Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 12

It was a mostly cloudy and windy, 53F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The long list of species makes it seem like it was birdier than it actually was. There was enough wind to keep the bird activity suppressed, it seemed. However, as others have reported, the last day or two of southern winds have brought in some more returning migrants! My first first-of-the-season bird was revealed under a confusing situation. As I was ready to leave the woods of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail and enter the fields around Warbler Loop, I started hearing a mimic produce a stream of various calls, each given pretty consistently twice before changing. But, then I heard some Blue Jay calls mixed in coming from the same location. As I left the woods, I saw the bush that was the origin of the calls and watched as a jay launched from the middle of the bush. Then the double-repeat calls resumed and I realized that a Brown Thrasher and a Blue Jay had been sharing the bush and going through their separate repertoires at the same time. :-) Entering Warbler Loop, I expectantly listened for Eastern Towhees, but none were heard. Disappointed, as I neared the creek, I suddenly heard a tentative "tow-HEE!". Pausing to listen, a number of additional towhee calls confirmed that, indeed, the park bird was back in town! Later on along Bluebird Trail, I spied the nesting pair of bluebirds by one of the nesting boxes. I took a number of pictures and when I looked at one of them on my computer, it seemed like the female was holding a large insect in its bill: for feeding a newly hatched chick, perhaps?


On my drive home, as I drove by the farm fields along Union Street just south of Morgan Road, a Northern Harrier was hunting in the field to the west.




Eastern Chipmunk


Mourning Cloak


Mourning Cloak


Skunk Cabbage


Skunk Cabbage


Skunk Cabbage


Skunk Cabbage


Skunk Cabbage


White Tail Deer


White Tail Deer


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Bluebirds. The female on the right appears to be holding an insect in its bill. Perhaps there is a newly hatched chick inside this nesting box?


Song Sparrow. This is what happens when a bird comes up close to you to check you out!


Song Sparrow


Blue Jay


Red-winged Blackbird


Red-winged Blackbird


Red-winged Blackbird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/12/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     30


Wood Duck     2
Turkey Vulture     8
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Ring-billed Gull     1
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     8
American Crow     7
Tree Swallow     20
Black-capped Chickadee     9
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     7
Brown Thrasher     2
European Starling     1
Eastern Towhee     3
Field Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     5
White-throated Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Northern Cardinal     6
Red-winged Blackbird     5
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     2


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Jim Adams
Chili, NY
http://ayearinoatka.blogspot.com/


Location:     Morgan Rd and Union St
Observation date:     4/12/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     1


Northern Harrier     1


This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)