Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 22

It was a sunny and cold 24F sunset birding hike in Oatka today. The park was nearly devoid of birds. A couple of crows called out as I walked the dirt road towards the woods. Deep in the woods along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, I heard some soft calls that led me to a trio of bluebirds. Chickadees called out from time to time. Near the boundary between the woods and the fields of Warbler Loop, tapping revealed industrious Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. Things then became quiet until I reached the bridge over the creek. The water level has receded sufficiently that Trout Run Trail is now above water, though it is probably covered with ice. Four Mallards hid in one of the sheltered areas along the northern bank of the creek. Turning around, I headed out to the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo and Bluebird Trails. Producing nothing, I walked an equally empty White Tail Trail and then reached the dirt road for the return to the parking lot. Along this final stretch I picked up a cardinal and a nuthatch. 


Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/22/11
Number of species:     8

Mallard     4
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     2
American Crow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     10
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Eastern Bluebird     3
Northern Cardinal     1

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