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This morning I checked the oxbow lakes areas just south of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Rather than a narrative, I will just give the list of the birds I encounted as I birded the varied areas around these oxbow lakes. *Unless subpended parentically, all were seen in the vicinity of Lake Contrary.
   
  Canada Goose
  Wood Duck
  Mallard (Muskrat L.)
  Blue-winged Teal
  Northern Shoveler (Muskrat L.)
  Northern Bobwhite
  Great Blue Heron
  Turkey Vulture
  Red-tailed Hawk
  American Kestrel (two in a tree in our front yard)
  American Coot 
  Killdeer (Stockyards)
  Spotted Sandpiper
  Solitary Sandpiper (Muskrat L.)
  Greater Yellowlegs (Muskrat L.)
  Lesser Yellowlegs (Muskrat L.)
  Least Sandpiper
  Black Tern
  Forster's Tern
  Rock Pigeon
  Eurasian Collared-Dove (Stock) - 150
  Mourning Dove
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  Black-billed Cuckoo (diminutive, all black bill. *and it also called)
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  Red-headed Woodpecker
  Red-bellied Woodpecker
  Downy Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
  ...Empidonax [spp]
  Great Crested Flycatcher
  Western Kingbird, just one (I think all the others have left)
  Eastern Kingbird
  Red-eyed Vireo
  Blue Jay
  American Crow (Stockyards)
  Horned Lark, a few juveniles
  Purple Martin, eight seen this morning, I thought these had all left too!
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  Cliff Swallow
  Barn Swallow
  House Wren
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  American Robin
  Gray Catbird
  Northern Mockingbird (Muskrat L.)
  Brown Thrasher
  European Starling [Have you ever gone birding and NOT seen this species!]
  Yellow Warbler
  Common Yellowthroat
  Wilson's Warbler
  Chipping Sparrow
  Lark Sparrow (Muskrat L.)
  Northern Cardinal
  Indigo Bunting
  Red-winged Blackbird
  Common Grackle
  Great-tailed Grackle (Stockyards) - 200
  Brown-headed Cowbird (Stockyards)
  Orchard Oriole - 25, they seemed to be all over
  Baltimore Oriole - 20, ditto
  American Goldfinch
  House Sparrow
   
  Good Birding, All,
   


Larry Lade
Saint Joseph, MO
Buchanan County
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