Friday, January 13, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • January 13

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 13, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
3.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a snowy and windy 26F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. This was during the first significant winter storm of the season for the park. I am always interested to find which birds will be out during such extreme conditions and where they will be found. First, I found five species, which is five species more than I expected! A chickadee was by the parking lot, probably due to the proximity of a backyard feeder station. Cardinals were further down the dirt road in a favorite area of dense cover and good food supply, e.g., grapes, for that species. The Hairy Woodpecker and the Northern Flicker called on separate occasions from the woods along Gypsum Hollow Trail, which is also one of the more densely wooded sections of the park. Finally, after a fruitless excursion along the creekside via Trout Run Trail, a Golden-crowned Kinglet caught my attention with its calls. It was found working the large willow tree at the northern end of the bridge over the creek. It was a nice find to end on.

Black Billed Cuckoo Trail

Brown Creeper Trail Trailhead

Ruins on Brown Creeper Trail

Sapsucker Trail

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Gypsum Hollow Trail

5 species

Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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