I guess you can't see attachments on MO-birds.  I am going to try and put all the videos together and cutout all the blurry spots.  It will be too big to send in an e-mail so I may try to put it on you tube or send in dropbox.  I've never used movie maker so it will probably take a while.

Lori Turner
Columbia, MO

From: Turner, Lori
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 10:11 AM
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Subject: RE: SWALLOWS!!!

I drove to the cornfield last night after work, well worth the 2 hour drive from Columbia.  There was already a nice couple set up to watch the show when I got there at 6:30, they drove from Columbia also, and sorry I already forgot their names.  I took several videos including a northern harrier trying to have a swallow dinner and hundreds of pelicans flying across the sunset.  I've attached a short clip of the swallows for anyone who has never experienced this and are a little hesitant on driving far to see it, I know I was but glad I did!!!
The nice couple that was there said they drove up on a Saturday last year, but a cold front pushed through and the birds, perhaps, started south.

Lori Turner
Columbia, MO

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Edge Wade
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 8:34 AM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SWALLOWS!!!

Tom (and others),
Not quite the same.  The phenomenon Steve is inviting folks to come see is a site where the swallows come in to roost in the corn.  Doris Fitchett first observed this and led Steve to the site several years ago.  What happens there is what Roger Tory Peterson, describing the same behavior at an eastern site, said was one of the most exciting sights in birding (I can't remember the exact words at this time).

The swallows come in from all directions.  It is best to have an unobstructed view facing west so you can see the birds against the western, more lighted sky.  You become aware that there appears to be a very large dark cloud over the corn field.  It grows (as more birds arrive).  Then it begins to rain...birds!  Groups of 20 to 500 birds just begin to drop out of the sky into the corn.  It looks very much like the way you see rain in the distance--a dark cloud to ground area--as birds leave the flying formation and drop into the corn to roost.  They must move within the corn, because shortly after one group falls in, another comes down in the same spot.

This goes on for perhaps a half hour, rain shower after rain shower that are really birds coming down.  We're not sure how many.  Easily 500,000 thousand, perhaps more.

If you get a chance to go see it, DO!  It is a spectacular, awing experience.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Oct 1, 2013, at 3:27 AM, Tom wrote:

Same on 4027 Rd in Holts Summit. Tree swallows lined up on the power lines late evening taking in the last few minutes of sun light.

Holts Summit

From: Dianne & Steve Kinder <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
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Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 8:46 PM
Subject: SWALLOW TIME!, and Sparrows!

I finely got a chance to get down and check on the annual Swallow staging Spectacle this evening. There were many, many thousands of Swallows over the fields at the usual place in northern Chariton Co. They were gathering and going down to roost in the cornfield on the north side of of the intersection of gravel roads Kaye and Ranch. This is west of blacktop YY.  Best viewing is with a mostly clear sky, and between 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. right now. Should be good for next week or more, weather permitting. If you go to see the Show be sure and park to the side of the roads to keep them clear for the farming vehicles. Can contact me for more info.

Steve Kinder

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