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  Saw many first of season birds this evening while hiking the Chubb Trail,St 
Louis Co
  Watched a Barred owl get stuka dived bombed by a crow.The crow hit the owl 
broad-side knocking it clear off a tree branch.There is a pair of Barreds that 
have nested in this area for a long time and Im sure it was one member of the 
nesting pair.
 Finally saw KENTUCKY WARBLERS.5 birds on territory.First INDIGO BUNTINGS.Had 
first SUMMER TANAGERs
 a singing BLUE GROSBEAK has returned to its territory along the river 
hedgeline out in the Henslows field.
 Counted 15 HENSLOW SPARROWS this evening.SEDGE WREN singing in the field 
also
 3 LINCOLN SPARROWS
 several nashville and tennesee warblers
 many red-eye vireos singing,white-eye, yellow-throated,warbling present
 worm-eating,black-white,yellow-throated,waterthrush vocalizing
red-shoulder,broadwing,red-tail, and coopers hawks observed
 last but not least saw my first GREAT EGRETS of the season flying along the 
river
 One bird of note that is absent and have yet to see or hear this spring 
along the Chubb are wood thrushes.
-Mike Brady

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