Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • February 28

It was a partially sunny, windy, and 36F sunset birding hike in Oatka today. It was a quiet evening with only a couple spots of bird activity. A Tufted Titmouse's song greeted me as I got out of my car. Black Billed Cuckoo Trail was quiet except for a lone crow, gull, and chickadee. (I wonder if the past couple of gull sightings are signaling the oncoming spring flyovers in the park's airspace?) Warbler Loop produced more chickadees, and Gypsum Hollow Trail revealed a single Mallard in the creek. Shortly after entering Sapsucker Trail, the resident kingfisher started its alarm calls which, in turn, caused a Red-bellied Woodpecker to start calling and the resident Red-tailed Hawk to launch from its perch over the creek and find a quieter locale. Turning around, the creek was empty on the return trip, so I headed out into the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. All was quiet until just before reaching the intersection with Bluebird Trail where I came up a large number of robins feeding at the bits of bare ground exposed by today's thawing temperatures. A Downy Woodpecker also passed through the area, working the bases of several trees. Bluebird Trail, itself, was quiet except for a large number of deer put to flight by someone's high-spirited spaniel. White Tail Trail revealed a pair of kinglets that passed by me near the end of the loop. I took my prerequisite number of dud pictures of these always-in-motion birds. :-) That would be it for the evening.

Black-capped Chickadee

Mallard

White Tail Deer

American Robin

White Tail Deer

White Tail Deer

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     2/28/11
Number of species:     11

Mallard     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Ring-billed Gull     1
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
American Crow     17
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     2
American Robin     22

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