4 inch average wingspan
80 inch average wingspan
Did you know?
Habitats along greenways provide essential food and shelter for migrating birds passing through and birds who live in the St. Louis region year-round.
Some Fun Facts from our Birdwatching Walks:
- We saw a Bald Eagle on 4 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. Because bald eagles steal fish from other birds, mammals and even people, Ben Franklin thought this was a bad choice for the US national bird.
- Blue Jays were seen on 5 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. These birds can carry up to 5 acorns at a time in their expandable throats and store hundreds to eat during the winter months.
- Brown-headed Cowbirds were seen on 4 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. These birds do not make nests. Instead, they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.
- American Goldfinches were seen on 6 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. These birds are strict vegetarians, eating mostly seeds. They wait until late summer to raise their young when many native flowers have produced seeds.
- Carolina Wrens were seen (and heard) on 4 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. A single male Carolina Wren can sing nearly 3,000 times in a single day.
- Great Blue Herons were seen on 4 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. These birds live in a community called a rookery together with species of egrets, cormorants, and other herons.
- Mourning Doves were seen on 6 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. One pair of Mourning Doves may raise a group of babies called a brood 5 or 6 times in a single year.
- Northern Cardinal was the species we saw most often on 7 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. Only males sing among most North American bird species, but female cardinals break this rule.
- Northern Kingfishers like the one we saw on the Meramec Greenway create a burrow up to 6 feet deep into a riverbank that slopes to shed water.
- Red-bellied Woodpeckers were seen on 5 of the 8 greenway birdwatching walks. Seeds make up half their diet, and the other half is insects that they catch using their tongues that reach out two inches.
|Bird Species||Number of Tours Where the Species Was Spotted|
|Eurasian Tree Sparrow||1|
|Great Crested Flycatcher||1|
|Great Blue Heron||4|
|Great Horned Owl||1|