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Thursday was a nice day for birding, but the word didn't get out to most of the birds.
 
Birds of note:  Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Great-horned Owl,
                     R-T Hummingbird, Red-headed WP, E Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher,
                     White-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rump.    Palm Warbler (a good view of undertail pattern pictured 5-5 by Bill Rudden), Black-and-white, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissels, Common and 1 Great-tailed Grackles-2 male Baltimore Orioles decorating one tree, Rose-breated Grosbeaks shared Most Beautiful title.
 
                     On a post-trip individual extension to RMBS: Ten Semi-palmated Plovers
                     bellies down like swallows on a square yard of the fresh rocks of the
                     Confluence Road with a single Least Sandpiper sharing their space,
                     Several Spotted Sandpipers and some Am Coots across the water.
 
We had a good-sized group enjoying the beautiful weather, the 8 warbler species plus about 70 other birds and the company.  .
 
Jackie Chain   St Louis County
 
                      
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