Monday, May 21, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • May 6

Continuing on with pictures from the peak of spring migration!

Eastern Towhee

Hermit Thrush. This continues to be an excellent spring in Oatka for thrushes. I have seen and heard Hermit, Wood, and Swainson's Thrushes, as well as Veeries.

Brown Thrasher. These birds seem to be quieting down now as I am more apt to find silent thrashers in the shrub understory rather than on treetops singing.

Yellow Warbler. I remember three years ago being absolutely stymied on how to get pictures of this species as they always seemed to be moving about. Over time I've learned enough of their behavior to make taking pictures of them relatively easy. If only other species were so easy to "master"!

Song Sparrow. These are excellent birds with which to begin learning how to take wildlife photography as they are relatively cooperative and close approaches are possible.

Baltimore Oriole. This looks like a female, though I have seen females recently with nesting material in their bills with a notable amount of black in the head. The field guides suggest female plumage can be quite variable.

Tatarian Honeysuckle. Perhaps my favorite invasive species. The blooms are now filling the air with thick, sweet perfume and the petals are brightly colored. The birds will relish the fruits and be the major source of this plant spreading as a result. However, it displaces native species, so it comes at a price. 

Baltimore Oriole. A nesting pair is busily setting up shop in the bluebird nesting box field where this shot was taken.

Tree Swallow. They are nesting in one of the boxes adjacent to the bluebird box that just fledged its brood.

Tree Swallow

Lawrence's Warbler. This is a hybrid between a Golden-winged Warbler and a Blue-winged Warbler that seems to favor the former. I remember it distinctly singing a Blue-winged Warbler song. Also, a Golden-winged Warbler would have some obvious white stripes on its face.

Lawrence's Warbler. This bird has mostly yellow wing bars as a Golden-winged Warbler would have.

American Lady. The underside of this butterfly's wings are even more beautiful than its upperside.