To follow up on two Eagle Bluffs threads:

1)  I didn't hear or see the Black-throated Blue after sending Ryan  
the text earlier this morning (I heard it pretty well 4-5 times before  
it faded into the distant river swamp near the north-most pump station).

2)  I did see the aforementioned Scissor-tailed Flycatchers that Mark  
reported on.  I too watched them for a awhile and noticed that while  
the male was busy showing off and flying around, the female was  
picking pieces of grass and other debris from the base of what  
appeared to be her favorite telephone pole.  She would carry the  
grass, etc. to the top of the pole** and lay it down and start to  
settle down on top of it, rustling this way and that.  It appears that  
they are now starting to nest.  Who knows, in another few months we  
may have some Scissor-tailed Flycatcher chicks....

**[If you take Star School Road south from Burr Oak, keep going until  
you make a sharp left (East) through a couple of large trees.  You  
should be facing East with a clear field to your left (North) and some  
brushy habitat to your right (South).  Continue straight (East) and  
stop before the road makes a sharp right (there should be private  
property in front of you and the main road turns back south (to the  
right)).  There is a telephone pole directly in front of you and next  
to a large tree.  This is the pole.  Stop by and wish them luck.  They  
were busy chasing away blue jays when I was there.]

I'm still missing a Sandhill Crane from my life list (I'm from Georgia/ 
South Carolina)... if only I had more time today to check out the rest  
of the ponds to the South of the first river access...  Oh well, can't  
complain.  It was a great day for a quick jaunt out to Eagle Bluffs.

Good birding!

Tom Luhring

On May 26, 2010, at 10:12 PM, Mark Gutchen wrote:

> Back on line after weeks of trying to get my computer up an running  
> after a hard drive crash.
> I went to Eagle Bluffs last Sunday. The highlight for me was a large  
> flock of black terns - maybe 50+ birds doing areal maneuvers  over  
> the distribution channel. They were beautiful to watch, especially  
> when they turned direction on a dime and swooped down to pick  
> something off the surface of the water.
> The other highlight was the scissor-tailed flycatcher(s). I saw a  
> male and a female. I first noticed the male perched on the  
> electrical wires. He spent some time preening in between feeding  
> flights. I noticed that he seemed to keep looking over his shoulder.  
> When I looked in the direction he was looking in I saw a red tailed  
> hawk in the distance perched on another telephone pole about 5 poles  
> away. Finally the scissor tail took and flew directly towards the  
> red tail. It was then I noticed that a female female scissor tail  
> dive bombing the red tail. The male joined in the fray, which  
> dislodged the red tail from the pole. The two scissor tails then  
> proceeded to chase the red tail down the line of telephone poles. I  
> actually observed the female riding on the back of the red tail for  
> a few seconds, with the red tail obviously trying to shake her off.  
> The drama between the scissor tails and the red tail probably lasted  
> for no more than a minute or two, but it was amazing to see the two  
> little birds cooperating to drive off the hawk.
> Mark Gutchen
> Columbia, MO
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kathleen Anderson" <[log in to unmask] 
> >
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:32 PM
> Subject: Eagle Bluffs
>> We went to Eagle Bluffs today.  I wasn't going to report because I  
>> thought everything was pretty much "the usuals", but when inputing  
>> to Cache I thought of a couple to mention.  As usual we didn't get  
>> there very early, 8:55AM.
>> Sightings of note:
>> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1
>> Sandhill Crane - 1
>> American White Pelican - 1
>> Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 or 2, my first of the year
>> The only ducks I found were Wood Ducks, one mother with little  
>> ones. There was possibly a couple others, but I didn't put up my  
>> scope.
>> Also, I only found 3 Coots.  Surely there were others hiding.
>> Didn't find the Least bittern, probably because of time of day!
>> Fish Crow - 1 vocalizing.
>> The rest, "the usuals", on Cache.
>> Kathleen Anderson, Columbia
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