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Below is Bill Rowe's trip report for the Sun. Jan. 19 trip to Carlyle Lake,
IL.

Yvonne Homeyer
Webster Groves Nature Study Society
St. Louis


> WGNSS FIELD TRIP, CARLYLE LAKE AREA
> JANUARY 19, 2003
> 8-12 am, 12:45-3:30 pm
>
> Following a cold snap, Carlyle Lake was mostly frozen, with limited
patches
> of open water like "leads" in the Arctic Ocean. All the waterfowl were
> crowded into these, mostly at long range and viewable only through a
scope.
> Observed during the morning were many thousands of SNOW GEESE, large
> numbers (100's to over 1000) of MALLARD, CANVASBACK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and
> COMMON MERGANSER, plus smaller numbers of SCAUP (only LESSER identified
for
> certain), CANADA GEESE, and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (one flock of 50
in
> flight, smaller numbers later on the water) and a very few RING-NECKED
> DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and RUDDY DUCKS. The
> only gulls found were RING-BILLED and HERRING GULLS despite a careful
> search for the less common species;in fact, there were relatively few
> Herrings considering the cold weather. A very large majority of the
> Ring-bills were adults. Additional water birds were a few DOUBLE-CRESTED
> CORMORANTS and one GREAT BLUE HERON (afternoon).
>
> Raptors seen were BALD EAGLE (perhaps 25 or more, counting birds seen on
> the lake ice both morning and afternoon), RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN
> KESTREL, and  COOPER'S HAWK, with afternoon additions of NORTHERN HARRIER
> and a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK found by Mike Thelen and Connie Alwood
> after the trip had officially disbanded.
>
> In town, participants were able to get good views of several EURASIAN
> COLLARED-DOVES and brief fly-over views of two MONK PARAKEETS when they
> left their stick nest. The group combed an extensive stand of Red Cedar in
> South Shore State Park where Saw-whet Owls are known to roost; some
pellets
> were found, but no owls.
>
> Other land birds were few, since we spent limited time in the woods and
> brush, but we did have AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS by the lake shore. The
> afternoon participants explored pine groves at Hawn Access, finding
> GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a BROWN CREEPER, and an unseasonal BROWN THRASHER
> among other species. In open country, the cars stopped for one flock of
> HORNED LARKS mixed with a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS, which unfortunately did
> not pause to be studied.
>
> Bill Rowe
>
>
>

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