Here in the Southeast of MO, I've been observing Tree Swallows amassing near and over the few water sources at Otter Slough CA.
Barn Swallows also appear to be increasing in numbers per flock; although we're still awaiting the Barn Swallow eggs in the nest under our front porch to hatch any day now.
Monday, 6/25, while at Otter Slough CA I saw a baby Black-necked Stilt that was about the size of a Killdeer; so it may be nearly a week old - the first I've observed this year.
Things should begin to get interesting with surprises around nearly every corner again!
Bird on!
Chris Barrigar
Stoddard Co.
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Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:37:18 -0500
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    Marge and MObirders -
    Cliff Swallows were already staging at the Shoal Creek
    bridge, in extreme southeastern Kansas, this week.
    They probably nested elsewhere for a single brood, in
    my opinion.  They first showed just 10 days ago or so. 
    I estimated 200 of them for ebirds. 
    They have formerly nested there in the spring, but were
    notably absent this season until now.  CLSW are
    widespread critters.  They are found all through the U. S.
    as far as I know, including, if you will, Capistrano.
    CLSW have a long way to go for their wintering grounds:
    central and southern South America.
    Larry Herbert,  Joplin, Jasper County, MO.

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