Saturday, May 7, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 5

It was a sunny and windy 63F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Adjusting expectations for the time of year, it was fairly quiet evening. No Wood Thrushes, vireos, or Baltimore Orioles, and very few warblers were found. As I stood on the bridge over the creek, noting how the water level was probably too high and current too fast for most of the usual waterfowl found there, some motion on the far end of the bridge drew me across. It turned out to be a nice small pocket of Yellow-rumped Warblers and an Eastern Phoebe. Along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, I heard some rhythmic creaks of wood on wood that sounded vaguely enough like a Yellow-billed Cuckoo that I took a few steps off the trail to investigate. My approach was greeted with the emphatic singing and scolding calls of House Wrens, another first of the year for the park list. Of course, it's a bit too early for cuckoos and none were found tonight. On my way out of the woods behind the lodge I ran into another collection of Yellow-rumped Warblers and an Eastern Phoebe. I'm quite confident they were different birds than before! :-)


Common Daisy


Eastern Towhee


Eastern Towhee


Large-flower Trillium


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Phoebe


Yellow-rumped Warbler


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


Mallard     1
Turkey Vulture     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     5
Tree Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     3
House Wren     2
Eastern Bluebird     1
American Robin     8
Gray Catbird     1
European Starling     20
Yellow Warbler     3
Yellow-rumped Warbler     5
Eastern Towhee     6
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     6
White-throated Sparrow     4
Northern Cardinal     10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     4


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