Flora and Fauna

The photo shown above is of a Monarch caterpillar happily chomping away on some Butterfly Weed in our new native flower garden.  We are delighted that Forest Hill Park can provide appropriate habitat for this individual and the butterfly that it will become.

Many wildflowers, such as the passion  flower and native azalea shown below, can be found in Forest Hill Park.

Passion Flower

Native Azalea

When the lake was renovated, an area to the northwest was designated as a wetland and was planted with many different species of native trees.

Wetland Area Being Planted with Native Trees

By the end of August, 2010, this area was a riot of color from fall flowers including tick-seed sunflowers, asters, and smartweed.

The shallow parts of the lake were also planted with several species of aquatic plants, including pickerelweed shown in this photo.

Pickerelweed in Lake

A wonderful addition to the park is the native flower garden planted behind the tennis courts.   The photos of butterflies and caterpillars used in the headings of this website, were taken in the native flower garden.

The lake area at Forest Hill Park is home to many kinds of wildlife, particularly birds and turtles.  The upland areas of the park are also home to many species of birds, including Red-tailed hawks who nest in the park.

The following is a list of all bird species that we have observed during our winter birdwalks through this venerable old park, located in the middle of the city!

Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, American Black Duck, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated  Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet,  American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow.  Also seen or heard in the park at other times: Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush.