Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • October 9

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 9, 2011 9:18 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 56F mid morning birding hike in Oatka today. The walk along the dirt road towards the woods was fairly remarkable and produced eighteen species on my list. Among the regulars was an Eastern Phoebe and three Hermit Thrushes. The thrushes could have been due to migrant activity overnight, or simply that Bob Spahn gave me a lot of field training yesterday at Yanty Creek on birding Hermits by ear. However, by the time I reached Warbler Loop I realized there had also been an overall migrant influx last night. At Theater of the Birds spishing produced not the expected sparrows et al., but a string of eight Blue Jays that was an apparent migrant group. I would go on to have one of the largest Blue Jay counts I've ever had at Oatka. Blackpoll Warblers continue as do the more expected Yellow-rumped Warblers. A Killdeer flew over Warbler Loop, calling as it went. The creek was relatively quiet with no waterfowl, possibly due to the presence of several fishermen in the water. The swampy area to the north of the creek hosted singing Song Sparrows and a small group of Red-winged Blackbirds. At one point the rattled dits of a Carolina Wren joined the chorus. Finally, I had another brief hide and seek game with a Pileated Woodpecker, and never stood a chance. A simple shifting of my weight was all that was necessary to send the bird to another perch.

Song Sparrow

American Red Squirrel

Orange Sulphur

24 species

Canada Goose  8
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  10
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  11
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  3

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