Friday, March 30, 2018

A Noisy Morning at the Audubon Sanctuary

Finally, the sun is shining in Columbia, Missouri.  I took advantage of this sunny interlude to visit the Audubon Sanctuary on the west side of town and was greeted by a noisy avian chorus.

The songs of northern cardinals, Carolina wrens and tufted titmice dominated the chorus, joined by the hysterical calls of northern flickers and red-bellied woodpeckers.  Percussion was provided by the latter birds in addition to downy woodpeckers, a pileated woodpecker and a yellow-bellied sapsucker.  Twenty-three species were observed on my 2-mile walk, including two brown creepers, the first I have encountered this spring.

As I have mentioned in the past, the Columbia Audubon Sanctuary is an excellent site for birding, accessed by wide, well-maintained trails and characterized by an attractive mix of woodlands, forest, creeks and meadows.  The sunshine and the birdsong made this morning's visit especially pleasant.