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Does anyone know anything about West Nile killing Chickadees.  I had a
chickadee die right before my eyes on my deck close to my bird feeder, he
was really lathargic before he died and did not have any apparent injury to
his body.  I have a lot of mesquitos around my house.  I have not seen any
other dead birds and I seem to have lots of birds around the feeder.

Jim Fossard
Springfield

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Jean Leonatti
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Subject: flycatcher question, birding report


We had an empid. Flycatcher this morning at Rock Bridge SP,
that when sitting on a bare branch kept flicking its tail,
like a Phoebe would do -  but clearly an empid. not a
Phoebe; small, wingbars, and eyering.  After it flew I
thought I heard a "wit" call note, but can not be sure what
bird it was coming from.  Does any variety of empid have a
tendency toward flicking its tail?

We had several warblers, but only three that could be
identified - Canada, Wilson's, Parula - all others backlit
against the rainy sky.

Pool 2 at Eagle Bluffs continues to have Stilt, Pectoral,
Least Sandpipers; Dowitchers, Yellowlegs - but the numbers
seemed down to me.  New additions were two Green-winged
Teal, and a raft of Mallards; one very drab duck that we are
still scratching our heads over.   There was a flyover of
about 5-7 Terns as we were scoping this duck,  so we did not
get on the Terns quick enough to identify.  Never could
re-locate them.

Several people have asked for directions to Pool 2.  The
section of Pool 2 that is visible from the road is dry and
planted in soybeans - so you will wonder why it is called a
pool.  You need to walk about 5-10 minutes down the levee to
get a good view of the mudflat area.

Directions:  Driving down the main gravel road through Eagle
Bluffs, the tan-colored pump house and sign for the disabled
blind will be on your right, and the entrance to the first
one-way loop will be on your left.  Turn left onto the
one-way loop.  Keep driving straight (rather than turning up
the other side of the loop).  You will see a parking lot on
the right with a sign saying "pool 3",  keep driving; you
will see a water gate structure that has a "pool 3" sign on
it.  Right after this, you will see a mowed, dirt levee road
with an "Authorized Vehicles Only" sign.  Believe it.  Park
your car, and walk down this levee.  This levee divides Pool
3 from Pool 2.  In about five minutes, you will start to see
water on the left, keep walking (another 5 minutes) to the
end of the soybean field.  Then cut down left to the water's
edge.  There is kind of a cleared area from some
construction equipment, giving you easy access and good
visibility into the Pool 2.

In answer to Bob's question, my rain gauge in south Columbia
only says a little over 1 inch of rain.  That has had little
effect on Eagle Bluffs as of 12:30p today.  However, it is
predicted to continue raining tonight and tomorrow morning.

Jean Leonatti
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Columbia, MO

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