Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 10

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 10, 2011 7:01 AM - 9:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny and 54F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The pause in bird activity between nesting season and fall migration is still clinging tenaciously as I have yet to see a major wave of migrants in Oatka this season. Today found a pair of Tennessee Warblers in the hedge row near the parking lot and a third Tennessee in a copse along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. That would be it for migrant warblers. Along Warbler Loop I came upon a small tree that is a favorite perching place for Cedar Waxwings of late. Like yesterday, today the two top perches were shared by a waxwing and a goldfinch. Unlike yesterday, a second waxwing flew in and body slammed the goldfinch off the perch and assumed the perch for itself. The goldfinch tumbled to a lower perch where it regrouped and then left for more gentile areas, perhaps.  Further along the Loop a pair of excited Brown Thrashers filled the air with their emphatic smacking calls. No amount of spishing produced a photo-op, however. The creek was hopping this morning with a Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, and Osprey big bird set, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, and a singing Carolina Wren in the neighboring shrubs. Out along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail I hit pay dirt near a copse which seems to be favored by migrants and residents, alike. An adjacent bush was vibrating with the activity of Common Yellowthroats, towhees, and at least one juvenile Indigo Bunting. In the copse, itself, was the aforementioned Tennessee Warbler, along with more towhees. Finally, at the edge of the eastern field along Bluebird Trail a Turkey Vulture was perched and sunning itself in the morning sun, wings held in the classic spread eagle pose.


Gray Catbird

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Juvenile Indigo Bunting

Juvenile Indigo Bunting

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture


30 species


Canada Goose  6
Mallard  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  4
Tennessee Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
Eastern Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  2
American Goldfinch  5


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