I birded the four Joplin area
lagoons this Friday morning.
The water was frozen over, but I
was hoping for a snipe. Nope.
Instead, at the Carl Junction
lagoons, there were three
Least Sandpipers out on the ice,
playing tag and pecking at
the ice. What fun! A
Killdeer decided to join their tag team.
I had a nice look up
close at them and will document on line.
They are our only peep with
Also, in the salt shed at the CJ
lagoons, there was no activity
in there so I was hoping that
the Barn Owl had returned. Instead
a Cooper's Hawk was in there -
up close and personal - and
he or she didn't fly.
I had a great look at him or her too!
I wish that you all could have
birded with me this morning.
It was a nice morning to be out
in spite of 20 to 25 F., and windy.
Larry Herbert, Joplin,
Jasper County MO. certhiaATatt.net 01-13-12.