Groupings of birds always seem to have interesting names, and the name given to a group of herons is no less so with a group of herons being called “a siege of herons.” This past Valentine’s day, which was very cold, I saw the remarkable sight of four blue herons huddled together on the bank of a canal and then one did a magnificent flyby right by me!
This past Saturday, a friend invited me to join a group for beginning bird watchers in Forest Park which meets the first Saturday of every month from 8:30-10:30am. It was a great experience. The official guide, Amy Witt, had some extra pairs of binoculars for those without them to use and was very friendly and knowledgeable. In addition, Mark H. X. Glenshaw, the owl man, was also along and pointed out the amazing male Great Horned Owl, Charles, and showed us the hollowed out tree where his mate Sarah was nesting. Very cool. We also saw several species of kingfisher (one of which caught a fish before our eyes), a whole flock of Canada geese on the ice with some domestic geese and mallards and one pair of gulls, a Great Blue Heron, and also a simple sparrow and a Cardinal. It was great to slow down and quietly look for the birds. My lends was not quite up for the task, but there are some decent shots.