Ed, Karsten and I worked the headquarters today, and we did the loop twice, although not a “hard” loop.  Pretty casual birding, as we didn’t bring our scope. (What were we THINKING?) 

 

It is indeed too early for the Snow Geese, since they  need to be frozen out of their feeding area north of here before they move down.  If you want to see where the geese are, you can check the websites for Sand Lake NWR in ND   http://www.fws.gov/sandlake/index.htm  then click on Hunting/Migration for updated counts.  From there, many of the geese stop at DeSoto NWR    http://www.fws.gov/midwest/desoto   then click on Migration and see counts and “Where are the Snow Geese?”

 

At the refuge today, we saw good numbers of Pintail, Mallard, tons of Coots, some Shovelers, plenty of Green-winged Teal, decent numbers of Wigeon and Gadwall, some pelicans, a smattering of Wood ducks, plenty of Greater White-fronted geese and the usuals;  Great Blue herons, Pied-billed grebes, Canada geese etc.  We saw one immature Bald eagle, a female harrier.  Our best bird of the day was a Common Moorhen in basic plumage.

 

Not a bad day, certainly, but more impressive birding days are still to come.

 

Heidi McCullough

Kansas City, North (Platte Co.)

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christine Kline, Secretary
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 1:25 PM
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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek?

 

Sorry, thought of two more notables…Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, and Osprey.

 


From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christine Kline, Secretary
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 1:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek?

 

It is too early for snow geese.  However, I birded the loop 3 times a week ago on a Sunday.  We had a flock of snipe and dowitchers, we had yellowlegs, and a lone ibis.  The Sandhill Cranes are still there and we have thousands of ducks and waterfowl as teal migration has started.  I’m on the board for Friends of Squaw Creek so perhaps I’m a little biased, but I always say that Squaw Creek is NEVER disappointing.  There’s always something.  Oh, and we also had some soras.

 

Christine Kline

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Cass County ~ Pleasant Hill, MO

 


From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:20 AM
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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek?

 

Barbara,

I was at Squaw Creek NWR on Sat the 16th to do some volunteering.  Sadly, I didn't have much time to spend birding, but did see a few things.  I think that the warm weather has probably slowed the migration of waterfowl -- didn't see a single Snow Goose.  There were thousands of ducks of various species, lots of American Coots, a few American White Pelicans, quite a few shorebirds, and reports from visitors of a few Sandhill Cranes.  I spotted one adult Bald Eagle flying along the west side of the auto loop.  Of course, things have probably changed in the past week.  I hope that helps.

Susan Seyboth
Kansas City, MO
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From: Barbara Jahn <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 11:40 pm
Subject: Squaw Creek?

Has anyone been to Squaw Creek lately please post to let us know

Thank you

Barbara Jahn

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