We gathered and walked out of the Visitors’ Center:
Mark took us to see the Charles, the male
GREAT HORNED OWL:
delighted us with flashes of yellow:
In the distance (across Lindell Blvd) we saw, through the cloudy weather, a
almost in silhouette:
On the same tree, a
also sat; it was very pale indeed, even for a juvenile:
Meanwhile, I learnt that this is
(Throughout the walk, Amy, Jim and others taught me a lot about the plants and trees that I saw.)
We followed the course of the creek, and we saw a
on the bank:
Pat is a heroine in my book; she turns out for the walks in spite of having a lot on her plate to deal with:
Was this a
with just the silhouette to go by, we were not sure...but the song decided us that it was the latter.
That delightful summer visitor,the
made several appearances (all, alas, high up on trees, where we could not see the shimmering colours!)
was in flower:
We followed the Kingfishers down the creek:
looked pretty in the water:
This wildflower looked beautiful with the raindrops!
As did this one, which Marilynn Motchan id'd the next day at Rockwoods Reservation, as
We saw several
(and some Eastern Phoebes, too)
Another Green Heron came and landed behind the reeds, and proceeded to make a meal off a frog.
I spotted these
(Amy Witt id'd them for me) on a plant...they looked beautiful!
Here are the flowers of the plant:
Some of the native grasses are as beautiful as carefully-bred cultivars!
Waterlilies, both white
were a treat to the eye.
These are called SEA OATS, but I agree with Jim Wilson...when we are near the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers, RIVER OATS is a better name!
This is the
Jim told me that when
turns this wonderful magenta, it's poisonous to humans:
As we crossed a muddy ditch, we saw this
JEWEL PLANT (also called Touch-me-not) blooming:
I was also very happy to see the first few
butterflies of the season:
was also beautiful...
Brenda spotted this beautiful
in the air, being mobbed by several other birds:
The walk came to an end with Karen announcing Audubon Society free birdwalks for September and October:
Bradley, Mark, Brenda and I continued onwards for another look at the Great Horned Owls. It's long been a running joke that Mark always spots Barred Owls, and I have never seen one, yet. This morning, too, he arrived with a shot of one that he'd just seen...and when we went there, of course, the Bird Had Flown! (That's what I call "Avian Flew"!) We teased Mark that he'd probably taken that photo in Yellowstone and come down to meet us!
We saw the Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a tree again (near the Visitors' Center)...and this was a really amazing sight. The other birds were very perturbed by the Hawk..but a tiny Hummer sat on another branch of the tree, quite unconcerned!
The Hawk sat on the left-hand-side of the tree, and the Hummer, a tiny dot,on the extreme right.
Here's the Hawk:
Here's the Hummer in closeup (thank goodness for the huge zoom on my camera!)
We saw this
mother with her children:
And we wound up watching Sarah, the female Great Horned Owl, and then, one of the young ones, in the wooded area:
For my FB album with more photos (esp of the variety of plants),
Heron, Great Blue
Owl, Great Horned