Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 13


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 13, 2011 7:58 AM - 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny and windy, 51F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The wind kicked up from time to time, though it seemed not to be an issue with the birds. It was another quiet outing this morning. Nine Cedar Waxwings sat in a small tree along Warbler Loop as I entered the area. After a few pictures they took off as one for places unknown. Northern Flickers were very active this morning with a variety of urgent vocalizations heard throughout the park. The creek produced another large 8-10 point buck near the bank. It didn't seem to notice my approach along the trail until I stopped and started taking pictures. After a number of pictures it sprinted off with the rest of its previously undetected group in tow. They would head downstream a bit and then ford across the creek to disappear into the woods again. The creekside was quiet for the rest of the trail, but on the return trip I heard then saw a Belted Kingfisher skimming the water's surface and then rising up to a perch over the water. I haven't had a kingfisher along the creek in a month, though last year I had them throughout November and December. The fields were quiet except for the final stretch near the lodge. A pair of crows started acting up, which I counted and dismissed without even looking up. Then, more as an involuntary reflex, I looked up and directly overhead at low altitude were the two crows with a Red-tailed Hawk trapped in between. I missed the shot of the trio, but I was able to get a few pictures of the soaring hawk after the assailants had broken off and left.


Cedar Waxwings

Northern Flicker

White-tailed Deer

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


19 species


Mallard  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  14
Cedar Waxwing  9
White-throated Sparrow  9
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  4


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