Friday, July 5, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 13


Pileated Woodpecker. A male! After seeing nothing but females all winter and early spring, it is good to finally see a male. The red malar (cheek) stripe plus the red crown going all the way down to the bill provide the identification.

American Robin. The daily nest check.

Eastern Bluebird. Note the small cup attached to the back of the nesting box. We were having a cold snap around this time that drove the insects into hiding. The person who maintains the boxes was concerned the bluebird nestlings might starve as a result. So, he would put mealworms in the cup to keep everyone well fed. As a result, all five nestlings survived to fledge.