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MTC CA in St Charles County used to be a great wetland   area to bird.Cant 
say I have much desire  to drive   to many spots to bird around St Louis or MO 
anymore but still  make a point to go to MTC  3 or 4 times a year,mainly late 
spring and  summer looking for nesting black-billed cuckoos and various 
herps(did actually  find a nesting pair of bb-cucks there in 2000)
Have seen the slow  but steady "drying" out of the area for several years 
now.Least Bittern used to  be a for sure bird there.Havent seen one there for a 
long while now.It  also played host to nesting Hooded mergs and pied-bill grebes
 Basically there has been no obvious sign at all of any kind of  
spring/summer wetland manangement at MTC  for at least 4 years  now..Any pool that has had 
water in it recently has been from    rainfall.Many of these dry up by the 
end of June and remain dry untill  spring rains return.The drought conditions 
the last few years definitely took  its toll on many of the  wetland cells at 
MTC also
 Due to the lack of permanent water vegetative succesion has set in  big time 
making for some ausome dickcissal and common  yellowthroat habitat but less 
than ideal bittern,shorebird and duck  habitat
 
 I did see a couple of somewhat new wood duck boxes this summer  but the one  
time wetland cell they were in was dry.Dont get me  wrong,still  a good place 
to bird.Fantastic for yellow-billed cuckoo and  willow 
flycatchers.Orioles,chats and yellow warblers can still be seen with some  ease but the great marsh 
bird  birding it once offered has been absent for  a long while now.Pretty sad 
really
 
 With the the large plantings of sunflowers this year have to wonder  if the 
mangement plans for MTC may be shifting away from wetland/duck habitat  and 
more to a dove hunting/upland game spot
 
-Mike Brady



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