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From 12:01 AM until 5:45 yesterday we had observers in our "Big Sit" circle on the observation deck at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City, Missouri. A total count of sixty-one (61) bird species were tallied. (During my time there I was able to see 46 of the 61).
   
  Some great birds were seen by Laura Gilchrist, one of our mid-morning watchers. She will be telling you about these in another post. We had fourteen (14) species of waterfowl, only one gull species, four (4) waders, six (6) species of raptors and various representatives of other bird families.
   
  We really do miss the "woodland" bird species from our vantage point on the observation deck, but it is difficult to find a location to set up our circle where multiple habitats are within viewing/hearing distance.
   
  Good luck to others groups who may want to try the "Big Sit" experience. There were only three circles registered in the state of Missouri this year. It would be great to see more "circles" springing up in the future.
   
  Good Birding


Larry Lade
Saint Joseph, MO
Buchanan County
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