Cole Camp CBC: Snow, longspurs, and owls
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.