Nesting Birds of Missouri – Northern Flicker

Northern Flickr - Male
Northern Flicker – Male

Earlier this spring I watched with anticipation as a pair of Flickers inspected a potential nest cavity in a wood lot where I work.  I watched over several mornings as they came and went and made a ruckus.  Here, the male admires the view from the front door.

Northern Flicker - Female
Northern Flicker – Female

The female is pictured above, inspecting the potential nest sight.

No Thanks!
No Thanks!

But alas, for whatever reason, the pair decided this wasn’t the spot for them this year.  Ah well.

-OZB

 

A Welcome Spring Visitor

Here are a couple of pics of a Hooded Warbler that visited a favorite birding spot of mine a couple of weeks ago.  Quite low light on a cloudy early morning, so I apologize for the grain and poor detail.

Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler

 

Three Random Birds

Before we get to a few birds from this spring… Why do people like Adobe Lightroom so much?  I know it definitely helps in cataloging my images and I am better off than what I was before, but the hassle and bugs I have to deal with…  Just yesterday, we lost power during the storms and then next time I was able to load up LR, all my settings went back to default!  I guess I should be thankful that all of my images appear to be in the right spot. Computers…

Hermit Thrush

Such a silent bird.  Whenever I am lucky enough to cross its path, it is almost always found by eyesight.  This guy patiently hung out with me for a bit.

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

Mallard Drake

Pretty much a staple in the pond at my working location.  Sometimes I don’t seem to bother them, while others I cause them to flush.

Mallard Drake in Repose
Mallard Drake in Repose

 

Brown Creeper

I have seen these guys all over the place this spring.  Always one of my favorites, it has been a real treat to seem them so regularly the past two weeks.

The Creeper
The Creeper

 

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