Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 5
. The Pileated Woodpeckers are probably nesting now, so the frequency of seeing or hearing one has dropped off significantly.
. As I walked along the creekside, a fast moving animal caught my attention. It quickly ducked behind a tree and then took a peak around the side ... a mink!
. This animal then moved up the tree as easily as you or I walk across a room. I had not time to zoom out and recompose the shot!
. It found a large tree cavity and climbed inside. From there it stuck its head out the keep an eye on me.
. The sun kept going in and out of the clouds making it hard to keep the exposure in range.
. Ah, the sun has come out!
. I only see minks along Oatka Creek about two or three times a year. That's not because they are rare, but because they are adept at escaping detection.
. Blinking against the changing sunlight.
. There is a small isolated dead tree in the middle of the field by the bluebird nesting boxes. It is an ideal perch for bluebirds to survey their domain. I call it the Posing Tree because it seems like the birds go there to pose for pictures. This is the first bluebird at the Posing Tree this season. Why? Read on ...
. The bluebirds are back at the nesting boxes! Hurray! Spring continues to gain momentum.
. My brother-in-law once remarked "The smallest birds make the loudest noises!" To be sure, it is hard to outdo a Tufted Titmouse when it starts singing.