Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 25

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Eastern Wood-Pewee

American Robin. This is a fledgling! Look how short the tail is -- no need for tail feathers in the nest. The bill is also that of a very young bird.

American Robin. (Thank you for turning around!) You can easily see the spotted breast of a fledgling robin.

Eastern Phoebe

Common Merganser. This was the first sighting of the adult female this spring. She was alone and acting oddly: calling out frequently and looking about very nervously. The happy answer to her behavior would be revealed in the coming days ... 

Red-tailed Hawk

Baltimore Oriole. The feathers are fluffed up because the bird was in the act of preening.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Baltimore Oriole

Tree Swallow

Peck's Skipper. This is one of the small butterflies that usually escapes notice.

White-tailed Deer

Great Crested Flycatcher. A beautiful and visually elusive bird! Its calls are extremely common during nesting season. However, the chance to see its yellow belly and red-brown tail are infrequent at best!

Great Crested Flycatcher. From this view you can see its crest (bushy hairdo) and olive colored back.