Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 17

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 17, 2011 3:11 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 41F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Under the threat of pending snow (it did briefly flurry at one point), the park was very quiet. Picking up the occasional chickadee and nuthatch on the way, the first burst of activity was along Warbler Loop as I stood spishing up some sparrows. Suddenly, a small flock of Cedar Waxwings came in out of nowhere and landed in a small grape-laden tree right in front of me. They snacked on the fruit for several minutes as I took pictures, and then were off. I then looked up and saw 200+ Ring-billed Gulls soaring in a big mass, though it was not necessarily going anywhere. As I walked down Trout Run Trail along the creek, a Great Blue Heron launched from the creekside and flew off. Well, I now have a second half of November Great Blue Heron for Oatka. Shortly thereafter a Winter Wren exploded into a chattering call, making me originally think it was a squirrel. It subsequently settled down into a 'dit-dit' sequence and danced in enough undergrowth to foil every attempt at a picture. :-)

White-breasted Nuthatch

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

White-tailed Deer

15 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull  200
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
American Robin  12
Cedar Waxwing  6
White-throated Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  3

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