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With Tricolored Heron and White Ibis sightings in St. Louis, I headed out  
early to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (Boone Co.) this morning to see if  
I could get anything interesting. Bottom line... not really. -Only waders  
were GREAT BLUE HERONS, TONS of GREEN HERONS, and I finally was able to see  
a LEAST BITTERN flush from pool 11 (Saw many up close in South Carolina,  
but had been snubbed in MO so far). Still no shorebirds other than 1  
KILLDEER. Noteworthy birds were 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, now a roost of  
83 TURKEY VULTURES on the large utility towers (72 last week), a momma WILD  
TURKEY with 4 poults, 2 BELL'S VIREOS, and perhaps most impressive being  
the large number of blackbirds... literally carpeted the road in several  
places. ~25,000 blackbirds is my (likely conservative) estimate.  
Unfortunately, they all appeared to be either RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (~75%)  
or COMMON GRACKLES (~25%).

Good birding!

Kyle McCommis
Columbia, MO (Boone Co.)

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> Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone, US-MO

> Aug 7, 2011 5:50 AM - 8:30 AM

> Protocol: Traveling

> 8.0 mile(s)

> 35 species



> Canada Goose 1

> Wood Duck 11

> Northern Bobwhite 1

> Wild Turkey 5 mom and 4 poults

> Double-crested Cormorant 6

> Least Bittern 1 flushed in pool 11

> Great Blue Heron 16

> Green Heron 35 must be gearing up to head south, all over the place!

> Turkey Vulture 83

> Bald Eagle 1

> Red-tailed Hawk 2

> Killdeer 1

> Black Tern 1 adult, nonbreeding, mottled black cap and down around ear,  
> greyish-black "arm-pit", all black beak, unforked tail. Continuously  
> hunting the spillway, did not dive.

> Mourning Dove 6

> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3

> Belted Kingfisher 1

> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

> Downy Woodpecker 1

> Pileated Woodpecker 1

> Bell's Vireo 2 1 continuously singing from small sycamore in the field at  
> entrance on Star School Rd., one heard once by road near pool 1.

> Warbling Vireo 1

> Blue Jay 2

> Purple Martin 8

> Barn Swallow 13

> Black-capped Chickadee 3

> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

> American Robin 5

> Prothonotary Warbler 1

> Common Yellowthroat 5

> Song Sparrow 3

> Northern Cardinal 5

> Indigo Bunting 50

> Red-winged Blackbird 18750

> Common Grackle 6250

> American Goldfinch 5



> This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (http://ebird.org)



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