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Two Red-breasted Nuthatches were seen at Tower Grove last Thursday by the WGNSS group and one by the Saturday group at the feeders at Busch.
   
  There was a nignt hawk in one of the big trees at the HQ parking lot at Busch Saturday, and several flying at twilight Saturday night near the Great Horned Owl tree east of the Magnolia House at Tower Grove Park, as well as a few above the High Point Friday night.
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
  
Charlene and Jim Malone <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  In MO (and near-by S. IL - 7 R-B Nuthatches seen at Carlyle on Saturday) 
there already has been a good influx of Red- breasted Nuthatches. (not 
finches, but early juncos and Y-b sapsuckers have been reported in Chicago)
How it translates to MO specifically for the other species only time will 
tell as it depends on the food sources in the states north of us (of 
course). Monitoring the listserves in the surrounding states will most 
likely show any trends.
It also may be something to take note this winter in the northern states for 
those that wish to chase winter specialties.
Or........ maybe just something interesting to read for the fun of it. :-)

Good "fall" birding........but first back to summer starting tomorrow..... 
:-P
(May not bode well for Carlyle or other inland pelagics next Saturday....... 
Hope I am wrong.)

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Fisher" 
To: 
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2007 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: Winter Finch prediction


> The winter finch prediction posted by Charlene is very interesting, but 
> I'm having difficulty interpreting its meaning for us Missourians because:
>
> (1) It focuses on food conditions for finches in Quebec and Ontario and 
> says little about central Canada, which I assume is the source from many 
> of our winter finch invasions come -- i.e. it predicts invasions into the 
> northeastern states, but not specifically into the central states.
>
> (2) I'm not sure what effect our late spring freeze will have on the food 
> winter finches would find should they come here. It is possible that they 
> would move on rapidly if hackberries, hawthorns, etc. that sustain them 
> when they get here failed to develop this spring.
>
> I'd be interested to see more discussion of this subject.
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
> [log in to unmask]
> 

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