Save the date for Earth Day in Douglas Park (April 22)

We’ll be there with nature programming and lots more after the 9 a.m. to noon Clean and Green. You can register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/douglas-park-earth-day-clean-up-tickets-31640331082

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Remembering July on a cold February day

I enjoyed my January visits to Douglas Park. Despite the cold and snow and ice, I found 21 kinds of birds in the park last month! But now it’s early February, and the winter weeks are starting to drag. At times like this, it’s good to remember that the sun and its warmth will soon return. So here are some of my photographic memories of the birds and bugs I found in Douglas Park last July.

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Here’s more information about the creatures in the slide show:

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Monarch Butterfly sipping nectar from Swamp Milkweed flowers at the edge of the lagoon, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Black Swallowtail butterfly at the edge of north lagoon, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Young Pied-billed Grebe on the sanctuary lagoon (where it was hatched and raised), Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Indigo Bunting (male) singing in the sanctuary meadow, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Common Yellowthroat (male) with a beak full of insects to feed its babies, sanctuary meadow, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Mallard (female) with her ducklings, the Lily Pond, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, female, edge of the Lily Pond, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Red Admiral butterfly sipping nectar from a thistle flower, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (male), edge of a sanctuary prairie patch, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle, edge of the sanctuary lagoon, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

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American Goldfinch (male), eating thistle seeds in a sanctuary meadow, Douglas Park. (July, 2016)

To experience more summer in February, check out these Nature in Douglas Park pages:

BIRDS IN SUMMER

INSECTS

WILDFLOWERS

January Birds in Douglas Park

Here are some of the 21 different kinds of birds found in Douglas Park during January, 2017.

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There’s a complete list of the park’s January birds on eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L108460?m=1&yr=cur&changeDate=Set

Keep scrolling for more information about the birds in the slide show.

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Downy Woodpecker hiding among the Phragmites reeds at the edge of sanctuary lagoon. The Downy was pecking at the reed stems in search on insect larvae.

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Dark-eyed Junco on high alert, checking out a threatening noise.

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Female Northern Cardinals keep their camouflaged colors year round, unlike the bright red males

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The reddish wash on the Red-bellied Woodpecker’s belly inspired its common name.

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White-breasted Nuthatches usually explore tree bark in search of bugs, but this one is checking out a threatening bird call.

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Some of the hundreds of Canada Geese in Douglas Park wear a numbered collar, placed their by researchers. Go here for more information.

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American Crows harassed the park’s Red-tailed Hawk, but the hawk just kept looking for food.

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Here’s a closer look at the narrow dark bands on the Red-tailed Hawk’s tail, which identify it as a young bird. (Only adults have a fully red tail.)

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Like most winter birds, Dark-eyed Juncos puffed up their feathers to keep warm.

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This Hairy Woodpecker is a larger cousin of the Park’s Downy Woodpeckers, with a longer and stronger bill.

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American Goldfinches lose their bright colors in winter, which helps them hide among the dried plants whose seeds they eat.

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Brown Creepers climb up the trunks of trees in search of tiny insects..

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Bright red male Northern Cardinals supply a bit more color than most other winter birds.

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These Mallard ducks left the park when the lagoons froze over, but returned during the late-month warm spell.

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This male American Kestrel was hunting for sparrows and goldfinches in the large sanctuary meadow.

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There were more than 500 Canada Geese in Douglas Park by the end of January. These geese were resting on the lagoon between visits to the lawns and soccer fields, where they grazed on grass.

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Herring Gulls can often be seen atop the Cultural Center roof. This gull flew down to the lagoon’s ice and caught a small catfish, which it picked up and dropped a few times before swallowing it whole.

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These American Tree Sparrows were searching for small seeds on the soccer field.

To see more photos of winter birds at Douglas Park, check out this Nature in Douglas Park page:

BIRDS IN WINTER