Saturday, April 20, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 9


Common Gartersnake. This is the most common snake in North America. The high zoom factor of my camera makes it appear larger than it really is. 

Sharp-shinned Hawk. In April, a wide variety of hawks can be spotted in the airspace over Oatka as spring migration gets into high gear.

Coltsfoot. 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!

Song Sparrow. 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!

Eastern Bluebirds. 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.

Species Seen
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch