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When you get into East St. Louis, take West Missouri Avenue toward the 
Casino Queen. The road ends in a T intersection at Front Street. Taking 
Front Street south leads to the Casino Queen parking lot. Instead, take 
Front Street north (right). It will take you under the Martin Luther King 
Bridge. Within 50 yards there is a side road to the right. I have parked 
here before. On the left side of the side road there is an elevated concrete 
platform. By walking on this platform and looking north I have seen Bell's 
vireo and a distant look at the painted buntings.
Better looks require hiking into the Painted Bunting Savannah (as it has 
been dubbed by some). To do this, it is easiest to walk north along Front 
Street from the side road. There is a high chain-link fence that has 
frequent breaks in it that can be negotiated. The first good break accesses 
a long paved road that has berry trees all along it. This is the other side 
of the area where the Bell's vireos most frequently hang out. I beleive the 
painted buntings have been reported along this road before. Walk to the end 
of this road and turn north through a clearing. Walk north and scan the 
trees. The grass and weeds get very high by the time you reach the north end 
of this clearing. I have seen the painted buntings before in cottonwoods in 
the tree line to the north of this clearing. There are several other 
elevated concrete platforms between this area and front street. The area is 
also good for indigo buntings and occasional blue grosbeaks. Some warbler 
species and orioles can be found here at times. I've also seen some snakes 
and red foxes, so anyone who is afraid of either might want to keep that in 
mind.
Back on the road, if you walk north along Front Street there is an old 
chimney along the side that has produced chimney swifts. Once you get a 
little farther down the road, scan to power lines above the levee for 
western kingbirds.
I you drive down toward the end of front street, there is a waste treatment 
facility near the East St. Louis police shooting range. This area can 
produce night herons.
If you go back to the King bridge, there is an elevated platform and some 
trees just north of it before the turnoff road. There have been cuckoos and 
other migrants in this spot before.

Note: I've never had exceptional looks at painted bunting in East St. Louis. 
I think the best bet for them is to check the Katy Trail Weldon Spring 
access.

Later,
Shawn Clubb
Collinsville, Madison Co., Ill.
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