Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 20

It was a sunny and cold 25F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The singing of the cardinals was so loud and omnipresent that it made birding-by-ear for other species surprisingly challenging. With effort, I was eventually able to tune them out sufficiently to realize that Song Sparrows are swelling in numbers and aggressively establishing and defending their territories throughout the park. While most birds were still remaining hidden when possible, the Song Sparrows were out in the open and nearly in my face on Maple Hill. :-) The new song this morning in the chorus was from an old friend: singing Golden-crowned Kinglets. The three-note buzzy call seems to have been replaced by a set of rising notes that kind of tumbles into a heap at the end. Finally, the Red-bellied Woodpecker and Northern Flicker are in full song, now, and can be heard proclaiming their territories far and wide, particularly the flicker.


Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/20/11
Notes:    
Number of species:     19

Canada Goose     65
Ring-billed Gull     5
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     16
Black-capped Chickadee     8
Tufted Titmouse     7
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3
Eastern Bluebird     1
American Robin     11
Song Sparrow     7
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Northern Cardinal     14
Red-winged Blackbird     12
Brown-headed Cowbird     2

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