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Sulli Gibson just phoned after returning from the Painted Bunting spot in St Charles County to report that between 545 and 7 this evening the male Painted Bunting was singing from the medium tree on the left of the causeway/bridge before it crosses the creek and he was able to see the female buried in one of the cluster of willows on the other side.  He could see her distinguishing green feathers but couldn't tell in the thick willow leaves if she was sitting on a nest.  In one of the nearby trees he found Orchard Orioles on a nest and a male Yellow-breasted Chat was offering his unique concert just up the creek.  There was at least one Green Heron present.
   
  On Saturday morning the parking lot was choked with cars and the trail with cyclers..  Can't blame the birds for liking quieter surroundings.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County

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