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Friday, May 22, 2009

Robin baby

The babies are out of the nests....we wish them luck in surviving and keeping away from the neighborhood cats. This little guy was under our feeder. We had a nice day Thursday birding at Parkville Nature Sanctuary most of the warblers have taken advantage of the southern winds and gone north, many go to Canada to breed. We did see several kinds of flycatchers they are coming thru now, some of these stay in MO to breed. Now that we have learned to ID some of the birds, we now notice the number of Indigo Buntings and Eastern Phoebes there are and the Eastern Kingbirds along the fence lines. Below is a photo of a Phoebe I saw at Aminty Woods. We visited this park after our birding in Parkville, it is next Thursdays bird walk.
An interesting piece of history of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary: the land was once the Park College Farm where students worked to offset the cost of their education. Students fed and milked dairy cattle, raised pigs, goats, chickens and sheep, and tended seven beehives. They grew vegetables and fruit; the surplus was canned or stored in the root cellar. Students also grew 2,000 bushels of wheat a year. The food they produced fed all the students back in the early 1900's.
Hope you are enjoying your Memorial Weekend! Tomorrow we have a Phalp family get together.

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