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Bird Watching in 100 Acres

While working in the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park a couple of weeks ago to get it ready for the opening, I spotted a Scarlet Tanager:

Scarlet Tanager

(image via dave.lipper)

Of course, covered in mulch and mud and shovel in hand, I had no chance to whip out the camera and snap a shot. So, thank you Dave Lipper for this picture! Nonetheless, I stopped digging for the moment to enjoy the handsome fellow.

There are so many more beautiful birds in our 100 Acres. IMA’s photographer, Tad Fruits caught this Pileated Woodpecker in flight.

And this Blue Heron seems to have taken up residence along the banks of the lake.

What I would suggest to every visitor to the park is to sit a spell in Alfredo Jaar’s Park of the Laments (or anywhere for that matter!) and just listen. Listen to the different songs of our feathered friends. Maybe too, you’ll see a flash of color for an Oriole or Indigo Bunting!

Indigo Bunting (via Nature Nook)

Baltimore Oriole (via Harrier)

Filed under: Art and Nature Park, Horticulture

4 Responses to “Bird Watching in 100 Acres”

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    Ed Says:

    How fitting! I was just in the park around noon and spotted a blue heron catching some lunch at the southeast end of the lake. Those wooden benches are a great place to sit and enjoy both the wildlife and the breeze on a warm day like today.

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    Kevin K. Says:

    Speaking of the lake, any plans to plant waterlilies in there?

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    joe Says:

    too bad the deer and fox and rabbits are gone since y’all ruined up this formerly beautiful little nature sanctuary…ever since the bulldozers and construction equipment started the process of ruining the environment by the lake, many of the former resident animals (besides birds) have not been seen around there…hope you all are quite proud of ####### up a lovely little slice of untouched nature in the middle of the city by ‘installing’ your ####### ‘art’…WTF is wrong with you people anyway, I use to at least think artists had a bit more consideration and respect for nature than the average un-conscious corporate ####### in this ####### up city but even the ‘artists’ here are wholly-owned corporate #######…and that ####### ‘boat’ that was dropped in the lake is the most hideous and UN-artistic piece of crap one could imagine…you all LITERALLY paved paradise and put up a parking lot (and an ugly ####### building!) Was it just too hard to NOT ####### with one of the few remaining untouched pieces of land in Marion County? To quote my old granny, ####### ALL Y’ALL!!!

    This comment has been edited to remove profanity

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