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Quivira’s whooping crane numbers up to 14

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 12:14 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 4:59 p.m.

It is a good day for birding.

Fourteen whooping cranes were spotted at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday evening. The majority of the whoopers were seen in the refuge’s area of the Big Salt Marsh and Wildlife Drive; four were seen on the north end of the Little Salt Marsh.

“If that weren’t enough, amongst the scattered flocks literally all around the Big Salt Marsh area, there was a Snow Bunting along the Wildlife Drive near the overlook spotting scope,” wrote Barry Jones, visitor services specialist at the refuge, in an e-mail to a Listserv of Kansas birders.

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