Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 1


Wood Duck and Canada Goose. There is small swampy area along the dirt road from the parking lot to the woods. Today I peeked in and saw this two very alert birds looking back at me!

Large-flower Trillium. The daily Oatka trillium report!

American Toads. Note that these frogs are completely underwater! Today was day 2 of mating season. It would also be the last day I would find toads by the creek. Over in a flash!

Virginia Bluebells. The bells are beginning to open!

American Toad

American Robin. A working nest!

Virginia Bluebells. A different patch of bluebells were more advanced.

Species List
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Owl Woods • May 1


Long-eared Owl. The start of May brought one last spectacular owl to cap a magnificent season! This Long-ear stayed for two days.

Long-eared Owl. This owl was surprisingly calm despite being in a relatively exposed location.

Long-eared Owl. Moving around the tree a little I found a view that was relatively free of obscuration.

Long-eared Owl. Here you can see the owl was surprisingly at eye level. Usually Long-ears roost much higher up.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Roberts Wesleyan College • April 30


Bloodroot. These flowers are on New York's exploitably vulnerable list, i.e., if people don't stop harvesting them from the wild, there will be no wild ones left!

Bloodroot

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This is a male sapsucker, because its throat is red. A female would have a white throat.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. You can watch of video of this bird at http://youtu.be/mOlxLjZKAxo .

Trout Lily. The woods along the cross country trails have many fine wildflowers.

Large-flower Trillium

Purple Trillium. These are the stars of the wildflower show! They only last a few days, so when they bloom one has to drop everything and head out with camera in hand.

Purple Trillium

Purple Trillium

Carolina Springbeauty. What a delightfully colored flower!

Oatka Creek Park • April 30


Apple Blossoms. At least, I think they are apple blossoms! The park is filled with apple, crabapple, pear, cherry, hawthorn, and other kinds of fruit trees. These trees probably date from when the park was a number of adjacent farms.

Ground Ivy. One more look at these pretty purple flowers!

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. The leaves of the hepatica plants have now appeared. The first thing to note is that the leaves are pointy, hence the "sharp"-lobed variety. There are also round-lobed hepatica that, of course, do not have pointy leaves.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. When the leaves first appear they have a strong liver-colored mottling. This quickly fades. However, it led to the reputation that hepatica was a remedy for liver problems. (The prevailing belief at the time was that a plant helps the part of the body is most closely resembles.)

Eastern Towhee. One can't miss an opportunity to gaze at those red eyes!

Large-flower Trillium. The trilliums at Oatka open a few days after most of the area's other trilliums open, but they also seem to last a bit longer, too.

Virginia Bluebells. Slowly opening ...

American Toad. The toad mating season was in full swing today What a spectacle! The banks of the creek were fill with a surprising number of toads swimming around and looking for mates.

American Toads

American Toad

American Toad

American Toads

American Toad

Cabbage White. Another look at this butterfly's green eyes.

Virginia Bluebells. Another patch had flowers that were a little further along.

Species List
Mallard
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Oatka Creek Park • April 29


Yellow-rumped Warbler. This bird is all decked out in his springtime best!

Yellow Violet. In Oakta the violets come in white, yellow, and two shades of blue.

Great Blue Heron. These birds seem to find enough space between the fishermen in the creek to get their own fishing accomplished in relative peace.

Serviceberry in full bloom.

Carolina Wren. A cute pose!

Species List
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Friday, May 24, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • April 28


Red-winged Blackbird. Spring is in full swing with these birds providing flashes of red from their shoulders.

Broad-winged Hawk. During spring migration, any number of bird species can show up in the park that are not normally found there. 

Broad-winged Hawk. A motion blurred picture, but you can see the broad white strip under the tail that is characteristic of a Broad Wing.

Red-winged Blackbird. The females look so different from the males of this species!

Rusty Blackbird. One last great photo-op before these birds moved on to their nesting grounds up north.

Rusty Blackbird. See you in the fall!

Northern Flicker. These are the only woodpeckers to feed on the ground. Flickers prefer ants as their main staple.

Northern Flicker

Great Blue Heron. This was an unusual sight: six herons flying in formation with the lead heron croaking to keep the group together! I have never heard of herons doing this before.

Great Blue Heron

Eastern Phoebe. These birds have established their nesting territories now in all the usual locations in the park, i.e., near human structures like bridges and buildings.

Eastern Phoebe

Virginia Bluebells. One of my favorite flowers of the season are now just starting to bloom!

Tree Swallow. The daily check on the nesting boxes along Bluebird Trail.

Serviceberry. These flowering trees are now starting to brighten up the several areas in the park.

Cabbage White. A common yet wonderful springtime sight!

Species List
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow