On our same trip, we visited Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Jacob and I have kind of gotten into birding in the last couple of years. I call it our "old people nerd secret". We get pretty excited when we see or hear a bird that isn't just an every day sighting. Jacob even bought a special camera lens just for this trip and for capturing some bird pics. This new hobby was influenced by Birds and Blooms magazine and the movie The Big Year.
At certain times of the year, several species of birds migrate through the wetlands at Cheyenne Bottoms. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of water there when we visited. We will definitely go back when there has been more moisture.
Here are a few of the birds we did see:
The Killdeer. These guys were all over.
Blue-Winged Teal Duck. This was the coolest one we sighted.
Red-Winged Black Bird. These are very common in Kansas, and probably my favorite local bird.
Female Yellow-Headed Blackbird.
There is a very cool website called Project Noah. You can check out pictures Jacob has taken on his profile page. We have spotted some cool critters and learned about them on this site.