Birding Missouri – Boone’s Lick State Historic Site

Veery has temporarily moved! The Birdfreak Team is partially split for the summer as Veery spends a few months working in Jefferson City, Missouri. Join in on her adventures through a new state and her quest to answer this question: How’s the birding in mid-Missouri?

My sister (Susie a.k.a. Snowy Owl) and her two daughters brought my son Dakota down to Missouri for a loaded weekend of birding fun. The weather was great much of the time and we learned a bit of Missouri history.

One of the neat historical sites we visited was Boone’s Lick State Historic Site northwest of Booneville, Missouri. Two sons of Daniel Boone partnered up to produce salt from the saltwater springs found in the area. We hiked an interpretive trail which included some of the actual artifacts from the salt-making process.

Boone's Lick State Historical Site
Salt spring trail – Photo by Dakota

We had a nice picnic and watched an Eastern Phoebe catching insects. We also heard and then saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There were many Dickcissels, Indigo Buntings and Eastern Bluebirds – a pleasant experience!

Boone's Lick State Historical Site
Photo by Dakota

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was new on the Missouri State List!

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