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Several of us in St Louis recall the Horned Lark that was doing a perfect American Pipit call from the side of the road at Riverlands a few years ago.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  
Edge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Indeed! I certainly am not advocating writing off a heard bird 
because it is earlier than the written record (of nearly 15 years 
ago). Yes, we are always learning more and because there are more of 
us out there, we're catching patterns that may have existed for years 
and we are perhaps unknowingly documenting the changes that global 
warming is bringing about.

We do need to bear in mind that some species sound very similar and 
need to be separated AND that there are mimics out there. Besides 
mockingbirds and thrashers (and we all know about that pesky Blue Jay 
and the Red-shouldered Hawk call), we must be aware that the 
ubiquitous European Starling is a superb mimic.

In fact, it is the starling's mimicing ability that is the reason we 
have to put up with its existence in North America. Shakespeare 
referred to one kept as a pet and taught to speak--so a guy in NYC 
imported them as a beginning of having all the Shakespeare-mentioned 
birds for us to enjoy on this continent.

More than once I have heard various bird songs and looked up to see a 
starling staring at me--they can do a great Bob White!

So, when hearing an out of season bird, we should all try to track it 
down, get a good look, and DOCUMENT it!

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Mar 22, 2007, at 12:18 PM, Clint Trammel wrote:

> Greetings to all.
>
> I'm probably beginning to sound like a broken record BUT we all 
> should keep
> in mind that 2004, 2005, and 2006 have been the warmest years on 
> record. I
> don't know a lot about bird habits but know for certain they don't 
> read rule
> books about when to migrate or where they are supposed to go. It 
> likely
> wouldn't take much warming for them to move earlier than in the 
> past and
> show up earlier than has been recorded in the past. So just keep 
> in mind
> that if global climate change is happening (and I think it is) then 
> early
> arrival records are going to fall. We, as birders, need to be 
> aware of
> changes and not write off a report just because it is "too early" and
> doesn't fit the rules.
>
> Clint Trammel
> Rolla, MO
>
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