I birded Busch CA yesterday afternoon and evening to find a location
for American Woodcock. I was surprised at how much snow remained on the
roads throughout the CA. There were over 60 American Crows together
at the Weldon Springs/Katy Trail boat ramp. Lake 33 had a large number of
ducks at the western end including over 300+ Pintail, 50+
Ring-necked, 30+ Canvasback, Scaup,
Gadwall, and Mallards. At the eastern end there was a group of
over 30 Hooded Mergansers. Beautiful Eastern
Bluebirds were coming down to the water near the ducks. Ducks
were in the air throughout the afternoon and I could see ribbons of Snow Geese
towards the Chesterfield Valley area.
I found all of our missing White-throated Sparrows.
They were everywhere in Busch, easily the most numerous sparrow
At 6:15 pm there were 3-4 American Woodcock peeting and
demonstrating at Blue Grosbeak Trail and finally a beautiful sunset!
Pat Lueders, Webster Groves, MO