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18 Mar: @ 20:28:43 
Re: Swan query [Edge Wade]
18 Mar: @ 20:19:01 
Re: Swan query [Amy Hoffman]
18 Mar: @ 19:51:09 
Re: Swan query [Bill Eddleman]
18 Mar: @ 19:00:23 
Swan query [Edge Wade]
18 Mar: @ 12:28:47 
Wilson's Snipe versus Common snipe [Robert Jacobs]
17 Mar: @ 21:01:22 
Kendzora CA - Edgerton, Mo [Terry Miller]
17 Mar: @ 20:15:41 
Crane cam (no sighting) [Lanny Chambers]
17 Mar: @ 18:29:13 
Birding Boone & Callaway County today [Edge Wade]
17 Mar: @ 17:28:37 
Springfield Pelicans et al. [Amy J. Hoffman]
17 Mar: @ 17:28:06 
In our Shady Oaks yard, 3-17-19 FOY GC Kinglet [Margy Terpstra]
17 Mar: @ 14:21:50 
Results of Beginner Walk on Mississippi Greenway at StL County Cliff Cave Park [Mary Dueren]
17 Mar: @ 13:35:55 
Bootheel Birds -- FOY Black-necked Stilt [Timothy Jones]
17 Mar: @ 11:46:27 
SLAS Field Trip Report [Michael Thelen]
17 Mar: @ 11:45:37 
Smith's Longspurs [Jean L]
17 Mar: @ 10:48:08 
Mississippi Coast Birding [Jane Frazier]
17 Mar: @ 09:45:52 
Eastern Phoebe returns [MARGE LUMPE]
17 Mar: @ 09:07:47 
Castlewood SP birds-3-17 [Michael Brady]
17 Mar: @ 07:33:40 
Vermilion FC north of Brunswick, MO [Mary Nemecek]
16 Mar: @ 23:06:54 
Vesper Sparrow at Bradford Farm, Boone County [Robert Jacobs]
16 Mar: @ 20:30:46 
Re: Catching up on a windy day [Ethan Duke]
16 Mar: @ 17:51:30 
Cedar Waxwings feeding on Crabapples all day [Daniel Getman]
16 Mar: @ 16:07:58 
Pine Warbler at Pine Ridge RA [Monacell, Peter L.]
16 Mar: @ 15:44:01 
GRAS Waterfowl field trip [Terry McNeely]
16 Mar: @ 14:11:41 
Smith’s Longspurs at Bradford Farm [John Besser]
16 Mar: @ 13:32:12 
Bootheel Birds -- Shorebird Numbers Increasing [Timothy Jones]
16 Mar: @ 10:45:44 
FOY eastern phoebe! [Shelly Colatskie]
16 Mar: @ 10:40:32 
Oregon County / Purple Martin and others [Cindy Bridges]
16 Mar: @ 06:37:28 
*Correction* [Josh Mosteller]
16 Mar: @ 06:37:19 
Sandpipers, Swallows, and Signs of Spring at Eagle Bluffs [Josh Mosteller]
15 Mar: @ 20:24:54 
Signs of Spring [Daniel Getman]
15 Mar: @ 17:19:40 
In our Shady Oaks yard, 3-15-19 FOY E. Phoebes [Margy Terpstra]
15 Mar: @ 11:09:10 
St. Louis Audubon Society & Great Rivers Greenway Beginner Bird Walk [Mary Dueren]
15 Mar: @ 00:40:08 
Grackles [Jo Ann Eldridge]
14 Mar: @ 22:37:14 
Re: Sandhill Cranes [Connie Thompson]
14 Mar: @ 18:40:58 
Sandhill Cranes [Christine Kline]
14 Mar: @ 11:00:04 
Catching up on a windy day [Edge Wade]
14 Mar: @ 10:30:48 
Great Horned Owl at Mallard Lake St. Louis County [David Becher]
14 Mar: @ 09:37:21 
Nesting Red-shouldered Hawk [Mike Grant]
13 Mar: @ 23:00:55 
Woodcocks at Stephens Lake Park [Jean Neely]
13 Mar: @ 19:30:17 
bomb cyclone and effects in Missouri [Lisa Berger]
13 Mar: @ 19:05:46 
Riverlands notes [David Becher]
13 Mar: @ 15:47:22 
Field Trip Announcement -- StL Area [Michael Thelen]
13 Mar: @ 07:13:37 
Woodcocks back in Elsah, IL [Tom Fuller]
13 Mar: @ 06:44:15 
Re: Ruff in Dunklin co. [Edge Wade]
13 Mar: @ 00:02:57 
Ruff in Dunklin co. [Jared Gorrell]
12 Mar: @ 21:37:23 
no sighting - woodcock on youtube [Maureen Thomas-Murphy]
12 Mar: @ 16:43:42 
CAS Field Trip - Saturday, March 16th [Eric Wood]
12 Mar: @ 16:13:05 
Bird watching at Riverlands [Paul Moffett]
12 Mar: @ 07:43:15 
not sighting Wingspan board game [Bob Bailey]
11 Mar: @ 21:43:11 
Fw: Snow Goose Count [Dianne & Steve Kinder]





Subject: Swan query
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 20:28 pm
From: edgew AT mchsi.com
 
Very good!  But neither of them were mute today.  One was in the range of a bass saxophone, the other a WWI bugle.

edge

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Subject: Re: Swan query

Such a cross would result in an oxymoron: a mute trumpeter!

Amy J. Hoffman
Greene County

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Subject: Swan query
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 20:19 pm
From: 000000b7af3b3944-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Such a cross would result in an oxymoron: a mute trumpeter!
Amy J. HoffmanGreene County

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Subject: Swan query
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 19:51 pm
From: eddlemanw AT sbcglobal.net
 
I has happened. Unfortunately.

Trumpeter x Mute Swan Hybrid


----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau







On Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:00:22 PM CDT, Edge Wade <[email protected]> wrote:





My notes from an afternoon quick trip through Binder Lake today:

The Mute Swan was hanging close to shore at the mouth of a small inlet. As I came around a curve I could see a large mass of white in the sparse woods near the shoreline a few feet from the MUSW. I slowed and as I became sure it was a a Trumpeter, either resting or nesting, both swans started raising a ruckus. A gaggle of Canada Geese swam over and joined the cacophony. I had stepped two feet from the car, at least 70 feet from the swans. I made a quick retreat. I'm wondering, have the Mute and Trumpeter mated?

I should add that the Trumpeter rose and walked toward the Mute. They were not hostile, but joined in the alarm chorus.

Anyone with knowledge about these two or about swan interbreeding is encouraged to answer.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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Subject: Swan query
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 19:00 pm
From: edgew AT mchsi.com
 
My notes from an afternoon quick trip through Binder Lake today:

The Mute Swan was hanging close to shore at the mouth of a small inlet. As I came around a curve I could see a large mass of white in the sparse woods near the shoreline a few feet from the MUSW. I slowed and as I became sure it was a a Trumpeter, either resting or nesting, both swans started raising a ruckus. A gaggle of Canada Geese swam over and joined the cacophony. I had stepped two feet from the car, at least 70 feet from the swans. I made a quick retreat. I'm wondering, have the Mute and Trumpeter mated?

I should add that the Trumpeter rose and walked toward the Mute. They were not hostile, but joined in the alarm chorus.

Anyone with knowledge about these two or about swan interbreeding is encouraged to answer.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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Subject: Wilson's Snipe versus Common snipe
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 12:28 pm
From: robertbjacobs AT gmail.com
 
An excerpt from eBird Help pages."Common Snipe- Be very careful about entries of Common Snipe in North America. In about 2000, Common Snipe was split into Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago; Eurasia, Africa) and Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata). Almost the only place that Common Snipe has ever occurred in North America is westernmost Alaska islands (i.e., Pribilof, St. Lawrence, and Aleutian Islands). If you don't know the fine details to tell Common Snipe and Wilson's Snipe apart, you surely meant to enter Wilson's Snipe."============================================================Wilson's Snipe was considered a subspecies of Common Snipe from 1945 until until 2003 when it was given its own species status by the American Ornithologists' Union, now renamed American Ornithological Society.

I checked in my 1916 Birds of Eastern North America by Frank M. Chapman, and it was called Wilson's Snipe, but my 1966Birds of North Americaby Chandler S. Robbins et al. uses Common Snipe.
It is hard to keep up with all the recent specific name changes, as well as genera and family changes for many species. The newer bird guides are having trouble issuing new editions just to keep up with the changes.
Brad JacobsBoone Co.



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Subject: Kendzora CA - Edgerton, Mo
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 21:01 pm
From: millert832 AT gmail.com
 
I went out to Kendzora CA, between KC and St. Joseph, this evening. The Platte River is full and over the lowest road splitting the area. I parked in the south parking lot and started walking out the levee. I soon realized that a significant number of waterfowl were in the middle west pool and continued walking for another mile or so. I sat down and had excellent viewing of several species of ducks in courtship behavior.  Ring-necked ducks were the most abundant (750) with gadwall and green-winged teal in significant numbers. Nineteen Canvasbacks and a handful of N. Pintails cruised through all the Ringnecks. I ended up with 32 species....the last was an American Woodcock peenting near the parking lot.
Here is the checklist link: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
There was one other concern....as I walked out the levee I spotted a large black dog and then a large pit bull terrier...standing his ground and looking at me intently. There was no way to avoid them as flood water was bordering both sides of the levee. I simply continued to walk toward them and the pit bull decided to head the other way. I simply mention this in case anyone else may plan to visit the area.
A very enjoyable evening on this small, out of the way, wetland!!--
Terry L. MillerPlattsburg, [email protected]
www.millerstaxidermy.net
"Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made." Romans 1:20

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Subject: Crane cam (no sighting)
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 20:15 pm
From: lannychambers AT gmail.com
 
No, not Missouri, but you won't want to miss this. The Rowe Sanctuary Crane Cam (on the Platte in Nebraska) is back in action, after a flood-related delay. Beautiful sunset tonight, and the dropping river is exposing more roosting islands as I watch. An amazing spectacle!
https://youtu.be/NS4Nql6V3j0

Lanny Chambers
Fenton, MO
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Subject: Birding Boone & Callaway County today
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 18:29 pm
From: edgew AT mchsi.com
 
It was a frigid, overcast start for our 10:00 a.m. walk at Bradford Farm looking for Smith's Longspurs.  Diane and Gail announced it was 5 degrees warmer and sunny when they left St. Louis.

But we were ready with the six "Ps" of successful birding: Preparation--we knew what our target species looks and sounds like and had good directions from John Besser as to where to look and listen. Patience--we didn't expect immediate success, so went about our birding in a line at a slow pace. Persistence--we went down the area, wheeled and came up the area, wheeled and down again, until we spotted them on the last swing heading up toward the parked cars. Those actions were also the result of previous experiences looking for Smith's Longspurs, so the last 3 Ps--Practice, Practice, Practice were fully in play.

Full of ourselves with the success of that effort, we flitted off to Pine Ridge Campground to tick Pete Monacell's reported Pine Warbler. We arrived to find Highway Patrol directing traffic around a two-car accident at the entrance. One of the Boy Scouts who'd spent last night camping pulled into an oncoming car on Rt. Y. No one injured, both cars totaled. We were able to turn in, but there was a lot of hullabaloo the whole time we were there, walking among the pines. Could not find PIWO or even Rufous-bellied Nuthatch. Had fun looking, though.

The group broke up, two going home and three to lunch. The lunch group headed for Little Dixie Lake for a short look before the St. Louis two headed home. The lake was empty except for a few Ring-billed Gulls. We saw an adult Bald Eagle and 3 Red-shouldered Hawks. Diane's sharp ears picked up an Eastern Towhee (FOS for me), and it finally came in close enough for me to hear.

After bidding them a safe trip east, I stopped in at the Beef Farm. My FOS Eastern Phoebe greeted me at the gate--good thing, because the gate to the main area was closed (lots of calves wandering around on the road side of the fences lately). Did see Gadwall on the pond, a kingfisher, and a sampling of the regulars--Mourning and Eurasian Collared-Doves, Eastern Meadowlarks, and a gorgeous male Eastern Bluebird. Could not see if the eagle is on the nest, as it has been in recent visits.

A quick swing into R-1 Lake turned out not to be so quick. The Mute Swan was displaying raised wings--beautiful to us, but intimidating and a warning to waterfowl. Near the swan were several Canada Geese, a couple Lesser Scaup, some Northern Shovelers, and 14 Ross's Geese and 2 (one blue) Snow Geese.

Even with many folks walking dogs and pushing strollers, a walk around Cosmo-Bethel park was rewarding. I got to see a towhee here. The resident swan was calmly feeding, ignoring the Mallard pair and the scaup. It was distressful, though, to see the white bench near the picnic table at the north side, east of the tennis courts, shattered and pieces strewn quite a distance from where it had been.

What a fun day! Good birds and good birding friends.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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Subject: Springfield Pelicans et al.
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 17:28 pm
From: 000000b7af3b3944-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Good afternoon, birders.
I took advantage of the weather for a short hike at Springfield Lake this afternoon. Despite an influx of homo sapiens andCanis lupus familiaris, there were plenty of birds about, making for a satifying afternoon. On the water, I spied five American white pelicans floating around with some unidentified gull species. There were also about seven cormorants, which I can only assume were double-crested since I didn't have a scope to suss out anything more exotic like a neotropical.
I also had good luck on the Audubon trail. I had long looks at a ruby-crowned kinglet foraging in the lower branches. It was rather a dull yellow, less gray than most, and while it was clearly a kinglet, I understood looking at it why I see so many Facebook posts with photos of kinglets asking, "What warbler is this?" Two accipiters, which I'll cautiously call call Cooper's based on the overall substantial nature of their bodies, briefly flew by either tousling for territory or playing a mating game. A male bluebird swooped low past my shoulder cathing the afternoon sun. It was so vibrant in the light that I sat down right where I stood to watch it. Later, I was happy to see another bluebird checking out one of the bluebird boxes along the roadway. My last two birds of the day were fox sparrows. It's been a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing a fox sparrow, and I have to be honest -- I'm only about 80% sure of my ID. They could have been heavily marked songs. They were both kicking up grubs in a muddy rut on the hillside, and for all my pishing, they wouldn't pop up to give me a definative look. Judging by their size, though, the redness in their tails, and the spotted rather than streaked look of their breasts, I'm calling them foxes. Sparrows are some of my favorite birds. They're subtle, unassuming, industrious, so no matter what the ID, I enjoyed watching them skulk around in the leaves.
Overall, I spent a pleasant afternoon in the woods getting mostly satifsying looks at 18 different species (listed in full below). I had nothing as exotic as the vermillion flycatcher up north, but I'm calling it a success none-the-less.
Full species list for Springfield Lake March 17, 2019:American white pelicanDouble-crested cormorantMallardAmerican crowCanada geeseRuby-crowned kingletCarolina chickadeeTurkey vultureCooper's hawkTufted titmouseDark-eyed juncoNorthern flickerEastern bluebirdDowny woodpeckerNorthern cardinalCarolina wrenBlue jayFox sparrow
Amy J. HoffmanSpringfield, MOGreene County



Subject: In our Shady Oaks yard, 3-17-19 FOY GC Kinglet
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 17:28 pm
From: Ladybirdterp AT sbcglobal.net
 
Today, had our first pair of Mallards fly over, later a Turkey Vulture as I was tracking a Golden-crowned Kinglet, all FOY birds for me. 

Some photos of the kinglet begin here: https://hummerhavenunltd.com/p...

Just watched a pair of Cooper's Hawks mating in the pine tree across the street. What a nice day to see all this activity!

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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Subject: Results of Beginner Walk on Mississippi Greenway at StL County Cliff Cave Park
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 14:21 pm
From: mary.dueren AT gmail.com
 
Even though our group was small, we enjoyed a spectacular morning. It was chilly at the start but the bright sunshine warmed us up. Our best bird was a FOS Eastern Phoebe. We found the Phoebe not far off the trail, hunting for a meal in the wetlands that run along the west side of the trail. This trail as a lot of potential.Mary DuerenSt. Louis Audubon SocietyHere's our list:Mississippi Greenway-Cliff Cave Park, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Mar 16, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.7 mile(s)
Comments: Beginner Bird walk in partnership with Great Rivers Greenway & St. Louis Audubon Society.
Clear & cold 33 degrees at start. Not a cloud in the sky. 43 degrees at end. Trail is in Mississippi River floodplain. River is running high and fast. There was water over the paved trail is a couple of spots.
27 species

Canada Goose 32 small skein flying over
Mourning Dove 2
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull 5 Flying up river
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 5
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Northern Cardinal 12

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Subject: Bootheel Birds -- FOY Black-necked Stilt
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 13:35 pm
From: 0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
My first Black-necked stilt of the year was found this morning at Bakerville Bar Pit in Pemiscot County just east of Little River CA.


Tim Jones
Dunklin County

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Subject: SLAS Field Trip Report
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 11:46 am
From: mikethelen AT sbcglobal.net
 
Report for Sat Mar 16, 2019
Horseshoe Lake, Madison Cnty, IL

Waterfowl was one of our primary targets and we ended with 18 species out of
a grand total of 57 checklist species for the day. 14 of the duck were well
represented by Blue-winged Teal with much bigger numbers of Ruddy Duck,
Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler and Redhead. But American Coot
far outnumbered any of the duck species. One pair of Wood Duck added to the
list. 3 lingering Snow Goose and 35 Greater White-fronted Goose were on the
lake mixing with the remaining decoys. We spotted 2 Mute Swan at the start
of the field trip but, by the time we reached the causeway, one of the
individuals had vanished.

American White Pelican was abundant with a typical jam-packed flock hugging
the opposite shoreline of the lake, a few small streaming flocks passing by
plus multiple large kettles. There were hundreds of Ring-billed Gull,
almost all of these massed in one raft on the lake, with a single fly-by
Bonaparte's Gull the only other variety. Hawks were a little sparse
although we had Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle and an interesting form of
Red-tailed Hawk spotted by Jean, apparently a "Western" type rufous morph.
Nice "spring" birds included Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow and 3 fly-by,
nasal-sounding Fish Crow, FOY for many or all of us.

Here's the full list on eBird with notes:

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Mike Thelen
Univ City, StL Cnty, MO
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Subject: Smith's Longspurs
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 11:45 am
From: jaleonatti AT gmail.com
 
Still present at Bradford Farm, flock of about 10. Seen and heard. Take north/south road toward "brushpile". First corn stubble field on the left side (west). They came out of the 2nd one to the west and we finally caught up with them in the first one. Various plumages.

Jean Leonatti

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Subject: Mississippi Coast Birding
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 10:48 am
From: 00000046582e7231-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Before getting to the beach, a friend and I made a stop at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center near Holly Springs, Mississippi and enjoyed about a dozen Purple Finches at the feeders along with a very southerly travelling Red Breasted Nuthatch. Towhees were sporting in the wetland area.This center is only an hour from Memphis and contains 3000 acres to bird. The director there was very nice to chat with us about the place.Then another friend and I travelled to Bay St. Louis, MS on the coast. I had some evening time and about a half day the next day to bird, before adventures in the old town called us. I noticed that many of the driveways from 6 years ago which contained no houses due to the hurricane had rebuilt. My birds were: Sanderlings, Dunlin (about 80), Dowitchers (about 25), Laughing Gulls (hundreds and hundreds), Herring Gulls, Forster's Terns, Brown Pelicans, White Pelican, Ruddy Turnstones, Willets, Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, Common Loons, Great Blue Herons, Fish Crow, Bufflehead, Red Breasted Merganser, and a treat on the wire: a Loggerhead Shrike. I dipped on other terns and Black Skimmers.Still, a nice short day at 80 degrees.Jane FrazierJefferson [email protected]

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Subject: Eastern Phoebe returns
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 9:45 am
From: birdwatcher AT msn.com
 
Our Eastern Phoebe was shouting his return this morning. Welcome springtime!!




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Subject: Castlewood SP birds-3-17
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 9:07 am
From: 00000033e862acc5-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Was hoping to hear a returning waterthrush while running along the Grotpeter trail early this morn.Couple of spots along the trail where,historically,returning birds always show up first.
Didnt hear any waterthrush but did hear a black and white singing in the trees just above the maintenance shop.

Mike Brady
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Ballwin,MO

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Subject: Vermilion FC north of Brunswick, MO
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 7:33 am
From: 0000000585d83684-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
More of a heads up as I do not have the exact location at this time- customer of Mark McKellar at the Backyard Bird Center photographed a vermilion flycatcher north of Brunswick, MO yesterday.  One of the photos is posted on Friends of Burroughs Audubon facebook page. My apologizes if you don™t use Facebook, it™s the only post of the photo currently. 

Mary Nemecek
KCMO

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Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Bradford Farm, Boone County
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 23:06 pm
From: robertbjacobs AT gmail.com
 
I saw the Vesper Sparrow fly up from the grasslands near the NW small pond and sit in a tree on the SW corner of the pond. The sun back-lighted the bird but as you can see in the photos, when I added some fill in light, you can see the white eye-ring, white around the lower edge of the cheek, thin white crown stripe, and buffy sides of the upper breast with streaking high up on breast and along the sides. The white outer tail feathers are visible in photos 1 and 2.https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Enjoy the spring.
Brad JacobsBoone Co.

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Subject: Catching up on a windy day
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 20:30 pm
From: ethan.duke AT gmail.com
 
Greetings MObirders,
Many thanks to the participants in MRBO™s annual photography contest and for Edge Wade™s commentary. All proceeds from entrees contribute directly to education and outreach programs. These programs reach thousands of people of all ages each year at over 100 venues each year.
Those amazing photographs do something special for conservation in their own right. They inspire and awe those who love birds as well as those who have the great misfortune of never becoming acquainted with Missouri™s spectacular bird life. Imagine the impression those photographs make on people of all ages who have never seen a warbler, a Henslow™s Sparrow, a Meadowlark, or a Junco!
Appreciation for birds only comes through awareness. By sharing your experiences (often through photographs) with others you too can help build awareness and embitter the lives of those who haven™t yet known what is like to experience the world of birds. You may inspire others to contribute much needed action and involvement with conservation. Here™s a link to the Flickr Album of the 2018 contesthttps://www.flickr.com/photos/...
What is the extinction of a Condor to a child who has never seen a wren? -Robert Michael PyleAgain, many thanks to the photographers, Edge for her compliments, and to all those who aspire to make the world a better place for and through the moving medium of our feathered friends.
Yours in conservation,
Ethan

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On Mar 14, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Edge Wade <[email protected]> wrote:™Tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Someone profits by every loss; someone is benefited by every misfortune.
Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Today is one of those blustery days March is known for. As this day's wind ushers in the ides, let us hope that it also ushers in an example of the adage "March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb"

My second cup of coffee today, as I watched the feeders dance and the birds cling to them, was to be spent catching up on things neglected during my hiatus from Missouri winter this past month. I got only as far as The Rectrix, the seasonal newsletter of the Missouri River Bird Obaervatory, February 2019 issue.

This issue is dedicated to presenting the photos submitted to the annual MRBO contest. 136 entries by 42 photographers are featured. And what gems they are!

A special treat was the realization that I've been privileged to bird with several of the photographers and recognize the names of many more as frequent contributors to MOBIRDS and eBird. I'd have been hard-pressed to rank the photos, but have no trouble appreciating the comments submitted with many of them that discuss the concern for the decline in the species and/or the habitats they need.

Birding caps off to MRBO and the photo-birders for a fine set of pix, and for all that is being done to address the status and conditions affecting the birds of Missouri.

If you aren't familiar with MRBO, check out their webpage: https://mrbo.org/

ASM continues to partner with MRBO on several projects. MRBO is a unique entity in Missouri. Birders who join and/or support their bird research and education efforts are benefiting the future of Missouri bird species.

Edge Wade
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Subject: Cedar Waxwings feeding on Crabapples all day
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 17:51 pm
From: 000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
This morning, a friend texted me that her neighbor had a large flock of Cedar Waxwings feeding in their crabapple tree.

I went over to check it out. I figure there were 40-50 cedar waxwings feeding on very ripe and pretty large crabapples, both in the tree and on the ground. The large size of the crabapples required the waxwings to peck off and eat pieces and even then, they had trouble swallowing the pieces. What a beautiful bird!

My friend said they™ve been there most of the day.

Photos can be found at:
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Dan Getman, Kirksville in northeast MO

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Subject: Pine Warbler at Pine Ridge RA
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 16:07 pm
From: plmonacell AT ccis.edu
 
There™s a Pine Warbler at Pine Ridge Recreation Area in the Mark Twain National Forest in Callaway County. The campground itself is gated for another month, but you can park at the trailhead and should hear the bird as soon as you get out of your vehicle.


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Good birding everyone,

Pete


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Jefferson City


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Subject: GRAS Waterfowl field trip
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 15:44 pm
From: terrymcneely AT hotmail.com
 
The GRAS waterfowl field trip that was scheduled for March 2 was held today. 



Highlights


300+ Trumpeter Swans


200+ Canvasback


5 American Golden Plover



Most of the Grove was flooded, but most roads were passable.



I am attaching 3 ebird reports as the Grove is in 2 counties, and I worked in 3 different areas.




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Terry McNeely


25843 Grate ave


Jameson, MO


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Subject: Smith’s Longspurs at Bradford Farm
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 14:11 pm
From: jbesser1 AT gmail.com
 
I found a small flock of SMLO in low stubble in the northwest fields this morning. Familiar dry rattle without the extra notes of Lapland. Unmarked buffy underparts visible in flight.
It finally feels like spring is making progress, with spring peepers singing. Lots of song sparrows (also singing) and increasing numbers of Savannah Sparrows.--
John BesserColumbia [email protected]

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Subject: Bootheel Birds -- Shorebird Numbers Increasing
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 13:32 pm
From: 0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Birds are still mostly concentrated south of HWY 164 near Rives MO in Dunklin County but they are being found in smaller numbers in more places.

Today on CR 723 (estimates):

American Golden-Plovers (400)
Pectoral Sandpipers (1200)
Long-billed Dowitchers (300)
Dunlin (3)

Today on CR 722 (estimates):

Lesser Yellowlegs (100+)
Long-billed Dowitchers (100+)
Pectoral Sandpipers (hundreds)

Tim Jones
Dunklin County

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Subject: FOY eastern phoebe!
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 10:45 am
From: Shelly.Colatskie AT mdc.mo.gov
 
I just heard my first eastern phoebe of the year calling in my yard! 

Yay for spring coming!

Shelly Colatskie
Cedar Hill, Jefferson County

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Subject: Oregon County / Purple Martin and others
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 10:40 am
From: 0000009cdc2af652-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Saw my FOY Purple Martin this morning. Phoebes already have their nest complete over the front porch light. At least 15 Flickers on the lawn.Bald Eagle, Red-Shouldered Hawks, a pair of Wood Ducks.....plus all the regulars. A good start to my day .
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. John Muir
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Subject: *Correction*
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 6:37 am
From: irbic68j AT gmail.com
 
To whom it may or may not concern: I actually saw around *TWO dozen*
Pectoral Sandpipers at Eagle Bluffs. Also, Brad Jacobs' checklist included
a few Leasts too (we encountered him on our way out while he was observing
Pool 8).

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Subject: Sandpipers, Swallows, and Signs of Spring at Eagle Bluffs
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 6:37 am
From: irbic68j AT gmail.com
 
This morning my birding crew visited Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. It was still windy but not like the past couple days and the sunshine made our day more pleasant. In Pool 8, we saw around a dozen Pectoral Sandpipers thanks to the guidance of Kathleen Anderson. There were also a few yellowlegs out there, and I™m pretty sure we saw at least one Greater and Lesser. Further down the road we had a few swallows, presumably Tree Swallows, zoom over us as they were flying with the gusty wind, too quickly for us to get a picture or anything more than a brief glance. All of the aforementioned birds were first-of-year species for us.

We spotted a couple of Pied-billed Grebes and a group of about 30 American Coots, which I believe is our highest count this year. Red-winged Blackbirds and Blue-winged Teals also seem to be gradually increasing in numbers. There are still many pelicans, likely more than 100, huddling out in Pool 9 next to a group of about 20 gulls. Many of the pelicans flew directly over our vehicle, allowing my sister to catch some great photos against the clear blue sky.
I believe the most abundant duck species today was the Northern Shoveler”I estimated around 400. There was a decent number of Lesser Scaups too (perhaps around 125). A handful of Ring-necked Ducks were in Pool 15. Sadly, we didn™t see any swans this time.
It™s almost spring, and I™ve noticed new indicators of that each time I™ve gone birding these past few weeks.
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Subject: Signs of Spring
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 20:24 pm
From: 000002b3a133f539-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
With the warmer weather, I just sat in the back of our property for a while, where there’s an adjacent small creek running through a wooded area, with a flat wet grassy area along our property.  

Quite an interesting evening, with lots of activity.

First there was a large flock of robins (certainly more than 50) settling down in the cedars for the night - boy they make a racket - and the bluebirds have now returned!

Then, just after sunset, I saw the pair of red tail hawks fly back into the woods where their nest is located and about 15 minutes later, heard the pair of barred owls that nest in the woods.

Right around 30 minutes after sunset, as it became dark, I heard at least 2 woodcocks “peenting”. I didn’t see them, but it sounded like they were right along the edge of the grassy, wet area.

Quite a night! The tree swallows should be back soon and start competing for the nest boxes. Spring is right around the corner.


Dan Getman, Kirksville in northeast MO

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Subject: In our Shady Oaks yard, 3-15-19 FOY E. Phoebes
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 17:19 pm
From: Ladybirdterp AT sbcglobal.net
 
At 4:33 pm, first one, then a second E. Phoebe was seen by us this afternoon! Yay! Spring is definitely coming...

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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Subject: St. Louis Audubon Society & Great Rivers Greenway Beginner Bird Walk
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 11:09 am
From: mary.dueren AT gmail.com
 
Good Morning!
St. Louis Audubon Society in partnership with Great Rivers Greenway will have a beginner walk at St. Louis County Cliff Cave Park this Saturday March 16, 2018 from 8am to 10am. The park gets verybusy after 10am.We will meet on the lower parking lot at the picnic shelter. Since we will be very close to the Mississippi River, please dress in layers. It's always colder close to open water. The path is paved and mostly level. Loaner binoculars will be available.Everyone is welcome!
Directions: From I-270/I-255 take exit 2 (the last exit before the Jefferson Barracks Bridge). Turn right onto Telegraph Road and continue south approximately 3.3 miles to Cliff Cave Rd/Baumgartner Rd. Turn left onto Cliff Cave Road. Continue thru the park, past parking lot on left (this is for the upper trails), downhill to the lower parking lot and picnic shelter.
Hope to see you there!Mary DuerenSt. Louis Audubon Society



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Subject: Grackles
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 0:40 am
From: joann621 AT exop.net
 
On this blustery, frigid and busier than usual day for me, I looked out to my feeders to see a flock of 30 - 40 grackles. There were probably redwings, cowbirds, but I didn't take time to study them. I was just disappointed to see these guys back. My feeders were about empty and I was glad. Maybe they won't stay.Jo Ann Eldridge, Kearney, [email protected]


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 22:37 pm
From: gmt AT ponyexpress.net
 
Per this description this would be near the 3rd Fork of the Platte River.  Pls be advised that NW Missouri has LOTS of flooded roads at this time.   Many roads are closed in this area or have water approaching the roadways.

Connie Thompson
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 18:40 pm
From: birdsecretary AT comcast.net
 
There™s a group of 7+ Sandhill Cranes in an ag field off 6 Highway and Route P Highway just north of Hurlingen Road.
I believe this is Buchanan County just outside of St. Joseph, MO
Christine Kline
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Subject: Catching up on a windy day
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 11:00 am
From: edgew AT mchsi.com
 
™Tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Someone profits by every loss; someone is benefited by every misfortune.
Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Today is one of those blustery days March is known for. As this day's wind ushers in the ides, let us hope that it also ushers in an example of the adage "March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb"

My second cup of coffee today, as I watched the feeders dance and the birds cling to them, was to be spent catching up on things neglected during my hiatus from Missouri winter this past month. I got only as far as The Rectrix, the seasonal newsletter of the Missouri River Bird Obaervatory, February 2019 issue.

This issue is dedicated to presenting the photos submitted to the annual MRBO contest. 136 entries by 42 photographers are featured. And what gems they are!

A special treat was the realization that I've been privileged to bird with several of the photographers and recognize the names of many more as frequent contributors to MOBIRDS and eBird. I'd have been hard-pressed to rank the photos, but have no trouble appreciating the comments submitted with many of them that discuss the concern for the decline in the species and/or the habitats they need.

Birding caps off to MRBO and the photo-birders for a fine set of pix, and for all that is being done to address the status and conditions affecting the birds of Missouri.

If you aren't familiar with MRBO, check out their webpage: https://mrbo.org/

ASM continues to partner with MRBO on several projects. MRBO is a unique entity in Missouri. Birders who join and/or support their bird research and education efforts are benefiting the future of Missouri bird species.

Edge Wade
ASM Conservation Partnerships Coordinator
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Subject: Great Horned Owl at Mallard Lake St. Louis County
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 10:30 am
From: davidbecher AT msn.com
 
Across the lake on a nest in a big sycamore
David Becher
St. Louis


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Subject: Nesting Red-shouldered Hawk
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 9:37 am
From: mikecurlew AT att.net
 
This morning I walked up the street from our house to check out a tree used in some past years by the local RSHAs and saw one sitting on the nest.  St. Louis County.

Mike Grant
Chesterfield, MO

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Subject: Woodcocks at Stephens Lake Park
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 23:00 pm
From: dustandwood AT gmail.com
 
We™re standing on the trail at Stephens Lake Park listening to and seeing 4 or 5 woodcocks, peenting and doing their flight acrobatics. 
This is on the big loop trail at the far east end between the field and the creek.
They started around 7:30. Pretty cool.

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Subject: bomb cyclone and effects in Missouri
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 19:30 pm
From: goshawk AT att.net
 
Hi All,

I™m interested to learn what are the outcomes in MO from this storm for addressing the weather component of the Spring Seasonal Report.

The forecasts call for MO River and lower Mississippi River flooding, due to a combination of snow and ice pack north of us, and then combined with additional precipitation. Have large flocks of waterfowl short-stopped in MO? Has movement or the lack of been observed for other flock-forming species?

It™s been clear in SW MO since early Wednesday afternoon with moderate winds. Temps will plunge near freezing Thursday and Friday night. It™s a balmy 54 right now.

Thank you for any comments you would like to share!

Lisa Berger
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Subject: Riverlands notes
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 19:05 pm
From: davidbecher AT msn.com
 
Riverlands will be closed the morning of the 23rd for the Alton triathalon. Also confluence road is flooded and closed.
There are some mud flats, but all I could find were Killdeer. There were over a thousand assorted ducks. The best thing I found was my first Blue-winged Teal. There were also about 40 Bald Eagles still present.
David Becher
St. Louis


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Subject: Field Trip Announcement -- StL Area
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 15:47 pm
From: mikethelen AT sbcglobal.net
 
The ST. LOUIS AUDUBON SOCIETY is sponsoring a field trip this Saturday to
Horseshoe Lake in Madison County, IL.

DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2019

MEETING TIME: 8:00 a.m.

DIRECTIONS & MEETING PLACE: From St Louis take I-70 east to IL hwy 111.
Turn left and go north 3 miles then left into the park. Take the first
right and meet at the second parking lot, the big one, next to the picnic
pavilion and restrooms.

PLAN: Contrary to what is advertised on the SLAS web this will be a 1/2-day
trip and will involve only light walking. If you have one it will be
helpful to have your FRS radio along; otherwise, no worries.

PARTICIPATION: Everyone is welcome, SLAS members and non-members.

LEADER: Mike Thelen

COST: Free

MORE INFO: Contact me or visit www.stlouisaudubon.org

Mike Thelen
University City
St Louis County, MO
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Subject: Woodcocks back in Elsah, IL
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 7:13 am
From: Tom.Fuller AT principia.edu
 
I heard three woodcocks Monday and two Tuesday at the AT&T field near the front entrance to Principia College. This makes about two decades that they returned to that field without a miss. Gil Ives had heard them for something like two
decades before that. We must be hearing the great, great, great, . . . grandchildren by now! This is remarkable loyalty to a field (and says something about Principia College for preserving the habitat over the decades).


Tom Fuller


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Harry and Margaret Heimer Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Chair, Computer Science Department

Principia College, Elsah, Jersey County, IL 62028, 618-374-5279



Subject: Ruff in Dunklin co.
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 6:44 am
From: edgew AT mchsi.com
 
Thanks, Jared, for relaying this.

edge wade
columbia, MO

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To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:02:37 AM
Subject: Ruff in Dunklin co.

Hi all,

Via Ebird I found out that Kent Freeman photographed a Ruff in Dunklin co
Missouri on Tuesday March 12 around 4 PM. The Ruff was seen off County Road
722 just east of Highway TT. It appears to be the 22nd report of a Ruff in
Missouri, all-time.

Just a little further south and this would've been a great Arkansas record!

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Jared Gorrell
Jackson co. IL
03/13/2019

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Subject: Ruff in Dunklin co.
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 0:02 am
From: jsgorrell AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
Via Ebird I found out that Kent Freeman photographed a Ruff in Dunklin co Missouri on Tuesday March 12 around 4 PM. The Ruff was seen off County Road 722 just east of Highway TT. It appears to be the 22nd report of a Ruff in Missouri, all-time.
Just a little further south and this would've been a great Arkansas record!
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
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Subject: no sighting - woodcock on youtube
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 21:37 pm
From: drmabuce AT att.net
 
A very short video for woodcock season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Maureen Thomas-Murphy
St Louis

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Subject: CAS Field Trip - Saturday, March 16th
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 16:43 pm
From: 000000151aac3bbb-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Saturday, March 16th “ Twilight Timberdoodle
Trek

Destination: Rocky Fork Lakes CA

Departure Point: Moser™s Foods (4840 Rangeline St)

Departure
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Eric Wood

Contact Info: [email protected] or
573-673-0215

Meet at Moser™s
Foods parking lot at 6:30 p.m. The goal for this evening field trip is to hear
and see (hopefully!) the twilight mating ritual of the American Woodcock
(A.K.A. Timberdoodle). Please bring a flashlight.




Eric Wood Columbia MO
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Subject: Bird watching at Riverlands
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 16:13 pm
From: pmoffett AT sbcglobal.net
 
Starting Tuesday March 19 and every Tuesday during spring from  7 a.m. - 9+ a.m. I will be conducting a bird watching/photo tour at Audubon Riverlands as part of my volunteer duties. We will walk the sidewalks around the facilities and then visit one other "birdy spot". Will meet in the classroom for briefing. Birds observed will be reported on ebirds. All are welcome, experience or novice. This is set up for both bird watchers or bird photographers. Recommend folks dress for the weather and wear hiking boots. 

Paul Moffett

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Subject: not sighting Wingspan board game
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 7:43 am
From: bohemewarbler AT hotmail.com
 
Has anyone played Wingspan board game? Just read about it in the New York Times.




https://www.nytimes.com/2019/0...





https://www.boardgamegeek.com/...








Wingspan | Board Game | BoardGameGeek

Wingspan is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games. You are bird enthusiastsresearchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectorsseeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife
preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions).

www.boardgamegeek.com






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Subject: Fw: Snow Goose Count
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 21:43 pm
From: 000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request AT po.missouri.edu
 
Still lots of SNGO in the area!
SK
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Whitson, Steve Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019, 2:37:51 PM CDTSubject: Snow Goose Count
Snow Goose count for Swan Lake NWR on March 11 is 326,000
Thanks,
Steve WhitsonRefuge ManagerSwan Lake National Wildlife Refuge16194 Swan lake Ave.Sumner, MO 64681(660) 856-3323 ext. 13Swan Lake Facebook Page



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  • Phone: (302) 838-3660
  • Fax: (302) 838-3651

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