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Sent: 5/29/2011  9:38:07 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: late mourn warbler ,hooded  warblers


Had a late singing MOURNING warbler this morning while doing a  census walk 
at Castlewood SP.Would have been less surprised with a  conneticut,its 
close cousin,than a mourning!
Other sightings of note  have been the number of hooded warblers that Ive 
been coming across this  season.These are not migrating birds since the ones 
im talking about here have  been present for at least 2 weeks minumum.Most 
over a month
The area  includes Castlewood SP,Chubb Trail,WestTyson CP in and along  the 
Meremac River corridor  and the Forest 44 CA.  
Im up to 12 individual birds on territory.
Historicaly  hoodeds have nested around St Louis.The Fallen Oak trail at 
Busch,Shaw  Reserve,Howell Island and Castlewood SP have hosted nesting pairs 
for a while  but still their status was rare to uncommon at best
Should be  interesting to see how many of these hoodeds nest successfully
Of the  13 years of doing a breeding bird census in these areas Ive never 
come across  this many hooded warblers on territory.Its not a bird I would 
miss either.They  simply have not been present like this in the past
A new  population trend or just a migrational anomaly.Like most things,time 
will  tell.
Very cool never the less

Mike Brady
Ballwin,MO
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