Saturday, April 13, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 6


Pileated Woodpeckers. These two females were engaged in a peculiar dance. Were they aggressors, seeing who would submit first? A video of the behavior can be seen at http://youtu.be/pe0Ed20UlBw .

Pileated Woodpecker. In Kodak we refer to this situation as "mixed illumination" with suppressed curses. The woodpecker on the right is in the full yellow sunlight while the woodpecker on the left is in the blue light of the shade (formally, skylight as opposed to sunlight). If you adjust the white balance so that the right bird is correct (rather than yellow as in this picture), then the left bird become way too blue (though it is somewhat blue already). If you make the left bird correct, then the right bird becomes way too yellow. And, if you do some magic to fix the white balance of both birds, the picture will end up looking oddly wrong. You can't win!

Northern Flicker. This is another bird with a very loud song. It sounds like a Pileated Woodpecker that goes on, and on, and on, and on ...

Northern Flicker. The black patch on the side of its face identifies this bird as a male.

Turkey Vulture. A large, graceful bird riding the updrafts, as meager as the currents may be in early spring.

Turkey Vulture. I like this shot a lot!

Northern Cardinal. For as vocal as these birds are right now, they are still skittish. This is a male who took a pause from singing to look at me. I was quite a long distance away. I waited, then took a cautious step forward. The cardinal flew off.

Song Sparrow. I find it funny how when a bird finds a favorite perch and then leaves it, some other bird, frequently of a different species, will assume the same perch. My favorite is a perch by the parking lot that is alternately used by a hummingbird and a crow during the summer.

Song Sparrow. Now, there's a majestic pose!

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow