Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • January 22

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 22, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
5.3 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly clear and sunny 11F hike in Oatka today. Treetops were in high demand today as many of them were populated with birds warming in the light of the rising sun. Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and cardinals were singing at one point or another. The best encounter was along the creek. I had been forming a hypothesis that the wren population (Winter and Carolina) were gone from the park for the balance of the harsh winter weather. Lost in such thoughts, I was jolted when a Winter Wren popped up probably only six feet away and *exploded* in my ear with the loudest 'dit-dit's I've ever heard! Not seeing the bird right away for it was directly in the direction of the sun, I thought it must be an odd woodpecker call for it seemed just too loud. Finally, I spotted the wren as it dove for the cover of a pile of logs. After a few more fleeting glimpses it was gone for good. Earlier in the hike I had a nice photo op of a Pileated Woodpecker excavating a tree in search of food. On the way back to the parking lot at the end, I spotted two American Tree Sparrows in the narrow hedgerow along the dirt road.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Tufted Titmouse

Northern Cardinal

American Tree Sparrow

19 species

Mallard  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  3
American Tree Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  2

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