If you're coming to KS for birds, you'd better focus your attention on the western half of the state. The NE 1/4 of the state is in a severe drought this year and bird populations haven't been that stellar for the last decade, or so any way. Beloit W to Stockton, N to Alma Nebraska, E to Red Cloud Nebraska, S to Cawker City. That would be my choice of narrowing down Kansas, for pheasant and quail. Traditional grass plains territory and friendly area with plenty of walk-in hunting for birds. Tends to get busy, as 24 Hwy corridor is very popular for these reasons. That said, this year especially, everything west of Salina (pronounced; Suh-line-uh), has gotten above average rain fall and should prove to be the best they've been in several years. It was very evident with prairie dog numbers this year... I heard time and again, "This is how it was in the 70's. Hard to beat shootin' dogs like this." Any way, good luck!