Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oatka Creek Park • December 26

It was a cloudy and occasionally snowy, 21F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The morning started with a bit of drama by the parking lot as the crows were obviously exited about something. The call and subsequent sighting of a perching red-tailed hawk explained the reason for all the agitation. Quite a number of the regulars checked in on the way to the woods: woodpeckers, jays, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and goldfinches. On Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, kinglets and creepers made their presence known. (This would be a good day for creepers with four sightings.) Warbler Loop was a bit quieter with flickers and white-throated sparrows joining chickadees, titmice, and cardinals. Down by the creek, several mallards flushed as I approached the bridge. Along Trout Run Trail, I had a flyover of bluebirds, calling away. As I approached the dam ruins, I heard the calls of a carolina wren, and the kingfisher rattled away downstream. A couple of robins briefly called out, though they've been scarce in the park of late. On the way back out of the park, a small flock of ring-billed gulls floated over the Loop. That would be it for the species list for the hike.



Red-tailed hawk. This was taken with my new Canon PowerShot SX30 at 35x, minutes after sunrise on a cloudy day with a light snow falling. All things considered, this is a great shot!

Northern flicker

Brown creeper

Brown creeper

Brown creeper

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     12/26/10
Number of species:     20

Mallard     11
Red-tailed Hawk     2
Ring-billed Gull     4
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     5
Northern Flicker     3
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     8
Black-capped Chickadee     16
Tufted Titmouse     10
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Brown Creeper     4
Carolina Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3
Eastern Bluebird     6
American Robin     3
White-throated Sparrow     4
Northern Cardinal     11
American Goldfinch     2

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