Birds previously rare to Missouri becoming more common

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A Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) running across a road. Shot in Tuscon, Arizona, United States of America.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Members of an Audubon Society chapter in southwest Missouri say they’re commonly seeing birds that used to be rare in the Ozarks, and they believe climate change is the reason.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Eastern phoebes, black vultures and even roadrunners are becoming established.

The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society is in the midst of its annual Christmastime bird count, a process that began Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 5.

The data will become part of a database for the national Audubon Society in Washington, D.C.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader,