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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 being
                                  solitary.  close to Horseshoe Lake
 
Long-billed Dowitcher- 2  still in breeding plumage, Bean Lake
 
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 the year.
 
Jim Zellmer
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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.
 
 
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