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Okay, I returned to Grindstone Nature Area yesterday afternoon after being
out of luck on my first attempt to locate the Swainson's Warbler. I heard
him around 6:40 PM and marched towards the loud bird. It’s kind of funny
how the online birding community leads people to the same place at the same
time for the same bird; as I approached the warbler, I encountered a couple
other birders and simply asked “have you seen it?” I did see him a couple
times and eventually got some bad photos. If you want to find him, you
should learn the song—he’s very vocal.

I should have walked to the SWWA site first so I could make sure I found
him before I had to return home for dinner. Instead, I foolishly decided to
do a “quick check” on the Ridgeline Trail, where I spent the first 2 hours
and 20 minutes slowly shuffling around while gazing up at other warblers.
It was a nice trail though—good for warblers and free of other humans.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56041334


On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 11:14 PM Kevyn Wiskirchen <
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> I located a Swainson’s Warbler at 3:20 PM at Grindstone NA. I parked in
> the lot off Capen Park Dr., took the main trail across the bridge, kept to
> the right and walked about 50 yards and heard it singing loudly in the
> woods to the left. As previously reported by John, it was very responsive
> to a Swainson’s song recording (I use Merlin Bird ID) and came in close. I
> had time to download a voice recording app on my phone and get a decent
> quality 45-second recording of it singing just overhead. A very cool
> experience adding this lifer to my list. Thanks, John, for sharing about
> your sighting.
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> Kevyn Wiskirchen
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> Jefferson City, MO
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> *From:* Missouri Wild Bird Forum <[log in to unmask]> *On Behalf
> Of *John Besser
> *Sent:* Monday, May 6, 2019 12:48 PM
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> *Subject:* Swainson’s Warbler at Grindstone nature area Columbia
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> Cara Joos and I went to relocate the hooded warbler at Grindstone NA and
> it it turned out to be a Swainsons Warbler. Close looks very  good
> recording’s.  Rusty cap, dark eyeline pale beige under parts large bill.
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> Bird did not respond to Hooded song but responded aggressively to My
> recording from Saturday and to the Swainsons song in Sibley app.
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>  Bird is in the same general area as previous days; north end of isolated
> hill in center of the area. Bird is currently north of the cross trail that
> passes on the north side of the hill. Loud song can be heard at some
> distance.
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> John Besser
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> Columbia MO
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