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I am so happy that I discovered that Forest Park is an AMAZING place to go birding! There are so many different habitats from wooded trails to open fields to large ponds to the aquatic gardens! I have seen some and heard so many beautiful birds this winter so far! You can drive in through the front and pay $3 at the gate (totally worth it), or park at the many different spots outside the park and walk in. I have seen beautiful birds every season here.
December 29th-last visit of 2022! Today was a warm day for December. The melting ice drew in some pretty Ring-billed Gulls and lots of Canada Geese and Mallards. You can see them in this link from my YouTube channel! Subscribe to make me smile LOL! I also saw a Mute Swan couple searching for food beneath the ice and a beautiful Northern Mockingbird enjoying some of the few remaining berries. https://youtube.com/shorts/wrpuSWVUYqY?feature=share
July 30th-Today was a great day to see babies! I also saw a Northern Rough-winged Swallow chasing off a Red-tailed Hawk. I am always amazed by the fact that the hawks actually fly away from the tiny birds! I also found a Pileated Woodpecker and shared videos of my trip to my TikTok-check them out!
July 19th and 20th-I went to the park on the 19th and saw the most beautiful aqua gardens, wildlife AND birds! I was so mesmerized that I went back on the 20th and saw another NEW BIRD! If you haven’t been recently, you should go! The Instagram, Facebook and TikTok links show videos from these 2 visits-so amazing! Check my eBird profile on Robin’s Nest or Contact Me pages for the names of all the birds I saw.
TikTok: The Great Egret Hunting to music! https://www.tiktok.com/@robinsbirds2022/video/7122801506415398186?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7075763619375793707
My Instagram has videos of the gardens and the Egret with no sound added (by me at least!)https://www.instagram.com/robins_birds/
My Facebook page has the baby Wood Ducks in motion and another video from today Enjoy!https://www.facebook.com/Robins-Birds-103826847943221/
April 22nd-Spring was in the air today and everyone was out enjoying the flowers blooming and the birds singing! I logged 36 different bird species today. Check them out here! https://ebird.org/checklist/S107723633 I met a group of friendly kids who wanted to see the Painted Turtles close up so those pictures are for you guys!
March 27-I went to Forest Park today! It was cold and the clouds made for some pretty reflections!
March 16th-I went to Forest Park today. I saw all the usual suspects and even some male Mallards fighting over a female!
The UNBIRDS I saw!
Mallards trying to impress the lady-tail end of the tussle! https://www.tiktok.com/@robinsbirds2022/video/7076059252778929454?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7075763619375793707
Saw some beauties on March 4th at Forest Park…..it was a cold day to be a bird-just ask me-I am a Robin!
February 10th was cold but the birds were worth it!
January 23rd-Lots of surprises at Forest Park today! TWO Great Blue Herons and 2 Hermit Thrushes. Check out my eBird checklist with photos! https://ebird.org/checklist/S101291383
Ring-necked Duck American Black Duck Canadian Geese
This is an update on the very cute black and white mystery duck at Forest Park. He, or she, was still there last week when I went. To my new Facebook Friend-Denise Leonard-Thank you for reaching out to the park and sharing this info with us all!
Recently, I have seen 2 Bald Eagles at once (a dream come true), a Great Blue Heron that clearly winters here, some Hooded and Common Mergansers and a Red-tailed Hawk. Every visit, I have also seen a very cute black and white duck (see video) that some people say is a Domestic Mallard and others think is a Magpie Duck. I am not sure, but he or she loves to eat the duck food I bring. I cannot wait to see what birds visit the park in the spring!