Monday, September 5, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 5

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 5, 2011 9:13 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy, humid, and 62F late morning birding hike in Oatka today. The start of the hike was delayed by rain that would return at the last moments of the hike. It was a very birdy morning with several traveling mixed flocks that contained all kinds of delights. At the trailhead to Brown Creeper Trail a Yellow-throated Vireo called from a nearby perch, though safely hidden despite all my searching. Juvenile Eastern Towhees were evident throughout the fields of the park, though it has been some time since I've spotted an adult. A Nashville Warbler joined the Cedar Waxwings, catbirds, cardinals, and Brown Thrashers in the heart of Warbler Loop. On the bridge over the creek, it was evident that another bug hatching was in progress (it was hard to breathe in without inhaling a bunch of flying critters), but the number of flycatching waxwings could be counted on one hand. There was also a lone Chimney Swift. The creek trail, itself, produced a Spotted Sandpiper, a Belted Kingfisher, and a Song Sparrow fresh from a dip in the creek. The fields along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail produced an inquisitive Common Yellowthroat in response to my spishing. The narrow wooded corridor between the eastern and western fields of Bluebird Trail continues to be a popular spot for migrant wood warblers as a Black-and-white Warbler responded nicely to my spishing and came in for quite a close look. Along the dirt road back to the parking lot, a pair of Eastern Phoebes (perhaps juveniles as their bellies were quite yellow) joined the throng of chickadees and titmice, perching for good looks at me while wagging their tails.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Gray Catbird

Spotted Sandpiper

Song Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

Black-and-white Warbler (I know it's a horrible picture.)

Black-and-white Warbler (I know it's a horrible picture.)

Monarch Caterpillar. You can see the frass (insect droppings) it has been producing.

Monarch Caterpillar

29 species

Turkey Vulture  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  7
Eastern Phoebe  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  12
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  9
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  6

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