Friday, April 1, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • March 31

It was cloudy and occasionally sprinkling 42F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The subdued lighting conditions seemed to suit the birds just fine, as they were in respectable numbers and in very full voice! As I walked down the dirt road to the woods, I paused by the swampy area and listened to the male Wood Ducks, though they were safely out of sight. A Carolina Wren, a Blue Jay, Red-winged Blackbirds, robins, a cardinal, and a chickadee joined in that area's chorus. A pair of excited dog walkers exited the woods as I was entering, describing a Pileated Woodpecker drumming away just inside the woods. I found the woodpecker, but even at a distance of 50 feet, it was uncomfortable at being spotted and left before I could get a picture. Flickers were very vocal and loud tonight! Along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, the nearly constant calls of flickers tended to mask the softer bird vocalizations. When the flickers would pause, cardinal songs would fill the soundscape in stark contrast to the silence of just a few days ago. The brambles of Warbler Loop vibrated with all kinds of bird activity with cardinals, chickadees, juncos, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet in constant motion throughout the shrubs. The creek was empty of birds, probably from still be a bit too high and fast. Bluebird Trail revealed no bluebirds, but it did yield a Hairy Woodpecker. Maple Hill was very birdy tonight, with Song Sparrows, a White-throated Sparrow, and lots of Red-wings, cardinals, and robins. Good night for birding!

Northern Flicker

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     3/31/11
Number of species:     22

Canada Goose     9
Wood Duck     2
Ring-billed Gull     1
Mourning Dove     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     3
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Blue Jay     9
American Crow     5
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     1
American Robin     13
European Starling     5
Song Sparrow     4
White-throated Sparrow     1
Dark-eyed Junco     3
Northern Cardinal     9
Red-winged Blackbird     10

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