This past weekend Ellen and I ventured out in this searing
heat and I must say, it was HOT! We birded Lake Contrary, St. Joe, MO,
Horseshoe lake, and surrounding area as well as Cooley Lake and Sunshine Lake,
Ray, CO. Birds were out and about and that made for an interesting
day for us. Birds of note (to us) are:
solitary sandpiper- a flock of about 20 birds, so much for
solitary. close to Horseshoe Lake
Long-billed Dowitcher- 2 still in breeding plumage,
Sanderling- 5; 2 of which were still in their
breeding plumes, Bean Lake
Swainson's Hawk- 2, what seemed to be migrating.
very high! close to Horseshoe Lake
Lots of swallows, we saw several large flocks of
Purple Martins, No. rough-winged, bank, and cliff swallow.
Barn swallows did not appear to be gathering?? Had
lots of shorebirds throughout our journey but, alas, no red-necked stint.
All in all it was a very good weekend. It boosted my COMAL list to 201 for
Blue Springs, MO
ps The Western Kingbirds at the TWA/AA overhaul base
have all gone. They must of left over the weekend as their presence were
not there this morning.