Friday, September 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • September 25


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 25, 2011 8:53 AM - 11:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 56F late morning birding hike in Oatka today. The walk was quiet with a few interesting pockets of birds. The first mixed flock was along Brown Creeper Trail where a pair of Pine Warblers were moving through the trees with chickadees and catbirds in the general area. A towhee was also calling at this location. Later on along Trout Run Trail by the creek there was a rather large flocks of chickadees and titmice that followed me for over half of the length of the trail. The chickadees were particularly fearless as they routinely approached me to within just a couple feet. This commotion stirred up the other creekside residents, such as Song Sparrows and a Carolina Wren. I eventually saw a Blackpoll Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler following the activity, too. White-breasted Nuthatches were *very* vocal and seemed associated with the flock as well. The fields of the western side of the park were nearly devoid of birdlife, except for the occasional tweak of a woodpecker and call from a jay.


Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker. The gray forehead indicates this is a female. A male's forehead would be red.

Red-bellied Woodpecker sticking its tongue way in to get some goodies.

Eastern Chipmunk that was in the process of filling its cheeks with food when it saw me and hopped up to this perch.

Great Spangled Fritillary that is looking very worn and faded. Note its tongue.

Fringed Gentian

Butter and Eggs

24 species


Canada Goose  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     North Road and Union Street, north of Oatka Creek Park
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Tennessee Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  2


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Oatka Creek Park • September 24


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Sep 24, 2011 3:23 PM - 5:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and 75F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a quiet walk, with only usual species checking in. Solitary Sandpipers continue along the creek, as does an inquisitive Common Yellowthroat that is becoming a fixture near the dam ruins. Towhees called loudly along Warbler Loop, as did a Pileated Woodpecker that could be heard throughout the eastern portion of the park. Chickadees seemed to be accompanied only by titmice tonight. The fields of the western portion of the park were almost devoid of birds of any kind.


New England Aster

New England Aster

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

20 species


Mallard  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  1
American Goldfinch  3


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tirrell Pond • September 23


Tirrell Pond, Hamilton, US-NY
Sep 23, 2011 10:57 AM - 3:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny hike into Tirrell Pond. Bird activity was light, with the chickadees not appearing to be accompanied by any migrants. At one point a pair of White-throated Sparrows responded to my spishing, though there were probably many more of this species throughout the woods as I heard their calls from time to time. Approaching Tirrell Pond a male Black-throated Blue Warbler popped up to inspect our passing, as did a thrush. However, I wasn't able to get a good enough look at the thrush to determine if it was a Hermit or some other kind. On the beach at Tirrell Pond, a kingfisher took umbrage with our arrive and flew away, filling the area with it's rattling call. The hike back out did not produce any new species.


Tirrell Pond

Tirrell Pond

Tirrell Pond


5 species


Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  4
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  2


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hedges • September 22, 23


Hedges, Hamilton, US-NY
Sep 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     It was a cloudy evening with a hint of a sunset. Two Common Loons were preening in the lake while most other birdlife had settled down for the night.




Sunset

1 species


Common Loon  2


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Hedges, Hamilton, US-NY
Sep 23, 2011 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was a foggy morning, though the fog was lifting rapidly. One loon was at a distance, preening, while another was much closer in and actively fishing. The croak of a raven was heard along the shore, but not spotted. The other birds were engaged in their normal morning routines.


Common Loon (closeup of following picture)

Common Loons

Fog over Blue Mountain Lake

Common Loon

Fog over Blue Mountain Lake

Blue Mountain Lake

Closeup of previous picture

9 species


Mallard  1
Common Loon  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Song Sparrow  2
American Goldfinch  1


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Middle Settlement Lake • September 22


Middle Settlement Lake, Herkimer, US-NY
Sep 22, 2011 11:51 AM - 3:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy, rainy, and sunny early afternoon hike. Weather-wise, it was an Adirondack little bit of everything! In addition to the regulars, a brief flock of warblers passed by at one point. A Winter Wren was found appearing to guard a bit of territory, as it was near the same place three hours later on the return trip. At Middle Settlement Lake a Ruffed Grouse flushed in response to our close approach, though we had no idea the bird was there beforehand. On the trip back out, a Hermit Thrush popped up near the end to give us a good look-over before finally returning to cover.


Middle Settlement Lake

Middle Settlement Lake

Middle Settlement Lake

Middle Settlement Lake Lean to

11 species


Ruffed Grouse  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Winter Wren  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
American Goldfinch  1


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hedges • September 22


Hedges, Hamilton, US-NY
Sep 22, 2011 7:51 AM - 8:21 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was a cloudy morning, just minutes before a long rain storm. I was mostly scanning the lake for loons, so the other birds were what sporadically came into my awareness. The most interesting non-loon was the raven, which perched atop a tall tree on one of the small islands in the lake, croaking away. The loon was first spotted fishing at some distance to my right. Many boaters were on the water, but this didn't seem to faze the bird. It worked it's way leftward and ever closer to where I was standing on the dock. I eventually had a couple very close apparitions before it moved on.


Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

7 species


Common Loon  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Song Sparrow  2
American Goldfinch  1


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Hedges • September 21


Hedges, Hamilton, US-NY
Sep 21, 2011 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was a partially sunny sunset while standing on the dock out in the lake. Two loons preened in the water, close together as if they were a unit. Crows carried on in the distance and I heard only once a croak that might have been a raven, though it could have just as easily been a crow. Mallards swam by, looking for handouts, and chickadees called from the trees onshore.


Sunset

Blue Mountain

Mallards

Sunset

4 species


Mallard  3
Common Loon  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2


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Nick's Lake • September 21


Nicks Lake, Herkimer, US-NY
Sep 21, 2011 11:23 AM - 2:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny early afternoon hike around Nick's Lake today. Though generally quiet, there were a few pockets of interesting birds. A Magnolia Warbler appeared in the midst of several chickadees near the beginning. In an area of deciduous trees a White-breasted Nuthatch called out. Later, regions of evergreens hosted several active Red-breasted Nuthatches. A pocket of noisy Golden-crowned Kinglets paralleled the trail for some distance, and I enjoyed following them until I was distracted by a Hermit Thrush that popped up in from of me and permitted a photo-op. A kingfisher flew along the lakeshore at one point and other usual suspects completed the list.









Hermit Thrush

American Bullfrog

13 species

Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  13
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
American Goldfinch  1

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