Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • June 19

Hairy Woodpecker. This looks like another juvenile with a short tail that hasn't grown to its full length yet.

Yellow Warbler

Great Blue Heron

Song Sparrow. This is a juvenile with a lot of buff color tones rather than whites and a tan crest rather than a rusty brown that matches the color of its wing tips.

Song Sparrow. This bird was also in no hurry to leave as long as it could examine me from a safe distance. Generally, another sign of a young bird!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron. There are a lot of sudden depth changes in Oatka Creek. You could be knee deep in water, take a step and suddenly be up to your waist, or higher. Less experienced fly fishermen learn this the hard way from time to time. However, the Great Blue Herons navigate these changes with grace and ease. I have seen these birds move from ankle deep water to belly deep and back again without breaking stride or diverting their attention from hunting.

Red Admiral Caterpillar. This bright raspberry colored version is certainly attractive!

Eastern Phoebe