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Eagle Bluffs was just GORGEOUS last evening - a real treat for the senses!
Even though the wind continued to blow mightily, it was truly an enjoyable
experience.  Back in pool 15 there were large numbers of American White
Pelicans, Ring-billed Gulls, BW Teal, No. Shovelers, and Yellowlegs. There
was also a Northern Pintail, and Ring-necked Ducks. Sora seem to be calling
from every nook and cranny.  Smaller numbers of Mallard, Gadwall, GW Teal,
Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Willet, 14 American Avocets, and numerous
little flocks of smaller shorebirds - all happily feeding and talking with
each other -- and occasionally rising up and swirling as the Peregrine
Falcon passed over. You could just imagine that this is what the river might
have looked like "in the olden days".

In Pool 10, five Phalaropes were dizzily spinning, and a few dowitchers
entered the mix.  At the small marsh near the one way loop (bathroom parking
lot), sora were all feeding very close to the edge.  Occasionally they would
call and chase each other.  Two Virginia Rails came out to the edge, and I
got to hear their "grunt" call.  Then they got into a tussle and one flew
under my car!!!!  Jim Rathert was there photographing the action, and I
think we probably watched for a good 25 minutes.

Pool 4 had phalaropes, semi-palmated plovers and sandpipers, least, pectoral
sandpipers and lots of yellowlegs.  You finally just had to put your
binoculars down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening.  All seemed
right with the world.
Jean Leonatti
Boone County
Columbia, MO
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