Monday, May 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 30

It was a mostly cloudy, humid (99%), 67F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. It was just plain *wet* today everywhere in the park! There was a lot of storm-related damage in the park with two good-sized trees broken in half and laying across the dirt road leading from the parking lot into the woods. There was a third broken tree that missed falling onto the dirt road and at least two other broken trees crossing two other trails in the park. Though I ended up with a fairly standard list, it seemed that bird activity was on the light side this morning. It was a second day without chickadees. The most notable find was a Golden-winged Warbler calling from the fields of Black-billed Cuckoo Trail. There were Blue-winged Warblers calling near the trail and the Golden-winged Warbler was calling from a separate area further into the field, so there was a convenient comparison of species calls. I made a video of the calls. I didn't try bushwhacking into the field to get closer, feeling I would make such a ruckus that it was spook everyone. If the calls persist over the days to come, however, I may have to investigate further. As I was nearing the end of Black-billed Cuckoo Trail, I saw a deer with its new fawn at the end of the trail. The fawn was quite small and unsure on its legs. I made a note on my list of "days old fawn", but wondered if I should have dropped the "s". I relaxed my pace to let the mother decide if a photo-op was a good idea, or not. Apparently not today. :-) Redstarts were very *loud* today and distributed evenly throughout the park. The Hooded Warbler call was emphatic and the cuckoo call was from across the fields of Bluebird Trail. It felt good to go home and dry out afterwards!


Pearly Crescentspot


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Brown Thrasher


Barn Swallow


Barn Swallow


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/30/11
Number of species:     42


Great Blue Heron     1
Mourning Dove     1
Black-billed Cuckoo     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     5
Alder Flycatcher     4
Willow Flycatcher     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     8
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     2
Barn Swallow     2
Tufted Titmouse     3
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     1
Wood Thrush     1
American Robin     5
Gray Catbird     13
Brown Thrasher     2
Blue-winged Warbler     7
Golden-winged Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     9
American Redstart     3
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     7
Hooded Warbler     1
Eastern Towhee     8
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     5
Northern Cardinal     13
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     6
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     7
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     4
House Sparrow     1


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