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Hi Mike, I was very sorry to miss you all at Busch CA.  I was there a little
late ~8:10.  So, then I looked for you all without success, I see you were
on the Blue Grosbeak Trail.  Thought maybe I had the wrong
parking lot - big one by the office.  Had nice time birding anyway,
especially since I haven't been there before.  Hope to see you all on
another outing.

I'm somewhat new to the area and have recently subscribed to MOBirds - I
love it!

Abigail Lambert
St. Louis


----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Thelen" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 4:13 PM
Subject: WGNSS Sunday Field Trip Report


> 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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