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 Went over and hiked around the excellent scrub habitat north of the Casino
Queen if hopes of finding some nesting bb-cuckoos If one blocks out the view of
downtown St Louis and pretends the locust trees are mesquite youd swear you
were in central Texas,haha No bb cucks but did hear and see many rare St Louis
area birds.
 highlight birds-
 PAINTED BUNTINGS-3
 BELLS VIREO-6
 BLUE GROSBEAK-2
 WESTERN KINGBIRD-7
  Saw an east side vs west side dogfight as a western kingbird and eastern
kingbird fought in mid air over a big bug that the eastern kingbird had
caught.Most of the w-kings were all the way down the road by the pump station.
 WORD OF CAUTION.If alone I WOULD NOT suggest walking to far into the
area.Seems someone has taken down some of the barriers that blocked people from
driving back there.There are now some transient squatter folk setting up camps back
there.The dude we encountered seemed harmless but  ya never know.
 Birded the ol Sauget marshes also this morn.Have not been back there for a
few years.More buildings have been built but some of the marshes remain.The
Parks Airport marsh had a YELLOW-CROWN NIGHT HERON,several CATTLE EGRETS,LITTLE
BLUE HERONS,SNOWY/GREAT EGRETS and some baby GREEN HERONS
 The old corner marsh at the bend in the road is pretty overgrown with
willows but the habitat inside the marsh is still pretty decent.Didnt see much but
there were several BELLS VIREO nesting in the willows.YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS
were calling from the adjacent field
 Mike Brady

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