Monday, October 31, 2011

Oatka Creek Park - October 31


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 31, 2011 3:20 PM - 5:26 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy and 53F early afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a quiet evening with the sense that there has been a continuing migration exodus these past couple of nights. In response to some chickadee vocalizations along Warbler Loop near the creek, I started spishing and a Hermit Thrush and a Golden-crowned Kinglet popped up. The latter came within arm's reach to size me up before returning to cover. On the way out I ran into a longtime birder of Oatka and he said that last Friday a Northern Goshawk flew across the trail in front of him as he approached the bridge over the creek.


Hermit Thrush

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Fall Colors

Canada Geese

18 species


Canada Goose  93
Red-tailed Hawk  1     North Road and Union Street, north of Oatka Creek Park
Ring-billed Gull  36
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  40
White-throated Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  11


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Feathers in the Fall - Part 2 • October 29


Here's another batch from Feathers in the Fall!


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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Red-tailed Hawk. This hawk is extremely old for its species. It may end up living to be fifty, which would be highly unlikely in the wild.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Oatka Creek Park • October 30


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 30, 2011 7:56 AM - 10:43 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a bright, sunny, and 30F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The 0.2 mile walk towards the woods netted 18 species, a mark the remainder of the 4.9 mile hike would fail to equal. From the masses of birds flying through the sky, last night's cold, clear weather decidedly triggered a migration event. A flock of 500+ blackbirds passed overhead, and though I played close attention, all I heard were chacks and no other tattletale vocalizations. So, how many were Red-wings, how many were Rusties, and how many were other I couldn't hazard a guess. The Rusty Blackbirds I saw yesterday appeared to have left overnight, as I found none today. On the upside, I had my first Fox Sparrow for the season. Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were in attendance, as was a pair of Eastern Towhees. A quartet of Eastern Bluebirds flew overhead near Warbler Loop. They were probably a migration group for in previous years the overwintering contingent of bluebirds did not arrive until December. Perhaps inspired by Bob Marcotte's recent blog on Winter Wrens, I managed to get a picture of a Winter Wren down by the creek during one of those rare convergences of the bird pausing in clear view and my camera successfully focusing and taking the shot before the wren was off again.


White-breasted Nuthatch

White-tailed Deer

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Frost

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

White-throated Sparrow

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

29 species


Canada Goose  200
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  21
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
American Goldfinch  14
House Sparrow  1


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feathers in the Fall - Part 1 • October 29


Today was the second annual raptor photo shoot held by Braddock Bay Raptor Research. The year is was called "Feathers in the Fall". I took 286 pictures. After going through the first 75, here's the first batch of "keepers"!


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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Oatka Creek Park • October 29


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Oct 29, 2011 8:03 AM - 10:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 32F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. Today was Rusty Blackbird Day with a large migrant flock of blackbirds arriving in the park just as I left my car. I later found them perched in a few adjacent trees in the fields along White Tail Trail. The perched flock consisted of about 23-25 birds (I counted three times) with approximately 15 Rusty Blackbirds and 8 Red-winged Blackbirds. There was also a pair of European Starlings, but I think they were interlopers and not part of the flock, per se. I got several diagnostic pictures as I slowly closed range, but my camera then died, probably due to the condensation that was forming on everything this morning. (It later resumed working once warmed up and dried out.) So, good shots will have to wait for another day. Hopefully, the Rusties will linger for a few days, as they did last year. Otherwise, it was a normal outing with a particularly fun and loudly singing Carolina Wren that cycled through its vocal repertoire as if showing off its mastery of the art form!


Tufted Titmouse. The seed probably came from the feeder on the adjacent private property.

American Goldfinch

These ruins are probably from the gypsum mining days of the late 1800's to early 1900's. I was exploring a new trail for me.

View from the left side of the previous picture

Fall colors. It looks like we are at peak color now.

Rusty Blackbirds

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbirds

European Starlings

Red-winged Blackbird

23 species


Canada Goose  50
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  15
Black-capped Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  14
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
White-throated Sparrow  20
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Rusty Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  5
American Goldfinch  10


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