Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 14


Chipping Sparrow. And, as the winter sparrow with a reddish crown, the American Tree Sparrow, leaves, the summer sparrow with a reddish crown, the Chipping Sparrow, arrives! Anyone who lives in suburbia knowns the familiar song of the Chipper. What, you don't? It's the nonmusical rapid chipping, reminiscent of the sound of a wood chipper (hence, it's name).

Chipping Sparrow. Still can't place the song? Head to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/chipping_sparrow/id and scroll down a bit and play the "Typical Voice" on the left hand side of the page.

Chipping Sparrow. Chipppppppppppppppp!

Fox Sparrow. One of my all-time favorite migrants through the park! In the spring they pass through in a blink of an eye. This day may be the only day this spring that I will encounter this species. In the fall, the trip will be a bit more lazy and they may hang around for a week or so if there's plenty of food to be found.

Fox Sparrow. This bird gets its name from the fox-like coloring of gray and chestnut. It is one of the largest sparrows and has a sweet, whistling song. You can hear it at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Fox_Sparrow/id .

Eastern Bluebird. The nesting pair were away from the box, hunting for food when I encountered them today. This female is looking towards the ground for a meal.

Eastern Bluebirds. Optics geeks will realize that at high zoom settings, the depth of focus is very short. In this scene I had to pick a bird, knowing the other would be greatly out of focus.

Eastern Bluebird. The male was not being very photogenic today, it seemed!

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch