Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • August 31


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 31, 2011 3:29 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially cloudy and 78F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Bird activity picked up a bit today over yesterday, though the only migrating warbler I spotted was a Magnolia Warbler. In the smaller eastern field of Bluebird Trail, I found a Ruby-throated Hummingbird flying around an isolated dead bush. There were no flowers in the area that looked like they would interest a hummer. The other interesting find was a Brown Thrasher that has been hanging around a particular area in the park the past few weeks.


White-tail Deer

Cedar Waxwing

Spotted Touch-Me-Not

Spotted Touch-Me-Not

American Red Squirrel. This squirrel is trying hard not be seen ...

American Red Squirrel. The squirrel is almost exactly in the center of the picture. Click on the picture for a larger version.

Northern Cardinal

24 species


Turkey Vulture  5
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  1
Cedar Waxwing  15
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  12


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • August 30


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 30, 2011 3:44 PM - 6:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 79F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was an extremely quiet night. Cedar Waxwings stood sentinel over various nesting regions in the park, as well as flycatching over the creek. American Goldfinches are also relatively noisy throughout the park, appearing in a mixture of breeding and winter plumages. Other species tended to be represented by only a few individuals tonight.


American Goldfinch

Cedar Waxwing

Spotted Sandpiper

Great Spangled Fritillary

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

Field Sparrow


19 species


Mallard  4
Turkey Vulture  7
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  11
Field Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  8


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Monday, August 29, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • August 29


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 29, 2011 3:41 PM - 6:18 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny and 75F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The big surprise today was a raft of nine Common Mergansers on the creek. I have never seen more than three at a time there before. They were well aware of my presence and quickly swam downstream, foiling any attempts at a picture of the entire group. I had to settle for some pictures of just a portion of raft. Other than that, I found no migrating warblers. As I was walking down the dirt road back to the parking lot, some spishing popped up a great look at a Great Crested Flycatcher.


Hairy Woodpecker

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Common Merganser

Common Mergansers

Great Blue Heron

Great Spangled Fritillary

Monarch

Mallard

Great Spangled Fritillary


22 species


Mallard  3
Common Merganser  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Gray Catbird  7
Cedar Waxwing  25
Common Yellowthroat  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  5


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • August 28


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 28, 2011 12:21 PM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and very windy, 66F early afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Today's high winds were not really much of a factor to the birds in the park, because the creek is so well protected from the elements. Crossing the bridge over the creek, I ran into a large mixed flock of migrants built around a core of chickadees and titmice. Since everyone was bouncing around like gas molecules, I could only identify a tiny fraction of what I saw: a Magnolia Warbler popped up right in front of me and a Blue-winged Warbler variant of some kind played hide-and-seek with me for a while. Kingfishers patrolled the creek and fought among themselves. Overhead, there was a large number of flycatching birds: Cedar Waxwings, Tree Swallows, and Chimney Swifts, at least. I thought I also heard Northern Rough-winged Swallows, but could not confirm that. Other regulars helped flesh out the list.


Hawkweed and Chicory

Belted Kingfisher

Spotted Sandpiper

Mallard

White-tailed Deer

Mourning Dove

26 species


Mallard  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Chimney Swift  5
Belted Kingfisher  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  10
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  11
House Sparrow  2


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Durand Eastman Park • August 28


Durand-Eastman Park--Eastman Lake, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 28, 2011 8:11 AM - 10:42 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.4 mile(s)
Comments:     Rochester Birding Association Field Trip. It was a very to extremely windy morning that had most birds in hiding from the elements.


Great Blue Heron

Mute Swans

Wood Ducks

Great Blue Heron

22 species


Mute Swan  7
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  14
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Great Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  100
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Cedar Waxwing  3
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  2


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Salmon Creek • August 27

Braddock Bay WMA--Salmon Creek (Docksiders), Monroe, US-NY
Aug 27, 2011 2:41 PM - 4:38 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.1 mile(s)
Comments:     My wife, Mary Flood, and I kayaked down Salmon Creek near Braddock Bay this afternoon. It was 74F and mostly cloudy with diffuse sunlight breaking through from time to time. We had several close encounters with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, and Belted Kingfishers. A trio of Wood Ducks swimming across the creek was a nice surprise. We unfortunately struck out in finding any of the less common denizens of the area. Also, the water level was a bit too high for the usual mudflats to form, so shorebirds were generally absent.


Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Painted Turtle

Belted Kingfisher

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


13 species


Wood Duck  3
Mallard  20
Great Blue Heron  7
Green Heron  7
Turkey Vulture  4
Ring-billed Gull  2
Belted Kingfisher  5
American Crow  4
Barn Swallow  5
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  20
Song Sparrow  3
American Goldfinch  2


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Oatka Creek Park • August 27

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Aug 27, 2011 6:29 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny, foggy, and 55F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. It was a relatively good birding morning, though my sole fall migrant was a Nashville Warbler that was shrewdly keeping company with similar looking Common Yellowthroats along Bluebird Trail. I heard an Eastern Screech Owl in the woods along the southern bank of the creek. Red-eyed Vireos both sang and called this morning in about equal parts. Along the creek I was standing by an opening in the foliage that gave me clear view of the water as a Great Blue Heron flew by at roughly eye level. When it saw me, it clearly kicked in the afterburners. Even so, it was still a relatively slow and majestic flight. At another point along the creek the Blue Jays put up quite an alarm that may have been in response to my presence. As I look up, a Green Heron was flying as quickly as it could to get to a concealed perch in a nearby tree, perhaps in response to the Blue Jay alarms. Once perched, a loud sheoh! confirmed its ID. Having watched the entire landing, I still searched in vain and could not see the heron. Conceding the game, I walked on. About twenty feet down the trail, two sheoh!s announced the heron's launch and I turned around to see it fly away. Finally, in a copse along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, I found a male Indigo Bunting in a significant state of molting, with fully half of its blue plumage irregularly replaced with gray.


Golden Orb Spider

Mallard

Indigo Bunting

Eastern Chipmunk

Juvenile Alder Flycatcher

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Field Sparrow

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

Black-capped Chickadee


33 species


Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  10
Alder Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
House Wren  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  7
Cedar Waxwing  11
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Hooded Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  1
American Goldfinch  5


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