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I birded a small oxbow lake just south of Bethel, Shelby County, Missouri on
Highway 15 this spring. I had not birded the area and was surprised by the
number of species seen in 30 minutes of birding. Better yet, only a 10
minute drive from home!

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown Thrasher
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
American Crow
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Canada Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole

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-----Original Message-----
From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Edge Wade
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 9:59 AM
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Subject: Birder behavior


This was on the AZ listserv.  A subsequent entry noted that the Becards have
not been absent, but agreed and furthered the basic comment.

Are we neglecting "underbirded" areas in Missouri because of our flocking
behavior?  Do we have enough birders out there checking little known "odd
spots" and reporting on them?  Have you checked a new spot this year?

What say ye?

Edge Wade
Missouri Bird Alert compiler
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Subject: Roadside Rest effect
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl AT PACBELL.NET>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 11:00:14 -0700

An unfortunate result of modern birding is the concentration of birders at a
few locations.  Roadside Rest near Patagonia AZ is a classic example of
this.  It's a reststop where a Rose-throated Becard was first seen decades
ago.  Ever since, EVERYONE stops there.  The Becard is there once again,
after a 5 year hiatus.

The problem is that other places are under-birded and under-reported. There
should be a requirement that everyone try and report a new birding spot once
a month or we'll never learn anything new.

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