Friday, August 31, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • August 30

Great Spangled Fritillary. The butterflies seem to like the White Snakeroot flowers that line the creekside, though the plant is poisonous to livestock and humans when ingested. This plant is the source of "milk sickness" caused by cows eating the plant and passing the toxin along in their milk.

Spotted Sandpiper. The number of sandpipers along the creek is starting to decline now.

Belted Kingfisher. Always vigilant!

Great Blue Heron. Also vigilant!

Eastern Phoebe. The summer residents are now starting to come out into the open again. With breeding season behind them and the environment filled with food, there is no longer a need to defend territories. Instead, it is time to start fattening up for the coming fall migration!