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Linda and all,  there are several  Eastern Phoebe Missouri CBC records again
this year:
Mingo:  7,  Big Oak:  2,  Taney Co.:  1,  Meramec:  1,  Joplin:  1, with 16
CBC's reported.
Streams with running water open is where I have my three sw MO winter
records after 14
years (Dallas, Barry and now, Newton County).

I'll always enjoy A. C. Bent's Life History series.  This is from his 1942
Eastern Phoebe
account:

  "Manly Hardy (1885) tells of a phoebe lingering late in the season at
Brewer Maine.
'On Nov. 23 (1884),' he says, 'when the snow here was six inches deep...a
Phoebe
came into my garden and remained a long time.  AS IT WAS SUNDAY I DID NOT
SHOOT HIM...(caps mine)... my daughter and I  watched him catch insects over
a smoking manure heap' ."

Good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin MO.


----- Original Message -----
From: Linda Frederick <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: TV/Eastern Phoebe


> Larry,
> was there open water on your count?
> Over the last 10 years, I have seen Phoebes throughout the winter here in
> Phelps County.  I think that a few are always around, even if we don't
find
> them, as long as there is some open water.  I once found one at Meramec
> Springs Park, at the spring, with 4" snow on the ground at the end of
> December.
> I wonder what they eat besides insects?
> Linda Frederick
> Rolla, MO
>
>
>
> Lawrence Herbert wrote:
>
> > ...and the two best birds, in my opinion, on the Joplin CBC on 12-28-02:
> > Turkey Vulture  (count week),  Dave Henness;
> > Eastern Phoebe  1,  Jeff Cantrell and Minnie Kelly.
> >
> > These also of course, pending acceptance of documentation.
> >
> > Good birding,  Larry H.
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