Ozarks warblers and wildflowers

2008 April 19
by David J. Ringer

GREENE CO., MO. — Today I joined the GOAS field trip in Christian County, Missouri.


It’s been a cool, extraordinarily wet spring in the Ozarks, and tree buds are just now starting to open up. Nevertheless, the southern breeding warblers are mostly in place; I personally had eight warbler species including Ovenbird, redstart, parula, yellow-throated, Kentucky, and Pine Warbler during the morning. Boreal breeders like Chestnut-sided Warbler haven’t quite started coming through yet.


Greg Swick tries to point out a Hermit Thrush for a crowd of eager observers. (Greg has posted his own account of the day: Red Bridge Round Up.) It was fun to see my old friends again. They call me a world traveler (which, I suppose, is true) and like to joke that they taught me everything I know (which is probably truer than they realize).


Lovely spring wildflowers bloomed among the rocks and trees. This is rue anemone.


And this is Trillium sessile (which I think sounds nicer than “toadshade”). Sessile means without a stalk, and as you can see, both the flower and the leaflets lack appreciable stalks and are nestled together. More wildflower photos are available in today’s gallery: Ozarks wildflowers.

Next stop, Texas!

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3 Responses
  1. April 20, 2008

    Charley and Lisa may say that they taught you everything you know, but my first memory of you is on a trip to see the Smew at RMBS. You presented this homemade, beautifully compiled, personalized gull identification guide. I was amazed, as I still struggle with any gulls outside of our regulars in the Ozarks.

    By the way, I learned Trillium sessile as Wake Robin, better than Toad Shade. But Wake Robin covers several Trillium sp.

  2. April 22, 2008

    You’re a good bird finder, ma’am.

  3. April 22, 2008

    Excuse please. I meant to say “man.” Plenty a slip twixt cup and lip….

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