox...>
Subject: ruby-crowned kinglet
I’m a new subscriber, seldom watch anywhere other than my backyard. Today spotted a ruby-crowned kinglet 4 times around a heated birdbath (of sorts) on my patio. I went out and bought mealworms and a feeder; chill points are predicted to be in -15 range tomorrow. Am finding the posts very informative.

Joan Fox
Wichita
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Date: 1/15/18 5:16 pm
From: Scott Seltman <sselt...>
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
Yes, SEOWs occasionally roost in trees and in mid-winter occasionally will
join LEOW communal roosts in trees. I'd have to do some digging to find the
first time I personally observed this, but I believe it was in the south
state park at Cedar Bluff (Trego County) in the early 1980s. I'd also have
to do some more digging to find the most dramatic example of this. It was on
the Cedar Bluff CBC, the year we had 116 LEOWs, when one row of trees had an
estimated 80 LEOWs and 20 SEOWs roosting together. Somewhere I have some
pics of the two species together in a cedar tree, a photo that predates
Adobe Photoshop. (This was back in the day when cameras used something
called 'film'. Google it, kids!) Coming up with all this will require lots
of digging and unfortunately the ground is frozen.

I don't know why the skepticism surrounding this topic runs so deep, but I
think it's mostly because most birders don't see many 'asio' owls and
therefore never really learn to identify them well. And by that, I mean even
expert birders will usually just base the ID on the habitat without really
looking at the birds. This strategy is usually correct, yet I'm sure a
certain number of SEOWs flushed from trees go unnoticed or misidentified
even by the most accomplished of birders.

As for identifying the two as they fly away from you in a dense stand
cedars, I often focus on the trailing edges of the wing. These tend to be
quite dark in LEOW and often very white in SEOW. It's a subtle thing, but
quite useful at times. And of course if listening to birds is your thing,
their little flight calls or 'contact' calls are different. LEOWs lay their
ear tufts back in flight, so that fieldmark is pretty useless. A few SEOWs
will fly around out in the open and give great looks after being flushed,
while the LEOWs usually stick to the trees and head towards an even more
cryptic hiding spot.

Check out the trailing edge of the wings in these two pics and see if you
notice the difference.

SEOW:
http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/SunBlogNuke/6/Windows-Live-Writer/Anothe
r-Owl-to-Enjoy-and-Other-Birdy-thi_A683/Short-eared%20Owl%20Flying%202%20WD_
2.jpg

LEOW: https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6053/6340519062_163206aa87_b.jpg

Scott Seltman
Larned, Kansas

P.S.: Flushing owls from trees is wrong.

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Date: 1/15/18 4:56 pm
From: Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...>
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
Thanks to all who addressed my question about long and short eared owls! Long Eared Owls are hard to figure out. I have only had one really good look at a Long Eared Owl in my life. I flushed a group out of some cedars behind my house one April, and one hung up at about 15 feet to give me a fantastic look. And, I think I have only heard one once. Several KOS members were camping at Coldwater Lake before a spring meeting at Barber County, and I heard one there at the lake. I have one final question: Has anyone ever found a Long Eared Owl nest in Kansas? Thanks Jim Nickel Peabody KS

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2018, at 6:19 PM, janeen walters <waltersjaneen...> wrote:
>
> External Message
> If I am thinking correctly, I thought both owl species were occasionally seen in the trees at Eisenhower Park in Osage County. Quite a few years ago.
>
> Janeen Walters
> Topeka
>
>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 5:59 PM, EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> wrote:
>>
>> Both species have roosted in cedars at Slate Creek Wetlands on occasion (Sumner County), rarely in Cowley County. As Chris pointed out, Seltman had them more frequently in W KS.
>>
>> Gene
>> Ark City
>> NOC
>>
>> Gene Young Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 5:02 PM, Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> wrote:
>>>
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: "Chris Hobbs" <chobbs.f1...>
>>> Date: Jan 15, 2018 5:01 PM
>>> Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
>>> To: "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...>
>>> Cc:
>>>
>>> Scott Seltman has observed Short-eared roosting in cedars/conifers.
>>> Decades ago, I was skeptical, but Short-eared do indeed use trees instead
>>> of fields - especially when heavy snow or ice is present.
>>>
>>> As for communal roosts, that's above my pay-grade. I'll defer to Scott or
>>> others with experience to comment. Interesting question!
>>>
>>> Chris Hobbs
>>> Lenexa
>>> <chobbs.f1...>
>>>
>>>> On Jan 15, 2018 10:03 AM, "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I went birding near home a couple of days ago. I was in an area of very
>>>> thick mature eastern red cedars. I spooked a group of about 6-8 owls. I got
>>>> brief glimpses of the owls, and originally thought they were probably short
>>>> eared owls. But, something didn't seem right so I went back yesterday to
>>>> look again. I saw the owls again and was looking closer at the birds this
>>>> time. The birds were thin and had what appeared to be long wings and tails.
>>>> I thought they were more likely long eared owls that time. However, I got a
>>>> better look at a single bird and thought it was short eared. My thought now
>>>> was that it was a mixed flock of short eared and long eared. I remember a
>>>> number of years ago, at the Wilson Lake CBC, we saw a group of owls and the
>>>> consensus was that they were a mixed group of long and short eared owls. My
>>>> question is: have other people had this experience and is this common that
>>>> long and short eared would roost in the same area?
>>>> Also, I had a Purple Finch at my feeder in Marion County. The Birds of
>>>> Kansas does not have a dot on the county for Purple Finch, but the county
>>>> checklist does. The Purple Finch is very difficult to see in Marion County.
>>>> This is a county bird for me. Jim Nickel Peabody, KS
>>>>
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Date: 1/15/18 4:19 pm
From: janeen walters <waltersjaneen...>
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
If I am thinking correctly, I thought both owl species were occasionally seen in the trees at Eisenhower Park in Osage County. Quite a few years ago.

Janeen Walters
Topeka

> On Jan 15, 2018, at 5:59 PM, EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...> wrote:
>
> Both species have roosted in cedars at Slate Creek Wetlands on occasion (Sumner County), rarely in Cowley County. As Chris pointed out, Seltman had them more frequently in W KS.
>
> Gene
> Ark City
> NOC
>
> Gene Young Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 5:02 PM, Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> wrote:
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: "Chris Hobbs" <chobbs.f1...>
>> Date: Jan 15, 2018 5:01 PM
>> Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
>> To: "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...>
>> Cc:
>>
>> Scott Seltman has observed Short-eared roosting in cedars/conifers.
>> Decades ago, I was skeptical, but Short-eared do indeed use trees instead
>> of fields - especially when heavy snow or ice is present.
>>
>> As for communal roosts, that's above my pay-grade. I'll defer to Scott or
>> others with experience to comment. Interesting question!
>>
>> Chris Hobbs
>> Lenexa
>> <chobbs.f1...>
>>
>>> On Jan 15, 2018 10:03 AM, "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I went birding near home a couple of days ago. I was in an area of very
>>> thick mature eastern red cedars. I spooked a group of about 6-8 owls. I got
>>> brief glimpses of the owls, and originally thought they were probably short
>>> eared owls. But, something didn't seem right so I went back yesterday to
>>> look again. I saw the owls again and was looking closer at the birds this
>>> time. The birds were thin and had what appeared to be long wings and tails.
>>> I thought they were more likely long eared owls that time. However, I got a
>>> better look at a single bird and thought it was short eared. My thought now
>>> was that it was a mixed flock of short eared and long eared. I remember a
>>> number of years ago, at the Wilson Lake CBC, we saw a group of owls and the
>>> consensus was that they were a mixed group of long and short eared owls. My
>>> question is: have other people had this experience and is this common that
>>> long and short eared would roost in the same area?
>>> Also, I had a Purple Finch at my feeder in Marion County. The Birds of
>>> Kansas does not have a dot on the county for Purple Finch, but the county
>>> checklist does. The Purple Finch is very difficult to see in Marion County.
>>> This is a county bird for me. Jim Nickel Peabody, KS
>>>
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Date: 1/15/18 4:00 pm
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
Both species have roosted in cedars at Slate Creek Wetlands on occasion (Sumner County), rarely in Cowley County. As Chris pointed out, Seltman had them more frequently in W KS.

Gene
Ark City
NOC

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2018, at 5:02 PM, Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...> wrote:
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Chris Hobbs" <chobbs.f1...>
> Date: Jan 15, 2018 5:01 PM
> Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
> To: "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...>
> Cc:
>
> Scott Seltman has observed Short-eared roosting in cedars/conifers.
> Decades ago, I was skeptical, but Short-eared do indeed use trees instead
> of fields - especially when heavy snow or ice is present.
>
> As for communal roosts, that's above my pay-grade. I'll defer to Scott or
> others with experience to comment. Interesting question!
>
> Chris Hobbs
> Lenexa
> <chobbs.f1...>
>
>> On Jan 15, 2018 10:03 AM, "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...> wrote:
>>
>> I went birding near home a couple of days ago. I was in an area of very
>> thick mature eastern red cedars. I spooked a group of about 6-8 owls. I got
>> brief glimpses of the owls, and originally thought they were probably short
>> eared owls. But, something didn't seem right so I went back yesterday to
>> look again. I saw the owls again and was looking closer at the birds this
>> time. The birds were thin and had what appeared to be long wings and tails.
>> I thought they were more likely long eared owls that time. However, I got a
>> better look at a single bird and thought it was short eared. My thought now
>> was that it was a mixed flock of short eared and long eared. I remember a
>> number of years ago, at the Wilson Lake CBC, we saw a group of owls and the
>> consensus was that they were a mixed group of long and short eared owls. My
>> question is: have other people had this experience and is this common that
>> long and short eared would roost in the same area?
>> Also, I had a Purple Finch at my feeder in Marion County. The Birds of
>> Kansas does not have a dot on the county for Purple Finch, but the county
>> checklist does. The Purple Finch is very difficult to see in Marion County.
>> This is a county bird for me. Jim Nickel Peabody, KS
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Date: 1/15/18 3:02 pm
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...>
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Chris Hobbs" <chobbs.f1...>
Date: Jan 15, 2018 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: long eared or short eared?
To: "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...>
Cc:

Scott Seltman has observed Short-eared roosting in cedars/conifers.
Decades ago, I was skeptical, but Short-eared do indeed use trees instead
of fields - especially when heavy snow or ice is present.

As for communal roosts, that's above my pay-grade. I'll defer to Scott or
others with experience to comment. Interesting question!

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
<chobbs.f1...>

On Jan 15, 2018 10:03 AM, "Nickel, James B" <James.Nickel...> wrote:

> I went birding near home a couple of days ago. I was in an area of very
> thick mature eastern red cedars. I spooked a group of about 6-8 owls. I got
> brief glimpses of the owls, and originally thought they were probably short
> eared owls. But, something didn't seem right so I went back yesterday to
> look again. I saw the owls again and was looking closer at the birds this
> time. The birds were thin and had what appeared to be long wings and tails.
> I thought they were more likely long eared owls that time. However, I got a
> better look at a single bird and thought it was short eared. My thought now
> was that it was a mixed flock of short eared and long eared. I remember a
> number of years ago, at the Wilson Lake CBC, we saw a group of owls and the
> consensus was that they were a mixed group of long and short eared owls. My
> question is: have other people had this experience and is this common that
> long and short eared would roost in the same area?
> Also, I had a Purple Finch at my feeder in Marion County. The Birds of
> Kansas does not have a dot on the county for Purple Finch, but the county
> checklist does. The Purple Finch is very difficult to see in Marion County.
> This is a county bird for me. Jim Nickel Peabody, KS
>
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Date: 1/15/18 8:03 am
From: Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...>
Subject: long eared or short eared?
I went birding near home a couple of days ago. I was in an area of very thick mature eastern red cedars. I spooked a group of about 6-8 owls. I got brief glimpses of the owls, and originally thought they were probably short eared owls. But, something didn't seem right so I went back yesterday to look again. I saw the owls again and was looking closer at the birds this time. The birds were thin and had what appeared to be long wings and tails. I thought they were more likely long eared owls that time. However, I got a better look at a single bird and thought it was short eared. My thought now was that it was a mixed flock of short eared and long eared. I remember a number of years ago, at the Wilson Lake CBC, we saw a group of owls and the consensus was that they were a mixed group of long and short eared owls. My question is: have other people had this experience and is this common that long and short eared would roost in the same area?
Also, I had a Purple Finch at my feeder in Marion County. The Birds of Kansas does not have a dot on the county for Purple Finch, but the county checklist does. The Purple Finch is very difficult to see in Marion County. This is a county bird for me. Jim Nickel Peabody, KS

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Date: 1/15/18 7:44 am
From: Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Haemorhous finches question
Have Purple and House finches been known to hybridize?

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Date: 1/14/18 10:35 am
From: Malcolm Gold <malcolmgold...>
Subject: Lesser Black-Backed Gull at Melvern and birding report.
Yesterday I was able to spend the day outdoors and enjoyed the
overwintering waterfowl and hawks in eastern Kansas.

For waterfowl there were thousands of Canada / Cackling geese were at
Louisburg City Park and Middle Creek Lake in Miami County. In Linn County
there were tens of Thousands of Mallards at La Cygne Lake and possibly tens
of thousands of Common Mergansers at Melvern Lake in Osage County.

Middle Creek Lake: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41862480
La Cygne Lake: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41864203
Melvern Lake: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41879924

For Raptors, Yancy Road in Linn County was full of Eastern and Harlan
Red-Tailed Hawks. A light Rough-Legged Hawk and unexpected Short-Eared Owl
late morning seemingly clashed with the Northern Harriers. On my way west
while in Franklin County, I saw a beautiful dark Red-Tailed Hawk that
seemed like a western subspecies and a Merlin. Admittedly I ignore some of
the nuances of Red-tailed subspecies, but none-the-less they are fun to
look at in the winter.

Yancy Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41865846
Franklin County: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41876346
Red-Tailed Hawk Differences:
http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/identifying-northern-red-tailed-hawks/

The Franklin County Snowy Owl was still in the same general area. My camera
seemingly didn't like the cold and was on the fritz, but this misfortune
had a silver lining. With the extra time I need to set up and attempt to
digiscope the Owl, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael and Beth Sykes who
pulled off Old Hwy 50 behind me. Congratulations are in order for them for
the lifer! I was unable to relocate the previously reported Snowy Owl in
Osage County near Melvern, but the beautiful Rough-Legged Hawks and a
Northern Shrike were in that location instead.

In Osage County, there was a decent sized flock of Gulls loafing on the ice
side of the Melvern Dam and visiting the outlet canal. A first-cycle
Lesser Black-Backed Gull was mixed in with the many Ring-Billed and Herring
Gulls.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41879924

For the second time in 2 years I watched a Short-Eared Owl harass a perched
Rough-Legged Hawk. I consider myself lucky to experience rather than merely
reading about this mobbing behavior. This Rough-Legged hawk completely
ignored my parked car and after a couple of minutes of being perched
decided to fly away from the Short-Eared Owl. It was a very cool
experience to end the day.

Good Birding,

Malcolm Gold (Overland Park, Johnson County, KS)

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Date: 1/14/18 9:58 am
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: More on filters
Mary,

If you look at my original thread on this I a) was shedding some light on the aspect that researchers will judge data based on their own knowledge, whether a records committee or eBird agrees, accepts records or not, but b) regardless the data should be available for all records accepted or not. Thats what is most important...and in part I was seeking clarification if filtered, i.e. not accepted records are accessible via e-bird.

Furthermore, many on eBird have discussed filters with me, and most people, myself included, had no idea where they came from and how they were developed. From the research aspect, this is important. When eBird was first developed and no data was present, filters had to come from where? A) Either the literature, B) the first reviewers knowledge, or C) a combination of both. Were these initial reviewers bird watchers or professionals is germane because some great bird watchers are interested in the science and others are not so much.

Regardless, as Jon described, very well, hes developed filters based on analysis of eBird data. Thus, all filters developed are not the same because individual reviewers may have different analytical abilities, put more or less time into analysis, etc.. I assume certain filters may be developed based on recent literature while others are not (ex. Jons).

Thus, the purpose and where I was going, for both bird watchers and researchers, relates to these facts: 1) filtered out data is available for examination from eBird, 2) thus, the more details provided by observers is important, 3) the eBird data like any data has built in bias, observer bias as well as reviewers bias, 4) but part of this bias also comes from how filters are developed by independent reviewers, or committees as I indicated with OBRC, therefore 5) if a researcher examines filtered data for comparative purposes, they now know that they may want to either examine unfiltered data, or ask what filters were in place for x-region.

Furthermore, for the eBird user, based upon this thread, I think they have a better understanding why they have to explain certain things in one locale, but not others. They also should have an understanding of how this helps researchers with the bigger picture of things.

Thus, ultimately, I was trying to learn about the eBird process.

As far as filters, I dont have time to review eBird data to develop filters...I spend enough time reviewing eBird data for research purposes.

Gene

Gene Young
Ark City, KS
NOC OK

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 14, 2018, at 8:43 AM, Mary Nemecek <msnemecek...><mailto:<msnemecek...>> wrote:

Gene, I'm not sure where you are going with this. Do you want to help with the filters?

Mary Nemecek
KCMO

"One planet, one experiment." -Edward O. Wilson


-----Original Message-----
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...><mailto:<EUGENE.YOUNG...>>
To: KSBIRD-L <KSBIRD-L...><mailto:<KSBIRD-L...>>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 3:18 am
Subject: Re: More on filters

The suggestion is not that regions lack filters but that filters are different within regions because reviewers are different. Jon said he set up filters for his region, but wasnt sure if others had done the same in the way that he examined data. Thats the bias, differences in reviewers filters, whether its because of time/effort, ability, etc. is a bias associated with the data...all filtering isnt = based upon the very good explanation of how filters are developed. Thus, certain filters are lacking in regions as a result...

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 10:57 PM, Jon King <jonking271...><mailto:<jonking271...>> wrote:
>
> Hopefully this series of posts has been informative. However, Gene's last
> post suggests there is one more thing for me to clear up. He states that
> some areas in Kansas lack filtering which is a misunderstanding. All
> geographic areas across the world are filtered in eBird ... Outer space
> probably isn't. Has there ever been a bird in space? Getting back to my
> main point, the takeaway message is that some filters are better than
> others which can have an effect on data quality as Gene mentioned. Those in
> certain parts of the state have received 10x as much attention as those in
> other parts of the state. The good new is that this is improving. The
> review team has grown recently and we have new people working on it ... It
> can take weeks and months to overhaul a filtering system though.
>
> For the past several years the state of Kansas has been broken up into ~35
> filtering regions. Clearly some filters covered multiple counties as there
> are 3x as many counties as there were filters. Within the past week
> however, Ian Davies of Cornell set us reviewers up with new filters ... One
> for every single county. It's going to take some time to fine tune these,
> and yes local experts, we'd love to consult with you. These new filtering
> scheme is going to be a great improvement over what came before. The
> problem with having multiple counties share a filter is that some species
> might occur within one county, but not in the others covered by that
> filter. To illustrate this point, I will point to the Mississippi Kites of
> Topeka which have become local, albeit expected members of the summer
> avifauna during the past few years. Shawnee County used to share a filter
> with Douglas and Jefferson counties, which worked for 99+ % of species. The
> only problem was that Mississippi Kite is still a rarity in Lawrence, and
> so far as I know, in Jefferson County. Adding Mississippi Kite to the
> filter in order to accommodate recent happenings in Topeka would have meant
> that records from Douglas and Jefferson Counties would not get reviewed ...
> Trust me when I say that this is not a species reviewers want to leave on a
> filter where it does not occur. Conversely leaving Mississippi Kite off the
> filter, which is what I ultimately did, meant that the Topeka birders got a
> bunch of unnecessary flags thrown at them. The same situation applied to
> Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees on the filter shared by Butler and
> Cowley counties in south-central Kansas, Max and Gene. I could go on and on
> with many more examples. The good news however, is that multi-county
> filters will no longer be an issue!
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
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Date: 1/14/18 9:20 am
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
In response to Henry, all the data ,vetted or not, is available via
downloading by checking the ‘include unverified data’ box as pointed out by
Jon. So, if you want to see the unverified data it is publicly available
via download and not only available to the select few. In contrast, data
available in maps etc through the Explore Data tool is vetted. Also, you
can still see your own unverified data through your own account for your
own purposes.

E.J. Raynor


On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 11:18 PM Henry Armknecht <armknecht...>
wrote:

> My original question has not been addressed. Why not make all of the
> information available to all e-bird users, not just the select few? Allow
> the users to make their own determination of how valid a sighting might be
> for their own purposes instead of filters and reviewers standing between
> the original reporter and the data.
>
> Definitely out of range/date sightings (penguin in KS at any time or Snowy
> Owl in July) could have a hard filter that does not allow the data to be
> public unless verified. All other data could be public, but with the
> "unverified" caveat.
>
> There are many places in KS with such a thin data stream history that
> filters based on past reported sightings is virtually worthless. An
> example would be Mountain Bluebird in western counties. They have been
> reported in all western KS counties, but e-bird records in many counties
> are non-existent.
>
> Henry A
> Hays
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:37 PM
> To: <KSBIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
>
> Jon's points are well taken. Oversight is necessary to separate the wheat
> from the chaff. Subjective? Yes! Perfect? Nope! Popular? Are you
> kidding!?!?
>
> The eBird reviewers are all experienced, highly regarded birders within
> their region, and they do this FREE. Who better. Who better to serve this
> vital function?! Are we going to agree with every determination? Naw. Do
> we think the VAST majority of information is accurate? HELL YEAH!!
>
> Chris Hobbs
> Lenexa
> <chobbs.f1...>
>
> On Jan 11, 2018 7:50 PM, "Jon King" <jonking271...> wrote:
>
> > Henry's point brings to mind a similar conversation on the value of
> > bird records committees. This conversation can be found on the blog of
> > the *American Birding Association*. One of the points made (by Steve
> > Howell I think) was that when doing research it is helpful to have
> > records pre-evaluated. He is the one of the authors of *Rare Birds of
> > North America* (Princeton University Press, 2014), and in doing
> > research on patterns of vagrancy, they relied extensively on the work
> > of state and provincial records committees. Otherwise the time
> > required to do their project would have been prohibitive. Time
> > constraints are a reality for many projects.
> >
> > If the documentation supporting a record does not pass with eBird
> > reviewers, it's unlikely to pass in most scientific analyses either,
> > even if the scientists themselves were willing to sort through all of
> > it. If anything review by locals (i.e. the Kansas review team) is the
> > most lenient method. We at least know many of the local birders and if
> > a description is severely lacking (happens a lot), we can sometimes
> > take into account that observer's record of past successes provided
> > the identification is not too terribly difficult. Review of eBird
> > records by outsiders would be very objective as the person performing
> > it would look solely at the documentation provided. In other words a
> > persons reputation wouldn't count for anything and they'd better hope
> > they'd written a paragraph describing the bird in question and
> > eliminating all possible identification concerns from the mind of the
> > external reviewer. In my experience many descriptions fall short of that.
> >
> > Also worth considering here is the eBird website. Never before has
> > visualization of broad-scale patterns of status and distribution been
> > so easy. Returning to the *Spizella* sparrows for an example, the
> > winter distribution of Chipping Sparrow can be known in great detail
> > at the click of a mouse (see below). From looking at this map it's
> > apparent that Chipping Sparrows winter commonly to abundantly in some
> > areas, uncommonly in others, rarely but regularly in others, and very
> very rarely elsewhere.
> > If local reviewers did not remove the many unsubstantiated records
> > submitted in the northern and central USA and Canada, the pattern on
> > this map might be partially-obscured by reports of mis-identified
> > American Tree Sparrows. After all *Spizella* sparrows are confusing
> > for many beginning birders.
> >
> > http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chispa?neg=true&env.minX=-141.
> > 62220533127254&env.minY=17.051432244018006&env.maxX=-39.
> > 93275220627254&env.maxY=55.02481303501543&zh=true&gp=
> > false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018
> >
> > My point is not to bash any eBird users who submit documentation. I
> > hope this response illustrates the value of scrutinizing records,
> > whether by it's by eBird reviewers, journal editors (e.g. *North
> > American Birds*), CBC compilers, or by state and provincial records
> > committees. In essence, sightings must be judged so that others can
> > retrieve information in an efficient manner without having to dedicate
> > exorbitant amounts of time to it. I hope this message also further
> > highlights the importance of documenting records.
> >
> > Jon King
> > Lawrence, KS
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Henry Armknecht
> > <whatabirder...>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > "Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field
> > > ornithologists,
> > > birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with
> > > the local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are
> > > credible and which ones aren't"
> > >
> > > Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision
> > > out of the hands of the majority of potential users of the data.
> > > Why not leave the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings
> > > from the majority of users of the data?
> > >
> > > Henry A
> > > Hays
> > >
> > >
> >
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Date: 1/14/18 8:56 am
From: Max Thompson <maxt...>
Subject: Red Crossbills
Red Crossbills continue to pop up here and there in Winfield (Cowley Co.).
About 9:30 a.m. I had a flock of about 30 land in a tree as I drove by. Went
back and watched them. They landed in a spruce but dropped down to an
arborvitae. Both males and females were present. The sun is finally out and
looks like a decent day. Siskins continue to eat about 2# of sunflower chips
per day.

Max





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Date: 1/14/18 6:43 am
From: Mary Nemecek <00000485050e4b14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: More on filters
Gene, I'm not sure where you are going with this. Do you want to help with the filters?



Mary Nemecek
KCMO


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-----Original Message-----
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
To: KSBIRD-L <KSBIRD-L...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 3:18 am
Subject: Re: More on filters

The suggestion is not that regions lack filters but that filters are different within regions because reviewers are different. Jon said he set up filters for his region, but wasn’t sure if others had done the same in the way that he examined data. That’s the bias, differences in reviewers filters, whether it’s because of time/effort, ability, etc. is a bias associated with the data...all filtering isn’t = based upon the very good explanation of how filters are developed. Thus, certain filters are lacking in regions as a result...

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 10:57 PM, Jon King <jonking271...> wrote:
>
> Hopefully this series of posts has been informative. However, Gene's last
> post suggests there is one more thing for me to clear up. He states that
> some areas in Kansas lack filtering which is a misunderstanding. All
> geographic areas across the world are filtered in eBird ... Outer space
> probably isn't. Has there ever been a bird in space? Getting back to my
> main point, the takeaway message is that some filters are better than
> others which can have an effect on data quality as Gene mentioned. Those in
> certain parts of the state have received 10x as much attention as those in
> other parts of the state. The good new is that this is improving. The
> review team has grown recently and we have new people working on it ... It
> can take weeks and months to overhaul a filtering system though.
>
> For the past several years the state of Kansas has been broken up into ~35
> filtering regions. Clearly some filters covered multiple counties as there
> are 3x as many counties as there were filters. Within the past week
> however, Ian Davies of Cornell set us reviewers up with new filters ... One
> for every single county. It's going to take some time to fine tune these,
> and yes local experts, we'd love to consult with you. These new filtering
> scheme is going to be a great improvement over what came before. The
> problem with having multiple counties share a filter is that some species
> might occur within one county, but not in the others covered by that
> filter. To illustrate this point, I will point to the Mississippi Kites of
> Topeka which have become local, albeit expected members of the summer
> avifauna during the past few years. Shawnee County used to share a filter
> with Douglas and Jefferson counties, which worked for 99+ % of species. The
> only problem was that Mississippi Kite is still a rarity in Lawrence, and
> so far as I know, in Jefferson County. Adding Mississippi Kite to the
> filter in order to accommodate recent happenings in Topeka would have meant
> that records from Douglas and Jefferson Counties would not get reviewed ...
> Trust me when I say that this is not a species reviewers want to leave on a
> filter where it does not occur. Conversely leaving Mississippi Kite off the
> filter, which is what I ultimately did, meant that the Topeka birders got a
> bunch of unnecessary flags thrown at them. The same situation applied to
> Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees on the filter shared by Butler and
> Cowley counties in south-central Kansas, Max and Gene. I could go on and on
> with many more examples. The good news however, is that multi-county
> filters will no longer be an issue!
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
>
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Date: 1/14/18 1:17 am
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: More on filters
The suggestion is not that regions lack filters but that filters are different within regions because reviewers are different. Jon said he set up filters for his region, but wasnt sure if others had done the same in the way that he examined data. Thats the bias, differences in reviewers filters, whether its because of time/effort, ability, etc. is a bias associated with the data...all filtering isnt = based upon the very good explanation of how filters are developed. Thus, certain filters are lacking in regions as a result...

Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 10:57 PM, Jon King <jonking271...> wrote:
>
> Hopefully this series of posts has been informative. However, Gene's last
> post suggests there is one more thing for me to clear up. He states that
> some areas in Kansas lack filtering which is a misunderstanding. All
> geographic areas across the world are filtered in eBird ... Outer space
> probably isn't. Has there ever been a bird in space? Getting back to my
> main point, the takeaway message is that some filters are better than
> others which can have an effect on data quality as Gene mentioned. Those in
> certain parts of the state have received 10x as much attention as those in
> other parts of the state. The good new is that this is improving. The
> review team has grown recently and we have new people working on it ... It
> can take weeks and months to overhaul a filtering system though.
>
> For the past several years the state of Kansas has been broken up into ~35
> filtering regions. Clearly some filters covered multiple counties as there
> are 3x as many counties as there were filters. Within the past week
> however, Ian Davies of Cornell set us reviewers up with new filters ... One
> for every single county. It's going to take some time to fine tune these,
> and yes local experts, we'd love to consult with you. These new filtering
> scheme is going to be a great improvement over what came before. The
> problem with having multiple counties share a filter is that some species
> might occur within one county, but not in the others covered by that
> filter. To illustrate this point, I will point to the Mississippi Kites of
> Topeka which have become local, albeit expected members of the summer
> avifauna during the past few years. Shawnee County used to share a filter
> with Douglas and Jefferson counties, which worked for 99+ % of species. The
> only problem was that Mississippi Kite is still a rarity in Lawrence, and
> so far as I know, in Jefferson County. Adding Mississippi Kite to the
> filter in order to accommodate recent happenings in Topeka would have meant
> that records from Douglas and Jefferson Counties would not get reviewed ...
> Trust me when I say that this is not a species reviewers want to leave on a
> filter where it does not occur. Conversely leaving Mississippi Kite off the
> filter, which is what I ultimately did, meant that the Topeka birders got a
> bunch of unnecessary flags thrown at them. The same situation applied to
> Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees on the filter shared by Butler and
> Cowley counties in south-central Kansas, Max and Gene. I could go on and on
> with many more examples. The good news however, is that multi-county
> filters will no longer be an issue!
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
>
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Date: 1/13/18 10:29 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Henry brings up another point I should address. I think there is another misunderstanding here and it’s best that it not propagate. Just because each county has a filter does not mean the data consulted during the filter making process comes solely from that county. The data comes from an appropriate biogeographic region, whatever that is. Pretend for example that I was making a filter for Yellow Warbler in Nemaha County which is rather neglected by birders. A quick scan of northeast Kansas data would be performed, and then I would extrapolate to Nemaha.

When it comes to western Kansas, I can’t speak for the reviewers who have worked on these counties. I suspect that a combination of data and personal experience have been used. If I were doing it, I would also lean heavily upon the mountain of data right next door in eastern Colorado. Many status and distribution questions about western Kansas are quickly put in context if one just looks across the border. Their territory is covered far more extensively than western Kansas given that roughly half of their plains hotspots are only a one to three hours drive from Denver and the front range.

Take for example the recent questions posed about Pacific and Winter Wren status in western Kansas. Colorado birders find many more Winter Wrens than Pacific Wrens in the plains. It’s only logical that the same will hold for western Kansas. Here’s an article about it for those interested. Maps from eBird follow.

Article:
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/22.pdf

Winter Wren map:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/winwre3?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018

Pacific Wren map:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/pacwre1?neg=true&env.minX=-109.66485447300357&env.minY=32.14664895535811&env.maxX=-98.89825291050357&env.maxY=43.90490455253402&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018

Jon King
Lawrence, KS



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 11:17 PM, Henry Armknecht <armknecht...> wrote:
>
> My original question has not been addressed. Why not make all of the information available to all e-bird users, not just the select few? Allow the users to make their own determination of how valid a sighting might be for their own purposes instead of filters and reviewers standing between the original reporter and the data.
>
> Definitely out of range/date sightings (penguin in KS at any time or Snowy Owl in July) could have a hard filter that does not allow the data to be public unless verified. All other data could be public, but with the "unverified" caveat.
>
> There are many places in KS with such a thin data stream history that filters based on past reported sightings is virtually worthless. An example would be Mountain Bluebird in western counties. They have been reported in all western KS counties, but e-bird records in many counties are non-existent.
>
> Henry A
> Hays
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:<KSBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Chris Hobbs
> Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:37 PM
> To: <KSBIRD-L...>
> Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
>
> Jon's points are well taken. Oversight is necessary to separate the wheat from the chaff. Subjective? Yes! Perfect? Nope! Popular? Are you kidding!?!?
>
> The eBird reviewers are all experienced, highly regarded birders within their region, and they do this FREE. Who better. Who better to serve this vital function?! Are we going to agree with every determination? Naw. Do we think the VAST majority of information is accurate? HELL YEAH!!
>
> Chris Hobbs
> Lenexa
> <chobbs.f1...>
>
>> On Jan 11, 2018 7:50 PM, "Jon King" <jonking271...> wrote:
>>
>> Henry's point brings to mind a similar conversation on the value of
>> bird records committees. This conversation can be found on the blog of
>> the *American Birding Association*. One of the points made (by Steve
>> Howell I think) was that when doing research it is helpful to have
>> records pre-evaluated. He is the one of the authors of *Rare Birds of
>> North America* (Princeton University Press, 2014), and in doing
>> research on patterns of vagrancy, they relied extensively on the work
>> of state and provincial records committees. Otherwise the time
>> required to do their project would have been prohibitive. Time
>> constraints are a reality for many projects.
>>
>> If the documentation supporting a record does not pass with eBird
>> reviewers, it's unlikely to pass in most scientific analyses either,
>> even if the scientists themselves were willing to sort through all of
>> it. If anything review by locals (i.e. the Kansas review team) is the
>> most lenient method. We at least know many of the local birders and if
>> a description is severely lacking (happens a lot), we can sometimes
>> take into account that observer's record of past successes provided
>> the identification is not too terribly difficult. Review of eBird
>> records by outsiders would be very objective as the person performing
>> it would look solely at the documentation provided. In other words a
>> persons reputation wouldn't count for anything and they'd better hope
>> they'd written a paragraph describing the bird in question and
>> eliminating all possible identification concerns from the mind of the
>> external reviewer. In my experience many descriptions fall short of that.
>>
>> Also worth considering here is the eBird website. Never before has
>> visualization of broad-scale patterns of status and distribution been
>> so easy. Returning to the *Spizella* sparrows for an example, the
>> winter distribution of Chipping Sparrow can be known in great detail
>> at the click of a mouse (see below). From looking at this map it's
>> apparent that Chipping Sparrows winter commonly to abundantly in some
>> areas, uncommonly in others, rarely but regularly in others, and very very rarely elsewhere.
>> If local reviewers did not remove the many unsubstantiated records
>> submitted in the northern and central USA and Canada, the pattern on
>> this map might be partially-obscured by reports of mis-identified
>> American Tree Sparrows. After all *Spizella* sparrows are confusing
>> for many beginning birders.
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chispa?neg=true&env.minX=-141.
>> 62220533127254&env.minY=17.051432244018006&env.maxX=-39.
>> 93275220627254&env.maxY=55.02481303501543&zh=true&gp=
>> false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018
>>
>> My point is not to bash any eBird users who submit documentation. I
>> hope this response illustrates the value of scrutinizing records,
>> whether by it's by eBird reviewers, journal editors (e.g. *North
>> American Birds*), CBC compilers, or by state and provincial records
>> committees. In essence, sightings must be judged so that others can
>> retrieve information in an efficient manner without having to dedicate
>> exorbitant amounts of time to it. I hope this message also further
>> highlights the importance of documenting records.
>>
>> Jon King
>> Lawrence, KS
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Henry Armknecht
>> <whatabirder...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> "Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field
>>> ornithologists,
>>> birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with
>>> the local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are
>>> credible and which ones aren't"
>>>
>>> Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision
>>> out of the hands of the majority of potential users of the data.
>>> Why not leave the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings
>>> from the majority of users of the data?
>>>
>>> Henry A
>>> Hays
>>
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Date: 1/13/18 9:18 pm
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
My original question has not been addressed. Why not make all of the information available to all e-bird users, not just the select few? Allow the users to make their own determination of how valid a sighting might be for their own purposes instead of filters and reviewers standing between the original reporter and the data.

Definitely out of range/date sightings (penguin in KS at any time or Snowy Owl in July) could have a hard filter that does not allow the data to be public unless verified. All other data could be public, but with the "unverified" caveat.

There are many places in KS with such a thin data stream history that filters based on past reported sightings is virtually worthless. An example would be Mountain Bluebird in western counties. They have been reported in all western KS counties, but e-bird records in many counties are non-existent.

Henry A
Hays

-----Original Message-----
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:<KSBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Chris Hobbs
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:37 PM
To: <KSBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird

Jon's points are well taken. Oversight is necessary to separate the wheat from the chaff. Subjective? Yes! Perfect? Nope! Popular? Are you kidding!?!?

The eBird reviewers are all experienced, highly regarded birders within their region, and they do this FREE. Who better. Who better to serve this vital function?! Are we going to agree with every determination? Naw. Do we think the VAST majority of information is accurate? HELL YEAH!!

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
<chobbs.f1...>

On Jan 11, 2018 7:50 PM, "Jon King" <jonking271...> wrote:

> Henry's point brings to mind a similar conversation on the value of
> bird records committees. This conversation can be found on the blog of
> the *American Birding Association*. One of the points made (by Steve
> Howell I think) was that when doing research it is helpful to have
> records pre-evaluated. He is the one of the authors of *Rare Birds of
> North America* (Princeton University Press, 2014), and in doing
> research on patterns of vagrancy, they relied extensively on the work
> of state and provincial records committees. Otherwise the time
> required to do their project would have been prohibitive. Time
> constraints are a reality for many projects.
>
> If the documentation supporting a record does not pass with eBird
> reviewers, it's unlikely to pass in most scientific analyses either,
> even if the scientists themselves were willing to sort through all of
> it. If anything review by locals (i.e. the Kansas review team) is the
> most lenient method. We at least know many of the local birders and if
> a description is severely lacking (happens a lot), we can sometimes
> take into account that observer's record of past successes provided
> the identification is not too terribly difficult. Review of eBird
> records by outsiders would be very objective as the person performing
> it would look solely at the documentation provided. In other words a
> persons reputation wouldn't count for anything and they'd better hope
> they'd written a paragraph describing the bird in question and
> eliminating all possible identification concerns from the mind of the
> external reviewer. In my experience many descriptions fall short of that.
>
> Also worth considering here is the eBird website. Never before has
> visualization of broad-scale patterns of status and distribution been
> so easy. Returning to the *Spizella* sparrows for an example, the
> winter distribution of Chipping Sparrow can be known in great detail
> at the click of a mouse (see below). From looking at this map it's
> apparent that Chipping Sparrows winter commonly to abundantly in some
> areas, uncommonly in others, rarely but regularly in others, and very very rarely elsewhere.
> If local reviewers did not remove the many unsubstantiated records
> submitted in the northern and central USA and Canada, the pattern on
> this map might be partially-obscured by reports of mis-identified
> American Tree Sparrows. After all *Spizella* sparrows are confusing
> for many beginning birders.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chispa?neg=true&env.minX=-141.
> 62220533127254&env.minY=17.051432244018006&env.maxX=-39.
> 93275220627254&env.maxY=55.02481303501543&zh=true&gp=
> false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018
>
> My point is not to bash any eBird users who submit documentation. I
> hope this response illustrates the value of scrutinizing records,
> whether by it's by eBird reviewers, journal editors (e.g. *North
> American Birds*), CBC compilers, or by state and provincial records
> committees. In essence, sightings must be judged so that others can
> retrieve information in an efficient manner without having to dedicate
> exorbitant amounts of time to it. I hope this message also further
> highlights the importance of documenting records.
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Henry Armknecht
> <whatabirder...>
> wrote:
>
> > "Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field
> > ornithologists,
> > birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with
> > the local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are
> > credible and which ones aren't"
> >
> > Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision
> > out of the hands of the majority of potential users of the data.
> > Why not leave the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings
> > from the majority of users of the data?
> >
> > Henry A
> > Hays
> >
> >
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Date: 1/13/18 8:56 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: More on filters
Hopefully this series of posts has been informative. However, Gene's last
post suggests there is one more thing for me to clear up. He states that
some areas in Kansas lack filtering which is a misunderstanding. All
geographic areas across the world are filtered in eBird ... Outer space
probably isn't. Has there ever been a bird in space? Getting back to my
main point, the takeaway message is that some filters are better than
others which can have an effect on data quality as Gene mentioned. Those in
certain parts of the state have received 10x as much attention as those in
other parts of the state. The good new is that this is improving. The
review team has grown recently and we have new people working on it ... It
can take weeks and months to overhaul a filtering system though.

For the past several years the state of Kansas has been broken up into ~35
filtering regions. Clearly some filters covered multiple counties as there
are 3x as many counties as there were filters. Within the past week
however, Ian Davies of Cornell set us reviewers up with new filters ... One
for every single county. It's going to take some time to fine tune these,
and yes local experts, we'd love to consult with you. These new filtering
scheme is going to be a great improvement over what came before. The
problem with having multiple counties share a filter is that some species
might occur within one county, but not in the others covered by that
filter. To illustrate this point, I will point to the Mississippi Kites of
Topeka which have become local, albeit expected members of the summer
avifauna during the past few years. Shawnee County used to share a filter
with Douglas and Jefferson counties, which worked for 99+ % of species. The
only problem was that Mississippi Kite is still a rarity in Lawrence, and
so far as I know, in Jefferson County. Adding Mississippi Kite to the
filter in order to accommodate recent happenings in Topeka would have meant
that records from Douglas and Jefferson Counties would not get reviewed ...
Trust me when I say that this is not a species reviewers want to leave on a
filter where it does not occur. Conversely leaving Mississippi Kite off the
filter, which is what I ultimately did, meant that the Topeka birders got a
bunch of unnecessary flags thrown at them. The same situation applied to
Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees on the filter shared by Butler and
Cowley counties in south-central Kansas, Max and Gene. I could go on and on
with many more examples. The good news however, is that multi-county
filters will no longer be an issue!

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/13/18 8:24 pm
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Kansas Birding Big Year
http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2018-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year

2018 Kansas Birding Big Year / Wildlife Diversity ...<http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/2018-Kansas-Birding-Big-Year>
ksoutdoors.com
The official website of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Those interested in participating in the 2018 version of the competition can use the link above to sign up. The recent article that came out was in error when it said to email me to sign up. You have to do it yourself on-line. Sorry for the confusion. We will announce the winners of the 2017 contest next week.



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Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 1/13/18 7:41 pm
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: A defense of the eBird review system
If anyone was offended or thought I was criticizing the reviewers, well perhaps you should reread the questions raised, again! It led to the best explanation of filters Ive seen. Point one accomplished. EBird filters are solely based on eBird data for KS.

But Jons explanation also supports other items I questioned. Im not questioning reviewers individually, or their abilities, but Jon pointed out things I was leading too...there are filters in place in some regions or parts of states, not in others, which sets up bias. Data in one state may be better in another as a result of filtering. Same for a region of a state. This is a result of reviewers.

Jon assumed questions raised about how reviewers are chosen is an insult to their abilities, thats not my take... My point was how are they chosen, are they birdwatchers or professionals etc., but none of this was addressed. These are questions bird watchers ask me. I still have no clue how they are chosen. I either know or have ideas of who KS reviewers are...some have served on KBRC. They are qualified regardless, but the point Jon made demonstrates that filters are not = across the state, which is good to know for people who examine the data. How they were chosen still is unknown. Is it the same in each state? Well, perhaps not, as I referenced differences in OK and KS.

Everyone seems to be so offended by questions regarding process these days...taking things personally. These volunteers are to be commended. But with volunteerism still comes accountability, and part of that comes with an understanding of the process. If the process is understood, it makes it easier...thats why I raised questions. Lord only knows KBRC has gone through the endeavor of educating about the process.

Respectfully,
Gene


Gene Young Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 5:53 AM, Jon King <jonking271...> wrote:
>
> In response to Genes last email, I will address several points. First
> there seems to frustration surrounding the filtering process in addition to
> questions about how filters are made. At this point the data itself is the
> best guide to making filters. I will demonstrate this point by walking
> through the filter creation process for Blackpoll Warbler in the
> easternmost counties. For those of you not aware of how filters work, see
> here:
> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1055676-understanding-the-ebird-review-and-data-quality-process
>
> Here is how I make a filter. The filter Im working on here is Douglas
> County, Kansas, where I live. The first step is to peek at the bar chart I
> made for northeast Kansas, noting the rough timing of arrival, departure,
> and the high counts. This will inform my subsequent use of the search tool,
> which basically just runs queries for me. First I query all Blackpoll
> Warbler records between April 1st and May 1st. I can see that within the
> past five to ten years the earliest arrival dates are clustered around
> April 26th-28th with outliers on April 24th and 25th. Based upon this I set
> the date limit at April 25th to accommodate sightings a bit earlier than
> the cluster I was referring to. The species is still effectively rare on
> April 25th, although not for long. I then repeat the process for departure
> dates, finding May 30th to be a suitable departure date (see attachment 1).
> There is only a single later record in eBird meaning the species is pretty
> darn rare by the 30th. Moving on, I query high counts, and see that peak
> counts very rarely exceed a dozen individuals per checklist ... There are
> only a handful of such counts within the database. I then set the count
> limit at twelve. Because Blackpoll Warbler is not expected during fall, Im
> done. For the finished product as well as filters for related warblers, see
> attachment number two below. This filter I made could be considered
> tight. Anything early or late by a few days, or even a significant count
> is going to get flagged. That is the point. This is not a records committee
> review list intended to capture only the most outstanding observations.
> Cornell wants their filters tight and for good reason.
>
> The process you just saw has been used to create filters for almost every
> species in the far northeastern counties, and some will be remade to allow
> for changes in climate that we are witnessing. The same amount of effort
> has not yet been put into those filters covering other portions of the
> state, especially west of the Flint Hills, as far as I know. Believe me it
> takes hours and hours to do this. Managing things for the eastern counties
> is time consuming enough, so refinement of those other will be someone
> else's job.
>
> As I hopefully demonstrated, eBird data itself is about the only resource
> that provides enough information to make accurate filters. If I were to
> repeat the above exercise on this forum, but use only literature and expert
> advice as has been suggested, I would come off looking like a jerk and
> insulting someone's work. Just be aware that there is usually far more
> thought behind the filtering process than is generally realized, especially
> in those counties that have been worked on. We are not incompetent. Take
> for example Red-tailed Hawks. Are all those dark *calurus* getting flagged
> in the eastern counties just because Jon King is a greenhorn?! The actual
> reason for flagging these would probably fascinate some of you.
>
> I also will point out that there are many relatively unknown patterns of
> status and distribution buried within the eBird dataset. In working on the
> database, Ive noticed dozens and dozens of subtle and not-so-subtle
> patterns that are not mentioned anywhere within contemporary Kansas
> literature. This includes things like north-south phenological
> discrepancies, east-west phenological discrepancies, spring-fall trajectory
> shifts, spatial abundance discrepancies, subspecific migratory patterns,
> and more. All of these things must be taken into account when creating
> highly specific filters. Even local expertise fails to capture much of
> this, as the big picture gained by pooling the observations of many, many
> observers on a regional scale is hard for individuals to see. Future
> treatises on regional bird status and distribution will be modified by
> eBird, not so much the other way around.
>
> It also seems that Gene questions the competence of the reviewers. All
> Kansas reviewers are locals. Six of us have served on the records committee
> before and three have not yet. If people think were an incompetent bunch,
> then they should be concerned about the records committee given the overlap
> in membership. Lastly I should mention that the records which reviewers
> dont accept can still be obtained when downloading data. There is a
> checkbox on the download page to indicate that you want unvetted records
> included with your other data. All of the descriptions for those records
> which don't get accepted are still there.
>
> In summary the filtering system is imperfect, but is improving in ways Im
> too tired to detail here. If some of you disgruntled locals want to consult
> with us on the filtering system, great, lets talk. Just be prepared to
> work in a constructive manner ... There has been more than enough hostility
> and disrespect in recent years from all parties involved.
>
>
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
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Date: 1/13/18 6:47 pm
From: Max Thompson <maxt...>
Subject: Re: Feeder Siskins
Siskins are abundant. I had 69 at the feeders at the same time. I have
banded over 60 in my yard. I find when siskins are present, they seem to
dominate the feeders and the goldfinches move out. I had a lot of
goldfinches early and banded a couple of hundred in my yard but there are
very few now. Crossbills continue to be present in Winfield. I had a flock
fly over campus yesterday.
Max

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Subject: Feeder Siskins

Hi All,



Seems like we're seeing many more pine siskins this year than normal. In
fact, it's almost a majority over goldfinches. Is anyone else experiencing
that?



Thanks,

Lloyd Davies

Marion, Kansas


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Date: 1/13/18 6:37 pm
From: Chris Hobbs <chobbs.f1...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Jon's points are well taken. Oversight is necessary to separate the wheat
from the chaff. Subjective? Yes! Perfect? Nope! Popular? Are you
kidding!?!?

The eBird reviewers are all experienced, highly regarded birders within
their region, and they do this FREE. Who better. Who better to serve this
vital function?! Are we going to agree with every determination? Naw. Do
we think the VAST majority of information is accurate? HELL YEAH!!

Chris Hobbs
Lenexa
<chobbs.f1...>

On Jan 11, 2018 7:50 PM, "Jon King" <jonking271...> wrote:

> Henry's point brings to mind a similar conversation on the value of bird
> records committees. This conversation can be found on the blog of the
> *American
> Birding Association*. One of the points made (by Steve Howell I think) was
> that when doing research it is helpful to have records pre-evaluated. He is
> the one of the authors of *Rare Birds of North America* (Princeton
> University Press, 2014), and in doing research on patterns of vagrancy,
> they relied extensively on the work of state and provincial records
> committees. Otherwise the time required to do their project would have been
> prohibitive. Time constraints are a reality for many projects.
>
> If the documentation supporting a record does not pass with eBird
> reviewers, it's unlikely to pass in most scientific analyses either, even
> if the scientists themselves were willing to sort through all of it. If
> anything review by locals (i.e. the Kansas review team) is the most lenient
> method. We at least know many of the local birders and if a description is
> severely lacking (happens a lot), we can sometimes take into account that
> observer's record of past successes provided the identification is not too
> terribly difficult. Review of eBird records by outsiders would be very
> objective as the person performing it would look solely at the
> documentation provided. In other words a persons reputation wouldn't count
> for anything and they'd better hope they'd written a paragraph describing
> the bird in question and eliminating all possible identification concerns
> from the mind of the external reviewer. In my experience many descriptions
> fall short of that.
>
> Also worth considering here is the eBird website. Never before has
> visualization of broad-scale patterns of status and distribution been so
> easy. Returning to the *Spizella* sparrows for an example, the winter
> distribution of Chipping Sparrow can be known in great detail at the click
> of a mouse (see below). From looking at this map it's apparent that
> Chipping Sparrows winter commonly to abundantly in some areas, uncommonly
> in others, rarely but regularly in others, and very very rarely elsewhere.
> If local reviewers did not remove the many unsubstantiated records
> submitted in the northern and central USA and Canada, the pattern on this
> map might be partially-obscured by reports of mis-identified American Tree
> Sparrows. After all *Spizella* sparrows are confusing for many beginning
> birders.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chispa?neg=true&env.minX=-141.
> 62220533127254&env.minY=17.051432244018006&env.maxX=-39.
> 93275220627254&env.maxY=55.02481303501543&zh=true&gp=
> false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018
>
> My point is not to bash any eBird users who submit documentation. I hope
> this response illustrates the value of scrutinizing records, whether by
> it's by eBird reviewers, journal editors (e.g. *North American Birds*), CBC
> compilers, or by state and provincial records committees. In essence,
> sightings must be judged so that others can retrieve information in an
> efficient manner without having to dedicate exorbitant amounts of time to
> it. I hope this message also further highlights the importance of
> documenting records.
>
> Jon King
> Lawrence, KS
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...>
> wrote:
>
> > "Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field
> > ornithologists,
> > birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the
> > local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible
> > and which ones aren't"
> >
> > Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision out of
> > the hands of the majority of potential users of the data. Why not leave
> > the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings from the majority of
> > users of the data?
> >
> > Henry A
> > Hays
> >
> >
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Date: 1/13/18 6:06 pm
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...>
Subject: East of Newton
I did a few outings east of town today. To start, In Harvey County I
visited about 7 places listening for Eastern Screech-owls and dipped at
each. Not sure what is up there. Other places:

Walton Cemetery. (HV). This is an ebird hotspot but today it was an ebird
coldspot. Not a single bird; even the sunflower patch by the dirt mound
held nothing. I entered a big zero for that list. I noted a grave for a
man whose middle name was "Work." Equally odd. I imagine he did not bird
much.

Osage Nature Trail (HV). Sort of birdy with a number of Fox Sparrows
(FOSP). Even a Spotted Towhee (SPTO) to add to the year list. Nothing out
of the ordinary.

HV County East Park: Mostly frozen over but Mallards (MALL) and Common
Goldeneye (COGO) and Common Mergansers (COME) along with thousands of
geese. No eagles today.

My wife joined me driving east in the PM with a goal of finding Short-eared
Owls (SEOW). As we got into Butler County we started seeing Rough-legged
Hawks (RLHA). By the time we reached Cassoday (BU) they outnumbered
Red-tailed Hawks (RTHA) 2 to 1. The Cassody City park yielded 4 species of
woodpeckers (Butler County), Fox Lake held Canada Geese (CANG) and European
Starlings (EUST) and Teter Rock (Greenwood County) held one lone Eastern
Meadowlark (EAME). We started west for home at sunset and just east of the
Teterville exit off Greenwood County road 300 a single Short-eared Owl
(SEOW) flew across the road with its odd and irregular wing beats. Several
more stops for screech owls failed to find any and I remain amazed that
I've seen Snowy Owl (SNOW), Barred Owl (BADO) and Short-eared Owl (SEOW)
this year but not Great Horned or Eastern Screech.

Gregg Friesen


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Newton, KS

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Date: 1/13/18 4:06 pm
From: <dallaspumpman1...>
Subject: Short-eared owls
I watched 2 short-eared owls this evening hunting over a pasture.Southeast of the intersection of 94th and Landon RD Shawnee county Topeka Kansas. Lifer for me.
Dallas Alexander

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Date: 1/13/18 10:41 am
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg...>
Subject: Cheney Snowy Owl
Bob Gress reports that the Cheney Snowy Owl was found dead this morning. It was found by the West Toadstool Loop, which places it in Kingman County. He and I were looking for it at the usual location yesterday without success. Where it was found is a little over three miles as the owl flies from the Reno county spot and is almost certainly the same bird. I believe this is the first Kingman record this season. The bird was salvaged and is at the Great Plains Nature Center awaiting disposition.

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Wichita

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Date: 1/13/18 10:08 am
From: Lloyd Davies <ldavies...>
Subject: Feeder Siskins
Hi All,



Seems like we're seeing many more pine siskins this year than normal. In
fact, it's almost a majority over goldfinches. Is anyone else experiencing
that?



Thanks,

Lloyd Davies

Marion, Kansas


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Date: 1/13/18 8:11 am
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Links to photos from last posts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/158605163@N04/shares/b99h81

Ok, sorry for the failed attempt at including pics. For some reason I thought the attachment rules has changed. Anyways if you follow the link above there are two images. The first is a photo of raw data on departure pulled through the search function. These sorts of lists of records are consulted in decided where exactly to draw the line for data ranges and high counts.

The second picture is the actual filter when finished. I think it’s pretty self explanatory but let me know if there are further questions.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/13/18 4:28 am
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Forgotten attachment
It looks like I sent two of the same screenshot in the last email. Those
screenshots were of the records generated by the search function which I
use for filter making. Attached is an image of what the Blackpoll filter
(and relatives) actually looks like. It looks like I got attachments via
ksbird-l for Jeff Hansen the other day, so I'm assuming these will go
through. Someone please email me if they're not so I can make other
arrangements.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/13/18 3:53 am
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: A defense of the eBird review system
In response to Gene’s last email, I will address several points. First
there seems to frustration surrounding the filtering process in addition to
questions about how filters are made. At this point the data itself is the
best guide to making filters. I will demonstrate this point by walking
through the filter creation process for Blackpoll Warbler in the
easternmost counties. For those of you not aware of how filters work, see
here:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1055676-understanding-the-ebird-review-and-data-quality-process

Here is how I make a filter. The filter I’m working on here is Douglas
County, Kansas, where I live. The first step is to peek at the bar chart I
made for northeast Kansas, noting the rough timing of arrival, departure,
and the high counts. This will inform my subsequent use of the search tool,
which basically just runs queries for me. First I query all Blackpoll
Warbler records between April 1st and May 1st. I can see that within the
past five to ten years the earliest arrival dates are clustered around
April 26th-28th with outliers on April 24th and 25th. Based upon this I set
the date limit at April 25th to accommodate sightings a bit earlier than
the cluster I was referring to. The species is still effectively rare on
April 25th, although not for long. I then repeat the process for departure
dates, finding May 30th to be a suitable departure date (see attachment 1).
There is only a single later record in eBird meaning the species is pretty
darn rare by the 30th. Moving on, I query high counts, and see that peak
counts very rarely exceed a dozen individuals per checklist ... There are
only a handful of such counts within the database. I then set the count
limit at twelve. Because Blackpoll Warbler is not expected during fall, I’m
done. For the finished product as well as filters for related warblers, see
attachment number two below. This filter I made could be considered
“tight”. Anything early or late by a few days, or even a significant count
is going to get flagged. That is the point. This is not a records committee
review list intended to capture only the most outstanding observations.
Cornell wants their filters tight and for good reason.

The process you just saw has been used to create filters for almost every
species in the far northeastern counties, and some will be remade to allow
for changes in climate that we are witnessing. The same amount of effort
has not yet been put into those filters covering other portions of the
state, especially west of the Flint Hills, as far as I know. Believe me it
takes hours and hours to do this. Managing things for the eastern counties
is time consuming enough, so refinement of those other will be someone
else's job.

As I hopefully demonstrated, eBird data itself is about the only resource
that provides enough information to make accurate filters. If I were to
repeat the above exercise on this forum, but use only literature and expert
advice as has been suggested, I would come off looking like a jerk and
insulting someone's work. Just be aware that there is usually far more
thought behind the filtering process than is generally realized, especially
in those counties that have been worked on. We are not incompetent. Take
for example Red-tailed Hawks. Are all those dark *calurus* getting flagged
in the eastern counties just because Jon King is a greenhorn?! The actual
reason for flagging these would probably fascinate some of you.

I also will point out that there are many relatively unknown patterns of
status and distribution buried within the eBird dataset. In working on the
database, I’ve noticed dozens and dozens of subtle and not-so-subtle
patterns that are not mentioned anywhere within contemporary Kansas
literature. This includes things like north-south phenological
discrepancies, east-west phenological discrepancies, spring-fall trajectory
shifts, spatial abundance discrepancies, subspecific migratory patterns,
and more. All of these things must be taken into account when creating
highly specific filters. Even local expertise fails to capture much of
this, as the big picture gained by pooling the observations of many, many
observers on a regional scale is hard for individuals to see. Future
treatises on regional bird status and distribution will be modified by
eBird, not so much the other way around.

It also seems that Gene questions the competence of the reviewers. All
Kansas reviewers are locals. Six of us have served on the records committee
before and three have not yet. If people think we’re an incompetent bunch,
then they should be concerned about the records committee given the overlap
in membership. Lastly I should mention that the records which reviewers
don’t accept can still be obtained when downloading data. There is a
checkbox on the download page to indicate that you want “unvetted” records
included with your other data. All of the descriptions for those records
which don't get accepted are still there.

In summary the filtering system is imperfect, but is improving in ways I’m
too tired to detail here. If some of you disgruntled locals want to consult
with us on the filtering system, great, let’s talk. Just be prepared to
work in a constructive manner ... There has been more than enough hostility
and disrespect in recent years from all parties involved.



Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/12/18 4:06 pm
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...>
Subject: Fwd: [OKBIRDS] Birdy Jobs
This came across the OK list serv. I figured there might be some folks here
interested.
Tom Ewert
Wichita
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: O Connell, Tim <tim.oconnell...>
Date: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 4:25 PM
Subject: [OKBIRDS] Birdy Jobs
To: <OKBIRDS...>


Well, it’s just one actually, but I like rhyming things and I figured
there’d be plenty of Mike Rowe fans out there who’d get the reference!

Anyway, the ODWC has just announced a great position as a Wildlife
Technician at the McCurtain County Wilderness Area. Matt Fullerton
forwarded it to me to help it get advertised far and wide:

https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/intranet_new/JobPosting/
jobdetail.aspx?id=301364
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.wildlifedepartment.com_intranet-5Fnew_JobPosting_jobdetail.aspx-3Fid-3D301364&d=DwMGaQ&c=qKdtBuuu6dQK9MsRUVJ2DPXW6oayO8fu4TfEHS8sGNk&r=WtcHdIgfPcd5duugjo56RvrWKXWbcpxsIgrqUhahxv0&m=nRBttx3LjWC6DvuUVlZjaxH5IiWQfXusLXaSEXHvAcg&s=3NW7PjideQGY98iD16n61et_3pC168zR6gmTfIjvt9Y&e=>

The description at the link contains a lot of boilerplate text and reads a
bit generic. Matt wants people to know that this is a unique opportunity
within the Department, with duties heavily oriented toward the monitoring
of and management for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Strength and agility-wise,
that means an awful lot of time in the climbing harness, scaling the trees
to maintain nest inserts, monitor nestlings, capture and band adults, etc.
It is indeed a very cool opportunity!

~Tim O’Connell
Stillwater

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Date: 1/12/18 12:29 pm
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBirds
Interesting discussion. But in the end, the "authors" will have the ultimate decision as to any record they believe or do not believe. As an example, in BOK we included one species that is not on the "official KOS state-list", but we also excluded another species that is not on the "official KOS state-list" but is on other co-author's list for Morton County (flycatcher)...which, for the record, I believe should be on the state-list and in the BOK. Thus, if we are talking about vagrancy from a state perspective, it's really up to the authors to decide what is plausible and what seems less likely.

Now, how does e-Bird fit into that realm, or bird record committees?

From the KBRC point, all records, whether accepted or not, are published in the KOS Bulletin. All of the data pertaining to records is available for use and archived, even records that are not evaluated. Thus, anyone can access the data and examine it for their own evaluation. In fact, I know of one record, that I allowed to be published in the KOS Bulletin, though it was rejected by KBRC. The publication indicated the record was rejected, but it provided details on vagrancy for the species, which supported their sighting possibility. Thus, one could review that publication and make their own determination if the record is valid in their own mind or not. All KBRC could do was evaluate the observation. The KBRC standard for acceptance is high, but the ultimate evaluation of the records is left up to "experts", you, or the authors. KBRC uses the records, in part to determine what should be added to the state-list, what should be removed or added that requires documentation and evaluation, etc.. But, since each report that is reviewed is reported in the Bulletin, the evaluation is left upon the experts doing the research on species X, therefore KBRC doesn't need to rank a species observation from a 1-10...that can be your own determination.

The e-Bird records, are similar in nature...but there seems to be an issue with accessibility to data, and "reviewers" experience/expertise. Since birds are filtered, certain records are probably removed from analysis. But, is there a way for an "expert" to obtain all records? In some instances, I hear yes, in other instances I hear no. In fact, I believe individuals can make their records not open to the public...is this correct?

If one is using e-bird to examine trends for species X in KS and want to compare with adjacent states...you already have the problem of evaluator efficacy. Who determined who could our couldn't be an evaluator for eBird? What's their familiarity with a region or state avifauna? Are the reviewers "bird watchers" or ornithologists? In state record committees, the reviewers are "known", as far as I've seen, and are often a mix of "professionals (ornithologists/biologists) and non-professionals (bird watchers)." I'm not sure e-Bird reviewers are always known. How are filters determined? Are the filters the same in each state? Obviously this impacts the flagging and the evaluation...as Jon has discussed.

From the KS and OK perspective, I can only tell you what I know. In KS, I'm not sure where the filtering started...but, I believe it was originally made from an out-of-state birder. Eventually, filters changed as "Kansas birders" became reviewers. I'm not sure how many of the BOK authors have been asked about filters for e-Bird, but I know I haven't been directly...though I've had some discussions with one of the reviewers but it wasn't initially started as a result of e-bird inquiry. I would assume the initial filters started with literature review, and at least Thompson and Ely Vol 1/2. Subsequently changed some with BOK. But, if I'm a reviewer and I wanted to think about filters, if I'm responsible for say W KS, I'd certainly be corresponding with Tom Shane, Tom Flowers, Ely, Patti, Mike Rader, and Scott Seltman, if I'm responsible for south-central KS, I'd talk to Pete Janzen, Thompson, Young, Gress. I'm not sure how much of this has been done...and yes, I now it's volunteer work...but, if it's going to work, use the resources (literature and experts).

In OK, the OBRC took on the task of creating the filters for OK and OBRC Reviews e-bird records that are vagrants, and others, which they then verify. I've discussed within KBRC, and looking back, perhaps, KBRC should've done something similar. Regardless, it still takes tons of time to evaluate the records. Obviously far more e-Bird records than KBRC, but the process is time consuming for both processes.

The bottom line, any non-physical record that is evaluated (since these are the most difficult records) examines the plausible nature of the species being in location x, the ability of the observer, and then the "experts" evaluate the ability of the reviewers, whether a records committee or an e-bird reviewer, to ascertain if the record is valid in their own mind. The greater the amount of detail in the process, the easier it is for the "expert" to make their decision. But, let's face it...that (those) "expert(s)" will have their own set of judgements...and there are certain records that will be accepted simply because they believe in the abilities of the observer, regardless of the records committee or e-bird reviewers consensus.

Gene

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Date: 1/11/18 7:36 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBirds
In response to Tom's post several things come to mind. The kind of papers
that would examine bird vagrancy patterns are the kind that would appear in
state or regional ornithology publications most likely. The *Kansas
Ornithological Society Bulletin* for example contains many papers on
unusual bird records. A quick scan through publications from neighboring
states shows that syntheses of unusual bird records are routinely
published. Do these count as science? I don't know and that probably
depends who you ask. It's not the kind of thing that appears in the *Auk*
or other prestigious ornithology journals but I think most us can agree
that such work has value. The changing patterns of nature have to be
documented somewhere right? As for what the real scientists do I'm not
qualified to make statements upon the value of the eBird review system. I
did once work on a niche modeling project however, with an ornithologist,
and part of my job was to remove outliers from the BBS dataset we were
using. Apparently the models used were sensitive enough that such outliers
(correctly identified or not) might potentially interfere with the results.

Tom brings up a second point which I like very much. He says we should rank
bird records probabilistically. To that I say absolutely. I wish that all
bird records committee's worked this way. There could be several categories
of records. The highest would be confirmed records substantiated by a
photo, video, audio, or specimen. Next would be probable records supported
by solid descriptions. Ambiguous and possibly correct records would be
ranked lower and unlikely records even lower. As for eBird the only problem
is that I'm not a computer programmer and I can't reconfigure eBird to work
this way. We use the software we have. Also keep in mind that eBird does
not exactly rake in the bucks and therefore they have limited resources to
develop new features. There are many features which have only recently been
released that have been in planning for a really long time. Yes eBird is
very imperfect but the system in place nonetheless allows for understanding
of status and distribution information in a way never before possible. As
Tom says hopefully it will get better :)

This whole conversation once again reminds me of the discussion on the ABA
blog I was referring to earlier on. It's worth a read for those interested
in how unusual bird records are kept. Be sure to read the comments below
Ted's post as there are many valuable points in there.
http://blog.aba.org/2016/11/bird-records-committees-a-modest-proposal.html

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 9:08 PM, Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> wrote:

> Well said Henry ! !
>
> I have said that bird records should be scored from 1 to 10 by a records
> committee. Then a researcher would have access to everything, not just what
> a committee considered important. The researcher has a much different ideas
> and needs than what a committee thinks he should have. I remember when the
> boys from KC found the Canyon Wren out in MT County. Sara and I drove out
> to document the bird and we did. Shortly after that, it was posted that the
> first record was found in Halstead in the early forties, but never
> published in any of the books or directories for the following 50 years. A
> researcher of wrens might have considered it a fair record, but other
> people took that away from him. I'm not with Science when it comes to poor
> decisions like that.
>
> Then, are "Patterns of Vagrancy" really science. What university professor
> in this country has a grant to study and analyze patterns of vagrancy? To
> me it is just a side bar of the enormous energy spent by birders looking
> for rarities. Can someone cite for me a couple papers published on patterns
> of vagrancy?
>
> Hope and Change, probably a dream
> Tom Shane
> 67846
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Date: 1/11/18 7:09 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: Documenting unusual records in eBirds
Well said Henry ! !

I have said that bird records should be scored from 1 to 10 by a records committee. Then a researcher would have access to everything, not just what a committee considered important. The researcher has a much different ideas and needs than what a committee thinks he should have. I remember when the boys from KC found the Canyon Wren out in MT County. Sara and I drove out to document the bird and we did. Shortly after that, it was posted that the first record was found in Halstead in the early forties, but never published in any of the books or directories for the following 50 years. A researcher of wrens might have considered it a fair record, but other people took that away from him. I'm not with Science when it comes to poor decisions like that.

Then, are "Patterns of Vagrancy" really science. What university professor in this country has a grant to study and analyze patterns of vagrancy? To me it is just a side bar of the enormous energy spent by birders looking for rarities. Can someone cite for me a couple papers published on patterns of vagrancy?

Hope and Change, probably a dream
Tom Shane
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Date: 1/11/18 6:59 pm
From: janeen walters <waltersjaneen...>
Subject: feeder birds in the cold
I had 20 species outside Topeka today in the yard.
The best species being a Brown Thrasher and an Eastern Towhee.
Also had a Fox Sparrow, 8 Eastern Bluebirds and 3 Brown Creepers.


Janeen Walters
Shawnee County
Topeka

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Date: 1/11/18 6:52 pm
From: Jenn Rader <jennrader34...>
Subject: SE KS Feeder Birds at Schermerhorn Park, CK Co. 1-11-18
A good chilly and breezy evening to you all from the SE corner of the state.

We started the day at 55F this morning, getting to 58F before it quickly
dropped at about 11:30am. As I type, it's now 16F.
This crazy weather blew in a couple of not so common birds to the feeders
at the Southeast KS Nature Center. My part-timer and I had a single
Harris's Sparrow hang out all day. We also had a female Purple Finch come
to the platform feeder. Several White-throated Sparrows decided to come
dine at the feeders instead of forage out in the park. They've been more
absent around our feeding station this winter than in years past.
I also saw an immature Bald Eagle soaring along the creek. It looked like a
1st year bird.
I'm hoping the next bird will be a Fox Sparrow. We will get one up to the
bird watching area at the center during bad weather on occasion. Most
likely do to the pump we have in the pond to try and keep a portion of it
open when the temperatures stay sub-twenty degrees for several days.

The rest of our list and a couple of crummy photos can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41832538

Stay warm, and happy January birding.

Jenn Rader
Galena, KS

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Date: 1/11/18 5:50 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Henry's point brings to mind a similar conversation on the value of bird
records committees. This conversation can be found on the blog of the *American
Birding Association*. One of the points made (by Steve Howell I think) was
that when doing research it is helpful to have records pre-evaluated. He is
the one of the authors of *Rare Birds of North America* (Princeton
University Press, 2014), and in doing research on patterns of vagrancy,
they relied extensively on the work of state and provincial records
committees. Otherwise the time required to do their project would have been
prohibitive. Time constraints are a reality for many projects.

If the documentation supporting a record does not pass with eBird
reviewers, it's unlikely to pass in most scientific analyses either, even
if the scientists themselves were willing to sort through all of it. If
anything review by locals (i.e. the Kansas review team) is the most lenient
method. We at least know many of the local birders and if a description is
severely lacking (happens a lot), we can sometimes take into account that
observer's record of past successes provided the identification is not too
terribly difficult. Review of eBird records by outsiders would be very
objective as the person performing it would look solely at the
documentation provided. In other words a persons reputation wouldn't count
for anything and they'd better hope they'd written a paragraph describing
the bird in question and eliminating all possible identification concerns
from the mind of the external reviewer. In my experience many descriptions
fall short of that.

Also worth considering here is the eBird website. Never before has
visualization of broad-scale patterns of status and distribution been so
easy. Returning to the *Spizella* sparrows for an example, the winter
distribution of Chipping Sparrow can be known in great detail at the click
of a mouse (see below). From looking at this map it's apparent that
Chipping Sparrows winter commonly to abundantly in some areas, uncommonly
in others, rarely but regularly in others, and very very rarely elsewhere.
If local reviewers did not remove the many unsubstantiated records
submitted in the northern and central USA and Canada, the pattern on this
map might be partially-obscured by reports of mis-identified American Tree
Sparrows. After all *Spizella* sparrows are confusing for many beginning
birders.

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/chispa?neg=true&env.minX=-141.62220533127254&env.minY=17.051432244018006&env.maxX=-39.93275220627254&env.maxY=55.02481303501543&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2018

My point is not to bash any eBird users who submit documentation. I hope
this response illustrates the value of scrutinizing records, whether by
it's by eBird reviewers, journal editors (e.g. *North American Birds*), CBC
compilers, or by state and provincial records committees. In essence,
sightings must be judged so that others can retrieve information in an
efficient manner without having to dedicate exorbitant amounts of time to
it. I hope this message also further highlights the importance of
documenting records.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS


On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...>
wrote:

> "Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field
> ornithologists,
> birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the
> local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible
> and which ones aren't"
>
> Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision out of
> the hands of the majority of potential users of the data. Why not leave
> the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings from the majority of
> users of the data?
>
> Henry A
> Hays
>
>

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Date: 1/11/18 5:19 pm
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: Re: Fox Sparrows
Feeder action in my Junction City (Geary County) backyard was been slow
but picked up today with the weather. When I arrived home this evening I
was very pleased to see a Fox Sparrow at my ground feeder. What first
caught my eye was how close in size it seemed to be to the cardinals that
were there. Neat bird!!!!

Chuck

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Date: 1/11/18 5:06 pm
From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...>
Subject: Re: Documenting unusual records in eBird
"Thorough documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field ornithologists,
birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the local birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible and which ones aren't"

Except that e-bird filters and reviewers are taking that decision out of the hands of the majority of potential users of the data. Why not leave the flags in place, but stop hiding the sightings from the majority of users of the data?

Henry A
Hays


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Date: 1/11/18 3:35 pm
From: redb819 <redb819...>
Subject: Fox Sparrows


Just looked out at the birds under the feeder and counted seven Fox Sparrows.  The most I have ever had at one time. Also had 4 White-Thoated Sparrows. 
Rod WedelNewton 


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Date: 1/11/18 2:12 pm
From: Jeff McIntyre <jeffmci9...>
Subject: RFI - Snowy Owls - Reno, Kingman, McPherson counties
Hello-


My wife and I will be making a quick trip to Hutchinson this weekend from Central Texas and would like to try to see one of the Snowy Owls reported from the general vicinity. If anyone is able to provide current info on any of the owls from the area, I would really appreciate it being passed along to me.....especially from today, Friday, or Saturday. We'll get there Friday evening and will be birding most of Saturday, leaving Sunday.


For that matter, if there happens to be a really dependable one hanging out somewhere not so close, I wouldn't mind driving more to see one - being that we're driving 600 miles anyway 😊


Thanks in advance,

Jeff McIntyre

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Date: 1/11/18 1:16 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Hello all,

I'm writing to you on behalf of the Kansas eBird reviewers. If you don't
use eBird, you can press delete at this time. In the new year, we request
that eBird users make an effort to be thorough in documenting unusual bird
sightings. Some eBird users do a good job of this already, whereas others
have some room for improvement. Photographic documentation is obviously the
best in most cases, and more and more people are getting photos, which is
great. However, photos are not always possible, meaning written
descriptions are then necessary. When composing written descriptions please
be thorough in describing that rarity for example, or defining the
methodology you used to arrive at that high count. The more information you
provide us, the better. For a great many of the many lower level rarities,
unseasonal records, and unusually high counts, the documentation submitted
to eBird is all the documentation there ever will be. Thorough
documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field ornithologists,
birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the local
birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible and
which ones aren't. When for example, someone wants to study the growing
winter distribution of the Sedge Wren in the plains, or the growing summer
distribution of the Mississippi Kite in Kansas, in depth descriptions lend
credibility to your records, and help to illustrate changing distributional
patterns. In depth descriptions also make the job of reviewers easier. In
the absence of a decent description reviewers often have to make educated
guesses about the validity of a record, taking into consideration known
patterns of occurrence, as well as our limited perceptions of user skill.
This is especially problematic when we don't even know you! Sometimes the
reviewers will contact you for more information, but keep in mind that our
activities are voluntary and that our time is limited. For those of you
wondering what "good" documentation is, I recommend you visit the following
links. Keep in mind that what I wrote above does not apply to previously
documented rarities. In such cases you can simply write "continuing" in
your notes, or nothing at all.

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973980-reporting-rarities--
elements-of-a-bird-description

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/counting-101/

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/counting-201/

Another item worth discussing is filter limits. As many of you know data
are filtered through an automated system that specifies what amount of a
given species is allowed at any given time of the year, in any given region
of the state. If a species violates these specified limits, then the
observation is flagged (e.g. "eBird balked at my report of ..."). Currently
there are ~35 different filters in place, each covering a different part of
the state. Creating these filters was an extremely time consuming task, and
updating them takes a great deal of time and attention as well.
Unfortunately for the reviewers, the changing climate necessitates that we
make periodic updates. For those of you in the eastern counties (Flint
Hills, Osage Plains, Glaciated Plains) I'm in the process of creating a
climate adapted filtering system this year ... A report of 100
Double-crested Cormorants, 100 American White Pelicans, and 50 Bonaparte's
Gulls during January at John Redmond Reservoir is no longer news. In the
coming year please be patient as re-do all of the eastern Kansas filters.
If something is flagged that you don't believe should have been, feel free
to say so in the comments section. Keep in mind however, that there are
many cases where people think something should not have been flagged, but
if they were to take some time to dig around within the data and understand
the patterns of status and distribution at play, they would realize their
sighting was actually noteworthy ... They just didn't know it. After
spending many hours with Kansas' eBird data I can tell you there are many
subtle patterns of status and distribution within that have never been
talked about in print. When for example, your Sep 7th Clay-colored Sparrow
gets flagged at the Baker Wetlands, do realize this is actually early
despite the dates given in some references. Arrival is around 10+ days
earlier on average at Kansas' western border than on Kansas' eastern
border. You're unlikely to find a Clay-colored Sparrow around Lawrence
before Sep 15th in my experience. In eastern Colorado they start showing up
at the end of August. If anyone has questions about filters or suggestions
for improvement you are welcome to contact us. In some cases we may respond
to your inquiries publicly on the listserv if the issue is something that
others should know about too.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 1/11/18 1:07 am
From: R w <eaglerodney...>
Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe, Johnson County
Walt Cochran and I also saw the Townsend's on the north side of the old Golf course at 4:30pm. When I left around 5 it was just east of the fishing dock(on the old Golf course) that's on the east side of the lake. For those of you that are familiar with the lake, it's in the same area where the/a Merlin hangs around.
Rodney Wright
Gardner Ks

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> On Jan 10, 2018, at 3:14 PM, Terry Swope <kcswope...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to a tip from Mark Tarry I was able to see a Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe in Johnson County earlier this afternoon. It was foraging among the cedars at the old golf course. Other birds in the area included Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin and an immature Red-tailed Hawk. Out on the ice an adult Bald Eagle watched silently over a small raft of waterfowl. eBird checklist below.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41799645
> Terry Swope Lenexa, KS
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Date: 1/10/18 2:33 pm
From: BOB GRESS <bobgress...>
Subject: Sedgwick County Trumpeter Swans
I saw 6 Trumpeter Swans in a stubble field NW of Wichita in Sedgwick County around 2:45 p.m. The 6 birds were feeding north of W77th Street North and 1/4 mile west of N. Tyler Road.

Bob Gress, Wichita

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Date: 1/10/18 1:23 pm
From: Jeff Hansen <jeff.hansen.sd...>
Subject: Topeka Birds
I've seen large flocks of birds in my yard and flying through the yard
today.  I've got 60+ juncos, 60+ house finches, had about 70 cedar
waxwings fly though as well as robins and starlings.  Had 15 mourning
doves.  Just lots of birds.  Which has attracted a mature sharp-shinned
and an immature one.

I've been checking out Lake Sherwood daily as I have permission to bird
from neighbors backyard.  I've seen the sandhill crane every morning for
about a week.  But this morning he was gone.  On a whim checked the lake
at about 2:30pm for new arrivals and there he was walking around on the
ice picking at things on the ice.  I wonder how long he will stick
around.  Here is a video of him from a few days ago:
https://youtu.be/xEAk8cUyH54

I've also been enjoying the 17 trumpeter swans that spend the night at
Sherwood.  I'd never really heard them trumpet until this year.  Such a
joy.  I was able to get this nice video of them 2 days ago:
https://youtu.be/4lLExKBLB-M as they swam right by me. Love these birds.

--
Jeff Hansen
Topeka
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Date: 1/10/18 1:15 pm
From: Terry Swope <kcswope...>
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe, Johnson County
Thanks to a tip from Mark Tarry I was able to see a Townsend's Solitaire at Lake Olathe in Johnson County earlier this afternoon. It was foraging among the cedars at the old golf course. Other birds in the area included Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin and an immature Red-tailed Hawk. Out on the ice an adult Bald Eagle watched silently over a small raft of waterfowl. eBird checklist below.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41799645
Terry Swope Lenexa, KS

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Date: 1/10/18 1:04 pm
From: Cheryl Miller <avian67226...>
Subject: Upcoming Wichita Audubon Society trips
Hi all. You are welcome to join Wichita Audubon for the following field
trips. This Saturday is forecast to be cold, so dress appropriately.



8 a.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK

Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds
that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is
expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no
question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The
walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature
Center parking lot

For information: Kevin Groeneweg, 706-9116



7:30 a.m., SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, GULLS AND MORE AT CHENEY RESERVOIR

We will meet at the Dillon's parking lot at 21st Street N and Amidon,
departing at 7:30 am. We will stop briefly at the LaFarge Sandpits and then
move on to Cheney Reservoir. Late January is a good time of year to see a
variety of gull species, Bald Eagles and wintering waterfowl at Cheney,
along with a good variety of land birds. Bring along something for lunch as
we will probably be out until mid afternoon. A State Park Permit will be
needed for each vehicle.

Leader: Pete Janzen , 519-1970

--
Cheryl Miller
Wichita, KS

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Date: 1/10/18 11:50 am
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Pottawatomie Co Trumpeter Swans
Five Trumpeter Swans seen near the intersection of Old Post Rd and Louis
Vieux Rd on the east side of Wamego, this location is north of HWY 24
--
Brandon Magette
St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Date: 1/10/18 7:53 am
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Webster Reservoir & Blackwolf CBCs
Hi all,


This was the 25th year for the Webster Reservoir CBC - not a huge milestone when compare to several other counts around the state, but makes me feel even older since I started this circle, along with the Kirwin and Waconda Lake counts at the same time so many years ago! Blackwolf will be 25 years old next year.


The Webster count was conducted on January 4, 2018 with three participants. We had a lot of ground to cover and most likely missed some stuff, but we still managed 73 species. Highlights included lots of geese, with almost 80,000 whits geese estimated and 15,000 dark geese. Ducks were abundant as well, with 20,000 Mallards and a smattering of others, but nothing rare. We did have a single Trumpeter Swan for the count, first observed by Michael Zajic flying over the park office. Scott Seltman saw 19 Greater Prairie Chickens, a species we usually come up with on this count and I had a single White-winged Dove at the park maintenance building, providing a first for the count. Birds were scarce in the countryside, away from the lake and Stockton, so sparrow, longspur and Horned Lark numbers were low. It was fun to have 16 Red-breasted nuthatches in Stockton and I also had a couple of Red Crossbills as flyovers. This circle has great habitat and it would be fun to have a dozen or so folks to census it right, but we never seem to manage that.


The Blackwolf CBC was conducted on January 6th and had 15 participants! I started this count as a laid-back, have fun count with the family and local friends going out and just seeing what was in our little slice of Ellsworth (and a little bit of Russell) county. It has morphed into one of my best-attended counts I compile (almost as many as Quivira some years) and I guess a way for folks to wrap up the CBC season. My wife and daughters provide lunch and supper in the form of several types of soups, pies, etc., so I guess the word is out. We have about outgrown our house and this year my daughter's house next door, so we may have to take up a collection to rent a mess hall to have enough space to feed everyone! As far as the count goes, we had 68 species, which is pretty good for this circle. We had 17 Greater Prairie Chickens and 5 Short-eared Owls southwest of Wilson, which is always fun. A flock of 200+ Wild Turkeys along the Smoky Hill River near Blackwolf was impressive. and having almost 1400 Brewer's Blackbirds was a nice surprise. We had a Tufted Titmouse visiting a feeder in Wilson (and 2 more in Ellsworth), a single White-winged Dove in Ellsworth, 58 Mountain Bluebirds and a Townsend's Solitaire in the country and lots of raptors. All-in-all a fun day!


Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 1/9/18 5:17 pm
From: Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: My Big Year 2017
Probably not Big by some standards. But, on June 2nd I saw the number of species, that prior to this year, was my high for an entire 365 days. And I learned a lot. Had a ball along the way with Carol Morgan, Malcolm Gold, Glenn Caspers, Janeen Walters, Brandon Magette, Chuck Otte, Rodney Wright, Trent Reed, Roger and Jan Boyd, Patty Marlett. And John, 39 years and counting- feeder birds and visiting new and distant wild places.

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Date: 1/9/18 9:21 am
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Re: CBC season!
Scott,


Thanks for the participation and expertise! Glad it's been a great season for you so far!


Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS


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Subject: CBC season!

The Christmas Bird Count season that just ended is the best I can ever
recall! Yes, some of the counts were held in very cold weather, but the
birding was hot! The final 5 counts I participated in were Waconda on
12/27, Elkhart 12/30, Syracuse 1/2, Webster 1/4 and Jetmore 1/6. I was
lucky enough to see well over 100 species in that 10 day period and already
have almost 100 in the first six days of 2018. It's been a little crazy!



Anyway, I want to thank all the compilers who put in so much work year after
year to organize all the counts, especially Bob Kruger, Mike Rader, Barry
Jones, Max Thompson, Henry Armknecht and Jeff Calhoun.



I drove many of Larned's streets yesterday looking for wintertime rarities
and found none, but did see 5 White-winged Doves down by the swimming pool.




Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas


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Date: 1/9/18 12:47 am
From: Scott Seltman <sselt...>
Subject: CBC season!
The Christmas Bird Count season that just ended is the best I can ever
recall! Yes, some of the counts were held in very cold weather, but the
birding was hot! The final 5 counts I participated in were Waconda on
12/27, Elkhart 12/30, Syracuse 1/2, Webster 1/4 and Jetmore 1/6. I was
lucky enough to see well over 100 species in that 10 day period and already
have almost 100 in the first six days of 2018. It's been a little crazy!



Anyway, I want to thank all the compilers who put in so much work year after
year to organize all the counts, especially Bob Kruger, Mike Rader, Barry
Jones, Max Thompson, Henry Armknecht and Jeff Calhoun.



I drove many of Larned's streets yesterday looking for wintertime rarities
and found none, but did see 5 White-winged Doves down by the swimming pool.




Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas


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Date: 1/8/18 8:42 pm
From: Jenn Rader <jennrader34...>
Subject: Raptors in southcentral to southeastern KS & some Blackwolf CBC highlights, 1/6 & 1/8 2018
I went back to my hometown of Wilson this weekend to help with the
Blackwolf CBC. This is always a fun count for me. I drove Rob Penner, Byron
Grauerholz and Caleb Kroker around the southern portion of the count, and
it was a great day, even if it was slow for several stops.
Some highlights for our group were several feeding birds of prey such as a
Prairie Falcon, Cooper’s Hawk and Am. Kestrel. We watched a bobcat walk,
then run through an ag field around 10am. We came across two groups of
Mountain Bluebirds, one group totaling about 25 with a Townsend’s Solitaire
in the mix, the other 33. Mountain Bluebird was a life bird for one in our
crew, making the whole day that much sweeter. We also enjoyed watching a
Belted Kingfisher cough up a pellet, a well-camouflaged Barred Owl taking a
snooze, 4 hunting Rough-legged Hawks, and ended with some Short-eared Owls
south of Wilson.
I had a meeting in Hutchinson this morning and opted to cut over to the
Newton, and then Potwin area before getting on HWY 400 to head back to
Galena. I decided to count roadside raptors on my way.
From Hutchinson to Galena, I ended up with a grand total of 4 Bald Eagles
(all adults), 26 American Kestrels, 6 Rough-legged Hawks, 14 Northern
Harriers, 255 Red-tailed Hawks (one a beautiful dark Harlan’s) and 1
Red-shouldered Hawk. I’m sure I missed a few!

Not far east of El Dorado, I watched a Red-tailed dive down and land right
beside a second Red-tailed that had already caught something and was eating
on it. Not long after, I saw two Red-tailed’s at what appeared to be a very
smashed deer carcass. An interesting drive, for sure!

Happy New Year and Good Birding!

Jenn Rader
Galena, KS
--
Jenn Rader
Galena, KS

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Date: 1/8/18 7:47 pm
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: (FWD) January 2018 Update, Kansas County Listing
Friends -

Mark Land has been maintaining this database for over 8 years now. He's
ready to "retire" from doing it so we are looking for someone to take it over. It
is maintained in an Excel spreadsheet so someone who is knowledgeable in
Excel is needed. If you are interested please contact Mark or myself. And
thank you Mark for doing this all these years!!

Chuck


All,

Listed below is the January 2018 edition of the Kansas County Listing.

PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND ANY UPDATES OR CHANGES TO: Mark
Land at <markeland...>

Because of the size of the message, this list is posted to KsBirds via the list
owners.

Regards,
Mark Land

Kansas County List
75 Species or more

County
Allen 244
210 Andrew Burnett
168 Kevin Groeneweg
158 Pete Janzen
150 Jim Malcolm
144 Carolyn Schwab
142 Henry Armknecht
127 Marie Plinsky
109 Galen Pittman
109 Matt Gearheart
96 Mike Rader
92 Chuck Otte
87 Trent Reed
85 Tom Ewert
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
82 Jaye Otte
81 Mick McHugh
79 Nic Allen
79 Dan Larson
76 Glenn Caspers
76 Scott Seltman
75 Will Chatfield-Taylor
75 Robert Penner

Anderson 276
173 Jim Malcolm
163 Carolyn Schwab
161 Matt Gearheart
157 Pete Janzen
151 Kevin Groeneweg
150 Marie Plinsky
144 Henry Armknecht
139 Nic Allen
137 Galen Pittman
130 Mark Land
126 Mick McHugh
113 Robert Penner
107 Mike Rader
107 Tom Ewert
107 Trent Reed
105 Will Chatfield-Taylor
100 Glenn Caspers
100 Andrew Burnett
96 David Seibel
95 Scott Seltman
95 Sam Mannell
95 Terry Mannell
94 Jenny Gearheart
91 Malcolm Gold
90 Chuck Otte
90 Nick Varvel
87 Phil Wedge
86 Kathy McDowell
84 Jaye Otte
84 Doris Burnett
82 Dan Larson

Atchison 265
243 Don Merz
242 Al Schirmacher
157 Galen Pittman
155 Henry Armknecht
150 Brett Sandercock
148 Matt Gearheart
133 Jim Malcolm
119 Nick Varvel
116 Chuck Otte
110 Mike Rader
109 Dan Larson
108 Glenn Caspers
104 Kevin Groeneweg
102 Sam Mannell
102 Terry Mannell
100 Pete Janzen
100 Nic Allen
98 Mick McHugh
93 Jaye Otte
90 Robert Penner
89 Scott Seltman
88 Phil Wedge
86 Kathy McDowell
85 Mike Hudson
84 Marie Plinsly
84 Sue Newland
80 Mark Land
79 Jeff Keating
77 Will Chatfield-Taylor
76 David Seibel

Barber 285
212 Pete Janzen
211 Gene Young
182 Dennis Angle
172 Kevin Groeneweg
165 Mike Rader
161 Tom Ewert
152 Tyler Hicks
151 Jeff Calhoun
149 Chet Gresham
146 Henry Armknecht
145 Matt Gearheart
135 Gregg Friesen
123 James Barnes
120 Trent Reed
118 Scott Seltman
116 Robert Penner
109 Jim Malcolm
101 Nick Varvel
98 Carolyn Schwab
97 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
97 Dan Larson
95 Sam Mannell
95 Terry Mannell
92 Glenn Caspers
92 Malcolm Gold
91 Galen Pittman
90 Eulalia Lewis
90 Eugene Lewis
90 Ben Rogers
88 Leon Hicks
86 Chuck Otte
85 Bill Beard
83 Aaron Mitchell
83 Mary Pat Haddican
80 Nancy Beard
78 Will Chatfield-Taylor

Barton 376
298 Robert Penner
289 Mike Rader
281 Gene Young
275 Scott Seltman
260 Lloyd Moore
244 Galen Pittman
235 Matt Gearheart
234 Mick McHugh
234 David Seibel
233 Robert Fisher
228 Henry Armknecht
224 Jay Newton
219 Jim Malcolm
215 Pete Janzen
214 Rob Graham
214 Kevin Groeneweg
213 Craig Faanes
207 Tyler Hicks
205 Mark Land
202 Nic Allen
201 Chuck Otte
201 Marie Plinsky
199 Aaron Mitchell
199 Kathy McDowell
194 Doris Burnett
193 Jeff Calhoun
191 Gregg Friesen
190 Jimmy Woodard
189 Lowell Johnson
189 Dan Mulhern
188 Tom Ewert
187 Malcolm Gold
184 Glenn Caspers
183 Linda Vidosh Zempel
180 Dan Larson
178 Brett Sandercock
178 Sam Mannell
178 Terry Mannell
177 Will Chatfield-Taylor
173 Jennifer Hammett
171 Curtis Wolf
170 Jaye Otte
170 John Zempel
165 Dan Gish
162 Nancy Beard
162 Bill Beard
162 Trent Reed
160 Leon Hicks
160 Carolyn Schwab
158 Charles Anderson
156 John Northrup
155 Nick Varvel
155 Kathy Carroll
154 Chet Gresham
153 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
153 Phil Wedge
151 Carol Morgan
145 Ben Rogers
145 John Row
139 Cheryl Miller
138 Don Merz
138 John Mallery
135 Jonathan Vande Kopple
135 Sue Newland
125 Rodney Wright
125 Debby McKee
123 Mike Harding
121 Diane Persons
120 Sam Schermerhorn
119 Tom Schermerhorn
118 Mary Pat Haddican
117 Andrew Burnett
115 Kelli Egbert
113 Bill Trelc Jr.
111 Jon Strong
110 Rod Wedel
107 Mike Hudson
106 Edge Wade
105 Lisa Edwards
104 T. J. Walker
104 Tristan Weinbrenner
103 Nathan Shipley
95 Judd Patterson
95 Chris Fagyal
94 Joseph Miller
93 Steven McDaniel
89 Duane Otto
89 Greyson Yerby
87 James Barnes
75 Jeff Keating

Bourbon 240
206 Andrew Burnett
165 Kevin Groeneweg
164 Matt Gearheart
154 Pete Janzen
147 Jim Malcolm
146 Henry Armknecht
117 Nic Allen
114 Galen Pittman
109 Ron Tucker
107 Trent Reed
106 Nick Varvel
93 Mick McHugh
89 Tom Ewert
86 Rick Tucker
84 Glenn Caspers
84 Sam Mannell
84 Terry Mannell
80 Mike Rader
77 Mark Land
76 Will Chatfield-Taylor
76 Dan Larson
75 Scott Seltman

Brown 274
241 Don Merz
231 Rosella Royer
188 Al Schirmacher
179 Jim Malcolm
177 Janet Rebant
163 Chuck Otte
146 Matt Gearheart
135 Henry Armknecht
125 Galen Pittman
114 Dan Larson
111 Carol Morgan
108 Linda Vidosh Zempel
107 Pete Janzen
107 Glenn Caspers
105 Sebastian Patti
105 Kevin Groeneweg
103 Mike Rader
97 John Zempel
96 Tony Schaar
96 Sam Mannell
96 Terry Mannell
95 Duane Otto
92 Scott Seltman
89 Doris Burnett
89 David Seibel
84 Nic Allen
83 Marie Plinsky
81 Kathy McDowell
78 Sue Newland
76 Mick McHugh

Butler 292
239 Gene Young
219 Kevin Groeneweg
210 Suntesha Wustrack
204 Pete Janzen
201 Tom Ewert
200 Atcha Nolan
199 Tyler Hicks
189 Bob Broyles
188 Leon Hicks
180 Jim Wilson
166 Jeff Calhoun
164 Dallas Hewett
164 Carolyn Schwab
162 David Seibel
158 Jim Malcolm
152 Henry Armknecht
142 Robert Penner
131 Matt Gearheart
129 Gregg Friesen
116 Nancy Beard
116 Bill Beard
116 Mike Rader
105 James Barnes
101 Chuck Otte
100 Doris Burnett
94 Glenn Caspers
92 Kathy McDowell
87 Sam Mannell
87 Terry Mannell
86 Dan Larson
81 Ethan Maynard
79 Chet Gresham
79 Marie Plinsky
79 Nick Varvel
75 Galen Pittman
75 Nic Allen
75 Scott Seltman

Chase 281
169 Kevin Groeneweg
167 Ross Silcock
163 Jim Malcolm
157 Pete Janzen
151 Tom Ewert
147 Henry Armknecht
142 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
129 Matt Gearheart
128 Carolyn Schwab
125 Mike Rader
108 Gregg Friesen
107 Nick Varvel
105 Robert Penner
104 Robert Kruger
101 Chuck Otte
101 Dan Larson
101 Scott Seltman
101 Nic Allen
101 Malcolm Gold
99 Mark Land
94 Jeff Calhoun
88 Cheryl Miller
87 Glenn Caspers
83 Galen Pittman
82 Nancy Beard
82 Dan Mulhern
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
81 Bill Beard
81 Will Chatfield-Taylor
78 Chet Gresham
78 Kathy McDowell
76 Mick McHugh
76 Doris Burnett

Chautauqua 235
183 Gene Young
178 Jim Malcolm
175 Atcha Nolan
165 Kevin Groeneweg
158 Pete Janzen
152 Tom Ewert
145 Carolyn Schwab
141 Henry Armknecht
130 Jeff Calhoun
111 Matt Gearheart
110 Will Chatfield-Taylor
108 Scott Seltman
99 Mike Rader
93 Dan Larson
91 Leon Hicks
88 Robert Penner
87 Nick Varvel
85 Galen Pittman
83 Andrew Burnett
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
80 Charles Anderson
77 Nic Allen
75 Glenn Caspers

Cherokee 276
229 Andrew Burnett
216 Dave Henness
211 Matt Gearheart
201 Mike Rader
187 Kevin Groeneweg
181 Pete Janzen
181 Henry Armknecht
171 Scott Seltman
167 Gene Young
157 Jim Rising
153 Nic Allen
149 Nick Varvel
146 Trent Reed
142 Galen Pittman
136 Tom Ewert
135 Rick Tucker
135 Jim Malcolm
135 John Mallery
131 Dan Larson
123 Jeff Calhoun
111 Chuck Otte
110 Doris Burnett
110 Jaye Otte
108 Carolyn Schwab
106 David Seibel
106 John Zempel
105 Linda Vidosh Zempel
105 Sue Newland
104 Sam Mannell
104 Terry Mannell
103 Mick McHugh
103 Dan Mulhern
103 Malcolm Gold
98 Tyler Hicks
94 Gregg Friesen
94 Jennifer Hammett
92 Aaron Mitchell
92 Will Chatfield-Taylor
90 Mark Land
84 Kathy Carroll
84 Diane Persons
82 Kelli Egbert
79 Glenn Caspers
78 Debby McKee
78 Carol Morgan
75 Edge Wade

Cheyenne 247
208 Henry Armknecht
141 Scott Seltman
132 Mark Keller
127 Pete Janzen
119 Jim Malcolm
112 Rick Reeser
111 Matt Gearheart
110 Kevin Groeneweg
110 Doris Burnett
108 Mike Rader
108 Sam Mannell
108 Terry Mannell
97 Cheryl Miller
97 Tom Ewert
93 Glenn Caspers
78 Jeff Calhoun
77 Mark Land
77 Jon Strong

Clark 289
242 Galen Pittman
217 Jeff Calhoun
170 Henry Armknecht
161 Jim Malcolm
155 Kevin Groeneweg
153 Scott Seltman
150 Pete Janzen
137 Matt Gearheart
126 Danny Akers
126 Will Chatfield-Taylor
115 Tom Ewert
107 Glenn Caspers
107 Mike Rader
100 Mick McHugh
100 David Seibel
88 Sam Mannell
88 Terry Mannell
84 Robert Penner
83 Dan Larson
82 Gregg Friesen
76 Nic Allen

Clay 280
253 Chuck Otte
233 Jaye Otte
219 Calvin Wohler
208 Doris Burnett
183 John Row
168 Mike Rader
163 Matt Gearheart
156 Henry Armknecht
154 Nic Allen
152 Carol Morgan
152 Jim Malcolm
151 Jeff Keating
142 Robert Kruger
137 Glenn Caspers
125 Brett Sandercock
117 Linda Vadosh Zempel
114 Dan Larson
114 Pete Janzen
106 Kevin Groeneweg
105 John Zempel
105 Tom Ewert
104 Scott Seltman
98 Sam Mannell
98 Terry Mannell
95 Dan Thalmann
93 Dan Mulhern
92 Kathy McDowell
88 Charles Anderson
85 Marie Plinsky
84 Sue Newland
82 Jeff Calhoun
81 Gregg Friesen
80 Mike Hudson
76 Debby McKee

Cloud 250
155 Henry Armknecht
136 Jim Malcolm
123 Pete Janzen
122 Matt Gearheart
115 Chuck Otte
111 Nic Allen
108 Kevin Groeneweg
108 Mike Rader
103 Doris Burnett
99 Jaye Otte
95 Justin Rice
95 Sam Mannell
95 Terry Mannell
93 Gregg Friesen
90 Jeff Calhoun
89 Glenn Caspers
89 Dan Larson
78 Phil Wedge

Coffey 315
250 Jim Malcolm
239 Matt Gearheart
234 Lloyd Moore
204 Nic Allen
197 Mick McHugh
192 Galen Pittman
188 Mark Land
184 Glenn Caspers
165 Bill Trelc Jr.
154 Aaron Mitchell
154 Kevin Groeneweg
151 Pete Janzen
149 Henry Armknecht
148 David Seibel
147 Tyler Hicks
141 Scott Seltman
141 Marie Plinsky
134 Dan Gish
131 Carolyn Schwab
127 Dan Larson
125 Will Chatfield-Taylor
124 Jennifer Hammett
123 Nick Varvel
122 Carol Morgan
119 Malcolm Gold
117 Jenny Gearheart
113 Andrew Burnett
109 Trent Reed
108 Linda Vidosh Zempel
105 Chuck Otte
104 Sam Mannell
104 Terry Mannell
102 Jaye Otte
102 Kathy McDowell
102 Kathy Carroll
101 Corey Entriken
100 Tom Ewert
98 Chris Fagyal
95 Mike Rader
91 Rodney Wright
90 Chet Gresham
87 Debby McKee
81 Diane Persons
78 Doris Burnett
77 Robert Penner
75 John Zempel

Comanche 272
196 Gene Young
178 Jeff Calhoun
166 Pete Janzen
151 Kevin Groeneweg
148 Henry Armknecht
147 Mike Rader
141 Scott Seltman
130 Gregg Friesen
128 Tom Ewert
124 Jim Malcolm
115 Galen Pittman
110 Glenn Caspers
106 Matt Gearheart
101 Dan Larson
98 Sam Mannell
98 Terry Mannell
93 Trent Reed
90 Doris Burnett
90 Chet Gresham
86 Robert Penner
83 Edge Wade
81 Will Chatfield-Taylor

Cowley 342
305 Max Thompson
300 Gene Young
261 David Seibel
224 Kevin Groeneweg
214 Tyler Hicks
213 John Northrup
212 Pete Janzen
204 James Barnes
204 Mike Rader
200 Leon Hicks
187 Jeff Calhoun
179 Henry Armknecht
166 Matt Gearheart
164 Tom Ewert
161 Chet Gresham
156 Carolyn Schwab
147 Scott Seltman
143 Jim Wilson
142 Dan Larson
141 Cheryl Miller
137 Mark Land
136 Nic Allen
132 Jim Malcolm
131 Chuck Otte
129 Galen Pittman
128 Jaye Otte
124 Sam Mannell
124 Terry Mannell
118 Nancy Beard
118 Bill Beard
117 Doris Burnett
103 Gregg Friesen
95 Robert Penner
88 Edge Wade
83 Sam Schermerhorn
83 Tom Schermerhorn
81 Aaron Mitchell
81 Glenn Caspers

Crawford 293
194 Andrew Burnett
169 Dave Henness
166 Matt Gearheart
159 Kevin Groeneweg
157 Henry Armknecht
156 Pete Janzen
154 Jim Malcolm
146 Mike Rader
132 Trent Reed
115 Mick McHugh
112 Nic Allen
112 Carolyn Schwab
105 Nick Varvel
105 Sam Mannell
105 Terry Mannell
104 Chuck Otte
101 Scott Seltman
100 Galen Pittman
100 Tom Ewert
95 Jaye Otte
93 Gregg Friesen
89 Doris Burnett
87 Glenn Caspers
87 Jeff Calhoun
84 Dan Larson
84 John Zempel
81 Dan Mulhern
81 Linda Vidosh Zempel
79 Rick Tucker
77 Leon Hicks
77 Kelli Egbert
75 Will Chatfield-Taylor

Decatur 229
171 Brian Simonsson
156 Henry Armknecht
124 Jim Malcolm
117 Pete Janzen
102 Kevin Groeneweg
102 Mike Rader
102 Jeff Calhoun
98 Scott Seltman
86 Jonathan Vande Kopple
85 Doris Burnett
84 Sam Mannell
84 Terry Mannell
83 Carol Morgan
83 Matt Gearheart
79 Dan Larson
76 Glenn Caspers
76 Tom Ewert

Dickinson 260
208 Chuck Otte
162 Jaye Otte
160 Henry Armknecht
151 Jim Malcolm
139 Robert Kruger
138 Doris Burnett
135 Pete Janzen
132 Dan Gish
126 Matt Gearheart
120 Kevin Groeneweg
112 Mike Rader
109 Tom Ewert
108 Jeff Calhoun
105 Jim Mayhew
105 Chet Gresham
102 Dan Larson
95 Malcolm Gold
89 Scott Seltman
87 Glenn Caspers
84 Sam Mannell
84 Terry Mannell
81 Galen Pittman
81 Marie Plinsky
80 David Haight
79 Kathy McDowell
78 Carol Morgan
77 Nic Allen
75 Robert Penner

Doniphan 255
169 Herb Chance
169 Donna Chance
159 Henry Armknecht
144 John Schukman
136 Matt Gearheart
131 Jim Malcolm
125 Galen Pittman
106 Chuck Otte
104 Kevin Groeneweg
103 Pete Janzen
102 Danny Akers
100 Don Merz
97 Nick Varvel
94 David Seibel
89 Glenn Caspers
87 Mike Rader
87 Sam Mannell
87 Terry Mannell
82 Linda Vadosh Zempel
80 Will Chatfield-Taylor
78 John Zempel
77 Mick McHugh
77 Dan Larson
76 Scott Seltman
76 Nic Allen

Douglas 364
314 Galen Pittman
296 David Seibel
293 Phil Wedge
280 Alexis Powell
279 Kylee Sharp
277 Mick McHugh
271 Matt Gearheart
265 Gerry Parkinson
258 Dan Larson
257 Will Chatfield-Taylor
256 Jim Malcolm
253 Dave Williams
252 Lloyd Moore
249 Kathy McDowell
238 Jeff Witters
226 Linda Vidosh Zempel
222 John Zempel
219 Sue Newland
219 Mike Rader
218 Malcolm Gold
215 Marie Plinsky
215 Carol Morgan
215 Joseph Hoelscher
214 Dan Gish
213 Dan Thalmann
212 Mark Land
210 Glenn Caspers
209 Dave Henness
207 Kathy Carroll
206 Nick Varvel
204 Jennifer Hammett
197 Aaron Mitchell
197 Nic Allen
195 Debby McKee
194 Steve Roels
186 Rodney Wright
179 Sarah Roels
177 Diane Persons
176 Sam Mannell
176 Terry Mannell
173 Mike Hudson
171 Henry Armknecht
167 Duane Otto
163 Kevin Groeneweg
161 Pete Janzen
159 Corey Entriken
154 Aaron Kim-Luellen
150 Chuck Otte
149 Steven McDaniel
147 Don Merz
147 Trent Reed
147 John Mallery
143 Chris Fagyal
139 Dan Mulhern
136 Kelli Egbert
131 Jaye Otte
128 Jim Walton
127 Doris Burnett
123 Walter Cochran
117 Jenny Gearheart
113 Sue Calhoon
111 Scott Seltman
109 Brandon Magette
106 Kat Farres
106 Dennis Farres
103 Sue Stevenson
102 Lisa Weeks
101 Greyson Yerby
100 Harley Winfrey
100 Robert Penner
100 Tom Ewert
94 Nancy Beard
92 Bill Beard
92 Nathan Shipley
90 Carolyn Schwab
88 Michelle Folster
86 Edge Wade
86 Gregg Friesen
83 Belky Cuevas
83 Sam Schermerhorn
83 Tom Schermerhorn
80 Cheryl Miller
79 Rob Graham

Edwards 231
160 Scott Seltman
156 Jeff Calhoun
155 Henry Armknecht
155 Pete Janzen
147 Kevin Groeneweg
146 Mary Pat Haddican
136 Jim Malcolm
113 Mike Rader
111 Matt Gearheart
108 Tom Ewert
97 Galen Pittman
89 Nic Allen
88 Barry Jones
86 Glenn Caspers
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
78 Gregg Friesen

Elk 246
180 Gene Young
177 Jim Malcolm
163 Pete Janzen
154 Kevin Groeneweg
133 Henry Armknecht
121 Mike Rader
120 Tyler Hicks
119 Dan Larson
117 Jeff Calhoun
115 Robert Penner
111 Carolyn Schwab
107 Cheryl Miller
101 Tom Ewert
92 Gregg Friesen
92 Matt Gearheart
89 Galen Pittman
86 Glenn Caspers
83 Nic Allen
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
78 Chet Gresham
75 Scott Seltman

Ellis 322
226 Sam Mannell
226 Terry Mannell
221 Henry Armknecht
182 Gene Young
151 Mike Rader
144 Nick Varvel
135 Kevin Groeneweg
132 Jim Malcolm
120 Scott Seltman
117 Pete Janzen
113 Jeff Calhoun
105 Kyle Schumacher
102 Matt Gearheart
91 Carolyn Schwab
88 Tom Ewert
86 Dan Larson
84 Glenn Caspers
79 Jonathan Vande Kopple
78 Robert Penner

Ellsworth 300
271 Mike Rader
178 Henry Armknecht
167 Robert Kruger
156 Pete Janzen
155 Jim Malcolm
152 Kevin Groeneweg
142 Matt Gearheart
133 Scott Seltman
132 Tom Ewert
130 Chuck Otte
122 Dan Larson
116 Doris Burnett
116 Jeff Calhoun
114 Glenn Caspers
111 Dan Gish
109 Carolyn Schwab
106 Sam Mannell
106 Terry Mannell
98 Robert Penner
97 Galen Pittman
96 Nick Varvel
94 Gregg Friesen
91 Nic Allen
91 Marie Plinsky
85 Mark Land
83 Carol Morgan
83 Malcolm Gold
82 Kathy McDowell
80 Jaye Otte
80 Will Chatfield-Taylor

Finney 249
192 Jeff Calhoun
181 T. J. Walker
177 Mike Rader
171 Scott Seltman
164 Kevin Groeneweg
160 Matt Gearheart
160 Henry Armknecht
154 Pete Janzen
129 Dan Baffa
128 Dan Larson
125 Jim Malcolm
119 Tom Ewert
109 Terry Mannell
109 Sam Mannell
108 Trent Reed
100 Rodney Wright
100 Sam Schermerhorn
100 Tom Schermerhorn
98 Nick Varvel
93 Galen Pittman
87 David Seibel
87 Dan Gish
86 Chuck Otte
85 Gregg Friesen
84 Tyler Hicks
84 Glenn Caspers
81 Robert Penner
80 Bill Beard
80 Nancy Beard
77 Nic Allen

Ford 309
258 Jeff Calhoun
179 Henry Armknecht
173 Kevin Groeneweg
173 Tom Ewert
154 Matt Gearheart
152 Scott Seltman
151 Galen Pittman
151 Pete Janzen
124 Will Chatfield-Taylor
120 Jim Malcolm
115 Danny Akers
111 Doris Burnett
109 Rodney Wright
104 Mike Rader
97 Nic Allen
91 Andrew Burnett
84 Don Merz
84 Glenn Caspers
82 Robert Penner
81 Trent Reed
79 Gregg Friesen
78 Sam Mannell
78 Terry Mannell
76 Dan Larson

Franklin 237
166 Jim Malcolm
141 Richard Johnston
138 Henry Armknecht
136 Matt Gearheart
131 Galen Pittman
130 Mick McHugh
127 Nick Varvel
120 Kevin Groeneweg
111 Pete Janzen
107 Nic Allen
105 David Seibel
101 Mark Land
101 Trent Reed
96 Carolyn Schwab
92 Kathy McDowell
92 Will Chatfield-Taylor
89 Mike Rader
89 Glenn Caspers
89 Dan Larson
87 Marie Plinsky
85 Scott Seltman
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
82 Doris Burnett
81 Chris Albright
81 Chuck Ottte
79 Malcolm Gold
75 Kathy Carrol

Geary 328
303 Chuck Otte
289 Jaye Otte
271 Jeff Keating
237 Doris Burnett
216 Mike Rader
190 Henry Armknecht
188 Robert Kruger
187 Matt Gearheart
185 Calvin Wohler
174 John Row
166 Scott Seltman
156 Dan Mulhern
153 Kevin Groeneweg
151 Galen Pittman
149 Nic Allen
149 Jim Malcolm
147 Dan Larson
142 Dan Gish
142 Tom Ewert
140 Brett Sandercock
139 Linda Vidosh Zempel
138 Sam Mannell
138 Terry Mannell
135 Carol Morgan
133 Carolyn Schwab
133 John Zempel
131 Mark Land
131 Pete Janzen
129 Nick Varvel
127 Cheryl Miller
127 Kathy McDowell
119 David Seibel
116 Rodney Wright
115 Malcolm Gold
107 Marie Plinsky
104 Tom Schermerhorn
101 Sam Schermerhorn
98 Jeff Calhoun
95 Robert Penner
94 Charles Anderson
92 Bill Beard
92 Nancy Beard
90 Debby McKee
87 Mick McHugh
85 Nathan Shipley
83 Trent Reed
83 John Mallery
82 Jenny Gearheart
82 Glenn Caspers
81 Gregg Friesen
80 Will Chatfield-Taylor
76 Mike Hudson

Gove 222
152 Pete Janzen
151 Henry Armknecht
123 Jim Malcolm
118 Scott Seltman
117 Trent Reed
113 Kevin Groeneweg
102 Robert Penner
98 Matt Gearheart
93 Glenn Caspers
87 Jeff Calhoun
81 Sam Mannell
81 Terry Mannell
81 Nick Varvel
77 Tom Ewert
75 Mike Hudson

Graham 216
162 Henry Armknecht
157 Scott Seltman
129 Kevin Groeneweg
125 Pete Janzen
116 Jeff Calhoun
112 Sam Mannell
112 Terry Mannell
111 Jonathan Vande Kopple
107 Jim Malcolm
105 Mike Rader
101 Robert Penner
88 Dan Larson
87 Glenn Caspers
85 Matt Gearheart
82 Doris Burnett
78 Nic Allen
77 Trent Reed
76 Tom Ewert

Grant 271
237 Kellye Hart
162 Henry Armknecht
153 Jeff Calhoun
136 Pete Janzen
131 Mike Rader
126 Kevin Groeneweg
125 Jim Malcolm
121 Scott Seltman
120 Matt Gearheart
86 Sam Mannell
86 Terry Mannell
84 Tom Ewert
79 Tyler Hicks
76 Dan Larson
75 Glenn Caspers

Gray 236
170 Scott Seltman
167 Jeff Calhoun
145 Henry Armknecht
132 Kevin Groeneweg
130 Pete Janzen
121 Jim Malcolm
110 Matt Gearheart
101 Mike Rader
96 Gregg Friesen
89 Tom Ewert
87 Nic Allen
87 Will Chatfield-Taylor
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
82 Galen Pittman
79 Dan Larson
78 Glenn Caspers

Greeley 210
145 Henry Armknecht
140 Pete Janzen
135 Sebastian Patti
134 Kevin Groeneweg
126 Jim Malcolm
113 Matt Gearheart
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
83 Mike Rader
82 Jeff Calhoun
81 Tom Ewert
76 Scott Seltman
75 Glenn Caspers

Greenwood 255
191 Jim Malcolm
180 Pete Janzen
163 Kevin Groeneweg
147 Matt Gearheart
142 Henry Armknecht
123 Jeff Calhoun
122 Dan Larson
119 Galen Pittman
119 Mike Rader
111 Aaron Mitchell
110 Gregg Friesen
109 Scott Seltman
108 Tom Ewert
106 Glenn Caspers
105 Robert Penner
104 Carolyn Schwab
103 Cheryl Miller
102 David Seibel
90 Nic Allen
89 Doris Burnett
86 Marie Plinsky
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
82 Rick Tucker
80 Chet Gresham
79 Bill Beard
79 Nancy Beard
79 Kathy McDowell
77 Will Chatfield-Taylor
77 Chuck Otte
75 Tony Schaar

Hamilton 270
183 Jeff Calhoun
166 Henry Armknecht
153 Jim Malcolm
148 Kevin Groeneweg
143 Scott Seltman
127 Pete Janzen
113 Tom Ewert
111 Matt Gearheart
98 Tyler Hicks
93 Mike Rader
83 Glenn Caspers
80 Dan Larson
79 Sam Mannell
79 Terry Mannell

Harper 251
167 Pete Janzen
167 Corey Entriken
163 Kevin Groeneweg
161 Gene Young
150 Tom Ewert
139 Henry Armknecht
130 Jeff Calhoun
129 Jim Malcolm
125 Glenn Caspers
108 Bill Beard
105 Nancy Beard
100 Scott Seltman
99 Mike Rader
98 Leon Hicks
98 Carolyn Schwab
84 Sam Mannell
84 Terry Mannell
83 Matt Gearheart

Harvey 327
269 Bob Dester
266 Carolyn Schwab
254 Rod Wedel
250 Gregg Friesen
249 Jay Newton
235 Pete Janzen
227 Ethan Maynard
206 Tyler Hicks
202 Kevin Groeneweg
200 Tom Ewert
187 Cheryl Miller
149 Henry Armknecht
134 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
131 Nancy Beard
130 Bill Beard
126 Doris Burnett
125 Jeff Calhoun
117 Jim Malcolm
117 Robert Penner
111 Dan Larson
101 Matt Gearheart
100 James Barnes
100 Chuck Otte
98 Chet Gresham
98 Mike Rader
92 Glenn Caspers
90 Kathy McDowell
87 Leon Hicks
87 Sam Mannell
87 Terry Mannell
86 Jaye Otte
79 Marie Plinsky
75 Scott Seltman

Haskell 241
168 Mike Rader
141 Henry Armknecht
134 Jeff Calhoun
122 Kevin Groeneweg
122 Pete Janzen
118 Scott Seltman
112 Jim Malcolm
91 Matt Gearheart
82 Tom Ewert
81 Sam Mannell
81 Terry Mannell
78 Nic Allen
76 Glenn Caspers
75 Dan Larson

Hodgeman 248
204 Jeff Calhoun
182 Scott Seltman
156 Henry Armknecht
151 Pete Janzen
141 Kevin Groeneweg
139 Matt Gearheart
126 Tom Ewert
116 Mary Pat Haddican
116 Jim Malcolm
116 Barry Jones
114 Mike Rader
104 Doris Burnett
102 Nic Allen
96 Will Chatfield-Taylor
86 Galen Pittman
84 Glenn Caspers
83 Dan Larson
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
79 Gregg Friesen
79 Trent Reed
79 Dan Mulhern
77 Robert Penner

Jackson 271
232 Mike Harding
219 Al Schirmacher
210 Don Merz
191 Jim Malcolm
189 Linda Vidosh Zempel
179 John Zempel
161 Chuck Otte
153 Carol Morgan
150 Henry Armknecht
140 Glenn Caspers
138 Marie Plinsky
133 Dan Larson
129 Matt Gearheart
127 Galen Pittman
120 Debby McKee
111 Sam Mannell
111 Terry Mannell
110 Nick Varvel
107 Pete Janzen
105 Kevin Groeneweg
103 Kathy McDowell
99 Jaye Otte
98 Mike Rader
95 Mick McHugh
93 Scott Seltman
91 Jeff Hansen
90 Sue Newland
87 Brandon Magette
81 Tony Schaar
78 Will Chatfield-Taylor
78 Nic Allen

Jefferson 337
292 Galen Pittman
262 Mick McHugh
252 Jim Malcolm
247 Lloyd Moore
240 David Seibel
222 Mike Rader
213 Matt Gearheart
207 Sam Mannell
207 Terry Mannell
205 Glenn Caspers
196 Don Merz
193 Dan Gish
193 Carol Morgan
193 Al Schirmacher
189 Robert Fisher
175 Dan Larson
173 Sue Newland
172 Dave Henness
161 Kathy McDowell
160 Dave Williams
158 Linda Vidosh Zempel
155 John Zempel
151 Marie Plinsky
151 Phil Wedge
151 Henry Armknecht
150 Nic Allen
150 Debby McKee
146 Kathy Carroll
145 Mike Hudson
143 Mark Land
143 Pete Janzen
139 Nick Varvel
138 Chuck Otte
132 Will Chatfield-Taylor
129 Jaye Otte
127 Diane Persons
120 Kevin Groeneweg
119 Malcolm Gold
116 Jennifer Hammett
115 Jeff Hansen
113 Scott Seltman
111 Corey Entiken
109 Aaron Mitchell
106 Dan Mulhern
94 Mike Harding
90 Duane Otto
79 Tony Schaar

Jewell 242
170 Henry Armknecht
138 Jim Malcolm
124 Pete Janzen
124 Scott Seltman
122 Mike Rader
110 Gregg Friesen
110 Kevin Groeneweg
107 Sam Mannell
107 Terry Mannell
104 Doris Burnett
104 Chuck Otte
101 Matt Gearheart
98 Jonathan Vande Kopple
95 Mike Harding
89 Dan Larson
88 Phil Wedge
84 Glenn Caspers
80 Jeff Calhoun
79 Jon Strong
79 Tom Ewert

Johnson 339
306 Mark Land
303 Matt Gearheart
295 Terry Swope
281 Nic Allen
265 Rodney Wright
264 Chris Hobbs
261 Malcolm Gold
260 David Seibel
259 Galen Pittman
249 Jeff Witters
248 Trent Reed
246 Nick Varvel
245 Aaron Mitchell
243 Mick McHugh
233 Corey Entriken
233 Jennifer Hammett
228 Dave Henness
228 Jim Walton
216 Mark Corder
214 John Mallery
212 Lloyd Moore
212 Jenny Gearheart
211 Walter Cochran
208 Jim Malcolm
203 Steven McDaniel
203 Dave Williams
202 Kathy Carroll
201 Mike Hudson
190 Will Chatfield-Taylor
185 Greyson Yerby
185 Kellie Egbert
176 Henry Armknecht
155 Robert Fisher
152 Chris Fagyal
150 Mike Rader
148 Dan Larson
143 Carol Morgan
141 Nancy Smalldon
133 Sue Calhoon
132 Pete Janzen
129 Kathy McDowell
125 Don Merz
125 Kevin Groeneweg
122 Diane Persons
118 Debby McKee
117 Sue Newland
115 Chuck Otte
114 Linda Vidosh Zempel
111 David Kirsch
109 Dan Gish
109 Nathan Shipley
104 Glenn Caspers
103 Lisa Weeks
100 Bill Beard
100 Nancy Beard
99 Ben Rogers
96 Joseph Mosley
95 John Zempel
94 Belky Cuevas
93 Sam Mannell
93 Terry Mannell
91 Jim Wilson
89 Duane Otto
89 Jeff Calhoun
89 Robert Penner
86 Scott Seltman
85 Sue Stevenson
85 Tom Ewert
84 Mark Stafford
82 Andrew Burnett
79 Steve Roels
75 Ashley Laubach

Kearny 280
176 Henry Armknecht
157 Jeff Calhoun
152 Kevin Groeneweg
147 Pete Janzen
127 Matt Gearheart
125 Scott Seltman
121 Mike Rader
114 Jim Malcolm
95 Tom Ewert
93 Dan Larson
87 Mick McHugh
79 Sam Mannell
79 Terry Mannell
77 Glenn Caspers
75 Tyler Hicks

Kingman 303
220 Pete Janzen
201 Kevin Groeneweg
182 Tom Ewert
167 Mike Rader
151 Tyler Hicks
146 Gregg Friesen
143 Henry Armknecht
142 Jeff Calhoun
141 Bill Beard
141 Nancy Beard
139 Jim Malcolm
105 Matt Gearheart
104 Leon Hicks
103 Rod Wedel
101 James Barnes
101 Scott Seltman
100 Chet Gresham
98 Joseph Miller
98 Carolyn Schwab
91 Andrew Miller
90 Galen Pittman
88 Glenn Caspers
87 Robert Penner
81 Sam Mannell
81 Terry Mannell
75 Dan Larson

Kiowa 267
169 Henry Armknecht
169 Jeff Calhoun
161 Kevin Groeneweg
159 Scott Seltman
156 Jay Newton
155 Pete Janzen
144 Mike Rader
138 Gregg Friesen
126 Jim Malcolm
119 Tom Ewert
114 Galen Pittman
103 Matt Gearheart
96 Dan Larson
92 Will Chatfield-Taylor
90 Doris Burnett
89 Robert Penner
84 Nic Allen
83 Mary Pat Haddican
83 Glenn Caspers
77 Jonathan Vande Koppel
77 Sam Mannell
77 Terry Mannell
75 Trent Reed

Labette 250
214 Andrew Burnett
194 Rick Tucker
165 Kevin Groeneweg
164 Pete Janzen
156 Henry Armknecht
150 Jim Malcolm
140 Matt Gearheart
111 Tom Ewert
106 Mike Rader
97 Scott Seltman
91 Carolyn Schwab
89 Jaye Otte
88 Chuck Otte
85 Andrew Miller
82 Galen Pittman
81 Sam Mannell
81 Terry Mannell
79 Glenn Caspers
79 Nic Allen
78 Leon Hicks
77 Dan Larson
77 Will Chatfield-Taylor
77 Nick Varvel
76 Trent Reed

Lane 217
158 Henry Armknecht
148 Pete Janzen
134 Jeff Calhoun
131 Kevin Groeneweg
119 Jim Malcolm
111 Scott Seltman
106 Tom Ewert
92 Matt Gearheart
88 Robert Penner
85 Glenn Caspers
82 Trent Reed
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
81 Doris Burnett
77 Nic Allen

Leavenworth 290
258 John Schukman
253 Galen Pittman
224 Dave Williams
217 Kathy Carroll
201 David Seibel
196 Matt Gearheart
185 Mike Rader
180 Mick McHugh
176 Diane Persons
154 Dave Henness
143 Jim Malcolm
139 Craig Faanes
134 Henry Armknecht
127 Ron Theel
126 Nic Allen
123 Mark Land
118 Scott Seltman
116 Dan Mulhern
116 Glenn Caspers
115 Dan Larson
112 Sam Mannell
112 Terry Mannell
111 Steve Roels
111 Sarah Roels
110 Kevin Groeneweg
108 Charles Anderson
107 Sue Calhoon
107 Sue Stevenson
106 Mark Van Horn
106 Nick Varvel
105 Kathy McDowell
104 Chuck Otte
102 Aaron Mitchell
101 Jaye Otte
101 Malcolm Gold
100 Pete Janzen
97 Phil Wedge
96 Will Chatfield-Taylor
94 John Mallery
89 Eugene Lewis
89 Eulalia Lewis
89 Marie Plinsky
89 Don Merz
84 Gerry Parkinson
81 Cheryl Miller
80 Carolyn Schwab
78 Mike Hudson

Lincoln 244
202 Mike Rader
163 Henry Armknecht
140 Jim Malcolm
129 Doris Burnett
128 Matt Gearheart
119 Scott Seltman
116 Pete Janzen
109 Kevin Groeneweg
107 Chuck Otte
99 Robert Penner
97 Tom Ewert
94 Sam Mannell
94 Terry Mannell
89 Nic Allen
86 Jeff Calhoun
85 Gregg Friesen
82 Galen Pittman
79 Dan Larson
75 Glenn Caspers

Linn 335
287 Chris Hobbs
281 Mick McHugh
273 Lloyd Moore
265 Galen Pittman
262 Mark Corder
247 Robert Fisher
242 Matt Gearheart
232 Mark Land
228 Malcolm Gold
226 David Seibel
220 Dave Henness
212 Nick Varvel
207 Trent Reed
206 Aaron Mitchell
202 Nic Allen
196 Phil Wedge
191 Jennifer Hammett
182 Jim Malcolm
181 Dave Williams
179 Henry Armknecht
173 Lowell Johnson
170 Mike Rader
170 John Mallery
168 Kathy Carroll
160 Will Chatfield-Taylor
157 Diane Persons
153 Pete Janzen
151 Kevin Groeneweg
147 Harry Gregory
146 Corey Entriken
145 Carolyn Schwab
144 Steven McDaniel
143 Sue Newland
141 Rodney Wright
138 Linda Vidosh Zempel
135 Sue Calhoon
135 Sue Stevenson
133 Dan Mulhern
131 John Zempel
130 Scott Seltman
129 Andrew Burnett
128 Kelli Egbert
126 Dan Larson
125 Doris Burnett
122 Tyler Hicks
121 Glenn Caspers
121 Sam Mannell
121 Terry Mannell
118 Gregg Friesen
117 Carol Morgan
115 Mike Hudson
111 Chet Gresham
110 Jenny Gearheart
109 Tom Ewert
100 Chuck Otte
96 Chris Fagyal
90 Edge Wade
86 Greyson Yerby
86 Debby McKee
85 Brandon Magette
84 Lisa Edwards
82 Ashley Laubach
80 Kathy McDowell
78 Jon Strong
76 Dan Gish

Logan 219
170 Pete Janzen
144 Henry Armknecht
126 Jim Malcolm
117 Matt Gearheart
110 Robert Penner
109 Kevin Groeneweg
103 Scott Seltman
98 Tom Ewert
96 Trent Reed
96 Sam Mannell
96 Terry Mannell
94 Dan Mulhern
85 Jeff Calhoun
82 Glenn Caspers
75 Mike Hudson

Lyon 313
223 Alexis Powell
216 Jim Malcolm
192 Matt Gearheart
159 Jeff Witters
159 Kevin Groeneweg
158 Galen Pittman
157 Nic Allen
156 Dan Larson
155 Pete Janzen
146 Henry Armknecht
142 Malcolm Gold
138 Mark Land
138 Mike Rader
130 Bill Trelc Jr.
130 Doris Burnett
128 Dan Mulhern
125 Mick McHugh
124 Jennifer Hammett
123 Will Chatfield-Taylor
122 Glenn Caspers
118 Chuck Otte
116 Nick Varvel
114 Dan Gish
109 Tom Ewert
107 Aaron Mitchell
105 Marie Plinsky
104 David Seibel
102 Kathy Carroll
101 Kathy McDowell
100 Scott Seltman
99 Robert Penner
97 Trent Reed
96 Sue Newland
93 Carol Morgan
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
86 Jaye Otte
86 Carolyn Schwab
86 Kelli Egbert
81 Linda Vidosh Zempel
81 Rodney Wright
78 Tom Schermerhorn
76 Dallas Hewett
75 Jeff Calhoun

Marion 288
231 Jim Wilson
216 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
216 Tristan Weinbrenner
210 Tom Ewert
199 Chet Gresham
162 Pete Janzen
160 Jim Malcolm
157 Kevin Groeneweg
153 Henry Armknecht
147 Gregg Friesen
140 Carolyn Schwab
129 Jeff Calhoun
128 Matt Gearheart
123 Chuck Otte
119 Nancy Beard
117 Bill Beard
116 Robert Penner
115 Mike Rader
113 Cheryl Miller
106 Rod Wedel
105 Ethan Maynard
103 Doris Burnett
102 Tyler Hicks
101 Scott Seltman
100 Nic Allen
94 Leon Hicks
93 Glenn Caspers
92 Galen Pittman
92 Jaye Otte
92 Malcolm Gold
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
83 Will Chatfield-Taylor
82 Nick Varvel
79 Kathy McDowell
79 Jennifer Hammett
78 Todd Becker
78 Marie Plinsky
76 Mick McHugh
76 Dan Larson

Marshall 247
215 Tom Parker
145 Henry Armknecht
121 Dan Thalmann
120 Jim Malcolm
116 Pete Janzen
109 Dan Mulhern
105 Kevin Groeneweg
105 Chuck Otte
104 Doris Burnett
93 Nic Allen
92 Sam Mannell
92 Terry Mannell
88 Galen Pittman
85 Mike Rader
84 Matt Gearheart
80 Scott Seltman
79 Robert Penner
78 Gregg Friesen
77 Glenn Caspers
77 Dan Larson

McPherson 294
242 Steve Lansaw
227 Tristen Weinbrenner
182 Ethan Maynard
176 Tom Ewert
176 Robert Kruger
170 Kevin Groeneweg
169 Henry Armknecht
160 Pete Janzen
160 Jim Malcolm
152 Gregg Friesen
144 Doris Burnett
136 Gerry Parkinson
128 Matt Gearheart
125 Bill Beard
125 Nancy Beard
109 Carolyn Schwab
108 Tyler Hicks
108 Mike Rader
107 Chuck Otte
102 Galen Pittman
101 John Mallery
100 Scott Seltman
98 Jeff Calhoun
97 Rod Wedel
93 Robert Penner
92 Leon Hicks
92 Sam Mannell
92 Terry Mannell
91 Dan Larson
84 Glenn Caspers
82 Malcolm Gold
81 Nic Allen
78 Kelli Egbert
77 Chet Gresham
77 Kathy McDowell
77 Jennifer Hammett
76 Jaye Otte

Meade 317
180 Jeff Calhoun
169 Henry Armknecht
166 Gene Young
158 Galen Pittman
153 Kevin Groeneweg
152 Pete Janzen
145 Matt Gearheart
137 Scott Seltman
134 Lisa Edwards
128 Tyler Hicks
123 Tom Ewert
121 Jim Malcolm
114 Gregg Friesen
107 Mick McHugh
102 Bill Beard
100 Nancy Beard
98 Will Chatfield-Taylor
93 Dan Larson
92 Mike Rader
88 Glenn Caspers
86 Sam Mannell
86 Terry Mannell
83 Robert Penner
80 Mark Land
75 David Seibel

Miami 301
236 Matt Gearheart
232 Nick Varvel
225 Trent Reed `
225 Mark Land
210 Lloyd Moore
209 Malcolm Gold
202 Nic Allen
196 Mick McHugh
193 Jeff Witters
189 Rodney Wright
181 Dave Henness
179 Aaron Mitchell
166 Jim Malcolm
159 Galen Pittman
155 Henry Armknecht
151 Jennifer Hammett
147 Kelli Egbert
137 Pete Janzen
135 John Mallery
128 Mike Hudson
125 David Seibel
125 Corey Entiken
123 Jim Walton
120 Mike Rader
117 Dan Larson
115 Kevin Groeneweg
110 Doris Burnett
109 Will Chatfield-Taylor
106 Kathy Carroll
105 Greyson Yerby
99 Kathy McDowell
98 Jenny Gearheart
97 Marie Plinsky
97 Walter Cochran
96 Sam Mannell
96 Terry Mannell
96 Diane Persons
92 Jim Wilson
92 Glenn Caspers
75 Scott Seltman

Mitchell 273
237 Henry Armknecht
205 Mike Rader
167 Scott Seltman
145 Glenn Caspers
143 Jim Malcolm
136 Jay Newton
135 Doris Burnett
129 Matt Gearheart
125 Carolyn Schwab
124 Chuck Otte
124 Kevin Groeneweg
120 Pete Janzen
117 Jeff Calhoun
110 Robert Penner
110 Phil Wedge
108 Gregg Friesen
108 Dan Larson
107 Sam Mannell
107 Terry Mannell
101 Rod Wedel
99 Rick Tucker
97 Tom Ewert
96 Jaye Otte
90 Jonathan Vande Kopple
87 Eulalia Lewis
87 Eugene Lewis
80 Mark Land
76 McKenzie Wiles

Montgomery 263
202 Andrew Burnett
200 Jim Malcolm
162 Henry Armknecht
153 Kevin Groeneweg
151 Pete Janzen
121 David Mills
110 Dan Larson
109 Glenn Caspers
108 Matt Gearheart
103 Galen Pittman
102 Tom Ewert
101 Will Chatfield-Taylor
95 Nic Allen
94 Jeff Calhoun
93 Nick Varvel
92 Gregg Friesen
92 Mike Rader
91 Rick Tucker
89 Scott Seltman
80 Sam Mannell
80 Terry Mannell
79 Carolyn Schwab
76 Chet Gresham
76 Leon Hicks

Morris 248
213 Jim Malcolm
172 Chuck Otte
156 Pete Janzen
151 Henry Armknecht
151 Kevin Groeneweg
150 Matt Gearheart
129 Tom Ewert
123 Doris Burnett
122 Nick Varvel
120 Glenn Caspers
112 Brett Sandercock
109 Jaye Otte
100 Scott Seltman
100 Sam Mannell
100 Terry Mannell
96 Robert Kruger
94 Mike Rader
94 Carolyn Schwab
93 Dan Larson
91 Carol Morgan
88 Galen Pittman
86 Jenny Gearheart
85 Kathy McDowell
84 Robert Penner
84 Jeff Calhoun
83 John Row
81 Sam Schermerhorn
81 Tom Schermerhorn
80 Mark Land
80 Marie Plinsky
78 Jane Withee Hebert
76 Mick McHugh

Morton 378
331 Sebastian Patti
318 Mike Rader
315 Scott Seltman
284 Galen Pittman
278 Brandon Percival
277 Max Thompson
272 Mick McHugh
265 Chet Gresham
264 Pete Janzen
263 Mark Corder
262 Gene Young
261 Matt Gearheart
254 Chris Hobbs
251 Jim Malcolm
248 Dave Williams
242 Tyler Hicks
242 Kevin Groeneweg
239 Jeff Calhoun
238 Will Chatfield-Taylor
236 Robert Fisher
213 David Seibel
210 Gregg Friesen
210 Henry Armknecht
208 Doris Burnett
206 Mark Land
206 Glenn Caspers
200 Lisa Edwards
189 Leon Hicks
185 Tom Ewert
185 Nic Allen
184 Andrew Burnett
176 Robert Penner
168 Dan Gish
165 Carolyn Schwab
165 Dan Larson
163 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
156 Nathan Shipley
155 Dan Mulhern
150 Kellye Hart
150 Cheryl Miller
143 Rod Wedel
143 Chuck Otte
141 Jaye Otte
140 Charles Anderson
137 Aaron Mitchell
120 Danny Aker
119 Craig Faanes
116 Kathy Carroll
112 Phil Wedge
112 Brandon Magette
108 Edge Wade
108 Trent Reed
105 Lowell Johnson
104 Jimmy Woodard
103 Rodney Wright
101 Nancy Beard
100 Bill Beard
100 Nick Varvel
99 John Mallery
98 Robert Kruger
94 Eulalia Lewis
94 Eugene Lewis
92 Mike Hudson
92 Sam Schermerhorn
92 Tom Schermerhorn
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
88 James Barnes
88 Diane Persons
86 Mary Pat Haddican
85 John Row
83 Debby McKee
83 Chris Fagyal
82 Jim Wilson
82 Jennifer Hammett
76 Jon Strong
75 Jonathan Vande Kopple
75 Sue Newland

Nemaha 240
196 Rosella Royer
155 Don Merz
152 Jim Malcolm
151 Chuck Otte
142 Henry Armknecht
139 Matt Gearheart
137 Galen Pittman
129 John Schukman
120 Pete Janzen
113 Kevin Groeneweg
108 Dan Larson
105 Carol Morgan
104 Sam Mannell
104 Terry Mannell
100 Nic Allen
97 Glenn Caspers
96 Mike Rader
96 Linda Vidosh Zempel
96 Sue Newland
91 Tony Schaar
90 Robert Penner
86 Doris Burnett
84 Kathy McDowell
83 Scott Seltman
81 Ron Marteney
81 Marie Plinsky
79 Gregg Friesen
79 Will Chatfield-Taylor
75 Jon Strong
75 John Zempel

Neosho 294
294 Andrew Burnett
194 Jim Malcolm
187 Rick Tucker
182 Matt Gearheart
179 Henry Armknecht
169 Kevin Groeneweg
158 Pete Janzen
153 Dave Henness
151 Nick Varvel
141 Kathy Carroll
127 Jeff Witters
116 Mike Rader
115 Tyler Hicks
115 Carolyn Schwab
113 Dan Larson
111 Chet Gresham
106 Galen Pittman
104 Glenn Caspers
102 Tom Ewert
101 Scott Seltman
100 Diane Persons
98 Marie Plinsky
98 Sam Mannell
98 Terry Mannell
97 Kathy McDowell
95 Mick McHugh
94 Will Chatfield-Taylor
93 Robert Penner
93 Trent Reed
89 David Mills
86 Nic Allen
86 Jeff Calhoun
83 Leon Hicks
83 Rodney Wright
82 Doris Burnett
81 John Mallery
81 Chuck Otte
80 Jaye Otte

Ness 218
165 Henry Armknecht
150 Pete Janzen
137 Scott Seltman
123 Jim Malcolm
123 Jeff Calhoun
113 Kevin Groeneweg
109 Matt Gearheart
100 Tom Ewert
91 Glenn Caspers
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
84 Trent Reed
79 Mike Rader
78 Robert Penner
78 Nick Varvel
77 Nic Allen

Norton 241
190 Henry Armknecht
188 Scott Seltman
159 Jim Malcolm
154 Kevin Groeneweg
153 Pete Janzen
134 Glenn Caspers
133 Mike Rader
133 Matt Gearheart
118 Brett Sandercock
117 Tom Ewert
114 Jonathan Vande Kopple
113 David Seibel
109 Sam Mannell
109 Terry Mannell
109 Nic Allen
106 Jeff Calhoun
97 Dan Larson
96 Doris Burnett
91 Nick Varvel
84 John Row
80 Atcha Nolan

Osage 316
280 Jim Malcolm
228 Matt Gearheart
206 Mick McHugh
199 Nic Allen
182 Robert Fisher
181 Glenn Caspers
181 Dan Larson
177 Galen Pittman
165 Mark Land
156 Nick Varvel
154 Tyler Hicks
154 Kathy McDowell
151 Henry Armknecht
148 Carol Morgan
143 Dan Gish
143 Marie Plinsky
138 Malcolm Gold
134 Pete Janzen
129 Jennifer Hammett
128 Sue Newland
126 Debby McKee
123 Will Chatfield-Taylor
122 David Seibel
116 Aaron Mitchell
114 Jenny Gearheart
109 Sam Mannell
109 Terry Mannell
105 Kevin Groeneweg
105 Doris Burnett
102 Scott Seltman
102 Jeff Hansen
99 Rodney Wright
98 Trent Reed
95 Chris Fagyal
93 Kathy Carroll
89 Phil Wedge
89 Mike Rader
89 Chuck Otte
89 Mike Hudson
87 Jon Strong
86 Kelli Egbert
80 Don Merz
77 Linda Vidosh Zempel
76 Jaye Otte
76 Corey Entriken
75 Tom Ewert
75 Diane Persons

Osborne 231
219 Henry Armknecht
165 Charles Anderson
152 Mike Rader
118 Kevin Groeneweg
113 Jim Malcolm
112 Pete Janzen
101 Scott Seltman
100 Matt Gearheart
92 Jeff Calhoun
88 Sam Mannell
88 Terry Mannell
88 Glenn Caspers
86 Dan Larson
85 Tom Ewert
79 Robert Penner
78 Jonathan Vande Kopple

Ottawa 239
160 Henry Armknecht
142 Jim Malcolm
129 Chuck Otte
123 Pete Janzen
122 Kevin Groeneweg
116 Mike Rader
110 Matt Gearheart
102 Jeff Calhoun
101 Scott Seltman
100 Jaye Otte
99 Tom Ewert
92 Doris Burnett
84 Sam Mannell
84 Terry Mannell
82 Glenn Caspers
81 Dan Gish
79 Nic Allen
75 Dan Larson

Pawnee 301
299 Scott Seltman
174 Barry Jones
161 Jeff Calhoun
158 Henry Armknecht
156 Pete Janzen
153 Kevin Groeneweg
152 Mike Rader
135 Mary Pat Haddican
130 Jim Malcolm
127 Jonathan Vande Kopple
126 Matt Gearheart
123 Mike Harding
114 Galen Pittman
105 Tom Ewert
96 Sam Mannell
96 Terry Mannell
91 Kathy Carroll
88 Nic Allen
87 Robert Penner
86 Doris Burnett
84 Malcolm Gold
79 Jennifer Hammett
78 Dan Larson
77 Chuck Otte
77 Glenn Caspers

Phillips 270
207 Mike Rader
185 Henry Armknecht
167 Jonathan Vande Kopple
161 Scott Seltman
156 Pete Janzen
156 Kevin Groeneweg
149 Shannon Rothchild
145 Matt Gearheart
135 Tom Ewert
126 Glenn Caspers
122 Jim Malcolm
111 Sam Mannell
111 Terry Mannell
106 Dan Larson
101 Nic Allen
99 Chuck Otte
99 John Row
99 Cheryl Miller
97 Doris Burnett
96 Mark Land
94 Nick Varvel
89 Jenny Gearheart
81 David Seibel
81 Jeff Calhoun
80 Robert Penner
77 Rick Tucker

Pottawatomie 326
275 Ted Cable
275 Doris Burnett
253 Brandon Magette
227 Lowell Johnson
222 Tom Schermerhorn
220 John Row
219 Sam Schermerhorn
207 Dan Mulhern
205 Mike Rader
202 Jim Malcolm
197 Gene Young
190 Carol Morgan
186 Henry Armknecht
167 Mike Hudson
161 Charles Anderson
157 Brett Sandercock
145 Chuck Otte
143 Galen Pittman
141 John Zempel
138 Matt Gearheart
138 Linda Vidosh Zempel
138 Sue Newland
138 Debby McKee
129 Sam Mannell
129 Terry Mannell
124 Kevin Groeneweg
123 Dan Larson
119 Glenn Caspers
114 Pete Janzen
113 Marie Plinsky
112 Don Merz
109 Kathy McDowell
108 T. J. Walker
104 Jaye Otte
104 Jeff Calhoun
102 Nathan Shipley
101 Nick Varvel
101 Nic Allen
95 Mick McHugh
94 Judd Patterson
94 Robert Penner
84 Tom Parker
83 Scott Seltman
83 Will Chatfield-Taylor
82 Jennifer Hammett
79 Rodney Wright

Pratt 301
254 Mike Rader
173 Scott Seltman
159 Pete Janzen
153 Kevin Groeneweg
147 Henry Armknecht
143 Jeff Calhoun
140 Linda Loomis
134 Mary Pat Haddican
131 Matt Gearheart
118 Tom Ewert
111 Jim Malcolm
106 Aaron Mitchell
101 Galen Pittman
99 Gregg Friesen
95 Robert Penner
94 Mark Land
91 Chuck Otte
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
90 Glenn Caspers
90 Dan Larson
88 Jaye Otte
84 Bill Beard
83 Nancy Beard
81 Kathy McDowell
78 Chet Gresham

Rawlins 211
158 Henry Armknecht
144 Matt Gearheart
128 Pete Janzen
124 Jim Malcolm
119 Kevin Groeneweg
112 Mark Land
95 Dan Larson
88 Sam Mannell
88 Terry Mannell
81 Jon Strong
81 Glenn Caspers
80 Tom Ewert
75 Jeff Calhoun

Reno 339
264 Andrew Miller
258 Joseph Miller
258 Pete Janzen
229 Kevin Groeneweg
219 Tom Ewert
204 Harry Gregory
185 Mike Rader
181 Chet Gresham
178 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
170 Bill Beard
170 Nancy Beard
164 Jeff Calhoun
163 Matt Gearheart
161 Cheryl Miller
161 Henry Armknecht
159 Carolyn Schwab
156 Tyler Hicks
155 Jim Malcolm
154 Doris Burnett
150 Scott Seltman
142 James Barnes
137 Gregg Friesen
137 Rod Wedel
131 Jeff McIntyre
120 Mary Pat Haddican
117 Ethan Maynard
113 Galen Pittman
108 Chuck Otte
107 Leon Hicks
103 Nic Allen
101 Nick Varvel
97 Glenn Caspers
96 Sam Mannell
96 Terry Mannell
90 Trent Reed
88 Tristen Weinbrenner
88 Ben Rogers
88 Rodney Wright
88 Mark Land
82 Marie Plinsky
81 Kathy McDowell
80 David Seibel
79 Robert Penner
78 Carol Morgan
77 Dan Larson

Republic 217
144 Jim Malcolm
135 Henry Armknecht
114 Matt Gearheart
109 Chuck Otte
107 Doris Burnett
105 Kevin Groeneweg
103 Pete Janzen
103 Mike Rader
97 Gregg Friesen
90 Jeff Calhoun
87 Sam Mannell
87 Terry Mannell
85 Nic Allen
82 Dan Larson
81 Scott Seltman
78 Phil Wedge
77 Glenn Caspers
75 Eulalia Lewis
75 Eugene Lewis

Rice 250
187 Levi Beaver
152 Pete Janzen
151 Mike Rader
151 Jim Malcolm
150 Kevin Groeneweg
143 Henry Armknecht
116 Scott Seltman
116 Matt Gearheart
111 Galen Pittman
109 Doris Burnett
108 Nick Varvel
104 Jeff Calhoun
104 Tom Ewert
96 Robert Kruger
94 Gregg Friesen
92 Robert Penner
92 Glenn Caspers
90 Kathy McDowell
87 Mary Pat Haddican
83 Chuck Otte
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
79 Jaye Otte
77 Dan Larson
77 Carol Morgan
75 Marie Plinsky
75 Carolyn Schwab

Riley 358
295 Lowell Johnson
289 Ted Cable
283 Doris Burnett
268 Brett Sandercock
266 Dave Rintoul
260 John Row
238 Jeff Keating
229 Mike Rader
228 Dan Mulhern
204 Tom Schermerhorn
194 Nathan Shipley
192 Chuck Otte
182 Sam Schermerhorn
182 Henry Armknecht
178 Jim Malcolm
177 Jaye Otte
171 Mike Hudson
161 Tom Parker
159 Charles Anderson
158 Judd Patterson
149 Matt Gearheart
137 Dan Larson
134 Carol Morgan
124 Galen Pittman
121 Jane Withee Hebert
120 T. J. Walker
120 Pete Janzen
111 Nic Allen
110 Kevin Groeneweg
109 Linda Vidosh Zempel
108 Glenn Caspers
106 Jeff Calhoun
105 Dan Gish
105 Sam Mannell
105 Terry Mannell
103 Scott Seltman
101 John Zempel
100 Nick Varvel
99 Calvin Wohler
91 Tyler Hicks
91 Mick McHugh
91 Jennifer Hammett
90 Trent Reed
89 Debby McKee
87 Glenn Walbek
86 Brandon Magette
85 Malcolm Gold
84 Sue Newland
82 Don Merz
81 Steve Roels
80 Dan Thalmann
80 Tom Ewert
77 Kathy McDowell

Rooks 282
246 Jonathan Vande Kopple
206 Henry Armknecht
167 Scott Seltman
160 Mike Rader
152 Pete Janzen
147 Kevin Groeneweg
140 Matt Gearheart
135 Tom Ewert
133 Nick Varvel
119 Sam Mannell
119 Terry Mannell
118 Nic Allen
116 Jim Malcolm
113 Jeff Calhoun
111 Jenny Gearheart
88 Robert Penner
86 Dan Larson
85 David Seibel
83 Doris Burnett
77 Glenn Caspers

Rush 269
253 Scott Seltman
168 Henry Armknecht
161 Mike Rader
131 Jim Malcolm
130 Pete Janzen
122 Kevin Groeneweg
112 Matt Gearheart
108 Robert Penner
104 Jeff Calhoun
102 Barry Jones
101 Nick Varvel
101 Tom Ewert
85 Sam Mannell
85 Terry Mannell
81 Gregg Friesen
81 Glenn Caspers
81 Doris Burnett

Russell 335
302 Mike Rader
206 Henry Armknecht
162 Scott Seltman
161 Matt Gearheart
160 Kevin Groeneweg
158 Sam Mannell
158 Terry Mannell
151 Jim Malcolm
140 Pete Janzen
133 Jeff Calhoun
129 Tom Ewert
121 Nic Allen
114 Nick Varvel
114 Chuck Otte
111 Doris Burnett
108 Robert Kruger
107 Jennifer Hammett
104 Robert Penner
101 Malcolm Gold
100 Gregg Friesen
95 Will Chatfield-Taylor
94 Glenn Caspers
92 Carol Morgan
92 Dan Larson
89 Andrew Burnett
88 Rob Graham
87 Trent Reed
84 Mark Land
82 John Row
80 Jon Strong
76 Sue Newland

Saline 272
171 Mike Rader
155 Bill Trelc Jr.
151 Henry Armknecht
148 Doris Burnett
142 Jim Malcolm
141 Kat Farres
140 Dennis Farres
134 Pete Janzen
130 Judd Patterson
128 Chuck Otte
127 Kevin Groeneweg
123 Matt Gearheart
122 Tom Ewert
109 Galen Pittman
109 Scott Seltman
107 Jeff Calhoun
105 David Weible
103 Jaye Otte
99 Dan Larson
95 Sam Mannell
95 Terry Mannell
95 Robert Kruger
90 Glenn Caspers
82 Robert Penner
81 Kathy McDowell
81 Marie Plinsky
77 Gregg Friesen
75 Nick Varvel

Scott 293
218 Scott Seltman
184 Henry Armknecht
164 Jeff Calhoun
164 Mike Rader
163 Pete Janzen
151 Kevin Groeneweg
151 Matt Gearheart
140 Jim Malcolm
137 Mike Hudson
130 Nick Varvel
129 Tom Ewert
113 Trent Reed
112 Gregg Friesen
110 Doris Burnett
108 Barry Jones
107 Malcolm Gold
104 Sam Mannell
104 Terry Mannell
95 Glenn Caspers
95 Galen Pittman
94 Rodney Wright
89 Sam Schermerhorn
89 Tom Schermerhorn
80 Dan Larson
78 Chuck Otte
78 Jaye Otte
76 Kathy Carroll
76 Robert Penner

Sedgwick 382
347 Pete Janzen
307 John Northrup
292 Kevin Groeneweg
284 Chet Gresham
269 Bill Beard
268 Jeff Calhoun
264 Nancy Beard
259 James Barnes
254 Tyler Hicks
250 Tom Ewert
235 Gene Young
230 Leon Hicks
227 Jay Newton
222 Cheryl Miller
206 Carolyn Schwab
181 Ben Rogers
178 Charles Anderson
178 Henry Armknecht
168 Rod Wedel
167 Harry Gregory
159 Matt Gearheart
155 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
149 Jim Malcolm
148 Jim Wilson
138 Doris Burnett
136 Scott Seltman
136 Gregg Friesen
133 Chuck Otte
130 Bill Trelc Jr.
129 Ethan Maynard
123 Sam Mannell
123 Terry Mannell
122 Nic Allen
117 Mark Land
116 Tony Schaar
116 Mike Rader
114 Dallas Hewett
112 Andrew Miller
108 Dan Larson
108 Jaye Otte
108 Glenn Caspers
107 Nick Varvel
106 Galen Pittman
89 David Seibel
85 Andrew Burnett
83 Suntesha Wustrack
77 Robert Penner
77 Aaron Kim-Luellen
75 Kathy McDowell

Seward 294
237 Mike Rader
184 Lisa Edwards
184 Jeff Calhoun
160 Henry Armknecht
156 Mick McHugh
156 Kevin Groeneweg
155 Galen Pittman
150 Scott Seltman
121 Jim Malcolm
114 Tom Ewert
111 Pete Janzen
109 Kellye Hart
103 Chet Gresham
102 Nick Varvel
98 Tyler Hicks
98 Matt Gearheart
96 Gregg Friesen
93 Glenn Caspers
89 Trent Reed
82 Sam Mannell
82 Terry Mannell
81 David Seibel
81 Jonathan Vande Koppel
79 Rodney Wright
79 Malcolm Gold
77 Robert Penner
76 Dan Larson

Shawnee 329
291 Jim Malcolm
256 Dan Larson
250 Carol Morgan
247 Dan Gish
237 Glenn Caspers
232 Debby McKee
230 Jeff Hansen
228 Don Merz
222 Marie Plinsky
222 Sue Newland
221 Linda Vidosh Zempel
206 John Zempel
200 Kathy McDowell
187 Sam Mannell
187 Terry Mannell
176 Galen Pittman
175 Kelli Egbert
165 Matt Gearheart
165 Randy Kennedy
158 Henry Armknecht
148 Carolyn Schwab
148 Brandon Magette
134 Mike Harding
125 Mick McHugh
123 David Seibel
120 John Row
116 Chuck Otte
116 Michelle Folster
115 Kevin Groeneweg
114 Bill Trelc Jr.
114 Mike Rader
110 Pete Janzen
110 Nick Varvel
103 Will Chatfield-Taylor
94 Russ Mauzy
93 Jaye Otte
92 Doris Burnett
88 Mark Land
86 Robert Penner
86 Malcolm Gold
85 Kathy Carroll
84 Scott Seltman
81 Jon Strong
81 Tony Schaar
81 Mike Hudson
80 Gregg Friesen
79 Nic Allen

Sheridan 236
155 Henry Armknecht
109 Pete Janzen
108 Kevin Groeneweg
102 Jim Malcolm
101 Matt Gearheart
96 Scott Seltman
93 Mike Rader
93 Jeff Calhoun
85 Glenn Caspers
84 Jonathan Vande Kopple
81 Doris Burnett
80 Sam Mannell
80 Terry Mannell
75 Robert Penner

Sherman 284
264 John Palmquist
161 Henry Armknecht
154 Pete Janzen
143 Matt Gearheart
138 Kevin Groeneweg
121 Jim Malcolm
101 Mark Land
98 Mike Rader
98 Scott Seltman
85 Sam Mannell
85 Terry Mannell
84 Tony Schaar
83 Doris Burnett
81 Glenn Caspers
81 Jeff Calhoun
78 Robert Penner
76 Tom Ewert

Smith 212
186 Mike Rader
169 Henry Armknecht
127 Glenn Caspers
126 Shannon Rothchild
111 Kevin Groeneweg
110 Jim Malcolm
100 Pete Janzen
92 Dan Larson
90 Scott Seltman
80 Tom Ewert
77 Sam Mannell
77 Terry Mannell
77 Robert Penner
77 Matt Gearheart

Stafford 359
314 Mike Rader
295 Scott Seltman
292 Barry Jones
274 Gene Young
270 Robert Penner
248 Max Thompson
245 Tyler Hicks
244 Kevin Groeneweg
243 Pete Janzen
243 Mary Pat Haddican
241 Mick McHugh
241 Galen Pittman
240 Matt Gearheart
238 Jay Newton
234 Robert Fisher
232 Lloyd Moore
230 David Seibel
228 Jim Malcolm
225 Andrew Miller
221 Joseph Miller
220 Gregg Friesen
220 Kathy McDowell
220 Henry Armknecht
218 Marie Plinsky
215 Malcolm Gold
214 Craig Faanes
214 Chet Gresham
214 Harry Gregory
211 Bill Beard
210 Nancy Beard
210 Tom Ewert
209 Cheryl Miller
208 Leon Hicks
207 Nic Allen
207 Mark Land
206 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
206 Jeff Calhoun
204 Chuck Otte
204 Carolyn Schwab
204 Doris Burnett
202 John Northrup
200 Aaron Mitchell
197 Brett Sandercock
197 Will Chatfield-Taylor
196 Dan Mulhern
196 Glenn Caspers
192 Sam Mannell
192 Terry Mannell
192 Jennifer Hammett
188 Dan Larson
186 Phil Wedge
184 Dan Gish
184 Nick Varvel
179 Jaye Otte
177 James Barnes
177 Kathy Carroll
174 Trent Reed
172 Rob Graham
165 Andrew Burnett
160 Rod Wedel
159 Sue Newland
158 Linda Vadosh Zempel
157 John Mallery
155 Carol Morgan
154 Ben Rogers
152 Charles Anderson
151 Kelli Egbert
149 Diane Persons
143 Bill Trelc Jr.
142 Jonathan Vande Kopple
142 Don Merz
141 Rodney Wright
140 Edge Wade
140 Ethan Maynard
139 Sam Schermerhorn
139 Tom Schermerhorn
137 Debby McKee
136 Jimmy Woodard
127 Jeff McIntyre
126 Corey Entriken
122 Lowell Johnson
121 Lisa Edwards
121 John Zempel
119 Kyle Schumacher
116 Jim Wilson
114 John Row
110 Danny Akers
108 Steven McDaniel
108 Brandon Magette
105 Judd Patterson
105 Mike Harding
102 Nathan Shipley
100 Curtis Wolf
98 Walter Cochran
97 Greyson Yerby
96 Atcha Nolan
95 Chris Fagyal
93 Mike Hudson
90 David Mills
89 Dallas Hewett
88 Jon Strong

Stanton 228
151 Henry Armknecht
133 Jim Malcolm
125 Jeff Calhoun
122 Scott Seltman
114 Mike Rader
110 Pete Janzen
110 Kevin Groeneweg
84 Matt Gearheart
81 Tom Ewert
80 Sam Mannell
80 Terry Mannell
80 Robert Penner
76 Glenn Caspers

Stevens 230
152 Henry Armknecht
146 Mike Rader
146 Jim Malcolm
135 Scott Seltman
127 Kevin Groeneweg
127 Jeff Calhoun
122 Pete Janzen
106 Matt Gearheart
90 Nic Allen
87 Tom Ewert
84 Glenn Caspers
80 Sam Mannell
80 Terry Mannell
79 Robert Penner

Sumner 326
297 Max Thompson
295 Gene Young
238 Tyler Hicks
234 Kevin Groeneweg
227 Leon Hicks
207 Pete Janzen
207 David Seibel
199 Jeff Calhoun
181 Mike Rader
180 Carolyn Schwab
166 Henry Armknecht
164 Tom Ewert
150 Matt Gearheart
149 Jim Malcolm
145 Nancy Beard
143 Bill Beard
131 Chet Gresham
129 James Barnes
127 Scott Seltman
112 Sam Mannell
112 Terry Mannell
102 Glenn Caspers
98 Chuck Otte
97 Dan Larson
97 Doris Burnett
94 Galen Pittman
92 Nic Allen
87 Cheryl Miller
85 Mark Land
82 Jaye Otte
80 Sam Schermerhorn
80 Tom Schermerhorn

Thomas 218
152 Henry Armknecht
123 Pete Janzen
111 William Piper
111 Kevin Groeneweg
110 Jim Malcolm
90 Sam Mannell
90 Terry Mannell
90 Matt Gearheart
79 Robert Penner
77 Glenn Caspers
76 Scott Seltman

Trego 264
206 Scott Seltman
188 Henry Armknecht
154 Mike Rader
137 Matt Gearheart
137 Kevin Groeneweg
130 Jim Malcolm
125 Nick Varvel
125 Jeff Calhoun
117 Pete Janzen
106 Lloyd Moore
105 Sam Mannell
105 Terry Mannell
102 Tom Ewert
100 Gregg Friesen
99 Aaron Mitchell
83 Eulalia Lewis
83 Eugene Lewis
83 Chuck Otte
78 Will Chatfield-Taylor
78 Glenn Caspers
78 Dan Larson

Wabaunsee 272
232 Jim Malcolm
169 Brandon Magette
167 Carol Morgan
153 Henry Armknecht
152 Matt Gearheart
151 Galen Pittman
143 Chuck Otte
142 Dan Larson
134 Tom Schermerhorn
133 Dan Gish
129 Sam Schermerhorn
125 John Row
121 Doris Burnett
115 Nick Varvel
114 Glenn Caspers
111 John Zempel
110 Mike Hudson
110 Linda Vidosh Zempel
109 Kathy Bandyk
108 Malcolm Gold
106 Kevin Groeneweg
105 Pete Janzen
103 Sam Mannell
103 Terry Mannell
101 Mick McHugh
101 Mike Rader
100 Sue Newland
99 Kathy McDowell
98 Jenny Gearheart
98 Jeff Hansen
96 Nic Allen
96 Debby McKee
95 Jaye Otte
91 Marie Plinsky
88 Rodney Wright
84 Robert Penner
82 Will Chatfield-Taylor
80 John Mallery
80 Walter Cochran
76 Kelli Egbert
75 Greyson Yerby
75 Phil Wedge

Wallace 215
161 Henry Armknecht
125 Pete Janzen
124 Jim Malcolm
120 Kevin Groeneweg
105 Matt Gearheart
91 Jeff Calhoun
88 Sam Mannell
88 Terry Mannell
87 Scott Seltman
87 Tom Ewert
85 Glenn Caspers
78 Robert Penner

Washington 257
221 Dan Thalmann
208 Warren Buss
143 Tom Parker
141 Henry Armknecht
140 Matt Gearheart
124 Jim Malcolm
119 Pete Janzen
118 Kevin Groeneweg
114 Mike Rader
113 Doris Burnett
112 Mark Land
111 Chuck Otte
111 Scott Seltman
111 David Seibel
103 Jaye Otte
100 Dan Larson
97 Galen Pittman
93 Lisa Weeks
92 Sam Mannell
92 Terry Mannell
90 Calvin Wohler
88 Sue Calhoon
80 Glenn Caspers
79 Robert Penner
75 Jon Strong

Wichita 209
152 Pete Janzen
138 Kevin Groeneweg
132 Henry Armknecht
120 Scott Seltman
118 Jim Malcolm
117 Tom Ewert
110 Matt Gearheart
107 Sebastian Patti
102 Jeff Calhoun
98 Mike Rader
89 Sam Mannell
89 Terry Mannell
76 Glenn Caspers
75 Trent Reed

Wilson 240
191 Andrew Burnett
162 Pete Janzen
154 Kevin Groeneweg
154 Jim Malcolm
142 David Mills
136 Henry Armknecht
110 Galen Pittman
107 Tom Ewert
106 Ben Rogers
101 Matt Gearheart
95 Carolyn Schwab
94 Mike Rader
93 Glenn Caspers
92 Scott Seltman
91 Dan Larson
90 David Seibel
83 Sam Mannell
83 Terry Mannell
81 Chuck Otte
80 Nic Allen
80 Rick Tucker
80 Jaye Otte
78 Robert Penner
77 Chet Gresham
76 Tony Schaar
75 Will Chatfield-Taylor

Woodson 274
202 Andrew Burnett
193 Tyler Hicks
185 Jim Malcolm
174 Pete Janzen
165 Jim Wilson
159 Kevin Groeneweg
146 Henry Armknecht
137 Matt Gearheart
136 David Mills
133 Dan Larson
133 Carolyn Schwab
125 Gregg Friesen
123 Tom Ewert
118 Leon Hicks
116 Galen Pittman
115 Rick Tucker
112 Chuck Otte
109 Scott Seltman
102 Mike Rader
102 John Mallery
101 Sam Mannell
101 Terry Mannell
100 David Seibel
96 Jaye Otte
91 Chet Gresham
90 Nic Allen
90 Nick Varvel
85 Tony Schaar
84 Glenn Caspers
81 Trent Reed
81 Jeff Calhoun
80 Robert Penner
78 Will Chatfield-Taylor
77 Mick McHugh
77 Doris Burnett

Wyandotte 302
238 Lloyd Moore
218 Matt Gearheart
203 Dave Henness
196 Galen Pittman
192 Mick McHugh
189 David Seibel
167 Nick Varvel
159 Kathy Carroll
155 Mike Hudson
155 Nic Allen
155 Malcolm Gold
145 Mark Land
145 Jim Malcolm
140 Henry Armknecht
137 Diane Persons
132 Rodney Wright
132 Jennifer Hammett
123 Mike Rader
122 Kevin Groeneweg
117 Pete Janzen
115 Jim Walton
114 Don Merz
109 Will Chatfield-Taylor
107 Glenn Caspers
107 Sam Mannell
107 Terry Mannell
105 Dan Larson
102 Chuck Otte
101 John Mallery
96 Kathy McDowell
94 Trent Reed
94 Corey Entriken
89 Laura Gilchrist
88 Tom Ewert
87 Michelle Folster
83 Sue Newland
82 Jenny Gearheart
82 Kellie Egbert
80 Scott Seltman
76 Nathan Shipley


Birders with more than 4000 Total Ticks (January 7, 2018)
17059 Henry Armknecht
16020 Jim Malcolm
15587 Pete Janzen
15223 Kevin Groeneweg
14782 Matt Gearheart
14111 Mike Rader
12853 Scott Seltman
10658 Glenn Caspers
10533 Sam Mannell
10533 Terry Mannell
10365 Tom Ewert
10338 Jeff Calhoun
9525 Dan Larson
9324 Galen Pittman
8056 Nic Allen
7676 Chuck Otte
7442 Doris Burnett
6699 Robert Penner
6367 Nick Varvel
5500 Gregg Friesen
5249 Mick McHugh
5220 David Seibel
5134 Carolyn Schwab
5024 Will Chatfield-Taylor
4718 Mark Land
4675 Jaye Otte
4238 Trent Reed
4177 Kathy McDowell
4076 Tyler Hicks

Top Ten Counties-Total Ticks (January 7, 2018)
18013 Stafford
14931 Barton
14257 Douglas
12840 Morton
11824 Johnson
10105 Linn
8165 Sedgwick
7675 Riley
7631 Jefferson
7158 Geary

Kansas Lifetime List
438 Scott Seltman
437 Sebastian Patti
437 Ted Cable
436 Mike Rader
433 Galen Pittman
431 Mark Corder
429 Mick McHugh
428 Pete Janzen
425 JoAnn Garrett (D)
419 Don Vannoy (D)
417 Chris Hobbs
415 Matt Gearheart
410 Max Thompson
407 Lloyd Moore(D)
407 David Seibel
407 Kevin Groeneweg
406 Robert Penner
402 Dave Williams
401 Jim Malcolm
397 Dan Kilby
390 Mark Land
390 Doris Burnett
386 Henry Armknecht
383 Robert Fisher (D)
380 Chet Gresham
380 Carolyn Schwab
378 John Schukman
376 Chuck Otte
376 Will Chatfield-Taylor
375 Dan Gish
373 Steven Crawford
373 Jeff Calhoun
370 Nic Allen
369 Tyler Hicks
368 Dan Larson
362 Jaye Otte
362 Phil Wedge
359 Gene Young
359 Tom Ewert
356 Gregg Friesen
355 Dave Rintoul
355 Andrew Burnett
354 Richard Rucker (D)
352 Roger Boyd
351 Aaron Mitchell
350 Richard Parker
350 Sam Mannell
350 Terry Mannell
347 Dave Bryan
347 Glenn Caspers
346 Leon Hicks
346 John Northrup
346 Nick Varvel
346 Malcolm Gold
345 Brandon Percival
344 Craig Faanes
343 Bill Beard (D)
339 Art Swalwell
339 Nancy Beard (D)
338 Dan Mulhern
338 Kathy Carroll
337 Sue Newland
335 Trent Reed
332 Kerrie Kirkpatrick
332 Will Chatfield-Taylor
331 Lowell Johnson
331 Jennifer Hammett
330 Rod Wedel
328 Charles Anderson
327 Rodney Wright
325 Linda Vidosh Zempel
322 Alan Godwin
322 Kathy McDowell
321 Carol Morgan
320 Chris Wood
319 Mel Cooksey
319 Harry Gregory
317 Jay Newton
317 Ralph Wiley
316 Allen Jahn
316 Marie Plinsky
313 Paul Lehman
313 John Row
312 John Zempel
312 John Mallery
311 Lisa Edwards
311 John Rakestraw
311 Brandon Magette
311 Al Schirmacher
310 James Barnes
310 Brett Sandercock
307 Elizabeth Cole (D)
306 Kenn Kaufman
306 Diane Persons
305 Nathan Shipley
305 Corey Entriken
305 Debby McKee
304 Mike Hudson
304 Don Merz
303 Nanette Johnson
301 Ralph Pike
301 Andrew Miller
300 Ken Hollinga
300 A. Dean Cole (D)
298 Kelli Egbert
295 Jim Wilson
295 Tom Schermerhorn
294 Sam Schermerhorn
289 Pat Beckemeyer
288 Jonathan Vande Kopple
287 Mike Stewart
285 Jenny Gearheart
284 Guy Smith
284 Mike Harding
283 Jeff Keating
280 Carl Holmes
279 David W. Holmes
279 Roy Beckemeyer
279 Ben Rogers
277 Jananne McNitt (D)
275 Bradley Bergstorm
274 Edge Wade
270 Tom Parker
269 B.J. Rose
268 Chris Fagyal
268 Rob Graham
266 Byron Berger
266 Kellye Hart
266 Ethan Maynard
264 John Palmquist
264 Mary Pat Haddican
263 Philip Kaul (D)
263 Dan Thalmann
261 Eugene R. Lewis
259 Michael Cooper
259 Robert Kruger
257 Bob Dester
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Date: 1/8/18 4:20 pm
From: <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...>
Subject: Re: Probable Northern Shrike Hv County
did you get responses?

> On January 7, 2018 at 7:53 PM Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591...> wrote:
>
>
> I checked my scope view about 5 PM, and noticed a shrike on the top of a
> hedge tree beside a flicker. Grabbing my camera I got off a couple of
> shots. It was about 100 yds out so that's pretty far for perching bird
> details. My pics lead me to believe it was a Northern. The mask was
> narrow, and some white line seems to be above the mask. I was able to
> see it take off to the north but I lost it and didn't see it land
> anywhere. One photo is posted on Facebook Kansas Birding.
> Carolyn Schwab
> Newton, KS
>
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Date: 1/8/18 2:49 pm
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Pottawatomie Co Snowy Owl
Several of my coworkers on day shift at Jeffrey Energy Center reported to
me that there was a Snowy Owl seen around the coal yard today. I am
currently working evening shift and at the plant now but have not been able
to find it.

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St Marys in Pottawatomie Co. KS
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Date: 1/8/18 12:40 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: Bubo scandiacus paper
A new paper that just arrived today on the Snowy Owl, could be of interest to the multitude of SNOW research teams here in Kansas, included in the Journal of Raptor Research.

Doyle et al. 2017. Seasonal movements of female Snowy Owls breeding in the western North American Arctic. J. Raptor Research 51(4): 428-438.

Papers also in the issue were on Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson's Hawk and American Kestrel. One of the best issues in a long time.

Enjoy,
Tom Shane
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Date: 1/7/18 5:55 pm
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...>
Subject: SG County; Lafarge and Twin Lakes
I ran down to Twin Lakes and Larfarge Sandpits this AM to see waterfowl and
was not disappointed. Twin Lakes held about 5 species of ducks with
cormorants and geese thrown in. Lafarge had massive number of geese and
Mallards and with work good numbers of other ducks. I had 12 species total
with not a lot of time to look. Ruddy Ducks in the 80's prompted an ebird
challenge but there were there. Large numbers also of Common Mergansers,
Common Goldeneye and a good showing of Hooded Mergansers (also Canvasback,
Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern
Pintail, and a lone Gadwall. Coots, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron
and DC Cormorants rounded things out.

A few more comments: Seems odd that this year I have seen a Snowy Owl but
struggle to drum up a Great Horned Owl or Eastern Screech-owl. I have had
the large influx of American Goldfinches at my feeder which is a bit early
than normal for the large crowd of them. Saturday I did three outings in
Harvey County and had Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at all and a Pileated
Woodpecker at HV County west park but could not drum up a Hairy Woodpecker
for anything.

Gregg
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Date: 1/7/18 5:29 pm
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11...>
Subject: Syracuse and Jetmore CBCs
The local western KS CBCs that were conducted this season were Syracuse and
Jetmore and I thought I should mention a few of the highlights.

The Syracuse CBC (Hamilton Co) was conducted on January 2 and located 66
species. The best was the reported Bohemian Waxing in the town of Syracuse.
Also noteworthy was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, large numbers of
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red Crossbills, 2 Scaled Quail, and 4 Common Ravens
(plus 2 just out of the circle). Two of the Ravens appeared to have a nest
on a large antenna structure. This is a neat count for sure!

The Jetmore CBC (Hodgeman Co) was conducted on January 6 and found 72
species, with one party still to report. The best bird here was the
American Pipit at Buckner Valley Park. Also noteworthy was a Snowy Owl,
several Rusty Blackbirds, several Ferruginous Hawks, 7 Red Crossbills, 30+
Lesser Prairie-Chickens, and various waterfowl species. This, also, is a
really great count and I think all 5 counters share that sentiment.
Especially if you like counting Longspurs!

All in all, I had a really great CBC season with many memories! Here’s to a
continued great year of nature adventures!

Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Date: 1/7/18 5:05 pm
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...>
Subject: Marion CBC results
Hi all, we ran the Marion count yesterday with cold but good weather. There
was lots of ice on the reservoir and lakes. 15 counters and 1 feeder
watcher were a record but we only saw 74 species of birds. That is about
the lowest number we have had since I restarted this count in 2011. Bird
numbers were up but only because we had 24,522 canada geese and another
4200 unidentified flying geese.
Other than a variety of ducks, our biggest miss was a ruby-crowned kinglet.
Good day birding, and thanks to all who helped out.
Tom Ewert
Wichita

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Date: 1/7/18 4:54 pm
From: Schwab Carolyn <caschwab3591...>
Subject: Probable Northern Shrike Hv County
I checked my scope view about 5 PM, and noticed a shrike on the top of a
hedge tree beside a flicker. Grabbing my camera I got off a couple of
shots. It was about 100 yds out so that's pretty far for perching bird
details. My pics lead me to believe it was a Northern. The mask was
narrow, and some white line seems to be above the mask. I was able to
see it take off to the north but I lost it and didn't see it land
anywhere. One photo is posted on Facebook Kansas Birding.
Carolyn Schwab
Newton, KS

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Date: 1/7/18 4:35 pm
From: Jess P <jpaint21...>
Subject: Re: Additional Snowy Owl musings
Thanks for all your hard work on tracking this info Chuck!! Maybe one of
these days I'll actually find one when I go looking for it.

Jess Painter

On Jan 7, 2018 11:15 AM, "Chuck & Jaye Otte" <otte2...> wrote:

Mark and Bob were talking about Snowy Owls, which seems to be a very
popular topic now days.

I decided to get a hot cup of coffee and pulled up the Birds of North
America
(BNA) online account for Snowy Owl. I last read this in early 2012 during
that
big irruption and was pleased to see that it had been recently updated with
new findings from the 2011-12 irruption and was surprised to see the
Robbins & Otte article that was in the KOS Bulletin referenced. It's nice to
know that researchers do read the KOS Bulletin.

One of the things that the BNA account pointed out was that there is a lot
we
don't know about Snowy Owl behavior. The BNA account did indicate that a
vast majority (probably 80% or better) of the birds that move far south in
irruption years are hatch year birds, i.e. they are less than one year old.
But it
also pointed out that every irruption is different.

It also talked about how much variation there is in plumage of Snowy Owls.
Reserachers can't agree on how old Snowy Owls are when they achieve
"definitive basic plumage". It is felt that it may take females 4 - 5 years
to
reach this and males may take 8 to 10 years to get there. Again, so much
work is needed on wild birds. Most of the molt occurs in late summer so
when birds reach Kansas in early to mid winter they should still be in
fairly
fresh plumage. Males of the same age are always much whiter than females
of the same age. In looking at some of the photos this year I'm not so sure
that some of the photos of Kansas birds that were clearly males that I
thought might be second year birds aren't in fact hatch year birds. There
are
so many subtleties that need to be examined in photos of these birds and
unfortunatley the preferred photographers pose - frontal - is likely the
worst
for age/sex determination.

Bob, and others, mentioned and speculated on movements of the wintering
Snowies. Again, there are generalizations made by researchers that need
more observations and research, and there seem to be as many exceptions
as observations. It is generally felt that females are more likely to set up
breeding territories and defend them against other Snowies than are males.
Males were often felt to be somewhere for a few days, less than a week, and
then move on. Of course, my caveat to that is that we are usually viewing
from roadsides that occur once every mile. Even though Snowy Owls are one
of our biggest owls, if they are in the middle of a section, a half mile
away, it
doesn't take much of a change in topography to hide them. Additionally,
many of the birds that get as far south as Kansas, likely do not survive.
If a
Snowy Owl dies in the middle of a tall grass praire, or even in the middle
of
fields with crop stubble on it, the carcass is likely never to be found. In
2011-12 Mark and I often felt that if observations were more than 2 miles
apart they are likely different birds. This seems to match up pretty well
with
researchers who noted maximum size for winter feeding territories was
around two square kilometers, depending of course on food availability.

Snowy Owls are inherently nomadic - that is one thing that all researchers
agree on. Which makes it difficult to track them and even to obtain good
population estimates. Overall survival rates from fledglings to second year
birds is hard to obtain because they may not return to their natal range the
second year. I think that some of Bob's musings are on target. I think many
of the birds that make it to Kansas are never seen or reported. Many
farmers/ranchers may see them and while they know it's not common to see,
unless they know a birder, may never report them. Likely some of the birds
are reported more than once as they move around. But with as many photos
as we are now obtaining, we can sometimes know definitively that there are
different birds in a locality. But bottom line, we just don't know.

During and after the 2011-12 irruption, Mark Robbins and I caught a fair
amount of flak from people who didn't want to believe that many of these
birds died and never returned north. I think our paper showed that a great
number of the birds that were salvaged were in very poor physical condition.
This year quite a few people again were questioning our statements because
of releases from Project SNOWstorm saying that most of the birds were in
fine condition. Project SNOWstorm has done some great work and greatly
added to the knowledge about Snowy Owls. BUT, it is important to keep in
mind that most of their work and data are about owls that reach the very
northern Continental US, a location where they are basically expected
annually. I have no doubt that the information is accurate for those birds.
But
once the birds have moved as far south as Kansas, I think their physical
condition has deteriorated significantly. If you haven't read the paper
that was
published in the KOS Bulletin I would encourage you to do so. It can be
accessed at: http://www.ksbirds.org/kos/bulletin/Vol64No4.pdf

Last week I read a blog by a birder on the east coast who referred to Snowy
Owls as the Holy Grail bird for bird watchers. I don't know if I agree with
that
but I do understand the attraction to them especially if you've never seen
one
before. I do think some people pursue them excessively once they do find
them trying to get a better view or a better photo. In fact they've had to
restrict access this winter at some locations along the Atlantic Coastal
area
due to unethical behavior that resulted in basic harassment of the owls. I
hope none of that is occurring in Kansas.

After the irruption of 2011-12 I didn't expect to see anything like that
for a
long time. This year's irruption is not to that level, yet (but hey,
there's a lot of
winter left), but it is certainly noteworthy. Somebody recently asked me why
so many of the sightings were near roads and I had to stop and see if they
were serious. When I saw that they were I just responded, well that's where
the people are! Past irruptions lasted until very late March early April.
There's
a lot of winter left so keep your eyes open as you're traveling down the
roadways!

I am maintaining a website with a map that shows what counties Snowy Owls
have been seen this year. It is at: http://ksbirds.org/KS_SNOW_2017_18.htm
If you have a first hand sighting of a Snowy Owl in a county not shaded
green, or you don't think has been reported, please send me the date and
location (and photo if you happened to have gotten one) as I am once again
trying to maintain a database with sightings.

Enjoy the birds!
Chuck



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Date: 1/7/18 4:33 pm
From: EUGENE YOUNG <EUGENE.YOUNG...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owls
Paul,

Can you send pics of the Snowys seen this yr to me and Chuck Otte...we are trying to age and sex as many as we can. Thus far, Ive not seen anything but young birds, the oldest being probably 2-3 yrs old. The problem, which is a good problem, few pics are birds in flight showing tail and back, so folks arent chasing.

Adult here is ambiguous, because I suspect both males and females get brighter (more white) with age, for however long they live...but breeding probably occurs prior to their adult plumage being reached. Males are likely the only ones to be pure white, females usually retain markings.

Gene

Gene Young
Ark City, KS
NOC, OK

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> On Jan 7, 2018, at 4:45 PM, Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> Speaking of Snowy Owls. So far this winter I have been fortunate enough to see and record 3 different Snowy Owls, all appeared to be in adult plumage, (see SIBLY). Ah. How do I know they are different Snowy Owls, you ask. Well, I do my best to record them with pictures and video. Not an easy task sometimes, but I try. Last week I was able to observe the Snowy Owl West of Hesston, Ks. It was deep in a stubble field, out about 300 yards. I couldnt get a clear look, but clear enough to see it was a Snowy Owl. I documented it with pictures and video. With clear views of its head and most of its upper body. That sighting was about 20 wiles South of McPherson, Ks, where there was another Snowy Owl NW of town, which I had seen a few days before. The bird I was looking at, was similarly marked as the McPherson Snowy. Seeing the similar markings, I had to know if there were 2 Snowy's. So I left the West of Hesston Snowy and headed North to see if the McPherson Snowy was still there. 22 miles and about 30 minutes later, there it was out in the same field it was when I saw it before. So, I assumed even though it had like markings, it was a different Snowy Owl. Of course, I was assuming' it hadnt raced me North from 22 miles South and arrived just in time for me to see it out in the field. I wonder, was that sound enough logic to use? Eventually, I did go back 22 miles to the other Snowy, West of Hesston and it was still where I had left it before. I sat with it, looking out my rolled down window in my car, in a ditch along the well traveled blacktop road, taking distant video and pictures, hoping it fly closer, but no, until after dark and it hadnt left that spot. (2 Snowys seen).
>
> Last Friday, I was able to see the Lake Cheney Snowy. It was sitting out on the totally frozen lake, on a slightly raised ice out cropping, a couple of hundred yards away. I had looked for hours for the reported Snowy, but I and other experienced bird watchers, hadnt seen it. Then, apparently, it was flushed from its out of sight resting area, a rock jetty, and flew out into the bright and sunny cold day, landing out on the frozen lake, where it probably felt at home. I got good pictures and video. This Snowy was similarly marked as the other 2 Snowys (probable adult) I have seen. But, there was a obvious difference. It had a large dark mark across the back of its head. Although, the other 2 Snowys had a dark mark in the same spot, this birds mark was vastly bigger, almost totally across its head. Which I again assumed, made it a different individual bird from the other 2. Each of the these 3 Snowys I observed for hours, constantly taking video and pictures. Watching this Snowy on the ice looked like it was in a normal setting for a Snowy Owl, I had not seen that before chasing the Snowy Owls. (3 Snowy seen).
>
> This morning Bob Gress posted on the this sight, wondering how many Snowy Owl are really out there. Are there just a few moving around, and we are just counting the same ones, in a different spot. Or, because of the few bird watchers about, aware of what they are looking for, there are many more Snowy Owls than we think, that go unrecorded, slipping between the cracks, so to speak. If you stop and think of how easily we loose track of a Snowy Owl, which is a big white bird, easy to find, in a open field. Then over night, or just a few hours later, it disappears and cant be found when many experienced bird watchers are looking for it, spending hours going back and forth, around the area of which it was last seen, and it cant be seen. Just like the Cheney Snowy, suddenly there it was. In plain, and beautiful sight, easily seen. I was just about to leave, but then I stayed for hours, taking my video and pictures.
>
> Since 2012 when I started to follow the Snowy Owl sighting, at least the ones in central Kansas, although, I did go out to Scott City once, to see the one that was being reported, which I missed, even after looking for hours. Oh, it was found and reported the next day, I guess I didnt look in the right place. I have followed about 40 Snowy Owl sightings, and I have found the Snowy Owl reported in 20 of them, which covers 10 Kansas counties. Obviously, about 50 percent successful. Not bad, I guess. The fields of Kansas are vast, billions/trillions of hiding spots even for a large mostly white bird. And remember this is an owl. They are mostly active at night, sit still and rest in the morning, and generally only move around in the late afternoon, getting interested in the long nights hunting. Mostly flying higher, up into the top of the nearby utility poles. I feel we are not seeing most of the Snowy Owls that move into Kansas in the winter, how often do we see normal owls. The main reasons we see any Snowy Owls, is they are mostly white, sitting way out in a field on the ground, standing out like the a sore thumb. They dont hide up in trees, maybe because the tundra, where they grow up dont have any. There used to grassland, like here. Since, Snowy Owls didnt grow up with trees, and utility poles are much easier to use, just a tall fence post, that is where they go, to get a better hunting view, of the area. Hopefully, I will see more Snowy Owl this winter, probably on top of a utility pole.
>
> A word of advise. Stay in your car, if you see one close. Dont get out to approach the bird, just to get a picture. It probably will fly away anyhow. If you have to, move your car around a bit, to view it through the open window. Be careful of traffic.
>
> Happy Birding,
>
> Paul Griffin, Wichita
>
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Date: 1/7/18 3:54 pm
From: Linda Vidosh Zempel <0000009ad62f9c3d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owls
Thanks,  Paul for sharing the details of your hard work.  I'm certainly convinced you saw 3 of them.

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On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 4:44 PM, Paul Griffin<pgriffin1...> wrote: Hi Folks,

Speaking of Snowy Owls.  So far this winter I have been fortunate enough to see and record 3 different Snowy Owls, all appeared to be in adult plumage, (see SIBLY).  Ah.  How do I know they are different Snowy Owls, you ask.  Well, I do my best to record them with pictures and video.  Not an easy task sometimes, but I try.  Last week I was able to observe the Snowy Owl West of Hesston, Ks.  It was deep in a stubble field, out about 300 yards.  I couldn’t get a clear look, but clear enough to see it was a Snowy Owl.  I documented it with pictures and video.  With clear views of it’s head and most of it’s upper body.  That sighting was about 20 wiles South of McPherson, Ks, where there was another Snowy Owl NW of town, which I had seen a few days before.  The bird I was looking at, was similarly marked as the McPherson Snowy.  Seeing the similar markings, I had to know if there were 2 Snowy's.  So I left the West of Hesston Snowy and headed North to see if the McPherson Snowy was still there.  22 miles and about 30 minutes later, there it was out in the same field it was when I saw it before.  So, I assumed even though it had like markings, it was a different Snowy Owl.  Of course, I was ‘assuming' it hadn’t raced me North from 22 miles South and arrived just in time for me to see it out in the field.  I wonder, was that sound enough logic to use?  Eventually, I did go back 22 miles to the other Snowy, West of Hesston and it was still where I had left it before.  I sat with it, looking out my rolled down window in my car, in a ditch along the well traveled blacktop road, taking distant video and pictures, hoping it fly closer, but no, until after dark and it hadn’t left that spot.  (2 Snowy’s seen).

Last Friday, I was able to see the Lake Cheney Snowy.  It was sitting out on the totally frozen lake, on a slightly raised ice out cropping, a couple of hundred yards away.  I had looked for hours for the reported Snowy, but I and other experienced bird watchers, hadn’t seen it.  Then, apparently, it was flushed from it’s out of sight resting area, a rock jetty, and flew out into the bright and sunny cold day, landing out on the frozen lake, where it probably felt at home.  I got good pictures and video.  This Snowy was similarly marked as the other 2 Snowy’s (probable adult) I have seen.  But, there was a obvious difference.  It had a large dark mark across the back of it’s head.  Although, the other 2 Snowy’s had a dark mark in the same spot, this bird’s mark was vastly bigger, almost totally across it’s head.  Which I again assumed, made it a different individual bird from the other 2.  Each of the these 3 Snowy’s I observed for hours, constantly taking video and pictures.  Watching this Snowy on the ice looked like it was in a normal setting for a Snowy Owl, I had not seen that before chasing the Snowy Owls.  (3 Snowy seen).

This morning Bob Gress posted on the this sight, wondering how many Snowy Owl are really out there.  Are there just a few moving around, and we are just counting the same ones, in a different spot.  Or, because of the few bird watchers about, aware of what they are looking for, there are many more Snowy Owls than we think, that go unrecorded, slipping between the cracks, so to speak.  If you stop and think of how easily we loose track of a Snowy Owl, which is a big white bird, easy to find, in a open field.  Then over night, or just a few hours later, it disappears and can’t be found when many experienced bird watchers are looking for it, spending hours going back and forth, around the area of which it was last seen, and it can’t be seen.  Just like the Cheney Snowy, suddenly there it was.  In plain, and beautiful sight, easily seen.  I was just about to leave, but then I stayed for hours, taking my video and pictures.

Since 2012 when I started to follow the Snowy Owl sighting, at least the ones in central Kansas, although, I did go out to Scott City once, to see the one that was being reported, which I missed, even after looking for hours.  Oh, it was found and reported the next day, I guess I didn’t look in the right place.  I have followed about 40 Snowy Owl sightings, and I have found the Snowy Owl reported in 20 of them, which covers 10 Kansas counties.  Obviously, about 50 percent successful.  Not bad, I guess.  The fields of Kansas are vast, billions/trillions of hiding spots even for a large mostly white bird.  And remember this is an owl.  They are mostly active at night, sit still and rest in the morning, and generally only move around in the late afternoon, getting interested in the long nights hunting.  Mostly flying higher, up into the top of the nearby utility poles.  I feel we are not seeing most of the Snowy Owls that move into Kansas in the winter, how often do we see normal owls.  The main reasons we see any Snowy Owls, is they are mostly white, sitting way out in a field on the ground, standing out like the a sore thumb.  They don’t hide up in trees, maybe because the tundra, where they grow up don’t have any.  There used to grassland, like here.  Since, Snowy Owls didn’t grow up with trees, and utility poles are much easier to use, just a tall fence post, that is where they go, to get a better hunting view, of the area.  Hopefully, I will see more Snowy Owl this winter, probably on top of a utility pole.

A word of advise.  Stay in your car, if you see one close.  Don’t get out to approach the bird, just to get a picture.  It probably will fly away anyhow.  If you have to, move your car around a bit, to view it through the open window.  Be careful of traffic.

Happy Birding,

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Date: 1/7/18 2:44 pm
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...>
Subject: Snowy Owls
Hi Folks,

Speaking of Snowy Owls. So far this winter I have been fortunate enough to see and record 3 different Snowy Owls, all appeared to be in adult plumage, (see SIBLY). Ah. How do I know they are different Snowy Owls, you ask. Well, I do my best to record them with pictures and video. Not an easy task sometimes, but I try. Last week I was able to observe the Snowy Owl West of Hesston, Ks. It was deep in a stubble field, out about 300 yards. I couldn’t get a clear look, but clear enough to see it was a Snowy Owl. I documented it with pictures and video. With clear views of it’s head and most of it’s upper body. That sighting was about 20 wiles South of McPherson, Ks, where there was another Snowy Owl NW of town, which I had seen a few days before. The bird I was looking at, was similarly marked as the McPherson Snowy. Seeing the similar markings, I had to know if there were 2 Snowy's. So I left the West of Hesston Snowy and headed North to see if the McPherson Snowy was still there. 22 miles and about 30 minutes later, there it was out in the same field it was when I saw it before. So, I assumed even though it had like markings, it was a different Snowy Owl. Of course, I was ‘assuming' it hadn’t raced me North from 22 miles South and arrived just in time for me to see it out in the field. I wonder, was that sound enough logic to use? Eventually, I did go back 22 miles to the other Snowy, West of Hesston and it was still where I had left it before. I sat with it, looking out my rolled down window in my car, in a ditch along the well traveled blacktop road, taking distant video and pictures, hoping it fly closer, but no, until after dark and it hadn’t left that spot. (2 Snowy’s seen).

Last Friday, I was able to see the Lake Cheney Snowy. It was sitting out on the totally frozen lake, on a slightly raised ice out cropping, a couple of hundred yards away. I had looked for hours for the reported Snowy, but I and other experienced bird watchers, hadn’t seen it. Then, apparently, it was flushed from it’s out of sight resting area, a rock jetty, and flew out into the bright and sunny cold day, landing out on the frozen lake, where it probably felt at home. I got good pictures and video. This Snowy was similarly marked as the other 2 Snowy’s (probable adult) I have seen. But, there was a obvious difference. It had a large dark mark across the back of it’s head. Although, the other 2 Snowy’s had a dark mark in the same spot, this bird’s mark was vastly bigger, almost totally across it’s head. Which I again assumed, made it a different individual bird from the other 2. Each of the these 3 Snowy’s I observed for hours, constantly taking video and pictures. Watching this Snowy on the ice looked like it was in a normal setting for a Snowy Owl, I had not seen that before chasing the Snowy Owls. (3 Snowy seen).

This morning Bob Gress posted on the this sight, wondering how many Snowy Owl are really out there. Are there just a few moving around, and we are just counting the same ones, in a different spot. Or, because of the few bird watchers about, aware of what they are looking for, there are many more Snowy Owls than we think, that go unrecorded, slipping between the cracks, so to speak. If you stop and think of how easily we loose track of a Snowy Owl, which is a big white bird, easy to find, in a open field. Then over night, or just a few hours later, it disappears and can’t be found when many experienced bird watchers are looking for it, spending hours going back and forth, around the area of which it was last seen, and it can’t be seen. Just like the Cheney Snowy, suddenly there it was. In plain, and beautiful sight, easily seen. I was just about to leave, but then I stayed for hours, taking my video and pictures.

Since 2012 when I started to follow the Snowy Owl sighting, at least the ones in central Kansas, although, I did go out to Scott City once, to see the one that was being reported, which I missed, even after looking for hours. Oh, it was found and reported the next day, I guess I didn’t look in the right place. I have followed about 40 Snowy Owl sightings, and I have found the Snowy Owl reported in 20 of them, which covers 10 Kansas counties. Obviously, about 50 percent successful. Not bad, I guess. The fields of Kansas are vast, billions/trillions of hiding spots even for a large mostly white bird. And remember this is an owl. They are mostly active at night, sit still and rest in the morning, and generally only move around in the late afternoon, getting interested in the long nights hunting. Mostly flying higher, up into the top of the nearby utility poles. I feel we are not seeing most of the Snowy Owls that move into Kansas in the winter, how often do we see normal owls. The main reasons we see any Snowy Owls, is they are mostly white, sitting way out in a field on the ground, standing out like the a sore thumb. They don’t hide up in trees, maybe because the tundra, where they grow up don’t have any. There used to grassland, like here. Since, Snowy Owls didn’t grow up with trees, and utility poles are much easier to use, just a tall fence post, that is where they go, to get a better hunting view, of the area. Hopefully, I will see more Snowy Owl this winter, probably on top of a utility pole.

A word of advise. Stay in your car, if you see one close. Don’t get out to approach the bird, just to get a picture. It probably will fly away anyhow. If you have to, move your car around a bit, to view it through the open window. Be careful of traffic.

Happy Birding,

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Date: 1/7/18 1:53 pm
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen...>
Subject: Cheney birding Jan 7
I spent the morning at Cheney Reservoir.  I found a few birds worthy of
mention.  The SNOWY OWL continues at the East Shore area marina/boat
ramp area.  I got some decent digiscope shots of this bird.  I must say
I was quite distressed to return after about 2 hours on the west shore
to fine that the owl had flushed across the cove, and was being stalked
by a photographer.   I am willing to bet that this person had flushed it
across the cove.  He was pressed up against the block wall, with the owl
perched on the end of the wall.  He would take a series of pictures,
check his screen, then slowly edge closer to the owl, repeat, repeat,
repeat.  By the time I quit watching in disgust he had the end of his
24" lens about 6 feet away from the owl.  This owl is probably starving
and near death.  It doesn't need this kind of harassment.  If the guy
managed to get any closer he probably clubbed it over the head in order
to get the ultimate close up. Whoever you are Mr. Gold Dodge Ram Pickup
guy, If you are reading this please note that you sir are an (insert
anatomical term here).  You suck.  Just how good of a shot do you need
with your Big Button Camera?  Wasn't 20 feet away good enough with that
field artillery piece you are carrying around?

Other birds of note:

1st year Glaucous Gull-almost got a distant digiscope but it flew
completely out of range and I could not relocate it.  Spotted in Reno
Co, flew into Sedgwick Co. waters near the dam.

Bald Eagle-well over 50 seen on the day, most on the melting ice (Reno,
Kingman, Sedgwick)

Rough-legged Hawk-1 dark phase out in the grasslands a few miles due
east of DeWeese Park (Reno)

White Pelican-9 still hanging tough (Reno, Kingman Sedgwick)

Common Mergansers and Mallards-both in the thousands (Reno, Kingman,
Sedgwick)

Chipping Sparrow-1 feeding on the lawn at the west shore area (Kingman Co.)

Pileated Woodpecker-minimum of 3 and possibly 5 at DeWeese Park (Reno). 
One was at eye level in a tree right next to the old boat ramp area,
yammering away like crazy.  Photos

On the way home I stopped briefly at the Mt. Hope Marsh and found a male
Common Yellowthroat.  I believe that this represents the only winter
record for Sedgwick County.  There isn't any water to speak of at this
wetland but apparently the little guy is finding a way to make a living.


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Date: 1/7/18 9:15 am
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: Additional Snowy Owl musings
Mark and Bob were talking about Snowy Owls, which seems to be a very
popular topic now days.

I decided to get a hot cup of coffee and pulled up the Birds of North America
(BNA) online account for Snowy Owl. I last read this in early 2012 during that
big irruption and was pleased to see that it had been recently updated with
new findings from the 2011-12 irruption and was surprised to see the
Robbins & Otte article that was in the KOS Bulletin referenced. It's nice to
know that researchers do read the KOS Bulletin.

One of the things that the BNA account pointed out was that there is a lot we
don't know about Snowy Owl behavior. The BNA account did indicate that a
vast majority (probably 80% or better) of the birds that move far south in
irruption years are hatch year birds, i.e. they are less than one year old. But it
also pointed out that every irruption is different.

It also talked about how much variation there is in plumage of Snowy Owls.
Reserachers can't agree on how old Snowy Owls are when they achieve
"definitive basic plumage". It is felt that it may take females 4 - 5 years to
reach this and males may take 8 to 10 years to get there. Again, so much
work is needed on wild birds. Most of the molt occurs in late summer so
when birds reach Kansas in early to mid winter they should still be in fairly
fresh plumage. Males of the same age are always much whiter than females
of the same age. In looking at some of the photos this year I'm not so sure
that some of the photos of Kansas birds that were clearly males that I
thought might be second year birds aren't in fact hatch year birds. There are
so many subtleties that need to be examined in photos of these birds and
unfortunatley the preferred photographers pose - frontal - is likely the worst
for age/sex determination.

Bob, and others, mentioned and speculated on movements of the wintering
Snowies. Again, there are generalizations made by researchers that need
more observations and research, and there seem to be as many exceptions
as observations. It is generally felt that females are more likely to set up
breeding territories and defend them against other Snowies than are males.
Males were often felt to be somewhere for a few days, less than a week, and
then move on. Of course, my caveat to that is that we are usually viewing
from roadsides that occur once every mile. Even though Snowy Owls are one
of our biggest owls, if they are in the middle of a section, a half mile away, it
doesn't take much of a change in topography to hide them. Additionally,
many of the birds that get as far south as Kansas, likely do not survive. If a
Snowy Owl dies in the middle of a tall grass praire, or even in the middle of
fields with crop stubble on it, the carcass is likely never to be found. In
2011-12 Mark and I often felt that if observations were more than 2 miles
apart they are likely different birds. This seems to match up pretty well with
researchers who noted maximum size for winter feeding territories was
around two square kilometers, depending of course on food availability.

Snowy Owls are inherently nomadic - that is one thing that all researchers
agree on. Which makes it difficult to track them and even to obtain good
population estimates. Overall survival rates from fledglings to second year
birds is hard to obtain because they may not return to their natal range the
second year. I think that some of Bob's musings are on target. I think many
of the birds that make it to Kansas are never seen or reported. Many
farmers/ranchers may see them and while they know it's not common to see,
unless they know a birder, may never report them. Likely some of the birds
are reported more than once as they move around. But with as many photos
as we are now obtaining, we can sometimes know definitively that there are
different birds in a locality. But bottom line, we just don't know.

During and after the 2011-12 irruption, Mark Robbins and I caught a fair
amount of flak from people who didn't want to believe that many of these
birds died and never returned north. I think our paper showed that a great
number of the birds that were salvaged were in very poor physical condition.
This year quite a few people again were questioning our statements because
of releases from Project SNOWstorm saying that most of the birds were in
fine condition. Project SNOWstorm has done some great work and greatly
added to the knowledge about Snowy Owls. BUT, it is important to keep in
mind that most of their work and data are about owls that reach the very
northern Continental US, a location where they are basically expected
annually. I have no doubt that the information is accurate for those birds. But
once the birds have moved as far south as Kansas, I think their physical
condition has deteriorated significantly. If you haven't read the paper that was
published in the KOS Bulletin I would encourage you to do so. It can be
accessed at: http://www.ksbirds.org/kos/bulletin/Vol64No4.pdf

Last week I read a blog by a birder on the east coast who referred to Snowy
Owls as the Holy Grail bird for bird watchers. I don't know if I agree with that
but I do understand the attraction to them especially if you've never seen one
before. I do think some people pursue them excessively once they do find
them trying to get a better view or a better photo. In fact they've had to
restrict access this winter at some locations along the Atlantic Coastal area
due to unethical behavior that resulted in basic harassment of the owls. I
hope none of that is occurring in Kansas.

After the irruption of 2011-12 I didn't expect to see anything like that for a
long time. This year's irruption is not to that level, yet (but hey, there's a lot of
winter left), but it is certainly noteworthy. Somebody recently asked me why
so many of the sightings were near roads and I had to stop and see if they
were serious. When I saw that they were I just responded, well that's where
the people are! Past irruptions lasted until very late March early April. There's
a lot of winter left so keep your eyes open as you're traveling down the
roadways!

I am maintaining a website with a map that shows what counties Snowy Owls
have been seen this year. It is at: http://ksbirds.org/KS_SNOW_2017_18.htm
If you have a first hand sighting of a Snowy Owl in a county not shaded
green, or you don't think has been reported, please send me the date and
location (and photo if you happened to have gotten one) as I am once again
trying to maintain a database with sightings.

Enjoy the birds!
Chuck



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Date: 1/7/18 7:02 am
From: Robert Gress <bobgress...>
Subject: Re: Searching for snowy! None found but, great times.
Musings......These Snowys sure seem to move on quickly. Makes me wonder how many of these reports are of the same birds moving about. OR, maybe the small scattering of observers across the state, at best, discover only a small portion of the total Snowy Owls. Perhaps the actual number of Snowys in the state could be 10X, or more, of what is reported.
Bob Gress, Wichita

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> On Jan 7, 2018, at 7:51 AM, Mark Land <markeland...> wrote:
>
> Eileen and I traveled Franklin, Coffey, and Osage counties yesterday looking for the Snowy Owls seen in resent days. We struck out but saw some amazing displays of raptors. We almost hit several Red-tails and harriers intent on catching something by the side of the road. Nothing like watching a hawk come within a few feet of your car as you rapidly slow to avoid hitting it. Likewise nothing like watching them successfully feeding on mice and voles.
> There were massive amounts of waterfowl at John Redmond (missed a Canvasback that is in the Bald Eagle photo) and Melvern. Ebird flagged the amounts of pelicans and cormorants at Redmond. If you would like to watch Hooded Mergansers display go below the dam there. It was amazing. When one male would start all the others would join in.
> Best birds of the day. A dirty looking second cycle Iceland "Thayer's" Gull that flew right over my head at Redmond. A Rough-legged Hawk at the Melvern Outlet Park that sat on a sign and allowed me walk around taking photos and showing off it's feathered legs that give it the name. I wondered why as Red-tails would have been gone the second I stopped the car let alone got out. That is until it jumped from the sign, flew past me, and caught a mouse along the dam behind us. And last but not least the Ring-billed Gull that gave me the great photo op at Melvern showing why I love gulls so much.
>
> Mark Land
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Date: 1/7/18 5:52 am
From: Mark Land <markeland...>
Subject: Searching for snowy! None found but, great times.
Eileen and I traveled Franklin, Coffey, and Osage counties yesterday looking for the Snowy Owls seen in resent days. We struck out but saw some amazing displays of raptors. We almost hit several Red-tails and harriers intent on catching something by the side of the road. Nothing like watching a hawk come within a few feet of your car as you rapidly slow to avoid hitting it. Likewise nothing like watching them successfully feeding on mice and voles.
There were massive amounts of waterfowl at John Redmond (missed a Canvasback that is in the Bald Eagle photo) and Melvern. Ebird flagged the amounts of pelicans and cormorants at Redmond. If you would like to watch Hooded Mergansers display go below the dam there. It was amazing. When one male would start all the others would join in.
Best birds of the day. A dirty looking second cycle Iceland "Thayer's" Gull that flew right over my head at Redmond. A Rough-legged Hawk at the Melvern Outlet Park that sat on a sign and allowed me walk around taking photos and showing off it's feathered legs that give it the name. I wondered why as Red-tails would have been gone the second I stopped the car let alone got out. That is until it jumped from the sign, flew past me, and caught a mouse along the dam behind us. And last but not least the Ring-billed Gull that gave me the great photo op at Melvern showing why I love gulls so much.

Mark Land
Overland Park, Ks

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Date: 1/6/18 10:18 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: Mindo Best CBC Ever
When I read James' title my mind flipped it to Mingo, that little town southeast of Colby. I thought, good grief has old James lost it. Wow, nice trip and report, I'm sure everyone on this list is as jealous as I am. I know what you mean about the warblers. We have only been to High Island and the TOS woods once. You can see more of the rare warblers in a couple days than you can in 30 years in Kansas.
Tom S
67846

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Date: 1/6/18 7:22 pm
From: Nickel, James B <James.Nickel...>
Subject: Mindo Best CBC Ever
I have attended many CBC's over the years and have really enjoyed them and the Kansas birding community. One thing I have always wondered about is where have our summer birds gone during the winter, when we conduct our CBC's. I have always dreamed of going to a count where there are some of our summer birds. I look over the data from counts that are further south and think about places like Mexico, Central and South America. This year, because my daughter graduated from college, it was time for a family celebration trip to Ecuador. As luck would have it the Mindo CBC would be occurring during our visit.
In 2016 Mindo had the greatest number of bird species for all counts conducted, about 450 species. I knew I was in for something special when we turned off the highway towards Mindo and there was a 15 foot tall statue of a Andean Cock of the Rock bird. The pre-bird count meeting is called a inauguration. I have never been to an inauguration for a bird count that has an elevated stage with multicolored flashing theater lights, and a fog machine. There were a least 5 different dancing groups. One group had people dressed up as birds and other groups were dressed in traditional Ecuadorian costumes. Each time a group came out a big wave of fog was produced by a machine. The whole community was involved. There were also about 3 or 4 music groups that performed. For 15$ I got 2 bird posters, a t-shirt, a box lunch, transportation to count area, and in my group 2 professional guides. Mindo knows how to throw a CBC party!!!
I birded quite a bit while I was in Ecuador and the Kansas birds that occur in Ecuador that I found are in order starting with the most individuals per species and finishing with the least are: 1. Black Vulture 2. Cattle Egrets 3. Blackburnian Warbler ( I saw more Blackburnians in 1 day then I have seen in my whole life in Kansas) 4.Swainson's Thrush 5. Summer tanager 6. House wren 7.Vermillion Flycatcher 8. Kestrel 9. Greater Yellow Legs 10. Turkey Vulture 11. Canada Warbler 12. Western Wood Peewee 13. Spotted Sandpiper.
Thoughts on Ecuador (1) The cloud forest is stunning for the depth and width of its beauty and biodiversity.(2) Migration is a miracle. Any bird that can make it from Ecuador to Kansas is a testament to strength and endurance. (3)If you know some Spanish, a trip to Ecuador is less expensive than a Alaska trip.(4) I hope to go back in 2 years with a group of Kansas birders.(5) My best Ecuadorian birds were Long-Wattled Umbrella Bird and Ecuadorian Pygmy Owl. Jim Nickel, Peabody, Kansas

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Date: 1/6/18 11:43 am
From: Steve Seibel <sseibel999...>
Subject: Snowy Owl at Cheney State Park
On the afternoon of Jan 5 the Snowy Owl was near the boat ramp where
it was reported earlier. It spent some time on the ice north of the
ramp. Near sunset it was perched on a broken limb of a tree, and then
after sunset it flew far to the west and stood on a small hummock of
piled-up ice far from the lake shore-- perhaps to be far from people?
At one point in the afternoon it had been accidentally flushed by
someone walking down the boat ramp because the bird was perched low on
the rocky side of the boat ramp at a place where it could not easily
be seen from the land.

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Date: 1/5/18 5:11 pm
From: Henry Armknecht <whatabirder...>
Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
I went to this location this evening. Between the field Scott mentioned and the one SW across the road I had a total of at least 8 Short-eared Owls. The first one showed up at about 5:10. I stayed until about 5:50. At that time, only one owl was still visible. I don't know if they were on the ground feeding after a successful hunt, or had moved elsewhere.

I also saw three Black-billed Magpies at the same location just north of the Ellis County landfill in the same location where I saw 12 of them on Tuesday.

Thank you, Scott, for the heads-up on the owls.

Prior to this, I have seen exactly one Short-eared Owl in Ellis County.

Henry A
Hays

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Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 12:24 AM
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Subject: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January

On the way home from the Webster CBC, I found more than 10 Short-eared Owls hunting in a wheat-stubble field along US 183 north of Hays in Ellis County.


The field is just to the NW of the intersection of US 183 and Hopewell Road about 5 miles north of I-70.



The owls were putting on quite a show about 5:30 PM. I was hoping a Snowy Owl would show up, but after a half hour of watching the SEOWs attacking each other I gave up and continued homeward.



This is by far my best SEOW record of the winter, although I've seen a few others recently in Pawnee, Rush, Barton, Stafford and Osborne counties.



Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas






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Date: 1/5/18 11:29 am
From: Max Thompson <maxt...>
Subject: Christmas Bird Count
I haven't received the following Christmas Bird Count reports and wanted to
make sure they were being run this year. Thanks for any information on these
you might have. The deadline for submission is January 15.



John Redmond

Clark County

Waconda

Council Grove

Olathe

Benedictine Bottoms

Bonner Springs/Lansing

Tallgrass Prairie

Halstead/Newton

Anthony

Blackwolf

Kirwin NWR

Webster

Marion

Scott Lake

Stanton County



Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS




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Date: 1/5/18 9:13 am
From: Kathy McDowell <sialias...>
Subject: Franklin County snowy owl
Franklin County snowy owl still present in same general area as reported previously. Was seen NW side of I35 near mile marker 174, then flew east across I 35.

Kathy McDowell
Lawrence, Kansas
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Date: 1/5/18 7:40 am
From: Kevin Groeneweg <kgroeneweg...>
Subject: Cheney SP Snowy Owl
The other Reno County snowy owl is still present as of 9 o’clock this morning. It is hanging out on the rock jetty at the Eastside boat ramp.

Kevin Groeneweg
Wichita

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Date: 1/5/18 6:18 am
From: Kathy McDowell <sialias...>
Subject: Osage snowy owl
Osage snowy owl still present in field north of 278 near melvern lake, 8:15 am.

Kathy McDowell
Lawrence, Kansas
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Date: 1/4/18 10:24 pm
From: Scott Seltman <sselt...>
Subject: Short-eared Owls north of Hays / 4 January
On the way home from the Webster CBC, I found more than 10 Short-eared Owls
hunting in a wheat-stubble field along US 183 north of Hays in Ellis County.


The field is just to the NW of the intersection of US 183 and Hopewell Road
about 5 miles north of I-70.



The owls were putting on quite a show about 5:30 PM. I was hoping a Snowy
Owl would show up, but after a half hour of watching the SEOWs attacking
each other I gave up and continued homeward.



This is by far my best SEOW record of the winter, although I've seen a few
others recently in Pawnee, Rush, Barton, Stafford and Osborne counties.



Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas






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Date: 1/4/18 11:41 am
From: Chuck Otte <cotte...>
Subject: Snowy Owl Map
Michael's email jogged me into realization that I hadn't posted a map of
this year's Snowy Owl irruption on the ksbirds.org website. There is now a
link on the homepage or you can get to the map directly at:

http://ksbirds.org/KS_SNOW_2017_18.htm

It will be updated periodically. Note that the black circles indicate
historical records of Snowy -sightings prior to November 2017. The green
shaded counties are those counties where we have credible reports from
this winter. I'm not showing more precise locations, just county of
record. If you have Snowy Owl reports: first hand are preferred, second
hand if you feel that they are credible, 3rd hand and beyone...... no
thank you. Photos are appreciated but not required. If you are sending
photos please send them full size so that the metadata isn't stripped out
of the file. This can provide valuable date/time and sometimes location as
well. Speaking of location - also include a good location - within a half
mile is very helpful (as in the nearest named road intersection.)

Thanks and enjoy.

Chuck

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County Extension Agent, Ag & Natural Resources
Geary County Extension Office, PO BOX 28 785-238-4161
Junction City, Kansas 66441-0028 FAX 785-238-7166
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Date: 1/4/18 10:25 am
From: Michael Pearce <md_pearce...>
Subject: Summer County snowy owl
Probably well documented, but I got a credible report of s snowy owl two miles east and two miles north of Wellington, just west of the interstate.

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Date: 1/4/18 10:23 am
From: <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...> <dmplinsky...>
Subject: Re: No sightings
you came through

> On January 4, 2018 at 9:10 AM Rodney Wright <0000005b881bc9ec-dmarc-request...> wrote:
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Date: 1/4/18 6:11 am
From: Rodney Wright <0000005b881bc9ec-dmarc-request...>
Subject: No sightings
Sorry about the post but I'm just checking to see if my new password is correct. I forgot my password and haven't posted in awhile. Did this work?
Rodney Wright
Johnson County

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Date: 1/4/18 5:45 am
From: <dlknktk...>
Subject: Larned Yard Birds


We have a Merlin again this year helping cut down on the flock/herd of English Sparrows. Also have seen a female Yellow Breasted Sapsucker a couple of times in the last week. Donnie K. in Larned

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Date: 1/3/18 6:34 pm
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...>
Subject: Feeder Birds
Hi Folks,

The cold temperatures have forced some different birds to my winter feeders, here in Riverside in Wichita, near downtown where the 2 rivers join up. I earlier reported the Orange-crowned Warbler, which I saw again today. I also have a Ruby-crowned Kinglet coming to the suet and a White-crowned Sparrow eating millet on the ground, similar to the warbler. I have never seen a White-crowned Sparrow in my neighborhood before. Note they all have the word “crowned” in their name. Odd. I also saw, a possible Pine Siskin a couple of days ago and a possible female Lesser Goldfinch. But, no pictures and I haven’t seen them since. Also seen: Cardinals, Chickadees, Junco’s, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, House Finches, House Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Wrens, tons of Starlings, Blue Jays, Pigeons, a few Goldfinches and a single Mourning Dove. There are a lot of Crows in the area, and at least 2 Great Horned Owls in my alley, can be heard hooting at night, it is mating season for them.

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Wichita
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Date: 1/3/18 6:30 pm
From: Jon King <jonking271...>
Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
As Nic says, it's a "spectacle". I spent an hour or two picking through all the birds this afternoon and evening. Viewing was much better after the Snow Geese left to feed late in the afternoon. Numbers for the common species (Snow and Canada Geese, Mallard) on my checklist are a shot from the hip.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41598378

The highlight was the swans. About 30 minutes before dusk the number present reached ~270. John Bollin was there and even heard me counting them all. In one swipe I got twelve Tundra Swans! However on another pass later on, I struggled to find that many. Just to be safe, I went with the maximum number of birds present in one area, which were undoubtedly not double counted. That number is seven, but I really think there may have been ten or more Tundra Swans present.

Jon King
Lawrence, KS

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> On Jan 3, 2018, at 6:27 PM, Mick McHugh <emchugh2...> wrote:
>
> In fact, How`s about eder Eider?
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
>
> It has always been my assumption that WYCO Lake's proximity to the Missouri
> River contributes to the appearance of such waterfowl, Harlequin Duck,
> included . . .
>
>
> how 'bout a King Eider???
>
>
> <sebastianpatti...>
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> ________________________________
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> Subject: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
>
> Wyandotte County Lake is reaching it's peak for waterfowl with 21 species of
> waterfowl being seen this morning. Well over 10,000 Snow Geese are present
> as well as about 60 Trumpeter Swans and a single Tundra Swan. Eagles are
> perched all over the edge of the ice with most of them having a goose
> carcass nearby. At one scan i had 57 Bald Eagles. I look forward to this
> scene every winter and am always amazed at the awesome spectacle of Snow
> Geese as eagles flush them into giant plumes.
>
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> Parkville, Missouri
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Date: 1/3/18 5:02 pm
From: G & J Fenton Friesen <friesen.fenton...>
Subject: Snowy Owl Reno County
My wife joined me on a trip to Hutchinson today. We found the Snowy Owl
seen by others. It was 1/4 mile south and to the east from the corner of
US 50 and Yoder/Airport Road (Yoder Rd to the south and Airport to the
north). The bird was sitting on a terrace in a wheat field preening and at
times tucking it's head under a wing. I did manage some low grade photos
which I'll post to ebird.

On the way home we tried for the HV County Dutch Ave bird but dipped. We
drove home through Harvey County West Park and managed to see a Pileated
Woodpecker loping across the sky and listened to Barred Owl calling shortly
before sunset.

Great day to get off work a bit early.

--
Gregg & Joanna Fenton Friesen
Newton, KS

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Date: 1/3/18 4:28 pm
From: Mick McHugh <emchugh2...>
Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
In fact, How`s about eder Eider?

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Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl

It has always been my assumption that WYCO Lake's proximity to the Missouri
River contributes to the appearance of such waterfowl, Harlequin Duck,
included . . .


how 'bout a King Eider???


<sebastianpatti...>
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Subject: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl

Wyandotte County Lake is reaching it's peak for waterfowl with 21 species of
waterfowl being seen this morning. Well over 10,000 Snow Geese are present
as well as about 60 Trumpeter Swans and a single Tundra Swan. Eagles are
perched all over the edge of the ice with most of them having a goose
carcass nearby. At one scan i had 57 Bald Eagles. I look forward to this
scene every winter and am always amazed at the awesome spectacle of Snow
Geese as eagles flush them into giant plumes.

Nic Allen
Parkville, Missouri

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Date: 1/3/18 3:12 pm
From: Lowell Johnson <ljohnson...>
Subject: Trumpeter Swans in River Pond State Park.
I have posted on my Flickr site photos of the Trumpeter Swans taken on Tuesday morning, January 2. I am sure they were there Monday, but the light made any identification uncertain. Also posted is a photo of a Red-shouldered Hawk also in the park. My site: <flickr.com/photos/lbjbirds>

Lowell Johnson

Manhattan KS

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Date: 1/3/18 2:02 pm
From: Scott Seltman <sselt...>
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing on Syracuse CBC / 2 January 2018
I was hoping to get my 2018 Year List off to a good start on the Syracuse
CBC and my wish came true. Best bird for me was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING that was
in with about 15 Cedar Waxwing in the northern part of Syracuse.
(Intersection of Hamilton and Ave. G. Pic available on request.)



I don't believe Bohemian Waxwing has been reported in Kansas for awhile,
though it's possible I'm just not remembering. There have been huge
invasions of these birds along the Front Range of Colorado in recent decades
and occasionally we've seen some spillover of a few in NW Kansas, but it
remains a fairly rare sight here. I think maybe the last ones I saw were in
Leoti. In 2017 there were some early reports of BOWA from Colorado and a
few sightings in states to our north and east. I recommend checking out
flocks of Cedar Waxwings, especially in the NW half of the state.



Notable birds seen elsewhere by me on the CBC include: Wood Duck 20, Golden
Eagle 3, Merlin 1, Prairie Falcon 2, Black-billed Magpie 4, Common Raven 3,
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Townsend's Solitaire 1, 'Audubon's' Warbler 8
among the many other YRWAs.



Scott Seltman

Larned, Kansas




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Date: 1/3/18 1:22 pm
From: Walt Cochran <0000023297197213-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Franklin County snowy owl
Thanks for the update on the location… Snowy owl was still at this present location at 3 o’clock this afternoon in Franklin County. Kathy’s directions were great. If you are going to go chase him...Drop a pin on your phone where old Highway 50 and I 35 join close together just north of Williamsburg. I would suggest taking old Highway 50 N. out of Williamsburg about 2 miles. Look for the owl on the west side of Highway 50 sitting near a windmillIn a stubblue field. You want to have good binoculars or a scope.

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> On Jan 3, 2018, at 11:31 AM, Kathy McDowell <sialias...> wrote:
>
> Snowy owl was relocated in same general vicinity as yesterday about mile marker 172 but on south side of I35 BUT we viewed the bird from Old State Hwy 50, looking towards I35.
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Date: 1/3/18 11:49 am
From: Sebastian <sebastianpatti...>
Subject: Re: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
It has always been my assumption that WYCO Lake's proximity to the Missouri River contributes to the appearance of such waterfowl, Harlequin Duck, included . . .


how 'bout a King Eider???


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Subject: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl

Wyandotte County Lake is reaching it's peak for waterfowl with 21 species of waterfowl being seen this morning. Well over 10,000 Snow Geese are present as well as about 60 Trumpeter Swans and a single Tundra Swan. Eagles are perched all over the edge of the ice with most of them having a goose carcass nearby. At one scan i had 57 Bald Eagles. I look forward to this scene every winter and am always amazed at the awesome spectacle of Snow Geese as eagles flush them into giant plumes.

Nic Allen
Parkville, Missouri

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Date: 1/3/18 11:07 am
From: John Row <johmarrow...>
Subject: Re: Swans on Tuttle Creek
In addition to Doris's sighting, there were 6 adult trumpeters on River Pond. At least 5 were there yesterday also according to Wildlife and Parks employees.
John Row
Manhattan, KS

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> On Jan 3, 2018, at 11:38 AM, Doris Burnett <dburnett7750...> wrote:
>
> After closer looks I think they are trumpeter swans
>
> Doris Burnett
> Pottawatomie co.
> Manhattan
>
>> On Jan 3, 2018 8:14 AM, "Doris Burnett" <dburnett7750...> wrote:
>>
>> This morning sitting on the ice on Tuttle Creek are 11 Tundra Swans. They
>> probably can be seen with a spotting scope from the dam.
>>
>> Doris Burnett
>> Pottawatomie co.
>> Manhattan
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Date: 1/3/18 11:01 am
From: Nic Allen <tendingthegarden...>
Subject: Wyandotte County Lake Waterfowl
Wyandotte County Lake is reaching it's peak for waterfowl with 21 species of waterfowl being seen this morning. Well over 10,000 Snow Geese are present as well as about 60 Trumpeter Swans and a single Tundra Swan. Eagles are perched all over the edge of the ice with most of them having a goose carcass nearby. At one scan i had 57 Bald Eagles. I look forward to this scene every winter and am always amazed at the awesome spectacle of Snow Geese as eagles flush them into giant plumes.

Nic Allen
Parkville, Missouri

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Date: 1/3/18 9:58 am
From: Kathy McDowell <sialias...>
Subject: Osage County snowy owl
Snowy owl relocated in Osage county, previously reported on Jan 1. Same general location as previously reported.

Kathy McDowell
Lawrence, Kansas

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Date: 1/3/18 9:37 am
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750...>
Subject: Re: Swans on Tuttle Creek
After closer looks I think they are trumpeter swans

Doris Burnett
Pottawatomie co.
Manhattan

On Jan 3, 2018 8:14 AM, "Doris Burnett" <dburnett7750...> wrote:

> This morning sitting on the ice on Tuttle Creek are 11 Tundra Swans. They
> probably can be seen with a spotting scope from the dam.
>
> Doris Burnett
> Pottawatomie co.
> Manhattan
>

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Date: 1/3/18 9:37 am
From: Kathy McDowell <sialias...>
Subject: Franklin County snowy owl
Snowy owl was relocated in same general vicinity as yesterday about mile marker 172 but on south side of I35 BUT we viewed the bird from Old State Hwy 50, looking towards I35.

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Date: 1/3/18 6:14 am
From: Doris Burnett <dburnett7750...>
Subject: Swans on Tuttle Creek
This morning sitting on the ice on Tuttle Creek are 11 Tundra Swans. They
probably can be seen with a spotting scope from the dam.

Doris Burnett
Pottawatomie co.
Manhattan

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Date: 1/2/18 3:10 pm
From: Hofmeier, Jordan [KDWPT] <Jordan.Hofmeier...>
Subject: Sawyer CBC Summary - better late than never
The Sawyer CBC was conducted on Dec. 20th, 2017. It was a strange year for birds in the Sawyer circle. We had 78 total species (a new high from what I can tell) with 13,561 total individuals(the lowest individual total count since 2001/02). We had new high counts for 10 species, and tied high counts for 2 species.

High Counts
Gadwell - 20
American Widgeon - 20
American Kestrel (tied 1988/89) - 26
Wilson's Snipe - 4
Ring-billed Gull - 3
Mourning Dove - 202
White-winged Dove - 3
Mountain Bluebird - 82
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Orange-crowned Warbler (tied last year) - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 37
Harris's Sparrow - 594

Strange/Notable Misses
Wild Turkey (observed in 90% of counts)
Prairie Falcon (86% of counts)
Merlin (only 26% of counts but observed in 7/10 of the last years)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (69% of counts)
- the resident Ladder-backed Woodpecker appears to be gone for good
- we missed Red-shouldered Hawks which had been reliable at Elm Mills the last few years



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Jordan Hofmeier

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Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism

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Date: 1/2/18 12:05 pm
From: Mark Mayfield <markherb...>
Subject: Re: Salina Swan
I was on the way to Denver from Manhattan yesterday and passed by and saw that bird in the pit with the geese too but was traveling too fast and was not able to stop. I figured it was a Swan but couldn't even be sure of that as I only glimpsed it at the last second and didn't want to cause an accident trying to turn my head around.

Mark Mayfield
Manhattan



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Subject: Salina Swan

A single swan in with a large group of Canada Geese on a sandpit adjacent to I-70 on the east side of Salina late afternoon yesterday. At 75 mph I can't say which species it was.

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Date: 1/2/18 11:45 am
From: Dan <browndog06...>
Subject: Salina Swan
A single swan in with a large group of Canada Geese on a sandpit adjacent to I-70 on the east side of Salina late afternoon yesterday. At 75 mph I can't say which species it was.

Dan Mulhern
Manhattan

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Date: 1/2/18 11:16 am
From: Corey Entriken <0000006b8cbc7a8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tundra Swan Lexington Lake Park
Tundra Swan present with the Trumpeters on Lexington Lake Park, Johnson Co., KS.

Corey Entriken
Leawood, KS

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Date: 1/2/18 7:41 am
From: Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Snowy Owl sighting
935am, south bound I-35 between 173 and 174 mile marker.

Micky Louis


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Date: 1/1/18 8:37 pm
From: Calvin Wohler <cwohler...>
Subject: 2018 birds
Went on a short drive to start my 2018 count. Found 22 species in about 1 hour.


Most unusual bird was a Great Blue Heron in some trees along the Republican river in Clay county. It was -9 degrees here this morning and 12 degrees when the heron was seen.


Calvin Wohler

Clay Center, KS

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Date: 1/1/18 5:58 pm
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Wilson State Park 1/1/18
Hi all,


I went out for a little trip to the State Park and had a few birds of interest. The lake was probably 80 percent iced over, which concentrated lots of the waterfowl. Many were in a big open water area between Otoe and the dam, so I couldn't see anything well enough to ID there. Interestingly, in addition to the Hell Creek list, I saw 22 Pied-billed Grebes in a couple of little open water areas next to the shoreline - 2 groups of 10 and 2 more in another opening.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41522192


Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 1/1/18 2:54 pm
From: Max Thompson <maxt...>
Subject: Cimarron Grasslands
Another absolute frigid count. We had light snow all day with little
accumulation. The count was held Saturday December 30 with 12 participants.
With 4 of 5 parties accounted for, we had 73 species and will probably add a
few more when the last count comes in.

Notable was the 1,000 Cackling Geese on the sewer ponds. We happened to be
there last evening and they came in at dusk in a bunch and it was a sight to
see. People from Elkhart were talking about the enormous numbers roosting
there. Some of the highlights included 2 Virginia Rails (the Cimarron was
running), Wilson Snipe found by 2 Mallards that scared it up, Woodhouse's
Scrub-Jay, Mountain Bluebirds, Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeak (2) and
Lesser Goldfinch (1).



Max C. Thompson

1729 E. 11th Ave.

Winfield, KS




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Date: 1/1/18 2:54 pm
From: Elizabeth Oakley <000003085a49d163-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Bald eagle
Beautiful look at a bald eagle in a field off I70, just E of Lawrence driving home this afternoon...

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Date: 1/1/18 1:54 pm
From: Jeff Calhoun <jeffcalhoun11...>
Subject: Dodge City CBC
The Dodge City CBC was conducted in bitterly cold conditions yesterday,
December 31, by a truly fantastic group of seventeen counters in five
parties. We tallied 75 species with 2 count week species (Townsend's
Solitaire and Lesser Scaup not seen on count day). The highlights may be of
interest only to me, but a few things that caught my eye are outlined below:


Geese - VERY enormous numbers of geese and all five species overwintering
here, and a total of nearly 42,000 Snow Geese is still probably an
underestimate!!

Ducks - 7 species of waterfowl is nothing to scoff at for this count,
especially given the availability of water and then water that is actually
open... the best were the 2 Wood Ducks and 1 Common Merganser

Doves - Only 3 White-winged Doves... they all go to Garden... only 637 EC
Dove!! Down from the recent average but have many we can still share with
Garden :) .

Raptors - It's always fun to cruise for raptors and this count encountered
18 (!) Rough-legged Hawks, 3 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Golden Eagles, and 1 Bald
Eagle (rare)... oh and 43 Harriers, 73 Red-tails, 6 Prairie Falcons, and 19
Great Horned Owls!

Nifty passerines - We counted 41 Black-billed Magpies, probably sure to be
a Kansas high count. Red Crossbills were located in at least 5 different
locales by my best estimation, totaling 87 birds! The 14 Eastern and 6
Mountain Bluebirds northeast of town were the only for the count! A good
Longspur year is in progress in this part of the state, with more than 12k
Laplands recorded, and a pickup of 10 McCown's Longspurs was an excellent
addition to the count! Sparrow numbers were decent though not spectacular.
The clutch pickup of 3 Spotted Towhees, 2 Savannahs, 2 Fox, and 2 Lincoln's
Sparrows were very nice!

Thanks to all who could help. Syracuse tomorrow should be a lot of fun!
Happy New Years to all!


Jeff Calhoun
Dodge City, KS

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Date: 1/1/18 10:19 am
From: Mark Land <markeland...>
Subject: County listing due January 7
Dear county listers.

Happy New Year! We hope your 2018 is fantastic!

Please send in your county updates, your Kansas life and your final 2017 state year total by Sunday January 7th. The only listing rule is you must have seen or heard 75 species to be "listable" in a county. Send your updates to <markeland...> If you have any questions about county listing just drop me a note.

Mark Land
Overland Park, KS
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Date: 12/31/17 5:59 pm
From: Lloyd Davies <ldavies...>
Subject: McPherson Snowy Owl
Drove over this afternoon to find the snowy owl north of McPherson and found
it in the same place as reported, a little south of Overland Road on 13th
Avenue to the east of the big hay bales. It was a good 100-200 yards away
in the field. Really stood out. After about 15 minutes it flew up towards
us and landed on the hay bales practically next to where we were parked. We
were about 20 yards away and got great looks and I think it got great looks
at us too. Ten minutes later, it flew off to the west and landed on the
edge line between the grassy and plowed fields.



What a great way to end the year.



Lloyd Davies

Marion, Kansas




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Date: 12/31/17 2:07 pm
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Webster CBC
Hi all,


I plan on doing the Webster Reservoir CBC on Thursday, Jan 4th. If interested, please drop a note to me. If there are interested folks, we can meet at the Webster State Park office at 8:00am or make arrangements to start at a designated part of the circle.


Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 12/31/17 12:45 pm
From: Carol Morgan <crxmorgan...>
Subject: Holton CBC
Whew! What a frigid day for the Holton CBC yesterday! Twelve volunteers covered the CBC circle and found 62 species and 9939 individual birds.

There is nothing exceptional to report. We were on the lookout for rarities like a snowy owl, but had no luck. Except for Am. tree sparrows and juncos, sparrows in general were hard to find. There was little open water, and of course Canada geese crowded the pools that were open on Banner Creek Lake and Prairie Lake. We had single digit numbers of birds like green-wing teal, wigeon, hooded merganser, ring-neck, common merganser, coot, lesser scaup, and white-fronted goose. Mallards and cackling geese were present in the hundreds.

It is always fun to be out birding with similarly obsessed friends. Thank you to my volunteers!

Carol Morgan
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Date: 12/30/17 6:12 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: Scott Lake CBC
Everything in the house is falling apart at one time. A barely get one thing fixed and the next day something else goes south. So, just tonight I got the Scott Lake CBC species totalled and got a total species count. From memory I think we set a new record with 75 species. We had our usual crew from Garden City, along with our regular 5 star help from Dodge City, and a surprise drive in crew from Manhattan who really helped add some fabulous birds. Normally I'm happy with one good bird, but this year we had five. From a previous high count of 8 this fall, we finally located a single Pygmy Nuthatch. From four locations we ended up with 36 Red Crossbills. Two eastern species were found and photographed, both COUNTY RECORDS, a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, and two Eastern Towhees. A rare southern wintering species that we have had in previous years was a Gray Catbird.
In the previous half dozen years during and after the drought we couldn't buy a sparrow. This year was absolutely amazing when it came to numbers. It was just the opposite for longspurs and horned larks with less than a thousand for each species. Waterbird numbers were a little above average giving us the shot at a record.
Tom Shane
Garden City

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Date: 12/30/17 10:18 am
From: Lloyd Davies <ldavies...>
Subject: McPherson Snowy Owl?
Was heading west later and was curious if there'd been any more reports of
the snowy owl north of McPherson in the last day or two.



Thanks,

Lloyd Davies

Marion, Kansas


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Date: 12/30/17 7:16 am
From: Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Melvern Lake Long-tailed Ducks
Jennifer Hammett and I just had two Long-tailed Ducks off Melvern Lake dam, Osage County.

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Date: 12/29/17 9:20 pm
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht...>
Subject: Waconda CBC
Six birders (one short of the record of 7) in four parties braved the cold
and wind chill for the Waconda CBC on 12/27.



We were able to tally 84 species with some misses (Turkey, Kingfisher
Wigeon, Creeper Bluebird), but some great birds not always seen. We were one
short of the all-time high species count of 85 but well over the average of
71 for this count.



Red Crossbills found by Kevin Groeneweg were new for the count.



Six Greater Scaup were also first time for this count.



Two Snowy Owls were a high count for the species and only the second time
for this bird. Great-tailed Grackles were also seen for only the second
time with 550 blowing away the previous high count. Snow buntings have been
found on two previous counts.



We almost missed American Robin with 5 individuals seen and Chickadee with
just one seen.



Thank you to Jared, Kevin, Joe, Carolyn, and Scott for coming and helping
with the count.



Henry A

Hays






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Date: 12/29/17 10:29 am
From: Micky Louis <00000214a7e4bd7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Tundra Swan, Wyandotte Co. Lake
I was able to locate one Tundra Swan among 87 Trumpeter Swans at Wyandotte County Lake at about 1130am. The lake is covered with Canada Geese, a few Cackling and Snow Geese, and Mallards. There were a fair number of Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers, plus a handful of others. I was hoping for a Long-tailed or American Black Duck but no luck.

Micky Louis

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Date: 12/29/17 7:57 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck - Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Trego Co.
Im scoping a female/immature LONG-TAILED DUCK on Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego Co. right now. My vantage point is from the northeasternmost picnic area at the page creek area of Cedar Bluff State Park. Its in the closet patch of open water with Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers and is actively feeding. A scope is absolutely essential for viewing.

Thousands of geese and waterfowl of good diversity are moving around the reservoir this morning. I also scoped a distant Common Loon off the dam earlier.

Danny Akers
Ames, IA


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Date: 12/28/17 7:16 pm
From: Debby McKee <grmasmurf...>
Subject: Trumpeter Swans & eagles
This morning I found over 90 Trumpeter Swans on NW Carlson rd west of
Silver Lake.

Then on my way home - east of Silver Lake on NW 21st I saw a large flock of
Snow geese feeding in the corn field- then near the road I saw something
else sitting in the field - before I could get stopped- they flew SIX Bald
Eagles WOW! Was not expecting that- how cool!

Debra McKee
Topeka/ Shawnee county
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Date: 12/28/17 5:56 pm
From: Walter Cochran <0000023297197213-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Rossville Snowy Owl present today at 4:15 PM
Aaron Batterbee and I managed to relocate the Rossville Snowy Owl around
4:15 PM this evening and had great looks as he set about 250 yards from the
road edge in the stubble just off of NW 39th Street running east 1/2 mile
off of Carlson Road. I don't know much on measuring bird stress, but Aaron
and I did not leave the truck and window scoped the entire time. The owl
seemed calm, busy with head movement as it scanned and set on a higher
mound of plowed under stubble. There was very little traffic and local
residents that drove by seemed to pay no attention to us or the owl, so
hopefully it is not feeling too much pressure. It is sharing habitat with
Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese as they are all located within a half mile
of each other from this spot.

As you continue driving east 39th will dead end into NW Crawford Road where
we observed 8 Trumpeter Swans in the stubble right off the intersection.
This is the second time in 5 days that I have seen Trumpeter Swans at this
location. The Snowy Owl sit for 30 minutes in one spot and eventually
lifted, appeared to stretch and casually flew to perch right off of tower
one of the nearby sprinkler as the sun was beginning to go down. As well,
birders will get an amazing snow goose experience between Rossville and
Silver Lake on highway 24 as there are likely 20,000 + snow geese in the
stubble on both sides of highway 24--at times so many that traffic had to
slow down as people watching the stunning display of thousands of snow
geese agitated by hovering/hunting Bald Eagles as Aaron and I observed 3
adults and 1 Juvenile harassing the large flocks that have overtaken fields
and country side yards along this stretch of highway. Happy New Year and
enjoy wrapping up those year end lists!

wc


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Date: 12/28/17 5:21 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: White-winged Scoter
Sara and I headed down to the recycle place and then planned to return home. Sara had grabbed her binocs and I fortunately taken my camera along. Since it was the first nice day (45F) in a while we decided to check the river. We got to the Bison Range Pit and there was open water with waterbirds. Sara spotted a scoter and tried numerous times to direct me to the bird so I could get a picture. We finally got a dozen or so and Sara posted one to the KS fb group. White-winged Scoter looks like a new Finney County bird, it was definitely a life bird for both of us.
Tom Shane
Garden City, KS

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Date: 12/28/17 4:00 pm
From: Tom Ewert <ewert.tom...>
Subject: Marion yesterday and today
Todd Becker texted me yesterday that he had a pair of long-tailed ducks off
the dam at Marion Reservoir. I went up there this morning to see if I could
relocate them but could not. There are a lot of ducks and geese on the
reservoir. I would guess several thousand white-chinned geese with probably
10% or so cackling. There was a large raft of white geese way out on the
lake, too far to count or tell which type but I did locate several flying
flocks that had both snow and Ross. There continues to be at least 200
white pelicans on the lake, spread out everywhere. Also several hundred
each common merganser and common goldeneye as well as many other ducks. The
surprise was 3 western grebe, just off the dam. I only saw 1 immature bald
eagle, sitting on the ice but there are likely more around.

Good birding,
Tom Ewert
Wichita

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Date: 12/28/17 3:31 pm
From: terry mannell <terryman0405...>
Subject: Jefferson County Snowy Owl
Coming back from Tonganoxie, Sam and saw a 6 Trumpeter Swans just east of
the Thompsonville Road. This is the road that leads to the Perry Dam off
Hwy. 24. As we were stopped a friend of our son came by and said that he
had just seen a Snowy Owl flying over the road to the west. Sam and I
relocated the owl about 1/2 mile west and about 300 yards north of Hwy 24.
We continued west along 24 and then went north on Newman Road and back
east on the next road to the north. When we had gone back east about 1/2
mile we saw the owl flying over a plowed field to the south. I did not
have a scope so the looks were not great but there seemed to be a lot of
marking.

Terry Mannell
Topeka

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Date: 12/28/17 11:58 am
From: Nic Allen <tendingthegarden...>
Subject: Trumpeter Swans, Wyandotte
The kids and I made a quick pass through Wyandotte County Lake over lunch today. A lot of waterfowl has moved onto the lake with all of the freezing up north. A good mix was present including Common and Hooded Mergansers, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye and others. Not many white geese yet. We did count 83 Trumpeter Swans some of them were flying off the lake when we left but I am guessing this evening there could be even more on the lake. I checked all of the swans i could for Tundra Swans but came up short but there could definitely be one. Still waiting for a Snowy Owl to show up on the dam.

Nic Allen
Parkville, Missouri

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Date: 12/27/17 2:47 pm
From: Pete Janzen <pete.janzen...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
This Snowy Owl was still on the Butler Co watershed pond dam at turnpike mile marker 78 as reported earlier in the day by Bob at 3:45 pm. It was on the ground and then flew up to the snag. I didn’t linger long because of the traffic. Thanks for the posts about this Owl. I was on the way home from work trip to Johnson Co that was mainly a waste of time and this was a nice way to end the day.

Pete Janzen Wichita KS
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> On Dec 27, 2017, at 1:39 PM, Robert Gress <bobgress...> wrote:
>
> From Mile Marker 78 on the turnpike the bird is 1/4 mile south on a brush snag located on a pond dam. From the El Dorado State Park area the bird cannot be seen due to a small hill. -Bob Gress
>
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>> On Dec 27, 2017, at 10:09 AM, D & B Helmke <powercat.park...> wrote:
>>
>> Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.
>>
>> Doug Helmke
>> Tecumseh, KS
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>> Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.
>>
>> Doug Helmke
>> Tecumseh, KS
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Date: 12/27/17 2:43 pm
From: mike rader <mike_rader...>
Subject: Haskell Co. birds
Hi all,


We are visiting Jack and Norma Conover in Satanta (Haskell Co.) this week and with the extreme cold, haven't ventured out much. The do have a few birds visiting the yard, so I've spent some time looking. The heated birdbath has been pretty popular, with lots of Am. Robins, House Finches and E. Collared Doves using it. Several Dark-eyed Juncos have been coming in as well, with Oregon, Pink-sided and Slate-colored all present. Two White-winged Doves spent quite a bit of time sitting on the lawn furniture under the covered porch, and I was able to see a Townsend's Solitare come in to water a couple of times. The most interesting bird was one that some of the family thought was a Brown Thrasher - visiting a time or two before I got here yesterday. I got a brief glimpse this morning, but wasn't quite sure since it really wasn't the right color. I got a great look this afternoon - Sage Thrasher! Grayish plumage, short & straight bill, streaky breast and white outer tail feather spots in flight sealed the deal. Pretty cool yard bird for them!


Mike Rader
Wilson and/or Pratt,??KS

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Date: 12/27/17 11:55 am
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...>
Subject: Fwd: Southeast Kansas Mined-land Christmas Bird Count - Friday 7am.
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From: Robert Mangile <rmangile...>
Date: Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 7:21 PM
Subject: Southeast Kansas Mined-land Christmas Bird Count - Friday 7am.
To:


Sperry-Galligar Audubon
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Reminder:

The Southeast Kansas Mined-land Christmas Bird Count will take place at
7:00 A.M., Friday, December 29, 2017 - (not the usual date of January
1st.). We will meet at the same place as in past years at the "Scammon
Express" convenient store, 1731 N. Hwy. 7 & Katy (Hwy. 102) in Scammon, KS
(located 4 miles south of Cherokee, KS. (See attached a location map.) For
more information please email Dr. Steve Ford <sford...> or
Call him at 620-632-4280. The CBC "count circle" map can found at this
link http://sperry-galligar.com/FieldTr.html

Dress warmly, bring binoculars, field guides, snacks and water. New
participants will be placed with experienced birders. Hope to see you there.

** Note: For those driving from south of Scammon: an 8 mile stretch of Hwy.
7 south of Scammon to Columbus, KS at US Hwy. 160 is closed due to
construction.

Bob Mangile
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Date: 12/27/17 11:40 am
From: Robert Gress <bobgress...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
From Mile Marker 78 on the turnpike the bird is 1/4 mile south on a brush snag located on a pond dam. From the El Dorado State Park area the bird cannot be seen due to a small hill. -Bob Gress

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> On Dec 27, 2017, at 10:09 AM, D & B Helmke <powercat.park...> wrote:
>
> Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.
>
> Doug Helmke
> Tecumseh, KS
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> Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.
>
> Doug Helmke
> Tecumseh, KS
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Date: 12/27/17 8:43 am
From: Rachel Roth <lilbluestem...>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl / Butler County
I received a call maybe 30 minutes ago of a Snowy Owl off I-35 around 79-80
just before the reservoir, but was reluctant to report it since it came
secondhand from a non-birder. The bird had its back to her and she got an
excellent look. Awesome!!! I'm glad someone else saw it!!

Rachel Roth

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> Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east
> side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.
>
> Doug Helmke
> Tecumseh, KS
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Date: 12/27/17 8:10 am
From: D & B Helmke <powercat.park...>
Subject: Snowy Owl / Butler County
Just saw my first Snowy Owl between Kansas Turnpike MP 78 and 79, on east side , sitting on a fence post, not far from El Dorado Reservoir.

Doug Helmke
Tecumseh, KS
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Date: 12/27/17 7:36 am
From: Andrew Burnett <aburnett9180...>
Subject: Parsons CBC 2017
On Dec 22nd the Parsons CBC was completed. I was excited to see how the
count would go as the area has been very birdy the 2 weeks previous.
Despite overcast skies and a cold N wind moving in the night before the
count we did very well as a group.

The count circle ended up at 101 species seen with another 6 species seen
during the count week. 65,860 Individuals were seen. Both numbers being
record highs for this circle. The previous species record was 96 in 2016.
The previous individuals record was 56,486 during the 1994 count. This was
most certainly due to our mild winter leading up to the count day. Neosho
Wildlife area being in a drawn down state also helped as it provided ample
food on the refuge pool to keep the ducks and geese around with mudflats
allowing a large flock of Killdeer and Wilson's Snipe to be viewed.

Here are a few other tidbits:

American Woodcock - first time seen on the count.

Count Week Species - Trumpeter Swan(first time in 9 years not on the count
day), Greater Scaup(not recorded on count day yet), RB Merganser, American
Pelican, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Smith's Longspur.

Species that set or tied all time high counts - Ross's Goose(65),
Mallard(50,646), Northern Shoveler(295), Green-winged Teal (1031),
Merlin(2), Wilson's Snipe(66), Barred Owl(5), Short-eared Owl(12), Pileated
Woodpecker(9), Eastern Phoebe(2), Tufted Titmouse(52), Carolina Wren(41),
Winter Wren(5), Sedge Wren(2), Common Yellowthroat(2), Yellow-rumped
Warbler(54), Le Conte's(1), Swamp Sparrow (124), White-throated
Sparrow(64), Dark-eyed Junco(803)

The western KS CBC'ers might be interested in the contrast in the totals of
these species. Eurasian-collared Dove(5), House Finch(4), House Sparrow(31)

A big shout out to all the volunteers(10 field counters & 4 feeder
watchers) who made the count a great one! I am looking forward to next
year.

Andrew Burnett
rural Erie, KS

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Date: 12/26/17 4:35 pm
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: Junction City Christmas Bird Count
Three hardy souls (insane???) (plus one short period feeder watcher)
participated in the Junction City Christmas Bird Count today, in clearly the
coldest day of the year (so far!). Thanks to Bob Kruger and Jeff Keating (and
Jaye Otte for checking the home feeders!!!)

With a low temperature of 4, a high of 12, moderate to light snow in the
morning and mostly cloudy skies this afternoon, we managed to eke out right
at 60 species. Birds were sitting VERY tight until late in the day (well I haven't
done anything all day hoping it would warm up, but it hasn't so I'd better get
out and find something to eat!!!)

Best birds of the day were likely a Hermit Thrush on Walla Walla Rd, very
upclose views of a perched Merlin in the Curtis Creek area of Milford Lake
(both Geary County) and the rescue of a Barred Owl, who's wings were
entangled in fishing line at Moon Lake on Ft Riley) by Jeff Keating. Said owl
was taken to Milford Nature Center by a game warden, to be checked out
and strengthened to be released.

I considered postponing the count to this weekend, but the weather wasn't
going to be any better then so what the heck!!!!

Stay warm out there CBCers, it's going to be a rough few days!

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Date: 12/26/17 2:34 pm
From: Dan Thalmann <editor...>
Subject: Yellow-rumps working the house - Washington County
Yesterday and today I have observed at least two Yellow-rumped Warblers showing particular interest in the windows of my house in Palmer, Washington County.

They seem to be working the window corners and ledges. Flying up and hovering around them. Possibly picking at some moths and other dead bugs stuck there in webs since the fall?

I also had a Carolina Wren working the mulch in the front yard yesterday.

Definite increase in bird feeder activity, but nothing beyond the expected species.

-Dan

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Date: 12/26/17 9:34 am
From: Lloyd Davies <ldavies...>
Subject: Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Had a yellow-bellied sapsucker on the suet feeder on Christmas Eve and then
back again today. Birds are busy in the cold.



Lloyd Davies

Marion, Kansas




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Date: 12/24/17 1:21 pm
From: Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...>
Subject: Odd bird at my feeders.
Hi Folks,

I looked out my kitchen window this morning to see a small green bird with a light yellow belly. I first thought, I have a Kinglet at my feeder. But, looking closer it was a Orange-crowned Warbler. It appeared to be eating millet. It brought back memories of many years ago, at the same time of year and under the same conditions, way below freezing, I identified my very first Warbler. At the time I knew nothing about Warblers, and I misidentified the Orange-crowned as a Virginia. I stirred up a few of my experienced bird watching friends, when I told them I had a Virginia warbler at my feeders. They suggested I look a little closer and get a picture, if I could. I got the picture and of course it was a Orange-crowned. It was a good lesson to be learned, because it taught me, if you are going to claim you saw a certain bird species, particularly a unusual one, HAVE A PICTURE TO BACK YOU UP!!. Ever since then, that is what I generally do. Oddly, I have identified 35 warbler species in nearby Oak Park, I have pictures to back me up, but, I have never seen a Virginia Warbler.

I see Orange-crowned Warblers most winters, here in Wichita. They seem to hang out with the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Oak Park is a good spot, also adjacent River Side Park. They like the evergreens like the Kinglets do, they generally eat bugs, but when it is necessary, small seeds. The Yellow-rumped Warblers do a similar thing, and like Orange-crowned can be found in Wichita in the winter, if you look hard enough.

Happy Birding,

Paul Griffin, Wichita
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Date: 12/24/17 5:42 am
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: Searching the KSBIRD-L archives
I've received a couple of questions about using the search function in the
KSBIRD-L archives so rather than writing the same message several times,
I'll post it here.

To access the search function first go to the archives page:

https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbird-l.html

In case you weren't aware, this address is posted at the bottom of every
KSBIRD-L message that is sent out.

On the right hand side of that page, in the little box that says "Options", click
on the little magnifying glass that says "Search Archives".

This will take you to the search home page. The first box on that page says
"String". All you have to do is enter the word(s) that you want to search for
and it will search through all of the entire text of all messages in the archives
dating back to March 1996. You don't have to mark anything in the advanced
Search section.

The search function works fairly quickly. I entered Snowy Owl just now and in
less than 15 seconds it came up with 19 pages of results (50 messages per
page) starting with the most recent messages and going all the way back to
the first message in the archives that mentioned Snowy Owl (which was in
December 1997.) Like all search functions it's going to go for exact matches
excluding upper/lower case. (Clicking on the Substring box allows it to look
for any message where those letters are together. Just entering "Snow"
would return messages with Snowy Owl, Snow Bunting, snowing, snowy,
etc.)

In the advanced search you can narrow it down so that it looks simply for a
key word in the subject line or a particular address and you can set a range
of dates. If you just enter Snowy Owl in the Subject Contains box it'll return
641 messages. If you then add Since: December 2017, it returns 63
messages. If you were to change the date parameters Since: November
2011 Until: May 2012 it would return the 276 messages posted about Snowy
Owls in the 2011-12 irruption. You can narrow it down further by entering
word(s) in the String section and then additional words in the Advanced
Search section. I entered Snowy Owl in the String field and Shawnee in the
Advanced Search "Subject Contains" and it returned 8 matches.

There are also options (in the Search Options) section that allow you to tailor
the results. Note that there is a little button by each search box that has a
question mark on it. Clicking this button will open a vey helpful informational
box.

The best thing I can advise is just go into this section and play with it. You
don't have to worry that you're going to break it. If the results you obtain from
a search don't make sense, click on the appropriate help button and try
again.

Yes, it does work on mobile devices and the screen will look the same so it
may be challenging to read, but it does work.

If you have any questions, drop me an email!

Chuck

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Date: 12/23/17 6:19 pm
From: mbruce82769 <mbruce82769...>
Subject: The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
I, personally, have only been birding since November 2016 and today I got my life bird 235 ... a Snowy Owl in Rossville, KS.
Sooo, my answer is one, lonely only.


Melissa R. <BRUCEMbruce82769...>, KS
-------- Original message --------From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...> Date: 12/23/17 5:30 PM (GMT-06:00) To: <KSBIRD-L...> Subject: The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
I have seen Snowy Owls in six Kansas Counties, which include - Dickinson, Ford, Kearny, Scott, Barton and Finney, in a period of 55 years.
I'm guessing the county listers will easily double or triple that. What do you have?

Tom Shane
Garden City

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Date: 12/23/17 5:38 pm
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Re: The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
Just Shawnee and Pottawatomie for me, but I ain't much of a county
counter...

Merry Christmas all!

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

On Dec 23, 2017 5:30 PM, "Tom SHANE" <tom.shane...> wrote:

> I have seen Snowy Owls in six Kansas Counties, which include - Dickinson,
> Ford, Kearny, Scott, Barton and Finney, in a period of 55 years.
> I'm guessing the county listers will easily double or triple that. What do
> you have?
>
> Tom Shane
> Garden City
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Date: 12/23/17 3:31 pm
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: The Number of Counties Where You Have Seen Snowy Owls Over The Years.
I have seen Snowy Owls in six Kansas Counties, which include - Dickinson, Ford, Kearny, Scott, Barton and Finney, in a period of 55 years.
I'm guessing the county listers will easily double or triple that. What do you have?

Tom Shane
Garden City

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Date: 12/23/17 2:30 pm
From: Henry Armknecht <armknecht...>
Subject: McPherson County snowy owl
I just observe the snowy owl north of McPherson that had been previously reported by others. I finally am able to join the ranks of people have seen a snowy owl in Kansas this year.

Henry A.
Hays
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Date: 12/23/17 1:24 pm
From: Mary Herold <herold4us...>
Subject: Possible 2 snowy owls
This report is second hand, but posting “just in case”.

Two snowy owls seen on a farm near the Chikaskia river. Directions are from Argonia...
go 2 miles south of Argonia then east towards the river.

I’m sorry, but that is all the information I received.
Mary Herold
Wichita

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Date: 12/23/17 9:11 am
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Re: Clarity
Even with them spelled out it can be a challenge! I have a county map of
Florida that I keep on my phone so I can see what birds are chaseable when
I'm down there...

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

On Dec 23, 2017 11:03 AM, "terry mannell" <terryman0405...> wrote:

> I for one want to thank Chuck for his post. I have from time to time
> visited other state's bird sites and it can be confusing when county names
> aren't spelled out. I made that mistake the other day in my post about the
> Shawnee County Snowy Owl. It is always good to have a reminder.
>
> By the way, my fingers aren't fat, just clumsy.
>
> Have a safe and happy holidays and good birding
>
>
> Terry Mannell
> Topeka
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Date: 12/23/17 9:03 am
From: terry mannell <terryman0405...>
Subject: Clarity
I for one want to thank Chuck for his post. I have from time to time
visited other state's bird sites and it can be confusing when county names
aren't spelled out. I made that mistake the other day in my post about the
Shawnee County Snowy Owl. It is always good to have a reminder.

By the way, my fingers aren't fat, just clumsy.

Have a safe and happy holidays and good birding


Terry Mannell
Topeka

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Date: 12/23/17 8:46 am
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: Clarity
Just to clarify I few things that some may have misconstrued - My previous
administrative post is about clarity not "rules or regulations". I would hope
that we would all want to keep the newer birders informed of what's going on.

Clarity

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Date: 12/23/17 8:21 am
From: Tom SHANE <tom.shane...>
Subject: ADMIN: my confusion
It is early and my head is foggy making it difficult to sort out the content of the post. It is certainly humorous that a post on restricting abbreviations starts out with one. Indeed it shows that all of us are addicted to the little rascals.
I see a major change. Previously it was legal to use an abbreviation if it was spelled out elsewhere in the post. Has that gone away?
Several posts today, prior to the ADMIN post, possibly presented a dilemma or two. The species and county were spelled out in the title, but the post opened as, "It was there until about ........" never mentioning the species or county again in the text. Wouldn't it be far more informative if that post opened with the species alpha code rather than just it?
What does the archives cue in on, title only? If that is the case and I want someone to find my post I had better get most of my information on the subject line. Another person used Pott Co, which I had no trouble with. Birders for years talked about Pott one and Pott two.
Likewise the two digit alpha codes for the Kansas counties should stand alone. That is part of our heritage. The state was going to remove them from our license plates a few decades ago, oh my, I had never seen such an uprising from the masses. We still have them ! It is just part of being a Kansan.
The same is to be said for the 4 digit alpha codes for birds. They are part of birding, the system is a GREAT tool, start learning the common species. The new 7th edition of the National Geographic Society bird guide now has them. Heck, Birds of Kansas, also known as Big Blue or TEGOPSY 2011, has them. When I started birding in the sixties every bird had an AOU number. These dated back to the 19th Century. The checklist committee had painted themselves into a corner by the publishing date of 1983, so they just dropped them in that edition. Seven PhDs could not solve the problem of their numbering system not adapting to their ever changing evolutionary tree.
So what I and maybe a few other would like to know; where do you put the keywords of a post so other people will find our information. Do the archives pick keywords out of the Subject line only or the text also?
Wow ...... I had better go make another cup of tea, the fog is not gone. My doctor won't let me have coffee, it gets me too excited. ;-)
Thomas G Shane
Garden City

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Date: 12/23/17 7:34 am
From: R w <eaglerodney...>
Subject: Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
No luck for myself and others relocating the Snowy Owl at Clinton Lake
Rodney Wright
Johnson County

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> On Dec 22, 2017, at 10:28 AM, Kylee Sharp <kyleesharp...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam! I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam. It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from the shoreline trail.
>
> Kylee Sharp
> Lawrence
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Date: 12/23/17 5:28 am
From: Chuck & Jaye Otte <otte2...>
Subject: ADMIN: List Protocol & Etiquette
Good morning and happy holidays KSBIRD-L!

Not sure if you've noticed it but message volume on the list has taken a jump
over the past 6 weeks or so. I guess that might have something to do with
Snowy Owls, White-tailed Kites, Whooping Cranes, Pacific Wrens... well, you
get the point!

Between lots of exciting birds to report and the excitement of trying to get a
quick message out to the list from the field on your phone, we've had a few
hiccups in protocol and etiquette, if you will, recently. A lot of us will be doing
a LOT of birding between now and early January, so please take a moment
to note the following. A lot of these are simply to help maintain clarity and
minimize confusion. Some of it is also to help keep the archives cleaner for
when people in the future go back to the archives to research past bird
sightings (which happens far more often than you may realize!)

Please remember to include your name in the body of the message. Some
people don't use their full name or use a nickname for what shows up in the
message header. KSBIRD-L asks folks to use their real name as we have
found that anonymity too often leads to lack of respect. I would prefer that
you also use your home city locale in a signature block as many people still
like to know where your home base is so that new subscribers can connect
with other birders in their area.

Please make sure that your subject line actually pertains to what your
message is all about. Sometimes we hit reply to get a message off to the list
quickly, but if that message has nothing to do with the subject that is in the
subject line, it is confusing. Also, please don't start the message in the
subject line and then continue it in the body of the message. This disjoint can
be a little confusing at times.

Avoid abbreviations. Birders are notorious for using shorthand and assuming
that everyone thinks like they do. Don't assume. In my own notes I may write
FOS TuVu, MR and know very well that I'm saying "first of season Turkey
Vulture in Morris County". But if I use that in the list someone(s) will be left in
the dust without an understanding of what it means. While four letter codes
and county abbreviations are handy for someone to use in their notes, please
avoid using them on the list. The list is about Kansas Birds, but you'd be
amazed at how many people OUTSIDE of Kansas read it, especially on the
mirrored sites like the American Birding Association's Birding News site:
http://birding.aba.org/ (By the way, this is a great site to study up before
visiting a new state/area - virtually all the lists like KSBIRD-L are mirrored
there. You can read the lists without having to subscribe to them.)

I appreciate all the great reports that have been coming in and I also
recognize that some of us have old, fat, arthritic fingers that sometimes don't
work well on smartphone sized "keyboards". But cooperation by all will
provide better understanding by all and a better sense of community!

Again, enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this month and especially enjoy
the birds!

Merry Christmas!
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Date: 12/22/17 3:59 pm
From: coleen brown <coleenm2002...>
Subject: Re: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
Carla, Yvonne, and I went out to Boyd and Arn Roads to check out the Shawnee Co. Snowy Owl, Brandon's 3rd owl, at 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Drove around the general area without success but did enjoy the kaleidoscope of 1000nds of Snow Geese in the sunset.
Coleen Brown, Manhattan


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-------- Original message --------
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Date: 12/22/17 1:03 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: <KSBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns

No sighting since 1115...

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

On Dec 22, 2017 9:57 AM, "Brandon Magette" <averbirder...> wrote:

> After a day and a half absence we have a Snowy Owl back here at Jeffrey
> Energy Center.
>
> Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139 <(785)%20844-0139>
>

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Date: 12/22/17 2:46 pm
From: R w <eaglerodney...>
Subject: Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
It was there until about 3:45. A group of us watched it take flight and headed NW towards the marina where we lost it.
Rodney Wright

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> On Dec 22, 2017, at 3:32 PM, Jeff Witters <bioguy.witters...> wrote:
>
> Still present around 3 PM
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 22, 2017, at 3:08 PM, Jane Liggett <liggettjane...> wrote:
>>
>> Hey
>> Snowy owl was where Galen described about 1:45.
>>
>> Thanks very much for the alert!
>>
>> Jane Liggett
>> South of Lawrence
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Dec 22, 2017, at 12:21 PM, Galen Pittman <galenpitt...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I went out to clinton dam and saw the Snowy Owl while Kylee was still
>>> there. The bird is about 1000+ ft SOUTH of the outlet tower.
>>>
>>> Galen Pittman
>>>
>>>> On Dec 22, 2017 10:29 AM, "Kylee Sharp" <kyleesharp...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Good morning,
>>>>
>>>> I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam!
>>>> I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam.
>>>> It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down
>>>> the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if
>>>> you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from
>>>> the shoreline trail.
>>>>
>>>> Kylee Sharp
>>>> Lawrence
>>>>
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Date: 12/22/17 1:34 pm
From: Jeff Witters <bioguy.witters...>
Subject: Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
Still present around 3 PM

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> On Dec 22, 2017, at 3:08 PM, Jane Liggett <liggettjane...> wrote:
>
> Hey
> Snowy owl was where Galen described about 1:45.
>
> Thanks very much for the alert!
>
> Jane Liggett
> South of Lawrence
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Dec 22, 2017, at 12:21 PM, Galen Pittman <galenpitt...> wrote:
>>
>> I went out to clinton dam and saw the Snowy Owl while Kylee was still
>> there. The bird is about 1000+ ft SOUTH of the outlet tower.
>>
>> Galen Pittman
>>
>>> On Dec 22, 2017 10:29 AM, "Kylee Sharp" <kyleesharp...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Good morning,
>>>
>>> I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam!
>>> I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam.
>>> It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down
>>> the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if
>>> you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from
>>> the shoreline trail.
>>>
>>> Kylee Sharp
>>> Lawrence
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/22/17 1:10 pm
From: Jane Liggett <liggettjane...>
Subject: Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
Hey
Snowy owl was where Galen described about 1:45.

Thanks very much for the alert!

Jane Liggett
South of Lawrence

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> On Dec 22, 2017, at 12:21 PM, Galen Pittman <galenpitt...> wrote:
>
> I went out to clinton dam and saw the Snowy Owl while Kylee was still
> there. The bird is about 1000+ ft SOUTH of the outlet tower.
>
> Galen Pittman
>
>> On Dec 22, 2017 10:29 AM, "Kylee Sharp" <kyleesharp...> wrote:
>>
>> Good morning,
>>
>> I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam!
>> I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam.
>> It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down
>> the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if
>> you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from
>> the shoreline trail.
>>
>> Kylee Sharp
>> Lawrence
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/22/17 11:05 am
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Re: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
No sighting since 1115...

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

On Dec 22, 2017 9:57 AM, "Brandon Magette" <averbirder...> wrote:

> After a day and a half absence we have a Snowy Owl back here at Jeffrey
> Energy Center.
>
> Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139 <(785)%20844-0139>
>

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Date: 12/22/17 10:22 am
From: Galen Pittman <galenpitt...>
Subject: Re: Douglas County Snowy Owl
I went out to clinton dam and saw the Snowy Owl while Kylee was still
there. The bird is about 1000+ ft SOUTH of the outlet tower.

Galen Pittman

On Dec 22, 2017 10:29 AM, "Kylee Sharp" <kyleesharp...> wrote:

> Good morning,
>
> I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam!
> I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam.
> It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down
> the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if
> you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from
> the shoreline trail.
>
> Kylee Sharp
> Lawrence
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/22/17 8:29 am
From: Kylee Sharp <kyleesharp...>
Subject: Douglas County Snowy Owl
Good morning,

I'm currently looking at a snowy owl on the rocks at the Clinton lake dam! I'm pulled over at the spillway area, looking on the lake side of the dam. It's about 1/10 th of a mile north of the pull off. As you look north down the rocks, there is one yellow pipe sticking up out of the rocks, and if you keep scanning north of that, it's sitting in the rocks, just up from the shoreline trail.

Kylee Sharp
Lawrence

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Date: 12/22/17 7:57 am
From: Brandon Magette <averbirder...>
Subject: Pott Co Snowy Owl returns
After a day and a half absence we have a Snowy Owl back here at Jeffrey
Energy Center.

Brandon Magette of St Marys, mobile at 785-844-0139

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