Birding in Missouri

I went to visit my parents in southwestern Missouri last week and had a great time even though it rained hard for 3 of the 4 days I was there. It was a welcome change from the drought in the Texas panhandle. It must have rained at least 6 inches in those three days which is more than we’ve gotten at home in the last six months. They have a nce covered patio, though, and they keep several bird feeders near by so I was able to see some birds that I don’t usually get to see in Hutchinson County, Texas.

Baltimore Oreoles are pretty rare arond where I live. I’ve only seen one once in the last 10 years.

We have Black-chinned hummers in the panhandle but I’ve only seen these Ruby-throated Humingbirds when we visit Missouri.

Downy Woodpeckers are pretty common around Lake Meredith in the winter but I rarely get this close to them.

I have heard of sighting of Northern Parulas in the panhandle but I’ve never seen one before, so this is a new bird for me.

Another new bird for my list-a Gray-cheeked Thrush.

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Goldfinch

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