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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
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> Aug 7, 2011 5:50 AM - 8:30 AM
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> Protocol: Traveling
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> 8.0 mile(s)
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> 35 species
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> Canada Goose  1
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> Wood Duck  11
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> Northern Bobwhite  1
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> Wild Turkey  5     mom and 4 poults
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> Double-crested Cormorant  6
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> Least Bittern  1     flushed in pool 11
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> Great Blue Heron  16
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> Green Heron  35     must be gearing up to head south, all over the place!
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> Turkey Vulture  83
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> Bald Eagle  1
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> Red-tailed Hawk  2
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> Killdeer  1
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> 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.
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> Mourning Dove  6
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> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
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> Belted Kingfisher  1
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> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
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> Downy Woodpecker  1
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> Pileated Woodpecker  1
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> 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.
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> Warbling Vireo  1
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> Blue Jay  2
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> Purple Martin  8
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> Barn Swallow  13
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> Black-capped Chickadee  3
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> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
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> American Robin  5
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> Prothonotary Warbler  1
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> Common Yellowthroat  5
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> Song Sparrow  3
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> Northern Cardinal  5
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> Indigo Bunting  50
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> Red-winged Blackbird  18750
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> Common Grackle  6250
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> American Goldfinch  5
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (http://ebird.org)
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