Forwarding this for St. Louis circle birders.
Some might be just beyond the circle.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.
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From: "ericwalt40" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2005 6:52 PM
Subject: IBET Least Tern in Randolph County

>I birded in Randolph County today on my way through on other business and 
>found two
> productive locations.
> At the ponds/marshes/cinder flats immediately south of Baldwin Lake 
> (northwest
> Randolph County), there was an adult Least Tern.  Also found there were 
> Bell's Vireo, 4
> American White Pelicans and a Bank Swallow colony.  The Bell's was on a 
> territory so it'll
> probably stick around for at least a week, if not attempt to breed.  The 
> pelicans were
> moving up and down the river valley to the west, so could still be around.
> The Least Tern was first found resting on the white 'sand-like' material 
> at one of the
> ponds.  It later rose and then began dive-bombing a Canada Goose, 
> suggesting there
> might be some territory it was defending.  I turned away and when I tried 
> to relocate it
> later, I wasn't able to find it.  The habitat there does, at least 
> artificially, seem to mirror
> this species natural nesting habitat.  Perhaps there might be a territory 
> currently
> established by this bird, which would be exciting as this would be quite 
> far north of their
> IL summering areas.
> The other good location was on the road extending for about a mile 
> northeast out of Eden
> (northeast Randolph County).  This highway passed through farmland and 
> then into a
> woodland with a river cutting through its middle.  The best bird on this 
> stretch was a
> Western Meadowlark (quite a rare bird for Southern IL).  Also I had a male 
> Bobolink
> (another tough-to-get-in-summer species for downstate).  A Fish Crow (and 
> 3 others that
> were very likely Fish) was heard.  A pair of Blue Grosbeak, nesting 
> Red-headed
> Woodpeckers, 6 Acadian Flycatchers and other usual southern birds like 
> Kentucky, Parula
> and Yellow-throated Warblers were also found.
> Dickcissels were abundant in the countryside; I saw one female building a 
> nest.
> Eric Walters
> Zion, IL
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