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Mobirders,
This a.m. (8:07) I had the male painted bunting at the Katy trail/Weldon Spring access (St. Charles Co.)

Yesterday p.m. at sod fields (Keeteman Road-Lincoln Co): Buff-breasted sandpipers.

At Winfield L/D: usual birds with a small increase in pects; no new species of shorebirds to report.

I left yesterday evening at 6:30 and filled up with 2.33/gal gas.  At 8:00 it was 2.59.  this would mean an additional 300.00 per year; each dollar in increase would add at least 1200.00 to the cost of birding. 
What is the consensus on the price that will cut back on the birding trips?  

I heard tales of 40,000 miles spent in a big year within the state.  at 20 mile per gallon an increase of 1.00 would add 2000.00 to the birding year.  Is 300  species a thing of the past when gas hits 3.00?  How about 4.00 (both were mentioned as possible for this year in TV reports)?

Can't imagine what will happen to plane tickets.

We are in the last days of oil; are we in the last days of birding?

David Rogles
st. charles county




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