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Besides the Eared Grebe, which was in alternate (breeding) plumage, Tom Parmeter and I found various other nice things at Riverlands. While not as abundant as 12 days ago after storms, shorebirds were all around the area in small to medium-sized flocks that kept on the move. These included 9 Black-bellied Plovers, 7 Am. Golden-Plovers, 8 Dunlin, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 12 Semipalmated Plovers, and 4 Short-billed Dowitchers, as well as Least, Semipalmated, Pectoral, and White-rumped Sandpipers plus Spotted and both yellowlegs. A late Snow Goose on Teal Pond did not look well. Three scaup observed and photographed were definite Lessers. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45713147 This list contains comments on the grebe, the scaup, and the Short-billed Dowitchers, two of which I was lucky to photograph at close range on Heron Pond. Comments on those will, I hope, help with separation of this species from Long-billed in breeding plumage. Also, for those who may be interested, I got lucky last week on both dowitchers up at BK Leach and was able to get some pretty good comparative shots, with comments here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45527343 The birds depicted were also identified by voice. Some of the points I mention there come from Kevin Karlson and his studies of dowitchers. Hope to see a few of you on the SLAS field trip tomorrow! Bill Rowe St. Louis [log in to unmask] ------------------------------------------------------------ The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum To unsubscribe or change subscription options: https://po.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=mobirds-l&A=1 ABA Birding Code of Ethics http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html