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I am fairly sure that I saw two different first winter Great Black-backed
Gulls at REDA on Saturday.  Also two adult Lesser Black-backeds were present
near the outhouses
David Becher
St. Louis

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From: "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 5:35 AM
Subject: REDA birds 3/01/03 - GBB, LTducks reamin


> Just a quick review of the birds of interest that are remaining at
> Riverlands EDA, St. Charles co, 3/01/03 besides the "white-headed gull":
> - 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS - were first seen in Ellis Bay across from Wise
Road.
> Then they flew to another part of Ellis Bay between Heron Pond and the
> observation Tower down by the Maintenance sheds.
> - 1 - 1w GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL - a.k.a., "Bruiser" seen in Ellis Bay
(EB)
> across from Teal Pond.  He/she  was moving about more in this general area
> which also included the gap between the "chain of islands" of the main
part
> of Ellis Island and the area across from Wise Road. This bird is "usually"
> easy to pick out even with bins.
> FOR a map of REDA (so you can kinda' understand where these places are);
go
> to the WGNSS website >  www.wgnss.org  Click on "Bird and Birding
> Information"
>
> Other birds of highlight for you COMALers:
> NO. Pintails - EB past Heron Pond
> AMERICAN WIDGEON - Same area as pintails
> BLACK DUCK - left side of Heron Pond
> REDHEADS - West Alton Boat Ramp (Past Harbor Point Marina off of Hwy 94 in
> West Alton, MO). SORRY SUSAN!!.... Saw these after I lost contact with
you.
> This area has lots of dabblers, mostly Pintails, but a good place to look
> through the large number of gulls and geese too.
> RED-BREASTED mergs - several in EB
> SNOW GEESE- about 200 flew over rather low for migrating geese. Huge
groups
> of snows have been coming through the last week or so. Have not been able
to
> find "Reeses Geeses" (a"Patti-ism") yet in the flyovers.
>
> The ice was melting fast, therefore birds were more spread out and
wandering
> more (temps got in the low 40's on Sat. If you believe the local
> weatherpersons, a "strong" cold front will be coming through from the NW
on
> Sunday therefore a drop into the 20's with lots of wind)
> Also think there was been a shift in bird numbers -  a lot fewer. Less ice
=
> fewer gulls, of course, but waterfowl numbers shifting too.
> i.e. went to Lincoln Shields at noon and there were tons of birds, went
> there around 3:30PM and the area was generally void of birds.
> BTW, the gulls start taking off for their night-time roost (usually
> somewhere up river from REDA) after 4 - 4:30 PM.
>
> Things are moving around so be aware of this.
> Have patience, you may have to look through everything and at other spots
to
> find these birds.
> You never know what you might find. :-)
>
> Good birding,
> Charlene Malone
> Chesterfield, MO
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