Date: 8/2/22 2:47 pm
From: Sandra Elbert <selbert1...>
Subject: Mississippi kite Columbia
At 4:00 a Mississippi kite flew over corner of Bray and Dublin Ave. It
probably came from CANS.

Sandy
Sandra Elbert
Columbia, Boone Co.

On Mon, Aug 1, 2022, 16:52 Daniel Getman <
<000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Several activities of note in the yard the last few days;
> 1) Lots of juvenile rose-breasted grosbeaks. An adult male was feeding
> several of them above a feeder. We haven’t been seeing many baltimore
> orioles - not sure why.
>
> 2) Hummingbird numbers have started to increase. An adult male is
> guarding one of the feeders, chasing the juveniles away. He’s got 2
> favorite perches that he watches from, providing easy photo opportunities.
> I looked at last year, and the adult males stayed around until Sept 9th.
> So the next month should be fun.
>
> 3) Yesterday, we had a beautiful indigo bunting in what I call Millers
> Field, a 1.5 acre wildflower area. This is the 1st time I’ve seen one
> actually in the field, rather than the nearby tree lines. I think the
> shrubby habitat, flowers going to seed and berry-producing bushes are
> enticing them onto our property. Supposedly they like elderberries, which
> are not yet ripe, but we have 22 bushes spread around the property, with
> lots of green berries right now.
>
> 4) The arrowwood viburnum berries are now ripe and the birds are devouring
> them. If you’re looking for a large berry-producing bush, this is a good
> one. We have 18 spread around our property.
>
> 5) Although not a bird, some of you might be interested. A female monarch
> was laying eggs on swamp milkweed in Millers Field. Here’s something to
> watch for - if you see a butterfly fluttering around the leaves of a plant,
> it’s probably laying eggs. This one was laying an egg on the bottom of a
> flower, not yet in bloom. August and early Sept is a big time for monarch
> caterpillars here and mid-Sept is when they migrate through on their way to
> their Mexico overwintering site. Great flowers to support them during
> migration are annual zinnias and two blazing star species, rough blazing
> star and eastern blazing star, both of which bloom later in Sept than the
> more common blazing star. The monarchs really seem to like them.
>
> Photos can be viewed at: flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets
>
> Dan Getman, Kirksville, northeast MO
>
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