Greater St. Louis Area 10/21-25/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Alice and I drove to St. Louis, Missouri to attend my 50th University City high school reunion, visit with my boys and their families, and take Alice a few new places in the area.


Downtown St. Louis skyline

Cahokia Mounds (Illinois)

Although I had lived in the St. Louis area for most of my first 50 years, I had never been to the Cahokia Mounds Native American site. It was really interesting. As we walked around the area, I heard some sparrows and a Belted Kingfisher, and saw a Northern Mockingbird, a few Common Grackles and Blue Jays, and a Red-shouldered Hawk. We saw a Brown Snake there as well.


Red-shouldered Hawk


Brown Snake

As we were driving on the ramp to get on I-70 for our return, I pulled off onto the shoulder when I saw a female American Kestrel chasing a Red-tailed Hawk.


Female American Kestrel


Red-tailed Hawk

A minute later, a second Red-tailed hawk flew by, and it was being chased by a male American Kestrel. The hawk had almost no belly band and rufous patagial marks. It was most likely a hybrid eastern x Krider's red-tailed sub-species.


Male American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk


Male American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk


Male American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk

Tillis Park

Later that afternoon, we went for a short walk in Tillis Park, where we saw a great Blue Heron, a few Mallards, and some common woodland birds.


Great Blue Heron


Mallards

Queeny Park

We went for a short walk in Queeny Park one of the afternoons, and saw a fair number of woodland bird species.


Red-bellied Woodpecker


American Goldfinch


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chesterfield Valley

We went to Rombach's pumpkin patch with our boys and their families. Of interest there was an albino Rock Pigeon.


Rock Pigeon

Mississippi River

We went for a ride on the Tom Sawyer paddle boat and saw a few birds along the Mississippi River. Most of them were Rock Pigeons, but we also saw a few Mallards and a Great Blue Heron.


Rock Pigeons


Mallard


Great Blue Heron



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