Recent Bird Sightings at Quivira

Sandhill Crane group photo

The table below is a summary of unusual or otherwise notable bird sightings in the last few months.  It is updated weekly.

Page updated: 26 March 2020


Find out where and when to bird by visiting our Birding Quivira page:   Birding Quivira

Quivira Bird Checklist

Unusual/notable Sightings:

Species      Date Last ObservedLocation
Whooping Crane4 March 2020Northwest of Refuge in farm fields (single juvenile)
American Avocet25 March 2020Big Salt Marsh
Black-necked Stilt25 March 2020Big Salt Marsh
American Bittern23 March 2020west end of NE 170th St
Snowy Plover25 March 2020flats north of NE 170th
Cinnamon Teal21 March 2020flats along NE 170th
Sandhill Crane23 March 2020Big Salt Marsh area
Bald Eagle25 March 2020northwest of Little Salt Marsh (on nest)
Common Yellowthroat18 March 2020Deadhorse Slough along Salt Marsh Rd
Marsh Wren25 March 2020Wildlife Drive
Pileated Woodpecker18 January 2020just west of Refuge along NE 170th St.
Merlin21 February 2020just west of Migrants Mile
Prairie Falcon29 January 2020just south of south Refuge entrance
Tundra Swan18 March 2020Big Salt Marsh and Wildlife Drive area (16)
Whooping Crane2 November 2019Four (3 adults and 1 juvenile), Big Salt Marsh; flew out at 8:30 am
Northern Shrike17 December 2019just east of Refuge boundary along NE 140th blacktop
Sedge Wren11 March 2020NE 170th at end of Wildlife Drive
Winter Wren17 December 2019west end of NE 170th Street
Golden Eagle2 November 2019Raymond Road, 1 mile east of Refuge
Sabine's Gull19 October 2019Wildlife Drive at scope corner
Short-eared Owl17 October 2019NE 170th St by bridge
Le Conte's Sparrow17 December 2019Just north of Little Salt Marsh (several)
Peregrine Falcon8 October 2019northwest Big Salt Marsh
Barred Owl17 December 2019Woods just west of Refuge along NE 170th
Marbled Godwit27 September 2019Big Salt Marsh
Sanderling8 August 2019NE 170th street flats
Semipalmated Plover28 September 2019NE 170th Street flats
Cinnamon Teal13 Jun 2019NE 140th Street 1 mi west of NE 140th Ave
Black Tern21 August 2019Big Salt Marsh
Black-crowned Night Heron1 November 2019north end of Big Salt Marsh
Ruddy Turnstone28 September 2019south end Little Salt Marsh
Least Tern21 August 2019NE 170th Street and flats
Cave Swallow23 May 2019NE 170th Street (documented by photograph)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak11 May 2019Warbler Grove
Red Knot4 May 2019flats north of NE 170th St.
Palm Warbler27 Apr 2019Salt Marsh Road at Deadhorse Grove
Western Grebe11 May 2019Big Salt Marsh (1)
Black Rail5 May 2019ditch along w end of NE 170th St.
Piping Plover5 May 2019flats north of NE 170th St.
Trumpeter Swan24 Apr 2019south end of Little Salt Marsh (2)
Caspian Tern20 Apr 2019Big Salt Marsh (2)
Le Conte's Sparrow20 Apr 20192 locations:  NE 140th Ave (s of 170th), entrance to LSM tower road
Burrowing Owl31 Mar 2019prairie dog town, east side of Rice County unit
Ferruginous Hawk13 Dec 2018NE 170th Street, east of Wildlife Drive
Rough-legged Hawk13 Dec 2018NE 170th St.
Western Grebe20 Oct 2018Big Salt Marsh
Red-breasted Nuthatch14 Dec 2018Headquarters shelter-belt
Sabine's Gull12 Oct 2018NE 170th St. flats
Say's Phoebe9 Oct 2018NE 140th Avenue at Rattlesnake Creek bridge
Osprey21 Sep 2018flying over HQ
Wilson's Warbler21 Sep 2018Migrants Mile Trail
Burrowing Owl19 Oct 2018NE 170th by Wildlife Drive entrance
Red Knot7 Aug 2018south end of Little Salt Marsh
Least Tern6 Sep 2018east side of Wildlife Drive (late bird)
Marbled Godwit7 Aug 2018nw corner of Big Salt Marsh
Ruddy Turnstone7 Aug 2018Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh
Willet20 Sep 2018Wildlife Drive by big Spillway (4)
Western Sandpiper17 Sep 2018Wildlife Drive by big spillway
Yellow-crowned Night Heron23 July 2018north end of Unit 50
Glossy Ibis5 July 2018northwest corner of Big Salt Marsh
King Rail20 Jun 2018southeast interior Wildlife Drive
Whimbrel23 May 2018flats along NE 170th St
Blue-winged Warbler12 May 2018corner NE 170th St and NE 105th Avenue; new county record
Black Rail12 May 2018along NE 170th St, west end
Red Phalarope10 May 2018southwest corner of Wildlife Drive
Hudsonian Godwit15 May 2018East side of Wildlife Drive
Long-billed Curlew12 April 2018flats along NE 170th St
Rough-legged Hawk21 March 2018Wildlife Drive
Mountain Bluebird7 March 2018Raymond Road along Refuge boundary
Golden Eagle8 November 2017east side of Wildlife Drive (juvenile)
Mountain Plover13 October 2017flats north of NE 170th
Sprague's Pipit13 October 2017flats north of NE 170th
Rock Wren13 October 2017Migrant's Mile Trail
Reddish Egret6 October 2017west in Big Salt Marsh
Cassin's Kingbird7 October 2017Salt Marsh Rd near Deadhorse Grove
Red Phalarope8 October 2017along the Wildife Drive, se corner
Broad-winged Hawk7 October 2017along NE 170th, overhead (at least 8 observed)
Lesser Black-backed Gull9 October 2017Big Salt Marsh
Sabine's Gull16 September 2017Little Salt Marsh
Common Gallinule23 August 2017Unit 28
Least Bittern23 August 2017Unit 58
Say's Phoebe7 October 2017NE 190th along north boundary road
Black Rail12 July 2017west end NE 170th St.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck7 June 2017two flying over Park Smith Pond
Painted Bunting7 June 2017NE 170th, 1/2 mile west of jct NE 105th Ave
Neotropic Cormorant5 June 2017flats north of NE 170th St.
Cassin's Sparrow15 May 2017near History kiosk, e side of LSM
Whimbrel15 May 2017flats along NE 170th St.
Bewick's Wren15 May 2017Environmental Education Classroom area
Black-billed Magpie1 May 2017NE 140th St. blacktop, 3 miles west of NE 140th Ave
Pileated Woodpecker3 April 2017across parking lot from Visitor Center
Greater Roadrunner16 March 2017Headquarters
Lesser Black-backed Gull6 October 2016Unit 48
Sabine's Gull5 October 2016Big Salt Marsh (3)
Common Poor-will5 October 2016Residence area
Cave Swallow29 July 2016Wildlife Drive; new refuge record
Laughing Gull30 May 2016Big Salt Marsh area
Red Phalarope29 May 2016Wildlife Drive
Snowy Owl21 December 20151/2 mile north of Little Salt Marsh
Lesser Black-backed Gull14 November 2015Big Salt Marsh
Nelson's Sparrow14 October 2015Wildlife Drive
Red Phalarope9 September 2015Unit 58 (east side of Wildlife Drive)
Palm Warbler7 September 2015Migrants Mile Trail
Blue-headed Vireo2 October 2015Deadhorse Grove
Black-headed Grosbeak7 September 2015Deadhorse Grove
Black-bellied Whistling Duck23 May 2015Unit 63
Chuck-will's-widow23 May 2015Deadhorse Grove
Magnolia Warbler9 May 2015Deadhorse Grove
Rose-breasted Grosbeak9 May 2015Deadhorse and Bur Oak Groves (3 total)
Philadelphia Vireo9 May 2015Bur Oak Grove
Western Grebe26 April 2015Big Salt Marsh (2)
Long-tailed Duck11 April 2015Big Salt Marsh
Greater Roadrunner25 April 2015corner NE 90th Ave and NE 170th St
Snow Bunting14 November 2014Wildlife Drive
Long-tailed Duck7 November 2014east side of Wildlife Drive
Red Knot18 October 2014flats along NE 170th Street
Sabine's Gull25 September 2014Wildlife Drive at Big Salt Marsh
Laughing Gull21 September 2014east side of Wildlife Drive
Mourning Warbler21 September 2014canal north of Little Salt Marsh (1 female, photographed)
 Little Gull16-25 August 2014Big Salt Marsh area; juvenile; 1:00 pm
Ruff27 July 2014flats along NE 170th St
Red Phalarope18 July 2014flats along NE 170th St
Brown Pelican3 July 2014south interior Wildlife Drive
Common Moorhen21 June 2014Little Salt Marsh
Willow Flycatcher24 May 2014west end of NE 170th Street
Cape May Warbler17 May 2014Deadhorse Grove, along Salt Marsh Rd, 1.5 mi. n. of NE 140th blacktop
Magnolia Warbler17 May 2014Deadhorse Grove
Summer Tanager27 April 2014Migrants Mile Trail
Townsend's Solitaire7 April 2014Headquarters area
White-winged Scoter24 November 2013Little Salt Marsh
Long-tailed Duck11 November 2013Unit 58 (east side of the Wildlife Drive), with Buffleheads
Rusty Blackbird11 November 2013Unit 62
Northern Parula15 September 2013Headquarters
Brown Pelican22 July 2013Little Salt Marsh
Ovenbird18 May 2013Tree tunnel Grove, along NE 80th southwest of HQ
Ash-throated Flycatcher2 May 2013shelter belt corner of NE 90th Avenue and NE 170th Street (nw of Big Salt Marsh)
Sprague's Pipit30 April 2013grasslands north of Unit 10A (northeast of LSM)
Louisiana Waterthrush14 April 2013corner of NE 170th and "Hay Barn" road (NE 105th Ave)
Rock Wren27 March 2013north side of Little Salt Marsh, at the fishing docks
Golden Eagle21 December 20121 juvenile, east side of Little Salt Marsh
Dark-eyed "Gray-headed" Junco10 May 2013southwest of HQ along Tree Tunnel grove on NE 80th St.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female)22 September 2012"DeadHorse" Grove, 1.5 miles north of NE 140th St. blacktop on Salt Marsh Road
MacGillivrays Warbler (female)22 September 2012extreme southeast corner of Quivira, at junction of NE 80th Street and Salt Marsh Road
Black-throated Green Warbler29 September 2012Headquarters
Canada Warbler19 August 20121 mile southwest of Headquarters, along south boundary
Red-necked Stint1-2 July 2012north end of Little Salt Marsh
White-winged Dove19 May 2012Headquarters area
Blackburnian Warbler13 May 2012Grove on s side of NE 140th St, just west of Rattlesnake Cr
Black-throated Blue Warbler8 May 2012shelter belt east of Headquarters
Clark's Grebe4 May 2012Big Salt Marsh (5)

Cave Swallow

 Cave Swallow, NE 170th Street, 24 May 2019.  Photo:  USFWS.Blue-winged Warbler foraging in elm

Blue-winged Warbler, corner NE 170th St. and 105th Ave., 12 May 2018.  Photo by Joseph Miller.

Cassin's Kingbird on power line
 Cassin's Kingbird, Salt Marsh Rd., 7 October 2017.  Photo by Andrew Miller.

 Reddish Egret feeding with wings outspread

Reddish Egret, NE 170th St. flats, June 14, 2017.  Used by permission.

 Poor-will roosting on roadway

Common Poor-will, HQ area, 5 October 2016

Laughing Gull flying over Big Salt Marsh
 Laughing Gull, Big Salt Marsh area, 30 May 2016 

Pileated Woodpecker in cottonwood along NE 170th Street

Pileated Woodpecker, NE 170th St., 6 May 2017

 Lesser Black-backed Gull in Big Salt Marsh

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Big Salt Marsh, 24 October 2015

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Unit 63

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Unit 63, 19 May 2015

Glossy Ibis in Unit 63

Glossy Ibis, Unit 63, 9 May 2015

 Chuck-wills-widow in Deadhorse Grove

Chuck-will's-widow photographed in Deadhorse Grove 9 May 2015

Short-eared Owl on the shore of Big Salt Marsh

Short-eared Owl, Big Salt Marsh area, 23 February 2015

Little Gull flying over Big Salt Marsh 

Little Gull, Big Salt Marsh, 16 August 2014, a new species for Quivira
  Ruff in mudflat along NE 170th Street 

Ruff, flats along NE 170th Street, 27 July 2014

Cape May Warbler in Deadhorse Grove

Cape May Warbler, Deadhorse Grove, 17 May 2014, a new species for Quivira


Brown Pelican in Little Salt Marsh

Brown Pelican at Little Salt Marsh, 21 July 2013


To see more photographs of some of the unusual bird species, click on the link below:

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Recent Bird Lists, First-of-Season, Images, etc.: 

Click on this link to get a copy of a recent list of observations:

 Bird Observations for May 12, 2018 


First-of-Year Sightings: See our Phenology Page


Bald Eagle Nest 


Since 2009, a pair of Bald Eagles have been using the Big Salt Marsh area for nesting.  Young birds have successfully fledged in past years.  For more, see the Bald Eagle page.

Bald Eagles at Quivira


Biological Surveys 



Periodically, surveys are conducted to assess populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other birds.  Click on the link below to see the most recent survey results.


Biological Survey Results Page