Saturday, February 28, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • February 28

Long-tailed Duck. A common bird in an uncommon location! This bird belongs up on Lake Ontario.

Long-tailed Duck. Time for a bit of preening.

Long-tailed Duck. According to Cornell’s Birds of North America, these ducks may be deepest divers of the diving ducks, reaching depths of up to 200 feet!

Long-tailed Duck. So, this duck’s occurrence in a creek that is usually no more than hip to chest deep, at best, is quite a surprise!

Long-tailed Duck. But, even with all the evident ice in the water, Oatka Creek is one of the last remaining places where these ducks can get to the fish.

Long-tailed Duck

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whiting Road Nature Preserve • February 27

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush. You have to keep a watch out for those pesky hawks. Little did we know … (See below.)

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Sharp-shinned Hawk. This raptor swooped into the area and away bolted all the other birds! No meal this time!

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • February 22

House Finch

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Mergansers

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • February 20

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal. This bird was eating snow. Interesting, as the creek was just a minute’s flight away.

Northern Cardinal

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • February 17

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Oatka Creek. I have never seen the creek frozen from bank to bank before. The ice extends only over a small portion of the creek, however.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Oatka Creek Park • February 10

Bufflehead. Looks like a male molting into breeding plumage.

Bufflehead

Common Merganser

Pileated Woodpecker. This may be a Black Ash tree and the woodpeckers may be stripping the bark looking for hibernating Emerald Ash Borers. I am now seeing such bark stripping throughout the park.

Northern Mockingbird

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hamlin • February 7

Horned Lark

American Tree Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Buntings