Beyond the BackyardOakland Nature Preserve

Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

The painted buntings are back at Oakland Nature Preserve!

Birds Seen Today – Painted Bunting, Gray Catbird, Indigo Bunting, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird

Painted Buntings

Painted Buntings

ONP maintains feeders to attract the buntings…not the red-wing blackbirds!

Red-winged blackbirds

Red-winged blackbirds

The greedy bully bird chased away the female cardinal.

Red-wing chases off cardinal

Red-wing chases off cardinal

The gray catbird kept close but never went to the feeders.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

I caught two of the most striking birds in the Oakland Nature Preserve sitting side by side.

Cardinal and Painted Bunting

Cardinal and Painted Bunting

The females chose to stick to their own feeder.

Painted buntings

Painted buntings

They also showed that it’s possible to share!

Red-wing blackbird and bunting

Red-wing blackbird and bunting

Later they were joined by a female Indigo Bunting.

Painted Buntings and Indigo Bunting

Painted Buntings and Indigo Bunting

A Tufted Titmouse came by but didn’t stay.

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

The House Wren dared to get a littler closer to us.

House Wren

House Wren