St. Louis Audubon hosted a birding trip to Tower Grove Park Saturday
morning, 5/11; but, unfortunately, most of the warblers seem to have been
at Forest Park. We did start the morning off well with close looks
at both Bay-breasted and Chestnut-sided Warblers at the entrance to the
Gaddy Bird Garden. During the morning we also had Magnolia Warbler, Palm
Warbler, Yellow-rumped, many male & female Am. Redstarts, heard a
Yellow-throated, Ovenbird, Blackpoll, Nashville & Tennessee.
There were some highlights of the morning. Our visitor from Detroit
found a sleeping Common Nighthawk, Mick Richardson showed us the two adult Great
Horned Owls, Bernie Favara found a Red-breasted Nuthatch near the Jack Von B.
Pond, and there was an Eurasian Collared Dove near Cypress Circle. Many
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were seen as were a few
Eastern Bluebirds. Two Red-shouldered Hawks were vocalizing in the air
above us, and the Great-crested Flycatchers were easy to see and hear.
The large crowd of new and experienced birders enjoyed the beautiful
morning and the birds we did see. Hopefully the area around the bubbler
will improve in the next few weeks.
Our next trip will be to Shaw Nature Reserve Saturday, May 18. Please
watch for the trip announcement next week.
Pat Lueders, Trip Leader