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Charlene and Jim,
   
  The Kite was seen at 1230pm after no sightings by 17 visitors from 930am to 1045am from the Magic Gate. The WGNSS group returned after lunch and a brief foray for a Blue Grosbeak (unsuccessful) at Weldon Spring Katy Trail River Access where 3 of us saw a young Grosbeak on Tuesday.  Our check on the road behind Hampden Lake had also been unsuccessful this morning, although we did hear a few peeps from invisible Bell's Vireos.
   
  The Swallow-tailed was kiting around with an adult and a young Mississippi Kite.  One dive past the youngster was a dramatic demonstration of the size difference between the two species.  We could also see both species nibbling on their catches on the wing.  Great fun after a downer morning.
   
  When you returned our call, the group had disbanded, but Rose Ann and I reversed course and headed up 79 in hopes of seeing the Upland for the area.  We did see at least two Buffies and the American Golden Plover but could not find the Upland.  But what could be bad with an August day that had 33 percent humidity in the afternoon?
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  

Charlene and Jim Malone <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  To keep you all updated:
TWO WEEKS and counting.........
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE still here.
Seen by the WGNSS group not until after Noon at the Magic Gate (off of Hwy 
D, the Road that goes directly past Busch CA). .

I left early to see what was up Hwy 79
Keeteman Road Sod Farms:
FINALLY saw 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, one UPLAND SANDPIPER in amongst the 
hundreds and hundreds of Killdeer. Observed from Glacial Sand Road about a 
few hundred yards past the storage building for the sod farm. Workers were 
out and mowing, so the birds were getting pushed around a lot.
The Killdeer were also crouching in the grass, so there might have been a 
raptor around making them even more skittish.
Dave Rogles also found an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. He saw the buffies (maybe 
more) but no Upland.

Good birding.
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co. 

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