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Webster Groves Nature Study Society
Field Trip Report
by Mike Thelen


Date of field trip:  Sunday, March 2, 2003
Location:  Busch Conservation Area, St. Charles County, Missouri
Start time:  08:00 CST
End time:  12:20
1 leader + 9 participants
Total number of species seen:  39


Today's WGNSS group enjoyed a nice late-winter day, with the sky overcast to
mostly cloudy and making one very brief snow flurry.  Although it was
nothing like a Big Day in May, we did see a few "good" birds.

The bird of the day had to be the cooperative male PURPLE FINCH, favoring
the black oil sunflower feeder on the Fallen Oak Trail.  If memory serves
me, this species has been scarce in these parts this winter.

The group made a trooper's effort to locate a Harris's Sparrow on the Blue
Grosbeak Trail, but were foiled when a large adult SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew
in.  The hawk quickly dispersed the white-crowns, tree sparrows and
cardinals which flew, missile-like, directly at the birders, making for a
unique experience.


Other highlights included:

Hooded Merganser, 1
American Kestrel, 1 handsome male in the scope
Killdeer, 1
Hairy Woodpecker, 1
Brown Creeper, 1
Hermit Thrush, 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1
Eastern Towhee, 1 female
Eastern Meadowlark, 5, some singing

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