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Well, this isn't exactly "St. Louis area", but we had meadowlarks at the 
Bittern Basin of BK Leach during the Clarence Cannon CBC last week.  Mike 
Grant probably took pictures.

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, ST. Louis CO., MO
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From: Charlene and Jim Malone <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Charlene and Jim Malone <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Birds around St. Louis area  last few days
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 16:58:06 -0600

Just a "quick post" for those that are wanting to get 100 birds in the St. 
Louis area by the end of Jan.:

Had a HERMIT THRUSH on the Weldon Springs CBC along Centaur (sp?) Rd in 
Chesterfield Valley, Dec. 31. Imagine they will be at Busch or any such 
similar habitat.

4 species of geese at Suntan Beach, Hwy H in St. Charles: Canada, Cackling 
(several), one lone Snow goose and 4 White-fronted geese.

5 species of geese at Teal Pond at REDA: Canada, Cackling, White-fronted, 
the Ross's already reported and a few Snow.

one LESSER BLACK-BACKED gull (adult) at My River Home Marina/boat ramp in 
Portage Des Sioux. Very much a MO bird and rather close.
It's next to the Our Lady of the River monument.

Went by the grain elevator on Payne Road outside of Portage Des Sioux. 
Didn't see a single Eurasian Collared Dove. Maybe because the farmer was in 
the drive-through area of the grain elevator with a rifle in his hands. 
Either shooting at the mice or rats OR a little out of season dove "hunting" 
to cut down on the slow down traffic in front of his house/buildings..?? 
Dunno'.
On Jan 1, we had two ECDOs on Hwy 94 just past the road that goes to the 
Orchard Farm High School.

Anyone have any of the following in the St. Louis area and where (please 
post):
- Rough-legged hawks
- Loggerhead shrikes
- Harris's sparrows
- Eastern or Western meadowlarks (anyone been to the Katy Trail area 
recently?)
Usually have at least some meadowlarks on the Orchard Farm CBC but not this 
year.
- Tundra swans - where are the Swans during the day?? I did see 12 swans 
(mostly Trumpeters that I could quickly tell) along Saale Road but only had 
a few birds at REDA. MIGHT have had one Tundra in that group of 12, but 
distance and no to place to stop along the road prevented me from getting a 
long enough look.
Looked in the usual day roosting fields and did not find the large numbers 
of swans normally seen.
Did they find a new lounging area?
- Snow bunting or lapland longspurs

Many thanks in advance.

Good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.





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