Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 7

It was a sunny and breezy, 85F late afternoon hike in Oatka today. The wind and hot sun kept the bird activity somewhat reduced. I spent most of the walk making a mental inventory of all the territories that were being defended by which species or, in some case, individuals, like the Ovenbird and the Warbling Vireo. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest may have failed, perhaps due to the many Brown-headed Cowbirds in the area. However, without a firetruck ladder to get up to the nest and take a look inside, it's hard to know anything for a fact, except that the gnatcatchers have been unaccounted for for some time now. Cedar waxwings continue to become a fixture in the park with the two concentration centers being Warbler Loop and the woods around the western field along Bluebird Trail. Finally, I was treated to a nice view of a soaring Red-tailed Hawk over the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail.


Cedar Waxwing

Northern Cardinal

Song Sparrow

Red-tailed Hawk

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Tree Swallow

White-tailed Deer

Tawny Crescentspot

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Female Brown-headed Cowbird

Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     6/7/11
Number of species:     35

Turkey Vulture     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     5
American Crow     1
Tree Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Tufted Titmouse     1
Eastern Bluebird     2
Wood Thrush     1
American Robin     9
Gray Catbird     8
Brown Thrasher     2
Cedar Waxwing     7
Blue-winged Warbler     6
Yellow Warbler     18
American Redstart     2
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     2
Eastern Towhee     6
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     7
Song Sparrow     7
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     8
Red-winged Blackbird     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     2
Baltimore Oriole     2
American Goldfinch     5
House Sparrow     1

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