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At the Fall ASM Meeting Mark Robbins was telling us that there has been a
massive invasion of Red-breasted Nuthatches in states to our north and
northeast. He said we could expect record numbers here in MO. Mark also said
there has been movement of Clark's Nutcrackers outside their usual ranges.
He was encouraging us to check pine tree plantations for them this winter.

Mark came to the ASM meeting by way of Montrose CA (Am White Pelicans and
some shorebird habitat present) and Schell-Osage CA. Mark thought
Schell-Osage had the best habitat that he had seen in the western part of
the state this summer and fall. There were shorebirds (13 species, including
Long-billed Dowitcher and Black-bellied Plover), most in the Evelyn Johnson
shorebird marsh. He also had five ibis, four of whom were White-faced Ibis
and the last was a juvenile that he wouldn't ID to species. Mark was
encouraging birders to check out Schell-Osage CA before too many more days
passed.

Susan Hazelwood
Columbia, Boone county, MO
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