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Birdng off I-70 (Kansas, Missouri)

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Old Wednesday 20th May 2009, 02:41   #1
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Birdng off I-70 (Kansas, Missouri)

My wife & I will be driving to Michigan from Reno the last week of May/Early June & hope to do some birding along the way. As far as birds are concerned, terra incognita starts for us at the western edge of Kansas & the plan is to concentrate our efforts in that state & in Missouri. We'll be motel hopping along I-70 & will have about a week in the 2 states before having to push-on to our final destination.

Any suggestions regarding good birding spots in Kansas/Missouri within reasonable reach (don't want to spend more time driving than we have to) of the I-70 corridor would be gratefully received. Target species includes just about anything not easy to find W of the Utah line. Passerine migration hotspots (though I guess spring passerine migration will be drawing to a close in late May?)?. Shorebirds--Buff-breasted, Upland, White-rumped, Stilt, Baird's sandpipers, Hudsonian Godwit? Red-headed Woodpecker? Prairie Chickens? Grasshopper Sparrow? Anything I've forgotten?

TIA for any help.

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Old Thursday 21st May 2009, 22:44   #2
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I am very new to birding, so I am not sure that I can give you good information about what kinds of birds there are around here. However I did grow up in Kansas City, so I can recommend a couple of places that you might be interested in looking into that are right off of I-70.

We really enjoy hiking at Woodridge Park at Clinton Lake. There is a 4.5 mile loop that is somewhat out of the way, and lower traffic means that we see lots of birds. Links below.

http://baldwin-city.com/rec/clintonlake/


http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/cl/Camp-Woodridge-Photos.cfm


The Burr Oak Woods nature center has trails and an indoor bird viewing area. They have a list of the birds that you can find there on their website. They very close to I-70 in the Blue Springs area.

http://mdc.mo.gov/areas/cnc/burroak/

I hope this is helpful.
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Old Friday 22nd May 2009, 02:52   #3
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Many thanks for the info, much appreciated. The Burr Oak Woods Nature center looks particularly attractive--I just had a look at the bird checklist--& I think we'll definitely try to stop there & maybe at Woodridge Park also if time permits.

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