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I was at Ten Mile Pond Wednesday (04/30/03) , and I found the Common Moorhen
at the far back pond of the Richard T Reed Unit.  It was gorgeous, and my
first for Missouri (have had it in Texas numerous times)...Couln't refind
the Tri-colored tho.  Also there had Semipalm. Plovers, Dowitchers spp
(Long-billed?), both Yellowlegs, several Wilson's Snipe, Least Sandpipers,
Spotted Sandpipers, Solitairy Sandpipers, a large flotilla of American White
Pelicans, and 13 LEAST TERNS...Aren't these early?

Went to Big Oak Tree SP and had my First-Of-Year Ovenbirds. Three beautiful
birds, also FOY Orchard Oriole...I always see the Pileateds there, and did
again this time.

Later went to Otter Slough CA near Dexter, where my happiest find was FIFTY
Black-necked Stilts.  The most (~36 birds) were in Pond #23, but I saw them
all over the area. Also Osprey, Yellowlegs, Spotteds, Solitairy, Snowy and
Great Egrets..

Finished the day with 73 species....and Red-tailed Hawk (extremely common
here) was the last bird I added, on the way home....go figure?!

Leslie Keith Koller
Sikeston, Scott Co, Missouri


----- Original Message -----
From: "Shawn Clubb" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 9:21 PM
Subject: Big Oak Tree SP, Ten Mile Pond - Mississippi Co., Mo. 4-29-03


> I awoke at home Tuesday in Collinsville to the sound of barred owls
calling
> outside. I was restless and couldn't get back to sleep even though it was
6
> a.m. and I am on vacation. After dropping my wife off at work in downtown
> St. Louis I drove south in search of the reported tricolored herons and
> anhinga.
>
> I stopped first at Ten Mile Pond where I immediately found a SORA. The
> herons weren't in the stand of willows. However, I drove down the gravel
> road at the easternmost entrance and got on top of my truck to look over
the
> levee that blocks the view. There was one TRICOLORED HERON there. I scoped
> him for a while. Very cool bird and another lifer for me.
>
> I then drove to Big Oak Tree SP to look for the anhinga. No luck. The
entire
> lake area was pretty dead, except for a few woodpeckers. I did however
walk
> as much of the boardwalk area as is in place right now. I beleive I saw a
> SWAINSON'S WARBLER. I only got a brief glimpse before a family with a very
> noisy little girl came stomping down the boardwalk. I think if I hadn't
been
> there they might have abandoned her there. Anyway, I had seen Swainson's
> before at Seven Points River near Greer Springs, Mo. The bird today I
would
> say was a Swainson's with 99 percent certainty. I did not hear it call,
but
> I got a great, yet brief, look at its markings. I was pretty sure it was
> Swainson's before I grabbed a boardwalk guide when leaving and found out
> they nest there. The area where I saw it was among some of the cane that
> grows there.
>
> Along that path I also had NORTHERN ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING, PROTHONATARY
> WARBLER, CAROLINA WREN, and heard, but didn't see pileated woodpecker and
> black-throated green warbler.
>
> I only briefly checked out the area, because I had to get back to St.
Louis
> to pick up my wife and I wanted to look for some of the other birds
reported
> at Ten Mile Pond. I did NOT find the moorhen or anything else of note.
>
> Still, I was very impressed by both places.
>
> By the way, I had to show my wife, Susan, who does not bird, the Cinnamon
> Teal at Horseshoe Lake (IL) on Monday. When we got there and Jim and
> Charlene already had their scopes on it, I beleive she was impressed. I
> think the impression Charlene in particular made on her might help me in
my
> effort to convert her to one of us.
>
> Shawn Clubb, Collinsville, Madison Co., IL
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