Sunday, June 5, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 5

It was a mostly cloudy and 58F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a standard day in this year's nesting season with territories well established and defended with vocalizations and brief dust-ups. I had another big run of species walking on the way from the parking lot to the woods with twenty-one checking in. Most notable of this batch was the Hooded Warbler that looks to be holding territory right behind the lodge. The calls of Cedar Waxwings were *everywhere* in the park today! I had a hard time spotting them, as they were mostly in small groups flying overhead at high speeds. I had carefully nurtured my waxwing count to seven when I entered the fields of Bluebird Trail and a *huge* flock suddenly cleared the tree line and flew around a portion of the field perimeter before disappearing back below the tree line. I tossed the seven and estimated the flock at 40+. :-) The creek was devoid of waterfowl, as the water level and strength remain well above the average according to the USGS website. While I had a Yellow-billed Cuckoo call today, I've been noticing that the caterpillar population is about zero this year as opposed to last year's large caterpillar crop. I don't have enough observations of these elusive birds to see if the cuckoo numbers are similarly reduced this year.


White-tailed Deer


Eastern Cottontail


Indigo Bunting


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing


Wild Grape Blossoms (very fragrant!)


Pearly Crescentspot


Eastern Bluebird


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Eastern Bluebird


Gray Catbird


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Little Wood Satyr


Little Wood Satyr


Eastern Towhee


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     6/5/11
Number of species:     45


Mourning Dove     2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     6
Alder Flycatcher     2
Willow Flycatcher     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Red-eyed Vireo     3
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     6
Black-capped Chickadee     2
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
House Wren     3
Eastern Bluebird     2
Wood Thrush     6
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     14
Brown Thrasher     1
European Starling     6
Cedar Waxwing     40
Blue-winged Warbler     8
Yellow Warbler     20
American Redstart     1
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     6
Hooded Warbler     2
Eastern Towhee     13
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     8
Song Sparrow     8
Scarlet Tanager     1
Northern Cardinal     8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     4
Indigo Bunting     11
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Brown-headed Cowbird     3
Baltimore Oriole     4
American Goldfinch     3
House Sparrow     4


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