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Mobirders:
Arrived at Otter Slough about 5:00pm Sunday evening...Should
have got there earlier. Once again, the observable shorebird
habitat has changed. Disregard any earlier posts regarding 
potential habitat. Many of the roads through Otter Slough are
now closed. Nearly dark when I found some PRIME habitat
on the west side of Otter Slough CA, taking CR 670(which is
basically the southern boundary of OS) across the Otter Slough
ditch(bridge)near the St.Francis River, CR 670 turns north...
follow until CR 670 dead-ends at CR 691.From this vantage point,
shorebirds were numerous all along the west side of CR 670.
5 or 6 LARGE moist soil units have been cut down to stubble and
partially flooded. Observed just before dark:
Wilson's Snipe-350+
Peep,spp:125
Greater Yellowlegs-3
Lesser Yellowlegs-35
Yellowlegs,spp:-30
Pectoral Sandpiper-12
Dowitcher,spp:-10
DUNLIN-3
Killdeer-50
These birds were feeding frantically...No telling what else was out
there!
Observed on Hwy 51/CR 440 intersection(south of Puxico,MO):
Eurasian Collared Dove-2
Also, counted 24 Red Tailed Hawks along Hwy 60, Hwy TT south
through Dudley,MO, and around Otter Slough CA.
HUGE flocks of RW Blackbirds in fields entering Otter Slough.
Crows(Fish or American?) and Blue Jays numerous,also.
Wonder if West Nile hits Fish Crows as much as American Crows?
Good Birding!!!!!!
Doug Willis
Farmington,MO
St.Francois County
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