Bird watchers descend on Overland Park to spy oriole 1,000 miles from home – Shawnee Mission Post



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Steven Case first spotted the Scott’s Oriole, a species native to the American Southwest, in his backyard in December. Photo credit Nikki Lansford.
Bird watchers are flocking to an Overland Park neighborhood to see if they can get a rare sighting of a Scott’s Oriole, a bird that normally makes its home more than 1,000 miles away.
Native to the American Southwest, this is only the third report ever of a Scott’s Oriole in Kansas, and the furthest east it has ever been reported, according to Steven Case, the Overland Park resident  and longtime bird watcher who first reported sighting the bird last month in his backyard.
Go Deeper: Want to get into bird watching? You can participate in the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count this February.
Hi! I’m Nikki, and I cover the city of Overland Park and the Blue Valley School District.
I grew up in southern Overland Park and graduated from Olathe East before going on to earn a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, I worked as a reporter and editor at the Columbia Missourian. Prior to joining the Post, I had also done work for the Northeast News, PolitiFact Missouri and Kaiser Health News.
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