Monday, October 17, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • October 17


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 17, 2011 3:20 PM - 5:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny, windy, and 54F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The first half of the walk was under clouds, but the second half was under clear, deep blue autumn skies and sun. The windy was strong at the start, but it progressively weakened as time went by. Turkey Vultures surfed the winds in slightly erratic glide paths. Yellow-rumped Warblers were stationed throughout the park, though no Blackpolls were found this evening. Many Golden-crowned Kinglets were arrayed throughout the park, too. My shot of the day came when a Red-tailed Hawk floated down to a nearby perch along the creek. It allowed me to move slowly down the trail and go from a backlit view of its rear end to a magnificent front lit view of its head and chest. On the way out of the woods, a Pileated Woodpecker produced a very loud and very long call that was definitely a territorial statement. I traced the call back to its source to see the bird drop down from cover and land on a tree in front of me and in full view and ... vanish. Puzzled, I carefully backtracked along the trail to see the far side of the tree when I noticed a Pileated Woodpecker hole in the tree! Thinking the bird was long gone, I peered into the hole with my binoculars and the woodpecker was there! I got a couple shots before it decided to fly off.


Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bluebird Trail

Bluebird Trail

Pileated Woodpecker

16 species


Turkey Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
American Robin  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  2


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