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Sora and White-crowned Sparrows at Horseshoe Lake.

The group started at REDA where it was very foggy.  There was a flock of 8-10 Dowitchers sp.  and a number of Killdeers at Teal Pond.  The shorebirds were flushed by a pair of Peregrine Falcons before they could be identified to species in the poor conditions.  The brush near the Two Pecan parking lot produced Nashville, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers as well as Savannah Sparrows.  There were some ducks at Heron Pond mostly Mallards, Gadwall, and both species of Teal.  There may have been other birds, but the viewing conditions were very poor.  A visit to the Watershed Sanctuary in Edwardsville, Ill.  added Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Green and Magnolia Warbler as well as Blue-headed Vireo.  There were huge numbers of Goldfinches around the area.  At Horseshoe Lake there were still large numbers of Soras near the island end of the causeway in the grass.  There are also still many Am. White Pelicans on the lake, but few ducks as yet.  The swampy area in the parking lot field on the RT 203 side was much wetter than last week and had few birds.  There were many Savannah and Swamp sparrows in the fields and a few others mixed in.  One adult White-crowned Sparrow was my first of the year.  

David Becher

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