Thursday, November 24, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 24


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 24, 2011 7:57 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and clear, 38F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The park was rapidly warming and melting from last night's hard frost as I exited my car. It was a good morning for birding. After filtering out the Mourning Doves, crows, and titmice, I noticed the flight calls of Eastern Bluebirds along the east border of the parking lot. The grapes were extremely popular today as I saw sparrows, cardinals, and starlings enjoying the bounty throughout the park. No doubt other species did, too. I found a Pileated Woodpecker in the woods south of the creek very intent on excavating a particular tree. Such focus permitted me to get great pictures. I would later find the same bird directly across the creek on the north bank, again lost in heavy industry. When it called, I could hear answering calls from a distant Pileated. A Carolina Wren erupted into song along the creekside, making me note that I also heard songs this morning from Tufted Titmice and White-throated Sparrows. I found my first American Tree Sparrow of the season for the park along Bluebird Trail, complete with jingling calls. Back at the parking lot there was drama in the air over the adjacent private property. I kept hearing the calls from an unseen Red-tailed Hawk, but was wary of jay imitations. However, crows were gathering at the source of the call, which led to a flushing and chase of a É Sharp-shinned Hawk. After that raptor was run out of the town, the commotion returned to a new crescendo. Suddenly, the Red-tailed Hawk was flushed from that same area and similarly harried until it finally left the area, though at a dignified pace compared to the flat out retreat of the Sharpie.


American Crow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

White-throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker. Note how everything from the neck down is perfectly still.

Pileated Woodpecker

27 species


Canada Goose  50
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  5
European Starling  7
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  17
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  3


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