Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 30


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 30, 2011 2:45 PM - 4:46 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and snowy 37F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. Halfway through the hike the wintery precipitation stopped and the skies partially cleared. No accumulation formed. The park was quiet with woodpeckers and White-throated Sparrows being the only species in relative abundance. Rather than the warmer and more sheltered creek region, during the bad weather the birds seemed to prefer the deep woods. At least, that is where I found most of them.


White-tailed Deer

Mallards

Along Black Billed Cuckoo Trail

Old Burrell Road

11 species


Mallard  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
White-throated Sparrow  11
Northern Cardinal  6
American Goldfinch  1


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ontario Beach Park • November 29


Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 29, 2011 12:15 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 51F noontime walk through Ontario Beach Park today. The rain would begin by the end of the walk, but there was a sufficient amount of dry weather to find a Snowy Owl atop one of the exhaust vents on the roof of one of the apartment building east of the Coast Guard station near the base of Summerville Pier. Actually, the view from Charlotte Pier was better (unobstructed) than from Summerville Pier (obstructed by the building roof edge. I got some diagnostic shots and called it an outing as the raindrops began to fall.


Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

1 species


Snowy Owl  1


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 28


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 28, 2011 3:10 PM - 4:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy, gloomy, and 45F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a very quiet afternoon with precious little bird activity. There were some highlights, however. As I approached the bridge over the creek, a noisy Belted Kingfisher started rattling and flying back and forth across the creek from perch to perch. It pretty much rattled nonstop as I walked down the side of the creek, regardless of whether I froze and hid, or not. At the far end of the trail, a Great Blue Heron flushed before I knew it was there. It was a good night for Golden-crowned Kinglets, as the overall quiet made their vocalizations stand out loud and clear. The other species on the list were mostly brief vocalizations or sightings.


Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

17 species


Great Blue Heron  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  60
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
White-throated Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  1


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Ontario Beach Park • November 28


Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 28, 2011 12:29 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     It was a profoundly cloudy and 44F noontime walk through Ontario Beach Park today. A colleague from work and I took a quick spin through the park over the lunch hour to look for Snowy Owls. Starting at Charlotte Pier and working our way west, we finally found a Snowy Owl atop the bath house at the western edge of the park. It alternated between alertly scanning the area with a nearly full 360 degree swivel of its head, and closing its eyes and catching a few winks from our perspective. After taking several pictures, we moved back eastward through the park for one more scan. No more owls were found, but we did come upon a nearly eye level Cooper's Hawk that was in the process of eating a fresh kill, bright blood on its bill. We backed off far enough for the hawk to resume its meal, took a few pictures and left, calling is a very successful lunch break!


Snowy Owl (please look my way ...)

Snowy Owl (thank you!)

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

2 species


Cooper's Hawk  1
Snowy Owl  1


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 27


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 27, 2011 8:13 AM - 10:26 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 54F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a very seasonably warm morning, befitting more of an early spring than a late autumn. Many of the park denizens agreed, as there were occasional vocalizations from spring peepers and other frogs, small rodents running everywhere, and the drumming of Pileated Woodpeckers. The latter initiated a territorial contest between two Pileateds as the drumming of one was answered by a streaking approach of another from an adjacent field and a subsequent dust up of sorts. As I entered the woods at the beginning, crows were very active in a fuzzy middle ground between social interaction and predator mobbing. I eventually concluded it was the former after long minutes of observation. Large portions of the hike were stone silent, leaving one with impression of having to look under every rock and in every crevice for birds. Still, they were there! An American Tree Sparrow was found in the company of juncos; I've yet to see more than one tree sparrow at a time in the park this season. The Winter Wren is continuing to hold its territory along the creek and woodpeckers continue to be the most evident and consistent birds in the park.


White-breasted Nuthatch

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch

26 species


Canada Goose  15
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  5
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  6


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Summerville Pier • November 26


Summerville Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 26, 2011 1:48 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     It was cloudy and 57F early afternoon on Charlotte and Summerville Piers by Ontario Beach Park today. A Snowy Owl was perched on the corner of a Coast Guard building at the base of Summerville Pier. There were many birders and photographers present, as well as Snowy Watch expert Tom McDonald. Mary Flood and I were able to walk behind the station and get a few pictures without the owl showing the least concern. (In fact, after an initial glance at us, all I got was mostly pictures of the back of its head.)


Snowy Owl atop Coast Guard building, as seen from Charlotte Pier

Snowy Owl

Red-breasted Merganser

Snowy Owl by the Coast Guard building at the base of Summerville Pier

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Female White-winged Scoter

1 species


Snowy Owl  1


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Oatka Creek Park • November 26


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 26, 2011 8:02 AM - 10:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 47F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The sun threatened to break through from time to time, but never really made it. Befitting a cloudy morning, the bird activity picked up a bit compared to the past few days. I heard a bluebird as soon as I exited the car upon arrival. The woods of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, which during the winter I call Pileated Woodpecker Woods, produced the far off call of a Pileated Woodpecker. As I was annotating the observation, I noticed some nearby heavy tapping. I looked up and there was a second Pileated, under my nose, so to speak. The two birds briefly exchanged calls and the nearby bird returned to feeding, as it seemed to have found a productive cache of insects. Cardinals were everywhere along Warbler Loop, as were White-throated Sparrows. Along the creek, I ran into a good-sized mixed flock with quite a number of species. As the flock seemed to materialize around me, a very annoying squirrel started chattering and scolding in my ear. However, when I looked up, it wasn't a squirrel, but a Winter Wren. The smallest birds can make the loudest noises! Finally, the wren settled down into more standard two-note calls. On the way back down the dirt road at the end of the walk, I spotted a Northern Mockingbird enjoying the grapes in the bordering vines. It played peek-a-boo in the dense tangle for a while, but finally popped into the open for some nice pictures.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Winter Wren

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird


24 species


Great Blue Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  9
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
White-throated Sparrow  13
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  6
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  1


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 25


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 25, 2011 8:04 AM - 10:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny and 42F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a somewhat quiet birding morning with a few exceptions. The best highlight was at the end as I walked down the dirt road to the parking lot. A fair number of Eastern Bluebirds suddenly showed up and filled the air with their 'turalee' calls as they moved about the trees overhanging the road. Looks like the park's winter population has, indeed, arrived.  At the beginning of the outing, a Brown Creeper greeted me as I first entered the woods. Another interesting event has spishing up a Purple Finch from the middle of Warbler Loop. Finally, a Winter Wren, once again, beat me hands down in a game of hide-and-seek along Oatka Creek. The protracted contest left me feeling humbled.


White-tailed Deer. This deer stayed lying down and hidden in the undergrowth until I passed, at which point it bolted.


Female Purple Finch

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird. I did not notice until after I looked at the pictures at home that there was also a House Sparrow on the same tree as this bluebird. Apparently, the bluebird eventually drove off the House Sparrow. I don't know why it would be carrying whatever is in its bill.


24 species


Canada Goose  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  7


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • November 24


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 24, 2011 7:57 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a sunny and clear, 38F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The park was rapidly warming and melting from last night's hard frost as I exited my car. It was a good morning for birding. After filtering out the Mourning Doves, crows, and titmice, I noticed the flight calls of Eastern Bluebirds along the east border of the parking lot. The grapes were extremely popular today as I saw sparrows, cardinals, and starlings enjoying the bounty throughout the park. No doubt other species did, too. I found a Pileated Woodpecker in the woods south of the creek very intent on excavating a particular tree. Such focus permitted me to get great pictures. I would later find the same bird directly across the creek on the north bank, again lost in heavy industry. When it called, I could hear answering calls from a distant Pileated. A Carolina Wren erupted into song along the creekside, making me note that I also heard songs this morning from Tufted Titmice and White-throated Sparrows. I found my first American Tree Sparrow of the season for the park along Bluebird Trail, complete with jingling calls. Back at the parking lot there was drama in the air over the adjacent private property. I kept hearing the calls from an unseen Red-tailed Hawk, but was wary of jay imitations. However, crows were gathering at the source of the call, which led to a flushing and chase of a É Sharp-shinned Hawk. After that raptor was run out of the town, the commotion returned to a new crescendo. Suddenly, the Red-tailed Hawk was flushed from that same area and similarly harried until it finally left the area, though at a dignified pace compared to the flat out retreat of the Sharpie.


American Crow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

White-throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker. Note how everything from the neck down is perfectly still.

Pileated Woodpecker

27 species


Canada Goose  50
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  5
European Starling  7
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  17
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  3


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