Date: 3/11/18 1:25 pm From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew...> Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/10 - Trip Report
An amazing and energetic group of 54 people mobbed Busch CA in hopes of owls and woodcock.
Starting at Hampton Lake we had Swamp, Field and Tree Sparrows and an Eastern Phoebe. The group split there and the other group may have had other sparrows. Although there had been Gadwall and Teal on the lake after 25 or so people walked out onto the overlook area both of those species disappeared leaving only a couple of Wood Ducks and some Canada Geese.
We tried for owls at that parking lot and near the Fallen Oak Trail but no luck.
The group then relocated to the Blue Grosbeak Trail in Weldon Spring CA and walked to the field on top of the hill. After just a few minutes the woodcocks began calling and over the next 20 minutes all got excellent looks at calling and flying birds.
If anybody wants the checklists officially shared with them send me an email. I recorded the birds I saw and others likely saw different birds and eBird allows you to add those to your list.
Thanks to the other leaders, Sue, Dick and Dave for pitching in with the large group.
Our next walk is at Horseshoe Lake on March 17 with Mike Thelen.
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:<MOBIRDS-L...>] On Behalf Of Mike Grant Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:06 PM To: <MOBIRDS-L...> Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/10
St. Louis Audubon Society will be hosting their annual American Woodcock/Owl Prowl on Saturday, March 10 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.
Make sure to monitor MOBirds for updates.
It is always cooler, especially near dark, at Busch so dress appropriately. Bring your own binoculars.
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.