Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 26

It was a stormy 78F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. With a break in the thunderstorms, I made a "surgical strike" down to the park for a quick and abbreviated birding run. Today, the Eastern Towhees were singing their "Drink your tea!" song throughout the park. Brown Thrashers were also in full voice and calling from several locations. Many other species were singing, as well, of course. After briefly surveying a muddy and churning Oatka Creek that seemed to threaten to overflow its lower bank, I came back up the far side of Warbler Loop which has been a hotspot for kinglets of late, and found a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Nearby thunder started to sound as I raced to the bluebird nesting boxes in order to get at least a glance at whatever activity there was to be seen. I found a quartet of very vocal Tree Swallows swooping over and around the nesting boxes. I was noticing how their calls were sounding particularly electric when the whole area was suddenly lit up by a somewhat distant lighting strike. Rotating on my heels at that point, I double-timed it back to the car. Still, it was a very birdy run!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Towhee

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/26/11
Number of species:     20

Turkey Vulture     3
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     4
Tree Swallow     4
Black-capped Chickadee     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     1
American Robin     4
Brown Thrasher     2
Eastern Towhee     5
Field Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     1
White-throated Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
American Goldfinch     2

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