May 09, 2011
This is a great time of year for bird-watching. Many, many colorful species can be seen in Missouri in the spring and early summer. Some are just passing through, and others have returned for the nesting season. The patient observer can be rewarded with glimpses of goldfinches, summer tanagers, indigo buntings, and Baltimore orioles. Although no special equipment is necessary, a pair of good binoculars and a bird-identification book makes the experience more interesting. Oriole feeders and hummingbird feeders are readily available in lawn and garden departments of stores.
Birding is a wonderful pastime for the whole family; even young children can enjoy keeping a list of birds in their backyards. Common birds like robins, cardinals, and blue jays are almost always visible and are easy to identify. Field guides to Missouri’s birds are available at your Mid-Continent Public library. Pick up your binoculars and head for the outdoors!
Oak Grove Branch