Saturday, May 14, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 12

It was a cloudy and humid 84F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Rain was threatening and actually the hike was cut short a tiny bit due to sprinkles of rain. Perfect weather if you are a Rain Crow and right on cue I heard my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the season today. Another highlight was finding a Tennessee Warbler along Warbler Loop. There were many Blue-winged Warblers today and a really large number of Yellow Warblers for the park. Finally, for those who read my reports, you may remember me mentioning a couple of days ago that a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers escorted me down a good part of the dirt road from the woods to the parking lot. Today, I exited the woods on my way back to the parking lot and heard the gnatcatchers again. I watched as one made its way to an overhead branch that is directly over the middle of the road and into, wait!, is that its nest in plain view?! I took pictures and the parameters match the entry in the Peterson's Birds' Nests field guide. Well, at least it has altitude to hide it at this point. This will be interesting to monitor as there is no record in the breeding atlas of this species breeding in Oatka. (In a similar vein, I had a bluebird bringing food into one of the nesting boxes along Bluebird Trail today.)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red Squirrel

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

White-tailed Deer

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

White-tailed Deer

Baltimore Oriole

Flowering Dogwood

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest (seen from the bottom)


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/12/11
Number of species:     31

Mourning Dove     1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     3
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     9
Tree Swallow     3
Black-capped Chickadee     2
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
Eastern Bluebird     1
Wood Thrush     8
American Robin     10
Gray Catbird     12
Blue-winged Warbler     6
Tennessee Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     18
Ovenbird     1
Eastern Towhee     10
Field Sparrow     3
Song Sparrow     4
White-crowned Sparrow     3
Northern Cardinal     6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
Baltimore Oriole     5
American Goldfinch     11

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