Sunday, May 8, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 7

It was a partially cloudy and 48F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a very birdy morning, though no new species were noted. My list was almost at twenty species before even entering the woods! The first highlight was a Yellow-throated Vireo that I was able to spot and photograph (poorly), despite the significant increase in foliage over this past week. Today continued to be Rose-breasted Grosbeak Day and was also Blue-winged Warbler Day, with an excellent photo-op of the later along Warbler Loop. Along Bluebird Trail I was so close to a singing Blue-winged that I could hear it switch between "bee-buzzzzz" and "bee-buzz-buzz-buzz" with the three buzz notes heavily slurred together, though still recognizable as three separate "exhales". Along Brown Creeper Trail, which seems to be an excellent place to bird first thing in the morning at present, I heard an Eastern Towhee singing it's "Drink your tea!" song, but with all musicality removed. It was an odd buzzing-only song. I got rather close to the bird and found nothing amiss visually with the bird. Finally, along Woodland Trail I spotted a Baltimore Oriole just as it finished taking a dip in the creek and then flew up to a branch to preen, singing all the time. The avian version of singing in the shower? :-)


Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The grosbeaks and catbirds are currently feeding heavily on last year's Staghorn Sumac berries. Fortunately for them, there is still a fair amount of these fruits in the park.


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Large-flower Trillium


Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells


Wood Thrush


Wood Thrush


Eastern Bluebird


Tree Swallow


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Eastern Bluebird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/7/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     36


Canada Goose     2
Mourning Dove     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     3
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Blue Jay     10
American Crow     4
Tree Swallow     3
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
House Wren     2
Eastern Bluebird     2
Wood Thrush     7
American Robin     12
Gray Catbird     9
Brown Thrasher     1
Blue-winged Warbler     7
Yellow Warbler     11
Yellow-rumped Warbler     3
Common Yellowthroat     1
Eastern Towhee     10
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     10
Song Sparrow     4
White-throated Sparrow     20
Northern Cardinal     11
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     8
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     8
Baltimore Oriole     4
American Goldfinch     9


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