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For anyone thinking about the Carlyle Lake (IL) bird walk this coming Sunday, Jan. 19, here is an update from earlier in the week:

Lots of waterfowl, including Snow & Ross's Geese and many duck species
Lots of gulls - mainly Ring-bills and Herrings, and an adult Lesser Black-back that 
    has been seen there since fall. The cold weather snap might have drive nore
    species down to our area.
The group will spend time scanning the water carefully.

In the town of Carlyle, there are some regular spots to get Monk Parakeets and Eurasian Collared Doves.  The group will definitely get to these places.

There is an area where Saw-whet Owls have been roosting.  No guarantees here, but the group will visit that area.

Pine Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch have also been seen.

The Christmas Bird Count had many interesting species turn up, including a Golden Eagle, Sandhill Crane, and Black-legged Kittiwake.  For more information, you can check out Dan Kassebaum's web site for the sightings as of 1/12/03:

http://www.monroe.k12.il.us/websites/dkassebaum/report.htm

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the McDonald's restaurant in the town of Carlyle, near the intersection where Ill. Hwy. 50 runs into Hwy. 127.

Regards,

Yvonne Homeyer
Webster Groves Nature Study Society






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