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We have about 4 coming around the feeders regularly.
Marge

Marge Lumpe
P. O. Box 448
Cole Camp, MO 65325
Benton County
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Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 19:48:12 -0800
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Subject: Re: Blackbird species flyover
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I am still seeing a few Mourning Doves around this area, including several in my yard.

Steve Kinder
Chilliocothe, Livingston Co.


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Sent: Sat, January 15, 2011 8:43:50 PM
Subject: Re: Blackbird species flyover


Some things birds do baffle me. This year, gazillions of Robins stayed north -- not only in Missouri, but also in Iowa and Oklahoma, according to their listserves. Marge's flight of blackbirds indicates that they have stayed north, too, at least where she is. Yet the Morning Doves, which have been everywhere in my region for quite a few years, have suddenly disappeared. I have not seen one since November. Why? There is plenty of food for them at feeders.
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, MO
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Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: Blackbird species flyover

> Marge,
> This sounds much like the "river of blackbirds" that we sometimes observe in winter near Columbia.  When in our area, they roost in or near Eagle Bluffs, fly out to feed in the morning, then back near sunset.  I've watched them at the end of the Columbia CBC day (not this year) and it looks like a river, with tributaries joining from right and left now and then as the river wends its way southwest toward the Missouri River.  Great stuff!
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> Edge Wade
> Brownsville, TX
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> This is not a scientific report, but I am just in awe of what I just observed.  As I was taking another helping of birdseed out to the feeders a few minutes ago, a huge flock of blackbirds began streaming over our house.  I stood there for a good 5 minutes and watched as they continued.  I am not good at estimating, but on our CBC Dec 29, one group reported 100,000 blackbird species.  I was frankly a bit skeptical, but I am now certain that these may be the same birds.  It looked like bats coming out of Bracken Cave.  Sometimes the group would swell and then sometimes thin out, but it was seemingly never-ending.  Actually, I stopped watching because I was getting cold, and the stream shifted to the west out of my sight.  The birds were flying from south to north. 
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> Marge Lumpe
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> P. O. Box 448
> Cole Camp, MO 65325
> Benton County
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