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
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.
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
interesting to see how many of these hoodeds nest successfully
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
population trend or just a migrational anomaly.Like most things,time will
Very cool never the less
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