Friday, October 29, 2010

Oatka Creek Park • October 29

It was a mostly cloudy, cold, and *windy* birding hike in Oatka this afternoon. It was a raw day for this time of the year, and the birds seemed to agree, as I only found them in sheltered places today. The dirt road up to the woods was mostly devoid of birds except for the "seeps" of a couple well-hidden white-throated sparrows. Once in the woods and on Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, chickadees and titmice came out to inspect me. A few robins were in the treetops, but I heard something else with them. A much higher call -- cedar waxwings! As I was watching all this, a turkey vulture floated over the top of the forest near treetop level. Moving into Warbler Loop, where there is a lot of very dense shrubbery for cover, the bird activity picked up. White-throats were well represented. Spishing popped up a pair of fox sparrows and one provided me an interesting photo-op. Moving down to the creek, the only bird activity from the bridge were a half-dozen mallards feeding well downstream from where I was. Returning to the far side of the Loop, I heard a flicker or two, and found a couple of yellow-rumped warblers. Moving on I eventually reached White Tail Trail. Near the beginning I found a trio of yellow-rumps and a large group of white-throats. A small pocket of juncos also appeared then disappeared again. Moving along White Tail, the robins massed in incredible numbers in the trees, as it was within a half hour or so of sunset. I found another fox sparrow along this trail, too. Near the end of White Tail I heard more high calls mixed in with the robins and, sure enough, there were half a dozen waxwings. At this point the light had faded significantly due to the sun setting and the clouds, so I switch to mostly birding by ear on my way back to the car. Except for playing tag with one more white-throat on the way out, that would be it for the hike.

 White tail deer 

 White-throated sparrow

 Fox sparrow

Fox sparrow

Fox sparrow

Fox sparrow

Mallards in Oatka Creek

Yellow-rumped warbler

American robin

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     10/29/10
Number of species:     17

Mallard     6
Turkey Vulture     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker     3
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     10
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
American Robin     50
European Starling     50
Cedar Waxwing     8
Yellow-rumped Warbler     5
Fox Sparrow     3
White-throated Sparrow     25
Dark-eyed Junco     1

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