Hello Missouri Birders:  After only reading about all the good shorebirds at Columbia Bottom CA (St. Louis County) the last couple of weeks I was finally able to get up there myself today (30 August) before they all got any further south.  

Lots to pick through, and I am sure I missed many.  

Of the 14 shorebird species I observed, highlights for me included:  
2 - Buff-breasted Sandpipers
1 - Western Sandpiper
3 - Baird's Sandpipers

A single juv. FRANKLIN'S GULL was mixed in with Ring-billed Gulls, as well as 3 CASPIAN TERNS.

Here is my complete eBird checklist with a stellar photo of the juv. Franklin's Gull:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24821148

Good Birding,
Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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