Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 22

It was a cloudy and 42F late afternoon hike in Oatka today. Most of tonight's fun was on Maple Hill. First, as I watched near the top of the hill, a vortex of 10 Turkey Vultures landed in a tree by the side of Stewart Road, which defines the southern edge of the park. For the most part, they looked like they were ready to roost or, at least, were pre-roosting, if I remember the term correctly. The other surprise was at the base of the hill where a large seasonal swamp/pond has formed, tucked away in the woods. Some calls I've never heard in Oatka before led me to Wood Ducks! It makes all the sense in the world for them to be there. It's just that I've never found them in this park before.

Black-capped Chickadee

Turkey Vultures

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/22/11
Number of species:     22

Canada Goose     6
Wood Duck     2
Mallard     2
Turkey Vulture     12
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Killdeer     1
Ring-billed Gull     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     6
Black-capped Chickadee     5
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Eastern Bluebird     1
American Robin     8
European Starling     20
Song Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Common Grackle     1

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