Missouri is a great place for bird-watching. Not only is STL on many migratory routes, there are some cool year-round residents. Here are birds I saw today (pics from the Cornell bird database)
  1. Black-capped Chickadee
    Cute little birds, often the first to find new feeders (as they were at my house)
  2. Northern Cardinal (male)
    Gorgeous and still really cool to see
  3. Northern Cardinal (female)
    I'll admit - I have a soft spot for the females. While not as striking as the bright red males, they are beautiful and elegant birds.
  4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yes, Woody the Woodpecker
  5. Carolina Wren
    These birds build really cool cave-like nests.
  6. Tufted Titmouse
    These birds have a cool crest on their head
  7. Dark-eyed Junco
    These guys hang out in groups on the ground and clean up all the bits the other birds toss out of the feeders
  8. Downy Woodpecker
    Striking black and white bird, relatively small. One of the first birds I identified after moving here.
  9. Blue Jay
    Loud and bossy
  10. House Finch
    The finches I saw had slightly less red, but still interesting
  11. White-breasted Nuthatch
    Looks like the Tufted Titmouse, but no crest
  12. Squirrel
    Found this guy hanging off my feeder. Quickly added the squirrel sleeve I hadn't installed yet. We'll see how long it takes him to get around the deterrent.