Yesterday morning, Mark McKellar and Ruth Simmons of the Backyard Bird Center in Kansas City, North, lead an outing to Maple Woods Natural Area.  This is a lovely old stand of sugar maple trees which has been preserved right in the middle of suburban sprawl in the Gladstone area.  It was a chilly morning, and the bird activity was light.  We saw or heard 18 species, including:
   Double-crested Cormorants - 25 (flying over)
   Mourning Dove
   Red-bellied Woodpeckers
   Northern Flickers
   Downy Woodpeckers
   Blue Jays
   Tufted Titmice
   White-breasted Nuthatches
   Carolina Wrens
   Ruby-crowned Kinglets
   Hermit Thrush
   American Robins
   European Starling
   White-throated Sparrow
   Dark-eyed Junco
   Common Grackles - 28 (flying over)
   Northern Cardinals
   American Goldfinch

Good birding!
Susan Seyboth
Kansas City, MO
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