This morning I went back out to my latest Missouri hotspot love, Grand Tower Island. It's little chunk of Perry County, MO cut off on the east side of the Mississippi when the river changed course. The Big Muddy Levee/ Island Drive connects it to highway 3 in Jackson County, Illinois, and it's about an hour drive from my home in Pocahontas MO.
Today there were numerous shallow ponds absolutely covered with waders and other birds. In one pool I counted 97 Double-crested Cormorants, 31 American White Pelicans, and estimated 50 each Snowy Egrets and Little Blue Herons, with about 500 Great Egrets. Plus a few random shorebirds thrown in.