Guess St. Louis area got a NEW species for the St. Louis circle.
See below post from IBET.
There was a major increase in the number of h'birds at my feeders on Monday 
and Tuesday due to the cold front,
but less so today (fewer aerial fights), so not surprised it brought 
something good in......but not THIS good!
Holy Schnikes! .........TOO BAD it was a one day wonder!

Watch those feeders when a cold front is coming through.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

Subject: IBET New species for Illinois and New nesting species in Illinois
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz AT>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:11:08 -0500

      A GREEN VIOLETEAR was at a hummingbird feeder in St. Clair Co. Monday
afternoon.  It was well-photographed, but has not been seen subsequently.
This is the first documented record from Illinois, but strangely enough not
unexpected.  There are scattered records from a number of eastern states,
including Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
     Another piece of news is that a colony of CASPIAN TERNS was found
nesting in northeastern Illinois.  There were at least 65 young at its peak,
and over 200 adults around the colony.  It is on land that is not open to
the public, so the specific location is not being made known publicly.  This
is the first confirmed nesting in Illinois, although we have certainly
imagined that they must be nesting somewhere.  They have been nesting in NW
Indiana for over a decade, and have become more common through June in
northern Illinois.
    So along with the first nesting of White Pelican in the state and first
nesting in over 30 years of Piping Plover makes for a very interesting

Doug Stotz

Douglas Stotz
Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

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