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The Solodars did a circle trip today to try to hit a few of the birds
reported recently.

8 - Cacking Geese.   These were in Earth City.  Going north from I-70 we
took one of the first turns (Lakefront Drive or something like that) to the
right and followed it around to the left to find lots of water and geese.
Parked in the Home Depot Storage parking lot and found the geese.   Small
birds, slightly larger than the Mallards present but not much.  (Having read
the web sites that Josh Uffman posted we now realize that some Cackling
Geese are as small as Mallards, but some are slightly larger).  There were
some Canadas swimming with them that were small compared to most of the
Canadas present, but still dwarfed the Cackling Geese.   The bills on the
Cacklers were tiny with a much sharper forehead to bill angle than the
nearby Canadas.   There is a lot of water in this area so it might be worth
it to check many areas if you do not find the Cacklers right away.  We
passed another group of very small geese on the way out, but did not stop to
check them.  This suggests that there may be more around.

1- 1st winter Snow Goose in with the Canadas and Cacklers.

15-20 Great-tailed Grackles.   These were in the trees to the east of the
Bryan Island Stables off the Earth City Expressway just north of the highway
370.  About 3 males and 12 or more females.   None were seen on the ground.

20 - 25 Western Meadowlarks in the fields beyond the Katy Trail access off
Hwy 94.  These birds were skittish and kept flying away, but then two of
them sang for us briefly nailing the ID.   This was about 2:40 PM after
Jackie and her group had gone.

We dipped on the Purple Finches at the Fallen Oak Trail and on the Harris
Sparrow at the Blue Grosbeak Trail.   Many White-crowned Sparrows, Song
Sparrows and a zillion Cardinals.  Lots of hunters, howling beagles, dog
walkers, etc, in the area did not help.


John Solodar

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