Date: 3/18/21 4:39 pm
From: Terry Miller <millert832...>
Subject: Re: In a lighter vein
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Okay...after reading all of these...I will throw in one of my early
embarrassing birding stories. I was taking Ornithology at NWMSU in the
late 70's. As a *very inexperienced newby*, I would go birding as much as
I could in between classes and studying. I was out at Dobbin's Woodland, a
decent stand of timber, south of Maryville. I kept hearing an unknown
"bird" calling up in the trees and as I got closer, it would stop calling,
and it seemed to keep flying to another distant tree. I was pretty
persistent and I would very carefully try to sneak up and locate this
mystery bird. Going from distant tree to distant tree, this went on for
over an hour. Finally, I gave up and went back to my room for my
(justifiably?) postponed studying.

Well, it wasn't until I took Herpetology later on and I was listening to
amphibian calls in the lab. The moderator on the tape said, "Now listen to
the bird-like trill of the Gray Treefrog''. My frustrating adventure all
came back to my mind and I was glad that it did while I was alone in that
lab room.....

Nature certainly has a beautiful way of keeping us humble....and at the
same time...very appreciative of the opportunity!!

Terry L. Miller
Plattsburg, MO
<millert832...>

www.millerstaxidermy.net

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"Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely his
eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have
been made." Romans 1:20


On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 6:10 PM Media.com <edgew...> wrote:

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> Jean Leonatti will verify our mutual experience of just the opposite. We
> had passed the white plastic bag on the big tree stump when something just
> didn't seem right about it. "Stop," I yelled, "that isn't a plastic bag."
> She backed ten feet and we were staring at a Snowy Owl. It stayed in the
> area (east side of Grand Pass CA) long enough for us to get several people
> coming from Columbia 75 miles away on it for life looks.
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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> *From: *"Catherine Davis" <catherineann...>
> *To: *"MOBIRDS-L" <MOBIRDS-L...>
> *Sent: *Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:41:34 PM
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> My story is mistaking a white plastic bag for a snowy owl. I lived in St
> Charles,MO and heard a report of a snowy owl in Redbud, IL. Drove there
> and excitedly spotted it. Drove home and got my husband and drove back to
> Redbud. He had to point out to me that it was a Walmart bag.
> Catherine Davis
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> On Mar 18, 2021, at 4:04 PM, June Newman <june...> wrote:
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> Several years ago, much too early in the season, I posted that I was
> hearing a Northern Parula. I had not learned that Dark-eyed Juncos, late
> winter, before they head north, often begin to sing. There's some remote
> similarity; they both trill. But I should have known better, and I was
> embarrassed at having ignored a basic tenet of birding, to consider always
> what is likely, and not likely, in a given time and place. If you have a
> copy of the MDC booklet, Enjoying Missouri's Birds, it's it's an invaluable source
> of information about what appears when.
>
> June Newman
> now in Chicago
>
> On Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 1:25 PM Julie Lundsted <jlundste...> wrote:
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>> How about the mistaken sounds?
>> I remember one Christmas Bird Count with Jim D Wilson - we were searching
>> Binder Lake, Cole County, for birds super early one morning.
>> We heard a "clack" "clack" "clack". Jim got super excited- THAT'S A
>> RAIL!!! Looking and looking.... heard the "clack" "clack" again....
>>
>> then ...
>>
>> We realized it was the Canda Geese as they were walking across the thin
>> ice cracking it.
>>
>> Brought a smile to my face thinking of that on this dreary day!
>>
>> Julie Lundsted
>>
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>> *To:* <MOBIRDS-L...> <MOBIRDS-L...>
>> *Subject:* Re: In a lighter vein
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>> I don't know how many times Larry Lade and I have spotted a Leaf Bird up
>> in a tree! Probably the best, or worst, though was the "Cow Chip" bird at
>> Quivira NWR. We were scanning a Praire Dog town for Burrowing Owls and
>> there was a dried cow pile that had been turned up on it's side. Looked
>> very "Owl Like" for a little while. Fun to remember those kind of things!
>>
>> Steve Kinder
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 04:45:18 PM CDT, Dorcas Wanner <
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>> Years ago in one of Bill Rowe's classes, on a field trip, he trained his
>> scope on a duck far out on a pond. He invited each of us to look and
>> identify the duck. We each dutifully looked and made our best guess. There
>> were 8 or 10 of us. After much discussion, someone became suspicious.
>> Sure enough it was a decoy!
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