It might be helpful to know that when Susan, Anne and I saw the
Golden-crowned,  we actually watched both the towhee and the sparrow (and a
gazillion other birds) from the road BEHIND Steve's house.   They were
coming to the sides of Highway U,  where the snow plows had apparently
stirred up the gravel/salt  --- and the birds where pecking on those edges,
and in the scrub on either side of the Highway U.   You can't park on U (and
rather dangerous to even stand there), but there is a side road that borders
Steve's house that allows good access.    If the grackles have invaded the
yard,  this might be where the smaller birds are hanging out - and provides
another option for viewing.


Jean Leonatti
Boone County
Columbia, MO
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From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Joshua Uffman
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:42 PM
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Subject: GCSP Update from Steve Dilks - Jan. 23


From Stephen Dilks for Sunday, Jan. 23:


I saw the golden-crowned sparrow and the spotted towhee three times
yesterday (Sunday, Jan. 23).  At about 8 am, close to noon, and after 4 pm.
The rest of the time it was about 150 grackles.  They feed all day and other
birds hang on the branches waiting for the chance.  It has been suggested
that I put up a scarecrow.  I might try it this weekend, but I wouldn't want
it to scare the other birds.  In the meantime, I will have no idea if the
sparrow shows up during the week.  I am certain that if someone is here on
the deck, that it will keep the grackles away and the other birds will begin
coming in.  Just have patience and the sparrow and towhee will both show up.


Note:  No update for today, Jan. 24, but I bet that is because Steve had to
work and was not able to watch the feeders.  



The bird is in Linn, MO (Osage County).  You can see a map here that Steve
prepared for all those interested:


Josh, for Steve Dilks



Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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