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!
Dark-eyed Junco ,
a winter visitor
imported from other countries, and regarded as a pest in America:
Common Housefinch (male)
which is a local winter visitor:
Northern Cardinal (male)
iconic bird of St.Louis:
The female, blending right into the colours of the Japanese Maple:
another import that seems to be overruning local species now:
Four kinds of Woodpeckers that I saw within the space of an hour:
(on which the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker, is based)
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: