Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 7

It was a cloudy and ever-so-slightly raining, 38F sunset birding hike at Oatka today. I've had harder times keeping my camera dry in falling snow than today. The walk started off promisingly with eight species along the dirt road leading to the woods: chickadees, a river of crows, titmice, a nuthatch, cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, a robin, and a flicker. The titmice were singing yet *another* song that I have not heard before. Seems like I'm up to 6+ distinct songs from these birds. Upon entering the woods, the birds disappeared from the scene. Black Billed Cuckoo Trail and Warbler Loop were empty except for a few more chickadees, crows, and downies. In the creek were a few Mallards. Turning around and heading into Gypsum Hollow Trail and then Sapsucker Trail, I finally spotted a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk as it launched from one of the trees in the forest and flew in front of me (at a distance) to perch on a tree overhanging the creek. Before I could get some kind of unobstructed view for a picture, it took off again. About that time a nice pocket of birds flew into my vicinity, heralded by nuthatches and consisting also of bluebirds and more downies. Over on the other side of the creek, a flicker and a Red-bellied Woodpecker called. I looked in vain for the sapsucker, though the lighting conditions were atrocious with the rain and all. That would be it for the birds, as the return to the car was marked by a single cardinal, and possible a repeat from before, at that.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/7/11
Number of species:     12

Mallard     7
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     5
Northern Flicker     2
American Crow     124
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Eastern Bluebird     3
American Robin     3
Northern Cardinal     2

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