1st Saturday Bird Walk, Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society, 070913

I left for the birding outing as the sun came up.

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Forest Park was at its most beautiful….

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I enjoyed the grasses on fire with the morning sun:

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I watched a

HAIRY WOODPECKER

for a while:

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I reached the Fish Hatchery:

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Jim Wilson gathered us all together, while conferring with Brenda Hente:

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We enjoyed the walk…

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We went over a piece of heritage …the Victorian Bridge:

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We saw several

GREEN HERONS

like this one, alert for breakfast:

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This

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER:

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We raised a “chai toast” to Jim Wilson, who’s moving on to a new phase of life:

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YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

foraging:

AMERICAN ROBIN

with an outsize worm.

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During the walk, we were also delighted by other beings…

this

LOBELIA CARDINALIA:

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a

VICEROY

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The Viceroy is a look-alike of the Monarch, and saves itself from predation by looking like a butterfly which is toxic to predators. The very name, “Viceroy”, means “instead of the king”…and so, it was fitting that we saw this instead of the Monarch!

Scenes such as this were soothing to the eye…

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The bird list:

Cardinal, Northern
Dove, Mourning
Flicker, Northern
Flycatcher, Great Crested
Gnat-catcher, Blue-gray
Grackle, Common
Heron, Green
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated
Mallard
Mockingbird, Northern (heard)
Pigeon, Blue Rock (is that what it is called here, too?)
Robin, American
Sparrow, House
Starling, Common
Wren, Un id
Wood Duck
Woodpecker, Hairy
Woodpecker, Red-headed
Woodpecker, Un id

Lots more photos, if you are inclined to see them, on my FaceBook album,

here

As Jim gave me a ride home, I spotted this tiny spider on his rear-view mirror, and clicked it while we waited at a traffic signal!

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Thank you, St.Louis birders, for another pleasant morning.

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