It was a nice chill morning as I set out early to Forest Park.
The rising sun lit up the grasses:
A pair of
were my first sighting:
couple also appeared:
The Mallard male is a bird of colour!
The beauty of Forest Park never fails to enthral me.
I enjoyed the perky
while waiting for the walk to start.
Mark was leading the walk, and we set off.
It was great to see a female
Scopes and cameras were trained on the raptor.
Notice that fall apparel is being worn!
made a nice composition:
I liked these flowers, too!
This ground-cover plant (I'd like to know the name) makes for a carpet of tiny pink flowers:
We gathered on the bank of the creek as we watched a
delighted us in the Prairie area:
Mitch Leachman ,
as always, was a fount of information about the birds.
He told us how watching even the everyday, backyard birds, and learning about their behaviour, would be very satisfying; something I agree with, heartily!
We spotted two
in the water.
When a bird sat high up on a tree, giving the Deepa Mohan pose, it took a while for me to realize it was the
We had such a lovely time that the walk extended quite a bit!
alighted on my sleeve, and I realized, looking at its damaged wing, that it would not make the full journey...
I think this was a
but I am not sure:
We saw the Kestrel again, eating a quick breakfast:
We also sighted a mating ritual:
Here's Mitch, in front of the Muny, sharing his knowledge:
We wound up looking at the
I bid good-bye to yet another Monarch as I set off home:
for the bird list on eBird.
All the photos from my FB album are
A very enjoyable morning, thanks to the efforts of Mark for FPF, and Mitch for SLAB!