Friday, September 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 25

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 25, 2011 8:53 AM - 11:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 56F late morning birding hike in Oatka today. The walk was quiet with a few interesting pockets of birds. The first mixed flock was along Brown Creeper Trail where a pair of Pine Warblers were moving through the trees with chickadees and catbirds in the general area. A towhee was also calling at this location. Later on along Trout Run Trail by the creek there was a rather large flocks of chickadees and titmice that followed me for over half of the length of the trail. The chickadees were particularly fearless as they routinely approached me to within just a couple feet. This commotion stirred up the other creekside residents, such as Song Sparrows and a Carolina Wren. I eventually saw a Blackpoll Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler following the activity, too. White-breasted Nuthatches were *very* vocal and seemed associated with the flock as well. The fields of the western side of the park were nearly devoid of birdlife, except for the occasional tweak of a woodpecker and call from a jay.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker. The gray forehead indicates this is a female. A male's forehead would be red.

Red-bellied Woodpecker sticking its tongue way in to get some goodies.

Eastern Chipmunk that was in the process of filling its cheeks with food when it saw me and hopped up to this perch.

Great Spangled Fritillary that is looking very worn and faded. Note its tongue.

Fringed Gentian

Butter and Eggs

24 species

Canada Goose  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     North Road and Union Street, north of Oatka Creek Park
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Tennessee Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  2

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