Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • July 31

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 31, 2011 6:21 AM - 8:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy and 62F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The walk started off until clear skies, but a storm made a glancing blow at the park resulting in a few breezy minutes and a brief sprinkle of rain. All was done by the end of the hike and the sun was returning. The walk down the dirt road from the parking lot to the woods entrance netted a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker that was intently working one of the utility poles along the road. Alder Flycatchers continue a perceived increase in singing and calling.  The fishermen in the creek were, figuratively speaking, shoulder-to-shoulder, their numbers being so large. Still, I found a pair of Spotted Sandpipers working mud flats that were at a comfortable distance from the nearest fisherman. There may have been additional spotties, but it was hard to keep track of the individuals as they frequently moved up and down the creek. A kingfisher made a brief appearance, but none of the larger water birds were found. At one point along Bluebird Trail I casually glanced to my right and found a male Common Yellowthroat perched atop a goldenrod about four feet away looking at me. As soon as I noticed its presence it disappeared, but it made me wonder how long I was under scrutiny. :-) For the lepidopterists, the Giant Swallowtails continue with today being my fifth daily sighting. Finally, as I was walking back down the dirt road to the parking lot, a small brown bird stood in the middle of the road at a distance. I took some pictures as a matter of course and was delighted to see as I zoomed in it was a juvenile Brown Thrasher. Finally, as I was packing up my car, a pair of Barn Swallows were perched overhead on a utility line. Suddenly, they launched and decided to get into a frank exchange of ideas in the air just a few feet over my head. It was a bit too close for comfort! :-)


Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker

Blue Jay feather with my iPod for a size reference

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow


35 species


Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Alder Flycatcher  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  7
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  10
Yellow Warbler  6
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  9
Field Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  9
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  12
American Goldfinch  15


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