Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 23

It was a sunny and 40F sunset birding hike in Oatka today. It was another very quiet night with all the birds pretty much "on station" and in their usual areas. Walking in from the parking lot, crows flew overhead to their nightly city roosting locations. In the woods of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, the Hairy Woodpeckers called out their alarms and chickadees were their usual inquisitive selves. Along the creek side of Gypsum Hollow and Sapsucker Trails, a Downy Woodpecker and a White-breasted Nuthatch foraged away while a Belted Kingfisher rattled up and down the creek for quite some time. A Pileated Woodpecker called in the distance. Seeing that the creek water level continues to drop, I crossed at the bridge and walked the length of Trout Run Trail. I picked up a pair of Mallards, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a Tufted Titmouse along this stretch. At this point I turned around and made my way back to the parking lot, picking up a cardinal on the way out.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Bridge over Oatka Creek

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/23/11
Number of species:     11

Mallard     2
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     1
American Crow     35
Black-capped Chickadee     3
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Northern Cardinal     1

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