040513: Ist Saturday Bird Walk, Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society. Kennedy Forest

Today’s Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society first Saturday bird walk was very rewarding for me. It was great to walk with experienced birders; I saw a variety of Warblers that would otherwise have been Anonymous Brown Jobs!

I walked from home to the Kennedy Forest; on the way, at the golf course, this


opened my birding account (apart from the Mockingbirds, the Robins, the waterfowl, and the Grackles, that is!)

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A “showy”


fished hopefully in Des Perek creek:

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As soon as we gathered and started our walk, we came upon the nest of a


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The Papaya-like leaves that I’d photographed turned out to be May Apple plants, and this week, they were flowering! Here’s a



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Amy showed us how she and her team had managed to cultivate a lot of


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I loved the colours on these


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hopped up and down a tree branch, quite close to us:

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We came upon a


singing, and it was out in the open, not too far off:

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here’s the video:

Amy Witt, who’s in charge of the Kennedy Forest, is very knowledgeable…and very helpful with information, too. I call her the Sibley-rumped Naturalist!

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I think that’s a neat way to carry a bird book; in India, I can’t do it because of the sweat factor!

I’ve put up photos on my Facebook album,


The bird list (“earlier” means, as I walked to Kennedy Forest before the trail started.)

Blackbird, Red-winged (earlier)
Bunting, Indigo
Cardinal, Northern
Catbird, Gray
Chickadee, Black-capped
Cowbird, Brown-headed
Crow, American
Egret, Great(earlier)
Egret, Snowy (earlier)
Flicker, Northern
Flycatcher, Great-crested
Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray
Goldfinch, American
Grosbeak, Rose-breasted
Kestrel, American (earlier)
Kildeer (earlier)
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned
Nuthatch, White-breasted
Oriole, Baltimore
Oriole, Northern
Owl, Great Horned (earlier)
Parula, Northern
Pee-wee, Eastern
Phoebe, Eastern
Redstart, American
Robin, American
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Song
Sparrow, White-throated
Tanager, Summer
Thrasher, Brown
Thrush, Swainson’s
Titmouse, Tufted
Vireo, Red-eyed
Warbler, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Blue-winged
Warbler, Hooded
Warbler, Kentucky
Warbler, Nashville
Warbler, Palm
Warbler, Tennessee
Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Woodpecker, Downy
Woodpecker, Hairy (earlier)
Wren, Carolina

Here’s the group, peering into the trees at all the Parulas, Vireos, and Warblers identified for us:

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A big thank you to Ruth Hartsell, who gave me quite a welcome ride home..this meant I was able to catch A and KTB and go swimming with them, too, rounding off a perfect morning!


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