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Bird count notes

As is always the case, there are some pretty interesting things coming from this winter’s Christmas Bird Counts.

The 200-plus bald eagles found during the Quivira count will be talked about for years. It may be the greatest concentration of eagles in Kansas in modern times. Shoot, ancient times, too, for that matter.

You have to wonder how long it will take that many eagles to consume the huge amounts of dead carp and other fish that have caused the big birds to gather in such numbers.

I think most people would be surprised at the large numbers of robins wintering in Kansas this year. About 5,000 were reported on the Wichita count and about 50,000 in Lawrence.

About every winter I get a call from someone telling me they’ve seen a robin in their yard, wondering if that means we’ll have a very early spring.

Oh, if you’re wanting to head to Cheyenne Bottoms to look for the long-tailed duck reported on that count you can save yourself the trip. Saturday morning it was shot by hunters. It was perfectly legal and the bird is on the way to a taxidermist.