Bird Roll Call: May 14, 2018

  • American crow2
  • American goldfinch2
  • American redstart**2
  • American robin2
  • Black-capped chickadee2
  • Blackpoll warbler*2
  • Blue jay2
  • Brown thrasher2
  • Chimney swift2
  • Common grackle2
  • Downy woodpecker2
  • Eastern wood-peewee**2
  • Empidonax sp. (I believe this was an Acadian flycatcher*)2
  • European starling2
  • House finch2
  • House sparrow2
  • House wren2
  • Mourning dove2
  • Nashville warbler**2
  • Northern cardinal2
  • Northern flicker2
  • Orange-crowned warbler**2
  • Pine siskin2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker2
  • White-breasted nuthatch2
  • Yellow warbler2

This was an exciting day of birding, given that I never left my backyard. I had six warbler species come through, as well as two flycatcher species. The American redstart visited in the morning. At about noon, the yellow warbler, Nashville warbler, and blackpoll warbler all visited in quick succession. The orange-crowned warbler came a little later in the afternoon. I heard the eastern wood-peewee before I saw it but didn’t trust my ear. I later found it perched on my neighbor’s utility line. The Acadian flycatcher was the last exciting visitor for the day. I was struck by its greenish coloring.

The other birds — the regulars — were quite active. Of note, the white-breasted nuthatches scaled the trees, checked out the bird feeders, and bathed in one of the birdbaths.

I heard little sounds coming from one of the sweetgum trees. I couldn’t tell if they were baby squirrels or baby birds, but I think it was the latter.

Location — in my backyard. A single asterisk indicates first sighting. A double asterisk indicates first sighting in my yard.

Bird Roll Call: May 13, 2018

  • American crow2
  • American goldfinch1,2,3
  • American redstart (males, females, and first-year males)2,3
  • American robin1,2,3,4
  • Baltimore oriole (home sighting was at the end of my street)1,3
  • Black-and-white warbler (females)3
  • Blackburnian warbler (wow!)*2
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2,3
  • Blue jay1,2,3
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2,3
  • Blue-headed vireo2,3
  • Broad-winged hawk*2
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Brown-headed cowbird (female)2
  • Brown-headed cowbird (male)1
  • Canada goose3
  • Canada warbler*2
  • Carolina wren (heard)2,3
  • Cedar waxwing2
  • Chestnut-sided warbler*2
  • Chimney swift*1,2
  • Common grackle1,3
  • Common yellowthroat*2
  • Cooper’s hawk2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2,3
  • Eastern phoebe2,3
  • Eastern wood-peewee*2,3
  • Empidonax sp.2
  • European starling1,3
  • Gray catbird2
  • Great blue heron2,3,4
  • Green heron (heard)2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • House wren1
  • Killdeer2,3
  • Least flycatcher2
  • Magnolia warbler (female)*2
  • Mallard2,3
  • Mourning dove1,2,3
  • Nashville warbler (male and female)2
  • Northern cardinal1,2,3
  • Northern flicker (heard)1,2,3
  • Northern mockingbird3
  • Northern parula (heard at Tomahak Park, female seen at Leawood City Park)3
  • Orange-crowned warbler3
  • Painted bunting (female)*2
  • Philadelphia vireo2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2,3
  • Red-eyed vireo2
  • Red-tailed hawk3
  • Red-winged blackbird (heard)2
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet2
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird2
  • Spotted sandpiper2,3
  • Swainson’s thrush2,3
  • Swallow sp.1
  • Tennessee warbler2,3
  • Tufted titmouse2,3
  • Turkey vulture1
  • Warbling vireo2
  • Wilson’s warbler2,3
  • Worm-eating warbler (I know!)*3
  • Yellow warbler2,3
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo (heard and barely seen)*2

Locations — in my backyard, at Tomahawk Park, at Leawood City Park, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Tomahawk Park
3. Seen at Leawood City Park
4. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 12, 2018

  • American crow3
  • American goldfinch1,2
  • American robin1,2,3
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2
  • Blue jay1,2
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Brown-headed cowbird (female)1
  • Carolina wren (heard)1,2
  • Common grackle1
  • Cooper’s / sharp-shinned hawk2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • Empidonax sp.1,2
  • European starling1,2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • House wren1
  • Lincoln’s sparrow1
  • Mallard3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1,2,3
  • Northern flicker1
  • Northern parula (heard)2
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • Red-eyed vireo2
  • Red-tailed hawk3
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet1
  • Swallow sp.1,3
  • Tufted titmouse2
  • Turkey vulture3
  • White-breasted nuthatch2

Locations — in my backyard, at Tomahawk Park, and while driving to and from these locations.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Tomahawk Park
3. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 11, 2018

  • American crow1
  • American goldfinch1,2
  • American redstart (female spreading her tail feathers to flush prey)3
  • American robin1,2,3
  • Belted kingfisher3
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2,3
  • Blue jay1
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2,3
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Canada goose2,3
  • Carolina wren (heard)2,3
  • Common grackle1,2
  • Cooper’s hawk2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2,3
  • Eastern phoebe3
  • European starling1,2,3
  • Gray catbird2,3
  • Gray-cheeked thrush3
  • Great blue heron2
  • Great-crested flycatcher (fighting another bird, but I was not able to ID the other bird)3
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • House wren1
  • Lincoln’s sparrow1
  • Mallard2,3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1,2,3
  • Northern parula (heard)2,3
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2,3
  • Red-eyed vireo3
  • Red-tailed hawk4
  • Red-winged blackbird4
  • Swainson’s thrush2,3
  • Swallow sp.4
  • Tufted titmouse2,3
  • Turkey vulture3
  • Warbling vireo2,3
  • White-breasted nuthatch1
  • White-throated sparrow2
  • Wilson’s warbler*2

Locations — in my backyard, at Tomahawk Park (morning and afternoon), at the Overland Park Arboretum, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Tomahawk Park
3. Seen at the Overland Park Arboretum
4. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 10, 2018

  • American goldfinch1,2
  • American robin1,2,3
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2
  • Blue jay1
  • Brown-headed cowbird2,3
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Canada goose2,3
  • Carolina wren (heard)1,2
  • Chimney swift3
  • Common grackle1,2,3
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • European starling1,2,3
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1,2
  • Lincoln’s sparrow1
  • Mallard2,3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Mourning warbler* (a very exciting and unexpected visitor first thing in the morning!)1
  • Northern cardinal1,2,3
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2,3
  • Northern flicker1,2
  • Northern parula, possible (I believe I heard this bird’s call coming from several trees in Leawood City Park)1,2
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2
  • Red-tailed hawk4
  • Rose-breasted grosbeak (male and female in and out of yard throughout day)1
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet1
  • Song sparrow2
  • Tufted titmouse2
  • Warbling vireo, possible (not certain about this ID)2
  • White-breasted nuthatch (within a few feet of me as I was gardening and also took a bath in the birdbath by the back door)1
  • Wood duck2
  • Yellow warbler2

Locations — in my backyard, at Leawood City Park, at Meadowbrook Park, and while driving to and from these locations.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Leawood City Park
3. Seen at Meadowbrook Park
4. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 9, 2018

  • American goldfinch1
  • Barn swallow3
  • Black-capped chickadee2
  • Blue jay1
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Canada goose2
  • Carolina wren2
  • Cedar waxwing1
  • Common nighthawk (overhead)2
  • Eastern phoebe, possible2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Mallard2
  • Northern flicker1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Prothonotary warbler2
  • Red-winged blackbird1
  • Summer tanager2
  • Tufted titmouse2
  • White-breasted nuthatch1
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2
  • American robin1,2,3
  • Mourning dove1,2,3
  • Common grackle1,2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • European starling1,2
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2
  • Great blue heron2,3
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2,3

Locations — in my backyard, at Leawood City Park, and while driving to and from these locations.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Leawood City Park
3. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 6, 2018

  • American coot2
  • American goldfinch2
  • American robin1,2
  • Bald eagle2
  • Baltimore oriole1,2
  • Barn swallow2
  • Black-necked stilt2
  • Blue jay1
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2
  • Blue-winged teal2
  • Brown thrasher1,2
  • Brown-headed cowbird2
  • Canada goose2
  • Chipping sparrow2
  • Cliff swallow2
  • Common grackle1,2,3
  • Double-crested cormorant2
  • Downy woodpecker2
  • Eastern kingbird2
  • Eastern phoebe2
  • European starling1,2
  • Gadwall2
  • Great blue heron2
  • Great egret2
  • Greater yellowlegs2
  • Green heron*2
  • Harris’s sparrow2
  • Hooded merganser2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • House wren1
  • Indigo bunting2
  • Killdeer2
  • Lark sparrow2
  • Lazuli bunting*2
  • Lesser yellowlegs2
  • Long- / short-billed dowitcher*2
  • Mallard2
  • Mourning dove1,3
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Northern flicker1,2
  • Northern mockingbird2
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2
  • Northern shoveler2
  • Orchard oriole2
  • Palm warbler2
  • Philadelphia vireo*2
  • Pied-billed grebe2
  • Prothonotary warbler2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker2
  • Red-headed woodpecker (juvenile)3
  • Red-tailed hawk2,3
  • Red-winged blackbird2
  • Rock pigeon3
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet2
  • Ruby-throated hummingbird2
  • (Sedge wren*)2
  • Semipalmated sandpiper2
  • Snow goose2
  • Song sparrow2
  • Spotted sandpiper2
  • Stilt sandpiper*2
  • Summer tanager2
  • Swainson’s thrush2
  • Tennessee warbler2
  • Turkey vulture2,3
  • Warbling vireo2
  • White-breasted nuthatch2
  • White-crowned sparrow2
  • White-rumped sandpiper*2
  • White-throated sparrow2
  • Wilson’s phalarope2
  • Yellow warbler2
  • Yellow-rumped warbler2

Locations — in my backyard, at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Preserve, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Preserve
3. Seen at while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 4, 2018

  • American avocet4
  • American coot3,4
  • American crow1,2
  • American robin1,2
  • American white pelican4
  • Baltimore oriole3
  • Barn swallow3
  • Black-capped chickadee1
  • Black-crowned night heron*4
  • Black-necked stilt4
  • Blue jay1
  • Blue-winged teal3,4
  • Bonaparte’s gull3
  • Brown thrasher3,4
  • Brown-headed cowbird2,3
  • Canada goose3
  • Chimney swift3
  • Cliff swallow4
  • Common grackle1,2,3,4
  • Dickcissel5
  • Double-crested cormorant4
  • Eastern bluebird2
  • Eastern kingbird4,5
  • Eastern meadowlark (confirmed by song)*3
  • European starling1,2,4
  • Field sparrow2
  • Great blue heron2,3
  • Great egret*4
  • Harris’s sparrow3
  • House finch3
  • House sparrow1,2,4
  • Killdeer4
  • Lark sparrow3,4,5
  • Lesser yellowlegs3
  • Little blue heron3
  • Mallard2
  • Mourning dove1,2,3,4
  • Northern cardinal1,3
  • Northern rough-winged swallow3
  • Northern shoveler3,4
  • Orchard oriole2
  • Red-tailed hawk2
  • Red-winged blackbird2,3,4
  • Ring-billed gull4
  • Ring-necked pheasant4
  • Ruddy duck4
  • Song sparrow3
  • Spotted sandpiper4
  • Swallow sp.2
  • Tree swallow3
  • Turkey vulture3
  • Western grebe4
  • Western meadowlark (confirmed by song)2
  • White-crowned sparrow3
  • White-faced ibis4
  • Wilson’s phalarope4
  • Wilson’s snipe*3
  • Yellow-headed blackbird*4

Locations — in my backyard, at Baker Wetlands, at Cheyenne Bottoms, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen while driving
3. Seen at Baker Wetlands
4. Seen at Cheyenne Bottoms

Bird Roll Call: May 3, 2018

  • American crow1,2
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,2,4
  • Baltimore oriole1
  • Black tern (overhead)*1
  • Black-and-white warbler3
  • Black-capped chickadee1,3
  • Blue jay1,2,3
  • Blue-winged teal2
  • Blue-winged warbler*3
  • Brown-headed cowbird1,3
  • Canada goose2
  • Carolina wren2
  • Chipping sparrow1
  • Common grackle1,2,3
  • Common nighthawk (overhead)1
  • Downy woodpecker1,3
  • European starling1,2
  • Golden-winged warbler3
  • Gray-cheeked thrush*3
  • House finch1,2
  • House sparrow1,2
  • House wren1
  • Killdeer2
  • Least flycatcher*3
  • Mallard2
  • Mourning dove1,2
  • Northern cardinal1,3
  • Northern parula3
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2
  • Ovenbird*3
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,3
  • Red-eyed vireo (was using the second call from the top found on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website)*3
  • Red-tailed hawk3,4
  • Red-winged blackbird1,2
  • Rose-breasted grosbeak3
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet1,3
  • Spotted sandpiper2
  • Swainson’s thrush1,3
  • Tufted titmouse3
  • Turkey vulture3
  • White-throated sparrow1,3
  • Yellow-rumped warbler3

Locations — in my backyard, at Meadowbrook Park, at the Overland Park Arboretum, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
3. Seen at Meadowbrook Park
4. Seen at Overland Park Arboretum
5. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: May 2, 2018

  • American crow1,2,3
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,2,3
  • Baltimore oriole (four at my home, I believe)1,2
  • Barn swallow3
  • Black-and-white warbler2
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2
  • Blue jay1,2
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher2
  • Blue-headed vireo2
  • Brown thrasher1
  • Carolina wren1,2
  • Chipping sparrow2
  • Common grackle1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • Eastern bluebird2
  • Eastern kingbird*2
  • European starling1
  • Gray catbird1
  • Hairy woodpecker2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Indigo bunting*1
  • Mallard3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Northern rough-winged swallow2
  • Orchard oriole (two at least)*1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Prothonotary warbler2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2
  • Red-winged blackbird (one immature male and one mature male)1,2
  • Rock pigeon3
  • Rose-breasted grosbeak (female or juvenile)2
  • Swainson’s thrush2
  • Tufted titmouse2
  • Turkey vulture2
  • White-breasted nuthatch (one male and one female)1,2
  • White-throated sparrow1,2
  • Yellow-rumped warbler2

Carolina wrens have a nest at Overland Park Arboretum in the eave of the welcome center.

Locations — in my backyard, at Overland Park Arboretum, and while driving to and from these locations. A single asterisk indicates first sighting.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Overland Park Arboretum
4. Seen while driving