Monday, March 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 28

It was a sunny and windy, 39F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. For the most part it was another thin day of birds in the park. A few birds sang here and there, though the wind masked all but the loudest or nearest vocalizations. There was a spike of activity along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail when the absence of birdlife was simultaneously broken with a couple low-gliding Turkey Vultures, a Pileated Woodpecker, a few Northern Flickers, and a pair of Eastern Bluebirds. The last three species were clearly reacting to my presence with their urgent alarm and interaction calls. Moving on, all soon became quiet again. Bluebird Trail was empty and Maple Hill was surprisingly light on bird activity, too. On the last stretch of White Tail Trail I spotted a perching Red-tailed Hawk in the distance that immediately took to wing with my notice. Finishing up White Tail, I was brooding on how the hike had been particularly unremarkable when I suddenly noticed a persistence chipping that seemed different than that produced by the usual park residents. I followed the sound to the source and saw a flycatcher! It was bobbing its tail which helped confirm it to be the usual first flycatcher back to the park for the spring: an Eastern Phoebe. It engaged in quite a bit of flycatching, too, which was interesting since I've barely noticed any kind of insect in the park, yet. (There are some small and delicate mosquito-like things flying about, though.) Turned the hike into something of note! :-)

Northern Flicker

White-throated Sparrow

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

White-breasted Nuthatch

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/28/11
Number of species:     18

Turkey Vulture     3
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     9
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     13
European Starling     6
White-throated Sparrow     3
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Common Grackle     2

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