I made it! After a day spent sitting in a variety of places (planes, trains and automobiles). I am already having a good time, watching my host, Dave, who is armed with a sling-shot being outwitted by two red squirrels who were stealing seeds and suet from his backyard birdfeeders. I have already seen bird species along the drive from the airport in Kansas City, Missouri to Manhattan, Kansas;
Wild Turkeys (4)
Common loon (1, winter plumage)
Eared grebes (many dozens)
American white pelican (dozens, including several with the nuptial "knob" on beak)
Double-crested cormorant (dozens)
Great blue heron
Turkey vultures (dozens!)
Red-tailed hawks (both the eastern (pale belly) and western (dark belly band) forms)
Rough-legged hawk (1)
American kestrel (2)
Barred owl (dead, by the road)
Carolina wren pair
Dark-eyed (slate-colored) junco
Red-winged blackbird (huge flocks)
House (English) sparrow
Everything from finches to herons... that's one seriously birdy place! And it sounds like your birdwatching skills are doing just fine....
Welcome to Kansas!
Did you remember to take your camera?
Have a nice time relaxing and hopefully the broken wing won't cause any major problems
Yay! You made it! Have a great time.
I used to live on Ft. Riley, right next door to Manhattan. It's a beautiful area, I love the prairie, I hope you enjoy your trip!