MoBirders: Wanted to share a few good birds I have come across the last week. And by good, I mean birds that for no particular reason stand out to me 😊
- 3 May: Single BLACK VULTURE in Eureka, St. Louis County
- 3 May: Noticed a pair of BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS building a nest in my Eureka, St. Louis County yard. Not the yard I would expect this species to be nesting in.
- 6 May: Single CLAY-COLORED SPARROW mixed in with White-crowned Sparrows at top of first hill along the Blue Grosbeak Trail, Weldon Springs CA, St. Charles County. This has always been a tough bird for me to find in St. Louis, missing it some years, so I am always excited when I see one. As I left the trail, I told another birder about this bird and she let me know Chrissy McClarren had one here the day prior.
- 6 May: My FOY COMMON NIGHTHAWK flying in late afternoon over a woodlot in Chesterfield, St. Louis County.
- Tonight, 7 May: 2 BLACK VULTURES in Eureka, St. Louis County. This species never gets old to me.... like Armadillos, I find their northward movement fascinating. And, although I know Mike Brady has reported them in years past around Castlewood SP, it seems this might finally be the year they can be seen regularly in southwest St. Louis County. Time will tell if my hypothesis is correct.
- Lots more FOY this last week, but all others, completely expected.
Random eBird checklists here (way behind on any photos, but in time, I will add them):
St. Louis County, MO
The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
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ASM Spring Meeting: May 3-5, 2019 at Bunker Hill Retreat near Mountain View, MO Details and Online Registration