Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oatka Creek Park • December 30

It was a sunny, clear blue sky, and cold 21F sunrise birding hike today in Oatka. The weather station that records the temperature for the park is located right on the bank of Oatka Creek, so it was probably reading a couple degrees higher than the rest of the park. As such, it seemed to be too cold for most of the birds at sunrise, and the park seemed largely deserted as a result. As the sun warmed the region, however, the birds began to slowly appear. The walk in from the parking lot to the woods eked out one or two members of several park regulars with a carolina wren being the most notable. Black Billed Cuckoo Trail and Warbler Loop added a few more regulars. The creek was empty as I crossed the bridge (no ducks today) and Trout Run Trail was also low in activity with the most notable sight being three cedar waxwings and three robins sitting in a tight cluster in a treetop, warming in the rising sun. Recrossing the bridge and heading to Gypsum Hollow Trail, I had yet to spot a kinglet or brown creeper. However, with some stubbornness on my part, I finally found both birds among the old gypsum mining pits. Finally reaching the dirt road once more on my way back to the parking lot, a trio of tree sparrows made a nice final addition to the hike.

European starling

White tail deer

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker

Tufted titmouse

Tufted titmouse

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     12/30/10
Number of species:     21

Red-bellied Woodpecker     8
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     19
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     6
Brown Creeper     1
Carolina Wren     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet     2
American Robin     8
European Starling     1
Cedar Waxwing     3
American Tree Sparrow     3
White-throated Sparrow     9
Dark-eyed Junco     3
Northern Cardinal     7
American Goldfinch     7

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