On Saturday, April 8, the Columbia Audubon Society field trip visited Danville and Daniel Boone conservation areas in Montgomery and Warren counties. Both areas are part of the Ozark Border conservation emphasis area where CAS birders will be spending some quality time in the next year, in support of the ASM cooperative agreement with MDC.

The most visible (or audible) species at Danville were brown-headed cowbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, ruby crowned Kinglet and field sparrow. New arrivals included yellow-throated warblers, northern parula, and chipping sparrows. The Danville Glades natural area was green and wet after recent burns and last weeks rains.y

At Daniel Boone, we worked pretty hard to find a couple pine warblers and a red-breasted nuthatch in the pine plantation along the main road. A hike into the Razor Hollow natural area found few birds except several groups of red-headed woodpeckers, but it was a pleasure to walk through the open woodlands decorated with blooming redbud, serviceberry, and dogwood, and budding sassafras, with nary a bush honeysuckle to be seen!

Next week's trip will visit another area of emphasis, Big Buffalo Creek conservation area, in Benton County, and possibly some nearby areas.

John Besser
John Besser
Columbia MO
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