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 look.

-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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