Friday, April 15, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 14

It was a mostly sunny and 54F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. There were just enough clouds occasionally passing in front of the sun to subdue the lighting sufficiently to allow the birds to reveal themselves a bit more than they might under direct sunlight. The walk towards the woods was very productive with 15 species, the most notable being a calling Carolina Wren. Dark-eyed Juncos seemed to be in unusually large numbers and locations today. Perhaps it was a migration wave. Down by the creek I found a pair of American Tree Sparrows. Returning up the west side of Warbler Loop, I ran into a small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets. Again, I got the impression this was a migration group that I significantly undercounted. Then about halfway down the loop a Fox Sparrow popped up and gave me an excellent photo-op. When we were done, it departed with an abbreviated song. Along Bluebird Trail I found my first Brown Thrasher and Eastern Towhee of the walk. The thrasher was singing quite loudly from a well-concealed location. The only problem with finding it was an even louder Northern Flicker that just wouldn't pipe down! :-) I ended up missing this thrasher, but would have success later along White Tail Trail, where I first came upon a calling towhee hidden in the brambles right next to the trail. However, no matter how I approached the bird, I just couldn't get a clear view, so it won that round. As it finally flew off into the undergrowth, a thrasher landed in a nearby shrub along the trail and started singing. This time the photo-op was excellent with the rich yellow eyes perfectly imaged! Great early spring outing!




White Tail Deer


Fox Sparrow


Fox Sparrow


Fox Sparrow


White Tail Deer


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Phoebe


Brown Thrasher


Brown Thrasher


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/14/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     30


Mallard     1
Turkey Vulture     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     4
Downy Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker     6
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     3
Black-capped Chickadee     15
Tufted Titmouse     6
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     9
Brown Thrasher     3
European Starling     3
Eastern Towhee     3
American Tree Sparrow     2
Fox Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     6
White-throated Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     10
Northern Cardinal     8
Red-winged Blackbird     9
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     3


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