Fishing Little Blue Heron

Fishing Little Blue Heron

Yesterday, we took advantage of our fine weather this week to walk in Forest Park. Pictured is the peak sighting of the day of a Little Blue Heron. This is a rare species for the park. More common is the Great Blue Heron, which we also spotted, as it overflew us later. It being a weekday, the park was relatively empty, except for the zoo, which had dozens of school bus parked outside of it, plus quite full parking lots. Other than the Little Blue Heron, it was a case of rounding up all of the usual suspects, at least in the bird department. Also, the flowers were nice, and I got a few good pics of them too, for posting later in the week. Throughout the park the grass was looking pretty long. A combination of a wet spring and the city being unable to staff their parks department, because of the overall labor shortage. Its companion organization, Forest Park Forever, a non-profit dedicated to maintaining the park, doesn’t seem to have the same difficulty. We saw dozens of individuals and teams scattered around the park, each with one of the organization’s signature carts. We spoke with one of these people and he explained that the city is responsible for mowing the grass, while they concentrate on pruning, planting and weeding, i.e., everything else.

My Just Desserts

My Just Desserts

Today is Anne’s birthday, so we went up to the Riverlands to do some birding together. She could have picked some better weather for the day. It was cool and windy, with occasionally misting rain, which left us out on our own, with no one else about, except for lots and lots of birds. Across the slough, we saw a family of four Bald eagles, the parents and two offspring. A few pelicans were still about, but most of them have already headed north. Speaking of migration, this week lights around the Arch will be left off, so as not to interfere with the spring bird migration. With not too many big birds around, it was left to the little birds to pick up the slack. Notable among the many species seen, were Indigo buntings, which are way bluer than Bluebirds. I also saw a pair of flying lemons, Yellow warblers. We didn’t get in all that many steps before the siren song of lunch began calling us. We head across the Mississippi, into Alton and dined at My Just Desserts. We split the lunch special, a pesto-turkey grilled cheese sandwich, along with a cup of soup. As a sign in the restaurant says, order dessert first, which we did, a slice of Ozark berry pie, containing blue, black and strawberries. After lunch, the rain had picked up again, so we just headed home. A little damp around the edges, but still a very successful birthday outing.