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Voelkerding Slough - Along Katy Trail between Dutzow and Marthasville in 
Warren County:
A nice mudflat of ~20 acres at the east end and ~25 acres at the west end 
has developed at this wetland reserve which is owned by the East Central 
College Foundation.
This morning there was a mixed flock of greater and lesser yellowlegs 
comprising about 80-100 birds.  Another mixed group of about 50 golden 
plovers and 60-70 pectoral sandpipers was feeding in the area.  These birds 
were at the east end of the property as were bw teal, shovellers, coots, and 
several pairs of wood ducks.  In the wooded interior of the slough were 
swamp, song, tree, and white-throated sparrows, and the usual woodland 
suspects.  A pleasant surprise was a Cooper's hawk cruising slowly through 
the area and a beautiful singing Bewick's wren atop a brush pile at the west 
end of the low levee that encloses the area.  This area should supply good 
shorebird habitat for quite a while this spring as the Mo. Rivers is quite 
high and the ground around this natural lowland is completely saturated.
DRH
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Donald R. Hays
Union, Missouri 

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