Wow, I've been house-hunting too long in Johnson County, KS. It was Jackson County, MO, where I saw the Chat. Sorry for the mixup!
From: Heidi Retherford <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wed, July 6, 2011 11:00:31 AM
Subject: Yellow-breasted chat in Johnson County
This past Saturday I went to a spot Jim Zellmer had told me about north of Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs where he had seen Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and a possible Blue Grosbeak. While I didn't find the birds I was looking for, there was a very vocal Yellow-breasted Chat south of the parking lot on the south side of Strode Rd, about 1/2 mile west of Highway 7. This is a great spot for Dicksissels, Indigo Buntings, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and Field Sparrows. Make sure to spray up before walking the paths - Jim was right about it being a wood ticky area!
P.S. I think the Blue Grosbeak may have been there earlier in the week in some cedar trees to the west of the parking lot, but I only caught a glimpse as it flew off.