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Summertime,
and the living is easy...

With temperatures in the mid-90's and a UV of near maximum, Tom Bormann and I spent an easy day behind tinted glass in the auto AC, picking up birds from both sides of the river.  (That's  the Mississippi)

We added a few first of the fall season birds (FOF); a couple of first for the year in the area birds (FOY-STL); a couple of first for the year birds (FOY); a first for July (ST. Louis area, personal record division) bird (FFJ-STL:PR); a rare to be seen in Riverlands bird (RMBS-R); a state list lifer for me (SLL-DAR); and a bird that got away (BTGA).

It was the BTGA that started a Philosophical Discussion: is it better to have a bird in the hand or a state record/bird of the year get away?  Or, what was the bird for the day?

At Keeteman sod farms: 2 Upland Sandpipers.  A first in July for St. Louis Area for both.
At REDA (RMBS): a blue grosbeak.  Only rarely seen by us there.
At Sandy Slough: Semipalmated plover and lesser yellowlegs.  First of the fall.
At Horseshoe Lake (IL):  Least Bittern (SLL-DAR); first of the year yellowlegs (lesser)
At RT. 3 (IL) substation: Western Kingbirds (2): first of the year; first of the year STL area.

Surprisingly birdy, I thought.  Grasshopper sparrows, shorebirds, pelicans, etc.

David Rogles
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St. Charles County



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