Thank you Josh.  You made the field trip a 'cackling' good time.  I think the best part was watching you determinedly find more Ross's Geese for everyone to study - all with patience and a sense of humor.  

And I would also like second your thank you to Charlene for her phone call about the Ground Dove.  I am not sure my wife and I would have tried to refind it if it wasn't for her call.  Thank you so much, Charlene.  (And of course, thank you Mike Brady!)

And thank you again, Josh, for the tip on where to find the Ground Dove near the fork in the trail once we got there and saw you leaving.  We found it right where you said.  But....

Later, when a few more birders arrived who had not seen it, it seemed to have stopped making an appearance at the fork.  We decided to leave while others stayed in hopes it would make an appearance at the fork. 
On our way out, my wife refound it near the entrance to the trail and called the folks trying to re-find it near the fork on her cellphone to let them know.  They came quickly and were overjoyed. I am guessing this was around 3:30PM.  So, be aware that the dove is a tricky little booger and could be anywhere along the trail, if anyone tries to refind it tomorrow.

BTW, which sex do folks think this Common Ground Dove do folks think is?  Male?  Do you think it is Western or Eastern?

The really fun part was getting to relive our Texas trip through this tiny dove.  My wife and I have only seen this species one other time, in Texas.  Getting to see it fly today was a real treat  - the rufous under the wings was spectacular, as were the black tips on the tail.   The almost reptilian scaling on the head, neck and chest reminded us of its ancestors, the dinosaurs.  From a 42 foot T-Rex to a 6.5" Common Ground Dove.  The incredibly shrinking Dinosaur!

Andy Reago
St. Louis MO
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On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Joshua Uffman wrote:
  This morning, 21 people attended the St. Louis Audubon Society Fieldtrip to Riverlands Mig. Bird Sanctuary (RMBS, St. Charles County).  Overall, the number of waterfowl seemed down from when I was there earlier in the week.  However, there were still at least 4000 gulls roosting in Ellis Bay, but they all dispersed as soon as daylight broke (prior the start of the fieldtrip).
As a group, we managed 38 species birding from 8 to 11:30.  All of the highlight birds continued at their previously reported locations:
- The fem. type LONG-TAILED DUCK was hanging out with the 4 imm./fem. type SURF SCOTERS in Ellis Bay.
- 4 imm./fem. type BLACK SCOTERS were at Lincoln Shields
- At least 5 ROSS’S GEESE continued with about 200 Snow Geese in Heron Pond.
- Think we had at least 2 COMMON LOONS, 1 in Ellis Bay and 1 in Teal Pond.
- At least 1 Cackling Goose was amongst the Canadas at Teal Pond.
- At least 1 CATTLE EGRET continued at the south end of Tricolored Heron Pond.
On my way home, I was happy to get a phone call from Charlene Malone relaying that Tom Bormann and Dave Rogles had re-found the COMMON GROUND-DOVE.  So, I had to take a slightly different route home after getting permission from my wife.  This was a pretty easy bird to find, as already reported by Charlene it was just walking in the middle of the trail, right where the trail splits.  It was quite cooperative and allowed for easy viewing.  Here are the best pictures I was able to get as it started to rain:
I suspect it will continue to hang out along the trail and those that are patient enough to wait for it to show up will be rewarded.  Nice find Mike Brady!!  Looks to be about the potential 8 th state record, assuming the bird only weeks ago at Otter Slough CA is the potential 7 th state record.
Thanks to all who came this morning – I had a great time!
Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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