Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 23

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 23, 2011 3:09 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 38F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was another profoundly gloomy afternoon in the park. Bird activity was relatively low with a couple of interesting events. Along Brown Creeper Trail I looked up and suddenly saw four robins launch and go tearing across the sky. A Sharp-shinned Hawk shortly appeared, glided across the sky, and disappeared in the direction of the fleeing robins. In the wooded section of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail I suddenly heard the unmistakable calls of a Brown Creeper and started scanning the trees. Just then a Pileated Woodpecker decided to drown out the *world* with its loud and persistent cuk-cuk-cuk calls. When the woodpecker eventually fell silent, the creeper was gone. Trout Run Trail along the creek hosted some cheeky Golden-crowned Kinglets that announced their presence by suddenly fluttering moth-like in front of my face before moving on to an adjacent tree. Finally, as I was taking Black Billed Cuckoo Trail back out, a Red Fox ran across the trail in front of me at top speed. It had a red torso and a dark, almost black tail.

White-tailed Deer

18 species

Canada Goose  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  5
European Starling  50
White-throated Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  3

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