Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 26

It was a mostly cloudy and 77F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a relatively quiet afternoon with mostly the usual songsters in attendance. Things got a bit interesting as I approached the creek from Warbler Loop and saw a hummingbird in the trees overhead. As I turned the corner and walked along the upper bank of the creek, the *loud* calls of an American Redstart grabbed my attention. Hunting for the bird among the foliage, I first encountered a Hairy Woodpecker and then a Blackpoll Warbler before finding the redstart. Down along Bluebird Trail there was a new pair of Eastern Kingbirds staking out territory around the nesting boxes. The remainder of the hike was populated by Wood Thrushes, Scarlet Tanagers, and other breeding season regulars.

Chipping Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird fresh from a dip in a rain puddle

Black-capped Chickadee

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Tree Swallow

Indigo Bunting

White-tailed Deer

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/26/11
Number of species:     43

Mallard     1
Turkey Vulture     1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     3
Alder Flycatcher     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     3
Eastern Kingbird     2
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     6
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     5
Tree Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
House Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     1
Wood Thrush     1
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     6
Brown Thrasher     1
European Starling     2
Blue-winged Warbler     4
Yellow Warbler     11
Blackpoll Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Common Yellowthroat     2
Eastern Towhee     5
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     4
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     5
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Baltimore Oriole     5
American Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     3

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(