Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spotlight - Riverfront Regional Park

On the other side of the Mississippi River from North Mississippi Regional, is Riverfront Regional. The former is a part of the Three Rivers District, and the latter is an Anoka County park. I almost broke my wrist getting out of the car in the parking lot - just as I pulled up, and was facing the river, the unmistakable silhouette of a Peregrine Falcon popped up over the treeline along the river.

Yellow-rumped Warblers, aka Butter-butts, were present in droves. Literally, that little squirt bottle sound they make was everywhere - their little flippy-do flights as they hunt for insects felt like a Disney movie over me and in the trees along the trail. They are highly susceptible to pishing, so you can usually get more than a few curious individuals to come closer.

This male Downy had no problem preening just above my head on the paved trail.

Eastern Phoebes were present, hunting more on the ground for their lunches.

Ths Nothern Flicker and American Robin had a short disagreement, but resolved it with the Robin deciding he was more comfortable about three trees over.

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