By Tom Uhlenbrock
Missouri State Parks
Missouri parks can be noisy places in late spring and early summer, especially around daybreak.
Some of North America’s most colorful birds, and best singers, have returned from their winter homes south of the border and are marking territories and advertising for mates.
You’ll often hear them before you see them, and will need binoculars to spot them in the treetops and underbrush. But the thrill of the search can be rewarding.