On Sat., Feb. 13, 18
hardy souls traveled to Baldwin Lake and Peabody River King Fish and Wildlife,
in southern Illinois. With the help of "co-leaders" Pat Lueders, Mike Thealan
and Mike Grant,we had one of the most productive Baldwin Lake trips
early, as a few noticed an Osprey in a tree as we zipped by on I-255, just after
crossing the J.B. Bridge.
At Baldwin Lake, we
saw Cackling with Canada's, and Ross' with Snows, for great comparisons. We
completed the Geese Sweep with Greater White-fronted fly-overs in the afternoon.
Surprisingly, there were virtually no ducks or gulls at
leaving Baldwin, we stopped to watch the bird feeders at the first house on
Risdon Road. Mike T. spotted
a HARRIS'S SPARROW feeding on the ground. It perched in a bush where
everyone was able to get good Scope views.
most of us stopped for lunch at the end of the main drive, while Pat L. wandered
off and spotted a Shrike. After much observation and reference to 3
different field guides, it was determined that it was definitely a NORTHERN
SHRIKE. Mike and Mike bushwhacked in order to get closer looks and photos,
and observed, among others, the following field
hook on bill
+ white patch
black between eye and bill
+top of eye
extended above mask
thin barring on underparts from upper breast to belly
and back uniformly light pale blue.
was found across the main road from the Kid"s Lake gate, which was a
LOGGERHEAD. Another good comparison,
off a beautiful 37 degree, sunny day watching thousands of snow geese pass north
overhead while we hoped for Short-eared Owls to appear. At Last we had
7 of these stars of the evening show up, with one perching long enough for
all to have great scope views.
good numbers of lifers, we had a trip count of 58sps., and we didn't loose any
birders. A Good Trip.
John Torrey Berger,
Broadway, Suite 2000
St. Louis, Missouri 63102-2147
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