Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • January 5

American Robin. Robins have been unusually scarce in Oatka this winter. This is probably due to the lack of remaining fruit in the park. The robins that do show up seem mostly interested in drinking from the creek.

White-tailed Deer. The thick blanket of snow on the ground is making it harder for the animals to find food. Along the creek are several places where the deer have excavated the snow down to the bare ground to get at the vegetation. This deer is one of the two young deer that were completely unaware for several minutes of me standing on the bridge photographing them. Their quest for food must have been quite intense!

White-tailed Deer. This is the other member of the duo. Finally noticing me, the first deer ran off, but this one held its ground for some time before walking away.

Pileated Woodpecker. The Pileateds have been very vocal of late! Just prior to taking this picture, this bird and two other remote Pileateds were calling back and forth. They seem to have well established territories as the calls come from seemingly the same tree each morning. This location here is just behind the lodge and far more accessible than the other two locations.