Good morning to all and Happy Mother's Day!

I was so tired last night after birding all day and not getting home til 10pm 
(school event) that I nodded off like 10 times before even getting to the gull 
section in eBird. ha! I had to shut things down and finish this morning. 

Great day of birding yesterday with my sister on the west side of Smithville 
Lake in Clay County. She helped spot the birds and was the master of the tally 
sheet. The bird bug has gotten her!

The Lake Remote trail and the Smoke & Davey trail were both excellent stops. 
The view around Lake Remote with locust trees in bloom was breathtaking. 
(Red Summer Tanager plus white locust blooms plus blue sky =
good vibes!) The warblers thought so, too, as there were tons there, including 
a Cape May singing its high notes. I heard it sing over and over and scrambled 
around a good bit before finding it up in the deciduous trees near the lake. 
Stunning male! Linda Williams and I saw a male Cape May at Watkins Mill a 
couple years back for NAMC. I like this pattern! The very beginning of the trail 
by the Lake Remote sign was full of sparrows, both N. and Orchard Orioles, and 

The Smoke & Davey trail highlight was 2 Peregrine Falcons flying overhead at 
different altitudes as we were just beginning on the trail. I looked up and there 
was a large bird in flight coming in pretty low over the parking lot. Got on it 
with bins and absolutely perfect view. Saw the gray barring first and then the 
bird looked down to the side toward us and saw those flashy sideburns. Up a 
bit higher was another one in same binocular view. Fave sighting of the day. 
There were plenty of warblers at Smoke & Davey, too.

The dam held 8 Black Terns (in the afternoon) as well as a handful of Forster's 
Terns, Franklin's and Ring-billed gulls, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a couple of 
Common Loons. 

The pond at 188th and 169 Hwy held about 30 Franklin's Gulls and 8 Forster's 
Terns. They were quite a sight sitting on the dock, Franklin's Gulls on the right 
side and Forster's on the left as if posing for a group picture.

Saw 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in flight near the Harbor View subdivision on F 
Hwy where Doug Willis reported one male a few days ago. I didn't know exactly 
where the subdivision was so I wrote it down and was planning to find the spot 
and look for them. As it happened, I saw them in flight over a field on F, called 
them out, and my sis pipes up...oh, right by Harbor View. That was easy. :)

Camp Branch Marina area held a 1 Greater & 2 Lesser Yellowlegs as well as 1 
Spotted Sandpiper, some Ring-billed Gulls, and a Caspian Tern.

At Sailboat Cove in Paradise we found a Mute Swan, possibly the same one 
found there back in March. 

Bobolinks were found in multiple stops as we drove around the count area. 
Heard more than we saw but several males posed on the barbed-wire fences. 
Tons of Swainson's Thrushes were seen and their lovely call notes and songs 
heard. 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush at Public Access 27 ended the day! 

Observation date:     5/8/10
Number of species:     96  (17 warbler species)

Canada Goose     57
Mute Swan     1
Mallard     3
Blue-winged Teal     2
Double-crested Cormorant     9
Great Blue Heron     8
Turkey Vulture     18
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Red-tailed Hawk     6
Peregrine Falcon     2
American Coot     23
Killdeer     9
Spotted Sandpiper     1
Greater Yellowlegs     1
Lesser Yellowlegs     2
Franklin's Gull     84
Ring-billed Gull     21
Caspian Tern     1
Black Tern     8
Forster's Tern     13
Rock Pigeon     1
Mourning Dove     5
Red-headed Woodpecker     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Downy Woodpecker     4
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     2
Least Flycatcher     2
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     6
Eastern Kingbird     19
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher     2
Bell's Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     13
Red-eyed Vireo     7
Blue Jay     11
American Crow     7
Horned Lark     1
Purple Martin     3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     107
Cliff Swallow     18
Barn Swallow     26
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     2
Carolina Wren     1
House Wren     5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     5
Eastern Bluebird     10
Gray-cheeked Thrush     1
Swainson's Thrush     14
American Robin     55
Gray Catbird     2
Northern Mockingbird     2
Brown Thrasher     6
European Starling     39
Cedar Waxwing     10
Golden-winged Warbler     1
Tennessee Warbler     13
Orange-crowned Warbler     5
Nashville Warbler     10
Northern Parula     2
Yellow Warbler     11
Chestnut-sided Warbler     2
Magnolia Warbler     1
Cape May Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     8
Blackpoll Warbler     1
Black-and-white Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Prothonotary Warbler     1
Louisiana Waterthrush     2
Kentucky Warbler     2
Common Yellowthroat     4
Summer Tanager     5
Eastern Towhee     2
Chipping Sparrow     4
Field Sparrow     4
Savannah Sparrow     4
Grasshopper Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     2
Lincoln's Sparrow     1
White-crowned Sparrow     5
Northern Cardinal     15
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     16
Dickcissel     19
Bobolink     15
Red-winged Blackbird     33
Eastern Meadowlark     24
Common Grackle     27
Brown-headed Cowbird     21
Orchard Oriole     2
Baltimore Oriole     17
House Finch     1
American Goldfinch     9
House Sparrow     14

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

Good Birding!
Laura Gilchrist
Platte County, Kansas City, Missouri

The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
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