Friday, January 27, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • January 27

Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 27, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an overcast with intermittent rain and snow 36F hike in Oatka today. A White-breasted Nuthatch greeted me at the entrance to the woods and a Pileated Woodpecker was already making its territorial calls before turning in for the evening. The walk was mostly devoid of birds except for a few isolated pockets: cardinals in Warblers Loop, chickadees in two or three places and the occasional squeal of a Northern Flicker. The creek was very high and current very strong. All the swampy areas I came across appeared to be near maximum water capacity, and the base of Maple Hill was under water in places. The tiny waterfall along Brown Thrasher Trail was at full volume and strength. These are all in stark contrast to last year when most of the water was bound up in the snowpack.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Northern Cardinal

Small Waterfall along Brown Thrasher Trail

9 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3
House Sparrow  1

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