Hello From the Other Manhattan

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;

Cackling geese
Canada geese
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)
American Coots
Ring-billed gull
Rock pigeon
Barred owl (dead, by the road)
American crow
Red-breasted nuthatch
Carolina wren pair
European starling
Dark-eyed (slate-colored) junco
Eastern meadowlark
Red-winged blackbird (huge flocks)
Common grackle
House finch
House (English) sparrow

More like this

My recent visit to Manhattan Kansas and the Platte River, Nebraska, was the first time I've ever set foot into either state, so this is my complete bird list for that region. Life list birds are noted with red font. Eastern Kansas/Nebraska Bird List Snow goose, white and blue phases Canada goose…
A slightly worn Julia Heliconian butterfly, Dryas julia Fabricius. This image was taken summer 2004 at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park's Pollinarium exhibit. It was donated to Wikipedia under the GFDL by Steven G. Johnson, the photographer. [wallpaper size]. As promised, here are my…
Well, Heather and I stumbled out of bed this morning around 5:30 (after two alarms, my clock and my cat), sipped some coffee and watched the sun rise. It could have been a typical school day, actually, but this morning we were heading out for our first bioblitz of the week. We decided to leisurely…
Talitiainen (Great Tit), Parus major. Photographed in Hietaniemen hautausmaa (Hietaniemi cemetery), Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 November 2008 [larger view]. Now that I am on the plane, returning to the USA, I will share my revised list of birds seen in the Helsinki area of…

Everything from finches to herons... that's one seriously birdy place! And it sounds like your birdwatching skills are doing just fine....

By David Harmon (not verified) on 25 Mar 2008 #permalink

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

By Chris' Wills (not verified) on 26 Mar 2008 #permalink

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!