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The bird appears to be roosting in a small tree near the buildings.  It is most reliable early in the morning and late in the afternoon when it is coming and going.  This evening it was easily visible about 4:00 and went into roost about 4:45 pm.  At other times of day it is very unreliable as it might be feeding almost anywhere.  When it was first seen, it was apparently eating fruits off a small crabapple tree, but they are now all gone.  Good luck
David Becher
Saint Louis
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  From: STEVE GRIFFAW<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
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  Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 9:19 AM
  Subject: Re: Townsend's Solitaire/YES


  I have seen it two days from around 8:00-9:30am.  From others I have read early to mid morning and then late afternoon from 4:00pm onward.  I don't recall any reports in the 11:00-3:30 time frame and others have said they have looked around the noon hour with no luck.  Has been consistant in the 7:30-10:00 time,
     
    Steve Griffaw
    St Charles Mo
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  kaad2b <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
    Does anyone have an idea of the most probable time to see this bird? It sounds like 4PM is good, but if we come from Columbia, we would like to be started home before too late. When has it been seen most often? 9AM? 10AM? 11AM? 
  Thanks, Kathleen Anderson, Columbia

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  From: MO Wild Bird Forum on behalf of Jackie Chain
  Sent: Thu 1/5/2006 10:14 PM
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  Subject: Townsend's Solitaire/YES



  Checked for the solitaire Wednesday afternoon 3:45 till the lights came on and again Thursday from 715a to 8a with birders who had not yet seen the Meramec. No luck.

  Returned Thursday at 4pm, concentrating on the viburnum bush. It swooped in over our heads about 416pm and landed on the ground on the south side of the bush where we watched it for about half an hour. It continued to act like a robin, cocking its head and occasionally probing for what looked like a worm, sometimes hopping briefly onto a low branch of the bush. Our presence or that of passers-by apparently did not phase it.

  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County

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