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Ventured up to Marais Tems Claires CA in St Charles County this  morning to 
see what conditions the long drought has left it in.Wasnt too  surprised to 
find it has pretty much dried up.Even areas that usually held water  like some of 
the deeper ponds are now fields(even  this weekends  rain failed to form 
fluddles) 
  Most of the birds still to be expected this time of year were  absent.A 
young YELLOW-BILLED CUCK ,a few INDIGO BUNTS and a BALT ORIOLE was  about 
it.There was a single migrating YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER however.A family  of  
COOPERS HAWKS was present near the old pump station.There was flock of  about 50 
ETS near the parking lot
  The only water is in the main creek channel which is down to a few  yards 
wide in spots with  mucho veg growing in the channel itself.Couldnt  even find 
a green heron
  The plus side was the diversity of of butterflies and dragonflies  
around.LOTS of both
 Really wish the powers that be would get the pumps cranking there  again and 
turn the "fields" back into wetland cells
 
 Saw several EC-DOVES heading up 94 towards Smart Field.I jumped  the gun on 
next weeks dove season by actually hitting an EC-DOVE as it flew up  from the 
road near the Trinity Luthern School
 
  The runway and grassy areas of the airport held tons of   KILLDEER AND 
HORNED LARKS.Was extremely stoked to find a still very well  plumaged 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER!
-Mike Brady

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