Sunday, May 8, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 8

It was sunny, glorious 41F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. As others have reported, overnight Oatka saw a large influx of new species. I had nineteen species before I entered the woods and things were just getting warmed up. Once again, Brown Creeper Trail was an unbelievably productive section of the park. At one point I was literally overwhelmed with all the new warbler vocalizations going on around me. Remembering the introduction to Peterson's Birding by Ear, I stopped trying to identify everything I was hearing and just listened and let the birds slowly reveal themselves to me in their own ways. That was the key that allowed me to pick up Ovenbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler, all pretty much occurring in the same spot along the trail. Of course, the park regulars were singing at the same time, so I had to pick through the loud cardinal, towhee, grosbeak, jay, and catbird vocalizations. A pair of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, some White-throated Sparrows, and buzzy Blue-winged Warblers added to sonic stew not that far into the wooded region of the park. Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos also chimed in from time to time. Moving on to another wooded trail and while investigating something that sounded Hooded Warblerish, I heard the unmistakable calls of a Scarlet Tanager just down the trail in a location they frequented all last summer. Dropping the alleged Hooded investigation (possibly a tactical mistake), I hustled down the trail only to hear the tanager move away from the trail and deeper into the woods. Well, at least they are starting to return to the park. I never recovered the possible Hooded, so that will have to wait for another day. I picked up a few more goodies along the remainder of the hike, like a Hermit Thrush, and watched the territorial squabbles of Tree Swallows, Baltimore Orioles, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Terrific morning!


Eastern Towhee


Eastern Towhee


Gray Catbird


Northern Cardinal


American Goldfinch


Yellow Warbler


American Goldfinch


Gray Catbird


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Eastern Bluebird


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Hermit Thrush. This *might* be a Swainson's Thrush due to the lack of red-brown tail, though the lighting was poor.


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/8/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     46


Canada Goose     1
Mourning Dove     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     6
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     2
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     2
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     6
Tree Swallow     3
Barn Swallow     1
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse     7
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
Eastern Bluebird     1
Hermit Thrush     1
Wood Thrush     9
American Robin     10
Gray Catbird     14
Brown Thrasher     2
European Starling     5
Blue-winged Warbler     7
Northern Parula     2
Yellow Warbler     10
Black-throated Blue Warbler     2
Black-throated Green Warbler     1
Black-and-white Warbler     2
Ovenbird     2
Common Yellowthroat     2
Eastern Towhee     8
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     6
White-throated Sparrow     7
Scarlet Tanager     1
Northern Cardinal     15
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     8
Red-winged Blackbird     5
Brown-headed Cowbird     12
Baltimore Oriole     4
American Goldfinch     10


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