The bubbler area in the Robert & Martha Gaddy
Bird Garden at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City had at least three Winter
Wrens (one at my feet visiting the logs lining the mulched path). All three were
calling. Two redstarts were near the bubbler. Otherwise all of the action was at
the other end of the park in the Cypress Circle. Although most of the warblers
were Yellow-rumped (50 or more), there was a scattering of Nashville's,
Black-throated Greens, a Black & White Warbler, a Bay-breasted Warbler, and
Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos.
Budding wildlife photographer, Bill Rudden, was
providing free lessons on how to ID yellow rumps 80 feet high and hiding behind
clumps of needles, "inverted Dark-eyed Junco tails," he explained. "Duly noted,"
said the student (Page 105--Peterson Field Guides, Warblers by Dunn
Ferguson, MO 63135