I took a long, round about route to LCCL today, solely to track down the Eurasian Wigeon (not seen). The day turned up some interesting sightings, but the best bird of the day was the Prairie Falcon, which we (George Barker, Mary Ann Auer and myself) saw take a Mourning Dove. The bird settled into tall grasses to eat and was not seen again. All saw the diagnostice dark axillaries, light helmet, brownish plain back with a lighter (seemingly unbanded) tail. Size and actions were consistent with Prairie Falcon. Magnificant bird.
At Portage Des Sioux road-100 + American Crows with 30 more at the shrine. Also 20 or so Killdeer and one Cooper's Hawk.
At REDA- 450+ (or more) Ruddy Ducks and 600+ (or more) American Coots. First REDA Canvasbacks, some Redheads, ring-necked, lesser scaup and at least 2 surf scoters. Randy Korotov and I had 2 at the lock and dam and then drove to Lincoln Shields where we had 2 more- don't know if they were the same or additional ones. I also had 2 Gr. Yellowlegs in Heron Pond and a dunlin in Ellis Bay.
At Creve Coeur lake, in addition to the single surf scoter, I had 3 horned grebes among the ruddy ducks and coots.
At Little Creve Coeur I had an American Bittern in the detention basin below the new highway and in the corn field Northern Harrier, Red-tailed and Cooper's hawks. Also 3 snipe flyover.
St. Charles County