– by John Besser
We had a great turnout for the second annual Big Sit at Eagle Bluffs, with about two dozen birders and sightseers stopping by over the course of the day. Among the visitors were a reporter and a photographer from the Columbia Missourian, who produced a nice feature article.
The Big Sit was also a success as a birding event. Conditions were marginal in the morning, with drizzle and fog limiting visibility and keeping the birds on the ground, but our species total grew steadily throughout the day to a respectable total of 55 species (see eBird checklist). The raptor migration never really materialized, but we did see a Peregrine Falcon, a couple of Northern Harriers, and one intriguing dark hawk which we tentatively identified as a dark-morph Harlan’s Hawk. I bet we will see some pictures of this bird in Brad Jacobs’ talk on raptor identification at the November 14 meeting.
Overall, the Big Sit was a lot of fun. It was a great chance to catch up with friends old and new, and the grilled and pot-lucked lunch was great. Thanks to Eric Wood and Lottie Bushmann for organizing this great event!
Official meeting minutes will be posted to the website after approval at each subsequent board meeting, meaning they are delayed from immediate publication. Below is an unofficial summary of business discussed on October 17, 2018. Note that the September meeting did not achieve a quorum, so no official business was conducted and no minutes were taken. Please contact a board member with any questions.
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