Monday, October 3, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • October 3

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 3, 2011 3:23 PM - 5:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 56F early afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. When I arrived, the cross country team practice was still wrapping up and this seemed to subdue the bird activity somewhat. During the second half of my walk after runners had left the park the birds came out in numbers! Along Brown Creeper Trail (which is not used by the runners) I had several species including towhees, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a Bay-breasted Warbler. Approaching the entrance to Warbler Loop I suddenly heard the mewing of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and close by, too. As I moved towards the call, a running coach appeared and started painting the ground in preparation for, presumably, a race tomorrow. Well, that abruptly silenced the woodpecker and I never did find it after that. Down by the creek, the water was high and fast with most of the mudflats underwater. Some kids were returning from raising some kind of conversational ruckus along Trout Run Trail, so the birds were nonexistent as I passed them. Reaching the far end, however, I saw two Great Blue Herons take to flight and the return trip produced a Blackpoll Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, and a Winter Wren. Eventually returning to the location of the sapsucker calls, the brush and brambles were vibrating with birds! I put down ten White-throated Sparrows, though there could have been twice as many. Interestingly, I found a Philadelphia Vireo in the mix with the sparrows again for the second day in a row. Walking down the dirt road back to the parking lot, I saw my only catbird of the day, a pair of Eastern Phoebes that frequently chased each other, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It was one of the better runs in the park in a while!

Red-bellied Woodpecker


Eastern Chipmunk

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-rumped Warbler

30 species

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Phoebe  2
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  300
Common Yellowthroat  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  2

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