Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • December 25

Last Quarter Moon

Pileated Woodpecker. This is a first-year (i.e., less than one year old) female.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

House Finch. This is a female.

House Finch. This is a male.

Oatka Creek. The rapid melting of a few days ago has caused areas streams to flood their banks and Oatka Creek is no exception. From this perspective the righthand bank is still above water but the lefthand bank is still largely under water and ice, flooding all of Trout Run Trail and depositing prodigious amounts of large downed trees and debris on the trail, to boot. A chainsaw crew will be needed at some point to put things aright.