Winds sustained at 20 and gusting to well above 30 mph in southern  
Lafayette, Johnson and Pettis counties today meant challenging  
birding.  Birds were hunkered or feeding near the ground in protected  

Even Red-bellied Woodpeckers were feeding near the ground.

The S quartet were all seen after 3:30 in western Pettis County, as  
the wind began to subside.

Two adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were on the utility line at  
Bruns Tract.

The Wilson's Snipe flew over Bryson's Hope CA and the Katy Trail.

The four Pine Siskins were along the right of way for the Katy Trail,  
feeding on prairie plants with White-crowned Sparrows who were  
bullying the little guys--both the siskins and the other species  
feeding there: Yellow-rumped Warblers.

The Loggerhead Shrike was on a utility line on Rt. B, near Bryson Rd.

The grasslands were being patrolled by several Red-tailed Hawks and  
one female Northern Harrier.

Full lists on CACHE & SPARKS later.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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