Saturday, July 7, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • June 27

Wood Thrush. These birds have always been a bit camera shy for me, but now that they are nesting it is even more challenging. This was a bonus day as I was able to peer through the foliage to get not only good shots of the bird, but can also see it is carrying food for nestlings!

Wood Thrush

Song Sparrow

Common Fleabane

Eastern Phoebe. This bird is carrying an Ebony Jewelwing.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Eastern Comma

Eastern Phoebe

Indigo Bunting. This female seems to be nesting in the same territory as the Common Yellowthroat discussed in the previous report. I have never seen any disagreement between the two and, in fact, they seem to have a mutual defense pact. When one starts raising an alarm, the other joins almost immediately.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Clouded Sulphur

Yellow Warbler

Common Whitetail. Based on my casual observations, dragonfly numbers seem to be down a bit this year. However, I generally don't pay close attention to them until late summer when most of the birds are quiet.