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Jonathan and fellow birders,

I also went to Eagle Bluffs early yesterday morning
before work and saw some of the same birds as
Jonathan, but also saw wood duck, song sparrow, and
eastern phoebe.  Missed the screech owl that morning
as well.  However, I also thought I heard a dickcissel
calling in a field.  I thought I must have been
hearing things and just passed it off, but since
Jonathan thought he heard it too I thought I would say
something.  Get out and enjoy Spring birding if you
can!

Vanessa Melton
Columbia, MO
Boone County


--- "Jonathan B. Pons" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear MoBirders,
> 
> I went out to Eagle Bluffs today for a late Lunch
> Birding "Fix", and was 
> Delighted to see a few "New" for me this year in
> Missouri Birds!!!
> 
> There was one Double-Crested Cormorant flying here
> and there around the 
> Distribution Channel. Then I came across (7-8)
> Pectoral Sandpipers on the 
> other side of the Channel that follows the
> SouthEast-bound One-way that 
> heads out to Pools 14 & 15 (I'm Guessing where Pool
> 10 would be if it were 
> Flooded...), they were in and around a small
> Puddle/Muddy Area with some 
> Red-Winged Blackbirds... Then shortly down the same
> One-way, there were 
> (2) American Golden Plovers, on the way back going
> the Opposite way I Ended 
> up with a Total of (9-11) of them. The Great Egret
> that Edge Wade Reported 
> was still in Pool 15, or what's Left of it, as were
> Many Great Blue Herons, (10-
> 11) Wilson's Snipe and (4-5) Tree Swallows - I later
> Counted around (13-15) 
> of them, here and there in Different Locations...
> Then after passing through 
> the One-way heading out to the Distribution Channel,
> I saw (2) male Red-
> Breasted Mergansers straight ahead!!! There were
> also a Very Great Many 
> (1000++) Snow Geese, Many (100+) American White
> Pelicans, (1000's) of 
> American Coots, and Hundreds of the other Usual
> Waterfowl (Namely: Mallards, 
> Gadwall, No. Shovelers, both Teal Species, and
> Canadas). I saw at least (2) 
> Northern Harriers, (10-12) Turkey Vultures, one
> Adult Bald Eagle, (100's) of 
> Red-Winged Blackbirds, (2-3) Brown-Headed Cowbirds,
> Starlings, Sparrows, 
> Horned Larks and (8-10) Northern Flickers... NO
> Yellowlegs, Eastern Screech 
> Owl or Anything else that would be Really
> Interesting... Though I Believe that I 
> Heard a DICKCISSEL out in the Field on your Right as
> you are heading towards 
> the Distribution Channel... I Searched Everywhere
> out there for him, as I Know 
> that it's Too Early for them..., but didn't have Any
> Luck, even though he 
> Called three or four times... Please let me know if
> Anyone else Sees or Hears 
> him... Also, has Anyone Seen the Belted Kingfishers
> lately, I Haven't seen them 
> for almost Month or more???
> 
> The male Red-Breasted Mergansers were Gorgeous!!!
> 
> Not much going on at Rock Bridge State Park or the
> Gans Creek Area either...
> 
> Please Take Care and Good Birding!!!
> 
> Yours,
> Jonathan B. Pons
> Columbia, Boone County 
> 
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