Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oatka Creek Park • December 18

It was a partially cloudy and 27F late morning birding hike in Oatka today. I was birding with my niece and was hoping the extra set of eyes would reap more sightings. However, most of the birds seemed to be in hiding or someplace other than the park this morning. We literally had one flicker and one robin before reaching Trout Run Trail along the creek. That, too, was quiet until we reached the end of the trail were we finally found a nice pocket of birds. Chickadees and titmice started things off. Hairy and downy woodpeckers gave a nice side-by-side visit. A nuthatch was sighted, as well as a red-bellied woodpecker. Returning back down the trail, we found the winter wren near the dam ruins. Overhead we heard our only crow for this abnormally quiet trip. Finally returning to the parking lot and the car, as we waited to leave the park and turn onto Union Street, a red-tailed hawk soared in front of us across the intersection. As we turned onto Union, a pair of mourning doves crossed our path. That would be it!

No pictures today. :-(

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     12/18/10
Number of species:     12

Red-tailed Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     1
American Crow     1
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Winter Wren     1
American Robin     1

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