Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 6


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 6, 2011 7:25 AM - 9:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was another gloriously sunny and 40F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. Bird activity was very light with mostly the park winter residents left, apart from the Red-winged Blackbird and the Great Blue Heron. Canada Geese activity was distinctly lower from earlier in the week. As I crossed the bridge over the creek, I spotted the aforementioned Great Blue Heron upstream by the water's edge. Completing my crossing and setting out on Trout Run Trail, I quickly encountered the sound of hammer and chisel work. Looking up I found a Pileated Woodpecker busily engrossed in excavating for food. I froze and took several pictures before I had to shift my weight. Unfortunately, this was enough motion to spook an undetected squirrel, which chose to run up the very tree the Pileated was on. This, in turn, spooked the woodpecker and it flew off. The domino progression was interesting, if also frustrating. Equally amusing and frustrating was returning to the same spot after having walked the length of the trail and back and finding the Pileated has returned and was now perfectly lit by the early morning sun. Unfortunately, it was in no mood for a photo op and deftly kept one or two trees between it and me, no matter how I maneuvered. Outwitted, once again!


Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Fall Colors

19 species


Canada Goose  300
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  6
European Starling  50
White-throated Sparrow  16
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  3


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