Prime shorebird conditions at Voelkerding
Slough Wetland Preserve and surrounding environs this week. On Monday
there was a mixed flock of golden plovers and pectoral sandpipers in a field
just west of the preserve. On Wednesday Wilson's snipe and several soras
were observed. Today I had a flock of 116 lesser yellowlegs, two beautiful
female Wilson's phalaropes, about a dozen American pipits, five semipalmated
plovers, many wood ducks and blue-winged teal and vocalizing fish crows.
In the interior of the slough I saw two winter wrens, many swamp sparrows,
eastern phoebes, gnatcatchers and ruby-crowned kinglets. I also discovered
that my beloved 40 year old pair of knee boots have developed a
p.s. Voelkerding Slough Preserve is located
one mile west of Dutzow, MO adjacent to the Katy Trail and Bluff Rd. in
southeastern Warren county.
Union, Franklin County, Missouri