Sunday, July 9, 2017
Oak Openings Metropark - 03 Jul 2017
After last night's downpours the day was supposed to be nice. It was. I arrived at Oak Openings Metropark shortly after 7 am and enjoyed a nice morning watching Lark Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Chipping Sparrows.
Good start! A brightly-colored male Scarlet Tanager was a nice find as I drove slowly along Girdham Rd. toward the Metropark. It was far back in the field and I felt uncomfortable driving on the two-track where it was perched. So, as I back up another pair of Scarlet Tanagers appeared just outside the car window to my left. But, wouldn't you know it - the camera jammed. Dead batteries. Switched batteries, and still had a frozen shutter. Not a good start. But, the Girdham Rd. corridor was a gem of a habitat, and I could see why its so popular among birders.
Other highlight birds seen or heard included Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Red-tailed Hawk, Summer Tanager, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, and Indigo Buntings.