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From James Hickner:
>    
>   My quest for Smith's Longspur failed again this
> morning at Columbia Bottom CA. Other birders were
there also but I don't
> think anybody found the birds. I birded other parts
> of Columbia Bottom, Riverlands, and St. Charles
> County floodplain. I didn't find anything unusual or
> really interesting at Columbia Bottom and
> Riverlands. I had 42 species for the trip. 
>   Riverlands: 
>   Horned Grebe - just one  still in non-breeding
> form 
>   Turkey Vulture - 4 
>   No interesting gulls. Only saw Ring-billed. 
>   Alta Villa Rd: 
>   Greater Yellowleg - 6 
>   Northern Shoveler 
>   Green-winged Teal 
>   Blue-winged Teal 
>   American White Pelican - a lot of them 
>   Along Hwy H on the way to Marais Temp Clair: 
>   I found five American Golden Plovers at a
> temporary pond on the farmland and also some
> Northern Shovelers in that pond. 
>   Not much bird activity at Marais Temp Clair. Saw
> some Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, a
> couple of Eastern Bluebirds, one Red-tailed Hawk,
> and one Savannah Sparrow there.  
>   After I exited the place heading south, I stopped
> to check out a temporary lake on the field near the
> intersection of Hwys H and 94. I pulled over my van
> on a small parking area near a stop sign at that
> intersection. Found a lot of American Golden Plovers
> in the flooded field even though they were pretty
> far away but I was able to see them at 40X. 
>   My last stop at Creve Coeur Lake was not
> productive and I did not find any waterfowls. That
> was all for the day. 
>    
>   Jim Hickner 
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>   P.S. I think other birders should be alerted about
> American Golden Plovers on St. Charles Co.
> floodplain. 
>    
> 


Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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