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An excellent Woodcock show last night around 6:30 at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, MO.  Four were calling and displaying over the prairie between the picnic shelter and the woods to the south.  The gate is still locked there at 5:00 p.m. for winter hours, but you should be able to see and hear them from the road.  Or e-mail me for special arrangements if anyone would like to see them.

I took a quick trip to Smithville Lake midday to check out the eagle nest which had an eagle quietly sitting on it.  Where 240th St. crosses the lake, the large group of pelicans were still present with lots of Ring-billed Gulls, around 40 Northern Pintail, and a handful of Common Mergansers.

Just east of the eagle nest, a pond had several hundred Greater White-fronted Geese, along with a few mallards, Canadas, and No. Shovelers.

An Eastern Phoebe was sitting alongside the road.

Linda Williams
Liberty, Clay County, MO


"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  - Dr. Seuss

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