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Sulli Gibson visiting from Chicago just phoned to report that the Western Kingbird nest appears to be abandoned after he visited the site late this Tuesday afternoon.  Perhaps the two birds fledged.  No adults or young were seen after a check of the area.  A Spotted Sandpiper was a temp inhabitant of a small puddle nearby.
   
  A visit to Horseshow Lake on Monday failed to produce the Neotropic Cormorant in spite of doubling back on Illinois Bend Road and Canteen Lake.  A Least Bittern was glimpsed as it flew from the right side of the 111 boat launch pullout, Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, Little Blues, Great Blues, Green Herons and family groups of Pied-billed Grebes populated the impoundment side of Horseshoe from the causeway.  The drawing-down of the water continues.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  

Mike Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Spent a morning and early afternoon birding at several St. Louis area
locations.



At Horseshoe Lake (IL), got the Neotropic Cormorant in the tree in front of
the 2nd house on Big Bend Rd. Thanks to Frank Holmes for sending me to the
tree when he found me digiscoping BC Night-Herons at the railroad crossing.
Must have been 10 or so of them there, sunning themselves on the raised
railroad bed. Had one Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Big Bend Road much
closer to 203, about where the gravel road over to the borrow pits
intersects. On the 111 side, at the boat ramp several families of PB Grebes
swum among the weeds. Three Mute Swans in the big part of the lake near the
entrance. Green Herons, Great and Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and more
BC Night-Herons on both sides of the causeway. The pumps are running,
draining the south end of the lake.



At Riverlands there were a couple of dozen White Pelicans. Nothing unusual
except 1 Northern Shoveler way out on a log. The water is way up in Ellis
Bay, but Heron pond looked mostly evaporated.



And at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex I saw the Western Kingbirds.
Two young in the nest, one adult bopping around.



Photos from today are at:



http://mikecurlew.smugmug.com/gallery/3115071/16/170505186#P-1-15







Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO


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