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A quick visit to Little Creve Coeur before meeting the group produced Fish Crow and a few Pectoral Sandpipers along River Valley Drive.  Returning with the group the Pecs were gone and the Crows only calling in the distance.  A walk around the area produced Field, Song, White-crowned, Swamp, and Fox Sparrows and ETS.  We also had a number of Wilson's Snipe and the usual blackbirds.  There were plenty of ducks mostly Mallards, Shovelers, and Pintails, but they where difficult to see in the heavy cover.    Creve Coeur Lake itself was full of scullers, but we still saw a Common Loon (briefly before it flew), several Horned Grebes including one with good head plumes, and a fair number of Bonaparte's Gulls.  There were a few ducks that flew in and out including Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Scaup, and Ruddy Ducks.  There were Tree Swallows here as well as at a number of other places.
St. Charles Co.  was not very productive.  One car had Rusty Blackbirds among the Grackles and Cowbirds at South Shores and there was possible Vesper Sparrow along Saale Road in Saint Charles Co.  A male Wood Duck at Hideway Harbor just west of Portage de Sioux was my first.  
REDA had huge numbers of ducks, but not much variety.  There were tens of thousands of Lesser Scaup with odds and ends of other diving ducks mixed in.  There were also a number of Horned Grebes and a variety of dabbling ducks with Shovelers predominate.   The Gulls were all Ring-billed and a few Herring.  There was too much wind for much chance of seeing small birds.

David Becher

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