I found my first migrant warblers of the fall in our backyard this morning (Boone Co.). I went out to refill the feeders when I heard some mobbing going on in the woods. I headed back there to find a huge group of birds pestering a BARRED OWL. The flock included a MOURNING WARBLER and a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. Possibly local birds that probably don't breed behind our house included WILLOW WARBLER and FIELD SPARROW. Other notable  birds in the flock: NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

Hopefully the strong north winds predicted for tonight through Monday will blow some more migrants our way!

Good birding,

Ryan Douglas
Postdoctoral Fellow
310 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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