Friday, March 18, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 17

It was a warm and partially cloudy 67F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Bird activity started off slowly, but picked up as the sunset hour approached. Most interesting were the continued seeming surge in Brown Creeper sightings (migrants passing through?), the possible establishment of Turkey Vultures in the park's airspace for the season, the reduction in the number of Red-winged Blackbirds to a smaller, sustainable nesting population, and the first Song Sparrow for Oatka for the season. Other than that, it is the watchful waiting for other returning migrants and the first wildflowers of the season.

Brown Creeper

Tufted Titmouse

Northern Flicker feather. There were a half-dozen such feathers in a region about two feet in diameter. I'm assuming the flicker was someone's meal.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Banded Woolly Bear

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/17/11
Number of species:     17

Turkey Vulture     3
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     4
Black-capped Chickadee     8
Tufted Titmouse     6
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Brown Creeper     2
American Robin     10
Song Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     9
Red-winged Blackbird     8
Common Grackle     2
American Goldfinch     1

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