Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 31


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 31, 2011 8:02 AM - 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.4 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly overcast 40F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The morning felt warm and the birds were very vocal with abbreviated songs from cardinals as well as robins, titmice, and chickadees.  Starlings and robins filled the airspace and a number of prominent perches throughout the park. Titmice could be heard everywhere, too, with 'Here! Here!' being their most common report. The Winter Wren toyed with me along the creek, circling me at one point, with a path maybe fifteen feet in diameter. It would pop up into the open on an exposed branch, 'dit-dit'ing while I desperately tried to bring my camera to bear, only to have it move the instant my finger was pressing the shutter button. This repeated three times before it completed the circle and left the area.  I took solace, however, when I ran into a vibrant mixed flock of birds about fifteen minutes later. Sensing such a flurry must include a Brown Creeper, I quickly found the creeper and got a few pictures before it moved on with the flock. Interestingly, the creeper moved *down* the trunk again a bit, though this time I realized it wanted to explore a large branch protruding from the trunk and that this was probably simply a mechanical necessity. Still, its moving silhouette momentarily took on the spitting image of a nuthatch as it repositioned itself.


White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

American Red Squirrel

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

23 species


Canada Goose  80
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  30
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  30
European Starling  150
White-throated Sparrow  11
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  7
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  1


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 30


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 30, 2011 8:15 AM - 10:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an overcast 37F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a moderately birdy day without surprises. Starlings and robins were active today, filling the airspace with flocks moving hither and yon. Tufted Titmice were everywhere while Black-capped Chickadees were relatively scarce. Cardinals were singing, possibly inspired by the warm temperature. Finally, woodpeckers were plentiful with Downies, Red-bellies, and flickers seeming to be in any direction one might look or listen.


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-tailed Deer

Downy Woodpecker

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-breasted Nuthatch

20 species


Canada Goose  15
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  50
European Starling  200
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  6
American Goldfinch  2


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 29


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 29, 2011 8:21 AM - 10:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly overcast 17F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. There was not a hint of breeze this morning, so the cold temperature was not as uncomfortable as it might have been. I made an interesting find as I walked down the dirt road towards the woods when I first heard then saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It was making a breakfast of poison ivy berries. Two hours later when I returned back down the dirt road, it was still in the same general area. A trio of Eastern Bluebirds were down by the creek and gave me several good looks and photo-ops. The blue of their plumage was almost eye cramping in colorfulness compared to the snow covered terrain around them. The remainder of the encounters were typical ones with woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, and other common winter residents.


White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird. Note the detail in its feathers.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird. This bird was standing guard and keeping an eye on me while two other bluebirds were on the ground foraging for food.


Downy Woodpecker

16 species


Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  12
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  4


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 28


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 28, 2011 8:09 AM - 10:16 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a snowy and windy 25F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. Though the elements seemed to have most birds in hiding, a number of species were undeterred from routine activities. Befitting the conditions, I avoided spishing or making other kinds of disturbances other than my footfalls in the soft snow. The Northern Flickers won the daily award for almost total disregard for the weather, calling and patrolling the woods in thoroughly typical manners. Chickadees were abundant and there was a tiny uptick in Golden-crowned Kinglets. One male kinglet with a flaming orange crown was spotted which made for a startling contrast with the surrounding drab and gloom. A Pileated Woodpecker flew in a slow and stately manner over the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail, calling all the while. Finally, a female Red-bellied Woodpecker prevented a shutout of that species by appearing in a tree by the parking lot as I was packing up to leave.


Lower Soccer Field

Gypsum Mining Hollow

Along Trout Run Trail

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

14 species


Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  2
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
American Robin  11
European Starling  7
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 27


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 27, 2011 8:10 AM - 10:29 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an overcast 32F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. It was a very quiet morning, despite the length of the checklist. The most interesting find was the continuing Winter Wren along the creek. It was also a good day for chickadees. Curiously, when I check my records of Oatka I have to go back to December 29 of last year to equal today's count. Canada geese were active today, and it was a moderately good day for woodpeckers. Everything else seemed more interested in staying in deep cover and undetected.


Golden-crowned Kinglet

20 species


Canada Goose  100
Mallard  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1     North Road at Union Street
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  19
Black-capped Chickadee  22
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  4
White-throated Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  6
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 26


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 26, 2011 8:02 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly overcast 35F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The gloomy conditions seemed to embolden the bird population and while the numbers of individuals were low, the species count was a bit higher than recently. My best find was a Great Blue Heron in the creek. I encountered it at range as I walked along Trout Run Trail. No matter how carefully I moved, though, it would not let me close the distance or get a lasting look, except as it flew away just above the water, around the bend, and out of sight. Twice. Spishing in the heart of a quiet Warbler Loop popped up an American Tree Sparrow for a few moments. A Pileated Woodpecker decided the grapes over Black Billed Cuckoo Trail near the intersection with Bluebird Trail were worth putting up with my camera and a few nearby dogs and their walkers. As I was finishing up along White Tail Trail in the woods behind the lodge, the silent was broken by the calls of a Brown Creeper. As I happily snapped away with my camera, a second creeper obligingly entered the field of view, giving me pictures of both birds at once.


Dark-eyed Junco with Poison Ivy Berries

Dark-eyed Junco with Poison Ivy Berries

White-tailed Deer

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Brown Creepers

Brown Creeper

23 species


Canada Goose  55
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Union Street near North Road
Ring-billed Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
Brown Creeper  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  30
European Starling  7
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2


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Oatka Creek Park • December 25


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 25, 2011 8:07 AM - 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny 33F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. The skies were overcast at the start, though they slowly cleared and the second half of the walk was under mostly sunny conditions. It was a quiet morning, possibly due to the slightly breezy conditions. The crows were mobbing something south of the creek as I walked the trail on the northern side. Woodpecker numbers were low, though cardinal numbers seemed to be high. The best encounter was with a small flock of bluebirds that were investigating tree cavities in a copse set back from Black Billed Cuckoo Trail. As I was looking directly in the direction of the sun, I had to shoot blind and just hope I would get some reasonable pictures. Fortunately, I had luck in that regard. That was it apart from exchanging Merry Christmas's with the dog walkers.


Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

17 species


Mallard  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Union Street by North Road
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  14
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  6
European Starling  3
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  7
American Goldfinch  1


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • December 24


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Dec 24, 2011 8:11 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.4 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a partially sunny 22F early morning birding hike in Oatka today. Cold but sunny conditions made today's walk more pleasant than one might have expected. Yesterday's slippery mud was frozen solid today, producing a loud crunch with each step that thwarted any attempt to move silently among the wildlife. While mapping out a new trail (for me) near the Union Street bridge and investigating the associated ruins, a Carolina Wren popped out of the stonework, gave me a few nervous looks and then took off. Investigations complete, my return trip down Trout Run Trail produced the first Winter Wren I've had in over a week. A Hermit Thrush called from the middle of Warbler Loop and woodpeckers were fairly numerous. A number of species were singing today (White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, and White-throated Sparrow), though the songs were abbreviations of the spring versions.


White-tailed Deer

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Cedar Waxwing

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

White-throated Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker with Poison Ivy Berries

21 species


Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  11
European Starling  30
Cedar Waxwing  10
White-throated Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  7


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