Being a good soldier, when the General says "bird !", I say "how high?" or
something of the sort.  In any case, I took Edge's advice and went out to
Trail of Tears this afternoon.  The gnats limited my birding quite a bit --
I wound up mostly birding by ear from the car, or walking briskly without
stopping to use the binocs.  Nevertheless, as predicted, I saw both a
Mississippi Kite and a couple of Black Vultures -- Edge apparently called
them to the park.  Edge, how about suggesting that there might be
Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers at Seventy-Six Conservation Area?  I promise to go

-Allen Gathman
Pocahontas, Cape Girardeau County, MO

On Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM, Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> If it keeps raining, we won't have to go to California or North Carolina
> for pelagic birding!
> Between the drops, there are some fine places to explore in Missouri.
>  Here is a list of some that may offer something new to adventuresome
> birders.
> Hawn SP, Jefferson Co.:  With a checlkist of 94 species, it's a sure bet
> that this park has not been birdied enough to reveal its potential.
> Big Oak Tree SP, Mississippi Co.:  If you're looking for Swainson's
> Warbler, this could be the spot.  None has been reported in SPARKS, but
> they were known to be at BOT in the past.  While there, keep an eye
> skyward, as this is where the largest number of Anhinga seen in Missouri
> were found a couple years ago.
> Trail of Tears SP, Cape Girardeau Co.:  Many species move along the
> Mississippi River.  This park is worth checking for Black Vulture,
> Mississippi Kite, and a variety of woodland birds.
> Prairie SP:  Barton Co.:  This is a classic site for summer sparrows.
> Weston Bend SP:  Platte Co.  A whopping 73 species were found in Mid-May.
>  What's hanging around in early June?
> Little Black CA:  Ripley Co.  More than 50 species were found on each of
> two trips in May, and an evening trip produced 7 Chucks and 14 Whips.
>  Check this area out--there is a great variety of habitat.
> Pape Lake (Concordia's water supply), Lafayette Co.  This lake is less
> than 10 miles south of I-70 on MO 23.  It is a great place for people with
> difficulty walking  to bird, as you can go by car to several points around
> the lake with grass, large trees, some scrub, and the lake coves and open
> water.  There is a walking trail through  woods from the parking area at
> the spillway.
> Settle's Ford CA, Bates and Cass Co.:  This area is underbirded.  It takes
> a little effort to get to the various parking and viewing areas, but
> surprises will be the reward.
> Roaring River CA and SP in Barry Co.:  The park and conservation area in
> far southwest Missouri have species that are hard to find
> elsewhere--including Swainson's and Hooded Warbler.
> Locust Creek CA, Sullivan Co.:  Much of far north Missouri is not birded
> often.  This is a large area.  Bobolinks are likely here now, as well as
> nesting sparrows and some late migrants.
> Bodacious Birding---and stay dry!
> Edge Wade
> ASM Conservation Partnership Coordinator
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