I paid close attention to bird song today. Highlights included:
-- Bell's Vireo, 1, Univ City, StL Cnty. An unusual place for this species and a new spot for me. Possibly a migrant. Who knows? -- Olive-sided Flycatcher, 1, Chubb Trail, Castlewood SP. -- Alder Flycatcher, 1, Buder Park river trail, StL Cnty. -- Mourning Warbler, 1, same place. Also at this spot I heard the first two notes of a song that might have been that of a Connecticut. -- Willow Flycatcher, 1, Riverlands MBS behind Heron Pond. -- Marsh Wren, 1, same place but in front of Heron Pond.
Other birds from today:
-- Mississippi Kite, Buder Park. -- Least Tern, 4, Riverlands. -- Black Tern, 45, same place. Best effort to count fast-moving birds. -- Little Blue Heron, 32, Columbia Bottom CA. Included first-year calicos and adults. -- Cattle Egret, 8, same place. -- Caspian Tern, 1, same place. -- Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 1, same place.
Nifty treat this with a COMMON NIGHTHAWK resting on a utility wire stretched across the intersection of MO-94 and St. Croix/Fox Hill near the ZX gas station, St. Chas. Cnty: