A few of us tried to refind Dave Rogles' and Tom
Bormann's great birds today. Steve and Debbie Martin of Springfield, MO did
refind the Tri-colored Heron and even took a couple of photos of the bird;
however, as Rogles and Bormann told me, the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper flew away
from where they originally saw it this morning and no one refound the bird as
far as I know. Obviously this is a spectacilar find.
Pool 5 did have some other sandpipers--mostly
pects, yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers, a few Spotted Sandpipers. Most of the
peeps were Semi-palmated Sandpipers. At least six, maybe more, Stilt Sandpipers
were in the mix.There was an adult male B-N Stilt with one young. The Common
Gallinule, first seen and photgraphed last Sunday by Doug Hommert and found
again by Michael Botz, was a hundred yards down the levee of Pool 5.
Al Smith found five Black-crowned Night Herons in
the last pool on the gravel road. There were Great and Little Blue
Herons, and a few Snowy Egrets, but the majority (maybe as many as 700) Great
Egrets in the mix on both sides of the gravel road. Both the Martins, and later
Al Smith, reported seeing a Peregrine Falcon fly over.
In the grasses on the south side of the
road, three hundred yards past the machine shed, there were two Sedge
north St. Louis County