Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • February 23

Carolina Wren. It was a morning of wintry drizzle in Oatka today. You can see this in most of the pictures. The creekside was the refuge of a few birds, such as a small flock of Carolina Wrens.

Carolina Wren. These spunky birds swirled around me at one point and then returned to cover. This bird here stayed in the open and went into a lengthly preening process.

Carolina Wren. Preening away!

Eastern Bluebird. I found the park's winter population of bluebirds out by a copse of Quaking Aspens along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail that seems to be a perennial favorite of this species.

Eastern Bluebirds. The bright blues of these males contrasts nicely with the remaining red fruits of the Multifloral Rose.

Eastern Bluebirds. There were at least four bluebirds in the group, and maybe more.

Eastern Bluebird. Here's one of the females of the bluebird flock.

Species Seen

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch