Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 5

Pileated Woodpecker. The Pileated Woodpeckers are probably nesting now, so the frequency of seeing or hearing one has dropped off significantly.

American Mink. 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!

American 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!

American Mink. It found a large tree cavity and climbed inside. From there it stuck its head out the keep an eye on me.

American Mink. The sun kept going in and out of the clouds making it hard to keep the exposure in range.

American Mink. Ah, the sun has come out!

American Mink. 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.

American Mink. Blinking against the changing sunlight.

Eastern Bluebird. 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 ...

Eastern Bluebird. The bluebirds are back at the nesting boxes! Hurray! Spring continues to gain momentum.

Tufted Titmouse. 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.

Tufted Titmouse. "Cheeva-cheeva-cheeva!"

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow