Saturday, April 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 28

It was a sunny and *very* windy, 63F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Yesterday's warblers at Oatka are today's memories, either because they were in deep hiding from the wind, or used the wind to move further along their migration route. The roaring of the wind masked most of the bird vocalizations, also reducing the bird count. Moving to plan B, I decided to take Woodland Trail along the western stretch of Oatka Creek in the hopes of find some birds using the natural topology of that region as shelter from the wind. I didn't find any birds, but I did see that the large patches of bluebells are ready to burst into springtime splendor. When I reached Bluebird Trail, I found the male bluebird defending its territory while Tree Swallows zoomed overhead. Checking the copse along this trail for sheltering birds resulted in a very nice photo-op with a Field Sparrow. In the eastern field of Bluebird Trail, an Eastern Towhee played hide-and-seek with me and resoundingly won the game as it flew off precisely at the moment I finally found it and raised my camera. :-) The remainder of the hike produced standard fare.


American Goldfinch


American Goldfinch


Mourning Cloak


Downy Serviceberry


Large-flowered Trillium


Mallard


Mallard


Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells


Lesser Celandine


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Bluebird


Field Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Downy Serviceberry


Northern Cardinal


Field Sparrow


Early Saxifrage


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/28/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     22


Mallard     2
Turkey Vulture     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     3
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     1
Tree Swallow     5
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Eastern Bluebird     1
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     1
Brown Thrasher     2
European Starling     2
Eastern Towhee     2
Field Sparrow     6
Song Sparrow     6
White-throated Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Northern Cardinal     6
Red-winged Blackbird     8
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     11


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