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Susan and all, 
 
  That is VERY EARLY for Nelson's Sparrow! I checked Robbins and Easterla and earliest date there is 2, 11 Sept 1977, Thomas Hill Res. With this strange Weather pattern who knows what else might show up early??!!
 
Steve

--- On Sun, 8/30/09, Susan Hazelwood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Susan Hazelwood <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 9:22 AM
> Anne Downing and I visited the
> Evergreen Sod Farm, along Hwy 40 between Midway and
> Boonville late yesterday afternoon. We did not see any
> lingering Upland Sandpipers or Buff-breasted Sandpipers but
> did find 100+ Horned Larks in all stages of plumage and one
> (maybe two) Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow(s). It was seen
> near the entrance in the gravel road and then further along
> the road, followed by flight and viewing out in the sod.
> 
> Seems a bit early to be finding this species but perhaps
> the winds from the north/northwest have brought them south a
> bit early.
> 
> Susan Hazelwood
> Columbia, Boone County, MO
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