Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 10


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 10, 2011 8:16 AM - 11:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a brilliantly sunny and clear sky 23F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. Large parts of the park were stone quiet with all the bird clustered into groups of one sort or another. The highlight came early when I encountered two Pileated Woodpeckers, one male and one female, along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. To my left the male was diligently finishing up excavating a new roosting/nesting cavity. On the right the female was hunting for food when she suddenly noticed a large bunch of poison ivy berries. Come to Momma! you could almost hear her say as she leapt over to an adjacent branch and, in a hanging pose like some monstrous chickadee, methodically ate the whole bunch.   Robins and White-throated Sparrows were in relatively good supply today, as were several other species. A bluebird was perched at a popular spot along Bluebird Trail with a commanding view of the field and nesting boxes. It's 'turalee' calls made me think of late February last year when I saw the first bluebird trips to those nesting boxes. Finally, I tried one of the multitude of shriveled grapes throughout the park. Extremely sweet and delicious! There's plenty of sugar available for the winter residents.


Cedar Waxwings

Sapsucker Trail

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

White-throated Sparrow

Red-bellied Woodpecker

19 species


Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  20
Cedar Waxwing  4
White-throated Sparrow  20
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  6
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1


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