Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • September 2

Green Heron. As I crossed the bridge over the creek, I looked upstream and in the distance saw this adult Green Heron perched in the morning sun. Count the legs. Can you spot the missing one?

Green Heron. This is a blowup of the previous picture. You can see that one foot is tucked against its belly, as birds typically do.

Green Heron. Both legs are down now.

Carolina Wren. Some unusual bird pipping calls drew my attention to two Carolina Wrens moving through the trees next to the creek.

Carolina Wren. These birds do not migrate and we are near the northern range limit of this mainly southern species. The local population is recovering from the population crash two winters ago, which was a harsh winter, that claimed most of the park residents. Prior to that winter they were very numerous. I would say they are roughly half way back to that population peak at the moment.

Belted Kingfisher. This bird let me squeeze off a couple pictures before rattling away!