Hello Eliot & MO Birders,

It was quite a surprise to find myself mentioned on this listserv after being an active reader for so many months.  I guess this was the nudge I needed to come out of the woodworks.


Unfortunately, this is my first fall migration as a bird watcher, and I wasn’t able to ID everything I saw-Kennedy Forest was teeming yesterday.  I wish I had known I was speaking to someone so skilled, and I would have asked for help!  Below is a list of the ones I was able to pin down:

Dark Eyed Junco

White Throated Sparrow

Brown Creeper

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Crowned Kinglet

Red Bellied Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

Downy Woodpecker 

Blue Jay

American Crow

European Starling

Mourning Dove

Eastern Towhee

Northern Cardinal

American Robin

Eastern Wood Pewee

Tufted Titmouse

House Wren

Carolina Wren

*After reviewing Eliot's list, I realized I most likely saw several Nashville Warblers, too

**I believe there were also several Empidonax flycatchers present in the prairie section of Kennedy Forest.

Best Wishes,

Julie Smith

St. Louis, MO

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM, Eliot Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi all,

As I was leaving the house for my Sunday errands, I went to grab my
binoculars to stop in the park on the way, only to realize I'd left them at
work. I tried not to look too carefully as I biked through the park, but I
noticed a huge number of birds (and a young woman watching them--perhaps she
is on the list and will provide us with her list?), so I stopped for a while
to see what was kicking around. After a few minutes I was kicking myself,
and when I saw something like a Mourning Warbler (definitely not saying I
did see one), I decided to instead turn the bike around for the 15 mile bike
to work. By the time I came back the sun was almost set, and things were a
bit calmer, but I still had a decent day. There was a LOT more than what I
was able to ID before the sun set. I birded the area near the tree in what
used to be a tree in Kennedy Forest. As in past years, the path between the
forest/prairie was dripping with Vermivora and kinglets. If you stand still
for a few minutes you may be rewarded with Orange-crowned and the like
approaching for a closer view. There were definitely other warblers and
probably vireos higher in the trees, but I was too distracted by these guys.

Enjoy the fall!
Eliot Miller

Forest Park, St. Louis City, US-MO
Oct 13, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
35 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2     Unusual for me to see this bird
in the park
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  10
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  4
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  4
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  20
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  8
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  8
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  45
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20

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