Date: 11/17/18 7:25 pm From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew...> Subject: St. Louis Audubon field trip, Saturday, November 17 - Trip Report
On a beautiful day 18 birders explored Riverlands looking for winter birds. We were not disappointed with a Long-tailed Duck that had been reported the day before being right in front of us in Teal Pond. It really couldn’t have been closer or in better light. Teal Pond also held Hooded Mergansers, Gadwall, Canada Geese, a couple of Snow Geese and quite a few Ring-billed Gulls.
We drove to the spillway to work our way west with the sun behind us.
Ellis Bay had lots of Ring-billed Gulls on the spillway end. Closer to Heron Pond (which was full of vegetation) is where the ducks, geese, swans, eagles and shorebirds were.
We had all three mergansers, a Ruddy Duck, a few Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaup, Northern Pintails, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, fair numbers of Canvasbacks and scads of Mallards. The only shorebirds found here were a half-dozen Dunlin and a couple of Killdeer. In the bright sunshine we were able to see the yellow spot on some of the Tundra Swans.
The American Black Ducks were seen in Ellis Bay from the trail in front of the Center. That is also where we had the Savannah Sparrows. The Horned Grebes were along the riprap on the road from the gas station to the Ellis Island trail parking lot.
Thank you to Dick Palmer for helping with bird finding and ID. And also to Bill Rowe who was working with a couple of young birders and joining us at critical times. He found a few more shorebirds in a lagoon seen from the levee that goes out from the turn down to the dam.
It seems that I do not have the eBird IDs of the people that asked me to share the checklist with them so please send it to me.
The next SLAS field trip will be at Watershed Nature Center, northwest of Edwardsville, IL, on Dec 8.
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:<MOBIRDS-L...>] On Behalf Of Mike Grant
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:16 PM
Subject: St. Louis Audubon field trip, Saturday, November 17
To St. Louis area birders (and others who may want to join us):
WHAT: St. Louis Audubon Society field trip, half day.
WHEN: Saturday, November 17
WHERE: Meet at Teal Pond, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. From I-270 in north St. Louis County, take exit 31B north and follow highway 367 toward Alton. Cross the Missouri River, go past the turn for MO-94, and continue until the bridge to Alton is in sight. Take the last available right turn before the bridge, where you see the gas station; then go past the station and turn right again on Wise Road. The Teal Pond parking lot is ahead of you on your right.
MEETING TIME: 8:00 a.m. We will check Teal Pond first but will take off for other parts of the area before too long.
TENTATIVE PLAN: We will probably spend a good deal of time looking for waterfowl, larids (gulls & terns), and other water-related birds at Riverlands. If time permits, we may drive Cora Island Rd. The trip is expected to end at about noon.
WHO: Everyone is welcome, whether a member of St. Louis Audubon Society or not. Out-of-towners are invited!
CONDITIONS: Please dress appropriately for whatever weather is predicted. Remember that it always seems more extreme at Riverlands.
LEADERS: Myself, and possibly some other members of the leader group.