We started at the barrow pits at Horseshoe Lake in Granite City.  The highlights there were the Glaucous and Glaucous-winged Gulls  We had them side by side for an interesting comparison of their colors and appearances.  At one point they appeared to be fighting in flight over a bit of food.  Otherwise Horseshoe was rather slow.  There were a variety of ducks mostly Goldeneye and Gadwall, but with small numbers of Mallards, Canvasback, Hooded Mergansers, etc. mixed in just over the railroad tracks.  Near the site of the old dredge at the end of the road were a few ducks sheltering from the wind and guns.  They included both Scaup species, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks.  All quite close. 
REDA was cold, windy, and damp.  There were lots of gulls, but the only uncommon one was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull which was flying about in the area of the HQ building.  There were lots of Goldeneye and Common Mergansers and lesser numbers of other ducks, but nothing unusual.  There were also the usual swans. 
Overall a six gull day (with Herring, Ring-billed, and Bonaparte's), not anywhere near a record, but not bad for December.  The oddest thing about REDA was the low number of Bald Eagles, possibly they were sheltering from the wind.
David Becher
Saint Louis
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