Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 8

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 8, 2011 4:54 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 71F early evening birding hike in Oatka today. As I was arriving, Judy Gurley was leaving. We chatted briefly and she shared with me the birding highlights from her walk. Tonight was quiet and both our lists would be light on fall migrants. In fact, I only encountered one mixed flock of warblers and that was along Trout Run Trail by the creek. Unfortunately, the flock never came closer than about 20 feet. Still, I was able to spot a Black-and-white Warbler and a Canada Warbler mixed in with the chickadees, titmice, and Red-eyed Vireos. A lone Northern Rough-winged Swallow flew over the creek briefly and then left the airspace above the water vacant of birds. The other highlight was finding a Common Yellowthroat alongside the creek, which is a fairly uncommon place for me to find a yellowthroat. A few whisper spishes popped it up on for an interesting photo-op. It was *so* responsive to my repeated whispers that I quickly stopped rather than unintentionally play the bird like a marionette. The rest of the hike would be quiet amid occasional sprinkles of rain.

Belted Kingfisher

Spotted Sandpiper

Common Yellowthroat

24 species

Mallard  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Gray Catbird  4
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Canada Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  6

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