Thursday, June 30, 2011

LaSalle's Landing Park • June 26

A group of us took a paddle in the southern end of Irondequoit Bay this afternoon looking for birds. We started out in great form with soaring Bald Eagles, one adult and one juvenile. A bank on the east side contained about twenty Bank Swallows tending their nestlings. As we paddled away, a Belted Kingfisher showed up, rattled at us for several moments, and then went into its nest in the same bank. We crossed over to the west side bank where forty plus Bank Swallows were similarly tending to their young with food and removal of fecal sacs. I was not able to see any of the nestlings, though I was about as close as I could get in my kayak in the choppy water without upsetting the colony. As I was drifting away from the bank, the croak of a Great Blue Heron announced its presence to my left as it landed on a fairly close perch. It produced a nice photo-op. After that, we decided to return to the dock with Bank and Barn Swallows zooming around us in their quest for insect comestibles! :-)


Bank Swallows

Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


Lasalle Landing Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 26, 2011 1:30 PM - 3:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.6 mile(s)
Comments:     Kayaking in Irondequoit Bay
26 species


Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  5
Mallard  5
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Bank Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  10
Tufted Titmouse  1
Marsh Wren  5
American Robin  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  10


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 26

It was a cloudy and extremely humid, 63F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. At 86% relative humidity, it seemed the task of keeping glasses and eyeballs free from excessive moisture was futile at times. :-) I had both cuckoos today, so it was worth the inconvenience! I have been reminded on a number of occasions that Yellow Warblers have a song variant that sounds just like a Chestnut-sided Warbler, so I have been reticent to ID Chestnut-sideds by ear only. Along Brown Creeper Trail today, a loud Yellow Warbler landed very close to me, singing its variant, except when I turned to look at the bird, I was looking at a Chestnut-sided. It shortly flew off, followed by a second Chestnut-sided. This was in almost the exact same spot I've occasionally seen Chestnut-sideds in Oatka throughout this season. Hooded Warblers were loud in the park this morning. Out along Bluebird Trail, I watched a male bluebird keep watch as a female bluebird entered one of the nesting boxes. (I waited, but she didn't leave the box right away.) A Black-billed Cuckoo flew across the nesting box field, leaving the copse and heading for the trees of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. (The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was a call near the creek.) The creek was mildly interesting with a Great Blue Heron, an Eastern Phoebe defending the bridge, a Hairy Woodpecker raising the dead with its alarms as I passed near its nest (which I haven't bothered to locate due to the bird's obvious agitation), and a group of about a dozen swallows that briefly passed over the creek for some quick flycatching.


Moth Mullien

Moth Mullien, both white and yellow varieties

Eastern Phoebe

Indigo Bunting

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 26, 2011 6:36 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
42 species


Mallard  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  16
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  8
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  8


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Mendon Ponds Park - June 27

Last night I went on a marsh bird monitoring run around Quaker Pond in Mendon Ponds Park with Bob Spahn. The only marsh birds of note that we found were a couple of Virginia Rails that answered the recorded calls we were playing as part of the observational protocol. We never saw them, however. What we did see that was the highlight of the evening was an Osprey hunting over Quaker Pond. Mix in a few more common sights, and it was a fun evening!


Large Purple Fringed Orchid

Red-winged Blackbird

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Osprey

Osprey

Great Blue Heron

Monday, June 27, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 25

It was a mostly cloudy and wet 65F midmorning birding hike in Oatka today. My niece and I took a brief walk around the bluebird nesting field between Bluebird Trail and Old Burrell Road. The variety of species was interesting as we dodged the rain water rolling off the tree leaves along the wooded portions of the walk. The highlight was a group of four Baltimore Orioles zooming around the field and into the bordering trees. It appeared to be a family unit of some kind, though we didn't get a close enough look to discern sexes or ages of the birds.


Baltimore Oriole

White-tailed Deer

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 25, 2011 8:46 AM - 9:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
26 species


Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder Flycatcher  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  3
House Wren  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  5
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  4
American Redstart  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  1


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 23

It was a mostly cloudy, humid, and 87F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The outing was cut a bit short by the approaching storm front. Activity continues to slowly pick up along the creek with many more swallows feeding and perching by the water near the bridge. A strange little event as I stood on the bridge was a female Gadwall appearing out of nowhere, flying by me, and landing in the creek a bit upstream of the bridge. It splashed around somewhat vigorously for a few moments and then took to the air again and disappeared. I *might* have spotted a cuckoo ever so briefly on the far side of the copse near the nesting boxes along Bluebird Trail. However, just as I was about to get a good look, the storm front passed through with sudden strong gusts of wind that sent everyone flying for cover. I took the cue to double-time it back to the car before the rains. (I made it.) :-)


Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Towhee

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Field Sparrow

Crown Vetch

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 23, 2011 3:59 PM - 5:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
31 species


Gadwall  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Tree Swallow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  10
Cedar Waxwing  4
Yellow Warbler  11
Common Yellowthroat  2
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  7
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 22

It was a mostly cloudy and very humid 86F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. As I surveyed the weather reports before leaving for the park, I thought "perfect conditions for Rain Crows!" I was not disappointed. As I approached the copse near the nesting boxes along Bluebird Trail, a Black-billed Cuckoo appeared over the field to the my left and then flew at near ground level onto and along the trail in front of me. It then ducked into the copse. As I approached, a bird popped out onto a low perch. It turned out to be an adult-sized juvenile bluebird. Nice, but not my quarry at the moment. After a few more steps, the cuckoo decided to leave the copse and I saw it fly out and towards the trees at the edge of the field. My other surprise was seeing my first Spotted Sandpiper of the season along the creek today. Speaking of the creek, I had a family unit of Northern Rough-winged Swallows flycatching over the water near the sandpiper: two adults and two juveniles.


Gray Catbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Spotted Sandpiper

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Song Sparrow


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 22, 2011 4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
41 species


Turkey Vulture  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Eastern Phoebe  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
House Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  10
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
Blue-winged Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  15
American Redstart  1
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Eastern Towhee  7
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  5
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • June 21

It was a partially sunny and 84F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Things started off on a nice foot with a hummingbird perch atop a tall evergreen adjacent to the parking lot as I arrived. It stayed for a nice photo op before eventually leaving. The remainder of the walk was largely uneventful. A small collection of swallows was flycatching near the creek, but not in the large numbers or species diversity that later in the summer will produce. A female Red-winged Blackbird was perched near the nesting boxes along Bluebird Trail, appearing a bit out of place in Oatka for this species. The Brown Thrasher was singing along the dirt road again tonight as I walked back towards the parking lot.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Cedar Waxwing

White-tailed Deer

Eastern Towhee

Gray Catbird

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Indigo Bunting

Tree Swallow

White-tailed Deer


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jun 21, 2011 4:09 PM - 6:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.1 mile(s)
32 species


Turkey Vulture  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  4
House Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  4
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  18
American Redstart  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
Eastern Towhee  8
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  8
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  7


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