Thursday, May 24, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • May 10


White-crowned Sparrow. It was another magical day in the heart of spring migration! This White-crowned Sparrow was nestled deep in the hedgerow between the dirt road and the upper soccer field.


White-crowned Sparrow. These birds have since migrated on, though they usually put in a prolonged appearance when they return in the fall.


Red-winged Blackbird. The spots on the breast (see next picture) and in the colored shoulder region suggest this is a first spring male.


Red-winged Blackbird


Red-winged Blackbird. This is a full adult male.


Chestnut-sided Warbler. Another day with the Chestnuts as they migrate through! The chestnut color extends the entire length of the flank here, so this is a full adult male.


Chestnut-sided Warbler. In a trick that will be repeated below, the birds will oblige to come right next to you as long as they are fully backlit and appear as nothing more than a silhouette. I can recover from that somewhat, though the colors will never be as vibrant.


Scarlet Tanager. It was a great day for Scarlet Tanagers, and this bird first gave me this somewhat frontlit shot.


Scarlet Tanager. Then it was willing to come right next me as long as it was completely backlit.


Scarlet Tanager


Yellow Warbler. Ah! A nice, cooperative bird for a change!


Star-of-Bethlehem


Eastern Towhee. Once in a while I get to see the red eyes fully illuminated by the sun.


Eastern Towhee. These are such nice birds for a number of reasons: their plumage, their song, and their willingness to tolerate birders and wildlife photographers. They also stay late into the fall when the females and the juveniles are somewhat easier to spot.


Baltimore Oriole. I still haven't noticed where their nest is along Bluebird Trail.


Baltimore Oriole. Their nest will, no doubt, stick out like a sore thumb when the leaves fall. I am always surprised by the number of oriole nests I see during my winter hikes through the park.


Mayapple. When this picture was taken the Mayapple were starting the bloom. Now, about two weeks later, they are all done blooming and have been replaced with fruit that will ripen throughout the summer.


Eastern Bluebird. Why isn't momma tending to the nesting boxes? Could the nestlings have fledged? Stay tuned ...