Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 4

Mourning Cloak. My first Oatka butterfly of the year!

Song Sparrow. These birds have quickly taken over much of the bird chorus in the park these days, giving the cardinals a run for their money.

Song Sparrow.

Northern Mockingbird. The mockingbirds were singing up on Maple Hill, going through a large catalog of sounds. When this one spotted me, it immediately took a perch in the direction of the sun. Being blinded by the sun, I had to shoot randomly and hoped to get something. This was the not bad result!

Red-winged Blackbird. Another common bird that is not easy to photograph well. This time, it is due to the prevailing black plumage. Front lit on a sunny day with a blue sky background it probably the best situation. Change any of these parameters and it may not be worth trying.

Red-winged Blackbird. This time of year the bird shows off its red epaulettes. Once breeding starting, the lower yellow portion may be all that is visible.

Red-winged Blackbird. The female Red-winged Blackbirds haven't shown up yet. So, this male is claiming his territory now and hoping to be all ready once the females do arrive from migration. 

Species Seen
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow