03/29/09 I am writing first about a trip to Monroe Co., IL with Jackie Chain this afternoon. It was a beautiful afternoon after such a dreary, wet, cold couple of days. Spring is still here!
We drove down several levees (some it turned out were "private"), but then found our way to the Levee Road, Harris Road, and the Bluff Road. Notable on one of the private levees was a Bald Eagle nest with one young eagle head sticking out. An adult eagle was flying nearby, drawing us away from the nest. Ducks mostly seen on pond on Harris Rd, and Bluff Rd.
We were looking for shorebirds( few), American pipits(NO), a merlin (maybe), and a western meadowlark( not that we could tell).
Following are the birds we saw:
Great Blue Heron (many in many places)
Turkey vulture (many)
possible merlin (seen poorly but a falcon )
possible lesser yellowlegs
Wilson's snipe (7 sitting in grasses, quiet and cute)
posting pics at jcallen.smugmug.com
At home, this weekend, I had a fair number of regular yard birds plus several less usual seen in my neighborhood (cedar waxwings, yellow-rumped warblers) :
Downy woodpecker (male and female)
Northern flicker (yellow shafted, male)
Brown thrasher ( a pair)
Eurasian tree sparrow
Not a bad weekend with two very different habitats.
St. Louis County