Saturday, April 30, 2011

4/30 Squaw Creek NWR

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge At the spring Audubon of Missouri meeting I went on the field trip to Squaw Creek NWR. As I was taking photos of the White-faced Ibis way out there I scanned to the right and spotted two Wigeons, one with green head and one with brown head. This immediately caused great excitement. Eurasian Wigeon!! 8th state record - first since 1985. Word got out quickly and another field trip, three hours away, immediately loaded their cars and headed back up here.

The Eurasian Wigeon is my 303th "Bird Species Photographed in Missouri".

A few of the birds seen, complete set and larger sizes in gallery.
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Audubon group viewing the Eurasian Wigeon Audubon group viewing the Eurasian Wigeon American and Eurasian Wigeon 1st photo taken just after spotting Eurasian Wigeon and American Wigeon Eurasian Wigeon Eurasian Wigeon White-faced Ibis Wilson's Phalarope Squaw Creek NWR Black-bellied Plover Dunlin, Dowitcher sp. and Hudsonian Godwit Hudsonian Godwit and Dowitcher sp. White-rumped Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Semipalmated Plovers Red-tailed Hawk Yellow-headed Blackbird Ross's and Snow Geese Hudsonian Godwits Hudsonian Godwits and Wilson's Phalarope American Pipit Yellow-rumped Warbler White-faced Ibis Wilson's Phalarope

Eurasian Wigeon sleeping way out there

Eurasian Wigeon Video from 5/02/11 See blog here

Hudsonian Godwits and Wilson's Phalarope

Photos in gallery

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