Thursday, December 22, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 22


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 22, 2011 8:02 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a rainy 42F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The temperature and the dew point did a pas de deux throughout the hike, resulting in several intermittent episodes of rain. The highlight was hearing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the middle of Warbler Loop. No amount of spishing or owl imitations coaxed the bird into the open, though the mew calls matched my iPod recording perfectly. I had been wondering if I would have another sapsucker in the park again this winter. As a result, today's was a six species woodpecker hike. I found a large flock of bluebirds along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail and was able to get a number of diagnostic pictures despite the atrocious photographic conditions. At one point crows flushed a Red-tailed Hawk, though the hawk quickly double backed on its pursuers and returned to the area of its perch. The crows continued forward, pursuing their now phantom quarry. Cedar Waxwings feasted on grapes along Bluebird Trail and robins were everywhere in the park. Finally, White-throated Sparrows were singing in a number of places in the park during this very birdy and wet morning!


Oatka Creek

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

23 species


Canada Goose  20
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  23
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  9
American Robin  26
European Starling  17
Cedar Waxwing  9
White-throated Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2


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