Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 3


Black-capped Chickadee. It is easy to ignore chickadees since they are so common and widespread. Also, they are not that easy to photograph in the wild due to their high activity. This one had settled down for a bit to have a meal of Staghorn Sumac drupes, possibly the last remaining source of fruit in the park from last year's growing season.

Black-capped Chickadee. Always a cute bird!

Black-capped Chickadee

Turkey Vulture. The return of the Turkey Vultures is always a welcomed sight! They congregate in numbers by the Union Street bridge over Oatka Creek, though they can be found in the airspace over pretty much anywhere in the park.

Carolina Wren. Today the wrens were skittish along the banks of the creek. Perhaps this one felt the sunlight made it too visible to predators.

Canada Geese. Another sign of spring is the mating of the Canada Geese. The male on the left stands guard while the female on the right fuels up for her coming maternal role.

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow