by Nancy Bedan

Approximately 35 Columbia Audubon members and special guests participated in an all-day “Big Sit” on Saturday, Oct. 16, at MU’s Bradford Farm–our first CAS field event since spring 2020.

Vicki Park, Edge Wade, Noah Strycker, Lottie Bushmann and Paul McKenzie talk birds. 

Noah Strycker, author of “Birding Without Borders,” joined us for most of the day. Noah delivered the keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden on Oct. 15, discussing his global “big year” in 2015 when he visited 41 countries and documented 6,042 species of birds. Columbia Audubon was a co-sponsor of the event. MU Professor Cheryl Rosenfeld was instrumental in arranging Noah’s visit to Columbia.

CAS birders listed a total of 35 species Oct. 16 at Bradford Farm, including seven species of sparrows. Birds were seen from the Big Sit circle and on forays into the surrounding fields. (See list below.) The weather was in the low 60s and breezy.

The event was organized by Field Trip Co-Chairs John Besser and Eric Wood. Participants enjoyed doughnuts, a brat/burger lunch and snacks, thanks to CAS Board Member and “chief food manager” Lottie Bushmann.                       Bird List for CAS Bradford Farm “Big Sit” (Oct. 16, 2021)

  1. Red-winged Blackbird
  2. Great Blue Heron
  3. Killdeer
  4. Northern Flicker
  5. Eastern Meadowlark
  6. Savannah Sparrow
  7. American Goldfinch
  8. Swamp Sparrow
  9. White-crowned Sparrow
  10. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  11. White-throated Sparrow
  12. Song Sparrow
  13. Field Sparrow
  14. Blue Jay
  15. Turkey Vulture
  16. Osprey
  17. American Crow
  18. Tree Swallow
  19. Horned Lark
  20. Barn Swallow
  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  22. Red-tailed Hawk
  23. Pied-billed Grebe
  24. Greater White-fronted Goose
  25. Palm Warbler
  26. Northern Harrier
  27. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  28. Pine Siskin
  29. American White Pelican
  30. Peregrine Falcon
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. Bald Eagle
  33. Downy Woodpecker
  34. Indigo Bunting
  35. Dickcissel