I left for the birding outing as the sun came up.
Forest Park was at its most beautiful….
I enjoyed the grasses on fire with the morning sun:
I watched a
for a while:
I reached the Fish Hatchery:
Jim Wilson gathered us all together, while conferring with Brenda Hente:
We enjoyed the walk...
We went over a piece of heritage ...the Victorian Bridge:
We saw several
like this one, alert for breakfast:
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER:
We raised a "chai toast" to Jim Wilson, who's moving on to a new phase of life:
with an outsize worm.
During the walk, we were also delighted by other beings...
The Viceroy is a look-alike of the Monarch, and saves itself from predation by looking like a butterfly which is toxic to predators. The very name, "Viceroy", means "instead of the king"...and so, it was fitting that we saw this instead of the Monarch!
Scenes such as this were soothing to the eye...
The bird list:
Flycatcher, Great Crested
Mockingbird, Northern (heard)
Pigeon, Blue Rock (is that what it is called here, too?)
Wren, Un id
Woodpecker, Un id
As Jim gave me a ride home, I spotted this tiny spider on his rear-view mirror, and clicked it while we waited at a traffic signal!
Lots more photos, if you are inclined to see them, on my FaceBook album,
Thank you, St.Louis birders, for another pleasant morning.