Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • July 31

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 31, 2011 6:21 AM - 8:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy and 62F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The walk started off until clear skies, but a storm made a glancing blow at the park resulting in a few breezy minutes and a brief sprinkle of rain. All was done by the end of the hike and the sun was returning. The walk down the dirt road from the parking lot to the woods entrance netted a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker that was intently working one of the utility poles along the road. Alder Flycatchers continue a perceived increase in singing and calling.  The fishermen in the creek were, figuratively speaking, shoulder-to-shoulder, their numbers being so large. Still, I found a pair of Spotted Sandpipers working mud flats that were at a comfortable distance from the nearest fisherman. There may have been additional spotties, but it was hard to keep track of the individuals as they frequently moved up and down the creek. A kingfisher made a brief appearance, but none of the larger water birds were found. At one point along Bluebird Trail I casually glanced to my right and found a male Common Yellowthroat perched atop a goldenrod about four feet away looking at me. As soon as I noticed its presence it disappeared, but it made me wonder how long I was under scrutiny. :-) For the lepidopterists, the Giant Swallowtails continue with today being my fifth daily sighting. Finally, as I was walking back down the dirt road to the parking lot, a small brown bird stood in the middle of the road at a distance. I took some pictures as a matter of course and was delighted to see as I zoomed in it was a juvenile Brown Thrasher. Finally, as I was packing up my car, a pair of Barn Swallows were perched overhead on a utility line. Suddenly, they launched and decided to get into a frank exchange of ideas in the air just a few feet over my head. It was a bit too close for comfort! :-)


Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker

Blue Jay feather with my iPod for a size reference

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow


35 species


Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Alder Flycatcher  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  7
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  10
Yellow Warbler  6
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  9
Field Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  9
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  12
American Goldfinch  15


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • July 30

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 30, 2011 6:27 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 65F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. This morning was a pretty remarkable birding run with my species count already at 22 before leaving the woods that have been so quiet in the afternoons of late. A Warbling Vireo was back on the list, along with a Great Crested Flycatcher and a Hooded Warbler. The Ovenbird continues to hang in there, too. In Warbler Loop were a pair of singing Alder Flycatchers and more Yellow Warblers than I've seen in a while. I was cringing as I approached the creek, for I'd seen all the cars of the fishermen as I had approached the park and was thinking a creek filled with fishermen would kill the birding. However, despite all the fishermen, it was a bit of a banner morning! I had my first Osprey of the season calling at the east end of the creek near Union Street. I may have heard a second Osprey, but couldn't confirm that. (There was a pair along the creek last year.) I also had my first Belted Kingfisher along the creek in some time. As I was chatting with a fisherman standing in the creek, the kingfisher flew behind his head, maybe only five feet away. I asked him if he had realized this had just happened and he said no. :-) I heard the Yellow-billed Cuckoo again for quite some time from the woods north of the creek near the bridge. However, the area was inaccessible, even if I were to bushwhack it with abandon. Out along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, a Scarlet Tanager chick-burred away and a silent Brown Thrasher popped up for a few minutes. All this was nicely capped with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched on one of the utility lines hanging across the park entrance. Almost a poetic ending.

Spotted Sandpiper

Gray Catbird

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Cedar Waxwing

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

White-breasted Nuthatch


44 species


Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  6
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Alder Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  4
Barn Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
House Wren  1
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  14
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  25
Yellow Warbler  5
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  7
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  9
American Goldfinch  21
House Sparrow  8


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Oatka Creek Park • July 29

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 29, 2011 3:52 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially cloudy, windy, and 80F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. My normal route this time of year goes through woods, then along the creek (riparian), and finishes up through fields. The woods were so quiet tonight I was thinking my list would end up as thin as one in January, but the other two environments picked up the slack. Along the creek I found two juvenile Spotted Sandpipers. Curiously, when I looked at my pictures, one had orange legs and the other had drab green legs. Otherwise, they were identical and seemed to be a unit. Walking along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo called for quite some time from the woods on the far side of the field. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak called and then sang briefly as I crossed over to Bluebird Trail. Finally, as I was driving home, I passed a trio of Eastern Kingbirds perched on the telephone lines by North Road and Union Street. Not a bad outing after all!


White Admiral

White Admiral

Common Wood Nymph

Bull Thistle

Wandering Glider

Spotted Sandpipers

Spotted Sandpipers

Eastern Comma

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

White-tailed Deer

Gray Catbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird


24 species


Turkey Vulture  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Kingbird  3     North Road and Union Street, north of Oatka Creek Park
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  9
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  6
Cedar Waxwing  20
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  7
American Goldfinch  12


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Oatka Creek Park • July 28

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 28, 2011 3:27 PM - 5:21 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy, humid, and 77F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka. Starting off a bit more actively than the past few days, a number of species I have not seen in a while reported in today. The Ovenbird was calling again along Brown Creeper Trail as was a Hooded Warbler along the wooded portion of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. A Scarlet Tanager was also calling from the same area as the Hooded Warbler. A couple of Yellow Warblers called from Warbler Loop and call notes from an Alder Flycatcher were also found there. The biggest surprise was in the copse along Bluebird Trail when the trees suddenly exploded with the spitting call notes of Indigo Buntings and another insect-sounding buzzing I did not immediately place. Then, I saw a trio of Blue-winged Warblers in somewhat faded plumage, though with all the key field marks still clearly visible. Still looking high and low for one more cuckoo photo-op for the season.


Pearl Crescent

Question Mark

Pearl Crescent

Silver-spotted Skipper

White Admiral

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting


30 species


Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Alder Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  10
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  9
Cedar Waxwing  10
Blue-winged Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  7
American Goldfinch  17
House Sparrow  2


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Oatka Creek Park • July 27

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jul 27, 2011 4:39 PM - 6:54 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny and 83F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The walk started off very quietly now that the woods are becoming fairly devoid of birds aside from the occasional woodpecker or vireo. Nuts are just starting to drop from the trees with acorns and black walnuts on the ground here and there. Down by the creek activity picked up as I spotted the trio of Spotted Sandpipers working a few of the many mudflats that have now formed. Cedar Waxwings and Chimney Swifts were flycatching over the water in moderate numbers. In the fields along Bluebird Trail the activity was greatest with a profusion of Indigo Buntings and Common Yellowthroats among the sea of goldenrod, with male yellowthroats popping up for rare unobstructed views as they stood atop the plants. Back by the parking lot the hummingbird was at its perch on top of one of the evergreens while a Great Crested Flycatcher called from its favorite location off the southeast corner of the parking lot.


Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Spotted Sandpiper

Cedar Waxwing

Indigo Bunting

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting


29 species


Turkey Vulture  3
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  12
Cedar Waxwing  12
Common Yellowthroat  8
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  7
American Goldfinch  17


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