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Greetings all,

Echoing Kristi's sentiments about the Trimble count, Kansas City's count on
Sunday was challenging, to say the least. Seventeen hardy souls counted the
circle centered on Unity Village (entirely within Jackson County). A total
of 59 species were recorded on count day, with another 8 species tallied
from count week. Our best birds included a single COMMON GRACKLE at a
residential feeder in the southern part of the circle and a DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT at a frozen-over lake near James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. A
possible PEREGRINE FALCON late in the day at Jas. A. Reed could not be
confirmed due to distance and poor light. An almost count-day bird: a
female/hatch-year male SUMMER TANAGER which appeared at a feeder in
Independence from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2
(see photo in mobirds.org Email Upload Gallery - http://tinyurl.com/ydhzfga).

Weather conditions were much the same as those at Trimble, with snow showers
throughout much of the morning and clouds and gray light for most of the
day. Mercifully, the wind wasn’t blowing hard. The birds, however, were
truly laying low and conserving energy. Observers did not hear, or see, a
single Carolina Wren at Unity Village -- which is unheard of under ordinary
conditions!

With the exception of the north marina boat docks and a small circle of open
water about 500 meters south of the dam, Lake Jacomo was completely
iced-over. Ditto for Blue Springs Lake, except for the small area of
churning water where Lake Jacomo drainage enters. Species taking advantage
of the limited resources included CANADA GOOSE, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN COOT and RUDDY DUCK. Two RINGED-BILLED GULLS were
observed flying overhead at Lake Jacomo.

A WINTER WREN and the day's only RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were observed by
feeder watchers from the warm comfort of their homes. Besides the Summer
Tanager, count week birds included GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, AMERICAN WIGEON,
COMMON MERGANSER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWING, and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Wishing all a birdy 2010, and looking forward to the
next KC CBC on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Mike Stoakes, Compiler
Lee's Summit
Jackson County

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