Birding Near Clarksville Missouri

I found details of this recent trip in the Missouri section of the Sialia birders’ forum. It seems some birders from St Louis recently made a trip to Clarence Cannon NWR just south of Clarksville. I’ve added a few pictures to their report:

Date: 7/2/12 6:48 am
From: Cornelius Alwood <calwood…>
Subject: Clarence Cannon NWR–Pike County, MO

Yesterday morning four cars of birders converged on Clarence Cannon NWR looking for King Rails–no such luck. Nor did we see any bitterns, stilts or gallinules;

King Rail:

However, we did see Kites and, surprisingly, thirty or more Bobolinks, with the males still mostly in breeding plumage.

Mississippi Kite:

Bobolinks:

On a visit a month or so ago, the refuge was very dry. Yesterday there were extensive mudflats. We saw a Pectoral Sandpiper, four least Sandpipers and four Lesser Yellowlegs. Killdeer population is holding steady.

Pectoral Sandpiper:

Lesser Yellowlegs:

Killdeer:

Connie Alwood
St. Louis County