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With the BIG south wind yesterday, it seems a good number of new migrants have filtered into the area of central MO.
At Saline Valley Conservation Area today, a short time for lunch at the ford that crosses Saline Creek were two Yellow-throated Warblers and one Louisiana Waterthrush and about 1.5 miles back toward Eldon was yet another Yellow-throated Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush.
Back at home this evening as I stepped outside, there were varying chip notes from the tree tops. I spotted at minimum 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Yellow-throated Warbler and a Northern Parula loosely flocked, moving through northward.
As night continued to fall, I spotted an adult, no-nonsense Cooper's Hawk gliding low over the trees and the neighbor's field into the WNW wind. It exhibited such grace and strength even into a headwind . . . without beating a wing.
Use this trickle of the vanguard to sharpen your ID skills, to prepare you for the opening the floodgates of migration!