27 July 2009

Kansas - 27 July 2009

We enjoyed a quick trip down to central Kansas over the weekend for a wedding. But for those of you who know me, you ought not be surprised to find that I kept my eye out for birds here and there as well. :-)

Just around the town of Hutchinson, there were dozens of egrets, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and even several Mississippi Kites. Here is a GREAT EGRET:

Stopping briefly in NE Kansas on our way back, we saw a few other things that we wouldn't normally find in Iowa. Things like BEWICK'S WRENS and PAINTED BUNTINGS. Although it kept mostly hidden and in the shade, here is a Painted Bunting: