This report summarizes the activities of the Committee for the calendar year 2004.  The Committee received 54 observation reports in 2004, recording the occurrence of 51 different birds. Of this total, 33 records were circulated. All reports submitted, whether circulated to the committee or not, are archived in The University of Kansas Museum of Natural History.


Record submissions are assigned a sequential number in the order in which they are received, with the year of receipt as a prefix.  Not all submissions that receive a number are circulated.  Birds are listed in phylogenetic order under each of two categories: Records Accepted and Records Not Accepted.  Taxonomy and nomenclature follow the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds (Seventh edition, 1998) and all updates.


After the English and scientific name follows the KBRC record number; the number of individuals seen, with age or plumage notes; date(s) of observation; locality, including county; observer(s), with those documenting the record listed first; supporting physical evidence, if any, received by the Committee; and finally, comments and notes on changes in the species’ status on the KOS checklist.  Records that were not accepted by the committee have the observers’ names omitted, and a brief explanation of the reasoning behind that decision. 


Records accepted

Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), 2004-25, 2 unknown sex adults, 15-May-2004, Wichita residence of Don and Fran Vannoy, on the banks of the Little Arkansas River (Sedgwick County), first observed by the Vannoys the report was prepared by Pete Janzen, with many other observers seeing the bird.  Documented with 1 photo.  Ninth state record.


Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii), 2004-41, 1 unknown age/unknown sex, 1-Jan-2003, unknown location in Miami County reported by David Seibel.  This bird had been shot by a hunter and then brought to Dr. Seibel who took pictures of the bird.  This species was formerly a subspecies of Canada Goose and was raised to a full species in 2004 by the American Ornithological Union.  This species has been added to the KOS Checklist.  While Kansas specimens for this species are present in the KU Collection, this is the first non specimen state record.


Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii), 2004-42, 8–10 unknown sex/6+ adults, 1+ sub-adult, 8-Nov-2004, Shawnee Mission Park (Johnson County) reported by David Seibel.  Record was documented with photographs.  Second non specimen state record.


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), 2004-13, 1 unknown sex adult, 25-Apr-2004, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) (Stafford County) reported by Dave Williams.  Also observed by Matt Gearheart.  Seventeenth state record.


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), 2004-20, 2 unknown sex adults, 24-May-2004, Quivira NWR (Stafford County) reported by Steven Mlodinow and Paul Lehman.  Additional observers included Jerry Oldenettel, Scott Seltman and Mike Rader.  Eighteenth state record.


Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), 2004-28, 1 unknown sex immature, 22-Jul-2004, Quivira NWR (Stafford County) reported by Tony Andresen, also observed by Mark Rundeaux.  Eighth state record.


Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), 2004-29, 1 unknown sex immature, 10-Jun-2004, White Rock Creek (Jewell County) reported by Mark Finnell.  Other cited observers, Tammy and Taylor Finnell.  Photos were submitted with this report.  Ninth state record.


Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), 2004-08, 1 unknown sex, unknown age, 4-Apr-2004, flying overhead in Wichita (Sedgwick County) reported by Michael Heaney.


Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis), 2004-10, 1 unknown sex sub-adult, 18-Apr-2004, Hollister Wildlife area (Bourbon County) reported by Gregg Friesen, also seen by Pete Janzen.  A far eastern report of this normally western Kansas species.


Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), 2004-11, 1 unknown age male, 15-Apr-2004 though 21-Apr-2004, Pool 1A, Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (Barton County) reported by Bob Gress.  An additional report (2004-11A) was submitted by Dave Williams. Additional observers cited in these report: Helen Hands, Pete Janzen, Scott Seltman, Lee Queal and Jane Queal.  Numerous photos from 3 observers.  Sixth state record.


Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea): 2004-48, 1 unknown sex adult observed at the Big Salt Marsh of Quivira NWR (Stafford County) on 12-May-2003, first by Chris Wood with report filed by Mike Rader. Second state record.


Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor): 2004-51, 1 probable male unknown age observed over Roe Blvd and I-35, Roeland Park, KS (Johnson County) on 4-Dec-2004 by Alan Godwin.  An unusually late season record for this species.


Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris):  2004-38, 1 male/hatch year observed at feeders in Garden City (Finney County) on 10-Oct-2004 by Tom Shane and Phil Rich.  Bird was observed by many individuals and documented with numerous photos.  This is the first record of this species in Kansas and will be added to the KOS Checklist. 


Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens), 2004-24, 1 adult female, 11-Jul-2004 through 14-Jul-2004, rural residence in northeast Chautauqua reported by Mark Corder.  Additional reports submitted by Jon Strong (2004-24A) and Sebastian Patti (2004-24B).  Other observers cited in these reports: Elaine Corder, Gloria Wolfe-Jones and the Dailey family.  Numerous photos were submitted with these reports.  Second state record.


Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope), 2004-32, 1 immature male, 16-Aug-2004 through 20-Aug-2004, residential yard in Larned (Pawnee County) reported by Don Kazmaier.  Other observers: Kathy Kazmaier and Scott Seltman.  Report included several photographs.  Tenth state record.


Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus), 2004-31, 1 unknown age female, 18-Aug-2004 through 21-Aug-2004, rural residence near Iuka (Pratt County) reported by Linda Loomis, additional observer Ken Brunson.  Report included several photographs.  Thirteenth state record.


Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii), 2004-34, 1 adult unknown sex, 21-Sep-2002, North Fork of the Cimarron River (Morton County) reported by Chuck Otte.  Additional cited observers included Jaye Otte, Scott Seltman, Mike Rader and Don Kazmaier.  Sixth state record.


Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus), 2004-21, 1 adult male, 18-May-2004, Elkhart shelterbelt north of the cemetery (Morton County) reported by Steven Mlodinow and Paul Lehman.  First non specimen state record since species was split from Solitary Vireo in 1997.


Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus):  2004-40, 1 unknown age/sex bird heard in the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area (Linn County) on 1-Jun-2004 by Bill Busby.


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea):  2004-49, 1 unknown age/sex individual observed with a mixed flock at Nelson Island (Johnson County) by Terry Swope on 14-Dec-2004.  An unusual late season record.


Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius):  2004-50, 1 adult female seen in the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway (Sedgwick County) on 18-Dec-2004 by Brian Addis and Pete Janzen. 


Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens), 2004-04, 1 unknown age male, 15-Sep-2002, Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita (Sedgwick County) reported by Pete Janzen.  An uncommon eastward sighting of this western US warbler.


Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor): 2004-47, 1 adult male observed in Wichita’s Oak Park (Sedgwick County) from 30-Oct-2004 thru 27-Nov-2004 by Paul E. Griffin. Documented with photographs.  A very late season record and quite far west in the state.


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), 2004-05, 1 first basic plumage male, 31-Jan-2004, Manhattan residence at a bird bath (Riley County) reported by Dave Rintoul with photographs.  A rare winter record for the state.


Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator): 2004-46, 2 adult males, 2 adult females observed in a cedar windbreak in Ulysses (Grant County) by Mark Corder and others on 27-Nov-2004.  Record accompanied by photographs.


Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria), 2004-27, 1 male adult, 25-Jul-2004, urban yard at feeders in northeast Wichita (Sedgwick County) reported by Carolyn Schwab.  Additional cited observers: Lewis Rogers, Bill and Nancy Beard, Cheryl Miller and Bob Gress.  Record submitted with photographs.  Fourteenth state record.


Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria), 2004-30, 1 adult male, 18-Aug-2004 to 19-Aug-2004 at feeders in urban yard, Olathe (Johnson County) reported by Mark Corder, also observed by Elaine Corder.  Submitted with photographs.  Fifteenth state record.


Records not accepted

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2004-19, 1 unknown sex adult, 8-May-2004 in Pool 8 of the McPherson Wetlands (McPherson County).  Origin of the bird is in question.


Falcated Duck (Anas falcate), 2004-01, 1 adult male, 1-Jan-2004, at a pond in Topeka (Shawnee County). Insufficient details to rule out other Anas species and given the rarity of this species in North America, origin of the bird would have to be questioned.


Cordilleran Flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis), 2004-33, 1 unknown sex adult, 5-Sep-2004 at Middle Spring in the Cimarron National Grasslands (Morton County).  Insufficient details to separate from other Empidonax flycatchers.


Cordilleran Flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis),  2004-35, 1 unknown age/sex bird observed in Garden City (Finney County) on 18-Sep-2004.  Insufficient details to separate from other Empidonax flycatchers.


Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii), 2004-36, 1 adult, unknown sex observed in the Elkhart sewer ponds shelterbelt (Morton County) on 4-Sep-2004.  Insufficient details to separate from Blue-headed Vireo.


Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina), 2004-37, 5 unknown sex birds, possible juveniles observed in Blue Rapids (Marshall County) on 2-Oct-2004.  Insufficient details to separate from other Tree Swallow.


Members of the committee voting on these records


Greg Farley

Bob Gress (Alternate)

Mick McHugh

Lloyd Moore

Matt Gearheart

Chuck Otte (Secretary)

Brett Sandercock (Alternate)

Max Thompson (Chair)

Eugene Young


Submitted by Chuck Otte, KBRC secretary.

March 27, 2005