Monday, May 7, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • April 27

Brown Thrasher. These are one of my favorite Oatka inhabitants. Since they can very elusive once they start nesting, I capitalized on this photo-op with these four pictures.

Brown Thrasher. The "thrasher" refers to thrashing around in the undergrowth looking for food.

Brown Thrasher. This is a larger bird, around the size of a blue jay.

Brown Thrasher. This bird is one of the local mimic species (the others are Northern Mockingbird and Gray Catbird, though you can make a case for adding Blue Jay). Thrashers usually repeat each call twice before changing. They are loud and can be heard from across large fields.

Apple Blossoms. The cold weather damaged some of the edges of the petals, but the flowers, themselves, still seem healthy and viable.

Large-flower Trillium

Cabbage White. Two spots on the forewing means this is a female.

Mallard and Hooded Merganser. I was casually taking pictures of the mallards when I noticed the duck in the upper left hand corner: a female Hooded Merganser! I tend to see a Hooded Merganser in the creek in the park about once per year, so this is a very interesting event.

Hooded Merganser. This species is a game (hunted) bird in New York State, so it tends to be *very* wary of humans. I wasn't able to get very close without the bird flushing and then making sure to land between me and the sun so that it was extremely backlit, making it very hard to see.

Hooded Merganser. Its hood is raised a bit higher than in the previous picture.

Hooded Merganser

Virginia Bluebells

Eastern Bluebird

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Wild Geranium