Monday, June 30, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 30

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Phoebe

Eyed Brown

Common Ringlet

Twelve-spotted Skimmer. The white patches indicate this is a male. I see plenty of Twelve-spotted Skimmer females, but not very many males.

Halloween Pennant

Cedar Waxwing. This bird is not calling, but panting in the hot sun.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron. This bird was preening. What a look!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron. It was a very hot and humid morning with steam rising from the creek.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 29

Eastern Phoebe. Yesterday there was a cookout party at the park lodge that was directly underneath this bird's nest. Seems none the worse for wear today!

Cabbage White. These butterflies appear snow white from above, but they have a fair amount of yellow on the underside of their wings.

Eastern Cottontail

Yellow Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Cabbage White. The two dots on the wing indicate this is a female. (A male has only one dot.) It's feeding on Cow Vetch nectar.

American Toad

Great Blue Heron

Hooded Warbler with food for its nestlings.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 28

Brown Thrasher. He was simply not interested in looking my way today!

Eastern Towhee

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Friday, June 27, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 27

Eastern Phoebe

Banded Hairstreak

Common Wood-Nymph

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 26

Eastern Phoebe nest #1

Eastern Phoebe nest #2

St. John's Wort

Eastern Kingbird. While chasing my first Monarch of the season across Maple Hill through thousands of milkweeds and ultimately failing to get a picture, I stumbled upon this kingbird. I think he is looking at me as if to say, "What's your problem?!"

Eastern Kingbird

Great Spangled Fritillary. Not to be disturbing (for a variety of reasons), but the butterfly is feeding on fresh bear scat. (See what I mean about a variety of reasons?) The bear scat has been appearing daily for a little over a week, now. The bear is feeding on the cherries that are currently ripening in the park. I have not seen the bear and probably won't as it is likely sleeping during the daylight hours when people are in the park.

Butterfly Weed

Common Wood-Nymph. These butterflies will be abundant shortly, but the first one of the season is always a delight!

Red Admiral

Common Mergansers. These are the first juvenile mergansers I've seen on the creek this year. Only three. It must have been a rough breeding season this year.

Common Mergansers

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Northern Pearly-eye

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • June 24

White-tailed Deer. This was quite a small fawn.

White-tailed Deer. Hey! Watch that tongue!

White-tailed Deer. Look how young that face is!

Eastern Phoebe. These birds are frequently not sitting on their nests when I check. (It doesn't seem to harm the eggs/nestlings.) And if they are there, they will flush if approached too quickly or too closely. So, it's good luck when one will stay around long enough for a quick picture or two!

Common Milkweed

Clouded Sulphur

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Indigo Bunting

House Wren. This bird was yelling up a storm at me. Now, that is nothing new for this feisty species. However, today I was in for a surprise ...

House Wren. And then all of the sudden ...

House Wren. A brand new fledgling popped out of the tall plants near where I was standing and then lumbered on brand new wings into a new hiding place a few feet away!

House Wren. You can still see the nest feathers still attached to the head.