Friday, April 8, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • April 6

It was a cloudy, 41F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The first half hour of the hike was in a fine rain mist and the remaining two hours were dry. The poor lighting conditions made for good birding as generally seems the case. Cardinals and robins could be heard throughout the park with a fair dose of Song Sparrow mixed in. With the northern portion of the park producing a fairly standard species list, the more interesting birds were in the southern part. Along Bluebird Trail I found the male bluebird in the copse, seeming to keep a watchful eye over the preferred nesting box. With no female in sight, I wondered if the first clutch of eggs may have been just laid. I may get a confirmation if I see the parents bring food to the box in a couple of weeks. Leaving Bluebird Trail for White Tail Trail, I heard a different cadence of woodpecker tapping, and thought (hoped) it was a sapsucker. Exploring the immediate area finally revealed a very intent Downy Woodpecker using a very unDowny-like cadence to excavate a limb for a meal. On Maple Hill I heard some weak "O Canada Canada Canada" songs from White-throated Sparrows. At the top of the hill I heard what I first thought was an early catbird and then possibly a mockingbird from the changing mimic vocalizations. Nothing as fun, as it turned out to be a starling. :-) Back at the bottom of the hill, a small group of American Tree Sparrows popped up to look at me and then fly off. Finally, reaching the edge of the woods and the dirt road, the drumming of a Pileated Woodpecker went off like a bomb in my ear as I stood in the woods behind the lodge -- prime Pileated territory. Pretty good night!

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Downy Woodpecker

Turkey Vulture

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     4/6/11
Number of species:     24

Canada Goose     2
Wood Duck     2
Mallard     4
Turkey Vulture     10
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     4
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     9
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     5
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     21
European Starling     10
American Tree Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     7
White-throated Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     12
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Brown-headed Cowbird     1

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