Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 28

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 28, 2011 8:09 AM - 10:16 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a snowy and windy 25F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. Though the elements seemed to have most birds in hiding, a number of species were undeterred from routine activities. Befitting the conditions, I avoided spishing or making other kinds of disturbances other than my footfalls in the soft snow. The Northern Flickers won the daily award for almost total disregard for the weather, calling and patrolling the woods in thoroughly typical manners. Chickadees were abundant and there was a tiny uptick in Golden-crowned Kinglets. One male kinglet with a flaming orange crown was spotted which made for a startling contrast with the surrounding drab and gloom. A Pileated Woodpecker flew in a slow and stately manner over the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, calling all the while. Finally, a female Red-bellied Woodpecker prevented a shutout of that species by appearing in a tree by the parking lot as I was packing up to leave.

Lower Soccer Field

Gypsum Mining Hollow

Along Trout Run Trail

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

14 species

Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  2
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
American Robin  11
European Starling  7
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3

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