Bird Count List for 2010

JANUARY 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, January 16, 2009

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 9:30 a.m. and concluded the walk at 11:30 a.m. Wind at approximately 3 mph and a temperature of 29 degrees at onset; overcast skies, fog less, 32 degrees, and still same wind at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

   BIRD LIST:

American Goldfinch - 1
American Robin – 73
Black Capped Chickadee - 2
Blue Jay - 1
Barred Owl - 2
Bobwhite Quail - 2
Canada Geese – 1,112
Cardinal – 7
Crow - 23
Eastern Bluebird – 3

Harris Sparrow - 36
Junco – 36
Kingfisher – 1
Mourning Dove – 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker – 2
Tree Sparrow – 77
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White Breasted Nuthatch – 1


TOTALS: 18 avian species with a total of 1,381 individual birds observed.


FEBRUARY 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, February 20, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:03 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:05 a.m. Overcast skies, winds out of the north-northeast at approximately 10 mph with a temperature of 29 degrees at onset. Skies were still overcast and it was 34 degrees with the wind at approximately 5 mph at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Heritage Trail walking the streamland area for the first half of the walk, then to the upland prairie ending the walk ending the walk where we began.

   BIRD LIST:

Barred Owl – 1
Black Capped Chickadee – 3
Canada Goose - 42
Cardinal – 3
Crow - 6
Eastern Bluebird – 1

Junco - 1
Kingfisher – We heard one singing.
Downy Woodpecker – 4
Red Tail Hawk – 2
Tufted Titmouse – 1
White Breasted Nuthatch – 6

TOTALS: 12 avian species with a total of 69 individual birds observed. 

COMMENTS: 

When the birders arrived at the park a coyote walked out of the field at the west gate, calmly walked by the parked cars and casually sauntered down the middle of 525 Road until he was over the hill and out of sight. Birders saw 4 whitetail deer running while in the riparian area of the park.


MARCH 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, March 13, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:10 a.m. and concluded the walk at 9:37 a.m. Wind at approximately 15-20 mph out of the north and a temperature of 38 degrees at onset; overcast skies, fog less, 39 degrees, and wind at approximately 20-25 mph out of the north at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

   BIRD LIST:

Blue Jay – 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Barred Owl - 2
Canada Geese – 58
Canvas Backed Duck - 3
Cardinal – 6
Crow – 8
Duck sp. - 2
Eastern Bluebird – 3
Flicker - 8
Fox Sparrow - 1

Great Blue Heron – 2
Harris Sparrow - 2
Junco – 14
Northern Harrier (male) – 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker – 1
Red-Tailed Hawk – 2 
Red Winged Blackbird – 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White Breasted Nuthatch – 1 

TOTALS: 21 avian species with a total of 121 individual birds observed.

OTHER CRITTERS:

White-Tailed Deer - 8


APRIL 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, April 10, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:15 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:35 a.m. It was sunny, very little wind (approximately 5-10 mph) and a temperature of 52 degrees at onset. Skies were still sunny, temperature was 62 degrees and the wind was approximately 5-10 mph at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Heritage Trail walking the streamland area for the first half of the walk, then to the upland prairie ending the walk ending the walk where we began.

   BIRD LIST:

American Goldfinch – 2
Barred Owl – 1
Black Capped Chickadee – 8
Cardinal – 6
Cooper’s Hawk - 1
Crow - 1
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Ducks (sp.) – 9
Eastern Bluebird – 11
Eastern Meadowlark – 8
Eastern Phoebe - 5
Great Blue Heron – 1

Harris Sparrow - 1
Lark Sparrow - 1
Mourning Dove – 8
Northern Harrier – 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Red Winged Blackbird - 3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1
Townsend Thrush – 1
Tufted Titmouse – 5
Turkey Vulture - 15
White Breasted Nuthatch – 1
Wild Turkey - 8

TOTALS: 24 avian species with a total of 98 individual birds observed. 

WILDFLOWERS:

Buckeye (blooming)
Prairie Violets
Pussy Toes

OTHER CRITTERS:

Fox Squirrel – 1
White Tail Deer (doe) – 1

COMMENTS: 

Ken Stiebben met our guest the night before the Bird Count at Dawn & Jeremiah Hershberger’s wedding. When Wolfgang approached the church, Ken said he noticed he was wearing a good pair of hiking boots and thought to himself ‘This man looks like he could be a prospective birder.’ When Ken engaged the stranger in conversation he learned that Wolfgang was a popular German author of best-selling travel books. He was visiting Council Grove, staying at the Cottage House Hotel and studying the Flint Hills on foot. 


MAY 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, May 8, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:15 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:37 a.m. Wind at approximately 10-15 mph out of the northwest and a temperature of 48 degrees at onset; sunny skies, 39 degrees, and wind at approximately 10-15 mph out of the northwest at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

   BIRD LIST:

American Goldfinch – 1
Blue Jay – 1
Blackbird (sp.)– 8
Black Headed Cowbird - 3
Cardinal – 5
Chipping Sparrow - 100
Crow – 11
Eastern Meadowlark – 1 
Eastern Phoebe – 2
Fox Sparrow – 1 
Harris Sparrow - 92

Indigo Bunting – 1 
Lark Sparrow – 2
Lincoln Sparrow – 11
Mourning Dove - 5
Red-Tailed Hawk – 1 
Red Winged Blackbird – 27
Turkey Vulture – 4
White Crowned Sparrow – 3 
Wild Turkey – 12 


TOTALS: 20 avian species with a total of 291 individual birds observed.

OTHER CRITTERS:

Fox Squirrel - 1


JUNE 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, June 5, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:15 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:35 a.m. It was sunny, wind at approximately 10-15 mph and a temperature of 62 degrees at onset. Skies were still sunny, temperature was 72 degrees and the wind was approximately 5-10 mph at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Heritage Trail walking the streamland area for the first half of the walk, then to the upland prairie ending the walk ending the walk where we began.


   BIRD LIST:

American Robin – 1
Black Capped Chickadee – 1
Bluejay - 1
Brown Headed Cowbird - 9
Cardinal – 7
Crow – 2
Dicksissle - 22
Downy Woodpecker – 3
Eastern Bluebird – 1
Eastern Meadowlark – 1
Eastern Bluebird – 1

Eastern Wood Peewee – 2
Grasshopper Sparrow – 1
Great Crested Flycatcher – 1
House Wren – 2
Mourning Dove – 2
Northern Oriole – 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker - 1
Red Eyed Vireo – 3
Red Tail Hawk - 1
Tufted Titmouse – 7
Turkey Vulture - 12

TOTALS: 22 avian species with a total of 81 individual birds observed. 

WILDFLOWERS:

Antelope Horn

Elderberry (in bloom)
Missouri Primrose
Plains Larkspur
Ruellia
Sensitive Cat’s Claw Brier

OTHER CRITTERS:

Fritillary Butterfly

White Tail Deer (doe) – 1
Snake – White top with silver bottom


JULY 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, July 10, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:10 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:30 a.m. Very little wind at and a temperature of 68 degrees at onset; sunny skies, 75 degrees, and very little wind at the end of the walk. 


COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

   BIRD LIST:

Baltimore Oriole - 1
Blue Jay – 5
Black Headed Cowbird - 13
Brown Thrasher – 3
Cardinal – 14
Crow – 18
Eastern Bluebird – 1
Eastern Kingbird - 3
Great Crested Flycatcher - 5
House Wren - 2
Indigo Bunting – 13 
Lark Sparrow – 6

Mourning Dove – 2
Purple Grackel - 1
Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 1
Red Winged Blackbird – 10
Summer Tanager – 1
Swainson’s Hawk - 1
Starling - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Turkey Vulture – 7
Wild Turkey – 5
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo - 2 

TOTALS: 23 avian species with a total of 121 individual birds observed.

WILDFLOWERS:

American Bellflower (large colony)

Elderberry (heavy with fruit)
Wild Grape (fruiting)
Wooly Mullein

OTHER CRITTERS:

Buckeye Butterfly

White Tailed Deer – 3 & one spotted fawn

COMMENTS:

The effect of this years’ spring and summer rainfall was evident in the larger size and abundance of the fruiting species this summer. The birds and other critters will have a feast in store soon!

 


August 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, August 14, 2010


CONDITIONS:
Began walk at approx. 8:05 a.m. and finished at 11:00 a.m. Overcast skies but relative good visibility, no noticeable wind and temperatures at 76 degrees at onset.  Sunny skies, approximately 78 degrees and wind about five miles per hour from the south at the end of the walk.

COURSE: We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Trail walking the streamland area first then crossing to the upland prairie area and ending at the southeast entrance to the trail.

   BIRD LIST:
American Goldfinch – 7
American Robin - 2
Black-capped Chickadee – 1
Blue Jay - 1
Cardinal – 3
Crow - 1
Eastern Kingbird - 26
Eastern Meadowlark – 3
Eastern Pee Wee – 4
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Mourning Dove – 23

Nighthawk – 3
Northern Flicker – 1
Red-eyed Vireo – 4
Red Bellied Woodpecker - 1
Swallow sp. – 1
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Turkey Vulture – 2
White Breasted Nuthatch – 1
Wild Turkey - 10
Yellow Billed Cuckoo (Rain Crow) - 2

 

TOTALS: 21 avian species with a total of 99 birds observed.


COMMENTS:
  Among the August blooming wildflowers & critters we encountered were:

Perennial Forbs:

Cirsium altissimum, Tall Thistle

Liatris aspera, Button Gayfeather (in bud)

Liatris puntata, Dotted Gayfeather

Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower

Ruelli humilisa, Prairie Petunia

Salvia azurea, Pitcher Sage

Silphium laciniatum, Compass Plant

Solidago Canadensis, Tall Goldenrod

 

Butterflies:

Common Black Beauty Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly



SEPTEMBER 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT

Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, September 11, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:03 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:30 a.m. Very little to no wind at and a temperature of 56 degrees at onset; sunny skies, 60 degrees, and approximately barely any wind at the end of the walk.

COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

 

   BIRD LIST:

Black Capped Chickadee – 7
Blue jay - 4
Brown Thrasher – 3
Catbird - 1
Chimney Swift - 2
Cardinal – 9
Crow – 5
Eastern Wood Phoebe – 3

Eastern Kingbird – 2
Flicker – 2
Goldfinch - 10
House Wren - 1
Mourning Dove – 3
Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 2
Turkey Vulture – 3
White Breasted Nuthatch – 5


TOTALS: 16 avian species with a total of 62 individual birds observed.

WILDFLOWERS:
Broomweed


OTHER CRITTERS:
Common Yellow Sulfur Butterfly
Fritillary Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly
Viceroy Butterfly
White Tailed Deer – 5


October 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, October 2, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:10 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:33 a.m.  It was sunny, very little wind and a temperature of 73 degrees at onset.  Skies were still sunny, temperature was 83 degrees and very little wind at the end of the walk.

COURSE: We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Heritage Trail walking the streamland area for the first half of the walk, then to the upland prairie ending the walk ending the walk where we began.


   BIRD LIST:

American Goldfinch – 1
Barred Owl – 1
Black Capped Chickadee – 2
Bluejay - 1
Bob White Quail – 5
Cardinal - 7
Dicksissle - 2
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Eastern Bluebird – 1
Eastern Kingbird– 2
Eastern Phoebe  -1
(immature w/grasshopper)
Eastern Wood Peewee – 4

Great Blue Heron - 1
Great Crested Flycatcher  – 1
Gull – 1
Indigo Bunting – 1
Mourning Dove – 2
Northern Flicker - 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker - 6
Red Eyed Vireo – 3
Swallow sp. – 1
Tufted Titmouse – 2
White Breasted Nuthatch – 7
Yellow Billed Cuckoo - 1

TOTALS: 24 avian species with a total of 55 individual birds observed.


NOVEMBER 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, November 13, 2010

CONDITIONS: Began walk at 8:10a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:34 a.m. Approximately 5 mph out of the SW, sunny skies with excellent visibility and a temperature of 37 degrees at onset; sunny skies, 45 degrees, and approximately 10 mph wind out of the north at the end of the walk.

COURSE: We began our walk at the begin our walk at the Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park southeast trailhead of the Flint Hills Nature Trail walking the trail to the northeast and end the walk at the vicinity of the Big John Creek Bridge.

   BIRD LIST:

American Robin – 39
Black Capped Chickadee – 2
Cardinal – 7
Crow – 19
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Duck sp. – 18 (Couldn’t identify)
Eastern Blue Bird – 4
Flicker – 4
Goldfinch – 3
Harris Sparrow - 61
Junco – 78

Mallard Duck – 7
Northern Harrier – 1
Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 4
Red-Tailed Hawk – 1
Red Winged Blackbirds (Female) - 13
Sharp shined Hawk – 1
Song Sparrow – 17
Tree Sparrow - 82
Western Meadowlark - 26
White Breasted Nuthatch – 3

TOTALS: 22 avian species with a total of 397 individual birds observed.


CRITTERS:
Bobcat – 2 on the Nature Trail

COMMENTS:
We noticed the Common Hackberry trees were abundant with berries.  It will be interesting to see if we record a large amount of visiting American Robins feeding in this area this winter as we have in past January bird counts.

Memorial Oak Project: Volunteers counted Bur Oak trees growing in the first one mile and three-quarters of the Flint Hills Nature Trail starting at the Council Grove trailhead stretching to the Big John Creek bridge crossing. This entails one-half of the three-and-a-half miles between the CG Trailhead and Allegawaho Park.  In this section of the trail we have a total of 262 Bur Oak trees planted by volunteers that are still alive. Among the 262 living trees in the first half of the trail the facts are: 1-5 feet tall--151; 6-10 feet--52; 11-15 feet--39; and 16-21 feet--20. The tallest tree is 21 feet high. Several have begun to expand the plastic tube collars at their base. Brome grass competition limits growth. Also shade from taller trees is a limiting factor. Volunteers continued counting trees from the bridge this past Wednesday and reported 177 more Bur Oak trees living.  This indicates approximately 30 – 40% survival rate of volunteer planted trees.  We’ll have more statistics to look forward to later, as we plan to finish surveying the rest of the trail next week.


December 2010 FKH BIRD COUNT
Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Saturday, December 18, 2010

CONDITIONS:
Began walk at 8:12 a.m. and concluded the walk at 10:30 a.m.  It was overcast, very little wind and a temperature of 25 degrees at onset.  Skies were still overcast; temperature was 30 degrees and very little wind (approximately 5 mph) at the end of the walk.

COURSE: 

We began our walk at the southwest entrance to the Kanza Heritage Trail walking the streamland area for the first half of the walk, then to the upland prairie ending the walk ending the walk where we began.


   BIRD LIST:

American Robin – 253
Blackbirds (sp.) – 215 (approx.)
Cardinal – 1
Crow - 6
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Northern Harrier – 3

Prairie Chicken - 3
Red Bellied Woodpecker - 2
Red Tailed Hawk – 2
Tree Sparrow – 6
Winter Wren – 2
White-breasted Nuthatch – 1
Woodpecker (sp.) - 1

TOTALS: 14 avian species with a total of 497 individual birds observed.

OTHER CRITTERS:
White Tail Deer - 1

MUSHROOMS:
Mushrooms of the Polyporales Order: These are the tough, tree growing polypores, also called shelf mushrooms. We thought these mushrooms might have been the Oysterino variety.

 
KANZA MEMORIAL OAK TREE PROJECT

The Kanza Memorial Tree Project is to provide a living memorial to the 807 Kanza people living in this area in 1862.  Trees were planted along the corridor of the Flint Hills Nature Trail between Allegwaho Park and Council Grove.  This project began in 2002 with the planting of the first 300 trees, and continued in ’03 and ’04 until approximate 860 trees were in place by April, 2004.

In the following years, volunteers helped water and care for the trees.  This past November, Ron Parks, with the assistance of Paul Frey (foreign exchange student from Germany) conducted a survey.  Parks and Frey have finished their survey of the Bur Oak trees growing along the Flint Hills Nature Trail between the CG Trailhead and Allegawaho Park.  Following is a summary of the surviving trees, with the growth height they have reached.  This count does not include a number of native oaks already well established along the corridor.

 

73 @ 1 foot

113 @ 2 foot

170 @ 3-5 foot

88 @ 6-8 foot

56 @ 9-12 foot

28 @ 13-16 foot

11 @ 17-21 foot

Total 539 Surviving Trees

 



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