I ran down to the refuge again to check on conditions and birds. I was surprised to hear a House Wren singing. Pretty early for North Mo. I found an American Bittern, but no Rails, though there is some good looking habitat this year. I did hear a loud Cricket Frog however. On the other hand shorebirds were few and scattered in the shallower water since not much mudflats. The PB Grebes - 100+ and Am. Coots - 1000++ were enjoying the higher water on Swan Lake Pool with lots of vocalizing! Most of the expected Ducks were seen, plus a few Greater White-fronted Geese. Heard a Common Yellow-throat, and a couple Marsh Wrens. Several Bald Eagles and a Northern Harrier flying around. Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the Woods.
Steve Kinder[log in to unmask]