Saturday, May 7, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 6

It was a partially sunny, breezy, and 72F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was another quiet night with most of the more interesting birds at a distance or otherwise inaccessible. Tonight was Rose-breasted Grosbeak Night at Oatka! These birds were distributed throughout the park and very vocal. The scolding calls of Baltimore Orioles alerted me to their presence at two differently locations. Towhees were so numerous and in the open singing that they seemed as common as robins. The creek is still too wild for waterfowl, but Yellow-rumped Warblers and Eastern Phoebes were enjoying the trees on both banks. However, the most interesting sighting tonight by the creek was of an American Mink that swam to shore and busily explored a pile of rocks for a few moments before returning to the creek. I snapped as many pictures as I could and may have gotten a few decent shots of this very kinetic mammal. :-) Finally, a silent Brown Thrasher and a vocal Blue-winged Warbler appeared along the final stretch of White Tail Trail before I took the final turn back to the parking lot.


Chipping Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Eastern Towhee


Eastern Towhee


Eastern Towhee


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


American Mink


American Mink


American Mink


Eastern Phoebe


Eastern Phoebe


Brown Thrasher


Brown Thrasher


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/6/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     32


Turkey Vulture     3
Mourning Dove     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker     4
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     2
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     5
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
House Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     3
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     9
Gray Catbird     4
Brown Thrasher     1
Blue-winged Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     7
Yellow-rumped Warbler     4
Eastern Towhee     8
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     3
Song Sparrow     5
Northern Cardinal     6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     6
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     7
Baltimore Oriole     2
American Goldfinch     10


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