Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 9

It was a sunny and 62F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Much of migration excitement of yesterday seems to have disappeared overnight, but a few newer species were still found tucked away in various nooks and crannies. Black-throated Green Warblers were found along Brown Creeper and Black Billed Cuckoo Trails. The Yellow-throated Vireo at the entrance into the woods seems like it may trying to establish a territory there. Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrushes, and Blue-winged Warblers also seem to be declaring their domains in the park. The most interesting park of the walk was near the very end when along White Tail Trail I began hearing the croaking of a Common Raven. The crows heard the raven, too, and immediately ran the interloper out of town! :-) Then back at the parking lot I took a furtive glance at the backyard of the private property that borders the parking lot to the north. They have set up a large and impressive bird feeding station that is extremely popular with many species. I usually glance at the number of goldfinches on the thistle seed feeder which has about twenty perches and typically find all perches in use up to the seed level. Tonight there was an Indigo Bunting mixed in with the goldfinches! Perhaps the buntings will return to their usual haunt along Bluebird Trail later this week.


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Strawberry. I will have to look more closely in the future to see if they are Common Strawberry or Wood Strawberry.


Baltimore Oriole


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Chipping Sparrow


Indigo Bunting


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/9/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     37


Turkey Vulture     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Phoebe     1
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     5
Common Raven     1
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
House Wren     3
Eastern Bluebird     1
Wood Thrush     5
American Robin     9
Gray Catbird     10
Brown Thrasher     1
Blue-winged Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     12
Yellow-rumped Warbler     4
Black-throated Green Warbler     2
Eastern Towhee     9
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     6
Song Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     5
Northern Cardinal     7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     3
Indigo Bunting     1
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     5
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     12


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