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The regular Saturday group met at the County Library and went to Tower Grove Park.  There were not very many birds, but we had a beautiful Canada Warbler, as well as Black and White, Nashville, and Redstart for 4 species of warblers.   There were lots of Nighthawks going over.  At the borrow pits at Horseshoe Lake were a couple of Caspian Terns.  The Rt. 111 boat launch produced a young Moorhen, and a variety of egrets and herons.  There were lots of Pied-billed Grebes and Blue-winged Teal are arriving in numbers.  REDA had a few mudflats.  The water level appeared to have been lowered to make working on hunting blinds easier.  There were only a few shorebirds mostly Baird's, Pectoral, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers.  A single Semipalmated Plover was seen.  Terns were abundant.  We saw at least 25 black and a dozen each of Caspian and Forster's.  Could not find any Common's.    Overall not too bad for late August.

David Becher
St. Louis

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