Friday, December 2, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 2

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 2, 2011 8:04 AM - 10:13 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and snowy 35F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The first half of the walk was gloomy and the second half was in the wet falling snow. It was a standard December morning in terms of species and numbers. Woodpeckers continued to be evident everywhere there was a tree. At one point the hammering of a Pileated Woodpecker caught my attention. I quickly found the bird. It was so engrossed in its excavations that it never noticed me until after I had taken a number of pictures. It suddenly stopped and looked at me like it had been caught with its pants down. :-) It then crept further up the tree and out of sight, as a second Pileated in the distance laughed, I mean, called out. The Winter Wren along the creek checked in, though it was one of the few birds in that entire region. As I noted the wren on my list, the snow began and that effectively ended most bird activity for the rest of the walk.

Beaver Activity. The beavers have been active of late, felling several trees like this one that occurred sometime last night.

American Red Squirrel. It is always surprising to me how distinctive the sound of a red squirrel gnawing on a walnut is. There's no other sound like it in the woods of Oatka Creek Park.

American Red Squirrel


Pileated Woodpecker. At this point the woodpecker is totally unaware of my presence.

Pileated Woodpecker. This is the "Where did you come from?!" moment.

19 species

Mallard  2
Ring-billed Gull  18
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  16
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  2

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