Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 26

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 26, 2011 3:21 PM - 5:22 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny and 83F late afternoon birdking hike in Oatka today. The walk was deceptively quiet with only the softest of calls betraying the passing of migrant warblers. One group was spotted along Brown Creeper Trail without the benefit of chickadees in the area. A Blackburnian, Tennessee, and Magnolia Warblers all passed in sequence through the trees overhead. The creek was fairly productive despite a high concentration of human activity bent on escaping the heat.  A kingfisher, nuthatches, a Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrows, and a Carolina Wren were found, in addition to some previously mentioned species. Through the overwhelming silence of Bluebird Trail, I entered the brief strip of woods that demarcates the two fields and suddenly had a pair of chickadees coming rather close for an inspection. A soft whisper spish worked surprisingly well as a Magnolia Warbler dropped down in front of me at essentially point blank range before satisfying its curiosity and departing. It seemed to be a male with a good part of its breeding plumage still in evidence. That would be the last bird encounter of the hike.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper. I've seen this species of bird close its eyes a lot when plunging into the water. Perhaps a reasonable things to do, but also an opportunity for its prey to escape?

Clouded Sulphurs. I was puzzled by this pictures when I was taking it for I had not realized it was *two* butterflies rather than one. You can see the antenna of the second butterfly near the top of the picture. They are mating and the field guide says the "green chrysalis overwinters."  

Clouded Sulphurs

Fringed Gentian

American Crows

20 species

Solitary Sandpiper  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Tennessee Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  1

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