March 9th, 2010


Great Horned Owls, Again, Forest Park

Having gone on the

St.Louis Audubon Society's Monthly Bird Walk in Forest Park

I decided that the evening weather was also too good to waste and at 4pm, I called up

Mark Glenshaw

and off I went to see the Great Horned Owls, who had become partners and also parents while I had been away.

Behind the World's Fair Pavilion, Mark pointed out Charles sitting high up in a conifer...

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Thrilled by the prospect of seeing the entire owl family soon, I came home wtih my family...and meanwhile, agreed to go with another friend, Umesh, when he went to Queeny Park on Sunday coming up as soon as I get id's for all the (common) birds I saw there, in just half-an-hour of birding!

Half an Hour's Birding in Queeny Park

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I looked at my watch..and WHAM, where had 35 minutes gone?? Umesh had finished his run, so off *I* ran, too, to go home with him...

Here's how the Park looks at this season; not a blade of green grass, not a green leaf in sight...

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But in all that grassland live so many birds!

If anyone can help me with these bird ids.....please do

Young Couple...Walking along the Path of Dreams

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They walk together, the young couple..
With their baby...their love.
They've taken a little time in their busy lives
For togetherness, to be with nature.
They walk along, towards their future;
Filled with dreams, and hopes...and perhaps some anxieties.
Responsible, mature young adults,
With their way to make in the world.
I love all of them, and so I lag behind;
I do not want to intrude in these moments;
Much as they make me welcome,
This is their world...and not totally mine.
But...any one of them has only to crook a finger...
And I'll come running, halfway across the world.
Love is a strange presence in one's heart;
It takes one out of oneself,
And makes one live, quite happily, for others, sometimes.