Friday, May 11, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • May 1

Great Crested Flycatcher. May brings the busiest time of the year for bird watching! May 1st was no exception as new migrants began arriving, like this Great Crested Flycatcher. In this picture its crest is down.

Great Crested Flycatcher. This is the same bird seconds later with its crest up. These are common birds that can be heard on a daily basis, but they are elusive visually. Getting any kind of a photo-op makes it an exceptional day!

Chipping Sparrow. This Chipper has set up shop by the parking lot for nesting season.

White-throated Sparrow. The bright breeding plumage of this bird is very attractive.

Large-flower Trillium

Common Buttercup. The Lesser Celandine (Fig Buttercup) have all finished and this species of buttercup is now taking its place, especially along the creek.

Dame's Rocket. These flowers will range from white to deep pink. I enjoy looking for the deepest pink flowers I can find of this species.

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird. This was a difficult day photographically with very poor light. Still, it was worth it to persevere ...

Eastern Bluebird. The male has food in its bill!

Eastern Bluebird. The male is now entering the nesting box to feed a nestling. At least one of the eggs has hatched!

Garden Yellowrocket. The time-honored name for this species is Wintercress or Winter Cress. It is in bloom all over the park now.