Feeder Update #8: A Visit to Sedgwick County Park

Double-breasted Cormorant

A lot of my feeder updates have gotten wordy lately, so this week I’m going to try and keep it a little bit more brief.

I still have not been able to hit up the Great Plains Nature Center like I’ve wanted to for so long. Next week looks like a dud as well, just looking at my work schedule versus the weather. We actually got snow this past week, so it’s been cold. I feel like spring keeps wanting to happen, but it’s two steps forward, one step back. Oh well.

No real news for the feeders. It was a slow week for birds. This isn’t surprising, as many birds are nesting right now. Birds get territorial around their nests sites and don’t like to leave the nest area. Since they don’t necessarily brood near my feeders, they’re probably looking for snacks elsewhere for the time. Plus, some birds, such as chickadees, prefer to hunt insects during the warmer months and won’t be as apt to eat seeds. The grackles are not dissuaded from raiding, however.

Speaking of, it looks like I’ll need to bump the Baltimore Oriole from the Bird of the Week. I’ve had no luck getting them to stop by my oriole feeder. I’ll either replace them with the Common Grackle or the Blue Jay. Both are very interesting birds, so it’ll be a fun time!

I have a great article coming up with this week about first breaking into the hobby of bird feeding. Once that’s posted, I’ll be adding a section to the website for bird feeding advice. Please, let me know if there’s anything in particular you want me to weigh in on!

Onto the good stuff…

There are pictures this week! Instead of pictures at my feeders, I took a detour to Sedgwick County Park to try and capture some of the awesome waterfowl there. If you have any interest in waterfowl, the park is a great place to see them, as there several lakes and ponds. A lot of the ducks and geese are pretty comfortable around people and probably wouldn’t mind if you brought them some corn. Please don’t feed them bread, but dried corn is fine.

There’s a few different birds I wasn’t able to identify, so if you know what they are, please tell me! Even Merlin and the Audubon app failed me. I’m not very well versed in waterfowl, but I’d love to learn more.

The park is awesome. There are several playgrounds, a small track for RC cars, lots of walking/bike paths, tennis courts, and more. It’s on the west side of town, right by the zoo, and it’s large enough that you can largely forget you’re in the middle of Wichita.

Please, enjoy the pictures. Be sure to click on each one to see the descriptions and learn more about each bird!

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