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The Saturday group went to the Watershed Sanctuary in Edwardsville, Illinois but there was no sign of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  We did have a Palm Warbler and there was at least one Rough-winged Swallow among the Tree and Barn Swallows.  The cold damp wind was suppressing the bird activity.  At Riverlands there were a couple of small flocks of shorebirds in Ellis Bay, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, and two or three Dunlin were present.  On Confluence Road near the end is a large wetland that contained at least six Black-necked Stilts and a huge flock of both Yellowlegs and some Solitary Sandpipers.  At Columbia Bottom, the first pool had quite a few Pectoral Sandpipers, but there was not a lot visible from the road elsewhere.  The wind was certainly suppressing the bird activity.  There was another Palm Warbler at the slough, which finally has some water in it.

David Becher

Saint Louis


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