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The Evergreen Sod Farm, along the south side of old US Hwy 40 in Howard County between Boonville and Midway, had 20 Buff-breasted Sandpipers this afternoon between 4:30-5 PM. Before I left six more had dropped out of the sky in front of the approaching rain and cold front. Also present at Evergreen were several hundred Killdeer and numerous Horned Larks in assorted juvenile to adult plumages. Northern Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows were continual fly-overs.

The owner of Evergreen (in red 4x4 truck) stopped and visited with me for a bit. He said visitors from Arizona had stopped by to see (and did) the Buff-breasted Sandpipers. He was amazed that the out-of-state vacationers had read about his operation and its special visiting birds on the internet. He mentioned several things that I found interesting and thought you might, too.
1. They are just now harvesting the sod that was planted last fall. It takes nearly a year for the root system to develop enough to hold the soil together when the sod is cut and rolled. This is the third year this location has grown sod but only their second harvest.
2. Evergreen obtained County approval to run their circle irrigation equipment across the public gravel road that has periodically had the road closed sign on or along it. (This is the east-west running road in the middle of the sod farm.) The owner says he doesn't mind folks driving around the road closed sign as long as they watch out for the moving irrigation equipment and realize the road will be wet and muddy. If they aren't irrigating and the road is dry the signs should be set beside the road instead of across it.
3. A pair of Bald Eagles have a large nest in the tree line along the MO River, south of Evergreen but on the north side of the river. This is the fifth year the nest has been used so it is quite large and can be seen among the foliage. The owner said there have been young (1-3/year) raised in the nest since 3-4 years ago.

The owner was quite welcoming and encouraged all interested birders to visit.

Susan
Susan Hazelwood
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
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