The Black-throated Blue Warbler was first heard singing his buzzy song. Then I was able to get some unobstructed, up close looks. He was in the middle-low branches at the the top of the metal stairs that leads into Kennedy Woods from Government Drive west of the zoo's lower parking lot. This was about 8:30 a.m. (I captured his singing on my iPhone using Recorder Plus HD. And the recording came out very well while things were still quiet--This will allow me to fully document the bird in iNaturalist).  Not long after that, hoards of busses, cars, and then school children running amok in the woods became overwhelming. I moved out of the area and continued birding throughout Kennedy Woods, but I didn't hear or see the Black-throat Blue after my initial encounter. The last I saw him, he flew east towards the zoo. He could have easily moved into the zoo grounds, as that area is fairly forested as well.

Other warbler species seen and/or heard in Kennedy Woods this morning (and some yesterday but not today):

  1.  Black-throated Blue
  2.  Bay-breasted
  3.  Common Yellowthroat
  4.  N. Parula
  5.  Black-and-wihte
  6.  Prothonotary
  7.  Blackpoll
  8.  Black-throated Green
  9.  Nashville
  10. Tennessee
  11. American Redstart
  12. Chestnut-sided
  13. Magnolia
  14. Blackburnian (Wed)
  15. N. Waterthrush (Wed)
  16. Blue-winged (Wed)
  17. Ovenbird (Wed)
  18. Palm (Wed)

Bob Bailey
St. Louis, MO
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