Thursday, April 25, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 14
. 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).
. 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.
. 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.
. 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 .
. 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.
. 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.
. The male was not being very photogenic today, it seemed!
Great Blue Heron