Nesting Birds of Missouri – Warbling Vireo

At riverine locals like RMBS, the warbling song of the Warbling Vireo can be heard all day long throughout the summer.  However, they have always given me grief when it came to getting a photograph – lurking shyly among the leafy branches of the Cottonwood.  This year, I hit a trail where I know they set territories for nesting.  Early in the spring, before the leaves expanded, I was able to follow this guy as he made the rounds and get some photos.

Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo

 

Nesting Birds of Missouri – American Redstart

Photographed at Big Spring State Park.  The American Redstart song seems to be more variable than any of the guidebooks suggest.

American Redstart
American Redstart

 

Nesting Birds of Missouri – Barred Owl

Who cooks for you all?  My chef of a wife, Sarah, that’s who… 😉

No, not a song bird today.  I was lucky enough to come across this Owl during a day hike this spring.  Usually, an Owl spotting OZB does whatever it can to escape, but this guy seemed not to be concerned and continued to scan the ground for mice and voles roaming through the leaf litter as I took its picture.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl
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Barred Owl