After photographing the RED-TAILED HAWKS’ nest, I walked back, trying to decide where to have my picnic lunch, which, in the heat and humidity, , had started weighing heavily on my shoulder….but as I walked, I stopped thinking about it, for this lovely yellow water lily greeted me:
I had, earlier, spotted this WOOD DUCK mother, shepherding her brood on the water:
in the clover:
One not-very-common sighting was this
CAPE MAY WARBLER
which Danny Brown and his friend Mark Haas both id'd for me:
was too high up in the tree to get a good shot:
so was this
was flying near the river reeds:
The squirrels all seemed to have fresh new tails!
the Sycamore seeds looked plump and pretty!
even the Dandelion, that commonest of weeds, looked lovely:
I think these are
BLUEBELLS (Thanks, , for the correct Cow Vetch id!)
but I am not sure:
an unknown caterpillar had pupated, getting ready to issue forth as a butterrfly:
and a Mushroom had...well...mushroomed:
could tell me if it was an edible one!
I walked past this bush, which seems like HOLLY to me, but surely holly puts forth berries only during Christmas time?
As I crossed one part of Des Peres creek, I found a GREEN HERON and a WESTERN PAINTED TURTLE next to each other:
Then the heron decided to give the turtle a wide berth:
I got the turtle in the water,
and the heron near it :
I decided I was quite hungry, and decided to stop at the Muny and have my lunch. As I took out my sandwich, I looked up and at the tops of the columns, the BARN SWALLOWS were making their nests:
It seemed it was a day of seeing parents and their homes!
I normally take "beelines" across the Park, heading in a straight line as far as possible. My return took me across the hot concrete parking lot of the Muny, and I was cursing myself for walking along that...but at the back of the Muny, I had a totally unexpected treat.
Something larger-than-a-bee whizzed past me...and yes! It WAS a
(not hard to id, as this is the only Hummingbird in Missouri!), sipping nectar from the Pink Honeysuckle:
Out of that flower, and aiming for the next one!
Here, you can see the ruby throat of the bird's name:
I really had to whip the camera into these three shots as in a flash the bird disappeared!
Sunset found me very satisfied with my long, solitary ramble in Forest Park!