Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 26

It was a partially sunny 14F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. It was mostly sunny from sunrise (just before 7 AM) until about 8:30 AM, when clouds and light snow rolled in. The birds were very active and vocal during that one and a half hour window, and then generally scarce afterwards. Traveling the dirt road leading into the woods, I picked up crows, a jay, titmice, a tree sparrow, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, singing cardinals, a chickadee, a Hairy Woodpecker, and a Downy Woodpecker. The cardinals were in fine voice today, and their songs were heard throughout the park. Moving into the woods of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, a Pileated Woodpecker called out. Things then quieted down along Warbler Loop, and picked up again along Gypsum Hollow Trail: a kingfisher rattled an alarm along the creek for quite some time, a nuthatch called out, a trio of kinglets passed by me, and the "turalee" call of a bluebird began for what would be background for most of the remainder of the walk. Along Sapsucker Trail, the resident Red-tailed Hawk flew through the area. Turning around and eventually walking the northern side of the creek along Trout Run Trail, only a pair of Mallards increased the species list, though individuals from previously mentioned species were also found. Moving out into the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, another Red-tailed Hawk flew by with crows in hot pursuit while a small "vee" of Canada Geese crossed the sky. Deciding to take Old Burrell Road back to the parking lot, I passed a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, flying slowly along the treetops and clearly together. I caught up with (probably) the Pileated Woodpecker from the beginning of the walk and had a brief photo-op. As I approached the parking lot, a Carolina Wren called out from the swamp.

Black Billed Cuckoo Trail

Northern Cardinal

Mallard

Mallard

Mallard

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/26/11
Number of species:     18

Canada Goose     11
Mallard     2
Red-tailed Hawk     4
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     4
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     18
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     7
White-breasted Nuthatch     5
Carolina Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Tree Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     6

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