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I arrived at college at 6:20 am....on way up had to pull over several times off road it was raining so hard...at 6:30 am saw 2 wt sparrows....at 6:50 am left car and started toward student union....between student union heading toward theater in bush all by itself i flushed the townsend solitaire from bush and it perched on rail only several feet away......it was a life bird for me...i studied it for about 5 minutes and it never moved from its perch...i backed away and went back to my car and headed to st charles county and riverlands...i found 51 birds for the day....highlights are as follows...
   
  83 flying DC CORMORANTS st charles county..
  1 GREAT HORNED OWL IN EVERGREEN TREE ST CHARLES COUUNTY
  17 KESTRELS....whole trip
  1 ROSS GOOSE
  22 TUNDARA SWAN
  I MUTE SWAN
  1 HOODED MERGANSER
  1 RUDDY DUCK
  10 GREATER SCAUP
  12 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS st charles county only
  and of course 30+ ETS which i dont get in my home area
   
  not bad for a super windy day....and rain about 50% of the time.
   
  Thanks for instructions on where bird has been seen...can't remember ever getting a hot line bird within 5 minutes....
   
  a great birding year so far,
   
  BILLYJON BOESCH
   
   
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