I had a great day of birding in SW Missouri today. Started at the Bait Shop near the intersection of Hwy 215/Hwy 123 where the Rock Wren continues. It was under and on a walnut huller behind the store.
Off T Hwy near Aldrich, I had a good mix of waterfowl, including Redhead, Pintail, Ring-necked, Green winged Teal, Northern Shovelors, and many Mallards.
On the west side of Aldrich, I had good numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls and a single Ruddy Duck.
At Twin Bridges near Ruark Bluff Campground on Stockton Reservoir in Dade County, I had 11 Common Loons and more Bonaparte's Gulls.
At Arcola I had a Loggerhead Shrike, an immature Bald Eagle, and a Rough-legged hawk. Many Ring-billed Gulls were in agricultural fields, and Canada Geese and Mallards were in abundance there.
At Pennsylvania Prairie, my dog and I kicked up 7 Smith's Longspurs and a single LeConte's Sparrow, along with the ubiquitous Savannah Sparrows and Northern Harriers.
Near Shelton Prairie, actually one mile south of the public lands, I had a Merlin in a small tree.
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Greg Swick, GLADE Outreach Coordinator
Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE)
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau