Monday, October 10, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • October 10

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 10, 2011 3:26 PM - 5:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny and hazy, 72F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a very quiet walk, overall, with only minor episodes of bird activity. The creekside continues to be the best place for birds, though the waterfowl, except for two Mallards, was absent. A Song Sparrow sang from the swamp north of the creek and a Carolina Wren and a pair of Winter Wrens joined the woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches at creekside. The most interesting event was at the end when I heard a lone Red-winged Blackbird singing its 'konkeree!' from the swamp by the dirt road leading to the parking lot. With several peepers providing backing vocals, it strongly suggested spring for a few moments.

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Old Burrell Road, the dirt road in from the parking lot to the woods. The shrubs on either side can be very productive birding!

Hairy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch Nest. This appears to be a relatively newly built (e.g., a couple of months ago) nest right on the trail leading into Warbler Loop, nestled in a Multifloral Rose bush. It was about five feet off the ground and about two and one-eighth inches across at the top (outer diameter). It was very neatly and tightly constructed. The bush hasn't really dropped any leaves yet, so how it escaped detection during breeding season is beyond me! (Of course, I never noticed it until tonight.)

Eastern Chipmunk

Bluebird Trail

White-tailed Deer

Old Burrell Road, leading from the woods to the parking lot.

22 species

Mallard  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  13
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  9
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  13

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