Spring 2020 – Nature in the Time of Corona

An eastern kingbird preens near a lake in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

Hello friends. It has been a while since I checked in. I hope you are all safe and well in this time of pandemic. Joyce and I spend most of our time at the farm except for occasional excursions for supplies and morning photo hikes to look for warblers, shorebirds and other spring critters. We always do our best to stay a safe distance from others when we are out enjoying Nature’s vernal bounty.

This edition includes some of my favorite images from the last month or so. I caught the featured critter, an eastern kingbird, this morning at Forest Park. The graceful contortions of the elegant bird caught my eye and lens as well. I was overjoyed to see how well the image turned out when I downloaded it this afternoon.

A mama gray squirrel wraps her tail around her little one in their sycamore den at Robertsville State Park. I have only seen this single baby in the nest during several visits to the sycamore. Robertsville State Park, less than 15 minutes from my house, has been one of my go-to locations for finding birds and other critters this spring. I’m lucky to have such a nice park nearby.

A bullfrog watches me at sunset at a little pond in Robertsville State Park. One afternoon I was sitting on a bench next to the pond near the headquarters of the park. It was near sunset and I was waiting for a pair of kingfishers I had seen the morning before. The kingfishers never showed but this bullfrog began watching me from about ten feet away so I couldn’t resist making an image with my 500 mm lens. The evening sky, almost purple, turned the clear water into a colorful canvas.

A spotted sandpiper feeds at sunrise in a waterway in Forest Park. This spring, Forest Park has been a great place to observe spotted and solitary sandpipers. This was my favorite sandpiper image from the collection.

A little blue heron at Forest Park. If you have never seen this species, you just have to trust me that it is this beautiful, with its intense blue color, violet-tinged face, and powder-blue bill base. The little blue is considered the most beautiful heron by some bird lovers.

A Kentucky warbler shows off his mutton chops before a gorgeous background blurred by my long lens at Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

A closer look at the Kentucky, my favorite warbler by personality and one of my top five by beauty alone.

A gray catbird strikes a compelling pose at Robertsville State Park.

A female cerulean warbler strips a limb clean to build her nest in the forest canopy of Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

A cerulean warbler at work gathering nesting material.

A yellow-breasted chat calls from a field near Lost Valley Trail on Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

A Mississippi Kite takes a break from gathering sticks for its nest on Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

An eastern bluebird on its favorite perch in an oak tree I planted in our yard near our deck.

A common yellowthroat grabs an unseen snack at sunrise in Robertsville State Park.

A chestnut-sided warbler sings to the heavens on Lost Valley Trail.

A field sparrow gathers nest material at Robertsville State Park.

Last but not least, a drake wood duck on a gnarled log in Forest Park.

So, as you can see, I’ve been quite busy in spite of the temporarily altered state of our existence on this planet. I plan to stay busy in the safest manner possible as as this gorgeous spring unfolds. Like most us, my greater concern is the safety of others every time I leave the farm. I’m sure all of you feel the same way.


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America is beautiful. I vote to keep it that way.


8 comments on “Spring 2020 – Nature in the Time of Corona”

  1. Enjoyed those vignettes. I am missing being able to go out as we are under house arrest, and I can only walk around our apartment building in the mornings! Thank you for bringing a whiff of Missouri into my four walls. Deepa.

  2. What a nice stream of photos. A great way to start the day! Favorites are the wood duck and the squirrels peaking out from their den. Awesome!

  3. Danny, we enjoy your posts, keep them coming. We camped along side Grand Lake in Oklahoma two weeks ago. We were right on the lake and it was a constant array of birds of every kind. You would have a field day. Most exciting for me was seen split tailed flycatchers. They were with us for four days. I had never seen them before. We were at Berniece state park.
    Bonnie Riegel, Washington garden club

  4. Danny, your posts brighten my day every day. When negative and often senseless facebook posts seem to overwhelm my fb feed and the pandemic news is relentlessly grim and sobering I look forward to the breaths of fresh air that you send my way….I’m jus sayin’.
    Good morning Danny, Good morning Joyce! Glad to see you’re out there.

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