Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 23

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. There are *lots* of these birds moving through the park right now!

Kidney-leaved Violet. You can see one of the round, kidney-shaped leaves left of center.

Kidney-leaved Violets. This is a very sturdy flower that blooms even when the temperature is so cold that all the other flowers in the area are closed up. It was 38F today.

Red-winged Blackbird. The females are now starting to arrive in the park. And the males are swarming all around them. While pair bonding can be a secretive and subtle thing with most song bird species, with Red-winged Blackbirds it is bold, obvious, and out in the open for all to see!

Red-winged Blackbird