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Lawrence, 

The blackbirds certainly could be the blip with a count of 15k.

The elevation of the radar beam suggested that it was between 4-5,000
feet... does that seem right to you?

Not quite as exciting as snow geese. =(

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-----Original Message-----
From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Lawrence Herbert
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 10:31 PM
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Subject: Bronaugh MO birding[Spam score: 8%]

Mobirders -
I went to Bronaugh to see the oriole and Ron Thompson.
Bronaugh is on Hwy. 43, 40 miles north of Joplin, Vernon County.
Neither one was home.  Just a brown hound that looked like Mark's
Grover.

While waiting on the oriole:
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-crowned Sparrow
House Sparrow

On the way to Bronaugh there was a huge flock of blackbirds,
probably 15,000, at the Jasper, Barton County line.
Dave Snider, would that be your blip on the radar screen at 5:30 PM.?
I'd estimate 70 % red-wings, 20 % starlings and 10 % grackles.
There were a few Brewer's too.  I stopped and scoped for a bit.  
I didn't see a single Great-tailed or any cowbirds. 

I was too lazy to stop at the Bronaugh elevator to check on Barn Owls. 

Good birding,   Larry Herbert,  Joplin, Jasper County, MO.  

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