1999 REPORT OF THE KANSAS BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE
(Published in the June 2000 edition of the KOS Bulletin)
This report summarizes the activities of the Committee for the calendar
year 1999, as well as any decisions pending from previous years. The Committee
received fifty-four observation records in 1999, documenting the occurrence
of 52 different birds. Forty records were circulated. One record is still
undergoing review. All records submitted, whether circulated to the committee
or not, are archived in the Natural History Museum at the University of
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 Rejected.
Taxonomy and nomenclature follow the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list
of North American Birds (Seventh edition, 1998).
After the common 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. Rejected records have the observers’ names omitted and a
brief explanation as to the reason for rejection.
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens), 99-40, 1 subadult, Sept.
22, 1999, Pool 3B, Cheyenne Bottoms (Barton County), Rich Kostecke. First
state record, added to the state checklist with hypothetical status.
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), 99-35, 1 juvenile, July 29,1999,
Nature Conservancy property near Cheyenne Bottoms (Barton County), Mike
Rader, Ted Cable. Most Kansas records for this species occur in mid- to
late summer, and this one certainly conforms to that trend.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), 99-12, 1 adult in breeding plumage,
April 7 to April 9, 1999, wetland near Lawrence Airport (Douglas County),
Galen Pittman, photos by Lloyd Moore. This is the 9th record
for this species in the state.
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), 99-43, 2 adult females,
Nov. 11, 1999, Milford Lake (Geary County), Chuck Otte.
Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra), 99-02, 1 Female, November
26, 1998, Alma Sewage Ponds (Wabaunsee County), Dan LaShelle, Dan Gish.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), 99-26, 1 adult, June 7, 1999,
marina on Milford Lake (Geary County), Jeff Keating. Previous record late
date for this bird in spring was June 6.
Mew Gull (Larus canus), 99-03, 1 adult, Feb. 6, 1999, Tuttle Creek
Reservoir outlet tubes (Riley County), Guy Smith. This is the 6th
record for this species in the state.
Mew Gull (Larus canus), 99-04, 1 adult, Feb. 7, 1999, Tuttle Creek
Reservoir outlet tubes (Riley County), Lloyd Moore, Galen Pittman, Glenn
Koontz, Tracy Wohl. These observers flocked to the site of Guy Smith's
observation of 2/6/1999 (KBRC #99-03 above), and found a Mew Gull. But
the descriptions of the birds indicated that this is a different individual
than KBRC #99-04, so it was accepted as a separate record. This is the
7th record for this species in the state.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), 99-08, 1 adult,
Mar. 11, 1999, Douglas/Jefferson County landfill (Douglas County), Mark
Robbins, Jim Rivers. Also reported by Alexis Powell in a separate submission.
This is the 7th record for this species in the state.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), 99-42, 1 in first
basic plumage, Oct. 3, 1999, face of dam on Perry Lake (Jefferson County),
Mick McHugh. This is the 8th record for this species in the
Greater Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), 99-49, 1 in 3rd
basic plumage, Dec. 26, 1999, Cheyenne Bottoms (Barton County), Galen Pittman.
This is the 6th record for this species in the state.
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), 99-16, up
to 5 adults, various dates from 1997 to 1999, residential area in Girard
(Crawford County), Martha Price, Robert Mangile, Mary Ann Lepoglow, Ronnie
O'Toole. Video and accompanying audio record helped to corroborate this
identification. This is the 3rd accepted record for this species
in the state. Additionally, this report would indicate that the species
has been in the southeastern corner of the state since at least 1997.
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), 99-34, 1
adult, March 29 through April 2, 1999, Ivy Drive, North Newton (Harvey
County), Gregg Friesen, Dwight Platt, Bob Regier. The bird was observed
calling, and sitting on a nest. This is the 4th record for this
species in the state.
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica), 99-13, 1 probable adult male,
April 3, 1999, backyard of residence in Emporia (Lyons County), Marvin
Schwilling, Phil Taunton, Myrna Taunton.
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica), 99-17, 1 adult, May
4, 1999, Cimarron National Grassland (Morton County), Dan Mulhern, Jerry
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri), 99-44,
1 adult male, Oct. 6, 1999 through 10/8/1999, Nelson Environmental Study
Area (Jefferson County), Galen Pittman, Jon Eggen. This is the 6th
record for this species for the state, and only the second report that
did not originate from the southwest corner.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), 99-48, 1 adult in basic
plumage, Dec. 29, 1999, Lone Star Lake (Douglas County), Phil Wedge, Margaret
Wedge. A rare winter record for this species; the previous late date was
November 19 and the previous early date was February 28.
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus), 99-24, 1 adult
female, May 8, 1999, Cimarron National Grassland (Morton County), Jeff
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans), 99-18, 1 adult in
alternate plumage, May 4, 1999, Cimarron National Grassland, Middle Spring
(Morton County), Dan Mulhern, Jerry Horak.
Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii), 99-37, 1 adult, Sept. 11,
1999, near the Cimarron River (Morton County), Mick McHugh, Lisa Edwards,
Galen Pittman, Sebastian Patti.
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus), 99-30, 2 individuals, May
2, 1999, downtown Coffeyville (Montgomery County), Galen Pittman. This
is the 7th record for this species in the state.
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus), 99-31, 3 or 4 individuals,
May 2, 1999, Little Caney River (Chautauqua County), Galen Pittman. This
is the 8th record for this species in the state.
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), 99-46, 1 unknown, Dec.
18, 1999, River Pond below Tuttle Reservoir (Pottawatomie County), Ted
Cable, Pat Freeman, Doris Burnett, Bob Broyles, Paul Weidhaas, Chod Hedinger.
A rare winter sighting of this insectivorous species, which commonly winters
along the Gulf Coast.
Virginia's Warbler (Vermivora virginiae), 99-29, 1 adult
male, July 8, 1999, Estes Draw, Ft. Riley (Geary County), Amy McAndrews,
Zoey Meissner. These reporters, operating a mist-netting station on Ft.
Riley, originally identified this bird as a Nashville Warbler (Vermivora
ruficapilla), which would also be highly unusual in mid-summer. But
careful measurements of the crown patch (usually concealed) and description
of the chest, belly and undertail color pattern indicated that this was
a Virginia's Warbler. This is the 12th record for the species
in the state, one of the easternmost reports for the state, and a very
unusual record for mid-summer.
Virginia's Warbler (Vermivora virginiae), 99-39, 1 adult
female, Sept. 4, 1999, Scout Camp (Morton County), Robert Fisher. Unlike
KBRC #99-29 above, this bird occurred in a region of the state a bit closer
to the normal breeding range, but most previous records for this species
have been in the spring. 13th state record.
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens), 99-41,
1 adult, Oct. 16 and 17, 1999, pasture pond outflow (Harvey County), Carolyn
Schwab, Bob Dester. A late fall record, and an unusually easterly sighting
for this western warbler.
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus), 99-47, 1 in winter plumage,
Dec. 18, 1999, Pfeil Creek (Riley County), Ted Cable, Fred Freeman.
Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor), 99-14, 1 adult male,
April 20, 1999, residential area in Topeka (Shawnee County), Dan Gish.
Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor), 99-28, 1 adult male,
June 6, 1999, Horsethief Canyon, Kanopolis Park (Ellsworth County), Chris
Smith, Alexandra Latham.
Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina), 99-15, 1 subadult female,
April 30, 1999, hedgerow, east edge of Kinsley (Edwards County), Mick McHugh,
Chris Hobbs, Sebastian Patti, Galen Pittman.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps), 99-25, 1 unknown/adult,
May 29, 1999, observation overlook, Tuttle Creek Dam (Riley County), Rick
Schmid, Betty Grenon, Mark Armstrong, Judy Troutman, Terry Swirczek, Howard
and Sue Mattix, Don Maas, Neil Falzgraf, Georgianne Meyers. A birding group
from Nebraska found this bird, which was also seen June 6, 1999 by Lowell
Johnson, who sent in a separate report. Micro-habitat at this site is similar
to that associated with the species in the southwestern US, but this is
an unusually north-eastern location.
RECORDS NOT ACCEPTED
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), 99-09, 1 adult, March 21, 1999,
Evans Creek arm of Perry Lake (Jefferson County). Origin of this individual
is unknown. This species is commonly kept in captivity, and there are several
waterfowl fanciers in the Perry Lake area who keep Mute Swans.
Spoonbill Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), 99-50, 1 in
basic plumage, April 27, 1999, Cheyenne Bottoms (Barton County). Identification
questionable. Unfortunately corroborating details were either not present
or were not noted by the observer at the time of the sighting. This species
would be an exceptional rarity anywhere in the lower 48 states. Records
for this Asian species are known from Alaska and British Columbia; there
is only one inland North American record (Alberta).
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), 99-10, 1
adult, March 28, 1999, feeder near Valley Falls, KS (Jefferson County).
Identification questionable. Vocalizations were not heard, and description
did not eliminate Ringed Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia risoria).
Western Screech-Owl (Otus kennicottii), 99-38, 1 unknown,
Sept. 4, 1999, Wilburton Crossing (Morton County). Identification questionable.
The bird was not seen, but was heard only. An Eastern Screech-Owl was seen
in the same location a day later by the same group, and a "western-sounding"
call was heard, and then traced to an Eastern Screech-owl (Otus asio),
a week later in the same location.
Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata), 99-36, 1 male/adult,
Aug. 14, 1999, Cheyenne Bottoms (Barton County). Identification questionable.
Details of size and plumage did not rule out Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle
Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii), 99-23, 1 adult, May 7, 1999, south
side of Tuttle Creek River Pond (Pottawatomie County). Identification questionable.
After two rounds of discussion and voting, this record was not accepted
because the description did not solidly eliminate Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava), 99-45, family group of seven birds,
date of sighting not reported, presumably summer of 1998, rural area west
of Topeka (Shawnee County). Identification questionable. Photographs submitted
with the report indicated that these birds were probably Western Kingbirds
(Tyrannus verticalis); written description was consistent with that
alternative and more likely identification. There are no confirmed reports
of Yellow Wagtail in the interior of North America; one sight record exists
for Alabama. There are no breeding records anywhere in the US outside of
Bachman's Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis), 99-27, 2 adult,
May 28, 1999, Bronco Road, (Chautauqua County). Identification questionable.
Description of bird song and bird plumage did not sufficiently rule out
other species, and the habitat did not seem suitable for this bird.
Members of the committee voting on these records:
David Seibel, chair
David Rintoul, secretary
Sebastian Patti - alternate
Bob Gress - alternate