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Black Vultures are being reported somewhat farther north in recent years, 
but to see about 20 in the Columbia area is worth documentation, since they 
are considered accidental outside southern Missouri.

----Bill Eddleman

At 06:26 PM 2/24/2005 +0000, Wes Bailey wrote:
>Greetings MObirders,
>
>For the past few days, especially yesterday (23 Feb 05) Turkey Vultures 
>numbers have increased substantially around the Columbia area. I was at 
>Grindstone Park yesterday walking the dog and noticed a very large kettle 
>overhead. I estimated between 70-90 birds, of which ~20 were Black 
>Vultures. According to Birds of Missouri, Black Vultures barely range into 
>the southern edge of Missouri where they are rare and local (Robbins and 
>Easterla 1992). Have more northerly sightings been reported in recent 
>years? Being from Texas, I'm unfamiliar with the distribution of this 
>species in Missouri.
>
>Also, Woodcock have been present at Grindstone for about 2 weeks now.
>
>Wes Bailey
>(Columbia, MO)
>
>Robbins, M.B., and D.A. Easterla. 1992. Birds of Missouri: their 
>distribution and abundance. University of Missouri Press, Columbia. 399p.
>
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