After returning to Kansas, I took a trip to Fancy Creek State Park where I was able to add three species to my Rile County list. The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) and the Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia). These new species bring my Riley County total to 79 species.
My picture of the week this week is of a group of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura), or a wake, perched in a tree at Fancy Creek State Park.
|A group of perched Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) is called a wake.|
My highlight of the week was spotting a Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) at Fancy Creek State Park. I am told that there are currently no breeding records of this species in Riley County, Kansas, making it very exciting for me to spot one at this time of year.
I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment or question about some of your highlights or rare birds in your area.