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
Mallard
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

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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!