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Common Birds in Forest Park, 020611

I've posted all the pictures from my long walk to my Facebook album, which (if you have a Facebook account) you can see if you

click here

but here are some of the birds that I managed to capture on camera:

The

COMMON GRACKLE

and the

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

share a moment, and a rock perch, in the park:

blkbd grckle  020611 fp



Here's the Grackle, by itself, bearing off a fried chicken piece that someone's going to be missing!


cmn grckle  food fp 020611

Here it is, at the edge of the water, Narcissus-like:

grckle reflection fp 020611


Here's the Red-winged Blackbird male, showing its beautiful red-and-white "epaulettes":


ml rd wngd blkbd fp 020611





The female is busy, bringing nesting material:



rd wng blkbd on bush fp 020611


red wngd blkbd closeup fp 020611


red wngd blkbd fp 020611 profile


The

PURPLE MARTIN

was endangered, and special nest-boxes have been set up for its breeding in the Park:


prpl mrtns fp 020611

The population, however, still seems restricted to the nest box area, near the Norman Probstein golf course.


2 prpl mrtns at nest fp 020611

I got a juvenile, too:

juv p martin fp 020611

And another one:


prple mrtn profle fp 020611


And one more at a website!


swlw?fp 020611


I got this

EASTERN KINGBIRD

in the grass:

e kngbd fp 020611

And, a little later, perched on a tree:

estrn kngbd fp 020611



Far away, a

RED-TAILED HAWK

soared on the thermals:


red-tld hwk? fp 020611


I saw a

MALLARD

couple:

mlrd cpl fp 020611


and also, a mother teaching her chicks to grub for food:


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The plentifully-present

CANADA GOOSE

was (what else?) goose-stepping:


cnda gs fp 020611


I got an

EASTERN PHOEBE

too, notice that it doesn't have the white band at the edge of its tail that the Kingbird has:


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I got this

KILDEER

sitting on what might be a nest/eggs, at the shore of Des Peres creek:

kildeer siting  020611 fp


and got this one at the waterfall area:


kildeer fp 020611


A

SNOWY EGRET

(similar to our Little Egret)

went about its fishing business in the creek:


sml egrt fp 020611

The

GREAT WHITE HERON

that we know as the Great Egret,

was successful in catching a shrimp and despatching it:

grt egrt fishing fp 020611



gt egrt fp 020611 closeup shrimp


As I decided it was time to go home, I caught a very quick glimpse of a

DOWNY WOODPECKER

in the wooded area where the

Great Horned Owls

are to be found:


dwny wdpckr fp 020611



I'll be posting pictures of the turtles, the dragonflies and other interesting stuff..but meanwhile, today is the monthly (first Saturday!) bird-walk by

Forest Park Forever

and the

Audubon Society of St.Louis

so I'm off in a short while!
Tags: birding, forest, photography, st louis, walk
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