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Went to Riverlands this morning.  There were three Red-necked Phalaropes at Cora Island along with a flock of Stilt Sandpipers and Yellowlegs and a few peeps.  Three were also a few Buff-breasted in the grass near the left edge.  There were lots of birds at the Confluence Road mostly what was reported earlier.  The Avocets and Marbled Godwit were in the furthest pond at the pipeline wet area, it is a fair walk to see them.  Also in that area was another Red-necked Phalarope and lots of Stilt Sandpipers, Golden Plovers, Yellowlegs, Pectorals, Baird's and other sandpipers.  In the area nearer the road there were two Ruddy Turnstones in winter plumage and a flock of Buff-breasted Sandpipers that moved about and occasionally gave good looks.  After lunch I headed down to Monroe County.  On Outlet Road, I could not find the King Rails, but there were at least seven Soras and lots of shorebirds in the ponds.  The farmer was burning a nearby field and the smoke was a problem.  At Mitchee road it is starting to dry out, but there are still lots of birds.  Highlights included two more Red-necked Phalaropes (6 for the day), another Ruddy Turnstone, and two Sanderlings.  There were lots of Golden Plovers, Stilt Sandpipers etc.  Notable by their absence at both areas were any Dowitchers.
 
David Becher
Saint Louis
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