Archive for January, 2019

Filling in the Missouri map

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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One of the odd side effects of using Ebird is that you suddenly have access not just to your life list, but your year list, and your month list, and your state lists, and your county lists, and your county month lists, etc.  On the profile page, you can see a map of all the countries, or states, or counties you’ve birded in.  And my Missouri map has some major gaps.

So on Saturday I set out to fill in a few of those gaps with a trip to some Conservation Areas in counties I’d never birded in before.  First stop was Lesterville Access, a small conservation area that used to be a put-in spot for the Black River.  The course of the river has changed, so it’s now a bit of a walk on a dry gravel bed to get to the water.  I was rewarded with a Bald Eagle and a hunting Belted Kingfisher.   And of course my first ebird list in Reynolds County.

Next I headed for Carter County.  I had Carter Creek CA in mind, but when I saw the sign for Miller Community Lake, I had to check it out.  Glad I did, as Carter Creek is not much of a birding spot, and Miller CL is actually quite nice.

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Lots of woodpeckers, and some woodland birds.  Lots of pines too, but no Red-Breasted Nuthatches around despite my best efforts to call them in.

Last, I made it to Ripley County, where Mark Haas had suggested I try Mudpuppy Conservation Area.  I had planned to visit Little Black CA, which I visited first, but I found that Mudpuppy was a better birding spot.  It’s got a great variety of habitats; some access to the Little Black River, some wetland ponds, small streams, grassy areas, and upland woods.   I even pished up a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  This is one I want to visit during spring migration.