Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 13


Oatka Creek. After heavy rains, both Black Creek and, as seen here, Oatka Creek overflowed their banks. It would be a few days before I could walk Trout Run Trail, which is completely underwater at the left edge of the picture. When it did recede, I was amazed at the mess it made to the trail by depositing heavy sections of wooden debris seemingly everywhere. This stuff was not easy to move, and some of it is just too heavy for me. It will have to wait for the chainsaw crew.

Eastern Bluebird. One box has a nest completed. Due to the attentiveness of the adults, I'd guess there is already a clutch of eggs in it.

Eastern Bluebird. However, the male, in particular, likes a lower perch when it is activity hunting up food.

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch