Thursday we went to Monroe County looking for some new year birds. Big miss were Black-necked Stilts. We were there from about 845am to 2pm and visited the big pool south of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge and east of ILL 3 off Quarry Rd (is this what Dan Kassebaum referred to as American Bottoms?). After that came Sod/Turf Farm at Steppig Rd full of Killdeer and Am Crows, no Buffies or Uplands (one Upland there last May 24). After that Bluff Rd to Old Valmeyer and then 156 to the Levee Road past KK on to Mitchie (no water over road!), rejoined Outlet to Bluff Road and south to village of Fults, on to Kidd Lake Road and rejoined Bluff down to big quarry operation, some of us continuing on to Prairie du Rocher and Fort de Chartres to Stringtown Rd to Ivy to Bluff Rd again and back to Des Peres.
We did not spot any Black Vultures despite constant vigilance.
Partial list of birds seen (a couple heard only):
Mallards (quick scope of some from Kidd Lake Rd but did not see Mottled Duck)
N Bobwhite - heard call from backside of Kidd Lake but hiding as usual
Great Blue Herons
Little Blue Herons
Turkey Vultures (50+ at Mitchie) plus airborne variety
Bald Eagle on ground
Red-shouldered Hawk adult
Red-tailed Hawks adult and juvenile
White-eyed Vireo heard
WB Nuthatch heard
C Yellowthroats heard
Indigo Buntings numerous
Dickcissels - very few
Thanks to members of the group for excellent sightings, ID's and alerts. Please excuse late posting and omissions and any incorrect inclusions to the list by the day's leader.
St Louis County