Saturday, April 27, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 15
. 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.)
. 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.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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!
. 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.
. Here is another head shot series of one of the most common birds in the park now.
. The crown feathers are raised.
. You can see the crown feathers are still raised.
. There were several bluebirds that overwintered in the park. However, I have only seen one nesting pair at the bluebird boxes yet this spring.
. The male is drawing a line in his territory, daring me to cross over, I think!