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Re: Cemeteries and KC area You mentioned that the Mt washington Cemetary is the best place for warblers in the immediate KC area.... if you travel a little bit further, Antioch Park in Shawnee Mission, Kansas has turned up well over 30+ species of warbler... including Cape-May last spring and both Golden and Blue-winged Warbler and the usual suspects.. just a place to keep in mind... I am carless and liscencelesslessless so I can't get out to bird it in the mornings, but if you are there by 6:30 in peak migration, you'll be in for a big treat.... I'm waiting for a chance to go!!! Good birding
Bye!
Will Chatfield-Taylor

Johnson County, Kansas

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From: Robert Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Cemeteries
Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2003, 6:35 PM


Cemeteries are often good birding spots for two reasons: (1) They are relatively undisturbed and (2) they often involve trees and shrubs not found nearby, creating an oasis for the collection of birds.
 
Three cemeteries that I especially value are those  in Elkhart, KS and Ottawa, KS and Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO.
 
The whole town of Elhart is an oasis in the surrounding treeless prairie, but the cemetery is, in effect, and oasis within an oasis. Its many deciduous trees harbor warblers and flycatchers in migration and are roosting places for Merlins and accipters in winter.
 
The Ottawa cemetery is a large oasis of evergreen trees in an area where evergreens are scarce. It, too, is a good place to look for raptors in winter, as well as kinglets, sapsuckers, etc.
 
Mt. Washington Cemetery has a stream flowing though it and lots of tall trees on hillsides up to a ridge at the top, including relatively sizeable (compared to its surroundings) tracts of little-disturbed deciduous forest. It is an outstanding place for warblers, vireos and flycatchers in May. It is also a place where it is possible to see lots of thrushes along the roads from the car. If you have  good hearing (Alas, I don't anymore) it is probably the best place to go for warblers in the immediate Kansas City area -- not quite as good as a trip farther afield to Weston Bend S.P. or Van Meter S.P., but almost -- a tad better than Burr Oak Woods or the Overland Park Arboretum because of its oasis effect. In earlier years, I used to  see Broad-winged Hawk there and suspect it nested. I still see Yellow-crowned Night Heron there annually.
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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