Sunday, April 19, 2009

April Showers

For the past four days, I've had an opportunity to get out to enjoy the transitioning seasons. Up until yesterday though, things migration related were dead, but as the winds shifted back to the south, showers popped up, and this weekend the migration appears to be in full swing with new species arriving daily.

Day 1, Thursday, Apr. 16: a trip to the Aldrich arm of Stockton Reservoir yielded few species, no shorebirds, but nice views of Osprey and Lark Sparrow.

Day 2, Friday, April 17: no chance to get out, but late Pine Siskins still visited at our thistle feeder.

Day 3, Saturday, Apr. 18: Short trip to the DeJong Farm on Bull Creek in southern Christian County, Missouri, yielded 7 Yellow throated Warblers, 9 Northern Parula, 6 American Redstarts, 3 Ovenbirds, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 2 Black and White Warblers, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Broad winged Hawk, 1 Sharp shinned Hawk, 2 Eastern Towhee, 2 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Ruby crowned Kinglets and the regulars....

Day 4, Sunday, Apr. 19: After 3 1/2 inches of overnight rainfall, the flood gates erupted literally and figuratively. On a trip down Center Road, Red Bridge Road and into the National Forest, Highlight was 1 Hooded Warbler, but we saw all the warblers from yesterday except for Kentucky, and numbers were way up for Ovenbirds, Black and White Warblers, and Northern Parula, in the 20s and 30s for each of the three species.

Here are a few images from today:

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Pine Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker


Nate said...

Those are some nice photos. Are they through the scope?

Jochen said...

You must live in a very nice country if you see and photograph as Scissor-tailed Flycatcher so well but don't even mention the species in your post.



I sure miss spring in North America!

Happy birding trails,

Greg said...

Well, Jochen, when you come to see Nathan in NC, convince him to take you to his hometown of Ozark, where the Scissor-tails are on every fence post and Walmart parking lot! (Well, perhaps that's a bit of exaggeration ) but it is part of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society logo. See at

And thanks for stopping in. I know my posts are sporadic at best...

Jochen said...

Greg, it seems that my next trip to North America will not be planned around the birds I want to see but the birders I finally want to get to know in person! Not a bad plan though, not bad at all, and if we can throw in a few goodies like Scissor-tailed Fly, so much the better.
I am really looking forward to meeting Baby Swick. It is not often that the first three things a baby sais are
"Dad" and
"Red-cockaded Woodpecker".

Well, that's what I am expecting him to say anyway. Although honestly, it didn't work with my little son (now 16 months old). I had hoped he would say "Mum", "Dad", "Taiga Bean Goose" but instead it was "Mum" "Bababa" (that's "Dad") and "bathing" (he really enjoys taking a bath in our bath tub). Of course I mean the German equivalents of these words.

"Posting sporadically"? Ha! It seems you're describing my own blog!
Nah, don't worry, I'll be a faithful guest. Your posts are good fun to read and you're blogging from an area with very few bloggers around (in fact you're the only bird blog I know from the "heart land").

Cheers, happy spring migration and I'll surely be seeing you some day at Ozark's Walmart parking lot



Greg said...

Well, if you make it to the Ozarks, you are welcome here so drop by!
And, I'm looking forward to the Baby Swick arrival, too! :)

Jochen said...

it'll be a pleasure!