Sunday, June 10, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • May 31

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I always get a kick out of a hummingbird perching on a power line that is as big around at the bird! This was a typically changeable summer day when it is cloudy and rainy at one point and clear blue sky the next.

Mallard. You can see that it is now raining. Of course, the duck doesn't care!

Spotted Sandpiper. This may have been my last sighting until fall migration.

Song Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Another rare sighting of the female in the wild.

Pileated Woodpecker. The woodpeckers are now coming out of hiding and moving about again as they forage for food to feed their nestlings. This female looks utterly surprised to see me standing motionless and taking pictures. I had been there for some time.

Pileated Woodpecker. Not the best of pictures, but it does show why their wings seems to flash white when flying.

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird. This female seemed to be looking around for a new nesting site now that the first brood has fledged.

Eastern Bluebirds. This male-female pair seemed to evaluating whether to use this nesting box for their next brood.

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird. Meanwhile, on another nesting box, this juvenile is look hopeful ...

Eastern Bluebird. Oh yes! Could it be? ...

Eastern Bluebirds. Dad has brought a snack and feeds it to his offspring!

Eastern Bluebird. Satisfied for a few moments, the pair strike a pose.

Eastern Bluebird. Dad is off again to get another meal as junior looks on in anticipation ...

Indigo Bunting

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Brown Thrasher

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. And we finish under clear blue skies.