Saturday, April 20, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 9
. This is the most common snake in North America. The high zoom factor of my camera makes it appear larger than it really is.
. In April, a wide variety of hawks can be spotted in the airspace over Oatka as spring migration gets into high gear.
. After Skunk Cabbage, this is the first wildflower of the season to bloom in Oatka. It hasn't had a chance to fully open here, but I was impatient for signs of spring!
. Breeding territories are being established and defended all along creek, now. Listening closely, one frequently notices that each Song Sparrow is singing a slightly different song, their personal identifier, perhaps. I recently read that singing the song of a competitor is the first sign of Song Sparrow aggression!
. The bluebirds are now to the nesting boxes, and I was told by the gentlemen who maintains these boxes that one nest has already been constructed.
Great Blue Heron