Forest Park Forever/St.Louis Audubon Society, Bird Walk, 041014

It was a nice chill morning as I set out early to Forest Park.

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The rising sun lit up the grasses:

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A pair of
WOOD DUCKS

were my first sighting:

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A
MALLARD

couple also appeared:

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The Mallard male is a bird of colour!

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The beauty of Forest Park never fails to enthral me.

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I enjoyed the perky

HOUSE SPARROWS

while waiting for the walk to start.

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Mark was leading the walk, and we set off.

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It was great to see a female

KESTREL:

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Scopes and cameras were trained on the raptor.

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Notice that fall apparel is being worn!

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Three

MOURNING DOVES

made a nice composition:

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I liked these flowers, too!

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This ground-cover plant (I’d like to know the name) makes for a carpet of tiny pink flowers:

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We gathered on the bank of the creek as we watched a

BELTED KINGFISHER:

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An

EASTERN PHOEBE

delighted us in the Prairie area:

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Mitch Leachman ,

as always, was a fount of information about the birds.

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He told us how watching even the everyday, backyard birds, and learning about their behaviour, would be very satisfying; something I agree with, heartily!

We spotted two

GREBES

in the water.

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When a bird sat high up on a tree, giving the Deepa Mohan pose, it took a while for me to realize it was the

AMERICAN ROBIN:

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We had such a lovely time that the walk extended quite a bit!

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A migrating

MONARCH

alighted on my sleeve, and I realized, looking at its damaged wing, that it would not make the full journey…

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I think this was a

SAVANNAH SPARROW

but I am not sure:

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We saw the Kestrel again, eating a quick breakfast:

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We also sighted a mating ritual:

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Here’s Mitch, in front of the Muny, sharing his knowledge:

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We wound up looking at the

RED-EARED SLIDERS:

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I bid good-bye to yet another Monarch as I set off home:

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click here

for the bird list on eBird.

All the photos from my FB album are

here

A very enjoyable morning, thanks to the efforts of Mark for FPF, and Mitch for SLAB!

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