Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 24

It was a sprinkling, 54F mid-afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The hike was somewhat abbreviated due to the rain and other commitments. After spending a weekend with wood warblers in Pine Barrens of New Jersey, I was interested to see if any had reached Oatka yet. I didn't find any, though the Field Sparrows, absent where I was in NJ, were in fine voice and respectable numbers. Numbers for Brown Thrashers continue to grow, and I had another good photo-op on Warbler Loop with one thrasher in particular. The ranks of the Eastern Towhees continue to swell, though I haven't heard them consistently break into their "Drink your tea!" songs yet this season. The creek was very high, fast, and turbid, probably dissuading any waterfowl for the time being. Finally, as I briefly stepped onto Bluebird Trail to take a quick survey of the nesting boxes while the drizzle intensified, I noted a nesting pair atop their usual box, occasionally swooping to the ground to snag a bug before returning to their station. I wonder if this coming week will produce the first fledglings of the season?

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern White Violet

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker


Common Dandelion

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/24/11
Number of species:     21

Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     6
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     8
Brown Thrasher     3
Eastern Towhee     3
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco     6
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     3
American Goldfinch     5

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