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The Solodar's did a tour of a few birding locations in the greater St. Louis
area today, March 29

Highlights:

TQWER GROVE PARK:

1 very early Orange-crowned Warbler in Tower Grove Park behind what should
soon be the repaired bubbler in the bird garden.   A check in Sibley
suggested that this was a first year female.

Many Eastern Phoebes throughout the park.   No sign of any waterthrushes in
the creek near Jack Van pool.

BUSCH CONSERVATION AREA:

Both nuthatches are still present at the Fallen Oak feeders.
1 female Purple Finch at the Fallen Oak feeders.
1 Fish Crow calling near the parking lot at HQ building

Along the walking road opposite Lake # 1 we had
2 Rufous-sided Towhees
2 Rusty Blackbirds in spring plumage

Very few ducks on any of the lakes.  Lakes 33 and 35 were filled with
fishing boats which might explain the absence of ducks.  Just a smattering
of ducks at the Lake 33 Wetlands area.  Two more Towhees were seen along the
walking road off the parking lot at the Wetlands area.

LOST VALLEY TRAIL:

Almost a lost cause here at 1:00 pm.  Except for three Ruby-crowned Kinglets
that place was totally dead.   Not a single other bird was seen.

John Solodar

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