Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 19

It was a cloudy, windy, and cold 33F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. Spring continues to evolve, despite an apparent setback in temperature this morning. A chorus of Red-winged Blackbirds, cardinals, and titmice greeted me as I exited my car upon arriving. Several other regular species were in attendance, as well. Things calmed down for the remainder of the woodland portions of the hike with only a close encounter with a Song Sparrow down by the creek to break up the quiet. The field environments of the southern portion of the park were distinctly more active with bluebirds, woodpeckers, and sparrows out and about. Today's surprise was entering the base of Maple Hill, looking up, and seeing a Turkey Vulture perched low and over the road at the top of the hill. Cars passing underneath didn't seem to phase it, so I approached it as closely as the trail in the park would allow, taking pictures the whole way. (I was never in danger of getting really close, though.)

Red-winged Blackbird

Blue Jay

Eastern Bluebird

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Northern Flicker

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/19/11
Number of species:     21

Canada Goose     90
Turkey Vulture     2
Ring-billed Gull     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Blue Jay     7
American Crow     5
Black-capped Chickadee     5
Tufted Titmouse     5
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     16
American Tree Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     3
Dark-eyed Junco     1
Northern Cardinal     8
Red-winged Blackbird     14
Common Grackle     100

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