Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 14

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 14, 2011 8:09 AM - 10:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny 35F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was very quiet, making what bird activity that did appear that more pronounced. A flock of bluebirds flew over the soccer fields as I exited my car in the parking lot. Bluebird calls would continue to be heard throughout the southern half of the park today. A very active Pileated Woodpecker shattered the silence on a few different occasions, both with voice and drumming. The Winter Wren continues along the creek, though it has been photo shy of late. The big event for me was a nice encounter and photo-op of a Brown Creeper as I approached the lodge on my way out.

White-tailed Deer. Spishing along Brown Creeper Trail did not elicit any birds, but it did draw in this deer. Once it saw me, it sort of shrugged and walked off without raising an alarm. I caught up with it a few minutes later for these pictures.

White-tailed Deer

American Crow

American Crow

American Crow. The ubiquitous crow is a very difficult photographic subject due to its black plumage. Only certain lighting conditions prevent it from being nothing more than a silhouette.

American Red Squirrel

Downy Woodpecker

Brown Creeper. If you do not spot its white underneath, this bird is virtually invisible again tree bark.

Brown Creeper

19 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  1
European Starling  6
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  5
American Goldfinch  2

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