Sunday, July 7, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 14

Eastern Bluebird. This bird seems to be nesting in a natural cavity along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail.

House Wren. The House Wrens have been very vocal in their usual nesting location, also along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail.

Eastern Bluebird. This bird is nesting in one of the nesting boxes.

White-throated Sparrow. A common springtime visitor to Oatka.

White-crowned Sparrow. A migrant on its way to upper Canada to breed, their arrival in the park this spring seemed late.

White-crowned Sparrow. These are one of my favorite migrants that pass through the park!

White-crowned Sparrow

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.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 12

Mayapple. Another sign that spring is here finally!

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Yellow Warbler

American Robin. The daily nest check.

Great Blue Heron

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird. Carrying food for a nestling inside of the box.

Eastern Towhee

Burger Park • May 11

Bobolink. On the way home from Owl Woods and the meadowlark, I stopped by nearby Burger Park. It is a town park with another grassy habitat. It is a great spot from spotting Bobolinks!

Bobolink. These pictures are of males. The females look like nondescript little brown birds.

Bobolink. The song of the Bobolink is extremely complex. It is like the bird is trying to sing too many notes at once.

Bobolink. For these pictures I stayed in my car and used it as moving bird blind, taking pictures through an open window.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Owl Woods • May 11

Eastern Meadowlark. No owls at Owl Woods, as the migration is over. However, another bird of interest was in the tall grass around the entrance to the Woods.

Eastern Meadowlark. This is a robin sized bird that is a grassland inhabitant. It is listed as common, but its numbers are decreasing.

Eastern Meadowlark. Apart from this location at Owl Woods, I know of no other location near the Lake Ontario shore in the Rochester area that routinely has meadowlarks. 

Eastern Meadowlark. Its song transports me back to my boyhood days in Southern New Jersey where meadowlarks were well represented in the bird chorus.

Eastern Meadowlark

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 8


Wild Geranium

Large-flower Trillium

Osprey. A pleasant surprise! An Osprey was fishing down by the creek.

Osprey. Well, of course it spots me!

Osprey. Am I too close? It seemed like I was still a mile away ...

Great Blue Heron. Sometime the herons are so intent on fishing that we discover each other when we are at really close quarters.

Great Blue Heron. So, the heron opened up a little space between us, but not too much. The fishing must have been too good to abandon the spot completely.

American Robin. The daily nest check.

Oatka Creek Park • May 7

Apple Blossoms

Wild Geranium

Virginia Bluebells

American Robin. The daily nest watch.

Baltimore Oriole

Eastern Bluebird. This female has food ready for feeding to a nestling inside the box.

Mourning Cloak

Yellow Warbler

Monday, July 1, 2013

Oatka Creek Park • May 6

Lilacs. It was a good year for the Lilac Festival!

Rose-breasted Grosbeak. This bird seemed to be feasting on insects that were hidden among the apple blossoms.

Wild Geranium. Notice how the green leaves are extremely sharp and the pink to magenta (i.e., "anti-green") flower petals are not. Apparently my camera only considers the green channel during its automatic focus operation. This is a consistent effect with all pink to magenta objects.

Large-flower Trillium. The daily trillium.

Eastern Comma. This butterfly gets its name from the white "C" underneath its hind wings, as seen here. From underneath this butterfly looks like a dried leaf of autumn.

American Robin. A daily nest check.

Virginia Bluebells. It's hard to capture the sense of beauty of this large solid patch of bluebells. It goes on for quite some distance outside of the picture, left, right, and back.

Virginia Bluebells

Eastern Bluebird. You can just see the big juicy bug that the female is getting ready to carry to the nest to feed a nestling.