Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 19

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 19, 2011 7:50 AM - 10:09 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and clear 42F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The walk started out on a moderate note with nine species along the road from the parking lot to the woods. Brown Creeper Trail contributed another seven species. Things then quieted down until I crossed the bridge over the creek. A Pileated Woodpecker that had been calling off and on was suddenly spotted directly across the creek and feasting on large bunches of poison ivy berries. It was interesting to see a Pileated in a behavior different from the more usual pounding of large chunks out of a tree. Shortly afterwards a Golden-crowned Kinglet danced around me, at points well within arms reach, for several minutes. I was forced to zoom my camera out to nearly wide angle mode to catch the flying molecule at such close range. It actually worked. One picture has the kinglet giving me a full front-on look, making me wonder what it was thinking. Out along Bluebird Trail I encounter half a dozen Eastern Bluebirds producing a loud chorus of flight ('turalee') calls. It will be interesting to see if this is the arrival of the annual overwintering population. If so, they are about a month early compared to the last two years. (Their arrival is usually my 'Christmas present'.)

American Crow

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Pileated Woodpecker amidst Poison Ivy berries

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Dark-eyed Junco

24 species

Canada Goose  40
Mallard  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  30
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  7
European Starling  30
Cedar Waxwing  7
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  5
American Goldfinch  2

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