Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 24

It was a cloudy and occasionally drizzling 37F sunset birding hike at Oatka today. It was a quiet evening with most of the activity on the walk happening along the dirt road into the woods: a flicker, chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, crows, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Once in the woods of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, I picked up a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Along Warbler Loop a cardinal did a quick exploratory flyby. The creek was empty tonight from the dam ruins to the bridge. Heading out into the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, I was surprised when a Red-tailed Hawk launch from one of the nearby small stands of trees along the trail. I don't recall seeing a Red-tailed in this area of the park before. That would be it as the gloom deepened in the park as I headed back to my car.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/24/11
Number of species:     8

Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
American Crow     4
Black-capped Chickadee     5
Northern Cardinal     1

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