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The April Audubon/Forest Park Forever Bird Walk, 030410

The day started with rain, it was sunshine when we met and started the walk, it turned cloudy and cold enough that I counted my fingers when I got back from the bird walk, got sunny and pleasant again as I walked down the Loop to the Farmers' Market and came back....wow, talk about changeable weather! But I was on my feet non-stop for 5 hours, and I really enjoyed the morning.

I was happy to see several people from last month's bird walk, and I introduced my friend Dawn to several people. Alas, Dawn had to leave early (there will be no foul jokes about dawn always coming and going early) and so the rest of us walked down, towards the Deer Park area this time.

A

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

treated us to a beautiful concert:







One of the lesser-seen woodpeckers in Forest Park is the

HAIRY WOODPECKER, which looks exactly like the Downy; but this time, I had experts to id it properly!

hairy woodpecker 040310


The

AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES

were out, too, but they haven't come into their bright yellow colour, which I documented in

these photos and video

last year.


goldfinch feeding 030410


The

SONG SPARROW

gave us a lot of song, too!

song sparrow 030410


Another not-so-common sighting was that of the

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS:


red-bellied woodpeckers fp 030410


er, they are NOT really red-bellied...apparently they were named that way just to differentiate them from the Red-headed Woodpeckers....more bird-naming illogic!

When I was going off from the bird walk down to the Loop to buy flowers and fruits at the Farmers' Market, I saw what I think is a

NORTHERN FLICKER:

flicker? lindell blvd 030410

and I want to post how beautiful the common birds are, too.

the

COMMON GRACKLE

is just coming into its summer iridiscent colours now....

common grackle 030410


and I simply cannot stop admiring the lovely

EURASIAN STARLING

which has taken on the status of an invasive pest after being introduced from Europe. Just look at the sheen on the bird!

eurasian starling 030410


Here's a part-list of the birds we saw; the asterisks denote lifers:



Blackbird, Red-winged
Cardinal, Northern
Creeper, Brown*
Crow, American
Duck,Wood
Goose,Canada
Goldfinch,American
Grackle,Boat-tailed*
Grackle,Common
Kestrel,American
Killdeer
Mallard
Sparrow,Field*
Sparrow,House
Sparrow,Song
Starling,Eurasian
Wren,Carolina*
Woodpecker,Downy
Woodpecker,Red-bellied*
Woodpecker,Red-headed
Woodpecker,Hairy*



Let me close with another shot of the wonderful plumage of the Starling:



starling face on 030410

I'll be posting about the various buds and "fruits" that are out on the trees now, such a feast for the birds....
Tags: birding, common, forest, photography, society, st louis, video, weekend
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