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.June can actually be one of the best months of the year to bird  here in 
Missouri.Its usually the height of nesting activity which often allows  one 
incredible views and encounters with many of the local nesting  warblers,vireos etc 
 due to the big time increase of activity like  feeding young,defending nest 
areas etc.
  Some new nests found this weekend at Castlewood SP include an  Acadian 
flycatcher,American redstart and summer tanager.
  Actually locating an acadian flycatcher nest can be extremely  
difficult.The birds prefer dark understory areas and with their perfect  countershading 
plumage they often disappear right befores ones eyes.Found a bird  incubating 
eggs about 8 feet off the ground.Located an American redstart nest  along the 
river trail.The summer tanagers nest was high in an oak along the  bluff trail.
 Many birds are starting to sing on a somewhat regular  basis again after 
their nestiing attempts like parulas,waterthrushes,black  and white warblers.
 Barred owls were calling as late as 1000 am yesterday morning
 There was a pair of Broadwing Hawks attempting to nest along the  bluff 
trail but have not seen any sign of them for a while unfortunately
-Mike Brady

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