Eight or 10 members of the Burroughs's Aud. Soc., KC, joined Dave Henness,
Rod and Ellen Sallee and I for a field trip through the WGC&AC,  the glades and nature trails this Sat. morning, 9 to noon.  I got lost so my friend, Matt Gearheart, wound up leading the trip and  I brought up the rear.  That's when we started seeing some birds!  I'm just being silly. 
Joplin MO birds, Newton County, 10-17-09:
 
We saw about 40 species:
 
Double-crested Cormorant    11
Great Blue Heron                       1
Turkey Vulture                          14
Cooper's Hawk                          1
Red-shouldered Hawk              1
American Kestrel                       1
Mourning Dove                           4
Belted Kingfisher                        2
Red-headed Woodpecker        2
Red-bellied Woodpecker          6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker          1
Downy Woodpecker                   2
Hairy Woodpecker                      1
Northern Flicker                           2
Eastern Phoebe                           3
Blue Jay                                        5
American Crow                            6
Carolina Chickadee                    9
Tufted Titmouse                            7
White-breasted Nuthatch            3
Carolina Wren                               7
Golden-crowned Kinglet              1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                  5
American Robin                            4
Northern Mockingbird                   3
European Starling                        21
Yellow-rumped Warbler                8
Spotted Towhee                            1
Chipping Sparrow                          9
Field Sparrow                                6
White-throated Sparrow                2
Dark-eyed Junco                            3
Northern Cardinal                           11
Indigo Bunting                                6
Red-winged Blackbird                    3
Eastern Meadowlark                      1
Common Grackle                            2
House Finch                                    15
American Goldfinch                        3
House Sparrow                               2
 
Total species was about 40.  Cloudy, breezy, 45 F or so.
Good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin, Jasper County MO. 
 
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