Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 2

It was a sunny 35F sunrise hike in Oatka today. It was an extremely birdy hike, with fifteen species picked up from either the parking lot or just a few steps down the dirt road to the woods. It was Song Sparrow Day in Oatka today, as they could be heard practically everywhere in the park, stationed at regular intervals along the creek and throughout the fields, singing away. This was especially noticeable along Trout Run Trail. After crossing the bridge over the creek, this trail was first dominated by the calls of Blue Jays and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. About halfway down the trail, these birds faded out and Tufted Titmice and Song Sparrows took over. The regularity of the intervals between singing sparrows along the creekside was surprising, almost as if they had used a tape measure. After leaving the creek to reach the fields of southern half of the park, my species count stood at twenty-two and I wondered if I would have my first thirty species list of the season. Leaving Warbler Loop, a group of fifteen crows perched in a single tree with a sense of anticipation helped, as they suddenly flushed and mobbed a Red-tailed Hawk. Later along Bluebird Trail, I heard the loud and insistent "FEE-bee" of an Eastern Phoebe. At the base of Maple Hill, I heard male Wood Ducks. Starlings lined the trees along Union Street at the top of the hill, and grackles produced their rusty hinge calls in the marshy area along the dirt road leading back to the parking lot. In the end, I fell short of thirty by a Carolina Wren, Turkey Vulture, and Eastern Bluebird, to name some common species in the park. :-)




Northern Cardinal


American Robin


American Robin


Northern Cardinal


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Female Red-winged Blackbird


Female Red-winged Blackbird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/2/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     27


Canada Goose     80
Wood Duck     3
Mallard     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Ring-billed Gull     9
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     6
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     3
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue Jay     18
American Crow     22
Black-capped Chickadee     10
Tufted Titmouse     5
White-breasted Nuthatch     4
American Robin     13
European Starling     18
Song Sparrow     10
White-throated Sparrow     6
Dark-eyed Junco     5
Northern Cardinal     15
Red-winged Blackbird     10
Common Grackle     5
Brown-headed Cowbird     3
American Goldfinch     6


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