Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 15

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 15, 2011 5:02 PM - 7:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny and 59F early evening birding hike in Oatka today. It was a quiet evening with only one passerine migrant: a Blue-headed Vireo. Accompanying two chickadees, it gave me quite a long look and a diagnostic photo while the three birds flitted in and around an isolated Red Pine in the fields along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. A pair of strangely gregarious Solitary Sandpipers worked their way from mudflat to mudflat along the creek without the usual "This mudflat is not big enough for the two of us!" behavior I've seen. I took several pictures to make sure they were Solitaries and not Spotties. In the air over the creek a flock of Northern Rough-winged Swallows briefly did some flycatching near the bridge before moving on. They were brown above, off-white underneath and their tails were absolutely squared off; there were no hints of notches or forks. I've never seen so many of this species in one place before. Finally, back along Brown Creeper Trail my spishing stirred up a couple of Eastern Towhees and popped up a male Common Yellowthroat with plumage that still looked very much like breeding plumage.

Northern Cardinal

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Belted Kingfisher

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel

Solitary Sandpiper. This bird just noticed me looking at it and that it was exposed in the middle of the creek. So it retracted its neck and stood motionless for a while.

Solitary Sandpiper. This is a more usual profile.

Solitary Sandpipers

Blue-headed Vireo

19 species

Canada Goose  5
Mallard  5
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Gray Catbird  5
Common Yellowthroat  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  3

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