It’s a birdwatcher’s dream, the influx of shorebirds that have taken up short-term residency at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.

There’s even a smattering of ducks, which will only increase in numbers as temperatures cool, sending waves of the birds south for the winter.

In the meantime, birders have been watching herons, egrets, ibises, avocets and stilts as they seek food to prepare for the long flight ahead.

Pelicans, cormorants and even the oft-sighted swallow round out the list of birds.

While these photos hail from casual drives through Cheyenne Bottoms, there’s also a wealth of birds at nearby Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. That’s for another day, however.