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The bubbler area in the Robert & Martha Gaddy Bird Garden at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City had at least three Winter Wrens (one at my feet visiting the logs lining the mulched path). All three were calling. Two redstarts were near the bubbler. Otherwise all of the action was at the other end of the park in the Cypress Circle. Although most of the warblers were Yellow-rumped (50 or more), there was a scattering of Nashville's, Black-throated Greens, a Black & White Warbler, a Bay-breasted Warbler, and Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos.

Budding wildlife photographer, Bill Rudden, was providing free lessons on how to ID yellow rumps 80 feet high and hiding behind clumps of needles, "inverted Dark-eyed Junco tails," he explained. "Duly noted," said the student (Page 105--Peterson Field Guides, Warblers by Dunn & Garrett).

Connie Alwood
Ferguson, MO 63135


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