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1/15/21 8:33 pm catherine paris <cparis12010...> Update on pigeon story
1/15/21 4:44 pm <edgew...> <edgew...> Boone Co. White-winged Crosbill
1/15/21 1:50 pm catherine paris <cparis12010...> No sighting: Another example of birding luck
1/15/21 11:00 am Margy Terpstra <ladybirdterp...> 1-15-21 Rockwoods entrance area, Common Redpoll
1/15/21 10:54 am Paul Moffett <pmoffett...> Great Egret
1/14/21 9:36 am D T <dtchickadee...> Evening Grosbeaks. Madison MO
1/14/21 8:54 am John Besser <jbesser1...> Re: Eagle Bluffs
1/14/21 8:03 am Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...> Re: Eagle Bluffs
1/13/21 6:57 pm Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...> Eagle Bluffs
1/13/21 6:35 pm Eric Reuter <eric...> Boone Co. blackbird roost update
1/13/21 11:58 am Patrick Harrison <saxman...> Long Branch Lake & SP, 1/13/2021
1/13/21 10:14 am Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...> Re: TGP Owls
1/13/21 9:36 am Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...> Bald Eagles, Spring Fork Lake, Pettis Co. Sedalia Area, 12/28/2020
1/13/21 7:40 am Brenda Hente <bjhente29...> Re: TGP Owls
1/13/21 7:16 am Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...> TGP Owls
1/12/21 6:59 pm Lottie Bushmann <lottie.bushmann...> Blackbird roost in no Boone Co?
1/12/21 4:15 pm Jean L <jaleonatti...> Grand Pass CA sightings
1/12/21 3:37 pm Thomas Martin <momartin...> Grey/Catbird Cass Co.
1/12/21 3:34 pm Media.com <edgew...> Re: Eagle Trips and Bradford Farms today
1/12/21 3:22 pm Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> Eagle Trips and Bradford Farms today
1/12/21 11:26 am Sherry Leonardo <0000003f830b5818-dmarc-request...> Smithville Lake
1/12/21 11:07 am Paul Moffett <pmoffett...> gulls
1/11/21 7:43 pm Matt Schamberger <mattschamberger...> Columbia Bottom CA (St. Louis County)- spotted towhee, lesser black backed gull
1/11/21 11:31 am Patrick Maloney <maloneypatrick...> Re: No sighting - RFI about Doves
1/11/21 11:21 am Allen Gathman <agathman...> Re: No sighting - RFI about Doves
1/11/21 10:16 am Patrick Maloney <maloneypatrick...> No sighting - RFI about Doves
1/11/21 7:27 am Wilburn Boesch <billyjon...> 50 years of birding and never saw this
1/10/21 9:49 am Goodwin, Tommy J. (Student) <tjgbp7...> EVENING GROSBEAKS Marquand, Madison County
1/9/21 9:06 pm Media.com <edgew...> RGV Report #4
1/9/21 8:36 pm David Rogles <suneska...> Saturday wanderings
1/9/21 8:21 am Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...> Ferruginous Hawk- Dunklin County
1/8/21 10:56 am Joshua Uffman <birdsandbugs...> Young CA - Binocular Eye Piece
1/8/21 6:59 am Media.com <edgew...> RGV Report #3
1/7/21 10:34 am Jean L <jaleonatti...> Late birds Eagle Bluffs CA
1/7/21 10:07 am Patrick Harrison <saxman...> Long Branch Lake Gulls, Macon County
1/7/21 7:56 am Ev Luecke <evluecke...> Meadowlark ID help
1/6/21 6:37 pm therese haenni <0000000915e91be8-dmarc-request...> Daves Big Year Thank You
1/6/21 10:13 am David Dean <djjdean...> Columbia Bottom Spotted Towhee
1/5/21 1:32 pm Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...> 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Long Branch SP
1/5/21 8:58 am Patrick Harrison <saxman...> Harris's Sparrow
1/4/21 8:38 pm Media.com <edgew...> RGV Report #2
1/4/21 5:46 pm Joseph Mosley <birder.je...> Re: When was last time a Great black backed gull was seen in MO? See eBird checklist below.
1/4/21 5:24 pm MARGE LUMPE <BIRDWATCHER...> Intermediate adult Red-tail Hawk
1/4/21 5:08 pm Robert Brundage <rjbrundage...> When was last time a Great black backed gull was seen in MO? See eBird checklist below.
1/4/21 4:00 pm Matt Schamberger <mattschamberger...> Canvasback- Forest Park, St Louis
1/4/21 3:20 pm Bill Brinkhorst <billb800...> Re: RGV Report #1
1/4/21 1:36 pm Kyle McCommis <mccommis...> MERLINS - St. Louis City
1/4/21 11:43 am Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> Re: Long-tailed ducks and swans -Scott county MO
1/4/21 10:53 am Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> Long trailed ducks and swans -Scott county MO
1/4/21 9:06 am Debbie Nichols <editordeb1...> Re: RGV Report #1
1/4/21 6:20 am Ronda Sherrill <0000031706875a2f-dmarc-request...> Re: RGV Report #1
1/3/21 7:12 pm Eric <ericschuette...> Cannon NWR CBC-results
1/3/21 1:21 pm Dorcas Wanner <dewanner...> Greater White-fronted Geese
1/3/21 12:52 pm MC Blume <sunshineblume2016...> Re: Snowy Owl- St. Charles County
1/3/21 7:24 am Patrick Harrison <saxman...> Eurasian Tree Sparrow
1/2/21 8:41 pm Mike Grant <mikecurlew...> Eastern Phoebe in St. Louis County, 1/2/2021
1/2/21 7:41 pm Ryan Steffens <ryanthenaturelover...> EAPH on Cole Camp Prairies IBA CBC 12/28/2020
1/2/21 5:39 pm Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...> Spotted Towhee - St. Louis County
1/2/21 3:46 pm catherine paris <cparis12010...> No sighting/ cardinals eat bananas
1/2/21 8:57 am Allen Gathman <agathman...> NO SIGHTING -- First call for March 2020 Bluebird
1/2/21 6:55 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Re: RGV Report #1
1/2/21 6:32 am Media.com <edgew...> RGV Report #1
1/1/21 3:40 pm Goodwin, Tommy J. (Student) <tjgbp7...> St Charles Co & St Louis Circle Big Years Wrap Up
1/1/21 2:31 pm A John Solodar <00000080ae80c86c-dmarc-request...> Re: No sighting/first reports for 2021
1/1/21 1:21 pm catherine paris <cparis12010...> No sighting/first reports for 2021
1/1/21 1:14 pm Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...> Snowy Owl- St. Charles County
1/1/21 11:47 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
1/1/21 11:26 am Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw...> Re: Yellow Rumped Warbler and Bluebirds Suet Eaters?
1/1/21 11:20 am MARGE LUMPE <birdwatcher...> Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
1/1/21 11:10 am <dana.ripper...> <000003dc2ccdb651-dmarc-request...> Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
1/1/21 10:04 am Sarah Driver <000000d5c39afbe1-dmarc-request...> Yellow Rumped Warbler and Bluebirds Suet Eaters?
1/1/21 7:51 am Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> Re: A Great Year!
1/1/21 6:45 am Bill Brinkhorst <billb800...> First Suet Feeder
1/1/21 6:39 am Nancy Rock <nancyroc...> Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
1/1/21 6:13 am Media.com <edgew...> Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
1/1/21 4:58 am WILLIAM R EDDLEMAN <eddlemanw...> First Bird(s) of 2021
12/31/20 9:07 pm Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Re: 2020 Goals Review
12/31/20 8:27 pm Becky Lutz <000003b72781bbe2-dmarc-request...> 2020 Goals Review
12/31/20 6:08 pm Loyd, Kendell R <Kendell892...> A Great Year!
12/31/20 5:47 pm Patrick Harrison <saxman...> Last Day of 2020 Birding Shelby County, Missouri
12/31/20 4:15 pm Andrew Reago <andrew.reago...> Green Collective Missouri Big Year - what an amazing year - thank all of you who helped!
12/31/20 3:14 pm Thomas Martin <momartin...> Harlan's morph still present Cass Co. Plus Merlin.
12/31/20 2:46 pm Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County -- YES
12/31/20 8:17 am Thomas Martin <momartin...> Tundra Swans Cass Co.
12/31/20 6:01 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Sighting my back yard-Common Grackles/Sandhill Cranes?
12/30/20 7:03 pm Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> Birds after Ice Storm
12/30/20 5:37 pm Dianne & Steve Kinder <000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request...> Swan Lake CBC Canceled
12/30/20 11:57 am Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Snowy Owl -- NO, Ferruginous Hawk -- NO
12/29/20 4:29 pm Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw...> Birding Ethics - No Sighting
12/29/20 4:08 pm Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County -- NO
12/29/20 3:49 pm Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> Re: SNOWY OWL — Dunklin County
12/29/20 12:59 pm Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> SNOWY OWL — Dunklin County
12/28/20 7:34 pm Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Sighting - Unknown in my water bubbler today
12/28/20 7:25 pm Goodwin, Tommy J. (Student) <tjgbp7...> Lark Sparrow and Continuing Rarities in Dunklin County
12/28/20 6:01 pm Debbie Nichols <editordeb1...> Re: Trumper and Tundra Swans Randolph Co.
12/28/20 2:10 pm Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...> Lesser black-backed gull at Long Branch Lake (Macon Co.)
12/28/20 1:16 pm Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...> Trumper and Tundra Swans Randolph Co.
12/26/20 7:48 pm Dianne & Steve Kinder <000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request...> North Central Mo. birding today
12/26/20 4:51 pm Judy Bergmann <jbirds...> FW: Joyce Lewis sad news
12/25/20 12:08 pm Andrew Reago <andrew.reago...> Columbia Bottom CA - Harris's Sparrow 12/24/20 (and Dickcissels) - also need help on super high count of WCSP
12/25/20 11:27 am Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Ferruginous Hawk — Dunklin County
12/25/20 9:16 am Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...> Great-tailed Grackles- St. Charles County
12/25/20 9:08 am Al & Lois <alandlois...> Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
12/25/20 8:47 am Maureen Thomas-Murphy <drmabuce...> Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
12/24/20 8:09 pm Art Zemon <art...> Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
12/24/20 7:37 pm <edgew...> <edgew...> Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
12/24/20 7:37 pm <edgew...> <edgew...> Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
12/24/20 6:25 pm WILLIAM R EDDLEMAN <eddlemanw...> Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
12/24/20 6:03 pm Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
12/24/20 5:59 pm Art Zemon <art...> YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
12/23/20 11:49 am Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County
12/23/20 11:31 am Thomas Martin <momartin...> Krider's morph RTHA
12/23/20 9:46 am Thomas Martin <momartin...> Harlan's Hawk Cass CO
12/23/20 7:12 am Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...> Probable Red Crossbill(s), Rocky Fork Lake/Finger Lakes SP, 12/23
12/23/20 6:28 am Dave Henness <0000016f628c72ed-dmarc-request...> Re: BLVU
12/23/20 6:16 am Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> Great-tailed Grackles, St. Charles Co
12/23/20 6:08 am Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...> Rocky Fork Lake Swan Departed, 12/23, Boone Co.
12/23/20 5:43 am Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...> 10 Swans a Swimmin' @ Rocky Fork Lake, 12/23, Boone CO
12/22/20 8:30 pm Christine Kline <birdsecretary...> No Sighting ~ Christmas Bird Counts
12/22/20 3:35 pm Bob Bailey <bohemewarbler...> no sighting, article: Birds are linked to happiness levels
12/22/20 2:02 pm Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...> BLVU
12/21/20 4:12 pm Jane Frazier <00000046582e7231-dmarc-request...> Jefferson City CBC results
12/21/20 10:20 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Evening Grosbeaks in Northern Pike County
12/21/20 7:32 am WILLIAM R EDDLEMAN <eddlemanw...> Fish Crows in Southeast Missouri
12/21/20 3:06 am Christine Kline <birdsecretary...> Re: Cooper’s or Sharp-Shinned?
12/20/20 6:58 pm David Seidensticker <davesticker...> Re: Raptors in Kirksville
12/20/20 6:48 pm Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> Cooper’s or Sharp-Shinned?
12/20/20 1:56 pm Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...> Raptors in Kirksville
12/20/20 11:45 am therese haenni <0000000915e91be8-dmarc-request...> Daves Big Year
12/20/20 11:41 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Re: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
12/20/20 11:09 am Allen Gathman <agathman...> Re: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
12/20/20 10:54 am Media.com <edgew...> Places to Bird in January, February, March
12/20/20 10:43 am Media.com <edgew...> Re: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
12/20/20 10:06 am Loyd, Kendell R <Kendell892...> NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
12/20/20 7:46 am catherine paris <cparis12010...> Pine siskin, Ozark County
12/20/20 5:52 am John Besser <jbesser1...> Columbia CBC, December 19
12/19/20 3:00 pm Media.com <edgew...> Re: Bald Eagles, Up Close and Personal
12/19/20 2:06 pm Eric Wilhoit <rick.wilhoit...> Bald Eagles, Up Close and Personal
12/17/20 2:38 pm catherine paris <cparis12010...> NO sighting: Pandemic birding
12/17/20 1:26 pm Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...> Red-throated Loon at Lake Wappapello -- NO
12/17/20 10:51 am catherine paris <cparis12010...> Digiscope question
12/17/20 10:34 am June Newman <june...> Re: RFI digiscoping mounts
12/17/20 10:17 am Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...> Re: RFI digiscoping mounts
12/17/20 9:57 am Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...> RFI digiscoping mounts
12/17/20 9:40 am Scott Johnston <jscott.johnston...> Common Redpoll Jefferson City
12/16/20 6:34 pm Thomas Martin <momartin...> First of season Loggerhead Shrike Cass County
12/16/20 1:21 pm Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw...> Possible Red-throated Loon at Lake Wappapello
12/16/20 8:50 am Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...> Barrow's Goldeneye still at Smithville lake
 
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Date: 1/15/21 8:33 pm
From: catherine paris <cparis12010...>
Subject: Update on pigeon story
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More Fake News!

Robert Mangile kindly followed up my pigeon post with some info that
debunked that info.

"Thanks Robert. I did have a hard time with that. What's with the fake
stories?"

The yellow nosed albatross off the western coast of Africa did arrive in
inland York, Maine in 2007.

It was nursed back to health and released off one of my favorite Cape Cod
beaches in May of 2007. At least the ocean crossing and size of the wing
span make it less problematic. And only one ocean but it was well before
hurricane season.

The story is in the Cape Cod Times May 21, 2007 by Karen Jeffrey for the
particulars. Very exciting for us. With a happy ending.

Our first masked booby landed in Wellfleet and had a sad fate. But it was
hurricane driven by Jose in September of 2017.

The pelagic birders who perch on the dunes picked out a short billed
shearwater a couple yrs. ago.

Things that never happen are happening. We sure don't need fake news!

Good birding,

Catherine Paris
<cparis12010...>
Ozark County


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Date: 1/15/21 4:44 pm
From: <edgew...> <edgew...>
Subject: Boone Co. White-winged Crosbill
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A rural resident in southeast Boone Co. reports a White-winged Crossbill coming to a feeder that is also drawing Purple Finches.
Due to Covid concerns and very bad road conditions the homeowner is not welcoming birders, but hope this report will encourage birders to keep a sharp eye out for WWCRs in south Boone Co.

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Date: 1/15/21 1:50 pm
From: catherine paris <cparis12010...>
Subject: No sighting: Another example of birding luck
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Seems that a carrier pigeon from Oregon has ended up in Australia. As far
as I know, they have closed their borders to any human form of
transportation. Currently our west coast is being battered by the
Polynesian Express. That leaves us with wondering if this pigeon actually
flew east around the globe to end up in the southern hemisphere on a fairly
small continent. My goodness, that's a wonder.

Keep your eyes peeled and remember this quote from the head ranger at Mt..
Magazine State Park in AR, a fabulous birder, "As long as birds have wings
they can end up anywhere." This after 2 rosy finches ended up by the rest
room.

Just to be clear, that special bird may fly in to your feeder. They do not
care whether you are a scientist or a beginning birder.
Camera's ready? 50 mph winds across Kansas right now.

Good feeder watching,

Catherine Paris
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Ozark County


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Date: 1/15/21 11:00 am
From: Margy Terpstra <ladybirdterp...>
Subject: 1-15-21 Rockwoods entrance area, Common Redpoll
This morning a friend sent me several photos of a Common Redpoll visiting their feeders. She would prefer to see if the bird returns tomorrow before giving more specific information for birders to visit. However, they are in the vicinity of the Rockwoods entrance for those who might want to check the area for more possible birds. My friend is SO excited to have a Life-yard bird!

Good birding!
Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood,St. Louis CO, MO
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Date: 1/15/21 10:54 am
From: Paul Moffett <pmoffett...>
Subject: Great Egret
Went over to Riverlands via route 94 and there was a great egret in one of the farm ponds about half way... highway was too busy to pull off and get a photo...

Friday 1/15/21 8 a.m.

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Date: 1/14/21 9:36 am
From: D T <dtchickadee...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks. Madison MO
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Does anyone have contact info for Mary Warren at Castor River Ranch
Campgrounds?

Thank You

Debbie Trowbridge
St Louis County


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Date: 1/14/21 8:54 am
From: John Besser <jbesser1...>
Subject: Re: Eagle Bluffs
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The refuge areas in Eagle Bluffs will remain closed until the end of goose
hunting season, February 6.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 8:57 PM Mary McCarthy <
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> Stan and I drove through Eagle Bluffs this afternoon about 1-2:00. Not a
> lot of activity, almost more cars than ducks. Several groups of mallards,
> some too far away to I.D. anything else with them, some Coots, and one DC
> Cormorant. The barriers were gone from the main road and gates open on the
> first “one-way loop”, but we wondered when the back area will be opened up?
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> Mary
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Date: 1/14/21 8:03 am
From: Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Eagle Bluffs
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Thanks!

Mary

> On Jan 13, 2021, at 9:49 PM, Brady Lichtenberg <Brady.Lichtenberg...> wrote:
>
> Hi Mary,
> Goose season closes Feb 6 so on Feb 7 the whole area will be open again!
> Thanks,
> Brady Lichtenberg
> EB Area Manager
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jan 13, 2021, at 8:57 PM, Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>
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>> Stan and I drove through Eagle Bluffs this afternoon about 1-2:00. Not a lot of activity, almost more cars than ducks. Several groups of mallards, some too far away to I.D. anything else with them, some Coots, and one DC Cormorant. The barriers were gone from the main road and gates open on the first “one-way loop”, but we wondered when the back area will be opened up?
>>
>> Mary
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Date: 1/13/21 6:57 pm
From: Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eagle Bluffs
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Stan and I drove through Eagle Bluffs this afternoon about 1-2:00. Not a lot of activity, almost more cars than ducks. Several groups of mallards, some too far away to I.D. anything else with them, some Coots, and one DC Cormorant. The barriers were gone from the main road and gates open on the first “one-way loop”, but we wondered when the back area will be opened up?

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Date: 1/13/21 6:35 pm
From: Eric Reuter <eric...>
Subject: Boone Co. blackbird roost update
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Eric & I were last up there about a couple weeks ago (prior to year end & ice storm) and it was still plenty active. We also saw ~180 Trumpeter Swans in a cornfield a few miles north of the roost site. We have ebird lists and hand-written notes that we haven't gotten around to submitting/typing up yet as we've been swamped with other things. Can't vouch for the status of the miscanthus at the moment, but another field along VV just north of Columbia that was flattened by the ice is now fully recovered.

We saw significant flocks of blackbirds (sounded like primarily grackles) going overhead at our place this late afternoon, flying northeast parallel to Silver Fork and headed roughly in the direction of the roost.

We think a trip up to the site would be well worth it. Would love to get some additional opinions on estimates of numbers.

Joanna & Eric Reuter
Boone County, MO

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Date: 1/13/21 11:58 am
From: Patrick Harrison <saxman...>
Subject: Long Branch Lake & SP, 1/13/2021
Quiet day around the lake...

American Kestrel
Northern Harrier
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
Blue Jay
Common Merganser
Cedar Waxwing
Carolina Wren
American Tree Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Bald Eagle
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
American Crow

Patrick Harrison
Shelby County, Missouri

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Date: 1/13/21 10:14 am
From: Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...>
Subject: Re: TGP Owls
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So maybe reverse the story for the genders of these fine birds. I had it so
stuck in my head that the larger would be the female that even when seeing
what seemed like mating behavior, I thought it was something different. A
little knowledge is a dangerous thing, for sure.

Need to study the birds and the bees a bit more, I see...


On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 8:40 AM Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...>
wrote:

>
> As a first-year birder, I have not always been successful spotting owls.
> Even hearing them can be a challenge (even with my hearing aids), but 2021
> seems to be a turning point. After the thrill of a New Year's Day snowy owl
> sighting, thanks to Diane Bricmont, and short-eared owls at Columbia Bottom
> CA (again, thanks to Diane - see why my luck is changing?), I've been
> consistently seeing a great horned female in Tower Grove Park for the past
> week and a half.
>
> Yesterday at dusk, I finally saw the male, too. After much calling (and I
> could NOT see where he was, though could tell he was getting closer and
> closer), he flew to a branch over my head (I could hear him!), and began
> bowing and continuing calling to the female. She preened her toes, she
> stretched her gorgeous wing back, she barked (though I wasn't sure it was
> she until I followed up with Sibley later). And then she flew to him,
> jumped on his back a couple of times, then flew off.
>
> He stayed put, I couldn't see where she went, the light faded, I didn't
> hear any more calling for some minutes, so I reluctantly left my first
> experience with GHOW flirtation.
>
> You know where I'll be every evening at dusk for the next few weeks...
>
> Janis
>


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Date: 1/13/21 9:36 am
From: Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...>
Subject: Bald Eagles, Spring Fork Lake, Pettis Co. Sedalia Area, 12/28/2020
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Just wanted to let anyone in and around (traveling to) the Sedalia/Cole Camp area who may be needing to satisfy their "Eagle Fix", there are a few at Spring Fork Lake.

During the Cole Camp CBC, my first pass count (with numbing hands and tears from the cold filling my eyes) was 96 birds with the second pass count (differentiating between adult and imm.) resulted in 93 birds. - 52 adults, 41 imm.

With only one point of access northeast/north end of the lake, many of the birds will be out quite a ways and scope will be necessary for those; however, there were several perched very close and others constantly flying over the water nearer to the dam.

American White Pelicans as well as other expected waterfowl were also present.

https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/spring-fork-lake-sedalia-water-department
[https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/styles/detail/public/images/conservation/Sedalia-Water-Dept-Spring-Fork-Lake.JPG?itok=3jSKJek6]<https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/spring-fork-lake-sedalia-water-department>
Spring Fork Lake (Sedalia Water Department) | MDC Discover Nature<https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/spring-fork-lake-sedalia-water-department>
From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south, then Route V east for about 1.25 miles, then Spring Fork Lake Road south, staying east (left) at the T intersection.
nature.mdc.mo.gov

Good birding!

Chris Barrigar

Cole Co.
Russellville, MO
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Date: 1/13/21 7:40 am
From: Brenda Hente <bjhente29...>
Subject: Re: TGP Owls
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Hi Janis,

Congratulations on all of your owl sightings and luck in seeing owls this
year. There have been at least one pair of mated great horned owls in
Tower Grove Park for many years now. What you most likely described as
witnessing was actually the male jumping on the female's back and the pair
mating. This is mating and breeding season and many GHOW pairs are already
nesting. A couple of ways to tell the difference between the male and
female is, the female is generally larger than the male, and the male has
4-6, long, low notes in his call and the female has 7-11, shorter,
higher-pitched notes in her call. Please keep your distance as you observe
these owls. They are very powerful and can be more aggressive as they are
defending their territory and breeding. Once again, congratulations on
your observations.

Brenda Hente
St. Louis, MO

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> As a first-year birder, I have not always been successful spotting owls.
> Even hearing them can be a challenge (even with my hearing aids), but 2021
> seems to be a turning point. After the thrill of a New Year's Day snowy owl
> sighting, thanks to Diane Bricmont, and short-eared owls at Columbia Bottom
> CA (again, thanks to Diane - see why my luck is changing?), I've been
> consistently seeing a great horned female in Tower Grove Park for the past
> week and a half.
>
> Yesterday at dusk, I finally saw the male, too. After much calling (and I
> could NOT see where he was, though could tell he was getting closer and
> closer), he flew to a branch over my head (I could hear him!), and began
> bowing and continuing calling to the female. She preened her toes, she
> stretched her gorgeous wing back, she barked (though I wasn't sure it was
> she until I followed up with Sibley later). And then she flew to him,
> jumped on his back a couple of times, then flew off.
>
> He stayed put, I couldn't see where she went, the light faded, I didn't
> hear any more calling for some minutes, so I reluctantly left my first
> experience with GHOW flirtation.
>
> You know where I'll be every evening at dusk for the next few weeks...
>
> Janis
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Date: 1/13/21 7:16 am
From: Janis Valdes <janis.lee.valdes...>
Subject: TGP Owls
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As a first-year birder, I have not always been successful spotting owls.
Even hearing them can be a challenge (even with my hearing aids), but 2021
seems to be a turning point. After the thrill of a New Year's Day snowy owl
sighting, thanks to Diane Bricmont, and short-eared owls at Columbia Bottom
CA (again, thanks to Diane - see why my luck is changing?), I've been
consistently seeing a great horned female in Tower Grove Park for the past
week and a half.

Yesterday at dusk, I finally saw the male, too. After much calling (and I
could NOT see where he was, though could tell he was getting closer and
closer), he flew to a branch over my head (I could hear him!), and began
bowing and continuing calling to the female. She preened her toes, she
stretched her gorgeous wing back, she barked (though I wasn't sure it was
she until I followed up with Sibley later). And then she flew to him,
jumped on his back a couple of times, then flew off.

He stayed put, I couldn't see where she went, the light faded, I didn't
hear any more calling for some minutes, so I reluctantly left my first
experience with GHOW flirtation.

You know where I'll be every evening at dusk for the next few weeks...

Janis


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Date: 1/12/21 6:59 pm
From: Lottie Bushmann <lottie.bushmann...>
Subject: Blackbird roost in no Boone Co?
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I’m wondering if the roost is still active in northern Boone Co or if the
field has been plowed. Any information is appreciated.

Lottie Bushmann
Columbia, Mo


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Date: 1/12/21 4:15 pm
From: Jean L <jaleonatti...>
Subject: Grand Pass CA sightings
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Spent a pleasant day at Grand Pass CA today (north of Marshall, MO). Roads
in good shape, mostly dry, a few muddy spots; estimate about 1/4 of the
area still closed unless you have a hunting tag but still lots to see. Only
saw two other visitors/vehicles the entire time.

Highlights included thousands and thousands of mallards present; 40+ bald
eagles; 20+ sandhill cranes (feeding together on the levee opposite the
observation tower); a smattering of sparrows; one small flock of snow geese
and surprisingly few canada geese. In total had about 30 species.

Only downside - bathrooms are locked and a huge ice slick in front of the
port-a-potties rendering them unusable.

Jean Leonatti
Boone County
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Date: 1/12/21 3:37 pm
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: Grey/Catbird Cass Co.
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Date: 1/12/21 3:34 pm
From: Media.com <edgew...>
Subject: Re: Eagle Trips and Bradford Farms today
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Doggone it, Dan. We should have introduced ourselves--too focused on birds, I guess.

Sometimes we birders are too shy--we miss out putting a face to a name on Mobirds. Mea culpa.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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Subject: Eagle Trips and Bradford Farms today

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Despite the virus, I’ve recently been able to take some day trips over the last week.

These trips included photographing eagles in Ottumwa, Iowa on the Des Moines River last week and the dam at Canton, MO on the Mississippi River yesterday. There were about a dozen eagles at both places. Always fun!

Today, I had to go to Columbia and was able to fit in a quick trip to Bradford Farms. Highlights there were;
1) The northern shrike, reported by others. This was seen by the small pond just west of the buildings. Thanks to the kind lady who told me it was there!
2) Several northern harriers, including a male I was able to get some photos of, in the fields around the pond. Always a treat, especially a gray male!
3) Lots of red tail hawks along the roads around Bradford Farms - must have been at least 10 and I got a photo of 5.

Photos can be found at;
flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets

Dan Getman, Kirksville, northeast MO



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Date: 1/12/21 3:22 pm
From: Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Eagle Trips and Bradford Farms today
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Despite the virus, I’ve recently been able to take some day trips over the last week.

These trips included photographing eagles in Ottumwa, Iowa on the Des Moines River last week and the dam at Canton, MO on the Mississippi River yesterday. There were about a dozen eagles at both places. Always fun!

Today, I had to go to Columbia and was able to fit in a quick trip to Bradford Farms. Highlights there were;
1) The northern shrike, reported by others. This was seen by the small pond just west of the buildings. Thanks to the kind lady who told me it was there!
2) Several northern harriers, including a male I was able to get some photos of, in the fields around the pond. Always a treat, especially a gray male!
3) Lots of red tail hawks along the roads around Bradford Farms - must have been at least 10 and I got a photo of 5.

Photos can be found at;
flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets

Dan Getman, Kirksville, northeast MO



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Date: 1/12/21 11:26 am
From: Sherry Leonardo <0000003f830b5818-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Smithville Lake
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The female Barrow’s Goldeneye and male Long-tailed Duck were both seen near the dam mid-morning and around noon.
Sherry Leonardo Grandview, MO


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Date: 1/12/21 11:07 am
From: Paul Moffett <pmoffett...>
Subject: gulls
When counting swans this a.m. there were a couple thousand gulls... did not attempt to differentiate since they are not my strong point... I did see a bald eagle take one out of the air.. land on the ice and consume most of it... never saw that before...

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Date: 1/11/21 7:43 pm
From: Matt Schamberger <mattschamberger...>
Subject: Columbia Bottom CA (St. Louis County)- spotted towhee, lesser black backed gull
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We checked out the area near parking lot X and tractor shed for the
HARRIS'S SPARROW. We struck out; in AM and PM. There is a large murmuration
of red wing blackbirds and cowbirds there however.

We hiked out to the Confluence Point, from parking lot L, in search of the
SPOTTED TOWHEE. We located it at the Confluence Point itself, first in the
vines/brush nearby then it perched obligingly on a pile of driftwood for a
few moments.

Minutes later we located one adult LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL loafing
(standing) on a sandbar in the Mississippi River with numerous ring-billed
gulls, just south of the confluence overlook. We had great views through a
spotting scope and, I believe, photos were taken. eBird indicates this
species was also seen at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary today.

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Date: 1/11/21 11:31 am
From: Patrick Maloney <maloneypatrick...>
Subject: Re: No sighting - RFI about Doves
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Thanks Allen.  He's pretty sure it is not the Eurasian Dove, they are almost common around us in South St. Louis.  Cheers!


On Monday, January 11, 2021, 1:21:53 PM CST, Allen Gathman <agathman...> wrote:

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-Allen Gathman
Pocahontas (Cape Girardeau County), MO

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WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.Has any one noticed any unusual activity from the winter storm rolling up from Texas?  My brother, who is not a serious birder, asked me about a small group of doves - mostly mourning doves, but several he reported had a white band across the tail.  I lived several years in Tucson and what he reported seeing sounded like a white wing dove but he lives in St. Louis near Francis Park, not the southwest part of the USA.  I live about three blocks away and have seen nothing unusual around me, but I told him I would ask the "pros" if this is even a remote possibility.


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Date: 1/11/21 11:21 am
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White band across the tail is a field mark for White-winged Dove, but also
for Eurasian Collared-Dove. Both are possible in St Louis, but the latter
are much more likely.

-Allen Gathman
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Date: 1/11/21 10:16 am
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Has any one noticed any unusual activity from the winter storm rolling up from Texas?  My brother, who is not a serious birder, asked me about a small group of doves - mostly mourning doves, but several he reported had a white band across the tail.  I lived several years in Tucson and what he reported seeing sounded like a white wing dove but he lives in St. Louis near Francis Park, not the southwest part of the USA.  I live about three blocks away and have seen nothing unusual around me, but I told him I would ask the "pros" if this is even a remote possibility.


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Date: 1/11/21 7:27 am
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Subject: 50 years of birding and never saw this
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Today I saw something I haven't had happen for 50 years of birding, A ROBIN EATING FROM MY SUET FEEDER. Today was also my best day so far for 2021 . I was inundated with 60+ American Goldfinch, and 2 purple and 2 house finch. Had two new yard birds for year , 5 flickers and 2 pileated woodpeckers. Other good birds were 2 red-breasted nuthatches, 2 hairy woodpeckers , and 1 fox sparrow. With my pond frozen , so far daily great blue heron and belted kingfisher have not come in yet, but my daily raiding from a coopers hawk didn't let me down. Total species from my yard in Farmington Missouri so far 29.


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Date: 1/10/21 9:49 am
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Subject: EVENING GROSBEAKS Marquand, Madison County
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Good morning,

Our family just got back from viewing the group of Evening Grosbeaks frequenting the bird feeders at Mary Warren’s residence at Castor River Ranch just outside of Marquand, Madison County, MO. Mary was a gracious host and told us that she is willing to host birdwatchers to come see the grosbeaks as long as they give her advance notice. The contact info that she shared is <mwarren2...> and her landline at 573-783-4061.

While talking to Mary, she explained that a single bird arrived about 3 weeks ago but additional birds arrived over time. I believe she said she has had at least 15 at one time, but we for sure viewed at least 10 (5 males and 5 females at one time). She also expressed that the birds are most frequently seen between 8 and 11 and rarely afterwards, but most reliably around 8:30.

The checklist from this morning with photos can be found at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79010932

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Date: 1/9/21 9:06 pm
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Subject: RGV Report #4
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Forgot one of the serendipitous highlights of January 7: As we were returning on TX4, west of the Border Patrol checkpoint, a Chihuahuan Raven flew across the road and landed on a power line. It was the only one we saw this year.



Friday, January 8 was the last full day of birding for us. We began with a long tour of the “home” resaca, with hopes of seeing the elusive Common Black Hawk. Not to be. Instead, we had good looks at a Blue-headed Vireo and the surprise and pleasure of watching 4 Groove-billed Anis in cane beside the sidewalk on University Ave. across from Lincoln Park. As a side note, others later in the day, looking for the anis we reported, saw the #*O*##@//@ hawk—now the definition of nemesis bird.



After a leisurely lunch we went west to Estero Llano Grande SP for an afternoon stroll that produced 48 species. The wind was not strong, but it was enough to keep Green Kingfishers sheltered. Despite all our effort and knowledge of habits and habitat, we left the Valley without a sighting of a Green Kingfisher this trip.



We ended Friday’s birding at the Estero deck waiting for two Lesser Nighthawks that had been reported several evenings. Clare spotted the first one up at 6:09. They were fun to watch, skydancing over the water.



Saturday, January 9 dawned clear and only a bit chilly. We finished packing up and were ready to load the car when the pull for one last round of the resaca took hold. Halfway across the bridge a couple of Great-tailed Grackles atop a distant tree were eye-catching. As the binocs came up to look at them, a big dark blob appeared perched high in a tree near them: Common Black Hawk! What nemesis?



We finished loading the car, made a quick stop for Mexican vanilla, and turned north. Sarita rest stop, with its fascinating restroom tilework, produced the regular Brewer’s Blackbirds at the south end.



With the Valley behind us, we had one more goal to the north of Copano Bay. After a really quick tour of Goose Island SP, we went to Lamar Beach Rd. and began looking for big white blobs. We saw the Sandhills first, then the two Whooping Cranes. We stopped to admire the Big Tree (an ancient Live Oak), then again turned northward toward Waco for the night.



We missed a few species over the course of 11 days—Dusky-capped Flycatcher and Tropical Parula because of limited time to look for them with our focus on other species; Ruddy Ground-dove—just not in the right place at the right time; Green Kingfisher—a real stumper for why. But what beauties we DID see—Anis, Green Jays, Altamira Orioles, that Black Hawk, Harris’s and White-tailed Hawks, Caracaras, Ringed Kingfisher, and so much more, so much fun to watch and hear.



Total species: 174 for the RGV and Aransas Co. extension, plus the Spotted Rail on December 30. Every day brought something new. The weather was, overall, the best I can recall for the late December-early January period in terms of temperatures and minimal precipitation.




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Date: 1/9/21 8:36 pm
From: David Rogles <suneska...>
Subject: Saturday wanderings
Tom and I spent the cold and damp day wandering through St. Charles County.
A brief overview:
Fallen Oak trail had the usual suspects, though we dipped on the Pine Warbler.
Multiple Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches (both sexes), Fox Sparrows, Carolina Chickadees (IMO).
Single Hermit Thrush.
Likely multiple Brown Creepers, though the birds move around a lot and there might have been just one fast and industrious bird.
Other feeder birds: DOWO, WBNU, WTSP; all in multiples.
Robins were everywhere; a good number to countimate: 50. Pretty much everywhere today.
A Bald Eagle pair were in public courtship displays. Acrobatic formation flights. They disappeared before we could see the pinwheel.
BTW-eagles are easy to see these days. I remember when...
We had ducks on 33 (COGO, HOME, RUDU, GADW) and scattered elsewhere.

Black Vultures at Klondike, soaring even in the cold. Robins in numbers, again.

Blue Jay numbers were gratifying. The third year in a row we have seen 'large' (#=25ish) flocks in multiple locations.
Swamp Sparrow, Song, ATSP, WTSP, DEJU; check the foxtails. We did not get out and walk any fields. Rabbit hunting continues until Feb. 15th (saw dogs and hunters with success); Ducks and Coots (middle zone) ends tomorrow, though CANG continues to Feb. 15 (along with pheasant, squirrel). Deer (archery) and Turkey (archery) end on the 15th this month. So we can then start stomping around in the weeds and woods.

I track several resident family groups of CANG on my usual routes. This week, Wed-Fri - I noticed pair formation and separation. So two birds would be socially distanced from the larger groups. I expect gooselings on the ground in 6-8 weeks.
Which brings me to an observation: flocks of flying geese have the famous 'v' formation. But tonight I observed 4 flocks flying overhead, separately and sequentially. I was walking the dog and counting is always a problem (traffic, smells, other dogs barking). Then I thought of types of flower inflorescence- how analogous is the flight organization of geese to different plant inflorescences? I am thinking here of how to count flocks quickly, and whether they are organized, in flight, according to age or dominance. I think if you take the central axis of the flock you can recognize several 'generally' analogous botany shapes.
With the first flock (36) the leaders were 9 in a row and then a balanced 'v'. Same numbers on each side.
Next flock (65-70) had a single leader, and then an unbalanced 'v' but with a tail end 'v' on one side. That side was shorter, though the second 'v' probably made the numbers the same. The third flock was the largest (150-180) and was shaped in multiple balanced 'v' upfront and a larger (10-15) trailing 'v' on one wing. The last flock was organized in small initial 'v' then small branches on both legs that spread the whole flock wide (side to side, from underneath). About 80-90 birds, I think. They were moving faster and lower. We had them all within 3-4 minutes heading in the same direction. And yes they were vocal.
I was intrigued.
Of course the plane of flight might have been different if viewed from above, etc.

Anyway a good day with ordinary expected birds.

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Date: 1/9/21 8:21 am
From: Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...>
Subject: Ferruginous Hawk- Dunklin County
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The FEHA was in the field south of TT and east of 730 this morning, until
it flew south over the pool with the blind and decoys.

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Date: 1/8/21 10:56 am
From: Joshua Uffman <birdsandbugs...>
Subject: Young CA - Binocular Eye Piece
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I went for a quick walk at Young CA (Jefferson County) this morning.
Nothing to report but the expected species - Here is my eBird list if
interested: <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78879689> eBird Checklist - 8
Jan 2021 - Young CA - 27 species



Anyways, back in the parking lot I found a binocular eyepiece - Possibly it
belongs to someone out there in MoBirds land. I set it on the big boulder
in the most southeast corner of the big boulders that border the parking
lot.



Josh

St. Louis County, MO

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Date: 1/8/21 6:59 am
From: Media.com <edgew...>
Subject: RGV Report #3
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January 5 was a day demonstrating the limits of karma—we’d used up a lot already. We had no trouble locating Monk Parakeets at the colony on 5 th St. in Hidalgo, so it was on to 15 th St. where a Green-tailed Towhee had been reported. We made four very slow passes. No Towhee, but kingbirds, shrike, meadowlarks and the usual suspects before being denied access to the the lake at the end of the road by Border Patrol as trucks with materials for wall building roared past.



Onward toward the Burrowing Owl site at Granjeno. No access due to wall work. Okay, we have Anzalduas County Park for lunch and birding. Not to be. Closed due to levee work (the levee is part of the entrance road). Westward to Little Lomita Mission. We picnicked in peace, but shortly after we began birding, standing in the open, we were buzzed eight times by a US Customs/Border Patrol helicopter making slow, low circles overhead with us in the center. Not pleasant. They must have been really bored; there was no other reason for their action.



We drove past the National Butterfly Center and on to Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, where we parked in the lot, showed our annual Texas Parks pass, and walked to La Familia Nature Center, where the entrance gate was when the park was a birder’s paradise. We sat for more than two hours watching Feeder Area #1 waiting for the reported Ruddy Ground-Dove, but had no success. A marauding Sharpie cleared the area and soon after, park volunteers began sweeping leaves and brought out a leaf blower. We left. In the large cleared expanse north of the entrance station we found an American Pipit, but no RUGD.



The sixth dawned clear. We birded the Resaca for an hour and twenty minutes with 34 species, but no skittish Common Black Hawk, which had been reported the day before. Later in the morning we walked across University Ave. to the “other” resaca and grassy area. We found a Black-crowned Night-heron and a vocalizing Couch’s Kingbird (most we have seen have been Tropical vocalizing in their diagnostic twittering). More than 30 House Finches were feeding. This is a species that requires comment on eBird checklists because it is not expected elsewhere in Cameraon Co. Same thing applies to the Black Phoebes, although they’ve been resident here at Ft. Brown for many years.



We came back to the condo for lunch, turned on the TV to see the electoral college confirmation proceedings…at about 4:30 we pulled ourselves out of chairs to do a walk around the resaca for sanity. Forty-five minutes brought 25 species, including Wilson’s Snipe, Least Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Cedar Waxwings, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Vermilion Flycatcher, Lesser Goldfinch, and a Wilson’s Warbler.



The seventh began with a pleasant walk around the resaca, again with a Red-shouldered, but no Black Hawk. A Black-throated Gray Warbler was there, as well as a previously seen Black-throated Green.



Then it was off to Boca Chica beach. About a mile before the Border Patrol check station on Hwy. 4 a Peregrine Falcon flew over the road in front of us. We enjoyed shorebirds and drunk/dancing Reddish Egrets (many of them white morph) before passing the SpaceX complex and noting that on launch days the highway is closed and there can be no access to the beach.



We got to the beach just as the tide was going out and were able to drive to the north end. The most notable find was a lone Sandwich Tern among the Caspians and Royals at the tern roost. We then went to the south end, zipping past the Laughing, Ring-billed and a few Herring Gulls as we went. We stopped and watched fishermen and resting birds on the Mexican side before heading back up Hwy. 4 to Brownsville and lunch.



The afternoon had two goals: Quinta Mazatlan to look for Black-headed Grosbeak, Dusky-capped Flycatcher and Pacific Slope Flycatcher. We were successful only with the latter before we had to leave to get to Oliviera Park in time to see the parrot fly-in. We did, and it was grand.




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Date: 1/7/21 10:34 am
From: Jean L <jaleonatti...>
Subject: Late birds Eagle Bluffs CA
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Paul McKenzie called to report some late waterfall at EBCA. Up and
downstream from the pump house he had a male Blue-winged Teal, a male Wood
Duck, several Redheads, a Canvassback; he re-located the female Greater
Scaup, has not yet relocated the Black Duck.

He reports a diversity of waterfowl for this time of year, will be down
there for a while.

Jean Leonatti
Boone county
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Date: 1/7/21 10:07 am
From: Patrick Harrison <saxman...>
Subject: Long Branch Lake Gulls, Macon County
I could not relocate the Lesser Black-backed Gulls Peter reported, but there were a few Herring Gulls present amongst the hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls. There were also several Horned Grebes along the edge of the rock wall on the west end of the dam.

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Shelby County, Missouri

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Date: 1/7/21 7:56 am
From: Ev Luecke <evluecke...>
Subject: Meadowlark ID help
I photographed the Meadowlark in St. Charles on Church Road, near the Great-Tailed Grackle site on Jan. 2 while looking for the Snowy Owl observed on Jan. 1 - near the first set of railroad tracks.
There was a 8-10 flock feeding near the road. I was thinking maybe someone else observed them on Jan. 1 or 2 as well.

I'd like to know please, could this be a Western Meadowlark? To me the yellow extends behind the bill some. I know its difficult to tell - I didn't hear them call, nor would I know the call/song if I heard it.

There are two almost identical photos on the last row if you don't mind looking:

https://evsphotos.smugmug.com/12272020Great-Tailed-Grackle/

Thanks for your help - be safe.
Ev Luecke
St. Charles, MO.

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I set out at the beginning of 2020 with the goal of reaching 300 species for the year in Missouri. I was able to obtain that goal and then some ending up with 326 for the year. In doing so I was able to prove that an average birder can accomplish this if he or she has 3 things; a full tank of gas, plenty of time and the help of a very generous birding community. I was fortunate enought to have all 3 of those ingredients come together last year and therefore feel the need to make some public thank yous to those who assisted me in my birding adventure in 2020.
First and foremost I must thank my wife Therese who put up with my wanderings for a whole year, supporting me the whole time. Whenever I was debating to chase a bird on the other side of the state with limited chance of success her reply was always the same, " You're wsting time, just go !"
Next I have to thank Jeff Blunt. We started birding together about the same time in the late 80's. Jeff did not have a chance to bird much with me this year as he is still gainfully employed whereas I am retired. Jeff is a much more patient birder than I and I tried to remember to keep that in mind this year. I was not always successful in that regard.
Connie Alwood has been my birding Mentor for many years, whether he wanted to be or not! He was, and still is, my go to guy when I have a birding question.
Early in the year Tommy Goodwin threw myself, David Becher, David Dean and Doug Hommert into a text group. This was a HUGE benefit for me as these gentleman were able to get me on birds all year long.It also helped that they are all very knowledgable, much better birders than myself, and alot of fun to be be with also. We were pretty much in touch everyday and I often times knew about new birds from these guys before it made it to ebird or MOBIRDS.
I am now going to rattle off some names chronologically as I encountered them in 2020. In just about every instance I exchanged contact information with these people and they assisted me throughout the year.
The year started 1/1 with Pat Lueders helping me find a Screech Owl. On that same day Bill Rowe had a  Clay-colored sparrow at Riverlands which I tracked down a few days latter. Bill also helped me clear up the ID on a Common tern that I observed latter in the year.
Tom Nagel helped me get both Crossbills at Ashland Cemetary and later in the year a Chestnut-collared Longspur. Ashland was the first time I ran into Steve and Debbie Martin who I ran into multiple times throughout the state last year and supplied encouragement and  assistance whenever I requested it. It seems they are doing a Missouri Big Year every year and we went back and forth all year as far who was on top of the leader board.
Kent Freeman was kind enough to let me stop by his house to view his White-Winged Dove.
Lyndon Hostetler called and put me on a Vermillion Flycatcherwhen I arrived  3 hours latter. Lyndon is a member of the Menonite community North of Springfield. Lyndon, Ricky and Zane kept my phone ringing all year and were resposnsible for my Yellow Billed Loon and Lazuli Bunting and many others. I got the final tip on the Loon from Joe Mosley when he called me (after I got inpatient and started to wander) to let me know the Loon was back at the boat ramp.
Mark Haas found my Surf Scooter and also kept in touch all year.
Josh Uffmann gave me a call to let me know about the Ruff he found on Cora Island road making me (and lots of other birders) very happy.

Doug Willis put me on Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Upland sandpiper and many more birds our west. If you want to get some good gulls at Smithville, this is the guy you want to go with. 
In May I showed up at Grindstone to try for the Swainsons. I ran into Paul McKenzie. Good move on my part. He found the Warbler in short order then offered to squire me around the rest of the day along with Peter Monacell and they both found me quite a few year birds that day. Paul also met me at dawn later in the month to help me get my Western Sandpiper. Both these gentleman freely shared therir knowledge and advice whenever I reached out to them.
Kendall Lloyd gave me directions to help me track down my Painted Bunting and kept me in the loop on anything in SE Missouri. Kendall also gave me a call about the Brown Booby and got me on a boat with him to go see it.
Jerry Hemmesmeyer got me on a Red Knot at BK Leach, a great bird!
Mark Robbins, whose Breeding Atlas on the birds of Missouri I used extensively last year, advised me on birding areas in Northwest Missouri which led to my Spragues Pipt at Rosecrans Airport..
A trip in november found me at Sarah Drivers house viewing her Anna's Hummingbird. Later that day I had my Selaphorus hummer at Jay McEntees home.
Kristi Mayo narrowed down my search area at Smithville Lake during my second shot at the Barrows Goldeneye. Earlier that day Austin Lambert opened his yard to me so I could view his visiting Common Redpoll.
Here is a tip on getting your ebird sighting confirmed. Be standing next to the ebird reviewer when you see it. That is what happened when Mary Nemecek pointed out a Pacific Loon to Doug Hommert and myself. Mary was also at Smithville when  Pete Monacell and Paul Mckenzie pointed out a California Gull to me. I would not have had the confidence to make the call on that bird by myself. I was very glad that Peter, Paul and Mary ( the birders, not the folk group) were there.
Peter Kondroshov directed me to North Sever Lake where, after an ordeal with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere in the dead of night, I was able to hear my Northern Saw-whet Owl.
Others whom offered tips and encouragement all year were Christy McClaren and Andrew Reago, Greg Swick, Edge Wade, Tim Barksdale,Natalie Rekittke,Lisa Berger, Lisa Owens,Lisa Saffel, Zach Harig, Christian and Conway Hahn, Bruce Schutte, Cris Barrigar and Tim Kavan.
I would be remiss withour mentining Brad Jacobs who passed away in 2020. I started contacting Brad in 2019 when I was just starting to think ablout a big year and he was, as expected, very helpful and encouraging. When I noticed he was not posting as often on ebird I offered to get him out birding on the off chance he was having problems getting around. He politely declined the offer simply saying he had some health issues he needed to work out. His name came up quite abit last year, no one had an unkind word to say about Brad, I regret I never got that chance to bird with him.
So I need to apologize to anyone whose name I left off, and I know there were a few. Thanks agian to everyone for their help, could not have done it without you! And I must also thank the birds, they really came through for me last year, especially November and December, when I was able to keep adding to my list almost to the very last day.
This past year was of course not a great year for a lot of people in a lot of ways. Hopefully 2021 will be better in that regard

Dave Haenni








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Date: 1/6/21 10:13 am
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Subject: Columbia Bottom Spotted Towhee
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Doug Hommert and I redound the towhee at the east end of the closed road to confluence overlook. Walk about a mile East on the road to where it comes to a fork, the overlook parking lot. It was calling from a small tree north of the road.

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Date: 1/5/21 1:32 pm
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Subject: 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Long Branch SP
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There were 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Long Branch SP today along
with numerous Herring gulls and couple thousand of Ring-billed gulls today.
Birds were easy to scan from the W end of the dam.
Saw some very pretty light morphs Rough-legged hawks while driving back
roads in Adair county.
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Date: 1/5/21 8:58 am
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow
Highlight of my morning birding outing was a single Harris's Sparrow feeding amongst numerous White-crowned Sparrows along the roadside about 2 miles north of home.

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Date: 1/4/21 8:38 pm
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Subject: RGV Report #2
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With temperature in the mid 40s and and brisk 10 mph wind, we started the day by donning the coats we bought on last year’s Antarctica trip and birded our home base—the UT RGV university Resaca area. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks greeted us with whistles (we did not feel flattered). The “usual suspects included Mottled Ducks, Least Grebes, White-winged Doves, Anhinga, Golden-fronted Woodpecker and more for 22 species.



We warmed up in the condo, loaded the lunch box and headed west along 281 to the Progresso Lakes grain silos where we found 27 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a few Bronzed Cowbirds among the thousands of Red-wings.



The temperature was in the 60s by the time we got to Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen’s World Birding Center site. We dipped on the Pacific-slope Flycatcher even after Leo Miller showed us the tree he had seen it in. The search for the Blue Bunting went better, and seeing it was a combination of experience (we’d seen them before and know the habitat and habits to look for) and luck—emphasis on the latter. We were wandering a path when we simultaneously saw the little skulker zipping along the ground in a thicket, then watched it take a short, low flight into never-never land. A good looking Black-throated Green Warbler was a bonus.



The third was our day for the long drive upriver to Salineno and Falcon State Park in sunshine and upper 70s. We stopped at the Roma Bluffs World Birding Center—an overlook at the Rio Grande—hoping for Red-billed Pigeons, but settling for a Mexican Duck.



We had a very pleasant sit at Salineno watching the riot of colors in the form of several Green Jays, Great Kiskadees and Altamira Orioles. Two Audubon Orioles. Plain Chachalacas, Inca and White-tipped Doves, a Long-billed Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow and Black-crested Titmouse joined in chowing down the goodies set out. One Orange-crowned Warbler worked very hard to get a quiet single access meal in the peanut butter bucket. We learned the court date for the Valley Land Trust and government is March 4.



We walked the trail along the river, but dipped on seedeater as well as the Barn Owl, probably deep into the hole above the whitewash.



Covid has closed the rec center at Falcon SP, so we picnicked in the area where I broke my wrist in 2014. Crested Caracaras and Pyrrhuloxias entertained us as we searched in vain for Verdins Just before we headed out two Cactus Wrens showed.



Today, January 4, promised perfect weather. A walk around the Resaca had some surprises: Least Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs. A Ringed Kingfisher was hunting, but we have not yet found a Green Kingfisher.



We lugged the lunchbox cooler to the car and headed out TX48 to Shrimp Basin Bridge fishing access. The tide was out; the oyster beds fully exposed, and the birds—well, the birds seemed few and distant. We set up the scope and began to scan. Oystercatchers? Yup, two. Oh, over there—one-by-one the Black-necked Stilts added up to 106. And, one-by-one the species kept showing—Ruddy Turnstone, Long-billed Curlew (orange-gold underwings glowing in the sunlight), Gull-billed Terns, as well as Caspian, Forster’s and Royal. American Avocets, Black Skimmers. A fine stop!



At Port Isabel, we turned left onto Hwy. 100 and began watching the big double utility pole crossbeams. A Red-tailed, then a White-tailed Hawk prompted us to pull off for closer looks. We were almost to the little blue building at the turn-around point when the bird on the beam with cactus proved to be the jackpot Aplomado Falcon.



We turned around and went into Laguna Vista to walk the nature trail. Among the birds there was a Verdin and an Olive Sparrow—birds we’d missed upriver. The water features with blinds are really well done. We watched a Buff-bellied and Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Nashville Warbler, White-crowned Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-eyed Vireo.



In Port Isabel, the lure of seafood hit hard. We pulled into Pirate’s Landing and enjoyed sea bass and oysters on the deck while watching pelicans, gulls, and restaurant savvy Great-tailed Grackles.



Across the causeway and down SPI, we zoomed onto Hang glider beach. It looked deserted until we saw some movement at the north end. Rewards included Black-bellied, Semi-palmated and Piping Plover.



Four-thirty was the perfect time to head out the Convention Centre boardwalk to watch Reddish Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, a bathing Brown Pelican, a smattering of duck species, more gulls, and terns. As the sun was setting, we took up positions along the section that connects the two boardwalks arms extending toward the bay. We watched the bare areas near the vegetation clumps and—bingo! First was the Sora, then its foraging friend: a Clapper Rail. While watching them we were treated to a close-up of a Marsh Wren and then a Swamp Sparrow. By 6 o’clock we were in the car headed for Brownsville celebrating a beautiful birding day.




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Date: 1/4/21 5:46 pm
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Subject: Re: When was last time a Great black backed gull was seen in MO? See eBird checklist below.
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According to eBird, the last Great Black-backed Gulls confirmed in MO was
January 13th, 2020. The most recent in the greater KC area was November
27th, 2019. https://ebird.org/species/gbbgul/US-MO

Good Birding,

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Date: 1/4/21 5:24 pm
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Subject: Intermediate adult Red-tail Hawk
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On a drive to Windsor (from Cole Camp) this evening, we saw a very dark hawk which I remembered from a previous year with a reddish throat patch. I could not recall what it was named, but Sibley's has a perfect drawing of it. The hawk hangs out between Hwy 52 and County Road P along Highway 65 on the west side of the road. It is a very cool hawk, in my estimation.
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Date: 1/4/21 5:08 pm
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Date: 1/4/21 4:00 pm
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Subject: Canvasback- Forest Park, St Louis
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One male on Jefferson Lake. First saw at 7:30am. Still there at 11:10.

Not super rare; but if you're a City, Park, or monthly lister...


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Date: 1/4/21 3:20 pm
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Subject: Re: RGV Report #1
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I would also like one. We go west about twice a year.

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>> Edge, how do we get a copy of your guide to LRGV? We went once in November 2018 and had a spring trip planned for last April till COVID changed plans. Thanks for your reports!! Ronda (Sherrill) Brown
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>> Sounds wonderful Edge! Thanks to you, I did visit the candy store and I can’t wait to go back.
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>> Context: I’ve been coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley regularly (one year made 7 trips because rarities kept showing up about 6 weeks apart) since my first time with Betty Overall on an Elderhostel (now called Road Scholar) birding program based in Brownsville, more than 20 years ago. I have a timeshare condo at Ft. Brown where I finish out the year and begin the new.
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>> Commitments delayed departure from Missouri, shortening the usual 2-week stay by 4 days, with departure on Dec. 29. Covid concerns and regulations reduced our number to two. Clare Wheeler and I spent the first night in Waco (the water there still smells bad), then took a BDR (Birder’s Direct Route) to Choke Canyon State Park a little south of San Antonio to see the Spotted Rail, a third ABA record bird. We got there about an hour after a sighting, so joined the eight or so birders lined up along the shore of 75 Acre Lake for what became a four-hour vigil—not too bad, 75 degrees, light overcast and a slight breeze. The rail put on a good 5-minute show. We headed for Brownsville.
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>> New Year’s Day began with a short walk around the condo pool area, greeted first by the resident Black Phoebe and two mockingbirds. A Loggerhead Shrike sat in a tree and vocalized for three minutes—longer and better than I’d ever heard one. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Snowy Egret were on the resaca (oxbow lake). A Neotropic Cormorant flew over, and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker worked on a palm. We ducked back in for breakfast.
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Date: 1/4/21 1:36 pm
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Subject: MERLINS - St. Louis City
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Sorry for the delayed post, but I believe I saw 2 Merlins yesterday
afternoon (1/3) while biking along the River Des Peres just south of the
intersection of Morgan Ford and Germania. I first thought peregrine, but
when I was able to get a bit closer I realized they were too small, much
closer to kestrel sized. I double checked on eBird and Chrissy & Andy
reported a Merlin in nearby Carondelet park in December. They were mainly
on the eastern side of River Des Peres, but when I tried to get a few
decent phone pictures they did go back and forth to the western side as
well.

Certainly not what I was expecting on my urban bike ride!

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Date: 1/4/21 11:43 am
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Subject: Re: Long-tailed ducks and swans -Scott county MO
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Long-tailed not trailed. Darn Auto correct

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> I received a call from the local conservation Agent re: swans near and 3 long-tailed ducks on Brenda Kay Sand pit. I could not refind the LTDU but I did record 40 trumpeter swans and 1 Mute Swan mixed in with several hundred greater white fronted geese in a flooded soybean field about a mile East of the sand pit.
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Date: 1/4/21 10:53 am
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I received a call from the local conservation Agent re: swans near and 3 long-tailed ducks on Brenda Kay Sand pit. I could not refind the LTDU but I did record 40 trumpeter swans and 1 Mute Swan mixed in with several hundred greater white fronted geese in a flooded soybean field about a mile East of the sand pit.

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Date: 1/4/21 9:06 am
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I would love a copy too!!!

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 8:20 AM Ronda Sherrill <
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> Edge, how do we get a copy of your guide to LRGV? We went once in
> November 2018 and had a spring trip planned for last April till COVID
> changed plans. Thanks for your reports!! Ronda (Sherrill) Brown
>
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> Sounds wonderful Edge! Thanks to you, I did visit the candy store and I
> can’t wait to go back.
>
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> Context: I’ve been coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley regularly (one
> year made 7 trips because rarities kept showing up about 6 weeks apart)
> since my first time with Betty Overall on an Elderhostel (now called Road
> Scholar) birding program based in Brownsville, more than 20 years ago. I
> have a timeshare condo at Ft. Brown where I finish out the year and begin
> the new.
>
>
>
> I’ve been sharing RGV Reports with Missouri birders for many of those
> years, not to evoke envy, but to extoll the wonders to those who’ve never
> been to tempt them to make plans to experience a unique area that is a
> candy store for birders, and to provide a vicarious, nodding experience for
> those who’ve been here and know first-hand the joys that abound.
>
>
>
> I’ve written a birder’s guide to the RGV for Midwesterners who’ve never
> been here, available upon request (haven’t updated it for a couple years).
>
>
>
> RGV Report #1 2020-2021
>
> Commitments delayed departure from Missouri, shortening the usual 2-week
> stay by 4 days, with departure on Dec. 29. Covid concerns and
> regulations reduced our number to two. Clare Wheeler and I spent the
> first night in Waco (the water there still smells bad), then took a BDR
> (Birder’s Direct Route) to Choke Canyon State Park a little south of San
> Antonio to see the Spotted Rail, a third ABA record bird. We got there
> about an hour after a sighting, so joined the eight or so birders lined up
> along the shore of 75 Acre Lake for what became a four-hour vigil—not too
> bad, 75 degrees, light overcast and a slight breeze. The rail put on a
> good 5-minute show. We headed for Brownsville.
>
>
>
> A cold front came through during the night, and we awoke to a low 40’s day
> with winds above 20 mph. We sat out the morning, then drove toward South
> Padre Island (SPI) where we knew we could finish out 2020 looking at “good”
> birds from the relative comfort of the car.
>
>
>
> Our first stop was along Hwy.48 at the Shrimp Boat Basin Access (multiple
> names for this place, even in eBIrd: TX48--Shrimp Basin Bridge / Zapata
> Memorial Boat Ramp/ San Martin Lake outlet). We were able to angle the
> car to get good looks at oystercatchers, avocets, black-necked stilts,
> brown pelicans, black skimmers, etc., for 23 species.
>
>
>
> We then did a drive through swing on SPI, with the best birds at Hang
> Glider Beach being 2 Piping Plovers. We drove into the setting sun,
> pleased to be putting 2020 to rest. Seven Green Parakeets flew over the
> condo as we were unloading the car.
>
>
>
> New Year’s Day began with a short walk around the condo pool area, greeted
> first by the resident Black Phoebe and two mockingbirds. A Loggerhead
> Shrike sat in a tree and vocalized for three minutes—longer and better than
> I’d ever heard one. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Snowy Egret were
> on the resaca (oxbow lake). A Neotropic Cormorant flew over, and a
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker worked on a palm. We ducked back in for
> breakfast.
>
>
>
> Our goal for the day was a mix of quality/quantity, and the best place for
> that is Estero Llano State Park at Weslaco. We weren’t disappointed. We
> got to the viewing deck just as the morning birding tour led by John Yochum
> came in from the Tropical Zone for a break before heading out toward
> Alligator Lake. We joined them for sightings of Fulvous Whistling-Duck,
> Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Least Grebe and more for a total
> of 55 species, ending as we were heading toward the car with a long,
> satisfying observation of a young male Crimson-collared Grosbeak.
>
>
>
> Nana’s, a favorite restaurant near the park, was closed for the day, so we
> had a chilly picnic in the parking area before making a round of the
> Tropical Zone portion of the park. We dipped on the Tropical Parula, but
> with ten minutes of stamina left, the Elegant Trogon appeared at eye level
> to feed near the Clay-colored Thrush.
>
>
>
> We headed south on FM 1015 and saw the Ringed Kingfisher at the bridge,
> stopped for coffee at Progresso, took 281 east and were treated to two
> White-tailed Kites. Along Elizabeth Street in Brownsville we found 30
> Green Parakeets on a power line, to finish the day with 74 species and a
> couple of big smiles.
>
>
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Date: 1/4/21 6:20 am
From: Ronda Sherrill <0000031706875a2f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: RGV Report #1
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Edge, how do we get a copy of your guide to LRGV? We went once in November 2018 and had a spring trip planned for last April till COVID changed plans. Thanks for your reports!! Ronda (Sherrill) Brown

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> Sounds wonderful Edge! Thanks to you, I did visit the candy store and I can’t wait to go back.
>
> Regards,
> Lisa Saffell
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> @instagram.com/stl_birder
>
>
>
>
>
>>> On Jan 2, 2021, at 8:32 AM, Media.com <edgew...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.
>> Context: I’ve been coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley regularly (one year made 7 trips because rarities kept showing up about 6 weeks apart) since my first time with Betty Overall on an Elderhostel (now called Road Scholar) birding program based in Brownsville, more than 20 years ago. I have a timeshare condo at Ft. Brown where I finish out the year and begin the new.
>>
>> I’ve been sharing RGV Reports with Missouri birders for many of those years, not to evoke envy, but to extoll the wonders to those who’ve never been to tempt them to make plans to experience a unique area that is a candy store for birders, and to provide a vicarious, nodding experience for those who’ve been here and know first-hand the joys that abound.
>>
>> I’ve written a birder’s guide to the RGV for Midwesterners who’ve never been here, available upon request (haven’t updated it for a couple years).
>>
>> RGV Report #1 2020-2021
>> Commitments delayed departure from Missouri, shortening the usual 2-week stay by 4 days, with departure on Dec. 29. Covid concerns and regulations reduced our number to two. Clare Wheeler and I spent the first night in Waco (the water there still smells bad), then took a BDR (Birder’s Direct Route) to Choke Canyon State Park a little south of San Antonio to see the Spotted Rail, a third ABA record bird. We got there about an hour after a sighting, so joined the eight or so birders lined up along the shore of 75 Acre Lake for what became a four-hour vigil—not too bad, 75 degrees, light overcast and a slight breeze. The rail put on a good 5-minute show. We headed for Brownsville.
>>
>> A cold front came through during the night, and we awoke to a low 40’s day with winds above 20 mph. We sat out the morning, then drove toward South Padre Island (SPI) where we knew we could finish out 2020 looking at “good” birds from the relative comfort of the car.
>>
>> Our first stop was along Hwy.48 at the Shrimp Boat Basin Access (multiple names for this place, even in eBIrd: TX48--Shrimp Basin Bridge / Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp/ San Martin Lake outlet). We were able to angle the car to get good looks at oystercatchers, avocets, black-necked stilts, brown pelicans, black skimmers, etc., for 23 species.
>>
>> We then did a drive through swing on SPI, with the best birds at Hang Glider Beach being 2 Piping Plovers. We drove into the setting sun, pleased to be putting 2020 to rest. Seven Green Parakeets flew over the condo as we were unloading the car.
>>
>> New Year’s Day began with a short walk around the condo pool area, greeted first by the resident Black Phoebe and two mockingbirds. A Loggerhead Shrike sat in a tree and vocalized for three minutes—longer and better than I’d ever heard one. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Snowy Egret were on the resaca (oxbow lake). A Neotropic Cormorant flew over, and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker worked on a palm. We ducked back in for breakfast.
>>
>> Our goal for the day was a mix of quality/quantity, and the best place for that is Estero Llano State Park at Weslaco. We weren’t disappointed. We got to the viewing deck just as the morning birding tour led by John Yochum came in from the Tropical Zone for a break before heading out toward Alligator Lake. We joined them for sightings of Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Least Grebe and more for a total of 55 species, ending as we were heading toward the car with a long, satisfying observation of a young male Crimson-collared Grosbeak.
>>
>> Nana’s, a favorite restaurant near the park, was closed for the day, so we had a chilly picnic in the parking area before making a round of the Tropical Zone portion of the park. We dipped on the Tropical Parula, but with ten minutes of stamina left, the Elegant Trogon appeared at eye level to feed near the Clay-colored Thrush.
>>
>> We headed south on FM 1015 and saw the Ringed Kingfisher at the bridge, stopped for coffee at Progresso, took 281 east and were treated to two White-tailed Kites. Along Elizabeth Street in Brownsville we found 30 Green Parakeets on a power line, to finish the day with 74 species and a couple of big smiles.
>>
>>
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>> Archives / Subscription options / MBS Website / Email the list owners
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Date: 1/3/21 7:12 pm
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Subject: Cannon NWR CBC-results
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Hello all,

The Cannon CBC was held on Dec 21st this year to warm temps, sunshine, and a lot of wind. Fortunately, the wind didn't keep all the birds down and we ended the day with a circle record 105 species! Our previous high was 100/101 so the effort of all those who participated really paid off. We had a few more participants this year than the last few years, even during the Covid-19 pandemic that we are grateful for, which allowed us to cover a few more areas more thoroughly than usual. So a huge thank you to everyone who was able to come up and safely help us out!

As mentioned we ended the day with 105 species and no additional count week birds. Of the 105, two were new for the count, an expected Great Egret and much less expected Long-Billed Dowitcher (found by Bill R and Tommy G). Also of note were the counts second Indigo Bunting (again found by Bill and Tommy), Sandhill Cranes, 4 species of shorebirds (a count high), 23 species of waterfowl including all geese species even with a recent freeze, marsh wren, and a number of species that can sometimes be difficult for us to find in the circle (like western meadowlark, lincolns sparrow, screech-owl, pine siskin, least sandpipers, and pelicans).

Thanks again to all that came up to help us on count day or provided intel beforehand, its greatly appreciated! Hope everyone stays safe and has a great 2021

Cheers
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Date: 1/3/21 1:21 pm
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese
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There was a large flock, perhaps nearly a thousand Greater White-fronted Geese at Lakeside 370 Park in St Peters, in St Charles county about 2:30. A few Snow Geese mixed in.
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Date: 1/3/21 12:52 pm
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl- St. Charles County
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Any additional sightings of the snowy?

Maried Sunshine Blume
St. Louis County
Carpe diem

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Date: 1/3/21 7:24 am
From: Patrick Harrison <saxman...>
Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
My ETSPs showed up today. I have seen them annually for a dozen or so years here in my yard. I live 60 miles due west of the Mississippi River as the sparrow flies.

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Date: 1/2/21 8:41 pm
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Subject: Eastern Phoebe in St. Louis County, 1/2/2021
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Checklist with photo and location info at:



eBird Checklist - 2 Jan 2021 - 14438 Clayton Rd, Ballwin US-MO 38.62064,
-90.52518 - 4 species <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78502946>



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Date: 1/2/21 7:41 pm
From: Ryan Steffens <ryanthenaturelover...>
Subject: EAPH on Cole Camp Prairies IBA CBC 12/28/2020
Attached is a video and photograph of an EAPH observed by one of the groups last week on CBC day. It was at the top of a tree, but flew away and came back a couple times. Location was in Benton County, but our CBC circle covers Benton and Pettis.

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Date: 1/2/21 5:39 pm
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Subject: Spotted Towhee - St. Louis County
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I found a Spotted Towhee at Columbia Bottom CA during the Confluence CBC
this afternoon. The bird was nearly a mile from the parking lot that can be
used to reach the confluence overlook. Muck boots are essential given the
mud and recent rains. Ebird checklist with a few photos at the link below..

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78537649

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Date: 1/2/21 3:46 pm
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Subject: No sighting/ cardinals eat bananas
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Now I've seen it all.

Several cardinals feeding on the banana.

Hysterical pics available. Cardinals on thistle and bananas.

Ozark cardinals have a sophisticated pallette.

In light snow:
Upwards of 30 cardinals
Upwards of 50 juncos
2 dozen robins
4 purple finch
3 Carolina wrens
12 white crowns
Downy female
8 chickadee
Female sapsucker tapping tree and sucking
4 titmice
11 goldfinch

Catherine Paris
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Date: 1/2/21 8:57 am
From: Allen Gathman <agathman...>
Subject: NO SIGHTING -- First call for March 2020 Bluebird
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February 1 is the deadline for submission of materials for the March issue
of The Bluebird, the journal of the Missouri Birding Society.

We accept submissions of anything related to birding in Missouri --
articles about birding trips, unusual sightings or experiences while
birding, ideas for birding techniques, identification tips, memoirs,
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We also publish peer-reviewed scientific articles reporting original
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Date: 1/2/21 6:55 am
From: Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...>
Subject: Re: RGV Report #1
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Sounds wonderful Edge! Thanks to you, I did visit the candy store and I can’t wait to go back.

Regards,
Lisa Saffell
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> On Jan 2, 2021, at 8:32 AM, Media.com <edgew...> wrote:
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> Context: I’ve been coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley regularly (one year made 7 trips because rarities kept showing up about 6 weeks apart) since my first time with Betty Overall on an Elderhostel (now called Road Scholar) birding program based in Brownsville, more than 20 years ago. I have a timeshare condo at Ft. Brown where I finish out the year and begin the new.
>
> I’ve been sharing RGV Reports with Missouri birders for many of those years, not to evoke envy, but to extoll the wonders to those who’ve never been to tempt them to make plans to experience a unique area that is a candy store for birders, and to provide a vicarious, nodding experience for those who’ve been here and know first-hand the joys that abound.
>
> I’ve written a birder’s guide to the RGV for Midwesterners who’ve never been here, available upon request (haven’t updated it for a couple years).
>
> RGV Report #1 2020-2021
> Commitments delayed departure from Missouri, shortening the usual 2-week stay by 4 days, with departure on Dec. 29. Covid concerns and regulations reduced our number to two. Clare Wheeler and I spent the first night in Waco (the water there still smells bad), then took a BDR (Birder’s Direct Route) to Choke Canyon State Park a little south of San Antonio to see the Spotted Rail, a third ABA record bird. We got there about an hour after a sighting, so joined the eight or so birders lined up along the shore of 75 Acre Lake for what became a four-hour vigil—not too bad, 75 degrees, light overcast and a slight breeze. The rail put on a good 5-minute show. We headed for Brownsville.
>
> A cold front came through during the night, and we awoke to a low 40’s day with winds above 20 mph. We sat out the morning, then drove toward South Padre Island (SPI) where we knew we could finish out 2020 looking at “good” birds from the relative comfort of the car.
>
> Our first stop was along Hwy.48 at the Shrimp Boat Basin Access (multiple names for this place, even in eBIrd: TX48--Shrimp Basin Bridge / Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp/ San Martin Lake outlet). We were able to angle the car to get good looks at oystercatchers, avocets, black-necked stilts, brown pelicans, black skimmers, etc., for 23 species.
>
> We then did a drive through swing on SPI, with the best birds at Hang Glider Beach being 2 Piping Plovers. We drove into the setting sun, pleased to be putting 2020 to rest. Seven Green Parakeets flew over the condo as we were unloading the car.
>
> New Year’s Day began with a short walk around the condo pool area, greeted first by the resident Black Phoebe and two mockingbirds. A Loggerhead Shrike sat in a tree and vocalized for three minutes—longer and better than I’d ever heard one. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Snowy Egret were on the resaca (oxbow lake). A Neotropic Cormorant flew over, and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker worked on a palm. We ducked back in for breakfast.
>
> Our goal for the day was a mix of quality/quantity, and the best place for that is Estero Llano State Park at Weslaco. We weren’t disappointed. We got to the viewing deck just as the morning birding tour led by John Yochum came in from the Tropical Zone for a break before heading out toward Alligator Lake. We joined them for sightings of Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Least Grebe and more for a total of 55 species, ending as we were heading toward the car with a long, satisfying observation of a young male Crimson-collared Grosbeak.
>
> Nana’s, a favorite restaurant near the park, was closed for the day, so we had a chilly picnic in the parking area before making a round of the Tropical Zone portion of the park. We dipped on the Tropical Parula, but with ten minutes of stamina left, the Elegant Trogon appeared at eye level to feed near the Clay-colored Thrush.
>
> We headed south on FM 1015 and saw the Ringed Kingfisher at the bridge, stopped for coffee at Progresso, took 281 east and were treated to two White-tailed Kites. Along Elizabeth Street in Brownsville we found 30 Green Parakeets on a power line, to finish the day with 74 species and a couple of big smiles.
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Date: 1/2/21 6:32 am
From: Media.com <edgew...>
Subject: RGV Report #1
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Context: I’ve been coming to the Lower Rio Grande Valley regularly (one year made 7 trips because rarities kept showing up about 6 weeks apart) since my first time with Betty Overall on an Elderhostel (now called Road Scholar) birding program based in Brownsville, more than 20 years ago. I have a timeshare condo at Ft. Brown where I finish out the year and begin the new.



I’ve been sharing RGV Reports with Missouri birders for many of those years, not to evoke envy, but to extoll the wonders to those who’ve never been to tempt them to make plans to experience a unique area that is a candy store for birders, and to provide a vicarious, nodding experience for those who’ve been here and know first-hand the joys that abound.



I’ve written a birder’s guide to the RGV for Midwesterners who’ve never been here, available upon request (haven’t updated it for a couple years).



RGV Report #1 2020-2021

Commitments delayed departure from Missouri, shortening the usual 2-week stay by 4 days, with departure on Dec. 29. Covid concerns and regulations reduced our number to two. Clare Wheeler and I spent the first night in Waco (the water there still smells bad), then took a BDR (Birder’s Direct Route) to Choke Canyon State Park a little south of San Antonio to see the Spotted Rail, a third ABA record bird. We got there about an hour after a sighting, so joined the eight or so birders lined up along the shore of 75 Acre Lake for what became a four-hour vigil—not too bad, 75 degrees, light overcast and a slight breeze. The rail put on a good 5-minute show. We headed for Brownsville.



A cold front came through during the night, and we awoke to a low 40’s day with winds above 20 mph. We sat out the morning, then drove toward South Padre Island (SPI) where we knew we could finish out 2020 looking at “good” birds from the relative comfort of the car.



Our first stop was along Hwy.48 at the Shrimp Boat Basin Access (multiple names for this place, even in eBIrd: TX48--Shrimp Basin Bridge / Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp/ San Martin Lake outlet). We were able to angle the car to get good looks at oystercatchers, avocets, black-necked stilts, brown pelicans, black skimmers, etc., for 23 species.



We then did a drive through swing on SPI, with the best birds at Hang Glider Beach being 2 Piping Plovers. We drove into the setting sun, pleased to be putting 2020 to rest. Seven Green Parakeets flew over the condo as we were unloading the car.



New Year’s Day began with a short walk around the condo pool area, greeted first by the resident Black Phoebe and two mockingbirds. A Loggerhead Shrike sat in a tree and vocalized for three minutes—longer and better than I’d ever heard one. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Snowy Egret were on the resaca (oxbow lake). A Neotropic Cormorant flew over, and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker worked on a palm. We ducked back in for breakfast.



Our goal for the day was a mix of quality/quantity, and the best place for that is Estero Llano State Park at Weslaco. We weren’t disappointed. We got to the viewing deck just as the morning birding tour led by John Yochum came in from the Tropical Zone for a break before heading out toward Alligator Lake. We joined them for sightings of Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Least Grebe and more for a total of 55 species, ending as we were heading toward the car with a long, satisfying observation of a young male Crimson-collared Grosbeak.



Nana’s, a favorite restaurant near the park, was closed for the day, so we had a chilly picnic in the parking area before making a round of the Tropical Zone portion of the park. We dipped on the Tropical Parula, but with ten minutes of stamina left, the Elegant Trogon appeared at eye level to feed near the Clay-colored Thrush.



We headed south on FM 1015 and saw the Ringed Kingfisher at the bridge, stopped for coffee at Progresso, took 281 east and were treated to two White-tailed Kites. Along Elizabeth Street in Brownsville we found 30 Green Parakeets on a power line, to finish the day with 74 species and a couple of big smiles.






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Date: 1/1/21 3:40 pm
From: Goodwin, Tommy J. (Student) <tjgbp7...>
Subject: St Charles Co & St Louis Circle Big Years Wrap Up
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Happy New Year!


Although 2020 saw a lot of our friends and family go through very hard times, it was an incredible year for birders in Missouri and most of the midwest, and the bird occurrences rarely seemed to slow down. This mix of circumstances left me with an almost constant low level of stress throughout the year, so with the New Year I am thankful to be sleeping in, to not be watching for changes in the weather, and to not worry nearly as much if a rare winter finch decides to stop by at the feeders and I miss it.


Throughout the last few years I had been living vicariously through friends' ABA and state big years, but 2019 introduced me to the idea of a County Big Year. This really intrigued me because I finally saw something that I could feasibly do with some competitiveness and still maintain work and home responsibilities. Towards the end of 2019 Kendell and I discussed the idea of doing County Big Years as an approach to learn more about our local birds and habitats, be able to continue working, have a much-lessened carbon footprint compared to state big years, and hopefully find some unexposed birding areas near home.


I went into 2020 still unsure if I wanted to commit, but after the Confluence CBC at Riverlands on New Years Day found three rarities, I decided I was going to do a St Charles County (County) Big Year. Things were going slowly, but well until early April when I was laid off for a few months, due to the pandemic, and found myself with a lot more time to bird migration; however, I was already starting to get bored of the same patches and found myself chasing some of the rarities outside of the County. That’s when I started really looking into the St. Louis Circle (Circle), a 50-mile radius from the city limits of St. Louis set up by WGNSS decades ago, and decided that I would chase rarities outside the County if they fell within the Circle. Chasing rarities eventually turned into birding as often in Illinois as in the County from fall migration onward.


To my knowledge the only County Big Year that had been done in Missouri was in Boone County in 2012 by Ryan Douglas who found 261 species. The St Louis Circle had several records listed on mobirds.org, but the standing record was in 2004 by Joe Eades with 303 species. This was an incredible year for birding and I owe a lot to my friends and mentors who helped me find a lot of the species this year, despite the pandemic. On December 31, 2020 I ended with 288 species in St Charles County and 310 species in the St Louis Circle.


I think the only species that was new for the Circle and County was a Magnificent Frigatebird that showed up at Carlyle Lake, IL and then, likely the same bird, again along the Mississippi River in St Charles; we probably had a Sooty Tern at Riverlands, which would have been new for the Circle, but that bird was unable to be verified. Through this crazy year, I was able to add 6 species to my World life list in the Circle this year, 20 species to my Missouri life list, and 28 species to my St Charles County list.


There were 320 species reported within the St Louis Circle this year. I missed 10 species that were observed by others: Swallow-tailed Kite (Montgomery Co, IL), Evening Grosbeak (Warren Co, MO), Little Gull (Clinton Co, IL), White-winged Dove (Franklin Co, MO), Western Tanager (Jefferson Co, MO), Swainson’s Hawk (St. Charles Co, MO), Snow Bunting (St. Charles Co, MO), Prairie Falcon (St. Charles Co, MO), and a potential Gyrfalcon (Clinton Co, IL).


There were 296 species reported in St Charles County this year, up 24 species from the eBird record of 272. I did not miss any expected birds in the County, but Ruddy Turnstone and Red-necked Phalarope are probably the most likely birds that were not reported, and a Snowy Owl decided to appear Jan 1, 2021; I missed 6 species that were observed by others: Bewick’s Wren, Magnificent Frigatebird, White-winged Scoter, and the three listed for the Circle.


It was fairly easy to track what birds should be expected for St Charles County; eBird has histograms at the county level that split the year into 52 weeks and give a frequency of observations of each species during each quarter month. This was my first challenge with the Circle since I didn’t know the areas as well, but I was able to construct an excel database that pulled eBirds data from every county within the circle and compiled them into one table like I had for St Charles. This saved me a lot of time trying to decide what to look for next and was great for filtering out birds that I had already seen.


In reflection, I really enjoyed birding the County and Circle. I not only learned a lot about the local birds, but I met many staff personnel at areas that I frequented and began developing those relationships. Being only 30 minutes away from any rarity that showed up for the county made chasing reasonable even on a lunch break, and allowed birding almost anywhere I wanted before or after work. The biggest lesson remains that you never know what bird is out there if you don’t get outside and look. There were many days that I struggled to get out, but I feel that overall I did pretty well continuously covering ground. I really think that 300 species in St Charles County is possible, but it would probably take more observers than I had helping my year and a year at least as productive as 2020.


This year would not have been possible without the help of an incredibly long list of people who have helped. Thank you sincerely to everyone who helped and supported me along the way. I am super excited that so many records have been broken and made in Missouri and surrounding states this year. If anyone would like additional information or stories throughout the year, please contact me, but I didn’t want this email to exceed 10 paragraphs.


May 2021 bring even more excitement,


Tommy J. Goodwin Jr., M.S., P.E.

St. Charles, MO

(417)241-9189

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Date: 1/1/21 2:31 pm
From: A John Solodar <00000080ae80c86c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: No sighting/first reports for 2021
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Hah. University City Cardinals feed on Sunflower or Safflower with thistle 2 ft away. They never touch the thistle here.

We were given a nut wreath for the birds and had it out a week as mass of birds ignored it even though we moved it around to different locations. Finally some House Finches noticed it next to a safflower feeder and it is now being used.

John

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> On Jan 1, 2021, at 3:16 PM, catherine paris <cparis12010...> wrote:
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> Its great to hear the first reports! But we can really do better.
>
> Some of you have made not only specie and number but really good observations.
>
> Thanks to Timothy who clued me in on tractor rolling in Rice fields. Hawk chasing!
>
> Marge for noting her fox sparrows because the ONLY time I see them is after some snow or ice. Is this your situation?
>
> Sarah for the peanut suet for bluebirds and yrwbs. My latitude and temp are the same as yours but my silver maples have blown up buds occupying the warblers and my South facing pastures still have dozens of bluebirds ground feeding. But I know what to offer very soon.
>
> Nancy, Dana, Lisa and Bill for showing sound judgement regarding the weather.
>
> And finally, for Edge, for demonstrating that 32 degrees in grey windy Missouri isn't half as exciting or fruitful as S. Texas.
>
> Let's see if we can observe our birds better. I had the great fortune of watching a female sapsucker drink from 4 holes systematicly for an hour and a half. South side of swelled bud maple. All within 6 inches. With 2 vigorous excretions.
>
> Sarah K. I'll write the grant. You come up with the topic and we'll take this to the next step.
>
> Ozark cardinals feed on thistle. With sunflower 2 feet away.
>
> Catherine Paris
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Date: 1/1/21 1:21 pm
From: catherine paris <cparis12010...>
Subject: No sighting/first reports for 2021
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Its great to hear the first reports! But we can really do better.

Some of you have made not only specie and number but really good
observations.

Thanks to Timothy who clued me in on tractor rolling in Rice fields. Hawk
chasing!

Marge for noting her fox sparrows because the ONLY time I see them is after
some snow or ice. Is this your situation?

Sarah for the peanut suet for bluebirds and yrwbs. My latitude and temp are
the same as yours but my silver maples have blown up buds occupying the
warblers and my South facing pastures still have dozens of bluebirds ground
feeding. But I know what to offer very soon.

Nancy, Dana, Lisa and Bill for showing sound judgement regarding the
weather.

And finally, for Edge, for demonstrating that 32 degrees in grey windy
Missouri isn't half as exciting or fruitful as S. Texas.

Let's see if we can observe our birds better. I had the great fortune of
watching a female sapsucker drink from 4 holes systematicly for an hour and
a half. South side of swelled bud maple. All within 6 inches. With 2
vigorous excretions.

Sarah K. I'll write the grant. You come up with the topic and we'll take
this to the next step.

Ozark cardinals feed on thistle. With sunflower 2 feet away.

Catherine Paris
<cparis12010...>
Ozark County


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Date: 1/1/21 1:14 pm
From: Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...>
Subject: Snowy Owl- St. Charles County
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I am watching a Snowy Owl near the train tracks on Church Road, perhaps a
mile from Seeburger.

Diane Bricmont
STL CO


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Date: 1/1/21 11:47 am
From: Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...>
Subject: Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
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My annual 1st day of birding was squashed because of our icy weather so I birded in my jammies. I had 19 species but the first bird I saw was a song sparrow, which is not a frequent visitor. In fact the very first time I noticed I had a song sparrow in my back yard was on January 12, 2020. A sign of good things to come! Happy New Birding Year!

Lisa Saffell, St. Louis

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> My First-of-the year birds are the usual suspects: Northern Cardinal, Chickadee sp., White-throateds, 8 American Goldfinches, DE Juncos, plus unusual for us 2 Fox Sparrows, and a Downy.
> Feeder watching is so much fun!
> Happy New Year everyone!
> Marge Lumpe
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> I love this statement “eleven species…and I’m still in bed”.
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> I ended up having several simultaneous first-of-2021 birds, since I simply looked at the very active feeders right away this morning. Lots of the usual suspects - resident birds, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, etc - plus quite a few Purple Finches, a Song Sparrow that we see occasionally and an unusual (for our feeders) American Tree Sparrow.
>
> Happy New Year, Birders!!
> Sincerely,
> Dana
>
> Dana Ripper
> Saline County
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>> On Jan 1, 2021, at 8:38 AM, Nancy Rock <nancyroc...> <mailto:<nancyroc...>> wrote:
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>> Eleven bird species for 2021, and I'm still in bed. First was American Goldfinch. Icy weather, so our annual first day big day is shot, (I think this is the first time 40+ years). Oh well. We still have 364 days to go.
>>
>> Nancy Rock
>> Shell Knob, Barry Co.
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>> I just opened the door to my deck, hoping maybe to hear a Barred Owl as the first bird of the year. Immediately heard the simultaneous calls of a White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Mockingbirds.
>>
>> Happy New Year, and good birding to all this year!
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Date: 1/1/21 11:26 am
From: Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw...>
Subject: Re: Yellow Rumped Warbler and Bluebirds Suet Eaters?
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They do both go for suet, especially if it is cold and even more so if there are berries or dried fruit in the suet.
----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau
On Friday, January 1, 2021, 12:04:52 PM CST, Sarah Driver <000000d5c39afbe1-dmarc-request...> wrote:

I’ve had a YRWA coming daily to the feeders for peanut butter suet. Bluebirds are crazy about it as well. Maybe it’s normal behavior but it surprised me. Here is a link to photos of them, as well as many other birds at my Stone County residence during December. https://link.shutterfly.com/EaJbsQ8iHcb

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Date: 1/1/21 11:20 am
From: MARGE LUMPE <birdwatcher...>
Subject: Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
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My First-of-the year birds are the usual suspects: Northern Cardinal, Chickadee sp., White-throateds, 8 American Goldfinches, DE Juncos, plus unusual for us 2 Fox Sparrows, and a Downy.
Feeder watching is so much fun!
Happy New Year everyone!
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I love this statement eleven speciesand Im still in bed.

I ended up having several simultaneous first-of-2021 birds, since I simply looked at the very active feeders right away this morning. Lots of the usual suspects - resident birds, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, etc - plus quite a few Purple Finches, a Song Sparrow that we see occasionally and an unusual (for our feeders) American Tree Sparrow.

Happy New Year, Birders!!
Sincerely,
Dana

Dana Ripper
Saline County
Missouri River Bird Observatory
Missouri Birding Society


On Jan 1, 2021, at 8:38 AM, Nancy Rock <nancyroc...><mailto:<nancyroc...>> wrote:

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Eleven bird species for 2021, and I'm still in bed. First was American Goldfinch. Icy weather, so our annual first day big day is shot, (I think this is the first time 40+ years). Oh well. We still have 364 days to go.

Nancy Rock
Shell Knob, Barry Co.


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I just opened the door to my deck, hoping maybe to hear a Barred Owl as the first bird of the year. Immediately heard the simultaneous calls of a White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Mockingbirds.

Happy New Year, and good birding to all this year!

-Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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Date: 1/1/21 11:10 am
From: <dana.ripper...> <000003dc2ccdb651-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
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I love this statement “eleven species…and I’m still in bed”.

I ended up having several simultaneous first-of-2021 birds, since I simply looked at the very active feeders right away this morning. Lots of the usual suspects - resident birds, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, etc - plus quite a few Purple Finches, a Song Sparrow that we see occasionally and an unusual (for our feeders) American Tree Sparrow.

Happy New Year, Birders!!
Sincerely,
Dana

Dana Ripper
Saline County
Missouri River Bird Observatory
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Date: 1/1/21 10:04 am
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Subject: Yellow Rumped Warbler and Bluebirds Suet Eaters?
I’ve had a YRWA coming daily to the feeders for peanut butter suet. Bluebirds are crazy about it as well. Maybe it’s normal behavior but it surprised me. Here is a link to photos of them, as well as many other birds at my Stone County residence during December. https://link.shutterfly.com/EaJbsQ8iHcb

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Date: 1/1/21 7:51 am
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Subject: Re: A Great Year!
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I also had a pretty awesome year when it came to birding as I reached several milestones in my birding career. Those milestone events include;
Life list reaching 400 when I went to Stockton lake to observe the yellow billed loon, 410 was mountain bluebird in South Dakota and 420 was the Vermilion flycatcher in Dunklin county MO followed by the Smith's Longspur and holding @ 421
I also eclipsed the 300 plateau for my MO list with the observation of Band-rumped storm petrel that arrived at Otter Slough CA post hurricane Laura.
The ferruginous hawk recently discovered by Timothy Jones (also in Dunklin County) has me currently sitting at 311 for the state.
My New Madrid county list is my highest county tick for the state and I surpassed the 230 tick with an olive sided flycatcher sighting on a private conservation project I have been working with the Landowner on for several years now. I'm currently sitting on 235 for New Madrid county and I surpassed 200 as well in Mississippi county.

When I sit down and look at these numbers I recall many of the sightings and I'm just amazed how much better it could get if I tried just a little harder. Think I'll shoot for 450, 350, 250, 250 by the end of 2021!
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> This year has been extraordinary in so many ways. Birding has always been a great way to escape the uncertainties of the rest of the world, and I hope that everyone found this to be especially true this year.
>
> Last December, a friend and I were discussing county Big Years, and he helped convince me to do a Greene County Big Year. It had never been done formally, so I found the highest year list reported to eBird (235 species in 2017), and I set this as my goal.
>
> Using eBird data, I ranked the 306 species that had been recorded in the county by the frequency of reports. I did this by month to help me pinpoint when the best times would be to find each species. I used a lot of satellite maps to locate habitat, and I had a lot of help from other birders!
>
> I ended the year today having seen 262 species in Greene County, including 5 first county-records (Lesser Black-backed Gull, Laughing Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Scoter, & Iceland Gull).
>
> Throughout this year, I learned to love birding my county. Doing a county Big Year forced me to stay local and explore to find habitats for which I would normally need to travel. The decreased area allowed me to visit locations nearly daily, which led to me finding more birds. Plus, because they were close by, I was able to more easily share these species with my local birding community, and I was more easily able to see birds they found as well.
>
> A Big Year is just a reason to push yourself to bird more and to learn more. Someone once told me, “You won’t see a bird if you aren’t out there looking.” So get out there: observe and keep learning. The cool part is that you get to define the goal for yourself. Whether it’s a county, a state, a backyard, a specific park, it doesn’t matter, the point is to continue learning and expanding your love for birding!
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> A big congratulations to David Haenni and Tommy Goodwin for their record-breaking years!
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> I wish everyone a great first-of-year bird in the morning! We will see if I keep my 3-year streak with American Crow...
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Date: 1/1/21 6:45 am
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Subject: First Suet Feeder
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Went downstairs, looked out the window and I had a female Downy
Woodpecker chowing down at the feeder. She stayed there for at least
10 minutes.

Happy New Year to all of you and a great way to start 2021!

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Date: 1/1/21 6:39 am
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Subject: Re: First Bird(s) of 2021
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Eleven bird species for 2021, and I'm still in bed. First was American Goldfinch. Icy weather, so our annual first day big day is shot, (I think this is the first time 40+ years). Oh well. We still have 364 days to go.

Nancy Rock
Shell Knob, Barry Co.


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I just opened the door to my deck, hoping maybe to hear a Barred Owl as the first bird of the year. Immediately heard the simultaneous calls of a White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Mockingbirds.

Happy New Year, and good birding to all this year!

-Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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Date: 1/1/21 6:13 am
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Following Bill's prompt, we opened the door at Ft. Brown, Brownsville, TX, and were greeted by one Black Phoebe flycatching from the pool furniture, two Northern Mockingbirds feeding on the other side of the pool, 42 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and a Snowy Egret in the resaca, a Neotropic Cormorant overhead, a Golden-fronted Woodpecker on a palm, and a screech-whistling out of sight Great-tailed Grackle. 42 degrees, partly cloudy, 3 mph wind.

Happy, happy 2021 to all!

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I just opened the door to my deck, hoping maybe to hear a Barred Owl as the first bird of the year. Immediately heard the simultaneous calls of a White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Mockingbirds.

Happy New Year, and good birding to all this year!

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Date: 1/1/21 4:58 am
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I just opened the door to my deck, hoping maybe to hear a Barred Owl as the first bird of the year. Immediately heard the simultaneous calls of a White-throated Sparrow and 2 Northern Mockingbirds.

Happy New Year, and good birding to all this year!

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Date: 12/31/20 9:07 pm
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Subject: Re: 2020 Goals Review
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Becky that’s an amazing year! A checklist a day is a lofty goal, and working 12 hour days! Kudos to you. Congratulations.

Regards,
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> I had set 2 birding goals for 2020.
> 1. Bird all of the Franklin County Hotspots (where I live) at least once.
> 2. Make at least 1 eBird list a day for the whole year (figures I would pick a Leap Year).
> At first thought, they sure sounded like a simple, could do this with my eyes closed challenge, but I was wrong. Shhhh....Don't tell my husband. Franklin County has 31 eBird hotspots…. 4 of them I had never birded, 5 hadn't been birded in 2 years, and 3 hadn't been birded in 3 years. I was excited thinking about checking out these new spots and hopefully adding new birds to these locations. Things started out great and I was already planning on how I could bird them at least twice this year if not quarterly. Three months into 2020 and I quickly did a rethink on that. Entering the last few months of the year I found myself with a couple handfuls of hotspots to go. How did that happen?! With 3 days before Christmas, I finally finished up the last 2 locations for my hotspot goal.
> What about the list a day? I'd like to say it was an amazing daily adventure, but I can't. Some days were easy. I had no trouble making a list and sometimes even 2 or 3. Heck I even had a handful of days with 5-8 lists. There was a long stretch in the middle though where it felt more like a chore than fun, but I kept at it. I work 9a-9p, so I would usually do a list before I went to work, but a few times I'd pick up a 0630 shift, so that caused some refiguring. This daily list challenge provided me with a couple nocturnal lists, lunch break lists, and I even posted my first 0 birds seen/heard list. Nobody wants a skunked list, but it does add data, so it’s important. I finished my last day of 2020 with another yard list before I headed to work (picked up a New Year's Eve shift.....it sounded like a good idea last week. Haha).
> Here's some of my 2020 birding adventure stats. 780 total lists (366 day birding streak). 682 Missouri lists. 543 Franklin County lists. 359 lists from my home. I got 10 Lifers!! WOW!! This brings my total life list to 352. I got 12 Missouri lifers and 4 Franklin County lifers (including 2 first seens). I also added 10 new yard birds to my little 1/3 acre house in town bringing the total to 104. I was also able to observe and record Missouri's first breeding pair of Savannah Sparrows at my in-laws farm in Putnam County. How awesome is that?!! Despite the challenges and the ho-hum blahs for a bit there, I was able to successfully complete my goals. It definitely wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and it wasn't filled with as many spectacular rare bird lists as I had hoped, but that’s birding. What else could provide the thrill of the chase, the excitement of the find, and the jubilation of a fantastic photo of said sighting? The same thing that also provides plenty of lows. I’m reminded of the commercial of the guy with the fishing pole saying “oohhh, you almost had it. You gotta be quicker than that.” I’ve had more of those experiences than I care to count. Looking back over my year though, I was able to meet some nice like-minded folks, enjoy some beautiful locations, and see some pretty amazing birds. I mean it's not every day you get a Brown Booby in your back yard. Ok. It was in someone else's back yard, that was a 7 hr drive round trip away, but when it comes to birding, my backyard is your backyard, right?
> Thank you to everyone that shared their sightings, expertise, and yards.
> So, what’s my 2021 goal? Just to Keep on Birding!!
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Date: 12/31/20 8:27 pm
From: Becky Lutz <000003b72781bbe2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: 2020 Goals Review
I had set 2 birding goals for 2020.
1. Bird all of the Franklin County Hotspots (where I live) at least once.
2. Make at least 1 eBird list a day for the whole year (figures I would pick a Leap Year).
At first thought, they sure sounded like a simple, could do this with my eyes closed challenge, but I was wrong. Shhhh....Don't tell my husband. Franklin County has 31 eBird hotspots…. 4 of them I had never birded, 5 hadn't been birded in 2 years, and 3 hadn't been birded in 3 years. I was excited thinking about checking out these new spots and hopefully adding new birds to these locations. Things started out great and I was already planning on how I could bird them at least twice this year if not quarterly. Three months into 2020 and I quickly did a rethink on that. Entering the last few months of the year I found myself with a couple handfuls of hotspots to go. How did that happen?! With 3 days before Christmas, I finally finished up the last 2 locations for my hotspot goal.
What about the list a day? I'd like to say it was an amazing daily adventure, but I can't. Some days were easy. I had no trouble making a list and sometimes even 2 or 3. Heck I even had a handful of days with 5-8 lists. There was a long stretch in the middle though where it felt more like a chore than fun, but I kept at it. I work 9a-9p, so I would usually do a list before I went to work, but a few times I'd pick up a 0630 shift, so that caused some refiguring. This daily list challenge provided me with a couple nocturnal lists, lunch break lists, and I even posted my first 0 birds seen/heard list. Nobody wants a skunked list, but it does add data, so it’s important. I finished my last day of 2020 with another yard list before I headed to work (picked up a New Year's Eve shift.....it sounded like a good idea last week. Haha).
Here's some of my 2020 birding adventure stats. 780 total lists (366 day birding streak). 682 Missouri lists. 543 Franklin County lists. 359 lists from my home. I got 10 Lifers!! WOW!! This brings my total life list to 352. I got 12 Missouri lifers and 4 Franklin County lifers (including 2 first seens). I also added 10 new yard birds to my little 1/3 acre house in town bringing the total to 104. I was also able to observe and record Missouri's first breeding pair of Savannah Sparrows at my in-laws farm in Putnam County. How awesome is that?!! Despite the challenges and the ho-hum blahs for a bit there, I was able to successfully complete my goals. It definitely wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and it wasn't filled with as many spectacular rare bird lists as I had hoped, but that’s birding. What else could provide the thrill of the chase, the excitement of the find, and the jubilation of a fantastic photo of said sighting? The same thing that also provides plenty of lows. I’m reminded of the commercial of the guy with the fishing pole saying “oohhh, you almost had it. You gotta be quicker than that.” I’ve had more of those experiences than I care to count. Looking back over my year though, I was able to meet some nice like-minded folks, enjoy some beautiful locations, and see some pretty amazing birds. I mean it's not every day you get a Brown Booby in your back yard. Ok. It was in someone else's back yard, that was a 7 hr drive round trip away, but when it comes to birding, my backyard is your backyard, right?
Thank you to everyone that shared their sightings, expertise, and yards.
So, what’s my 2021 goal? Just to Keep on Birding!!

Becky Lutz
Washington, MO (Franklin County)

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Date: 12/31/20 6:08 pm
From: Loyd, Kendell R <Kendell892...>
Subject: A Great Year!
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This year has been extraordinary in so many ways. Birding has always been a great way to escape the uncertainties of the rest of the world, and I hope that everyone found this to be especially true this year.

Last December, a friend and I were discussing county Big Years, and he helped convince me to do a Greene County Big Year. It had never been done formally, so I found the highest year list reported to eBird (235 species in 2017), and I set this as my goal.

Using eBird data, I ranked the 306 species that had been recorded in the county by the frequency of reports. I did this by month to help me pinpoint when the best times would be to find each species. I used a lot of satellite maps to locate habitat, and I had a lot of help from other birders!

I ended the year today having seen 262 species in Greene County, including 5 first county-records (Lesser Black-backed Gull, Laughing Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Scoter, & Iceland Gull).

Throughout this year, I learned to love birding my county. Doing a county Big Year forced me to stay local and explore to find habitats for which I would normally need to travel. The decreased area allowed me to visit locations nearly daily, which led to me finding more birds. Plus, because they were close by, I was able to more easily share these species with my local birding community, and I was more easily able to see birds they found as well.

A Big Year is just a reason to push yourself to bird more and to learn more. Someone once told me, “You won’t see a bird if you aren’t out there looking.” So get out there: observe and keep learning. The cool part is that you get to define the goal for yourself. Whether it’s a county, a state, a backyard, a specific park, it doesn’t matter, the point is to continue learning and expanding your love for birding!

A big congratulations to David Haenni and Tommy Goodwin for their record-breaking years!

I wish everyone a great first-of-year bird in the morning! We will see if I keep my 3-year streak with American Crow...

Kendell Loyd
Springfield, MO

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Date: 12/31/20 5:47 pm
From: Patrick Harrison <saxman...>
Subject: Last Day of 2020 Birding Shelby County, Missouri
Rhonda and I took a birding trip for the first time in over a decade today. We drove the back roads of Shelby County and can report in the 90 minutes of driving we recorded the following species...

Northern Cardinal
Red-headed Woodpecker
Blue Jay
House Sparrow
Purple Finch
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
European Starling
American Goldfinch
House Finch
White-throated Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Harrier
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Tufted Titmouse
Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow
Rough-legged Hawk
American Crow
Eastern Bluebird
Horned Lark
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Song Sparrow
Bald Eagle

Patrick Harrison
Shelby County, Missouri

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Date: 12/31/20 4:15 pm
From: Andrew Reago <andrew.reago...>
Subject: Green Collective Missouri Big Year - what an amazing year - thank all of you who helped!
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I want to thank everyone who contributed, making the first year for
the Green Collective Missouri Big Year a TREMENDOUS YEAR! We had:
- 53 contributors! (I'd list your names, but I'm not sure if everyone
wants that information made public.)
- 529 checklists!
- 327 species for the year! Wow!
And here's what people read when they click on our big year project:

"This is a collective of folk who want to contribute to 'green'
birding in Missouri. The purpose is to promote birding that is helpful
to birds via using less resources - less use of the car, gas, etc. -
that leads to less destruction of habitat, less climate change, etc.
Birding 'green' can be what you determine: it might include birding in
your backyard, walking to a nearby park, biking, carpooling, and/or
driving a shorter mile radius than you normally would. For those birds
no one lives near, maybe one participant could make the long trek, not
everyone. By contributing, you inspire others to bird 'green' and
raise awareness. This gives those who have the desire to compete a way
to do so in a different 'green' way - a collective way - instead of
driving all those miles for an individual big year. It's exciting to
root for others all across the state building a big year with you. You
feel part of something bigger than yourself. And it truly becomes
about birds - & wonder."

May it continue,

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Date: 12/31/20 3:14 pm
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: Harlan's morph still present Cass Co. Plus Merlin.
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Similarly marked, or same individual Harlan's jamaicensis buteo to that reported earlier this week, just now at S. Prospect one property N. of 203rd Street, east side.
Merlin in same general open prairie habitat near 195th Street earlier this afternoon. Paler race female, observed for ten minutes at close range in treetop before the bird flew to the SE.
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Date: 12/31/20 2:46 pm
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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County -- YES
The FEHA was hunting about 3/4 to a mile east of the Hwy TT and CR 730 intersection. After hunting it returned to the intersection. If you're out looking for this bird, hang around the intersection. I think it'll eventually end up back in that area. Also, if you see tractors rolling a rice field, that'd be a good place to watch for the bird.

Did not re-find the Snowy Owl.

Tim Jones
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Date: 12/31/20 8:17 am
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: Tundra Swans Cass Co.
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I birded by car for several hours yesterday and was surprised immediately with a new "yard bird" when I stopped to take a phone call on our road adjacent  KC Buffalo CO where I was counting ducks and looking at a Snipe when four Tundra Swans in formation did a low fly-by over my friend Peter Kohl's pond heading S. and directly over our property.Not a big species count day, but memorable. First wintering Red Headed Woodpecker for me locally on 
S. Mullen Rd. and 205th St.... full list on E-birds.Tom

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Date: 12/31/20 6:01 am
From: Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...>
Subject: Sighting my back yard-Common Grackles/Sandhill Cranes?
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I’m sure I got your attention with the Sandhill Cranes? I just had a flock of about 75-100 Common Grackles fly in to my back yard. Thankfully they didn’t stay long....about 20 minutes, but I was stressing a little bit and wondering what the neighbors might think!

While I was craning my neck and trying to count them in my yard, and all the trees around my yard, I saw a flock of what appeared to be 17 Sandhill Cranes fly over heading Southeast. Is that even possible? You might be thinking I probably saw Canada Geese, but I can assure you I spent several days up around the Platte River during the Sandhill Crane Festival a couple of years ago and I know what a Sandhill crane looks like in flight.

I really need to keep a camera handy when I’m watching my yard. A wise man in Iowa, “The saw-whet owl whisperer” Mr Don Poggensee, told me I should always have a camera in my hand unless I’m standing in the shower. That’s twice I didn’t heed his advice when I should have.

I just wanted to say I’m happy this year is coming to an end. A big congratulations to Dave and Tommy, and anyone else I don’t know of, for their big birding years, and a big thank you to everyone in this group who continually help and encourage all of us new birders as we learn the ins and outs of this very complex and rewarding addiction.

I’m looking forward to some normalcy and travels again. Stay safe and well everyone!

Regards,
Lisa Saffell
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Date: 12/30/20 7:03 pm
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Subject: Birds after Ice Storm
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Last night we had about 2 inches of snow, followed by a 1/4 inch of ice. The feeders were really busy today and the birds sitting in the ice-covered trees made for some nice photos, as did the ice-covered yard.

Photos can be viewed at:
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Date: 12/30/20 5:37 pm
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Subject: Swan Lake CBC Canceled
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Due to the forecast for another Winter Storm moving in, I have decided to cancel the Swan Lake CBC that had been scheduled for New Years Day. 
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Date: 12/30/20 11:57 am
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Subject: Snowy Owl -- NO, Ferruginous Hawk -- NO
I did a fairly quick drive down CR 730, CR 724 and the levee alongside Hornersville Swamp CA. It was raining pretty hard and I couldn't see all that well but I didn't see either bird.

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Date: 12/29/20 4:29 pm
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Subject: Birding Ethics - No Sighting
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After reading Tim Kavan's post about someone disturbing the Snowy Owl, I thought it might be timely to remind everyone after ethical behavior in birding. We also have a lot of new birders who may find the ABA Code of Birding Ethics helpful. The code can be found at: https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/

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Date: 12/29/20 4:08 pm
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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County -- NO
While I spent most of my time looking at the Snowy Owl this afternoon on County Road 730, I did search a little for the FEHA and didn't see it at it's normal location. I know others searched some as well with no luck.

Tim Jones
Dunklin County

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Date: 12/29/20 3:49 pm
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Subject: Re: SNOWY OWL — Dunklin County
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Snowy owl was Refound by Kyle Bess and watched until sunset until someone drove down the turn row and flushed it, then he proceeded got out and walk towards it trying to get a photo and he really flushed it off

Please folks be mindful of these rare sightings (knowing these bird are already at maximum stress levels) and do not trespass just to get a higher quality photo!

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Date: 12/29/20 12:59 pm
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Subject: SNOWY OWL — Dunklin County
The Snowy Owl found earlier by Kevin Krejik(?) is still in the same location.

Tim Jones
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Date: 12/28/20 7:34 pm
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Subject: Sighting - Unknown in my water bubbler today
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I had an unusual visitor today in my bird bubbler. I had an idea what it might be but reached out to Diane Bricmont for her opinion. She thought it was one of the two birds I had in mind. Thought maybe I would see if anyone else would like to weigh in on what it might be. I pushed both trailcam videos up to my youtube channel. If only the video was better quality! You can bet i’ll be in my blind all day tomorrow stalking my bubbler :) Both videos here:
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Date: 12/28/20 7:25 pm
From: Goodwin, Tommy J. (Student) <tjgbp7...>
Subject: Lark Sparrow and Continuing Rarities in Dunklin County
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I birded this morning in Dunklin County trying to pick up some rarities for the year. The Feruginous Hawk, Vermilion Flycatcher, Smiths Longspurs, and White-winged Doves were all continuing at their known locations; I also found a Lark Sparrow foraging with a few dozen White-crowned Sparrows at the crossroads in Little River CA while looking for the Vermilion Flycatcher. Although not a rare bird for the state, it is accidental in the winter and always fun to see.

It appears that my last message didn’t go through, although I apologize if it just got lost and posts eventually making this a double posting.

Tommy J. Goodwin Jr., M.S., P.E.
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Date: 12/28/20 6:01 pm
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Subject: Re: Trumper and Tundra Swans Randolph Co.
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We saw (at a far distance), seven swans at 1000 Hills SP on the lake on
12-27-2020. Too far to ID, I assumed they were Trumpeter, but with Peter's
post, they may have been Tundra.

Debbie Nichols
Adair County

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Date: 12/28/20 2:10 pm
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...>
Subject: Lesser black-backed gull at Long Branch Lake (Macon Co.)
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Adult Lesser black-backed gull is currently present at the gull roost by
the dam at Long Branch Lake (Macon Co.).
Lots of Herring Gulls, most I have seen this season so far, close to 50.
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Date: 12/28/20 1:16 pm
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Subject: Trumper and Tundra Swans Randolph Co.
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Currently there are 100+ Trumpeter Swans with at least 3 Tundra Swans mixed
in 2 miles N of Cairo (Randolph Co.) in a corn stubble field E of Hwy 63.
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Date: 12/26/20 7:48 pm
From: Dianne & Steve Kinder <000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request...>
Subject: North Central Mo. birding today
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It was nice to get back out in the field on this beautiful day in Missouri, after being gone most of the Month. I went to the west Zell tract part of Pershing SP this morning. The pools were all completely frozen over, so only water birds were some small flocks of Canada Geese moving around. Best find was a couple of lingering Common Yellowthroats in a marshy area where I had seen one about a month ago. Had a Marsh Wren in another place. Plenty of Song and Swamp Sparrows and some Am. Tree Sparrows around.   Went on down to check out Swan Lake NWR. Found a flock of 40+ Lapland Longspurs on the way into Chariton Co. along South part of Ranch Ave, Have often found them there.   There was very little open water at Swan Lake refuge, so most of the 300+ Trumpeter Swans I saw were out on the ice. Same way with a fair number of Ducks and Geese except where they could crowd into a narrow channel of open water. Biggest surprise were two White Pelicans flying around. Good number of  Bald Eagles present with eight around a Deer carcass out on the ice. One adult Eagle was on the new nest in the NW corner of Swan Lake marsh. This is easily seen from the main entrance road.  Saw a Great Blue Heron and a Kingfisher at the frozen lake on the edge of town yesterday.
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Date: 12/26/20 4:51 pm
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Subject: FW: Joyce Lewis sad news
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-------- Original message --------From: Mick and Sue Sutton and Hagan <haganandsutton...> Date: 12/26/20 10:33 AM (GMT-06:00) To: judy bergmann <jbirds...> Subject: could you... Please submit the following to MoBirds--many thanks!

















Some MoBirders will
remember Joyce Lews who passed at age 93 on December 19. She and her late
husband, Bob Lewis, were founders of East Ozarks Audubon Society. Joyce, though
not herself an avid birder, participated in many Missouri Audubon events and
conservation activities. Per request of the Lewis
children, memorials in Joyce's honor be made to the local food pantry, c/o Farmington
Ministerial Alliance, 4327 Showplace Drive, Farmington, MO 63640 or to the
Eastern Ozarks Audubon Society, c/o Crouch and Farley at 119 North Henry
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Date: 12/25/20 12:08 pm
From: Andrew Reago <andrew.reago...>
Subject: Columbia Bottom CA - Harris's Sparrow 12/24/20 (and Dickcissels) - also need help on super high count of WCSP
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We've had some interesting sightings as of late at Columbia Bottom CA.
Short-eared Owls are back. Three Dickcissels popped up in a large
flock of White-crowned Sparrows a few days ago for two days in a row
between parking lots I and J, a Harris's Sparrow popped up in another
large flock of White-crowned Sparrows just yesterday near the
equipment shed, a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk was flying about with
numerous other birds of prey - Merlins, unidentified Hawks, and more.
What is also fascinating are the number of White-crowned Sparrows.
They are everywhere - literally - all over the entire area. There are
easily 400+. There are so 'crazy' many that, according to Josh Uffman,
they defy the highest and only count of over 200 ever recorded for
eBird in the entire state, and are 4 times the highest count ever for
STL County.
We'd be grateful if others would go and stop and count them, too - and
put the actual number in your report on eBird - or our count seems
insane to the reviewers. On one given day when we judiciously counted
them, we found large flocks at the visitors center/parking lot area,
the equipment shed area, at other stops along the gravel round, at the
spot where the gravel road meets the asphalt road, then at spots along
the asphalt road, and at the boat ramp - and we'd barely tapped the
interior away from the roads. All along both roads, we made sure to
keep a good distance between stops so as not to recount the birds,
since they were flying about back and forth across the road.
There are also tens of thousands of blackbirds - mostly red-winged and
cowbirds - which make for some magnificent murmurations.
Here's a link to an eBird report with photos of the Harris's
Sparrow:https://ebird.org/checklist/S77941309 [1]
Here's a link to an eBird report with photos of one of the Short-eared
Owls and one of the Dickcissels: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77767084
[2]

We'll add more photos as we get around to editing.
Thanks for any help on counting the White-crowned Sparrows.
Andy Reago
St. Louis MO
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Date: 12/25/20 11:27 am
From: Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ferruginous Hawk — Dunklin County
Ferruginous Hawk continues near the intersection of Highway TT and County Road 730. Currently sitting alone in a corner of a field.

Tim Jones
Dunklin County

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Date: 12/25/20 9:16 am
From: Diane Bricmont <colaptes.auratus...>
Subject: Great-tailed Grackles- St. Charles County
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The birds are showing well at the feedlot at the intersection of Church and
Seeburger, along with a few Rusty Blackbirds.

Diane Bricmont
STL CO


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Date: 12/25/20 9:08 am
From: Al & Lois <alandlois...>
Subject: Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
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Back in 2011
https://www.photosbyat.com/keyword/yellow_rumped%20warbler%20''myrtle's'';snow/i-TJ7Zw56

Al Smith
Bridgeton
St. Louis County


On 12/25/2020 10:46 AM, Maureen Thomas-Murphy wrote:
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> I had a yellow-rump that visited my feeders all winter a couple of
> years ago.  It picked through all the seed in order to snatch tiny
> cubes of dried papaya.
>
> Maureen Thomas-Murphy
>
> St Louis
>
> *From:* Missouri Wild Bird Forum <MOBIRDS-L...> *On
> Behalf Of *Art Zemon
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> Holy cow! Zillions of replies and on Christmas eve, yet. Thank you
> Michael and Keith and Kevin and William and John and Yvonne and
> Charlotte and Edge and Karin.
>
> I have gone back and looked more closely at the Northern Flicker. I do
> see some photos of it that look like the bird that I saw today.
>
> Candy has fun with the binoculars she got for chanukah. I found an
> old, manual focus 500mm lens for my camera. With all that glass, only
> the cold weather is chasing us indoors. We are both looking forward to
> spending more time birding together. It's really cool that in 30
> minutes at Creve Coeur Lake, I found seven species. I can't identify
> them when I see them but Candy and I spend time with the photos after
> we get home and it's fun to figure out what's what.
>
> Cheers,
>
>   -- Art Z.
>
> On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 8:02 PM Michael Grant <mikecurlew...>
> <mailto:<mikecurlew...>> wrote:
>
> Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.
>
> Mike Grant
>
> Chesterfield, MO
>
>
>
> On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Art Zemon <art...>
> <mailto:<art...>> wrote:
>
> 
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> Hello,
>
> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun.
> We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at
> Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.
>
> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped
> Warbler:
> https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
> <https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/>
>
> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I
> am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
>
> Next is a complete mystery:
> https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
> <https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/>
>
> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or
> websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so
> I am completely baffled by this one.
>
> Thanks much,
>
>   -- Art Z.
>
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Date: 12/25/20 8:47 am
From: Maureen Thomas-Murphy <drmabuce...>
Subject: Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
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I had a yellow-rump that visited my feeders all winter a couple of years ago. It picked through all the seed in order to snatch tiny cubes of dried papaya.

Maureen Thomas-Murphy

St Louis



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Holy cow! Zillions of replies and on Christmas eve, yet. Thank you Michael and Keith and Kevin and William and John and Yvonne and Charlotte and Edge and Karin.



I have gone back and looked more closely at the Northern Flicker. I do see some photos of it that look like the bird that I saw today.



Candy has fun with the binoculars she got for chanukah. I found an old, manual focus 500mm lens for my camera. With all that glass, only the cold weather is chasing us indoors. We are both looking forward to spending more time birding together. It's really cool that in 30 minutes at Creve Coeur Lake, I found seven species. I can't identify them when I see them but Candy and I spend time with the photos after we get home and it's fun to figure out what's what.



Cheers,

-- Art Z.



On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 8:02 PM Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> <mailto:<mikecurlew...> > wrote:

Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.

Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO





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Hello,



My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.



First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/

From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.



Next is a complete mystery: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/

None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this one.



Thanks much,

-- Art Z.



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Date: 12/24/20 8:09 pm
From: Art Zemon <art...>
Subject: Re: YRWA and NOFL at Creve Coeur Lake
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Holy cow! Zillions of replies and on Christmas eve, yet. Thank you Michael
and Keith and Kevin and William and John and Yvonne and Charlotte and Edge
and Karin.

I have gone back and looked more closely at the Northern Flicker. I do see
some photos of it that look like the bird that I saw today.

Candy has fun with the binoculars she got for chanukah. I found an old,
manual focus 500mm lens for my camera. With all that glass, only the cold
weather is chasing us indoors. We are both looking forward to spending more
time birding together. It's really cool that in 30 minutes at Creve Coeur
Lake, I found seven species. I can't identify them when I see them but
Candy and I spend time with the photos after we get home and it's fun to
figure out what's what.

Cheers,
-- Art Z.

On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 8:02 PM Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> wrote:

> Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.
>
> Mike Grant
> Chesterfield, MO
>
> On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Art Zemon <art...> wrote:
>
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> Hello,
>
> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are
> unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and
> I hope that you can help.
>
> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler:
> https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant
> to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
>
> Next is a complete mystery:
> https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I
> have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by
> this one.
>
> Thanks much,
> -- Art Z.
>
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Date: 12/24/20 7:37 pm
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Subject: Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
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Yellow-rumpled Warblers are unusual, but, especially given the warm weather we’ve had, are not rare. The photo clearly shows it to be a “butter butt.”
Yellow rumps are among the most versatile of warblers, with a diet more varied than other warblers and feeding habits (fly catching, creeping, leaf gleaning, etc.) to match. They are not even truly neotropic migrants, as many do not leave The US for the winter.

A close se look at your woodpecker photo shows some diagnostic features. Note that bright yellow along the front of the folded wing. Yellow-shafted is the de

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> YRWA are actually regular in south missouri in winter, and spottier but still not terribly unusual as you move north.
>
> The woodpecker is a Northern Flicker, and the large, round spots on the underparts are actually a diagnostic trait for that species. Usually, the other distinctive traits are more visible, though.
>
> ——Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau
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>> On Dec 24, 2020, at 8:03 PM, Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> wrote:
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>> Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.
>>
>> Mike Grant
>> Chesterfield, MO
>>
>>> On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Art Zemon <art...> wrote:
>>> 
>>> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.
>>>
>>> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
>>> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
>>>
>>> Next is a complete mystery: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
>>> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this one.
>>>
>>> Thanks much,
>>> -- Art Z.
>>>
>>> --
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Date: 12/24/20 7:37 pm
From: <edgew...> <edgew...>
Subject: Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
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Is the definitive mark of the eastern subspecies of Northern Flicker. The photo also shows a bit of the red “neckerchief “ at the nape.
Bodacious birding!
Edge Wade
Columbia
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> YRWA are actually regular in south missouri in winter, and spottier but still not terribly unusual as you move north.
>
> The woodpecker is a Northern Flicker, and the large, round spots on the underparts are actually a diagnostic trait for that species. Usually, the other distinctive traits are more visible, though.
>
> ——Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>>> On Dec 24, 2020, at 8:03 PM, Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.
>> Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.
>>
>> Mike Grant
>> Chesterfield, MO
>>
>>>> On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Art Zemon <art...> wrote:
>>>>
>>> 
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>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.
>>>
>>> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
>>> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
>>>
>>> Next is a complete mystery: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
>>> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this one.
>>>
>>> Thanks much,
>>> -- Art Z.
>>>
>>> --
>>> https://CheerfulCurmudgeon.com/
>>> Each of us is worth only what we are willing to give away to others. -- Lynn Schusterman
>>> The Missouri Birding Society's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
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Date: 12/24/20 6:25 pm
From: WILLIAM R EDDLEMAN <eddlemanw...>
Subject: Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
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YRWA are actually regular in south missouri in winter, and spottier but still not terribly unusual as you move north.

The woodpecker is a Northern Flicker, and the large, round spots on the underparts are actually a diagnostic trait for that species. Usually, the other distinctive traits are more visible, though.

——Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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> On Dec 24, 2020, at 8:03 PM, Michael Grant <mikecurlew...> wrote:
>
> 
> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.
> Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.
>
> Mike Grant
> Chesterfield, MO
>
>>> On Dec 24, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Art Zemon <art...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> WARNING: This message has originated from an External Source. This may be a phishing expedition that can result in unauthorized access to our IT System. Please use proper judgment and caution when opening attachments, clicking links, or responding to this email.
>> Hello,
>>
>> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.
>>
>> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
>> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
>>
>> Next is a complete mystery: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
>> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this one.
>>
>> Thanks much,
>> -- Art Z.
>>
>> --
>> https://CheerfulCurmudgeon.com/
>> Each of us is worth only what we are willing to give away to others. -- Lynn Schusterman
>> The Missouri Birding Society's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
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Date: 12/24/20 6:03 pm
From: Michael Grant <mikecurlew...>
Subject: Re: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
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Correct on YRWA and the mystery bird is a Northern Flicker.

Mike Grant
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> My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope that you can help.
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> First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
> From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.
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> Next is a complete mystery: https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
> None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this one.
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Date: 12/24/20 5:59 pm
From: Art Zemon <art...>
Subject: YRWA Creve Coeur Lake and a Mystery Bird
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Hello,

My wife and I are new to birding and having way too much fun. We are unsure
about a couple of the birds that I saw today at Creve Coeur Lake and I hope
that you can help.

First up is a bird that I think might be a Yellow-Rumped Warbler:
https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Yellow-Rumped-Warbler/
From what I have read, it is rare in Missouri in December so I am hesitant
to say for sure that I saw a YRWA.

Next is a complete mystery:
https://gallery.wonderart.us/Animals/Wild-Birds/Mystery-Bird/
None of the woodpecker pictures in any of the books or websites that I have
found show any spots on the underside so I am completely baffled by this
one.

Thanks much,
-- Art Z.

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Date: 12/23/20 11:49 am
From: Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Ferruginous Hawk -- Dunklin County
I photographed what I'm pretty sure is a Ferruginous Hawk this morning on County Road 730 in Dunklin County. The bird was in either the 2nd or 3rd field to the south of the road as you turn off Highway TT. Photos on ebird. Note: This road gets pretty muddy when it rains.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77881052


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Date: 12/23/20 11:31 am
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: Krider's morph RTHA
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Kriders dark terminal band, all-white tail at Holmes  Road (St Rt D) and 1 mile north of 215th St. over corn stubble farm field.

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Date: 12/23/20 9:46 am
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: Harlan's Hawk Cass CO
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Harlan's morph RTHA persists at 187th Street and Cleveland Ave Belton Cass CO Missouri. Posting to EBird, no photos. Flew into tree farm at SE corner of intersection. Second week of sightings.

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Date: 12/23/20 7:12 am
From: Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...>
Subject: Probable Red Crossbill(s), Rocky Fork Lake/Finger Lakes SP, 12/23
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At the split/entrance to Finger Lakes SP, I heard chip notes very similar to Type 1 Red Crossbill. Before I could visually locate, the notes moved NE into Rocky Fork Lake CA property.

Anyone in the area & with some free time on their hands (or an escape from visiting family - wink-wink, nudge-nudge), maybe you could come help verify RRCR.

Lots of Red-breasted Nuthatches in Finger Lakes SP pines & a few Pine Siskins floating around also.

Any help in confirmation would be awesome!

Good birding!

Chris Barrigar
Boone Co. MO

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Date: 12/23/20 6:28 am
From: Dave Henness <0000016f628c72ed-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: BLVU
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At least two other groups in our Joplin CBC had black vultures as well. Still waiting to hear from a couple of folks.

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> There were at least 30 black vultures BLVU
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Date: 12/23/20 6:16 am
From: Michael Grant <mikecurlew...>
Subject: Great-tailed Grackles, St. Charles Co
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Yesterday (Tuesday) mid-afternoon I went to the ‘feedlot’ at Church and Seeburger Roads and found five Great-tailed Grackles near a water trough near a small barn with a small solar panel on the roof.

Checklist with photos:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77851275


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Chesterfield, MO

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Date: 12/23/20 6:08 am
From: Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...>
Subject: Rocky Fork Lake Swan Departed, 12/23, Boone Co.
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As I imagined they may, the Trumpeter Swans just flew from the lake headed North - probably to feed for the day & may return tonight.

Bird On!

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Date: 12/23/20 5:43 am
From: Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar...>
Subject: 10 Swans a Swimmin' @ Rocky Fork Lake, 12/23, Boone CO
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There are presently 10 large swans, presumably Trumpeters, at the back of Rocky Fork Lake, 7:40 am.

Bird On!

Chris Barrigar
Boone Co. MO

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Date: 12/22/20 8:30 pm
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary...>
Subject: No Sighting ~ Christmas Bird Counts
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I was wondering if there were any Christmas Bird Counts in the northwestern
part of the State? Kansas City (Burroughs), St. Joseph (Midland Empire) or
even Four Rivers? Myself and a fellow birding friend, Neil Bass are looking
for one to join.

Thank you!

Christine Kline

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Date: 12/22/20 3:35 pm
From: Bob Bailey <bohemewarbler...>
Subject: no sighting, article: Birds are linked to happiness levels
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A new study<https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201204110246.htm> reveals that greater bird<https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/birds> biodiversity<https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/biodiversity> brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research.
https://www.ecowatch.com/birds-happiness-study-2649413979.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1


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Date: 12/22/20 2:02 pm
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...>
Subject: BLVU
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There were at least 30 black vultures BLVU
on a deer road kill this last Saturday, the 29th.
It was here in Jasper County, just east of
Joplin. I was able to check them for turkey
vultures, but all were BLVU. They have made
a remarkable range expansion in our 30 years
here in Joplin, MO.
Good birding to all in the new year,
Larry,
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Date: 12/21/20 4:12 pm
From: Jane Frazier <00000046582e7231-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Jefferson City CBC results
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The Jefferson City birders had Christmas Bird Count on December 19.  Here are some of the birds we found:  Black Vultures, Cedar Waxwings, Horned Larks, Fox Sparrows, Purple Finch, Winter Wren, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Common Redpoll, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, 250 Snow Geese by one team, 50 White Throated Sparrows by one team, 22 White Crowned Sparrows by one team, Savannah Sparrow, and Eagles. Thanks to all who joined us and thanks much to Barb Brueggman for organizing.
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Date: 12/21/20 10:20 am
From: Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks in Northern Pike County
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Just an FYI regarding this sighting on private property in Northern Pike County. I reached out to the property owner on Facebook last night inquiring if she was allowing guests to view the birds. She DOES NOT want any further guests at this time. It is a busy week for her with the holidays coming up.

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Date: 12/21/20 7:32 am
From: WILLIAM R EDDLEMAN <eddlemanw...>
Subject: Fish Crows in Southeast Missouri
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This is definitely the winter for Fish Crows. They have been recorded on both the Mingo and Big Oak Christmas Bird Counts, and minutes ago I had a minimum of 13 calling individuals fly over me on the main campus in Cape. Recording will be on eBird.

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Date: 12/21/20 3:06 am
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary...>
Subject: Re: Cooper’s or Sharp-Shinned?
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My opinion (and I still consider myself a beginner birder) is that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The head is rounded, the eye is centered rather than being close to the beak, and the beak is more "dainty" and small where a Cooper's beak would be more pronounced or thicker/heavier. Unfortunately there's no great picture of the tail, but it does appear in one of the photos that it might be squared up, rather than rounded. I'm also curious to see what everyone else thinks. There's nothing like a bird debate to start the week.
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It’s been suggested that the bird I said was a juvenile Cooper’s might be a juvenile Sharp-Shinned.

flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets

I looked at photos of both at Cornell Ornithology and still can’t say.

I’d be interested in people’s opinions and explanation.

Thanks. Dan

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Date: 12/20/20 6:58 pm
From: David Seidensticker <davesticker...>
Subject: Re: Raptors in Kirksville
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One of the positive aspects social media like Facebook is getting to develop bird ID skills on sites like ‘What’s this Bird’, and perhaps one of the most common dilemmas I’ve enjoyed following there is Coopers vs Sharp-shinned hawk… I like to think this has improved skills on this front, and after looking at Dan’s accipiter pics I’m thinking this is a better fit for a Sharp-Shinned. However, Dan and I exchanged notes on his Flickr pics, and we are looking for some feedback on the ID of his bird (link in his message below). Thoughts are appreciated…

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Dave

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> The juvenile Cooper’s Hawk is routinely visiting the yard, perching in a river birch tree less then 10 ft from the window.
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> The American Kestrels have returned along Jamison St, south of the YMCA.
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> Photos can be viewed at:
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> The eagle numbers should soon start increasing in Ottumwa on the Des Moines River and the dams along the Mississippi. I wish I could get to Spring Fork Lake - sounds terrific!
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Date: 12/20/20 6:48 pm
From: Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Cooper’s or Sharp-Shinned?
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It’s been suggested that the bird I said was a juvenile Cooper’s might be a juvenile Sharp-Shinned.

flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets

I looked at photos of both at Cornell Ornithology and still can’t say.

I’d be interested in people’s opinions and explanation.

Thanks. Dan

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Date: 12/20/20 1:56 pm
From: Daniel Getman <000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Raptors in Kirksville
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The juvenile Cooper’s Hawk is routinely visiting the yard, perching in a river birch tree less then 10 ft from the window.

The American Kestrels have returned along Jamison St, south of the YMCA.

Photos can be viewed at:
flickr.com/photos/dgetman/sets

The eagle numbers should soon start increasing in Ottumwa on the Des Moines River and the dams along the Mississippi. I wish I could get to Spring Fork Lake - sounds terrific!

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Date: 12/20/20 11:45 am
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First of all, thanks Kendall for the kind words, they are much appreciated. I do need to clarify the 325, I believe it is accurate but with an explanation.
The 325 includes a bird I am not counting and one that I have not yet counted. It includes the Brown-headed nuthatch just reintroduced to Missouri this year. I never intended on counting this bird on my list but once reported on ebird it shows up in my total. 
However I photographed a Selasphorus hummingbird in Springfield this year but without having the bird in hand ( banding) it is pretty much impossible to identify it as to species. I have been told by a few birders that according to ABA rules as long as I do not claim another bird  from  the Genus, this bird is countable on a big year list.
Even if this bird ends up not being countable I would be more than happy with being tied with Kendall at 324. I still have 11 days left so hopefully I can get one or 2 more birds and get out of this "gray" area.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me this year, I think I have met and tried to learn from every birder in Missouri this year! I will post a thank you on MOBIRDs after the first of the year. I can tell you right now it will be a VERY long post, Lots of people to thank.
Dave HaenniDes Peres, MO

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Date: 12/20/20 11:41 am
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Subject: Re: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
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Great news! Congrats Dave!!

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>> HOT DIGGITY!!!! Congratulations, Dave. What a year and what full concentration toward this goal.
>>
>> And to all Mobirders, Dave would be the first to say that in many ways this was a group effort. That is, many people were watching for birds on Dave's "want list" and were quick to make sure he knew when one of them was reported. So, I add, congratulations to the Missouri birding community for a cooperative effort in which all can share the pride of accomplishment.
>>
>> Edge Wade
>> MBS vice president
>> Columbia
>>
>> From: "Kendell R Loyd" <Kendell892...>
>> To: "MOBIRDS-L" <MOBIRDS-L...>
>> Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:05:16 PM
>> Subject: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
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>> I would like to be the first to congratulate David Haenni for the amazing accomplishment of breaking the previous Missouri Big Year record today, when he saw his 325th species of the year!
>>
>> A Big Year is a huge undertaking that requires stamina, determination, a knowledge and understanding of birds, a little luck, and—maybe most importantly—a community of birders willing to offer their support. Completing a Big Year is amazing in its own right, but reaching such a lofty species count is truly extraordinary!
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>> Congratulations David, the new MO Big Year record holder!!! And a thank you to this great birding community that we are all a part of!
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Date: 12/20/20 11:09 am
From: Allen Gathman <agathman...>
Subject: Re: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
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Congratulations indeed, Dave! Reaching this milestone in a pandemic is
even more impressive. I look forward to your account of the feat for
publication in The Bluebird!

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> HOT DIGGITY!!!! Congratulations, Dave. What a year and what full
> concentration toward this goal.
>
> And to all Mobirders, Dave would be the first to say that in many ways
> this was a group effort. That is, many people were watching for birds on
> Dave's "want list" and were quick to make sure he knew when one of them was
> reported. So, I add, congratulations to the Missouri birding community for
> a cooperative effort in which all can share the pride of accomplishment.
>
> Edge Wade
> MBS vice president
> Columbia
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Kendell R Loyd" <Kendell892...>
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> I would like to be the first to congratulate David Haenni for the amazing
> accomplishment of breaking the previous Missouri Big Year record today,
> when he saw his 325th species of the year!
>
> A Big Year is a huge undertaking that requires stamina, determination, a
> knowledge and understanding of birds, a little luck, and—maybe most
> importantly—a community of birders willing to offer their support.
> Completing a Big Year is amazing in its own right, but reaching such a
> lofty species count is truly extraordinary!
>
> Congratulations David, the new MO Big Year record holder!!! And a thank
> you to this great birding community that we are all a part of!
>
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> Springfield, MO
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Date: 12/20/20 10:54 am
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Listed below are CACHE/SPARKS sites of special interest in which there are no eBird reports for parts of January, February or March. Add some variety to a winter morning or even for a day-long getaway with a birding trip to one or more of these places. Some are close enough that two could be done in one trip.




And, please remember that the SPARKS contract specifies a minimum of 1,000 volunteer hours of birding in Missouri State Parks, so a birding trip to any state park is helpful. You can view a list and brief description of partnership projects that have been funded from the CACHE/SPARKS agreements at: [ https://mobirds.org/Conservation/ | https://mobirds.org/Conservation/ ] . And, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at the address below.



Danville CA, Montgomery Co., Jan week 4, Feb weeks 1 & 3, Mar week 1



Daniel Boone CA, Warren Co., Jan week 4, Feb weeks 1 & 3, Mar week 2



Donaldson Point SP, New Madrid Co., Jan week 2, Mar week 4



Hawn SP, Ste. Genevieve Co., Feb week 2



Kendzora Platte/Buchanan Co., Jan week 2, Feb week 1



Linscomb WA, St. Clair Co., Jan week 1,3 & 4, Feb weeks 1,2 & 4, Mar all weeks.



Meramec CA, Franklin Co., Jan weeks 1, 3 & 4, Feb 1, 3 & 4, Mar weeks 1 & 4

Meramec SP, Franklin Co., Jan week 4, Feb weeks 1 & 4



Monegaw Prairie CA, Cedar Co., all weeks Jan, Feb, Mar



Paint Brush Prairie CA, Pettis Co., Jan weeks 1 & 3, Feb weeks 1,2, and 4



Poague CA, Henry Co., Jan all weeks, Mar weeks 1 & 2



Rocky Creek CA, Shannon Co., Jan weeks 3 & 4, Feb all weeks, Mar weeks 1 & 3



Seven Island CA, Mississippi Co., Jan week 2, Feb week 1, March all weeks



Ten Mile Pond CA, Mississippi Co., March week 2

Wah-kon’Tah Prairie, St. Clair Co., Mar week 1




Bodacious birding!





Edge Wade


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Date: 12/20/20 10:43 am
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HOT DIGGITY!!!! Congratulations, Dave. What a year and what full concentration toward this goal.

And to all Mobirders, Dave would be the first to say that in many ways this was a group effort. That is, many people were watching for birds on Dave's "want list" and were quick to make sure he knew when one of them was reported. So, I add, congratulations to the Missouri birding community for a cooperative effort in which all can share the pride of accomplishment.

Edge Wade
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Columbia


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Subject: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!

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I would like to be the first to congratulate David Haenni for the amazing accomplishment of breaking the previous Missouri Big Year record today, when he saw his 325th species of the year!

A Big Year is a huge undertaking that requires stamina, determination, a knowledge and understanding of birds, a little luck, and—maybe most importantly—a community of birders willing to offer their support. Completing a Big Year is amazing in its own right, but reaching such a lofty species count is truly extraordinary!

Congratulations David, the new MO Big Year record holder!!! And a thank you to this great birding community that we are all a part of!

Kendell Loyd
Springfield, MO

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Date: 12/20/20 10:06 am
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Subject: NO SIGHTING—Congratulations David!
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I would like to be the first to congratulate David Haenni for the amazing accomplishment of breaking the previous Missouri Big Year record today, when he saw his 325th species of the year!

A Big Year is a huge undertaking that requires stamina, determination, a knowledge and understanding of birds, a little luck, and—maybe most importantly—a community of birders willing to offer their support. Completing a Big Year is amazing in its own right, but reaching such a lofty species count is truly extraordinary!

Congratulations David, the new MO Big Year record holder!!! And a thank you to this great birding community that we are all a part of!

Kendell Loyd
Springfield, MO

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Date: 12/20/20 7:46 am
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Subject: Pine siskin, Ozark County
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Single individual feeding on white millet spread on deck rail.

Yesterday I observed a flock of male yellow rumps feeding and hawking for
insects in the warmth.

One lone male junco spent a full ten minutes searching a black walnut for
insects? The rest of the flock was ground feeding. A first for me.

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Date: 12/20/20 5:52 am
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Subject: Columbia CBC, December 19
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Columbia birders turned out in good numbers (but in small groups) for our
covid-conscious Christmas Bird Count yesterday, December 19, 2020.

As of early this morning, at least 40 group leaders had shared 110 eBird
checklists, with a preliminary total of 91 species.

Some notable species (and high counts) were Mute Swan, Greater Scaup,
Virginia Rail (7), American White Pelican, Black Vulture (3), Eastern
Screech-Owl, Short-eared Owl (6), Northern Shrike, Marsh Wren, Lapland
Longspur, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.

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Date: 12/19/20 3:00 pm
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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles, Up Close and Personal
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That's a favorite place for me--not much visited by birders--just a little too distant to get to very often for me. Did you see waterfowl while there?

Edge Wade
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Subject: Bald Eagles, Up Close and Personal

If any are looking for a great opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles fishing and soaring, Spring Fork Lake, in Pettis County, is the place to go right now. Another birder and I have both counted sixty-five plus Bald Eagles at this location within the last week. The best site for getting close-up fishing photos is from the dock, looking back toward the dam.

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Date: 12/19/20 2:06 pm
From: Eric Wilhoit <rick.wilhoit...>
Subject: Bald Eagles, Up Close and Personal
If any are looking for a great opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles fishing and soaring, Spring Fork Lake, in Pettis County, is the place to go right now. Another birder and I have both counted sixty-five plus Bald Eagles at this location within the last week. The best site for getting close-up fishing photos is from the dock, looking back toward the dam.

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Date: 12/17/20 2:38 pm
From: catherine paris <cparis12010...>
Subject: NO sighting: Pandemic birding
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Bored? Frustrated yet? Winter bbrrr!

Here's the good news. Winter rarities love fruit and cones!

Everyone of you is capable of discovering a rare bird. Yup. Even tho you
might not know what it is, you will recognize it as different. It may be at
your feeder, it may be on your neighbors flowering crab fruits or
pyrocantha (firethorn) or even an overgrown thicket full of poison ivy
berries.
Walk your neighborhoods and find dependable puddles. Watch for flocks along
roadsides. They gather grit. Use mason's sand (coarse) on pathways to
feeders and always provide shelter. Your Christmas tree is a wonderful
dense protection. Mine falls over and it still works wonderfully.

Older large estates or public areas may have lots of spruce planted years
ago that might have a tremendous cone year. (Be careful in that wealthy
area near St Louis)

I'm quite sure larger cities have enough birders that they've zeroed in on
the best spots. But I assure you there's more.

Wash your windows, string cranberries on waxed dental floss (bring into
garage at night), have a camera handy and take a walk. Its good for spirit,
mind and body.

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Date: 12/17/20 1:26 pm
From: Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Red-throated Loon at Lake Wappapello -- NO
Spent a couple hours scoping Wappapello Lake around the dam from Eagle Point, Redman Creek, and People's Creek recreation areas. I didn't see any loons. Not much on the lake but best birds were a few Common Goldeneye and a couple female Red-breasted Mergansers.

Tim Jones
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Date: 12/17/20 10:51 am
From: catherine paris <cparis12010...>
Subject: Digiscope question
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Here's the true blessing of a forum like this listserv.

Peter, I will try to find out the mounts used by the intrepid birder souls
on Cape Cod who, no doubt, were/are huddled along the beaches today.

That South polar skua, petrals or that albatross is worth it! Plus they
produce reams of data for pelagic species over the years. One of them
commutes 200 miles each day to count pelagics. Heroes!

This storm is perfect. One half came up along the coast from the gulf of
Mexico and some from the Baja region and some from the Seattle area where
they actually had an early December without storms.

We are part of a big world. Stop drooling folks.

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Date: 12/17/20 10:34 am
From: June Newman <june...>
Subject: Re: RFI digiscoping mounts
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If you have an unused phone you might consider putting a PhoneSkope adapter
on it. You have to upload when you have wifi, but it leaves your main
phone in its usual case. I saw a guide using an iPad as a digoscoping
device. It was great to allow others to see. I have no experience with
that, just interest.

June Newman, Chicago

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> I use the PhoneSkope. Unfortunately you have to remove your phone from the
> case and snap it into the phoneskope adapter but they have adapters
> specific to models of scopes.
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> With a need to document sightings in less than ideal viewing conditions I
> am using digiscoping more and was wondering what types/brands of
> digiscoping mounts people find more convenient and user-friendly. I have a
> Swarovski scope and a Galaxy phone that I like to keep in my thick Otterbox
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Date: 12/17/20 10:17 am
From: Lisa Saffell <lesfstl...>
Subject: Re: RFI digiscoping mounts
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I use the PhoneSkope. Unfortunately you have to remove your phone from the case and snap it into the phoneskope adapter but they have adapters specific to models of scopes.

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Lisa Saffell
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Date: 12/17/20 9:57 am
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...>
Subject: RFI digiscoping mounts
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With a need to document sightings in less than ideal viewing conditions I
am using digiscoping more and was wondering what types/brands of
digiscoping mounts people find more convenient and user-friendly. I have a
Swarovski scope and a Galaxy phone that I like to keep in my thick Otterbox
case.
Thanks!

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Peter Kondrashov
Kirksville, MO
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Date: 12/17/20 9:40 am
From: Scott Johnston <jscott.johnston...>
Subject: Common Redpoll Jefferson City
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After over 30 minutes, observed the Common Redpoll this morning around
11:15 in same location in Jefferson City. Many Pine Siskins on these
feeders as well.

Per Dave H below, please be respectful of this cooperatve home owner and
neighbors:

"Just spoke to the homeowner, Austin lambert, and he is fine with people
coming out to look for this bird. His address is 1710 Independence in
Jefferson city. He does request that you park on the street and walk around
to the north side of the house. there is a fence there with a gate that is
tied shut, do nott go past the gate, do not go in the backyard"

Scott Johnston
Cole County


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Date: 12/16/20 6:34 pm
From: Thomas Martin <momartin...>
Subject: First of season Loggerhead Shrike Cass County
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After checking weekly now for months a Loggerhead Shrike returned to our road, due east of KC Buffalo Co.  on Prospect just south of 203 rd on power lines east side overlooking the desimated hay prairie now corn or soy every year.The 25 or more Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, single Great Blue Heron and Kingfisher another 2/10 miles south have moved on now that the ponds finally have  iced over.Last week, over several days had nice looks at a "Harlans" jamaicensis buteo on the square mile north and east of Shrike sighting today. Chocalate brown throughout from below with almost no contrast in "red" of dorsal tail and brown back and coverts.Good numbers of bluebirds, White-throated Sparrows on field edges along with juncos and Song Sparrows.A single sighting of a "Kriders" mostly white headed and unmarked breast jamacensis buteo S. on Holmes Road at about 223rd St. this week too.

Tom MartinCass County MO
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Date: 12/16/20 1:21 pm
From: Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw...>
Subject: Possible Red-throated Loon at Lake Wappapello
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Two days ago on the Mingo CBC, Steve Dilks reported a small loon at Lake Wappapello. He was unable to get a good enough look to confirm the species. I've gotten other information that it might be a Red-throated Loon. In any event, it needs to be confirmed. I can't go today, and tomorrow is the Big Oak Tree State Park CBC. So, if anyone is in the area, it's something worth checking out. It was in the main part of the lake near the dam, and that is in Wayne County.
----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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Date: 12/16/20 8:50 am
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash...>
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye still at Smithville lake
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After not finding the Barrows goldeneye at the G point at Crow's Creek
campground, I drove to the north section of the campground and located the
bird with 50 Common Goldeneyes visible from campsite 319 looking towards
the boat ramp. Git some distant photos. Called Pete to find out they were
looking at the bird from the boat ramp. Deja vu.
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