Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • April 28

Eastern Towhee. There are now more than half a dozen towhee territories set up in the park.

Eastern Towhee. This is the time of year when many males will not dive for cover as quickly, but remain on their perch and sing or call. 

Eastern Towhee. That doesn't mean they won't pause and check out any wildlife photographers!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. This the next picture clearly show the red crown of the male.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. These birds are always in motion, any time of day, any time of the year. Sometimes you simply have to go into continuous capture mode on the camera and squeeze off several dozen pictures in the hopes of getting one or two keepers.

Eastern Phoebe. These birds have gone completely silent in Oatka: signs of nesting underway!

Eastern Phoebe. If you are lucky to get close to nesting pairs, you can hear what amounts to whispering between the male and female. These whisper calls may or may not sound anything like their normal songs or calls.

Northern Cardinal

Yellow-rumped Warbler. After the Yellow Warblers, this is the second most common warbler species in the park at the present.

Large-flower Trillium. All the trilliums in the park are now pink and fading. It was a good season in the park for trilliums this year!

Hermit Thrush. These birds continue to appear in the park, though they are getting scarcer.

Eastern Towhee. We started with a towhee, and now we will finish with one, too!

Eastern Towhee