Friday, March 18, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 18

It was cloudy and windy, 55F early morning birding hiking in Oatka today. The change in seasons continues to evolve throughout the park. The formally barren fields are becoming the hotspots of bird activity whereas the previously active wooded regions are becoming more deserted with each day. Of course, the wooded regions will be "reloaded" by returning migrants that have yet to arrive. Woodpeckers were oddly scarce this morning, unlike the cardinals, robins, and titmice that seemed to be competing loudly for every suitable parcel of land in the park. I was surprised to find a group of tree sparrows still hanging around Warbler Loop. Ring-billed Gulls were quite evident and vocal in the airspace over the park today, and the calls of Killdeer could be heard in multiple places. A Song Sparrow sang by the creek -- a favorite haunt for this species, and two other Song Sparrows gave me a defiant once-over in the bluebird nesting box field -- a nesting territory favored by Song Sparrows, as well. Finally, the bubbling call of Brown-headed Cowbirds alerted me to a pair high in the trees over Bluebird Trail. Another first of the season sighting for Oatka, though, perhaps, not one necessarily welcomed by the other feathered denizens of the park.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/18/11
Notes:    
Number of species:     17

Canada Goose     12
Killdeer     3
Ring-billed Gull     7
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     7
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     7
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
American Robin     11
American Tree Sparrow     8
Song Sparrow     3
Dark-eyed Junco     1
Northern Cardinal     11
Red-winged Blackbird     40
Brown-headed Cowbird     2

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