Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tower Grove Park

Today it was cold, windy, and damp here, but Tower Grove Park still produced some good birds: Red-Tailed Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, White-Throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Wood Thrush, Hooded Warbler, American Robin, European Starling, Ovenbird, and Northern Cardinal.
You can see the wind here blowing both the tree and the birds feathers!
Here's a wood thrush on the path; the light was bad and I was unable to get good shutter speeds even at ISO 800.
This is the hooded warbler. Just a proof shot, although it's iffy even for that!
This phoebe was hovering just over the ground, I guess looking for insects. It sort of looks like its perched on an invisible branch here! I look forward to getting later into spring, as more migrants arrive. In the meantime, Good Birding!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Florida Pt. 2

On my second day in Florida, we went to Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a boardwalk in a marsh. Within feet of the entrance to the boardwalk we saw black and white-warbler on a tree so close to us that I could almost touch it.
A Purple Gallinule was the next interesting bird we saw. These look like common moorhens, but are more colorful.
The boardwalk also crossed bits of dry land, and these had many palm and yellow-rumped warblers.A yellow rump.
A palm warbler.
A pine warbler, I believe. I thought it was interesting that I was more interested in seeing the warblers that I would see in Missouri in a month anyway than looking at the shorebirds you can only see in Florida.That's all for this part. Check back for part 3!