Late this afternoon I watched ~250 SNOW GEESE and 6 ROSS'S GEESE fly over the US-63 and Broadway intersection in Columbia, MO. Unfortunately, there was also a road killed Barred Owl on the side of the road.

I've bicycled out near Bradford Farm in eastern Boone County three times since Saturday and have encountered a few interesting birds. On Saturday an adult BALD EAGLE was perched in a tree near the Harg water tower. Today my first KILLDEER of the year ran across Rt. WW in the same area. Seeing this shorebird made me wonder about American Woodcocks. I recall seeing about 20 woodcocks at Big Creek CA (Adair Co.) on Valentine's Day in 2005, so I assume they should be showing up around here shortly. A quick look on eBird confirmed by suspicion that Forum Nature Area might be a good place to check around Columbia. Other interesting cycling birds include a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS on Olivet Rd. (Sunday) and a singing WESTERN MEADOWLARK on Rt. WW east of Rolling Hills Rd. this afternoon.

Good birding,
Columbia, Boone Co.

Ryan Douglas
Postdoctoral Fellow
310 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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