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FPF/Audubon 1st Saturday Bird Walk, 010613, Forest Park

This was supposed to be a walk to the Norman Probstein Golf Course, to see the gourds and boxes of the

PURPLE MARTINS

about which I'd posted earlier,

here

However, the "official" walk was cancelled, due to possible inclement weather. Here's the path as I walked up to the Visitors' Center:

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Several of us

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enjoyed John Miller's

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informative talk about them...and since the weather had cleared up considerably when we emerged from the Visitors' Center, several of us decided to follow Mark Glenshaw over to see the Great Horned Owls.

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Mark and Brenda are nothing short of superb in their skills at spotting these birds in the heavy vegetation and the rainy, low-light conditions...so we were able to enjoy the sight of these majestic birds.

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We saw this

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

male, showing why he is named so:


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We then walked further, looking at various waterfowl, such as this

MALLARD couple, the

GREEN HERON:


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and this

SNOWY EGRET, fishing:

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and then Liz, John, and Robert agreed to come with me to see the Purple Martins at the Norman Probstein Golf Course. On the way, we saw several birds, including this

EASTERN KINGBIRD

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We finally saw the Purple Martins, too, in their gourds and boxes,


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swooping and hawking for insects.

We then went to the Prairie area, saw some more birds such as this

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD female and the EASTERN KINGBIRD,

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the

SONG SPARROW:

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We went home after a very enjoyable morning.




Here are Robert, John and Liz, who were patient enough to be with me on my peregrinations!


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Bird List:


Blackbird, Red-winged
Cardinal, Northern
Cowbird, Brown-headed
Crow, American
Dove, Mourning
Egret, Great
Egret,Snowy
Flicker, Northern
Grackle, Common
Heron, Green
Kingbird, Eastern
Martin, Purple
Mockingbird, Northern
Oriole, Baltimore
Owl, Great Horned
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Robin, American
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Song
Starling, Common
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Tree
Swift, Chimney
Wren, Carolina
Woodpecker, Red-headed

I did see and hear a few Warblers, but was not able to make any definitive ids.



The common birds of Forest Park continue to fascinate and delight me! I've put up some of my SMS (Shamelessly Mediocre Shots) on a web album,

here


I've also written the narrative.

Liz was kind enough to give me a ride back home...it was 1pm by then! Another lovely Saturday morning, spent in my favourite haunt!
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