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Yesterday afternoon, 3/22/12, a single male Yellow-rumped Warbler was quite 
vocal while feeding in the oaks. That brings the year list to 37 species. A second 
E. Phoebe arrived on 3/20 and one of them splash-bathed in the bubbler basin 
the next afternoon, always fun to see. American Crows and a pair of Cooper's 
Hawks are frequenting the pines across the street and exhibiting nesting 
behavior. 

This warm weather pattern even has the oak trees showing tassels and 
releasing pollen. Hummingbirds made it to the Canadian border yesterday. 
Fingers crossed that we don't have a hard freeze in the next 8 weeks, it is 
certainly still possible. That would have a detrimental impact on bird migration 
and their vital food sources - caterpillars and insects, as happened in 2007.

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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