Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 26

It was a cloudy and extremely humid, 63F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. At 86% relative humidity, it seemed the task of keeping glasses and eyeballs free from excessive moisture was futile at times. :-) I had both cuckoos today, so it was worth the inconvenience! I have been reminded on a number of occasions that Yellow Warblers have a song variant that sounds just like a Chestnut-sided Warbler, so I have been reticent to ID Chestnut-sideds by ear only. Along Brown Creeper Trail today, a loud Yellow Warbler landed very close to me, singing its variant, except when I turned to look at the bird, I was looking at a Chestnut-sided. It shortly flew off, followed by a second Chestnut-sided. This was in almost the exact same spot I've occasionally seen Chestnut-sideds in Oatka throughout this season. Hooded Warblers were loud in the park this morning. Out along Bluebird Trail, I watched a male bluebird keep watch as a female bluebird entered one of the nesting boxes. (I waited, but she didn't leave the box right away.) A Black-billed Cuckoo flew across the nesting box field, leaving the copse and heading for the trees of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. (The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was a call near the creek.) The creek was mildly interesting with a Great Blue Heron, an Eastern Phoebe defending the bridge, a Hairy Woodpecker raising the dead with its alarms as I passed near its nest (which I haven't bothered to locate due to the bird's obvious agitation), and a group of about a dozen swallows that briefly passed over the creek for some quick flycatching.

Moth Mullien

Moth Mullien, both white and yellow varieties

Eastern Phoebe

Indigo Bunting

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 26, 2011 6:36 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
42 species

Mallard  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  16
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  8
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  8

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