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Sorry Chris, but I cannot agree.  Not all sight records are created equal.  In the first place the Ivory-billed sighting was more than one observer on more than one occasion and was documented.  Also the observers were experienced and specifically looking for the species in question.  There is simply only one that produced pictures.  There may be some question about the quality of the pictures supporting the documentation, but that is another matter.  The pictures are not the only documentation there are also the field notes of the observers and the recordings of the birds hammering.  

The fact is that an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas is not really any more unlikely than Common Nighthawk in Saint Louis in March.  There have been unconfirmed reports of Ivory-billed for years most of them undoubtedly in error, but not necessarily all.  

The thing that concerns me is not that people are unconvinced.  I am not completely convinced myself.  It is tactics and reasons that some of them are using for questioning the sighting.  They are basically making personal attacks rather than doing good science.  

As far as the Nighthawk sightings are concerned, they could be correct as well.  But until someone produces documentation, an out of range or season bird cannot be accepted.  

David Becher
Saint Louis
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  In reading each of David's posts regarding Common Nighthawks and 
  Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, I gather sight observations of Common Nighthawk 
  must be documented to settle the question, but sight observations of extinct 
  birds (Ivory-billed Woodpecker) should be accepted at face value?  The 
  prudent thing is to consider the possibility of human error or another more 
  common bird (or more accurately, the combination of both).  The emotional 
  attachment of 'believing' in Ivory-billed Woodpeckers is apparently much 
  stronger than the emotional detachment of science.  I think David's head got 
  it right in the comments about nighthawk identification below, but his heart 
  was speaking about Ivory-bills.  So called 'professional jealously' doesn't 
  enter into the scientific discussion at all, but the desire to believe the 
  discussion is emotional does reveal something about those who 'must 
  believe'.

  Chris Hobbs
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I'm not looking for agreement - just proof!  Not one of the Ivory-billed 
observers reported seeing the large, pale bill or the prominent white eye. 
That's a real problem, David.  I also question the 'experience' of the 
observers, as none of them considers themselves a 'birderwatcher'.

As birdwatchers, we all know how easy it is to make identification errors 
(look no further than Common Nighthawks, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and within 
days, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Yellow-billed Cuckoo!).  There's also a 
tendency to believe in the observation and identification so much that 
there's an 'expectation' to see 'the rarity', and not completely be open to 
other possibilities or likelihoods (remember the Royal Tern at Four Rivers 
that was a Caspian Tern?).

I found the Sibley article submitted to this list earlier today to be very 
well-reasoned and compelling.  Kaufman's comparison of the behavior of other 
Campephilus woodpeckers was enlightening.  I'm not seeing professional 
jealously or personal attacks - I'm seeing a reality check.

Chris Hobbs
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Sorry Chris, but I cannot agree.  Not all sight records are created equal. 
In the first place the Ivory-billed sighting was more than one observer on 
more than one occasion and was documented.  Also the observers were 
experienced and specifically looking for the species in question.  There is 
simply only one that produced pictures.  There may be some question about 
the quality of the pictures supporting the documentation, but that is 
another matter.  The pictures are not the only documentation there are also 
the field notes of the observers and the recordings of the birds hammering.

The fact is that an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas is not really any 
more unlikely than Common Nighthawk in Saint Louis in March.  There have 
been unconfirmed reports of Ivory-billed for years most of them undoubtedly 
in error, but not necessarily all.

The thing that concerns me is not that people are unconvinced.  I am not 
completely convinced myself.  It is tactics and reasons that some of them 
are using for questioning the sighting.  They are basically making personal 
attacks rather than doing good science.

As far as the Nighthawk sightings are concerned, they could be correct as 
well.  But until someone produces documentation, an out of range or season 
bird cannot be accepted.

David Becher
Saint Louis
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  Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 9:53 PM
  Subject: Re: Common Nighthawks


  In reading each of David's posts regarding Common Nighthawks and
  Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, I gather sight observations of Common Nighthawk
  must be documented to settle the question, but sight observations of 
extinct
  birds (Ivory-billed Woodpecker) should be accepted at face value?  The
  prudent thing is to consider the possibility of human error or another 
more
  common bird (or more accurately, the combination of both).  The emotional
  attachment of 'believing' in Ivory-billed Woodpeckers is apparently much
  stronger than the emotional detachment of science.  I think David's head 
got
  it right in the comments about nighthawk identification below, but his 
heart
  was speaking about Ivory-bills.  So called 'professional jealously' 
doesn't
  enter into the scientific discussion at all, but the desire to believe the
  discussion is emotional does reveal something about those who 'must
  believe'.

  Chris Hobbs
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
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Thursday 3-16-06, 4:30 - 5p, Meramec Community College

I stopped by Meramec CC to see if the Townsends solitare was still around.  
I went to the bush where I have seen it in the past, the wind was blowing 
pretty hard but that little alley was pretty well protected except for 
occassional gusts.  Nobody jumped out at me, but checking the bush from ~50 
feet with binocs I found him hunkered down about half way up, but wait?  
His eye ring was not as obvious?  Maybe he had his eyes closed, or was 
squinting.  I got a little closer and he looked right at me.  Maybe they 
molt their eye ring?  Better check my book.  What is that funny noise he 
was making.  I got a little closer and he got up and flew off.  Bummer!  It 
was a mockingbird.  Tricky little bugger.

I wandered around and only found a bunch of robins on the soccer field.  So 
no solitare today, anyway.

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I saw my first Purple Martin of the year this morning (3/17/06) in Forest
Park.  It was checking out the Starling-resistant PUMA house that was put
up a couple of weeks ago near the skating rink.

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Where were they when the Whooping Cranes were shot?  Now, that was an 
act of terror!

Gosh, I do feel safer now that we live in a police state.

Edge Wade
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> Last night I proudly posted my results of birding John Redmond & Melvern
> resevoirs (hybrid duck + cormorant)got home 5:00pm
> This morrning at9:30 sm I was visited by 2 FBI sgents (seems someone
> called them reporting I had a telescope hanging on my car window & was
> sizing the atrea up to sabatoge wolfcreek nuclear plant (CAREFUL, JANZEN
> KOS) I was no closer tha 9 miles to the generating plant only scoping
> below JR. dam.
>
> oH WELL!
>
> LATER, BILL FALK
> TOPEKA
>
> AFTER MAKING the FBI comfortable;
>
> I went for a micro bird outing; no threat to anyone
> I found beautiful finches especially (PURPLE FINCHES12) wb. nuthatches,
> downy & hairy wp. goldfinches west of lake Sherwood
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I saw a couple of these while walking the dog this morning, at the end of
Winesap west of Lindeman in Kirkwood.  They weren't singing; just chipping.
Also saw a number of ETS (not unusual in this neighborhood). Birds (and
squirrels) seemed quite active this morning.

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With heavy rains predicted and in progress at our departure, we set out for Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on the 9th.  There we saw what looked like at least 60 Greater White-fronted Geese, a few Snow Geese, Am White Pelicans, Canada and Cackling Geese, Gadwall, Mallards, N Shovelers, N Pintails, about 50 GW Teal for the day, 1 Canvasback, Ring-necked, Scaup sp., Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Ruddys, 2 Am Black Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Horned Grebes, DC Cormorants, Red-tailed Hawk, 3 N Harriers including an adult male, Am Crow, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Am Tree, Eurasian Tree, Song, White-throated, White-Crowned Sparrows, DE Juncos, House Finches.  It rained on and off after our arrival and then stopped, making it a good birding day.
   
  After lunch in the ELF building, we crossed the river to Illinois to look for LT Duck and Scoters, of course without any luck.  On 143 we did have luck, observing the changing of the guard ritual with the nesting Bald Eagles.  We're saying Mom was on the nest, positively drenched from sitting throughout the heavy rains, definitely not a glamor queen.  She stood up in the nest, and he flew into the adjacent tree.  She weighed in, giving him what-for for a minute or three, then flew off.  He flew in a tight circle and landed carefully on the nest, delicately placing his big yellow feet just so and then settling down so his brood patch covered the egg/eggs.  Of course, it could have been the other way around with the sexes.
   
  Dottie, back from the Georgia/Carolina coast, had not seen turkeys for the year so we continued on 143, turned around at the light past the power plant, and checked the 3/143 swampy spot.  Success, we saw several wild Turkeys running along the edge of the scraggly wood accompanied by an albino or leucistic turkey (same size, shape as the others and definitely not a domestic bird).  
   
  Further on past the plant and in the wetland area near the eagle nest, we lucked on a small group of Wilson's Snipe which were one of our day's targets, kildeer, then a pair of Wood Ducks that rounded out our day's duck count and were FOY for some.
   
  Back to Missouri and the West Alton boat launch area near Harbor Point where we dipped on the Blue-winged Teal Charlene had seen earlier, but did see her Mute Swan and 2 Trumpeters, dozens more N Pintails, GW Teal, Ruddys and other ducks and geese.  We also caught up with many Great Blue Herons that had been missing at Riverlands.  We decided to go straight back to Des Peres and skip St Charles County since the clouds were building up again.
   
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The Hobbs/Becher debate stimulated me to read the article of Sibley et al. and the reply of Fitzpatrick, et al. in the journal Science magazine. See 
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/311/5767/1555a.pdf

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/311/5767/1555b.pdf

By contrast to what happened last year,  I like the way science is being done this year better.

April 28, 2005 the Cornell team announced  the re-finding of a single male Ivory-billed Woodpecker (IBWO) in Arkansas on the Scienceexpress website. See http://sibleyguides.com/ivorybilled.htm. Our own Tim Barksdale is one of a long list of co-authors. The announcement set off a great celebration of rejoicing that a bird thought to be extinct still lived!

The Cornell team evidently went public before it had time to analyze all of its data, especially its thousands of hours of sound recordings. The team had made great efforts to keep its work a secret, but the secret apparently was leaking out. So Cornell published prematurely to "get ahead of the story" -- i.e. get ahead of  the rumors.

In mid-summer, news also leaked out that Jerome Jackson (a leading authority on IBWO), Richard Crum and our own Mark Robbins (both also distinguished  ornithologists) were about to publish a paper challenging the Cornell discovery. See http://nuthatch.typepad.com/ba/2005/07/upcoming_paper_.html#more. Actually, as best I understand it, they were only going to challenge Cornell's conclusions about what the Luneau video showed.

The leak about the Jackson, et al paper set off a nearly hysterical debate within the birding community, with some folks attacking the unpublished paper  and others arguing its case.  The debate became an emotionally-charged flame war on BIRDCHAT and several other listservs.

Think about it. An emotionally-charged debate about one paper published prematurely and another not yet published!

The Jackson/Crum/Robbins team  never published their paper. Cornell did some more analysis of its data and produced some sound recordings. One member of the Jackson team (I forget which one) made the mistake of saying publicly that the sound recordings settled the matter. It appeared that the Jackson team pulled their paper because the sound recordings convinced its authors they were wrong.

Since last summer, there have been symposia at which ornithologists have argued the Cornell evidence pro and con, and Jerome Jackson has since published a paper in the Auk. (The additional Cornell data, including the sound recordings, evidently did not settle the matter for him). Efforts to find IBWO in the field have been redoubled this winter. That's the way science works. Scientists argue about existing data and look for additional data to settle the argument. The emotional volume is still turned up too high, but it is coming down.

What I like about the present debate is that both the Sibley team article and the Fitzpatrick team rebuttal are published side-by-side in the same journal. (One cogent criticism of the Jackson team paper was that its authors did not plan to publish it in Science). I also like the fact that both articles provide illustrations so that I can see what the authors are talking about.

I don't want to reopen debates about the sound recordings, sight records, etc. here. Suffice it to say that allegations that IBWO still lives in Arkansas are somewhat like allegations in the early stages of the occupation of Iraq that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Lots of credible sources say it's there. But unless IBWO is rediscovered and better photos are made, the day will come when the public will lose faith in the evidence we now have.

Meanwhile, science is doing what science is supposed to do. Scientists are arguing about existing data and searching for more data.


Bob Fisher
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Missouri birders may be interested in the following report, which I got from 
the OK list:

California Condor AZ Update - 15 March 2006



This condor update is provided solely for the purpose of disseminating 
information to project cooperators and other interested parties.   For media 
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Condor Releases



On Thursday March 2nd at 1100 The Peregrine Fund released six condors at the 
Vermilion Cliffs.  This marked the annual public condor release.  Almost 200 
people attended the event, including personnel from many cooperating 
agencies and some media folks.  Three of the condors were re-releases - 
birds that were being temporarily held for behavioral reasons.  The 
remaining three birds were captive-reared birds released into the wild for 
the first time.  All six birds are doing well.  There are ten captive-reared 
condors still to be released this year.





Condor Breeding



It looks like condor breeding for the 2006 season has begun.  Multiple pairs 
are suspected to be incubating - more information will follow next month. 
There is still the possibility for up to five pairs to nest this year, 
although one potential pair has experienced a setback (see lead exposure 
section).  The next two months will reveal where we stand for breeding 
attempts in 2006.





Condor Lead Exposure and Lead Reduction Efforts



Three birds that were trapped late in the fall/winter season (due to their 
movement patterns) showed high lead levels.  All three showed signs of crop 
stasis and were treated at the Phoenix Zoo.  They each required two rounds 
of chelation treatments, and one required surgery.  Two of the birds are 
slowly improving and are back at the rehabilitation facility at Vermilion 
Cliffs.  The last bird to be captured (# 134) is still not out of the woods 
and remains at the Zoo (see The Peregrine Fund's "notes from the field" for 
details).  Condor 134 is a potential breeder for 2006 - obviously the 
likelihood of this is now greatly diminished.



Overall lead exposure numbers still declined this year - marking the first 
time since testing began in 1999 that lead exposure rates have decreased 
from the previous year.  It looks like our lead reduction efforts may be 
starting to make a difference.



The Arizona Game and Fish Department is sponsoring a non-lead ammunition 
shooting-booth at our upcoming Shooting Showcase on March 25-26 at the Ben 
Avery Shooting Facility north of Phoenix.  Federal Ammunition will donate 
the non-lead rifle and shot gun ammunition for shooters to try.  We will 
also display condor-lead educational material.  Chris Parish and I will 
attend the event and we hope to reach as many potential condor range hunters 
as possible.

Condor Movements



Before the snow hit, condors were visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon 
and Navajo Bridge with increased frequency.  Now that we're buried under two 
feet of snow, the birds may concentrate around the release site more.





News from California, Baja, and the captive flock



The only wild-fledged condor in California was brought into captivity last 
December after it appeared unhealthy.  The bird tested positive for West 
Nile virus titers (it was vaccinated the previous September).  It 
successfully recovered in captivity, was released recently, and has 
assimilated back into the flock.



Southern California has two condor pairs incubating eggs.  Production in 
captivity is also underway, with the first chick hatching at the end of 
February.





Condor Numbers



Total population - 273

Captive - 143

Wild - 130

   Arizona - 60

       10 awaiting release

   California - 57

         5 awaiting release

   Baja - 13



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Second attempt to get this to the list??? 

Anne Downing and I birded within 10 miles of Edina this morning from 8:00
a.m. - Noon.
 
Not a bad morning for NEMO:
 
SPECIES SEEN

Great Blue Heron
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Horned Lark
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
American Crow
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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Species seen - 48

 

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We refound 5 American golden plovers today, but they had move to Pool 15 in the Sapp Tract.
 
Other birds found at Eagle Bluffs this morning:
 
mallard 
blue-winged teal 
ring-necked duck
gadwall
coot
redhead
green winged teal 
ruddy duck
 lesser scaup
 bufflehead 
Northern pintail - 1
wood duck
 Northern shoveler
tree swallows - lots
pied billed grebe
snow goose - large flock, maybe 1500
double crested cormorant - 1 FOY
turkey vulture
common grackle 
red-winged blackbird 
Wilson's snipe 
great blue heron
kildeer
bald eagle - 2 , one faithfully on the nest 
song sparrow
pectoral sandpiper
greater white fronted goose
Canada goose
American crow
Northern harrier
red-tailed hawk
 
Sandy and Janice Gaston added belted kingfisher and American wigeon.
 
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Hello Missouri,
I am coming into St. Louis next Tuesday and wanted to
know some good places to bird around the city.  In
particular, I would like to find a Eurasian Tree
Sparrow.  Any locations or hints to find them?
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To All  --  In my opinion, probably true.  One of my first jobs as a
chemical engineer was in explosives research at Olin's facilities in 
Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis.  When driving through areas where
explosives were manufactured or stored, truck drivers and others were
warned not to use the two-way radios that most carried.  One thing you
learn when working with explosives is that if something can go wrong,
sometime it will go wrong.  Explosives is actually one of the safest
industries because people very quickly learn not to take risks.

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> Fellow birders.
>    
>   As we travel looking for those special birds we need to be aware of the
following safety hazard.
>    
>   Shell Oil and just released a study stating that cell phone usage at
the pump can cause an instant burst of fire and serious damage. It seems
that when the cell phone rings it creates enough energy to spark gas fumes.
The oil institute states that over 150 people have been hurt, some very
seriously while fueling their vehicle and either calling someone or
answering the phone. 
>    
>   The oil institute recommends always keeping the cell phone in the
vehicle while filling up.
>    
>   Bird safe.
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     With the recent discussion on MoBirds of the IBWO controversy, I 
thought it might be interesting to pass along this Associated Press article. 
I especially like the part in the next-to-last paragraph where it talks 
about the Arkansas hair stylist who was giving IBWO haircuts to promote 
awareness of the discovery, or the mis-ID, I guess, depending on how you see 
it. Anyway, I'd like to get me one of those haircuts; must be like a Mohawk 
dyed red. -- Steve Whitworth, assistant city editor, The Telegraph, Alton, 
Ill.

By ANNIE BERGMAN

Associated Press Writer

   LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Those who live and work in the region where an 
ivory-billed woodpecker was reportedly spotted are used to people doubting 
the bird’s discovery – they’ve heard it before.
But despite an article in Friday’s issue of the journal Science that 
suggests the bird does not live in the eastern swamps of Arkansas, locals in 
the 4,000-resident town of Brinkley don’t believe birders will take flight.
“We’ve been hearing people say they don’t believe it’s here since the 
beginning,” said Sandra Kemmer, executive director of the Chamber of 
Commerce in Brinkley, located about halfway between Little Rock and Memphis, 
Tenn.  “I’m actually glad because it keeps it in the eye of the public.”
In the journal, one set of researchers argues that a bird videotaped in 2004 
by David Luneau of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was probably a 
common pileated woodpecker.
Gov. Mike Huckabee said the article illustrates the authors’ poor 
bird-watching ability more than it proves that the ivory-billed woodpecker 
doesn’t live in Arkansas.
“Some of the world’s leading ornithologists have verified through sight and 
sound the existence of the ivory-billed woodpecker,” Huckabee said.  “The 
fact that these skeptics can’t find it says more about their bird-hunting 
ability than the accuracy of the experts’ opinions.”
Another group of researchers agrees with Huckabee, stoutly defending the 
woodpecker’s identification as an ivory-bill.
The distinction is important because the ivory-billed woodpecker had been 
thought extinct. If one is still alive, there probably are more.
A research team headed by David A. Sibley of Concord, Mass., said the 
quality of the video is not good enough to clearly see the white stripes on 
the bird’s back that would mark it as ivory-billed. Also, the large amounts 
of white seen while the bird is flying can be accounted for by the underside 
of the wings of a pileated woodpecker, the researchers wrote.
Luneau, who was part of the other group that defends the identification as 
an ivory-bill, said its researchers have taken video of pileated woodpeckers 
for two years to compare the birds.
“Obviously we’d all agree that it’s easier to get video of a pileated 
woodpecker than an ivory-bill,” Luneau said.  “But the video that I got of 
the ivory-bill doesn’t match up to any of the videos of the pileated.”
While Luneau is confident of the bird’s existence in the Big Woods section 
of Arkansas, he says time will tell if birders believe the ivory-billed 
woodpecker lives in the state.
The search for the woodpecker has been a boon for the Big Woods, with 
tourist business up an estimated 30 percent and shops selling woodpecker 
memorabilia. Brinkley even held a woodpecker celebration in February.
The debate might not ground the birding frenzy. Penny Childs, who last year 
helped start a wave of woodpecker merchandise by offering an ivory-billed 
haircut at her salon, said she’s receiving e-mails and inquiries from all 
over the world.
“They believe he’s out there and they’re going to keep believing he’s out 
there,” Childs said.
–––
Associated Press Writer Randolph E. Schmid contributed to this report.
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On the Net:
Science: http://www.sciencemag.org
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory http://www.birds.cornell.edu

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There is a solution to the debate on the extremely early spring observation 
reports of Common Nighthawks in Missouri-a photograph that can be 
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David Easterla

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Dont think it meant to turn out the way it has but do believe there  is a 
very obvious emotional side  to the 2 ivory-billed "believe-or  not believe" 
camps right now.For sure emotions are there from the attackers as  well as the 
defenders

  Have to wonder if just because David Sibley and a few other  a well known 
birders are out there saying "it isnt  so" many birders  are jumping on the 
Sibley "no-woodpecker" bandwagon(who i call Sibleys  bulldogs) and are making 
emotion laden attacks which in certain cases have  indeed been personal against 
the pro- ivory  folk.
 Personally can kind of care less what David Sibley  says. and Kaufmanns post 
about his Ecuadorian Campephillus doesnt   really mean a whole lot either 
when it comes to the ease of following these  birds.(took me nearly 2 weeks to 
get a decent shot of a pale-billed woodpecker,  ,a "common" campephillus) 
 I too have to say am not convinced of the video footage   and also wonder 
why the pro-ivory folk have not released more data
 I do however think a bird is/has been down in that area of  Arkansas for a 
while.There have been several relatively recent   and very credible reports of 
the birds being seen around the Powder Cache  as recent as 1990 from people 
who have absolutely nothing to gain from a  sighting..Im the absolute king of 
skeptics but I think this case is unique.I  believe the Cornell folk did indeed 
see an ivory-billed.Unfortunately the  object that needs to be reproduced is 
an erratic.a living critter that doesnt  play by the rules people would like it 
to.With the lack of more evidence coming  from the area have to wonder if the 
bird they saw was the last one.A  lone suirvivor.Definitely would complicate 
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There was an Eastern towhee in my neighbors backyard today and then it moved briefly over to mine.
It wasn't singing "Drink your tea", but giving the "Yank" call.
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I got down to Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.) at 1 and birded until about 4.
Tim James and crew were busily setting fires--several controlled burns 
in the area---I wonder if blistered paint can be passed off as hail 
damage (just kidding, Jerry.  I didn't get that close...I think).

I found 3 American Golden-Plovers.  One was in the fringes of the goose 
flock, near the 21 Ross's Geese that could be seen from the levee road 
in the Sapp tract.  Also among the Ross's was 1 Cackling Goose--quite a 
pleasant surprise to be counting Ross's and have a Canada colored goose 
the same size as the little white guys walk through the scope view.  
That made it a 5 goose species day!

I missed the pintail and the wigeons.  Had a wondrous high of 141 Wood 
Ducks.

Counted 86 Tree Swallows (several resting on the reeds) and 2 FOY PURPLE 
MARTINS among them.  Found 34 Wilson's Snipe as I was en route to Pool 2.

Tim James said all the corn had been eaten, so not much food left for 
the geese.  He will open the formerly baited area (where the downed corn 
was) to Snow Goose hunting on Monday.

Full count of the species I saw at Eagle Bluffs today can be found in 
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Last night Susan Hazelwood, Jerry and I were in Springfield at the 
Nature Center.  We were there to honor Becky Matthews at an event styled 
quite a bit like the old TV show, "This is Your Life."

Wow! What a production.  Susan, representing ASM, was one of 10 people 
(family, colleagues, birding friends) who told of Becky's contributions 
to the world around her.  There were few dry eyes but many smiles as 
person after person, from the lectern or holding Becky's hand in the 
reception line, thanked her for her mentoring, for the example she set, 
and for sharing her nature observations through writing and on nature 
walks.

Thank you, Springfield area birders (GOAS), for honoring Becky and for 
doing it so magnificently.  The food (always first on my list), the 
program (AV, the reading and the presenters), the displays--especially 
that quilt!, the opportunity to chat with Becky and with others 
was--well, simply A+!

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I really think it is time that people replied to individuals rather than to 
MoBirds on this topic.  I like to read about birds seen locally and not 
about yes-no arguements.  I don't think it is necessary to reply to all when 
you are addressing one peson - please just reply to sender.

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> Dont think it meant to turn out the way it has but do believe there  is a
> very obvious emotional side  to the 2 ivory-billed "believe-or  not 
> believe"
> camps right now.For sure emotions are there from the attackers as  well as 
> the
> defenders
>
>  Have to wonder if just because David Sibley and a few other  a well known
> birders are out there saying "it isnt  so" many birders  are jumping on 
> the
> Sibley "no-woodpecker" bandwagon(who i call Sibleys  bulldogs) and are 
> making
> emotion laden attacks which in certain cases have  indeed been personal 
> against
> the pro- ivory  folk.
> Personally can kind of care less what David Sibley  says. and Kaufmanns 
> post
> about his Ecuadorian Campephillus doesnt   really mean a whole lot either
> when it comes to the ease of following these  birds.(took me nearly 2 
> weeks to
> get a decent shot of a pale-billed woodpecker,  ,a "common" campephillus)
> I too have to say am not convinced of the video footage   and also wonder
> why the pro-ivory folk have not released more data
> I do however think a bird is/has been down in that area of  Arkansas for a
> while.There have been several relatively recent   and very credible 
> reports of
> the birds being seen around the Powder Cache  as recent as 1990 from 
> people
> who have absolutely nothing to gain from a  sighting..Im the absolute king 
> of
> skeptics but I think this case is unique.I  believe the Cornell folk did 
> indeed
> see an ivory-billed.Unfortunately the  object that needs to be reproduced 
> is
> an erratic.a living critter that doesnt  play by the rules people would 
> like it
> to.With the lack of more evidence coming  from the area have to wonder if 
> the
> bird they saw was the last one.A  lone suirvivor.Definitely would 
> complicate
> things
> -Mike Brady
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Drove by my local Heron Rookery today. To my surprise there were about 8-10 Great Blue Herons standing on the nests.  There are about 25-30 nests total.

The one thing strange thing that I did notice was that all of the Herons were in the same tree, and this tree has the original nests. The nests are in what appears to be approximately 5 different sycamore trees on a very small creek.

As of 3-12 there were not any Herons on the nests.
Other than the 8-10 on the nests I have yet to see any Grat Blue Herons around any ponds yet this year.

 
Terry McNeely
25843  Grate Ave 
Jameson   MO 64647
Daviess County

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We started at Riverlands where the number of Red-breasted Mergansers had sharply increased.  The ducks were beautiful in the sunlight.  Dick Coles identified a few Common Goldeneye, a bird I hadn't seen for two or three weeks.  There were a few lingering Canvasbacks, plenty of Ruddys, Green-winged Teal, Scaup, Gadwall, Shovelers, Mallards, Ring-necked, a few Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks. Dick Coles found Blue-winged Teal in Two Pecan pond, my FOY.  There were a lot of DC Cormorants in evidence and several Pied-billed Grebes.  Eastern Meadowlarks were heard and seen in several locations.  Some Am White Pelicans were in Ellis Bay and flight after flight passed overhead with some Snow Goose flights.
   
  On the way to Lincoln Shields we saw several Tree Swallows as we crossed over the causeway.  There were Ring-billed and two or three Herring Gulls sitting on logs in the pool.  There had been plenty of gulls on the concrete apron of the locks.
   
  One of the Bald Eagles was sitting on the nest.  We did not see snipe or turkeys (brown or white).  We looked for but did not find Connie's Common Loon from the evening before, American Golden Plover or Purple Martins.
   
  In St Charles County we saw Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, DE Juncos, House Finches, American Tree Sparrows and White-crowns.  Margie Richardson found the well-camouflaged Eurasian Collared Doves in a bare tree in front of the house at Payne Rd and Hwy 94.
   
  Finally after several previous frustrating Thursday group and single visits to Church and Seeburger, we hit the jackpot and  saw at least 50 male and female Great-tailed Grackles, a sizable flock of Rusty Blackbirds and a few Brewers with Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Common Grackles, and the ever-present starlings, many mixing with the patient Angus cattle.
   
  Not a bad day in spite of strong winds.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
   
   

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Dottie Herweg reports Great Blue Herons on nests at the heronry across the Meramec from Castlewood State Park boat launch.
  Jackie Chain
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Terry McNeely <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Drove by my local Heron Rookery today. To my surprise there were about 8-10 Great Blue Herons standing on the nests. There are about 25-30 nests total.

The one thing strange thing that I did notice was that all of the Herons were in the same tree, and this tree has the original nests. The nests are in what appears to be approximately 5 different sycamore trees on a very small creek.

As of 3-12 there were not any Herons on the nests.
Other than the 8-10 on the nests I have yet to see any Grat Blue Herons around any ponds yet this year.


Terry McNeely
25843 Grate Ave 
Jameson MO 64647
Daviess County

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Hello all, interesting mix of spring and winter today. The weather seemed 
more like the winter we never had down here. Pretty good mix of birds as 
well.

Lake Springfield:
Great Egret-2
White Pelican-2
Phoebe-4
Bonaparte's gull-1
Tree- Swallow-2 (I saw a swallow that had a browner back like a rough-winged 
but I couldn't rule a juvenlie tree)
Still some yellow-rumped's, shovelers, scaup, juncos, fox sparrows, and a 
red-shouldred hawk.

Nature Center:
Winter Wren-1
Brown Creeper-2
Phoebe-4
Tree Swallow-1
Great Egret-1
Fox Sparrows-20+
There were also some yellow-rumpeds, blue-winged teal, singing wrens and 
alot of juncos.

Good Birding,
Eric Schuette

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In this the March/April issue of "Kansas Wildlife & Parks" there is a good
birding article "Birding in the Heartland" which has information on an
upcoming Wakefield, KS birding event.  A wonderful photo spread on spring
migration of waterfowl by Mike Blair, a terrific photographer AND an
article on the harm feral cats do "All Cats: Indoors".

All in all, quite a lot of information on birds or issues that birders
share concern.

Bob Foreman
Smithville, MO
Clay County

Here's a link to the on-line article "Birding in the Hearland"

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I am forwarding the following for Scott Schuette for Friday, March 17th.
   
   
  First off I re-located the adult Golden Eagle in the BK Leach-Kings Lake Unit just north of the waterfowl headquarters, it was soaring low over the road and gave great 
views for a few minutes.  The best bird of the day though was a juvenile 
Northern Goshawk I saw just north of the BK-Leach Bittern Basin area.  The exact 
area was if you would drive just past Bittern basin and take the gravel 
road/s to the left through the couple duck clubs you would eventually reach a 
decent sized woodlot a little before you get to Hwy. 79, the bird was right 
around the woodlot, it made a couple quick spirals up and then once I realized 
what it was it moved off towards Hwy. 79 and then I lost it.  I suppose it 
is possible the bird stayed around that woodlot or something but I really 
don't see that bird being reproducible, although maybe the Golden will at 
least stay for the weekend.  



Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO

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12:10 p.m. Saturday:
Just got a call from Jean Leonatti.  She has run into "the Rolla group" 
at Eagle Bluffs, on the road to Pool 14 (in the Sapp tract), just past 
the eagle's nest, before the hard right turn on the levee.

They are watching what they believe is a CINNAMON TEAL.  They've also 
found the American Golden-Plovers.

I'm on my way out there.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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I found an adult male Cinnamon teal today at Eagle Bluffs as reported 
earlier by Edge Wade. The bird was hanging out with Blue-winged teals 
about a half mile south of the eagle nest (.3 mile south of the 2nd hard 
turn where the road parallels the creek). I think Jean Leonotti (sorry if 
I slaughtered the spelling Jean) said it was pool 15. 

Unlike the Cinnamon teals observed last year at EBCA, this individual 
didn't appear to show any speckling on the flanks, nor did it have a hint 
of a light crescent on the face. The bill shape is consistent with 
Cinnamon teals that I've studied previously as well. There was a female 
being courted by this bird, but at least when I left (around 1:00), the 
general feeling was that it was a female Blue-winged. Thus the potential 
for more of those pesky hybrids!

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Columbia, MO

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Not sure what this bird is. Please help. Thanks.

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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 18 March, 2006
* MOST0603.18

- Species Mentioned

Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Goshawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
Harris’s Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Great-tailed Grackle

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 18 March 2006

This is the Saturday, March 18, 2006 Missouri Rare Bird Alert, a  
statewide service of the Audubon Society of Missouri, serving the  
birding community of Missouri since 1901. The bird alert is compiled  
from reports submitted by ASM members and other birders throughout  
the state.

** NOTE: The report includes birds that are listed as rare, casual,  
or accidental on the 2003 Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds (with  
revisions in 2004 and 2005). Species that appear in ALL CAPS in the  
“Species Mentioned” section are listed as “casual” or “accidental”.  
(Note that some birds may be considered rare only during a particular  
season or in a particular part of the state.) The Missouri checklist  
can be accessed at: http://mobirds.org/MBRC/MOChecklist.asp **

ST. LOUIS AREA

At B.K. Leach CA (Lincoln Co.), Scott Schuette found one adult GOLDEN  
EAGLE in the Kings Lake Unit on Tuesday, Mar. 14. Scott relocated  
this bird in the same spot on Friday, Mar. 17. Also on Friday, Scott  
Schuette observed a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK just north of the B.K.  
Leach CA Bittern Basin area. On Sunday, Mar. 12, Josh Uffman and  
Scott Schuette located one HARRIS’S SPARROW in a brushy area at the  
Kings Lake Unit.

On Thursday, Mar. 16, Jackie Chain reported that a group of birders  
observed at least 50 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES at the barnyard at the  
intersection of Seeberger, Church, and Dwyer roads (off Hwy B on the  
way to Alton from St. Charles City) (St. Charles Co.).

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (St. Charles Co.), Josh Uffman  
reported one TUNDRA SWAN and two TRUMPETER SWANS in Teal Pond on  
Saturday, Mar. 11.

One immature HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen by a group of birders near the  
fork in the Blue Grosbeak Trail at Weldon Spring CA (St. Charles Co.)  
on Saturday, Mar. 11, reported David Becher.

COLUMBIA AREA / CENTRAL

On Saturday, Mar. 18, a number of birders observed a male CINNAMON  
TEAL at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.). The bird was among other teal in  
the area of pools 14 and 15.

On Tuesday, Mar. 14, one TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was found by Richard  
George at Binder Park (Cole Co.) west of Jefferson City. It was  
observed for about 30 minutes at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but was not  
relocated at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Specific directions to this bird:  
 From the shelter house accessible from Rainbow Drive, follow a  
gravel road about 300 yards to an open area; from there, turn right  
and walk down a grassy slope to a small pond. The bird was seen just  
past the pond’s dam.

SOUTHWEST

At Schell-Osage CA (Vernon Co.) on Monday, Mar. 13, Doug Willis and  
Kristi Mayo observed one PRAIRIE FALCON just west of the Evelyn  
Johnson Shorebird Marsh.

NORTHWEST

At Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.), Tommie Rogers located a pair of  
CINNAMON TEAL in Moist Soil Unit #1 (at the northeast corner of the  
auto loop) on Saturday, Mar. 11. On Monday, Mar. 13, Larry Lade  
relocated the male CINNAMON TEAL in the same spot. Also at Squaw  
Creek, six TRUMPETER SWANS were reported by Tommie Rogers on  
Saturday, Mar. 11.

On Wednesday, Mar. 15, Larry Lade observed one PEREGRINE FALCON  
perform a flyover in the oxbow area south of St. Joseph (Buchanan Co.).

On Friday, Mar. 10, Kathleen Anderson reported that four SNOW  
BUNTINGS were still present at the campground at Mozingo Lake  
(Nodaway Co.). These birds were first reported at this location on  
Dec. 16, 2005.

Information regarding membership in the Audubon Society of Missouri  
may be obtained from Bonnie Heidy, Membership Chair, at 573-442-2191,  
Joyce Bathke, Treasurer, at 573-445-5758, or at the Audubon Society  
of Missouri webpage: http://mobirds.org/membership.html

Kristi Mayo
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Looks like an excellent picture of am immature Harris' Sparrow

David Becher
Saint Louis
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  Not sure what this bird is. Please help. Thanks.

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Birded up Hwy 79 north of St. Charles, MO today, Saturday.  The Malones found American Golden Plovers at the Keetman Rd./Old Monroe sod farm location on the dirt where the sod had been removed today.  They saw 40+ in the morning and Dave Rogles and I saw 20+ in the afternoon.  The Golden Eagle was hunting at the Bittern Basin area of B.K. Leach.  We did not refind the Goshawk.  The Great-tailed Grackles are still at the Seeberger/Church Rd. location.  Had 14 species of waterfowl in the various pools at B.K. Leach and two dowitchers at Clarence Cannon.
 
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Sorry for another newbie question but where is this trail? I can't find it 
on the Weldons Spring CA map.

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The Great-tailed Grackles have been there all winter, just absent several of the times when I have looked for them at the wrong time ot day, sometimes mid-morning, sometimes after 330 or 4 in the afternoon.
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  

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* Missouri
* Statewide
* 18 March, 2006
* MOST0603.18

- Species Mentioned

Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Goshawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
Harris’s Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Great-tailed Grackle

Coverage: Missouri Statewide
Compiler: Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 18 March 2006

This is the Saturday, March 18, 2006 Missouri Rare Bird Alert, a 
statewide service of the Audubon Society of Missouri, serving the 
birding community of Missouri since 1901. The bird alert is compiled 
from reports submitted by ASM members and other birders throughout 
the state.

** NOTE: The report includes birds that are listed as rare, casual, 
or accidental on the 2003 Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds (with 
revisions in 2004 and 2005). Species that appear in ALL CAPS in the 
“Species Mentioned” section are listed as “casual” or “accidental”. 
(Note that some birds may be considered rare only during a particular 
season or in a particular part of the state.) The Missouri checklist 
can be accessed at: http://mobirds.org/MBRC/MOChecklist.asp **

ST. LOUIS AREA

At B.K. Leach CA (Lincoln Co.), Scott Schuette found one adult GOLDEN 
EAGLE in the Kings Lake Unit on Tuesday, Mar. 14. Scott relocated 
this bird in the same spot on Friday, Mar. 17. Also on Friday, Scott 
Schuette observed a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK just north of the B.K. 
Leach CA Bittern Basin area. On Sunday, Mar. 12, Josh Uffman and 
Scott Schuette located one HARRIS’S SPARROW in a brushy area at the 
Kings Lake Unit.

On Thursday, Mar. 16, Jackie Chain reported that a group of birders 
observed at least 50 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES at the barnyard at the 
intersection of Seeberger, Church, and Dwyer roads (off Hwy B on the 
way to Alton from St. Charles City) (St. Charles Co.).

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (St. Charles Co.), Josh Uffman 
reported one TUNDRA SWAN and two TRUMPETER SWANS in Teal Pond on 
Saturday, Mar. 11.

One immature HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen by a group of birders near the 
fork in the Blue Grosbeak Trail at Weldon Spring CA (St. Charles Co.) 
on Saturday, Mar. 11, reported David Becher.

COLUMBIA AREA / CENTRAL

On Saturday, Mar. 18, a number of birders observed a male CINNAMON 
TEAL at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.). The bird was among other teal in 
the area of pools 14 and 15.

On Tuesday, Mar. 14, one TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was found by Richard 
George at Binder Park (Cole Co.) west of Jefferson City. It was 
observed for about 30 minutes at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but was not 
relocated at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Specific directions to this bird: 
From the shelter house accessible from Rainbow Drive, follow a 
gravel road about 300 yards to an open area; from there, turn right 
and walk down a grassy slope to a small pond. The bird was seen just 
past the pond’s dam.

SOUTHWEST

At Schell-Osage CA (Vernon Co.) on Monday, Mar. 13, Doug Willis and 
Kristi Mayo observed one PRAIRIE FALCON just west of the Evelyn 
Johnson Shorebird Marsh.

NORTHWEST

At Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.), Tommie Rogers located a pair of 
CINNAMON TEAL in Moist Soil Unit #1 (at the northeast corner of the 
auto loop) on Saturday, Mar. 11. On Monday, Mar. 13, Larry Lade 
relocated the male CINNAMON TEAL in the same spot. Also at Squaw 
Creek, six TRUMPETER SWANS were reported by Tommie Rogers on 
Saturday, Mar. 11.

On Wednesday, Mar. 15, Larry Lade observed one PEREGRINE FALCON 
perform a flyover in the oxbow area south of St. Joseph (Buchanan Co.).

On Friday, Mar. 10, Kathleen Anderson reported that four SNOW 
BUNTINGS were still present at the campground at Mozingo Lake 
(Nodaway Co.). These birds were first reported at this location on 
Dec. 16, 2005.

Information regarding membership in the Audubon Society of Missouri 
may be obtained from Bonnie Heidy, Membership Chair, at 573-442-2191, 
Joyce Bathke, Treasurer, at 573-445-5758, or at the Audubon Society 
of Missouri webpage: http://mobirds.org/membership.html

Kristi Mayo
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Many people got to see the Cinnamon Teal today--viewers included folks 
from Rolla and Jeff City.  It seemed content to hang out in the area 
Shane described.  (By the way, the Cinnamon Teal must surely be a reward 
to Shane for finishing his written comps this week--Congratulations, 
Shane, and thank you for sharing!)

Also at Eagle Bluffs today were at least 2 female Common Goldeneye 
(distribution channel near the entrance to the second one way).

Red-breasted Merganser male, dist. channel across from Pool 8 willows.

2 Bonapartes' Gulls over the dist. channel (I missed 'em).

several American Wigeons and Northern Pintails in vicinity of CITE.

at least 19 basic plumaged American Golden-Plovers in vicinity of CITE.

one Greater Scaup male near upper reaches of dist. channel.

at least 9 Ross's Geese with the remnant Snow Goose flock (about 200)

perhaps 125 total Greater White-fronted Geese in at least two groups

one remaining Bufflehead

3 Redheads

many, many birds left between yesterday afternoon and this morning.

Full report of today's species will be recorded in CACHE.

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Brian,
  If you have the Weldon Spring Conservation Area Map, see the turn west off US 40 onto Missouri 94.  On the map you see the crosshatched area indicating Shotgun Only Zone mostly to the south of 94 before you reach the turnhoff to the northwest onto County Road D leading to the entrance to Busch CA.  About an inch from 40 you see the black square for parking lot with a trail leading SSE along the west edge of the crosshatch area.   This is what we refer to as the Blue Grosbeak Trail, because it has been a reliable nesting area for the birds for the last few years.  It is also good for Harris Sparrow, Henslow Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Yellow Warbler, migrating Bobolinks and other favorites that are not always easy to find.
   
  The map aside, look for the first turnoff to the left from 94 (not the paved road to the carpoolers fenced parking lot) for a white gravel parking lot with big white boulders lining the side next to the road.  And if you get off the trail into the fields, expect ticks!
   
  Enjoy this great birding spot.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
   
   
   
   
  
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  Sorry for another newbie question but where is this trail? I can't find it 
on the Weldons Spring CA map.

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I birded Horseshoe Lake in Madison County, Ill., late Saturday morning. The 
best birds were four horned grebes seens with a scope from the last pull off 
before the dredge on the Bend Road side (accessible from Route 203). Other 
birds of interested were 18 snow geese, two Ross's geese, American wigeon, 
green-winged teal, blue-winged teal and Northern pintail.

After seeing the post about the golden eagle at BK Leach on Friday, I headed 
there and arrived at about 4 p.m. I did not locate it, but I did find 30 
plus Wilson's snipe (the first I've encountered this year), one Northern 
harrier, white pelicans, a sharp-shinned hawk, barred owl and various 
species of duck.

I was briefly at Forest Park on Friday and found one American wigeon in the 
lake between Steinberg Ice Rink and the Science Center and several wood 
ducks throughout the park.

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MOBirders,
Yesterday, late in the evening, I found a Loggerhead Shrike along Riverlands Way,in the burned area adjacent to the headquarters parking lot (downstream side, across from Pecan Pond).   The bird was perched in the small trees, and was moving around a bit; had to look to relocate it the second time.

At Two Rivers -IL- (Calhoun Wetlands Unit - the old pump station road)  I found 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers and 70 m/l Wilson's Snipe.

Good birding.

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A chilly early morning hike along the River Trail  at Castlewood SP produced 
at least one new year bird.A single rough-wing swallow  was perched ona snag 
in the river.
 Other birds of interest
 -Did not see any activity near the boat ramp rd-shoulder nest site  but did 
locate a new red-shoulder nest site about 700 yards up from the boat  ramp and 
across the river
  -Great -blue herons were busy this morning collecting nesting  material.See
ms they are re-building their colony.The old nests were not doubt  lost from 
last summers high wind storm that damaged many trees in the area
 Winter wren numbers increasing.5 located in the snags along the river  trail.
 Kingfishers very vocal and cruising up and down the river
 -Plenty of wood ducks in the flooded depressions near the  river.
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Terry & MObirdsters:

Speaking of Great Blue Heron nests, I found what may be a new heronry in 
Newton County,
sw MO., lunch hour birding, yesterday.

This one is along Shoal Creek, on Scenic Dr. Rd., at about 10840 Scenic 
Drive.
It had about 15 or 20 nests.

An old one that I used to gawk at, about 12800 Scenic Drive, blew away in a 
fierce
storm in 2002.  So, maybe this new location is where they moved to.  Also 
Newton County.

Right now is an excellent time to be looking for heronries -  and raptor 
nests too -
before the leaves emerge.

Good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin (Jasper County) MO. 

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Thank you Edge for your comments concerning Becky Matthews event.  It was a very precious experience.  Part of the success was having people like Susan Hazelwood presenting their professional and personal comments.  As we all know, Susan is a very thoughtful caring person, and her sweet personality came though as a speaker representing all of ASM.  Only someone like Susan could politely handle all of us animals on MOBIRDS too.  Thanks Susan.

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Just got a call (9:40 a.m.) from Joyce Bathke.  She and Vanessa are 
looking at a SANDHILL CRANE at Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone Co.  They are 
along the levee road in the Sapp tract--the same area the Cinnamon Teal 
is in.

To reach this area, go to the 2nd one way loop, turn left when the loop 
road begins its return loop.  Continue on this road, taking the hard 
right that makes the road parallel with Perche Creek.  Look for Sandhill 
Crane.

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The Saturday group of Great Rivers Chpt. IL Audubon found shore birds at 
the 2 Rivers Wildlife Refuge  50 Snipe, 3 Pectoral, 4 L. Yellowlegs, and 
1 Golden Plover.  The treat for many was the Am. Pipit that was bobbing 
around with them.  IL River and sky above was filled with Am. White 
Pelican, ducks, and a few remaining eagles.  A total of 73 birds for the 
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Yesterday there was a  Yellow-throated Warbler in the trees in the front 
yard.  First I've seen this year.   Apparently it's not too early for them?
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Hello MO Birders, I am new to this list, but wanted to see if anyone else has Purple Martins yet.    I was helping my husband put up horse fence yesterday and saw a lone female flying over the horse paddock.  We quickly put up our gourd rack.  This morning at 9 AM, saw the female perched on and soaring around the rack.  At 11 AM today, I saw a male Purple Martin.  My husband had installed "Starling Excluder Doors" that we got from the PMCA, and the Purple Martins don't seem to be unduely  stressed by this change from the Starling Resistant half-circle and oboround doors we had last year.  FYI, I watched a Starling wiggle into gourds with  both these types of "Starling Resistant Doors."  

I called my "Purple Martin Mentor" neighbor, who told me that he put his gourds up last week and immediately 3-4 Purple Martins showed up.  He speculated that the very warm weather of the past two weeks encouraged them to move north faster.  With temps predicted in the 20's tomorrow night, he thought they might fly back south.  Any thoughts on this?  I don't have one of the Purple Martin mealworm tray feeders, any suggestions on putting mealworms out for them?  

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The SANDHILL CRANE is still at Eagle Bluffs.  Several carloads are 
watching as it flies from one area to another (all within the Sapp tract 
and/or the south end of Pool 11).  It is very skittish.  It flies and 
lands far from people; much high grass to hide it.

If you come, bring your FRS radio 11/22 so people can advise you of its 
latest location.

It is not yet raining here.

Edge Wade
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Experts suspect peanuts caused sandhill crane kill
BY MICHAEL PEARCE
The Wichita Eagle

Biologists say a field of moldy Texas peanuts led to the death of about 
100 sandhill cranes at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

Dave Hilley, refuge manager, said his staff noticed indications 
something was wrong on March 9.

Several cranes appeared weak and off-balance. An abundance of predators 
was another indication.

"We had a lot of eagles about that time, and we noticed five different 
groups of eagles feeding on carcasses on the Big Salt Marsh," Hilley 
said. "We got out our air boat and ATVs and searched where the cranes 
had been staying."

They found about 40 carcasses, and evidence where about another 60 
sandhills had been scavenged by eagles and coyotes.

The condition of the live birds clued biologists they may have been 
suffering from some kind of paralysis from poisoning.

Hilley's first concern was that the birds had ingested something toxic 
at Quivira, which could pose a threat to other birds yet to migrate 
through central Kansas.

Not so.

A check showed many of the birds had peanuts in their digestive systems. 
Buffalo Lake, in Texas, a popular stopover for migrating sandhills, is 
in a peanut farming area.

"With the south winds we've been having, it's quite possible they could 
have easily made it up here from Texas in one day," Hilley said. "It 
would take a while for the toxins from the peanuts to effect the cranes."

Samples from some of the dead Quivira cranes were sent to a federal lab 
in Wisconsin, to verify the toxic substance. Hilley expects the results 
soon.

Texas biologists were notified of the problem.

"Usually with something like this, they just try to get rid of the 
peanuts," Hilley said. "They can plow them under and that usually cures 
the problem. Unfortunately, by the time they do that the birds are sick 
or dying."

Hilley said it's possible endangered whooping cranes could also die from 
eating the same toxic peanuts.

Fortunately none have been recently seen in the Buffalo Lake area. If 
some migrated in, Hilley said Texas biologists would probably spook them 
from the area around the suspected peanut field.

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Hi everyone, 

I've been keeping close tabs on the Great Horned Owl pair that live in our neighborhood.  On Friday, March 17, all afternoon, the 2 adults were resting in our largest white oak trees.  After getting home from the airport about 5 pm, I saw the female swoop down to grab something, but couldn't see much.  Took the dog in the front yard for her duties, and saw the female fly back up to a branch, with a kill, but didn't have binoculars.  Came inside to look, and she swooped back down, under the pine tree.  This is the tree where we think they've been nesting.  I took binoculars and walked down the steps, and crossed the yard to where I could look under the pine.  She flew back up to a higher branch, screeching at times, with a partial rabbit in her beak.  She flew higher, near the male, still calling.  I heard the chick respond, and decided to see if I could see it.  And, it was on the ground, in the ivy!  A little fluffy pyramid, less than half the size of the one in Tower Grove, at least a week younger by photos I've been studying.  I came in, not wanting to keep the female concerned, and she then flew back to her owlet.

It was still there Saturday morning, sometimes sleeping, sometimes alert.  I posted photos in my gallery on the ASM site.  The link is:  http://mobirds.org/Galleries/MTerpstra.asp

I informed the neighbors, whose property this tree is on, about the little guy .  They're checking on it, too.  We really want to minimize any disturbance to this situation.  I think the most likely scenario is that this bird has fallen from the nest.  It appears to be resting and alert, and was heard by the neighbors calling to it's parent raucously last night for food.  I'll be keeping a very close watch on this little guy, especially with inclement weather coming.  If you would like to see this bird, please email me first - the adults are very concerned about too close an approach to their offspring.  With my digiscoping setup, I can be at a further distance to photograph without upsetting them.  We sure want him to make it!

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There were 8 of us from Rolla on a chapter outing birding EBCA yesterday, (Saturday) when we ran into Shane Pruett and three friends from Herman, MO. They were looking at the Ross Geese, we parked down the road a 100 feet or so when Shane walked down and told me had he a Cinnamon Teal in his scope. We immediately walked up and scoped him in, within a minute the sun broke thru and you could see his full Cinnamon color and spatulated bill, and immediately knew it was not a hi-bred. Just then Jean drove up took a look and called Edge, the rest is history as they say. Thanks Shane.
   
  Other birds of interest..
  Canada Geese, Greater White Fronted Geese, Ross Geese, Snow Geese, Mallard, Shovelers, L. Scaup, Ring necked, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Pintail, Blue and Green winged Teal, Coots and Pied billed Grebe. American Golden Plover, Killdeer, and Wilson Snipe were everywhere over EBCA. Eagles on the nest, many Red tailed Hawks, a couple of N. harriers, Kestrel's hovering, and a Sharpie cruising the Sapp Track. Tree Swallows by the 100's working the main channel. Am. Tree Sparrows, White Crowned Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White Throated Sparrows. We located a Marsh Wren in the reeds next to the privy. 
   
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OK, y'all, I'm asking for adivce from my many MO birding friends.  What is 
the best way to store birdseed for feeders that will discourage the 
development of the little larvae that become moths?  I assume the eggs are 
in the seed and there's probably no way to prevent that.  But last fall, I 
ended up with an oversupply of seed that I couldn't use up fast enough 
before the eggs hatched.  Before long, I had little moths flying around the 
basement!  My cats enjoy watching the moths fly around, but don't seem too 
interested in pursuing them.

We put the containers of seed outside in the frigid cold for several weeks 
during the winter, hoping to kill whatever might be inside.  But I actually 
found several larvae on the treads of some boots on a storage shelf in the 
basement.  So apparently, they have escaped the seed containers and are 
having a grand ole time living in my house.  The seed is now stored in the 
unheated garage.  We are considering storing it in metal trashcans that I 
can keep outside all the time, though wonder if squirrels can still get in 
it.

I am also not going to buy seed in great quantities, like the 50-lb. bags of 
black oil sunflower seed I usually buy because it's cheaper in large 
quantities.  The store where I usually buy seed provides free storage of 
seed purchased until I need it.  But I usually buy seed from SLAS too, 
because it's a fund-raising event for us.  Then I end up with bags of seed 
that sit there for several months before I need it.  Is there any way to 
stop the eggs from hatching into the nasty little larvae?  I have stored 
small bags of things like peanuts in the freezer, but obviously don't have 
room for large bags.

It's not a terrible problem, but we're thinking we may have to have the 
house fumigated to get rid of all the critters in different stages of 
development.  Then we will have to board the cats, spend the night somewhere 
else, etc.  What a pain!

So....do y'all have any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.

Susan Eaton
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Several juncos have been showing up the the yard the past few days.   
There were 9 yesterday, and early this afternoon an Oregon Junco made  
an appearance.  It's only the second time I've seen an Oregon in the  
yard amongst the Slate-coloreds.

Have also had Song and White-throated Sparrows (1 each) in the yard  
this weekend.

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Quite an exciting weekend at Eagle Bluffs -  I received my phone call
regarding the Sandhill Crane while I was  listening to a singing winter wren
at Rock Bridge state park.   I was watching the wren when I heard another
song, couldn't quite place it, then realized it was my cell phone!

 

The Cinnamon Teal is also still present as are the American Golden Plovers -
all along the road for Pool 15 (Sapp tract), and as stated earlier the crane
moved around a lot between pools 14-15 (Sapp tract).    There was also a
Dowitcher along the second one-way loop, mixed in with all the snipe.  I am
leaning toward Long-billed based on appearance and timing but won't argue
with anyone saying different.

 

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This morning I was finally able to get up to BK Leach CA (Lincoln County) to look for the Golden Eagle Scott Schuette found earlier this week.   This is the area accessed off of Hwy M and referred to as the King's Lake Unit.  After driving around the CA for over 3 hours and observing various ages of Bald Eagles, I found a very large dark brown bird chasing an adult Bald Eagle.  Both birds were pretty distant, but I thought this bird had a pretty good chance at being the Golden.  However, while watching these birds, much closer in my scope is a very long-necked bird about to land.  Then I realized it has a red cap!  Wow, a SANDHILL CRANE just dropped right out of the sky in front of me.   The bird landed in the area just to the west of the treeline on the west edge of BK Leach, possibly in the corn field there, but once the bird landed I was not able to refind it.  
   
  At the same time, I still did not lose sight of the other two birds.  Both birds were getting much closer to me.  The Bald Eagle quickly dropped down and landed in a tree.  And the other bird continued moving toward the waterfowl HQ's.  I could now see it trailing away from me rather well, wings held with a slight dihedral, causing all the waterfowl to scare as he glided over the field.  I zoomed up Norton Woods Road, and got a bit closer to it and was now clearly able to see the golden nape, sure enough, an adult GOLDEN EAGLE.  The bird continued to fly to the northeast toward the tree line along the river where I then I lost it.  (Dave Becher, I tried to find you, but obviously I did not!).  Certainly not a bird I expected to refind.....
   
  Lastly, at the Keeteman Road sod farms there were 10+ American Golden Plover still present around noon today.  Here is a picture of one of them:
   
  http://www.surfbirds.com/albums/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat005&pos=0
   
   
     



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I spotted 6 American Golden Plovers in the Palmetto area of Greene 
County today.   The birds were 1/4 to 1/2 mile north of the intersection 
of  FR 186 and FR 253 in a heavily grazed, but green pasture.  Many 
robins and killdeer were present in the area fields, too.  Other birds 
of note in the area were 15 American Wigeon, 1 Eastern Phoebe and 6 
Wilson's Snipe.

Good Birding,
Greg Swick
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Report for Sunday, March 19, 2006


All locations in Lincoln County, Missouri


Keetman Rd / Glacial Sand Rd sod farm complex
============================================--  AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 4
--  WESTERN MEADOWLARK, 1 singing


Winfield Dam & Sandy Slough
============================================--  American White Pelican, ~ 1,000 birds were resting in the slough,
then flew down the slough toward the dam at or below tree level; an
incredible rush of sight and sound.  It was a Natl Geo moment.  Where's
a professional videographer when you need one?
--  Green-winged Teal, ~ 200 mixed with a couple hundred Mallard
--  Fish Crow, 1 heard
--  Yellow-rumped Warbler, ~ 10
--  Eurasian Tree Sparrow, ~ 15


B K Leach Mem CA
============================================--  Bald Eagle, 1 soaring over the Kings Lake tract
--  GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 in the Bittern Basin Unit (BBU).  One bird
appeared to be in breeding plumage, having extensively barred
underparts; the second, nonbreeding.
--  Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 in the BBU
--  SHORT-EARED OWL, 7.  Yes, seven birds in the BBU, with two as close
as 25 ft.  An incredible show.  Got to see all seven flying and had a
good chance to study their field marks.  Did not want to tax their
strength, so I did not linger at the spot or chase them and retraced my
steps in retreat.
--  Belted Kingfisher, 1 in the BBU


Other highlights for the day included:
--  Wood Duck, 8, one of 13 species of duck for the day
--  American Wigeon, ~ 30
--  Blue-winged Teal, ~ 50
--  Redhead, 4
--  Northern Harrier, 3
--  Red-tailed Hawk, ~ 10
--  American Kestrel, 7
--  Killdeer, ~ 100
--  Wilson's Snipe, ~ 60, they seemed to be everywhere; feel like this
count is way too low.
--  Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 at the Plant Material Center on Hwy 79
--  Pileated Woodpecker, 2
--  EASTERN PHOEBE, 3
--  RUSTY BLACKBIRD, ~ 300 aggregate count for the day.  There were >
200 at the Keetman Rd / Glacial Sand Rd site alone, and several smaller
groups scattered about thereafter.


Got a couple nice photos of a HORNED LARK at B K Leach Mem CA:
http://mike-thelen.smugmug.com/gallery/1289869.  64 species for the day.


Mike Thelen
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Went to Eagle Bluffs (from about 3:15-4:30) today in search of the Sandhill Crane and the Cinnamon Teal that ya'll have been talking about. We drove all through the conservation area and we found the Cinnamon Teal drake up close where we could observe him, unfortunately though we had no luck on the Crane. But just as we were leaving my brother saw it circling in the air above us. This is a first of life for me! So thank you all for informing about these birds!!

Other species we saw were:

-Wood Duck
-Pied-Billed Grebe
-Coot 
-Northern Shoveler
-Mallard
-Gadwall
-Ring-necked Duck
-Blue-winged Teal (saw more today than I have ever seen at any one time - they were everywhere!)
-Lesser Scaup
-Bufflehead (2 - drake and hen)
-Canada Geese
-Greater White-Fronted Geese
-Pintail 
-American Wigeon
-Green-wing Teal
-Snow Geese
-Common Snipe
-Killdeer
-Lesser Yellowlegs - FOY
-Tree Swallows
-Red-winged Blackbirds
-Northern Harrier (2)
-Great Blue Heron
-Bald Eagle
-American Crow
-Red-tailed Hawk
-Turkey Vultures 
-Mourning Dove

Also saw a Muskrat and Woodchuck. They aren't birds, but we enjoyed seeing them.

Sarah Pelc
Columbia, Missouri

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I have "turned off" the link in the menu system to the Input Form while I
troubleshoot final settings of the "chickadee filter"...
 
I hope to have the issues corrected in the next day or so.
 
In the meantime, do not attempt to enter any CACHE data until further
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Since you have cats: if you use the cat food that comes in large plastic 
containers, the empties make convenient birdseed containers. We have access 
to dry ice, so I pop a chunk in before I store it. Don't know if that kills 
the bugs, but we haven't had any yet.

Jill DeWitt
Kansas City
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> OK, y'all, I'm asking for adivce from my many MO birding friends.  What is 
> the best way to store birdseed for feeders that will discourage the 
> development of the little larvae that become moths?  I assume the eggs are 
> in the seed and there's probably no way to prevent that.  But last fall, I 
> ended up with an oversupply of seed that I couldn't use up fast enough 
> before the eggs hatched.  Before long, I had little moths flying around 
> the basement!  My cats enjoy watching the moths fly around, but don't seem 
> too interested in pursuing them.
>
> We put the containers of seed outside in the frigid cold for several weeks 
> during the winter, hoping to kill whatever might be inside.  But I 
> actually found several larvae on the treads of some boots on a storage 
> shelf in the basement.  So apparently, they have escaped the seed 
> containers and are having a grand ole time living in my house.  The seed 
> is now stored in the unheated garage.  We are considering storing it in 
> metal trashcans that I can keep outside all the time, though wonder if 
> squirrels can still get in it.
>
> I am also not going to buy seed in great quantities, like the 50-lb. bags 
> of black oil sunflower seed I usually buy because it's cheaper in large 
> quantities.  The store where I usually buy seed provides free storage of 
> seed purchased until I need it.  But I usually buy seed from SLAS too, 
> because it's a fund-raising event for us.  Then I end up with bags of seed 
> that sit there for several months before I need it.  Is there any way to 
> stop the eggs from hatching into the nasty little larvae?  I have stored 
> small bags of things like peanuts in the freezer, but obviously don't have 
> room for large bags.
>
> It's not a terrible problem, but we're thinking we may have to have the 
> house fumigated to get rid of all the critters in different stages of 
> development.  Then we will have to board the cats, spend the night 
> somewhere else, etc.  What a pain!
>
> So....do y'all have any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.
>
> Susan Eaton
> Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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At 6:20 pm this evening I saw two Canada Geese flocked with a lone Snow Goose all land in the small pond at the southeast corner of the archery range.  I just thought it was odd to only see 1 snow goose and see it flying with the Canadas.
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There was a Brewers Blackbird on the curb with starlings near the helicopter repair pad.  Since I wasn't driving I got a wonderful look at it.

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There was a 1rst winter Harris's Sparrow at Busch CA today. It was seen at 
the southwest corner of Pond 6. You will drive over a row of two/three 
culverts. Looking towards the pond you will find a small mound of dirt with 
a log. The Harris's Sparrow was seen above the mound in the bushes. Not sure 
if this is a good bird for MO but just moving from VA I was very excited. A 
lifer I might add. Also there was a single canvasback in the first pond at 
the entrance. The Harris's Sparrow was first seen yesterday by Brian 
Thornton.


Brett Scheffers
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Rarely do we have an opportunity to witness a remarkable birding story unfold, but the last 11 months have been incredibly educational and thought provoking.  For those with only an interest in state bird reports, please delete.  For those who are inquisitive, read on:

From: Kenn Kaufman <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: [BIRDWG01] Woodpecker I.D.
>Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 14:58:02 -0500
>
>I have always enjoyed the eloquence of  Ned Brinkley's writing and his 
>clear, cogent expression of ideas.  In his recent post on I.D. Frontiers, 
>he wrote:
>
>>  I do wonder, however, who among us would qualify as an "I.D.
>>expert" on Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  I personally can't add much
>>to the discussion, never having seen an Ivory-billed as anything other
>>than a museum specimen, photograph, or movie clip.  I can't
>>unequivocally rule out Ivory-billed in the brief, blurry video, nor can I
>>rule it in (lacking any field familiarity with the species, though I do 
>>know
>>others of the genus).  Thanks to a generation of mentors that include
>>geniuses in the worlds of hawkwatching, seabirding, and even
>>identification of flyover passerines, we are all terribly aware that there
>>is no substitute for direct, personal experience of a species when
>>learning its identification.
>
>This is beautiful writing, but I totally disagree with its aim: to argue 
>that we who haven't seen living Ivory-bills aren't in a position to try to 
>analyze images of purported Ivory-bills.  Take that to its logical 
>conclusion and it would be a condemnation of the Cornell scientists who 
>announced that "we have proof" when in fact they didn't.  But the timing 
>suggests that Ned is directing his comments at those who are questioning 
>the video I.D., not at those who made the claim in the first place.
>
>No, I have never seen a living Ivory-bill.  For all I know, the species may 
>have been extinct before I was born.  But I have spent thousands of hours 
>carefully studying photographs and video images of other birds.  During my 
>work at Vireo (Visual Resources for Ornithology), during the ten years that 
>I was writing the "photo quiz" feature for Birding magazine, during the 
>research that I did for my Advanced Birding guide, during the Photoshop 
>work that I did for my more recent guides, and during months of work as a 
>consultant to various bird video projects, I had a major amount of 
>experience in considering what birds look like in photographs and video 
>images, and the ways in which those images can mislead.  I do feel 
>qualified to comment on some things in the Luneau video, even without the 
>mystical enlightenment that would come with actually seeing the species in 
>life.
>
>One point mentioned briefly by both the Sibley and Cornell teams, but not 
>fully addressed by either, is the strong tendency for white to "bleed" or 
>expand in video images.  This happens equally with out-of-focus or blurred 
>photos (so that on a blurred photo of a flying adult Ring-billed Gull, for 
>example, the white spots in the black primary tips may appear larger than 
>they really are).  Red also bleeds in video, incidentally, in a somewhat 
>different way, but black doesn't.  The Cornell paper goes on at great 
>length about the fact that the Luneau video doesn't show an obvious black 
>trailing edge to the white underwing.  What I find more disturbing is that 
>the video doesn't show nearly as much of a WHITE trailing edge as it should 
>if the bird were an Ivory-bill.  Ivory-bills had entirely white 
>secondaries, including the innermost.  Unless the species really was 
>supernaturally different from every other bird on the planet, as some 
>people seem to be suggesting now, that white on the inner secondaries 
>should have been strikingly obvious in flight, especially in any kind of 
>rear view, and the white nearest the body should have been most obvious of 
>all.  In the Luneau video, if the bird were an Ivory-bill, the white on the 
>innermost part of the wing should have been blazingly apparent in Science 
>frames 283.3 and 300, among others.  Instead, the most obvious white is 
>farther out the wing. Science frame 350 is most troubling of all, because 
>despite the bleeding effect of white here, it shows a very obvious black 
>trailing edge to something -- if it isn't the underside of the right wing, 
>it's the upperside of the left wing, and neither of these would be possible 
>on a bird with white secondaries.  The Cornell team hasn't addressed this 
>problem because they can't.  Cornell's attempts at reenactment of the 
>bird's appearance in flight are flawed from the outset, because the wings 
>of real birds twist and turn in flight, unlike the wings of painted 
>cardboard models.  If you look closely at the supporting online materials 
>from both papers, you can see that Sibley has drawn a very plausible 
>depiction of how a typical Pileated Woodpecker could produce the image seen 
>in the video, while the Cornell team is essentially grasping at straws to 
>try to prop up their position.
>
>Ned Brinkley's post also brought up the thorny subject of what to think 
>about sight records.  I have the utmost respect for all of the observers 
>involved, but I have to point out that even the very best observers can 
>misidentify birds.  Especially in sightings that are brief (as all of those 
>in Arkansas seem to have been), the possibility for error is always there. 
>The human mind and human perceptions play tricks on all of us, most of all 
>when we know exactly what our quarry ought to look like.  In dealing with 
>documentation submitted to records committees, many times I've encountered 
>situations where what the observer "saw" didn't match what they saw.  For 
>example: the mid-winter record of Swainson's Hawk, accompanied by 
>absolutely perfect sketches and notes recounting every last detail of a 
>Swainson's Hawk, and a photo that shows that the bird was really a 
>Red-tail.  It happens!  That's why we insist on having some sort of 
>physical documentation for extraordinary bird records.
>
>Finally, I found this comment from Ned somewhat misleading:
>
>>  It is remarkable to me that despite all his searching, Tanner never 
>>actually
>>found an Ivory-billed Woodpecker himself: he was taken to the Louisiana
>>sites by locals.  If these birds do still exist, they may be more 
>>difficult to pin
>>down than any of us imagine.
>
>Tanner was taken to the Lousiana sites by locals in the same way that the 
>Cornell teams were taken to the Arkansas sites by Gene Sparling.  The 
>difference was that once he was there, Tanner was able to observe the 
>Ivory-bills at great length.  And he wasn't the only one.  Peterson went to 
>see the birds, and so did John Baker, and Richard Pough, and Don 
>Eckelberry, and various others, and they may have had to search for a 
>while, but they SAW the birds.  Now we have this growing mythology about 
>the Arkansas Ivory-bills as ghostly beings that can evade armies of 
>searchers for months at a time...   it simply doesn't make sense. Like Ned, 
>I too wish Cornell the best of success in locating a population of living 
>Ivory-bills, and I'm eagerly awaiting the first bits of evidence that there 
>are still some birds out there.
>
>Kenn Kaufman
>Rocky Ridge, Ohio
>

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Today at our home here in St. Joseph, one YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER visited
our bird bath about 4:30 pm. With the very wintry weather they are
predicting for us, I had to wonder where this guy would be spending the
next few days.
Hope he comes back to the heated bird bath.

Remembered that another Yellow-rumped Warbler had been here one other time
since the first of the year...that was on Feb. 13...isn't that early for
NWMO?

Saturday we made a quick trip to the Bean Lake Cabin to fill the feeders before
the snow storm hits. We were there about 2-1/2 hours which included
feeder-filling and the installation of a 4-inch plastic pipe on one feeder
pole.
Some climbing-critter had figured out how to completely empty that one.
For that time period, which also included a drive along the lake arm toward
the marsh area, we had 25 species.

Make that 26, since just as we were ready to leave the cabin a STRIPED
SKUNK showed up, eating the peanuts that had dropped on the ground from the
feeder.
He seemed totally unaware of us even when Georgia yelled at him to
"get out of there!" and clapped her hands.
He was so intent on eating, guess nothing else mattered.
He finally trotted over into the old boat house shed, and we left.

Now we wonder what will happen when we have to get the tractor out ...
may have to borrow a "haz-mat" suit.
Any suggestions on how to get him out of there...for good!
Don't really want to make him mad. ;-)

Frances Cramer and
Georgia Hathorne
St. Joseph, MO Buchanan Co.
Bean Lake Cabin Platte Co.
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Susan,
I have been bothered by these guys (moths) and once you have them, if you
don't control them they will get into your pantry and all over the house
(yuck)! The best way to control them that I have found is to buy sticky
traps that come with a pheromone that you put in them to attract the moths.
They work like a charm by interrupting the reproductive cycle. You can get
them online or from catalogs. Try Jung Seeds, Gurneys, Home Solutions,
Gardens Alive - they are called pantry pest traps. You can get two traps for
about $10 and they last about 3 months. I keep one in my kitchen and one in
my garage where I store seed, cracked corn, etc. I prefer this natural
deterrent to spraying insecticide and it has worked extremely well for me.
Once you have the little buggers controlled you can replace them less often.

Lorraine McFarland
Rolla Missouri

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OK, y'all, I'm asking for adivce from my many MO birding friends.  What is
the best way to store birdseed for feeders that will discourage the
development of the little larvae that become moths?  I assume the eggs are
in the seed and there's probably no way to prevent that.  But last fall, I
ended up with an oversupply of seed that I couldn't use up fast enough
before the eggs hatched.  Before long, I had little moths flying around the
basement!  My cats enjoy watching the moths fly around, but don't seem too
interested in pursuing them.

We put the containers of seed outside in the frigid cold for several weeks
during the winter, hoping to kill whatever might be inside.  But I actually
found several larvae on the treads of some boots on a storage shelf in the
basement.  So apparently, they have escaped the seed containers and are
having a grand ole time living in my house.  The seed is now stored in the
unheated garage.  We are considering storing it in metal trashcans that I
can keep outside all the time, though wonder if squirrels can still get in
it.

I am also not going to buy seed in great quantities, like the 50-lb. bags of
black oil sunflower seed I usually buy because it's cheaper in large
quantities.  The store where I usually buy seed provides free storage of
seed purchased until I need it.  But I usually buy seed from SLAS too,
because it's a fund-raising event for us.  Then I end up with bags of seed
that sit there for several months before I need it.  Is there any way to
stop the eggs from hatching into the nasty little larvae?  I have stored
small bags of things like peanuts in the freezer, but obviously don't have
room for large bags.

It's not a terrible problem, but we're thinking we may have to have the
house fumigated to get rid of all the critters in different stages of
development.  Then we will have to board the cats, spend the night somewhere
else, etc.  What a pain!

So....do y'all have any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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A rag soaked in ammonia in the shed should deter the skunk and other pests from setting up camp.  After s/he leaves, you should close the openings that allow access to the critters.  If you remain calm and don't posture yourself as a threatening being, you should be fine.  Don't corner it either.  =)

Good luck!  

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Today at our home here in St. Joseph, one YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER visited
our bird bath about 4:30 pm. With the very wintry weather they are
predicting for us, I had to wonder where this guy would be spending the
next few days.
Hope he comes back to the heated bird bath.

Remembered that another Yellow-rumped Warbler had been here one other time
since the first of the year...that was on Feb. 13...isn't that early for
NWMO?

Saturday we made a quick trip to the Bean Lake Cabin to fill the feeders before
the snow storm hits. We were there about 2-1/2 hours which included
feeder-filling and the installation of a 4-inch plastic pipe on one feeder
pole.
Some climbing-critter had figured out how to completely empty that one.
For that time period, which also included a drive along the lake arm toward
the marsh area, we had 25 species.

Make that 26, since just as we were ready to leave the cabin a STRIPED
SKUNK showed up, eating the peanuts that had dropped on the ground from the
feeder.
He seemed totally unaware of us even when Georgia yelled at him to
"get out of there!" and clapped her hands.
He was so intent on eating, guess nothing else mattered.
He finally trotted over into the old boat house shed, and we left.

Now we wonder what will happen when we have to get the tractor out ...
may have to borrow a "haz-mat" suit.
Any suggestions on how to get him out of there...for good!
Don't really want to make him mad. ;-)

Frances Cramer and
Georgia Hathorne
St. Joseph, MO Buchanan Co.
Bean Lake Cabin Platte Co.
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Thanks to all of you for advice on storing seed, and getting rid of the 
little moths that sometimes develop from eggs in the seed.  The consensus is 
storing seed in metal trashcans outside, securing the lids well if there are 
racoons in the area. If larvae/moths develop, that just means more protein 
for the birds.

As far as getting rid of the moths themselves, several people mentioned the 
Pantry Pest traps that use pheromones to attract moths.  By the way, we 
found them on the Home Depot website and the price looks better than other 
suggested sources.  David is checking it out today; I'll let you know how 
much they cost.  Other suggestions popped up:  bay leaves (I had actually 
tried that) and a piece of unwrapped bubble gum, which worked well for this 
person's grandmother who used gum in her flour canister.

So, as I expected, my birding friends gave me good suggestions.  I'll let 
you know how things go.  Thanks again.

Susan Eaton
KIrkwood, St. Louis CO., MO
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Mike - I am attempting to respond to your message, but your computer is
blocking my response.  Something new must have happened because the messages
used to go through.  Could you "unblock" me and I will try again?  Thanks.
Jean Leonatti
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Reply-To:     Edge <[log in to unmask]>
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Several messages lately have alluded to questions of when migrants can 
be expected to be seen in Missouri.

Anyone can own two wonderful resources that put that information at 
one's fingertips!  Two readily available publications have bar graphs 
that give full treatment to the subject of occurrence, AND they both 
have much, much more information that all Missouri birders should become 
familiar with.

These publications are:

A Guide To Birding in Missouri, a 264 page book edited by Kay and Bill 
Palmer, published by the Audubon Society of Missouri. It has specific 
directions to the best birding sites in the state and has a section on 
specialty species.

It is a bargain at $15.00 for one copy or $10.00 each for two or more 
copies.

To order: email Barb Duncan  [log in to unmask]

or write:  Barb Duncan   1918 London Way, Jefferson City, MO 65109

Make checks payable to:  The Audubon Socity of Missouri.


The second publication is Enjoying Missouri's Birds, Where to see birds 
and when.

This is a free booklet from the Missouri Department of Conservation.  
You may pick up a copy at a nature center or write MDC at P.O. Box 180, 
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180.

Several copies of both publications will be available at the 
registration desk at ASM's Spring Meeting in St. Louis.

Edge Wade
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On March 19, 2006 Sarah Pelc [log in to unmask] Columbia, MO, asked: "PS.
How do I find out the rules and guidelines for posting on this e-mail
list? Thank you!"

 

Well Sarah, when anyone joins the MOBirds-L listserv they are
automatically mailed a document that gives them the rules and
guidelines. But let me summarize for you, and others, the pertinent
pieces in case you didn't retain that message.

 

POSTING

Messages should be emailed to [log in to unmask] Only subscribed
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Hi everyone,

Well, the owlet is holding his own.  I am now restricting my checks on him  by staying inside and standing on a chair to look.  One of the adults is perched in our yard, where she can really keep an eye on him.  He is resting now, but was sitting up and very alert a little while ago.  


Last night, Linda Tossing returned my call about 6 pm.  After our talk, I emailed my neighbors:


Linda Tossing, from the World Bird Sanctuary, agreed that it was most likely that the little guy fell out of the nest.    There are several reasons why we must stay away from the little bird.  The Great Horned Owls are known as 'Flying Tigers' and can become very aggressive if their young appear to be threatened.  That's why we hear the mom calling if any of us get near.  So, let's stay away.  There is also a chance that the adults will abandon it- they must be free to be feeding it 24 hours a day.  Linda is going to show the photos I sent to her, to an expert at the Sanctuary.  Hopefully, they'll be able to give me an idea of age, and if there is any need to do anything else.  Linda thought it was not necessary to get the bird back up in the nest, as the nest is most likely very high up in the tree.  I agreed, and described to her the two possible nest sites I knew of in the tree.  If we want the owlet to survive, we have to leave them alone.  She assured me that they are acclimated to the weather here, and we'll just have to hope for the best.  


My dilemna:  

Though the neighbors mean well, a few have gotten really too close to the bird.  I hope this experience will be an education for the adults as well as the children, and that they will heed the warning to stay away.  I really struggled initially with whether I should even tell any of the neighbors about the owlet.  But, the property owners are often out in the yard, and I was worried they might start up the mower and not realize where the bird was, etc.  This pair of owls fledged two young last year.  They are obviously pretty comfortable in their territory here.  SO, I really hope we'll all be proud to say the little guy makes it!  He is pretty irresistibly cute...


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Susan, you should be able to get the pantry pest traps at your local bird
feeding store.  I know there are at least three Wild Bird Centers in St
Louis, and others as well.  They may be a little more $$$ than the online
source, but Home Depot doesn't sell falcon earrings or offer birdwalks!

A good hint for storing seed in a large container like a trash can is to put
a garbage bag in first, then the seed, and when the seed's gone, the garbage
bag can be thrown away so you start fresh with each bag of seed.

The bayleaf trick works better for weevils...they look like crawling niger
seed!  We had a dandy infestation of weevils in the carpet of the room above
the garage.  (I forgot some seed I had there.)  I baited them with cheerios
and vacuumed them up....got rid of them in a couple days.

Be prepared for more moths to appear...the larvae crawl between sheets of
paper or the necks of jars under the cap...someplace safe and tight..to
pupate.  You'll find the webby evidence eventually.  Getting rid of every
moth you can will help, so go into the garage armed with a dustbuster for
any moth you can see flying.  (Yes, you may look a little silly.)  Like most
moths, Indian meal moths are attracted to light, so you may increase your
trapping effectiveness by placing your mealmoth trap next to a small desk
lamp.  You'll only trap the males, though, so killing any moth you can will
help.

If the moths have made it to the kitchen and pantry, don't rely on
ziplocks...larvae chew right through them, and through original packaging
for cereal and pasta and raisins.  Keep an eye out for the webs and/or
larvae when you're opening packages, or for any product with webs clumping
food together.  Hopefully you haven't reached that stage.

Heidi McCullough
Kansas City, MO
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Thanks to all of you for advice on storing seed, and getting rid of the
little moths that sometimes develop from eggs in the seed.  The consensus is
storing seed in metal trashcans outside, securing the lids well if there are
racoons in the area. If larvae/moths develop, that just means more protein
for the birds.

As far as getting rid of the moths themselves, several people mentioned the
Pantry Pest traps that use pheromones to attract moths.  By the way, we
found them on the Home Depot website and the price looks better than other
suggested sources.  David is checking it out today; I'll let you know how
much they cost.  Other suggestions popped up:  bay leaves (I had actually
tried that) and a piece of unwrapped bubble gum, which worked well for this
person's grandmother who used gum in her flour canister.

So, as I expected, my birding friends gave me good suggestions.  I'll let
you know how things go.  Thanks again.

Susan Eaton
KIrkwood, St. Louis CO., MO
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Reply-To:     Jean Leonatti <[log in to unmask]>
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Due to the predicted snowfall this evening into tomorrow, the Columbia
Audubon field trip scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 is CANCELLED.
Jean Leonatti
Boone County
Columbia, MO
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In my yard this afternoon is a junco that looks like the adult  
Canadian Rocky Mountains slate-colored male as pictured in Sibley on  
page 501 - very dark gray body and a clearly demarcated even darker  
hood.  I saw a few of these individuals during the winter, including  
in the yard.  The Oregon was still there this morning.

A pair of Northern Shovelers were swimming in Jefferson Lake this  
afternoon.

**********************
Sherry McCowan
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Dear Friens,
    There is a blind on Dunn Ranch that allows viewing of prairie chickens
much closer than is possible in Golden City on our field trips.  The Nature
Conservancy has a number of days reserved in the blind.  I've made
arrangements to go on the afternnon of April 3rd.  There will be an evening
program.  I'll stay overnight in an inexpensive motel nearby.  Then I'll be
in the blind early in the morning April 4 to view the chickens.  Susan
Harris, the Missouri TNC director will be there.  Afterward we may go up to
the TNC reserve at Loess Mounds.
    There are seven additional spaces in the blind.  I'm eager to have some
fellow birders make the trip with me.  I think it will be a lot of fun.
Please email me or call me at 883-5605 if you are interested.
Sincerely, Ruth Grant

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Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:39 PM
Subject: American Golden Plover - Palmetto


> I spotted 6 American Golden Plovers in the Palmetto area of Greene
> County today.   The birds were 1/4 to 1/2 mile north of the intersection
> of  FR 186 and FR 253 in a heavily grazed, but green pasture.  Many
> robins and killdeer were present in the area fields, too.  Other birds
> of note in the area were 15 American Wigeon, 1 Eastern Phoebe and 6
> Wilson's Snipe.
>
> Good Birding,
> Greg Swick
> Ozark, Missouri
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Subject:      Re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
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Indeed, there is a place for all birders in the search for Ivory-bill 
documentation.
This winter, in addition to the biologists working full time, many 
volunteers have spent two weeks each on either the White River or the 
Cache River as members of the Volunteer Search Team.

At least two Oklahomans, some Akansas birders and 4 Missourians have 
been on the team.  Among them are folks several of you know: Berlin 
Heck, Mia Revels, Leif Anderson, Bill Eddleman, Joe Eades, and Steve 
Kinder.  Larry Lade and I leave for the Cache River in a week.

Science is questioning.  To question the validity and/or the 
interpretation of what has been offered up as scientific evidence is 
essential to the process.  At times, however, it is possible for that 
questioning to become so intense that the argument, itself, becomes the 
issue and the original point of the discussion may be relegated to the 
academic sideline.

Let's not fall victim to the allure of scolasticism.  Let's not argue 
too long over how many angels [or Ivory-bills] can dance on the head of 
a pin [or fly in a video].  Let's not waste time/effort/money debating 
their existence--winning a philosophical debate does not prove or 
disprove the existence of angels or woodpeckers.

Unlike angels, woodpeckers breathe.  They fly and call and eat and drill 
holes.  Whether or not one believes in the existence of Ivory-billed 
Woodpeckers is immaterial to their existence, just as believing the 
earth is flat or round or ovoid  has no effect on its shape.

As birders, let's read the cogent arguments.  Let's do our part to 
support solid scientific efforts. Let's resist the very human proclivity 
to "take sides" or base opinion on belief, alone.  Most importantly, 
let's not prematurely declare the Ivory-billed Woodpecker alive or dead.

Have chest waders and deet.  Will travel.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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> When the news of the Ivory-Billed first hit us there was an immediate 
> outcry
> from everyone to stay away and let the the professionals do their 
> work. I
> felt from the beginning that amateur birders have a role to play in this
> story, and I am convinced of it now. Chuck is right, let the pros slug 
> it
> out, that is what they are supposed to do. I believe they are there, 
> and I
> have wanted to go looking for myself. If you believe, you should go 
> also...
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Edge,
Once again you win my "Wise Birder" of the year award.
Well said!

Linda Frederick
Rolla, MO

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> Indeed, there is a place for all birders in the search for Ivory-bill 
> documentation.
> This winter, in addition to the biologists working full time, many 
> volunteers have spent two weeks each on either the White River or the 
> Cache River as members of the Volunteer Search Team.
> 
> At least two Oklahomans, some Akansas birders and 4 Missourians have 
> been on the team.  Among them are folks several of you know: Berlin 
> Heck, Mia Revels, Leif Anderson, Bill Eddleman, Joe Eades, and Steve 
> Kinder.  Larry Lade and I leave for the Cache River in a week.
> 
> Science is questioning.  To question the validity and/or the 
> interpretation of what has been offered up as scientific evidence is 
> essential to the process.  At times, however, it is possible for that 
> questioning to become so intense that the argument, itself, becomes the 
> issue and the original point of the discussion may be relegated to the 
> academic sideline.
> 
> Let's not fall victim to the allure of scolasticism.  Let's not argue 
> too long over how many angels [or Ivory-bills] can dance on the head of 
> a pin [or fly in a video].  Let's not waste time/effort/money debating 
> their existence--winning a philosophical debate does not prove or 
> disprove the existence of angels or woodpeckers.
> 
> Unlike angels, woodpeckers breathe.  They fly and call and eat and drill 
> holes.  Whether or not one believes in the existence of Ivory-billed 
> Woodpeckers is immaterial to their existence, just as believing the 
> earth is flat or round or ovoid  has no effect on its shape.
> 
> As birders, let's read the cogent arguments.  Let's do our part to 
> support solid scientific efforts. Let's resist the very human proclivity 
> to "take sides" or base opinion on belief, alone.  Most importantly, 
> let's not prematurely declare the Ivory-billed Woodpecker alive or dead.
> 
> Have chest waders and deet.  Will travel.
> 
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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> 
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> 
> 
> 
> On Monday, March 20, 2006, at 05:01 PM, Brandon Magette wrote:
> 
>> When the news of the Ivory-Billed first hit us there was an immediate 
>> outcry
>> from everyone to stay away and let the the professionals do their 
>> work. I
>> felt from the beginning that amateur birders have a role to play in this
>> story, and I am convinced of it now. Chuck is right, let the pros slug 
>> it
>> out, that is what they are supposed to do. I believe they are there, 
>> and I
>> have wanted to go looking for myself. If you believe, you should go 
>> also...
>>
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>> http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/ksbird-l.html
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A friend of mine who is a novice birder is going to Guadalupe Mtns National
Park in Texas next week.  Any birding tips would be appreciated.  I found a
checklist for the park and suggested Peterson's Guide for Western Birds, but
I don't have much else to offer.
 
Tom
 
PS.  I'm going to NYC next week, and any birding suggestions for that locale
would also be appreciated.  We won't have a car, so I'm guessing we'll be
limited to Central Park. 

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We're Back!!!
 
With MUCH help from our northern friend, Ann Johnson, IOU Webster,
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Thank you for your patience...
 
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About four inches of snow  brought two new yard birds this morning.  Several 
BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS in a mixed
flock of blackbirds were feeding at the back of the yard.  An ORANGE-CROWNED 
Warbler came just after dawn.
Harris Sparrows, juncos, goldfinches and American Tree Sparrows are the 
majority of the birds feeding here today.
After two days of inclement weather here, I sure hope the Tree Swallows went 
back south.
Tommie Rogers
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Hi birders,

I would like to know if there were any breeding bird surveys done along the 
Blue River Parkway, south of Minor Park to Kenneth Road. I have the breeding 
bird atlas (1986-1992), but it does not specify areas other than Kansas 
City. If someone did this particular area I would like to get any data that 
you have. I would also be interested in the International Migratory Bird Day 
data for this area. I am starting my graduate studies and would like to 
compare the data that I will be collecting with previous records. Thank you 
for any information that you have. If anyone in the KC area would like to 
help (go birding) Mon, Wed, or Fri mornings, let me know!

Happy birding,
Ruth Simmons
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Jim Ziebol just called to report that Frank Holmes found around 120
American Pipits on Bischoff Rd. along the stretch shortly after turning off
of Sand Prairie.  Frank found around 30 more on the 111 side of Horseshoe
Lake on the shore near the entrance where the road comes to a T.


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While birding the oxbow lakes region just south of Saint Joseph this morning I was surprised to find a flock of @ 100 SMITH'S LONGSPURS swirling, landing, feeding, swirling, landing, feeding, .... in the stubble corn field just across the road from Muskrat Lake (this is the shallow lake on Crockett Road). At times they approached within 20 feet of my vehicle, so I really got some amazing views! Also in this field were a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS, Horned Larks, Killdeer and Western Meadowlarks. I called Jack Hilsabeck and Frances Cramer to let them know about the longspurs. Jack and Frances were able to see the birds when they arrived about 1/2 hour after I had called. However, they did not come as close to the road as they had been, so the views they got were at a much greater distance than the ones I had gotten. There chosen habitat for feeding was somewhat different than I would have expected. I have only seen them before in short grass areas.
   
  I had sixteen species of ducks and geese. The six, resting, male Red-breasted Mergansers on Lake Contrary being the highlight for me.
   
  I also saw several sparrow species: Savannah (20), American Tree (5), Harris's (3) and Song (10). Also along one of the back roads in the Lake Contrary area I observed six Lapland Longspurs in the road. When I stopped, they of course flew off into a stubble corn field. Turning off the engine, I sat in my vehicle and waited. Presently, they returned to the road to pick around in the gravel and edged ever closer to my position. Eventually they approached within ten feet of where I was sitting. There was one male and five females, all beginning to come into breeding plumage. Quite a sight!
   
  The wetland on Nelson Road just south of Lake Contrary still held Red-winged, Brewer's and Rusty Blackbirds as well as about twenty Wilson's Snipe.
   
  Killdeer were everywhere this morning. I conservatively estimated 1000 +, most of them were ringing the entire shoreline of Lake Contrary.
   
  Then coming back into Saint Joseph on 59 Highway on my way home, I found about 30 Great-tailed Grackles just inside the city limits in a grassy yard.
   
  Only saw one Eurasian Collared-Dove at the Saint Joseph Stockyards this morning.


Larry Lade
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I have a 20 acre nature reserve with woods, prairie, pond, and a large bird garden stocked with a dozen feeders in Lincoln County near Hawk Point. I started developing this place 25 years ago because of my interest in plants.  As the plantings matured, I began to see and hear more and more birds, and I realized I had inadvertently created excellent bird habitat.  I started feeding and then seriously studying the birds three years ago.  So far I have identified 106 species here.

For three weeks my reserve has been full of the songs and calls of Northern Bobwhite, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, American Tree, Song, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Purple and House Finches, and American Goldfinch.

Last week I was surprised by a Spotted Towhee hopping around in the leaf litter, a Fox Sparrow perching in the magnolia, a Merlin flying sorties from the electric line along the prairie edge, a Field Sparrow singing softly and sweetly in the plum tree, and a river of Snow Geese flowing directly above the garden.

Today in the snow an Eastern Towhee, a trio of Rusty Black Birds, and at least 3 "Oregon" Juncos were among the birds swarming the feeders, and the two tall oriental junipers were decorated with at least a hundred Robins feasting on the only available berries. 

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