Common birds, at home and in Forest Park…. 16 and 180316

Having reached St.Louis in response to an appeal from Ye Daughter (the call came on Wednesday, the ticket was bought on Friday, and I was here just past midnight on Wednesday!) I decided to peep out at the birds that were coming to the front yard as I could not sleep, on the 16th; and on the 18th, I had two hours to walk to Forest Park, walk around the Prairie area, and walk back.

So…here are the winged beauties that delighted me at both places!

At home:

Northern Mockingbird

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The

Dark-eyed Junco ,

a winter visitor

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The

House Sparrow

imported from other countries, and regarded as a pest in America:

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The

Common Housefinch (male)

which is a local winter visitor:

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the female:

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The

Mourning Dove

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The

Northern Cardinal (male)

iconic bird of St.Louis:

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The female, blending right into the colours of the Japanese Maple:

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The

American Robin

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The

European Starling

another import that seems to be overruning local species now:

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Four kinds of Woodpeckers that I saw within the space of an hour:

1.The

Red-headed Woodpecker

(on which the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker, is based)

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2.The

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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3.The

Downy Woodpecker

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4.The

Northern Flicker

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The

Song Sparrow

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The

Wood Duck

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The

Common Grackle

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The

Red-winged Blackbird

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The

Red-tailed Hawkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-tailed_hawk

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I’ll add more birds as I photograph them (especially that elusive Blue Jay!)

Let me close with another look at, and from, the Cardinal:

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2 Responses to “Common birds, at home and in Forest Park…. 16 and 180316”

  1. Arati Says:

    Wow, do you find them, or they find you ?

  2. deponti Says:

    I think is 9 of the former and 3 of the latter😀

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