April 20, 2011, Saint Joseph oxbow lakes birds.

An apparent new flock of ibises were at Horseshoe Lake this morning and they all appeared to be WHITE-FACED IBIS. Also present were some HUDSONIAN GODWITS and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. There was a large contingent of TREE SWALLOWS and a smattering of BARN SWALLOWS and a couple of CLIFF SWALLOWS. The best birds of the day were the four BLACK-NECKED STILTS, apparently the same four which I saw yesterday. The godwits were feeding in the water on the far side opposite Pettet Road at Horseshoe Lake.

Over at Muskrat Lake it was not as birdy, but there were a few shorebirds including two female WILSON'S PHALAROPES

Mud Lake yielded a SPOTTED SANDPIPER (FOY) and also a "runner up" for best bird of the day, a PEREGRINE FALCON. A magnificent bird perched high in on the north shore of the lake.

SORA were seen and heard on the west end of Lake Contrary. This area looks like it might be good for bitterns a little later on!

The sparrow I saw all around these areas included: CHIPPING, VESPER, LARK, SAVANNAH, LINCOLN'S, HARRIS'S and WHITE-CROWNED.

Of course, the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are all over the place!

Waterfowl numbers are diminishing with only only nine (9) species seen today: SNOW GOOSE, CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK.

This morning was a little cool and the skies were overcast, but it is still a great time of year to be out birding!

Larry Lade
Saint Joseph, MO
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