Matt Malin and I birded Hwy 79 this morning (Pike and Lincoln Counties) from 6:45-10:30.  Really thought last night’s front would have brought in some birds, but appeared to be lower numbers of the same mix of birds from last weekend.  Ended morning with 10 shorebirds species.  Highlights included:


B.K. Leach CA – King’s Lake Unit:

-  4 Black-necked Stilts

- 2 SANDHILL CRANES, thanks for posting Charlene.  These birds were just north of the conservation area in a winter wheat field along Norton Woods Road (right side when heading north).

- Photos of Sandhill Cranes:


Clarence Cannon NWR:

-          2 Upland Sandpipers.  Same fields they have been in, getting harder to see as the grass gets taller.  However, they were being quite vocal – So, might be best to listen first than try to find them.

-          Lots of Turkey Vultures over the river, but could not turn any into a Mississippi Kite, much less a Swallow-tailed.

-          2 Black Terns flying with the swallows

-          Couple of flyover Bobolinks


Winfield Lock and Dam/Sandy Slough:

-          Nothing new from last weekend; fewer birds overall, but increase in Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers since I was there last weekend.

-          Near Winfield along Big Box Road, where it crosses the slough; at least 35 Eurasian Tree Sparrows, also about 10 sitting on fence at Lock and Dam.


Joshua Uffman

St. Louis County, Missouri



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