What I wrote to my birding group in Bangalore, today…

Some of the very common birds I see in Forest Park…..

The Brown-headed Cowbirds and their mates seem to be out, and the “treeeee!” call of the Red-winged Blackbird can be heard everywhere. Mockingbirds and the immigrants….the European Starlings with their bronze-green sheen, and the House Sparrows….are briging forth families. The American Robin (called Robin Redbreast in Britain) also has babies trailing along, chirping loudly for worms.

As I walk along Des Peres Creek, the Mallards and the Green Herons look up alertly at me in case I am coming to catch them. Several Kildeer are now to be seen on the grass along the banks…… A Snowy Egret quickly spears a fish, and takes it off. I go to watch the Great Horned Owls, but can see only the mother today….the other birds, such as the Common Grackle, also show their shining plumage, and as a bonus, I see the “Woody Woodpecker” Red-headed Woodpecker, at her nest:

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The migratory warblers (they arrive in St.Louis in summer; alas, Missouri is not a hot-spot birding location, but it’s great for my level of ignorance!) show themselves here and there, and once in a while, I get a lovely video like this:

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This kind of nature ramble is certainly not the stuff of National Geographic…but it’s my morning “battery recharger”, and I come home by 7am, ready to take on my daily duties, with a happy smile on my face, that lasts the whole day long. Just this morning, an elderly lady (er, I mean, MORE elderly than me!) smiled back at me and remarked, “It’s so nice to see a smiling face early in the morning.)

I watch the mink family in the creek, which I’ve been following from last year:

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I can’t see any young ones now, I was very lucky last year, as my friend Danny Brown informed me!

Dear Subbu…thank you for inspiring me, with your descriptive post, to write this….and Zafar Saab, I want you to know that halfway around the world, when I joined the Audubon Society’s monthly bird-watching outing (exactly like our Lalbagh outing) this time, there were THREE people who knew about you, and were awed to think that I knew you personally.

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