Last Saturday, St. Louis Audubon led a walk for Chesterfield Parks & Recreation. Despite the gray skies, 30 species were found in a 2 1/2 hour walk. 
Highlights include:
FOS White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrows
Many Yellow-rumped warblers and Robins
Chimney Swift
a possible Brewer's Blackbird.
The walk started at the Chesterfield Amphitheather. There were more leaders than participants (likely scared off by the threat of rain). Mindy Mohrman, the City of Chesterfield Forester, led us around the south side of the lake behind the amphitheater, over a bridge to the woods on the SW side of the lake. She then led us past the playground and waterpark to the Riparian trail. None of us knew of its existence unitl Saturday! This gravel, sometimes paved trail was probably just under a mile in length and includes some very nice boardwalks over creeks. The woods are somewhat dense. Some of the walkers reported GH Owls, warblers and pileated Woodpeckers on their previous treks through this hidden gem. Mike Grant, Susan Eaton, Karen Meyer and I all remarked that we have to visit this little hidden oasis in other seasons, especially spring and check out the activity. If you are interested in checking this trail out, go to :
Mary Dueren

Here is our list from the walk:

          Red tailed Hawk 
          American Crow
Mourning Dove
American Robin
Canada Geese
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Northern Cardinal
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Yellow Rumped Warbler
White Throated Sparrow
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Chipping Sparrow
European Starling
Brewer's Blackbird
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
White Breasted Nuthatch
Pied-billed Greebe
Belted Kingfisher
Blue Jay
Pileated Woodpecker (heard)
Tufted Titmouse
Chimney Swifts

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