Thursday, March 25, 2010

3/20 SLAS trip to Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake Illinois

Audubon Society of St. Louis's 3-20-2010 trip to Horseshoe Lake started at the State Park where thousands of ducks, mainly Ruddy and Scaup sp. were viewed out in the lake.

A few of the birds seen, complete set and larger photos in gallery. Click here to view the gallery.
For location of birds click for Map here.

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Bufflehead landing by Ruddy Ducks and Scaup Common Goldeneye Lesser Scaup Scaup sp. Green-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Northern Shoveler Lesser Scaup Canada and Greater White-fronted Geese Ring-necked Ducks Common Goldeneye

The group stopped at a grassy field on the way to Bend Road to find some sparrows. The only ones found were some Savannah Sparrows and a few Meadowlarks. Also seen in the distance were some gulls, an American Kestrel, Northern Harrier and a Red-tailed Hawk.
Savannah Sparrow American Kestrel Killdeer
Eastern Meadowlark Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk

We spotted a mysterious figure approaching at a distance.
Bill Rudden Al Smith
Here's "mysterious figure" Bill Rudden and I shootin' each other.

The discussion - Photo by Bill Rudden
The discussion - Photo by Bill Rudden

birding a grass field - Photo by Bill Rudden
Birding a grass field - Photo by Bill Rudden

SLAS Trip Leader Paul Bauer - Photo by Bill Rudden
SLAS Trip Leader Paul Bauer Chrissy and Andy in background - Photo by Bill Rudden

Preview of Photos in gallery

1 comment:

  1. Al, guess what? I saw that photo of the Ring-necked pheasant you took on the trip with Paul and was sad I missed it...but then today, Andy and I went back to Horseshoe and there it was! A lifer for us both.