About 30 birders met at Hampton Lake at Busch CA for the annual Woodcock and owl prowl.  The lake is still mostly frozen but held Canada Geese, Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, and a Lesser Scaup.  Soaring over the field across the lake we saw Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier.  A small pond near the parking lot had two Greater White-fronted Geese standing on ice that provided exceptional looks.  And a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Red-winged Blackbird finished off the list of species for that area.

 

The group then consolidated vehicles at the recently upgraded Blue Grosbeak Trail parking lot and proceeded to the Great-horned Owl nest previously posted by Dave Pierce.  Parking west of the nest with the setting sun on it we had great scope views of three on the nest and an adult on a nearby branch.  Several carloads of hotel guests stopped and also enjoyed the views of the birds.

 

Back to the Blue Grosbeak trail and a mostly in-vain search for Woodcocks.  A couple of early arrivers got to hear one close, but most of the group never heard them.  The few there seemed to be staying on the ground.  Hopefully warmer weather and the dissipation of the snow cover to our south will bring the birds in before too long.

 

Many thanks to Sue Gustafson, Mike Thelen and David Becher for serving as leaders and the many people that came out and enjoyed the great weather.

 

Mike

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Grant
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 8:23 PM
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Subject: Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- SCOUTING REPORT

 

Not that I want to discourage anybody, but I found no woodcocks or owls scouting near the Blue Grosbeak Trail or at several locations in Busch tonight.

 

If anybody has had either in those areas in the last week or so please email before the walk tomorrow afternoon.

 

Thank you,

Mike Grant

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Grant
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:07 PM
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Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- - Trip Report

 

St. Louis Audubon Society will be hosting their annual American Woodcock/Owl Prowl on Saturday, March 7 at Busch Conservation Area beginning at 5 pm.   We will meet at the Hampton Lake parking lot at 5 pm (directions below and on the St. Louis Audubon website: www.stlouisaudubon.org.)   We will first search for owls at a few locations in Busch CA until around 6 pm.   We will then proceed to the Blue Grosbeak trail parking lot to hear, and hopefully see, the woodcocks demonstrate.  The event should be completed around 7 pm.  If you are interested, all members of the group are invited to meet afterwards at a restaurant (to be announced) in Chesterfield Valley for dinner.

 

Make sure to monitor MOBirds for updates.

 

It is always cooler, especially near dark, at Busch so dress in layers and warmer than predicted.   Bring your own binoculars, water, and snacks. 

 

All birders are invited, and you do not need to be a St. Louis Audubon member.  This is also a good trip for beginners and children over age 6. 

 

Directions to Busch Conservation Area/Hampton Lake parking lot:

 

Take Hwy 64/40 to the Hwy 94 exit.  Go south on Hwy 94 about 1.3 miles to Hwy D.  Turn right and go about 2 miles to the Busch CA entrance, on the right.  At the T, turn left to the Hampton Lake parking lot, which is on the right.

 

Sue Gustafson & Mike Grant, Trip Leaders

 

 

Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO

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