Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 15

Hermit Thrush. This is another species passing through as part of spring migration. These are fun birds to spot and hear. They have a wide and diverse variety of vocalizations, though their mesmerizing song is generally not heard in Oatka. (The Wood Thrush will fill that gap when it returns in May.)

Hermit Thrush. By providing a little whisper spish, you will get the attention of a Hermit Thrush and it will pop into the semi-open and stay there for a long time watching you. The only hard part is finding where it's perching before it gets bored and melts back into cover.

Hermit Thrush. This picture doesn't show it as well as it appears in the field, but the tail and outer edges of the wings are a reddish chestnut color while the rest of the back and wings are a straight brown. This is one of the easiest ways of identifying a Hermit Thrush from other look-alike members of the thrush family.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The familiar Golden-crowned Kinglet of the colder weather has been largely replaced by the much more musical Ruby-crowned Kinglet. These guys just sing constantly throughout the day! It's a loud complex song, a mad jumble of notes at times.

Coltsfoot. Though the entire creekside was under several inches of water, wiping away the earlier blooms, the wildflowers have reemerged seeming no worse for the wear!

Lesser Celandine. Here's another wildflower that has thrown off the mud and silt deposited by the creek to arise triumphantly and blossom. Lesser Celandine are now in bloom along most of the length of the creek.

Song Sparrow. Here is another head shot series of one of the most common birds in the park now.

Song Sparrow. The crown feathers are raised.

Song Sparrow. You can see the crown feathers are still raised.

Eastern Bluebird. There were several bluebirds that overwintered in the park. However, I have only seen one nesting pair at the bluebird boxes yet this spring.

Eastern Bluebird. The male is drawing a line in his territory, daring me to cross over, I think!

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch