This is a screenshot from BirdCast showing the current migration status for St. Louis County, Missouri as of 4-30-23.
It seems that birds have come in fits and starts, and we're seeing migrants, but not as many species as we've
typically recorded by now. Southerly winds later this week will be a welcome change and help bring in the birds.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets have been regular visitors, note the insect leg poking out of the bird's mouth in the first photo! They love to get in the bubbler.
For the first time, we've seen a female Eastern Towhee get in and bathe, and it's been back on half a dozen days now.
Sparrows include Swamp, Chipping and White-throated. It seems like everywhere I look I see the White-throated! They are the most numerous right now, singing their plaintive songs all day long.
A Hermit Thrush is occasionally seen, but Swainson's Thrush now predominate.
Migrating finches are well-represented. Female Purple Finches, Indigo Buntings and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been here for days.
Red-breasted Nuthatches can be seen again through mid-May since it was a good irruption year for this species.
They're back! Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been seen at the feeders and checking out the coral trumpet honeysuckle.
Vireos love to splash-bathe, but this is the first time we've seen a Warbling Vireo enjoy this behavior. This bird hit the pond, the bubble and even dive-bombed a Cardinal that was in the basin!
NOW...for the warblers.
Yellow-rumped have been most numerous, male and female are in the second photo.
A Northern Waterthrush found tiny larvae in the algae, as the Swamp Sparrow had done.
Tennessee and Nashville Warblers typically show up about the same time.
Orange-crowned Warblers have been at the sump puddle and at the bubbler. It makes my day to see one show its crown!
Palm Warblers are attracted to our cypress tree and to the swampy thicket. There have been a couple of them around.
My breath caught when I saw this yellow-throated bird climb onto the bubbler rock from the cover of the Virginia creeper and celandine poppies. It slipped back into cover and hopped out onto the little path between the violets!
That, my friends, is the promise of Spring migration!
We just never know what might have dropped in the night before
and will surprise us in the morning.
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