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Hi MOBirders:


I birded areas today that are all within the city limits of St. Louis.
None of them were very birdy; however, there were a few "good" birds.
For the day I had 10 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, more than half of which were
juveniles, and more RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS than I seem to typically
encounter on a day out birding (8, not counting the ones in my yard).


At Tower Grove Park cleanup continues after the devastating storms of
July 19 and 21 in which many mature trees were lost.  "Best" birds
included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and GREAT
HORNED OWL.


At Forest Park I had NORTHERN PARULA and VEERY, the latter being a
fairly nice study.


At Willmore Park, and in the vicinity along the River Des Peres, there
were quite a few birds, but I didn't see anything irregular.  Had a good
number of MALLARD (~ 100); GREAT EGRET (~ 15); SNOWY EGRET (3); GREEN
HERON (2); one COOPER'S HAWK soaring with a RED-TAILED HAWK; KILLDEER (~
15).


The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue in my yard; very chubby now.
One immature male's red gorget is emerging first on the left side his
throat which makes for an interesting pattern.


Photos here:

http://mike-thelen.smugmug.com/gallery/1848837


Mike Thelen
St. Louis County, MO
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