Friday, December 16, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 16


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 16, 2011 8:18 AM - 10:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and windy 35F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The wind seemed to trump the sunshine and clear skies and kept most birds in hiding and undetected. The few birds that were out and about either stuck to the level of the vegetation or simply surfed the winds in a meandering fashion. It was interesting to see an overhead flock of Canada Geese be pushed abruptly one way and then the other as they tried to make some kind of aerial progress. Again, the checklist makes the outing seem more productive than it felt. The creek continues to be largely devoid of birds. As I walked down the dirt road back to the parking lot at the end, the air was filled with the sounds of hundreds of starlings, both vocal and the coordinated *swoosh* of aerial maneuvers. In the typical manner, large masses of starlings would break off into separate flocks, only to recombine moments later as the animated blobs moved through the area like large amebas, constantly changing in shape and size, but somehow always staying highly organized.


Moon

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel

Northern Flicker

European Starling

European Starling

18 species


Canada Goose  50
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  15
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  1
European Starling  400
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  7
Northern Cardinal  8


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