Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 29

It was a partially sunny and 67F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The first half of the hike was under completely clouded skies and then the second half was until clear blue skies -- quite a contrast! The park continues to settle into its nesting regime with most birds practicing how not to be seen despite any singing they may do. Interestingly, there were no Black-capped Chickadees today and relatively few and relatively quiet Blue Jays and crows. Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, Northern Cardinals, and Indigo Buntings provided most of the acoustic backdrop for the walk. The highlight was walking around the corner of the copse along Bluebird Trail by the nesting boxes and almost running into a Black-billed Cuckoo! Fortunately, the bird merely repositioned itself just a few trees away, as it had other things on its mind. I took several pictures which were all out-of-focus due to the profusions of branches and trees about the bird. Almost in response, the bird then moved a few feet into the field and perched low on a small leafless bush. I began taking now-focused pictures when the cuckoo began calling. I quickly switched to video which you can see here, as I was quite close to the bird. I was fascinated as I heard another Black-billed Cuckoo in the distance answer the call and the two bird carried on a dialog for quite some time. Finally, the cuckoo flew off, though I wouldn't be surprised if the copse will be part of the cuckoo's territory as it appeared to be for a cuckoo last year.


Alder Flycatcher


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Dame's Rocket


Alder Flycatcher


Eastern Chipmunk


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Eastern Towhee


Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/29/11
Number of species:     43


Turkey Vulture     2
Mourning Dove     2
Black-billed Cuckoo     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Alder Flycatcher     2
Willow Flycatcher     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Warbling Vireo     2
Red-eyed Vireo     6
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     6
Tree Swallow     1
Tufted Titmouse     2
House Wren     4
Wood Thrush     6
American Robin     5
Gray Catbird     14
Brown Thrasher     1
Blue-winged Warbler     6
Yellow Warbler     14
Black-throated Green Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     6
Hooded Warbler     1
Eastern Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     8
Song Sparrow     6
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     3
Indigo Bunting     11
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     4
House Sparrow     2


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