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FROM READERS: Wonder of wonders

December 4, 2012 | 5:39 p.m. CST
John Hall shares photos of various birds from an unusually warm December weekend.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

Early this morning I offered to send out a few more bird photos if the readers were "game" and didn't cry "fowl."  Well, I spent more time getting a KOM League Flash Report prepared than I had planned and by the time it was finished and sent to a few hundred non-readers I was surprised to find a "couple" of people who wanted the bird photos from yesterday.

There were some nice comments about the Red Bellied Flicker Woodpecker.  Flicker and Woodpecker are used interchangeably in the bird world.  One recipient of the photo in Glendora, California, and himself a former baseball player, observed that the Red Bellied Woodpecker looked like a Cardinal that had just been escaped from prison. I found that to be the "best comment of the day" and for that I'm sharing some photos of:

White Throated Sparrows—You have to look close since they are doing their best not to be photographed.

Purple House Finch—These guys attempt to hog the bird feeders and run off the others.

Tufted Titmouse — The Red Bellied Woodpecker sort of got top billing.  There isn't much disparity in the photos but I shared them since the fellow really wanted to show off, which is rare.

Slate Colored Junco—This bird is really tough to photograph for it usually is on the ground picking up seed the other birds throw out of the feeder.  I was pleased that this one posed on the fence railing.

The rare "Upside down" American Tree Sparrow.

The often seen Seed Cracking/Seed Spitting female Cardinal.


The often seen Seed Cracking/Seed Spitting male Cardinal.

The American Tree Sparrow—first cousin to the "Upside down" variety. Actually, it was probably the same individual bird.

Some Sycamore leaves drifted into the bird bath and this is how they looked the next day, after a hard freeze.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor is Joy Mayer.