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Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society monthly birdwalk, 030813, Forest Park, St.Louis

We gathered and walked out of the Visitors' Center:

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Mark took us to see the Charles, the male

GREAT HORNED OWL:

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A male

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

delighted us with flashes of yellow:

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In the distance (across Lindell Blvd) we saw, through the cloudy weather, a

GREEN HERON

almost in silhouette:

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On the same tree, a

RED-TAILED HAWK

also sat; it was very pale indeed, even for a juvenile:

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Meanwhile, I learnt that this is

POISON IVY:

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(Throughout the walk, Amy, Jim and others taught me a lot about the plants and trees that I saw.)

We followed the course of the creek, and we saw a

NORTHERN FLICKER

and a

MOURNING DOVE

on the bank:

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Pat is a heroine in my book; she turns out for the walks in spite of having a lot on her plate to deal with:

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Was this a

WREN

or a

SONG SPARROW?

with just the silhouette to go by, we were not sure...but the song decided us that it was the latter.

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That delightful summer visitor,the

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

made several appearances (all, alas, high up on trees, where we could not see the shimmering colours!)

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The

IRONWEED

was in flower:

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We followed the Kingfishers down the creek:

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The

WATERLILY

and the

WATER PRIMROSE

looked pretty in the water:

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This wildflower looked beautiful with the raindrops!

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As did this one, which Marilynn Motchan id'd the next day at Rockwoods Reservation, as

SENNA:

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We saw several

EASTERN KINGBIRDS

(and some Eastern Phoebes, too)

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Another Green Heron came and landed behind the reeds, and proceeded to make a meal off a frog.

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I spotted these

APHIDS

(Amy Witt id'd them for me) on a plant...they looked beautiful!

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Here are the flowers of the plant:

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Some of the native grasses are as beautiful as carefully-bred cultivars!

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Waterlilies, both white

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and pink

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were a treat to the eye.

These are called SEA OATS, but I agree with Jim Wilson...when we are near the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers, RIVER OATS is a better name!

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This is the

BOTTLE-BRUSH GRASS:

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Jim told me that when

POKEWEED

turns this wonderful magenta, it's poisonous to humans:

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As we crossed a muddy ditch, we saw this

JEWEL PLANT (also called Touch-me-not) blooming:

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I was also very happy to see the first few

MONARCH

butterflies of the season:

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This

PEARLY CRESCENT

was also beautiful...

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Brenda spotted this beautiful

COOPER'S HAWK

in the air, being mobbed by several other birds:

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The walk came to an end with Karen announcing Audubon Society free birdwalks for September and October:

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Bradley, Mark, Brenda and I continued onwards for another look at the Great Horned Owls. It's long been a running joke that Mark always spots Barred Owls, and I have never seen one, yet. This morning, too, he arrived with a shot of one that he'd just seen...and when we went there, of course, the Bird Had Flown! (That's what I call "Avian Flew"!) We teased Mark that he'd probably taken that photo in Yellowstone and come down to meet us!

We saw the Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a tree again (near the Visitors' Center)...and this was a really amazing sight. The other birds were very perturbed by the Hawk..but a tiny Hummer sat on another branch of the tree, quite unconcerned!

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The Hawk sat on the left-hand-side of the tree, and the Hummer, a tiny dot,on the extreme right.

Here's the Hawk:

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Here's the Hummer in closeup (thank goodness for the huge zoom on my camera!)

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We saw this

MALLARD

mother with her children:

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And we wound up watching Sarah, the female Great Horned Owl, and then, one of the young ones, in the wooded area:

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For my FB album with more photos (esp of the variety of plants),

click here



Bird List:

Blackbird, Red-winged
Dove, Mourning
Flicker, Northern
Goldfinch, American
Grackle, Common
Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, Red-tailed
Heron, Great Blue
Heron, Green
Housefinch, Common
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated
Kingbird, Eastern
Kingfisher, Belted
Mallard
Owl, Great Horned
Robin, American
Phoebe, Eastern
Sparrow, Chipping
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Song
Starling, Common
Swallow, Barn
Swift, Chimney
Wren, Carolina
Woodpecker, Red-headed
Yellowthroat, Common

Tags: birding, butterflies, forest, insects, nature, owl, photography, plants, scenery, st louis, trees, walk, weekend, wildlife
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