South Farm R-1 Lake was nearly empty of birds around 9am this morning! Only some AMERICAN COOTS, a few GADWALL and NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a couple MALLARDS and three AYTHYA SP. (didn't scope to ID).

Bass Lane held a couple hundred CEDAR WAXWINGS (carefully scanned for something more interesting). The resident NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on the east end of the road posed for a photo:

I again found a HARRIS'S SPARROW on the east-west portion of Ben Williams Rd. in essentially the exact same spot as last Sunday. It was with WHITE-CROWNED and SWAMP SPARROWS across from the brush pile about halfway down that section of road. On the southern end of the north-south portion of Ben Williams Rd. I had a small (~8) flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS fly low over the field on the west side of the road. 

A gorgeous ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK ( ) was at Bradford Farm, although when I left it was perched well to the north on private land after being relentlessly pestered by AMERICAN CROWS.


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

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