Birding At Roaring River State Park

Other than a hummingbird mercilessly taunting my photography attempts, I’ve not done much bird-watching this week.

And on another sad note, the city finally paid a visit to our neighbors with the wild backyard. Their backyard is no longer a wonderful habitat and looks once again like all the other suburban yards in this area. SIGH.

Thankfully, the Carolina Wren stuck around the yards. He’s in our yard now. I’ve announced our yard waste (a decent pile of sticks and such) must now stay forever. My husband disagrees.

Let’s think back to happier times like last weekend when I did get to do some birding. We visited Roaring River State Park and the scenery included some interesting birds!

One of the common sights around the park:


Don’t you love when you accidentally learn something on a weekend getaway? Ha! I always called the birds at the park turkey vultures. Never realized they were indeed black vultures. They do have turkey vultures in the area as well but I didn’t spot any of them once I realized all these times I’ve been looking at black vultures. You’ll often find them hanging out at the fish cleaning station.  

I have several sub-par photos from three years ago of them in that area. Didn’t manage a new photo at the fish cleaning area.  This time, with just my husband and myself, we stumbled on this while on a hike:  

The naturalist in the nature center told us the park obtained a special permit to relocate some of them. She told us they were taking the wipers off cars as well as damaging the roof of the lodge. Moving on from the vultures, by far the most common bird I spotted at the park, I did see a few other birds. Apparently, hummingbirds all across the state enjoy tormenting my sad attempts to take their photos! I spotted one sipping honeysuckle but alas he said, “no photos, please” and jetted away!

Just outside the nature center, my husband spied a goldfinch.


Funny just as I started to complain about only seeing vultures (and the one hummingbird), my husband pointed this guy out to me. He did prove a more willing subject than my  hummingbirds. 

And finally, I spotted one more new (to me) bird while we were hiking and fishing at the park. The first time I spotted this bird, it flew deep into a hole in the spring.

The second time, I spotted two while we were fishing. I asked my husband, what were those two black and white birds that just flew into the forest?  

Belted Kingfisher

I finally spotted one and managed to capture a quick photo (Did I mention the cloudy skies  and rain every day we were there?).  

It was fun to spot some new (to me) birds before driving home. We spent a lot of the drive home playing turkey vulture or black vulture? And I spotted a few more kingfishers (no photos at highway speeds though!). (Linking up my post with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather Be Birdin’)


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15 thoughts on “Birding At Roaring River State Park

  1. Lea's Menagerie

    We have both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures here, too. I have never heard of vultures attacking cars’ windshield wipers. I wonder why they would do that.
    Pretty Goldfinch, and very good photo of the Kingfisher!

    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve never heard of them doing that either. The birds certainly didn’t bother our car (thank goodness!) while we were there. Maybe for nesting material? That’s all I could think of for a possible reason. Thanks, I was excited to see the Kingfisher.

  2. Beverly Meyers

    Every time I see your pictures of birds I tell myself I need to learn more about the birds that are in my yard and where we travel.

  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello, great captures of the Black Vultures. Love the sweet Goldfinches. The hummers are quick and hard to get photos of them. Awesome capture of the Kingfisher, they are fast movers too. The name of the park sounds familiar. Wonderful post. Have a happy Sunday!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! It’s a Missouri state park known for trout fishing (and it’s just a little west of Branson). When I was looking for links, I noticed CBS This Morning did a moment of nature there a few years ago (of course, that link has long since expired). Hope you have a great Sunday as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      I can certainly see why the Kingfishers are a favorite. Hoping to see more of them some day soon. Yes, I don’t think the vultures would win any beauty contests but they are kind of fun to watch. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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  5. Rebecca Knox

    Ohmygoodness! Those stinkin’ black vultures! They’re everywhere down through there. There were tons of them at Branson when we were there in April. I do love the goldfinches! We have several that have fed at our sunflowers and coneflowers this summer and, of course, we feed them black oil sunflower seeds and keep them around all winter. The spring at Roaring River is beautiful! And, yes, the belted kingfishers are neat! Looks like you guys had a great time on your weekend get-away! Blessings! <3


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