|As we drove towards St.Louis from Indiana, we started |
to see a little bit of light green in the fields and on highway medians.
In St.Louis a few early trees and daffodils were in bloom,
including Jay and Ruby's star magnolia shown here.
|Besides birdwatching in West Lafayette, we went to two sanctuaries on|
the Mississippi near St.Louis.
|We were impressed by the bird blind that looked like a big sculpture.|
|What you can see from inside the blind.|
|The blind from outside. The ponds are controlled by levees, and invite both|
winter migrants (which left a few weeks ago, alas) and summer resident birds.
We just saw a few, though quite nice ones.
|Bridge over the Mississippi from the Riverlands Sanctuary.|
|Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. I remember going near|
here when I was a child, but it was all farmers' fields and you couldn't
get to the actual point from which we observed this. It was great!
|Birds in the ponds of the Missouri Bottoms Conservation area,|
which includes the south-west point at the confluence.
Correction: should be Columbia Bottoms Conservation area.