Friday, November 25, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 25

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 25, 2011 8:04 AM - 10:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny and 42F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a somewhat quiet birding morning with a few exceptions. The best highlight was at the end as I walked down the dirt road to the parking lot. A fair number of Eastern Bluebirds suddenly showed up and filled the air with their 'turalee' calls as they moved about the trees overhanging the road. Looks like the park's winter population has, indeed, arrived.  At the beginning of the outing, a Brown Creeper greeted me as I first entered the woods. Another interesting event has spishing up a Purple Finch from the middle of Warbler Loop. Finally, a Winter Wren, once again, beat me hands down in a game of hide-and-seek along Oatka Creek. The protracted contest left me feeling humbled.

White-tailed Deer. This deer stayed lying down and hidden in the undergrowth until I passed, at which point it bolted.

Female Purple Finch

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird. I did not notice until after I looked at the pictures at home that there was also a House Sparrow on the same tree as this bluebird. Apparently, the bluebird eventually drove off the House Sparrow. I don't know why it would be carrying whatever is in its bill.

24 species

Canada Goose  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  7

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