so off I went...and had a great time.
I was really struck by the similarity between this and the bird walks conducted by our "bngbirds" birding group of Bangalore...the group of about 30 people comprised very similar elements: mothers wanting to introduce their children to birding and nature, older people who've been used to their backyard birds and want to find out more about them...one lady was visiting from North Carolina! Well, I guess I was a migrant in that crowd, being the only non-American. There were, however, a father-and-son duo of Indian origin... Dr Srinivasan , who is a geriatric physician, and his son Sanath.
That's the group....the lady on the extreme right is rushing to retrieve her child, who has gone off behind a bird!
Though it's not yet warm enough to bring out too many bird-species, we did have a good number of sightings; the
are out in large flocks, and here's a photograph illustrating how even that red patch on the shoulder can aid in camouflage....
We saw all the Eurasian Starlings and the House Sparrows, and were told how they are not native species. However, we did see several native species like the Great Blue Heron , and several
There were also the perky AMERICAN ROBINS that I have captured in
The raptor sighting was great, too, because one young man, Pen Grady-Pawl, was really keen-eyed, and id'd this bird as a
when it was just a blob in the distant sky!
We also saw the
soaring over the park, later.
We all walked past the statue of General Franz Siegel who served with distinction in the Civil War, and I joked that he must have been a birder, with his binoculars out!
Birds can be so colourful...here's the male WOOD DUCK in all its glorious technicolour!
and here are Mr and Mrs Wood Duck, swimming along companionably:
I had not, on earlier visits, been able to get a video of the
but this time I finally got to hear and record its singing:
We also saw several Mallards, some
and of course Woody Woodpecker himself...the Red-headed Woodpecker
here's the post about it
which entertained us for quite a while!
Here are Dr James Wilson and Chris Ferree, both
Forest Park Forever
They were very patient, and devoted a lot of time and effort in answering everyone's questions, and giving out information. My thanks to them (and to a gentleman called Larry, whose last name I didn't get) ...for this outing, and for future help!
In the evening, I went off to meet Mark Glenshaw and the Great Horned Owls...post coming up next!