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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
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