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For St. Louis area birders: Report from Two Rivers Refuge on Saturday, 9/2.

Spent a couple of hours in the area with my fall birding class on 
Sat. afternoon. Swan Lake has continued to dry up. Shorebirds are 
fewer, though still in the 100's, and are even farther away at the 
main viewing points.  Majority are still Pectorals, with some Leasts 
and Semis discernible; we also noted three Sanderlings, which stand 
out at a great distance by their whiteness. Terns seemed to be absent 
except for a single Caspian. Large numbers of teal continue.

Along the road to the pump station, the wetland cells on the left 
have had some water pumped into them after nearly drying up. They are 
thick with vegetation but now have a bit of standing water 
underneath. Walking in along the low dike to the left eventually 
produced two Soras and a Marsh Wren. This area deserves further 
checking through September and October for rails, etc.

Earlier in the morning, a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Teal 
Pond, Riverlands, was unexpected, and a few Broad-winged Hawks (total 
11) passed over the Olin Preserve. Very few neotropical migrants were 
noted (only four warbler spp.).

Bill Rowe
St. Louis

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