Today’s Forest Park Forever/Audubon Society first Saturday bird walk was very rewarding for me. It was great to walk with experienced birders; I saw a variety of Warblers that would otherwise have been Anonymous Brown Jobs!
I walked from home to the Kennedy Forest; on the way, at the golf course, this
opened my birding account (apart from the Mockingbirds, the Robins, the waterfowl, and the Grackles, that is!)
fished hopefully in Des Perek creek:
As soon as we gathered and started our walk, we came upon the nest of a
The Papaya-like leaves that I'd photographed turned out to be May Apple plants, and this week, they were flowering! Here's a
Amy showed us how she and her team had managed to cultivate a lot of
I loved the colours on these
hopped up and down a tree branch, quite close to us:
We came upon a
singing, and it was out in the open, not too far off:
here's the video:
Amy Witt, who's in charge of the Kennedy Forest, is very knowledgeable...and very helpful with information, too. I call her the Sibley-rumped Naturalist!
I think that's a neat way to carry a bird book; in India, I can't do it because of the sweat factor!
I've put up photos on a FaceBook album,
The bird list ("earlier" means, as I walked to Kennedy Forest before the trail started.)
Blackbird, Red-winged (earlier)
Egret, Snowy (earlier)
Kestrel, American (earlier)
Owl, Great Horned (earlier)
Warbler, Black-throated Green
Woodpecker, Hairy (earlier)
Here’s the group, peering into the trees at all the Parulas, Vireos, and Warblers identified for us:
A big thank you to Ruth Hartsell, who gave me quite a welcome ride home..this meant I was able to catch A and KTB and go swimming with them, too, rounding off a perfect morning!