Cole Camp CBC: Snow, longspurs, and owls

2009 December 30
by David J. Ringer

GREENE CO., MO. — Snow today made for a beautiful if somewhat slippery inaugural Cole Camp Christmas Bird Count in central Missouri. A patchwork of agricultural fields, pastures, and prairie fragments covers this part of the state. Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, and blackbirds feed in the fields and roads; cardinals and White-crowned Sparrows skulk in the fence rows. Our group counted 84 Red-tailed Hawks during the day, and we were treated at dusk to a spectacular congregation of 18 Short-eared Owls.

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Related posts:

  1. Springfield CBC highlights
  2. Loons, owls, and hawks in Missouri
  3. Owls, Christmas birds, New Guinea birds
  4. Vicksburg CBC: Exciting waterbirds abound
  5. A little bit of everything on the CBC
5 Responses
  1. December 31, 2009

    Those Owls are great! Sounds like a much needed count.

  2. December 31, 2009

    That last photo… How cool! That many owls lined up, spaced just perfectly. What a treat that must have been.

  3. Mom permalink
    December 31, 2009

    This post especially highlights how aptly named your blog is…you were searching/counting and then *serendipity* right at the end of the day…all
    those owls…lining both sides of the road…marvelous!

  4. Donnie Nichols permalink
    January 1, 2010

    Had a great time birdding with you, Charlie and Kim…..thanks for sharing your knowledge. Hang in there and keep at it – someday you may be as good as me!!!!!!! Have fun in Ecuador!

    • David J. Ringer permalink*
      January 2, 2010

      Thanks, Donnie, enjoyed birding with you and Kim!

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