Friday, June 10, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 8

It was a sunny and windy, 92F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The wind and heat once again reduced the bird counts. Cedar Waxwings continue to be appear throughout the park, though they remain surprisingly well hidden for all their vocalizations. With not much going on in the park as a whole, I decided to try Trout Run Trail along the creek to see if there were birds hiding there to escape the afternoon heat. While there was a fair amount activity, particularly from Song Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings, nothing out of the ordinary was found. The highlight of the day would come in the copse along Bluebird Trail where I found four juvenile Eastern Bluebirds! One gave me an excellent photo-op. These are my first fledglings of any species for the season at Oatka. This now makes sense of the adult male that has been singing this past week or so in an area along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail: time to work on the next brood. Finally, near the beginning of the hike along Brown Creeper Trail, I entered a quiet area, so I decided to do some quick maintenance on my camera before encountering the next pocket of birds. While looking at my camera I didn't notice a very young fawn hiding in silence by the side of the trail. When I finally got within literally three feet of the undetected fawn, it sprang up with an explosion of energy and ran for cover. My dropping jaw probably left a divot in the ground! :-)


Tawny Crescentspot


American Painted Lady


American Painted Lady


Song Sparrow


Hairy Woodpecker


Ebony Jewelwing


Common Whitetail


True Forget-Me-Not


Canada Anemone


Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing


Indigo Bunting


Willow Flycatcher


Juvenile Eastern Bluebird


Juvenile Eastern Bluebird


Juvenile Eastern Bluebird


Juvenile Eastern Bluebird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     6/8/11
Number of species:     37


Turkey Vulture     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Willow Flycatcher     1
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     3
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     1
Tree Swallow     1
Tufted Titmouse     2
Eastern Bluebird     5
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     8
Gray Catbird     2
Cedar Waxwing     15
Blue-winged Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     19
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     3
Eastern Towhee     5
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     8
Song Sparrow     5
Scarlet Tanager     1
Northern Cardinal     5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Indigo Bunting     12
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Baltimore Oriole     1
American Goldfinch     5
House Sparrow     2


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