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That method works for woodcocks, too.
Tommie Rogers
Mound City, MO

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From: "Hazelwood, Susan" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:43 PM
Subject: Birding with Tim Barksdale


> Many of the folks who've been birding for a number of years have had the
> experience of birding with Tim Barksdale. And I'd venture to say we all
> have a (tall but true) tale to relate about that experience.
> 
> My memorable experience was going on a hunt for Smith's Longspurs (SMLO)
> in the southwestern part of the state. Tim was going to teach me "how it
> was done." And he did!
> 
> We went to the prairies in the southwestern part of the state in early
> November. It was a clear and sunny day. We walked to the Arista
> (three-awn) and other short grasses that were located on the top of the
> rolling hills. Before we knew it there was the "death rattle" of Smith's
> Longspurs lifting off the ground and swirling into the air high above
> us. Tim threw himself to the ground (with the high enthusiasm and wild
> energy that few besides Barksdale can muster) and told me to drop down
> quickly also. I was much slower than Tim and didn't get down fast enough
> or low enough (according to Tim) so the SMLO landed, but not close to
> us. We walked them down again, but again they lifted up and swirled
> away, and again we had to drop to the ground.
> 
> Picture this continuing all over that ridge top: rapid walking to the
> next spot, listening to the rattling call as the SMLOs flew away, the
> dropping to the ground, hopping up and doing it all over again and again
> until ... finally ... the SMLOs actually dropped down right around us.
> We got the best looks ever. And Tim was ready to face the next challenge
> and I was ready to rest the poor tired and bruised old body.
> 
> I've tried to teach others this birding technique. But apparently I'm
> the only gullible fool out there in bird land as the rest of you just
> look at me like I'm nuts and mutter about being too old to drop to the
> ground. But if you want a Smith's Longspur on your life list you might
> try the Barksdale method of pursuit!
> 
> Good birding! Susan
> 
> Susan Hazelwood
> Columbia, Boone County, MO
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> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> 
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 11:32 AM
> Subject: Re: A Ramble about Pishing!
> 
>> following the others down a woodland trail when we heard a most
> disgusting 
>> sound ahead.  Shortly we found a young man squatting on the ground and
> 
>> making these disgusting noises.  But then we noticed he had five
> species 
>> of warblers in the trees just overhead.  That was our introduction to 
>> Pishing and the young man who made the introduction was none other
> than 
>> Tim Barksdale.  Later Tim became our mentor and introduced us to many 
>> other forms of birding.
>> Bob Lewis  Farmington  [log in to unmask]
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