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St.Louis Audubon Society had the second of its experimental Wednesday
birding trips today, Jan 24.  Sixteen people plus the leader showed up at
Riverlands on a quite pleasant morning for that location.  We birded from
9:00 am - noon.  Total species was 27.  These trips are proving to be
popular enough that we will expand them next year to at least one per month.

Teal Pond was about 1/2 frozen with lots of birds sitting on the ice.  Heron
Pond was completely frozen but looked as if parts might thaw by afternoon.
Ellis Bay was totally liquid.

Overall ducks were surprisingly scarce.  Bald Eagles were in abundance all
over the place.  Probably over 100 altogether.  Quite a few gulls were
around including a decent collection at the gull roost above the dam.
However, none of the rarities that have been seen recently were found.

Teal Pond at 9:00 am:

Trumpeter Swans ­ probably close to 100 plus others in Ellis Bay across the
road.  No Tundras were seen
Canada Geese ­ many in different sizes, but none that we  could make into
Cackling.
Greater White-fronted Geese ­ 2
Mallards ­ 2
Northern Shovelers ­ 2

Sparrows:

American Tree Sparrows in abundance within 30 yards of the entrance to the
confluence road
ETS in same location but along the fence atop the parking lot border
Savannah Sparrows ­ 1-2  in same spot as ATS, one that sat perched for a
long time along the road to the duck hunting club.
White ­crowned Sparrows ­ 5-6 near the tall grass outside the HQ building.

Raptors:

Northern Harriers ­ about 3-4
Kestrel ­ 1

Water Fowl in Ellis Bay:

Common Goldeneye ­ many ­ The most common duck by far
Barrows Goldeneye ­ (possibly) one female.  Only a quick look was obtained
by one birder before the bird flew.  The big orange bill made quite an
impression and then it was gone.
Greater Scaup ­ 4 .   No Lesser Scaup at all.  (Confirmation came when we
could see the wing stripe when the birds flew.)
Mergansers ­ all three species were present but only a very few Red-breasted
and Hooded were seen.
Ruddy Ducks ­ 10 ?
Surf Scoter ­ 1 In the usual general area along the rock wall.  Today it was
out a bit and toward the lock.
American White Pelicans ­ 20 +
Great Blue Herons ­ 4-6
Double-crested Cormorants ­ 10-15

Also had some Horned Larks.

John Solodar




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