Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 3


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 3, 2011 6:31 AM - 8:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a foggy, hazy, and 73F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. Another day of extreme humidity that made keeping eyeballs and optical surfaces dry a complete impossibility. Fortunately, the birds were sufficiently vocal and responsive to spishing this morning. At the start of Warbler Loop, spishing popped up a juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It stayed in the open for a nice photo-op, trying to make impressive clink notes, but clearly hadn't grown into its adult voice. It even gave me a brief burst of sweet song. Later, where Warbler Loop and Gypsum Hollow Trail join is a small area of shrubs that are naturally terraced, giving the impression of an amphitheater. I call it the Theater of the Birds as it is usually a very productive area to spish during fall migration. Today, a juvenile Eastern Towhee popped up in response to my calling. Finally, as I walked the northern bank of the creek, I heard a Yellow-throated Vireo calling from the southern bank. Unlike last year, I didn't find any evidence that these vireos nested in the park this year. Perhaps they nested just outside of the park boundaries instead.


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Oatka Creek

Sneezeweed

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Panicled Aster


26 species


Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  11
Cedar Waxwing  9
Eastern Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
American Goldfinch  6


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