The longspurs were seen just NW of the main intersection at Bradford
Farms. The first plot is "muddy", second plot to west is corn stubble
and they were seen in and around the edges of this plot. At least 12, up
to 20, rattling often, about 8 unique individuals were seen well, 7 were
Smith's and one a Lapland. A Short-eared Owl was flushed from the center
of this plot, temporarily flushing most of the longspurs and they flew
around for a while, and many times thru the visit, but remained faithful
to that corn stubble plot area from 8:00-9:00. Those seen well were
nonbreeding molting to breeding. Other birds of note:

Am. Golden Plover, 100+
Wilson's Snipe, 100+, winnowing
Killdeer, 100+, incl. an impressive flyover of 80+
Lincoln's Sparrow, 1
Rusty Blackbird, flyover of 8
The pond held about 12 Lesser Scaup, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Mallard, 3

Recent Birds of note in the yard area:
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler, singing
Brown Creeper
Brown Thrasher, singing
Field Sparrow, singing

Still many goldfinch and some Purple Finch and junco still hanging

Joe LaFleur
10 miles E of Columbia
Boone Co.

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