Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • January 28


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 28, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
5.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy with intermittent rain and snow 39F hike in Oatka today. It was another quiet midwinter walk, though there were some interesting finds. Actually, things started optimistically with the loud singing of a Carolina Wren as I exited my car in the parking lot. Things would quiet down afterwards. The drumming of a Pileated Woodpecker shattered the silence as I walked along Warbler Loop. Bushwhacking into the deep woods, I found the Pileated, hammering away in a manner that suggested more excavation for food rather than territorial defense. After taking some pictures, I continued my bushwhack towards the creek and discovered some very old trail blazes on the trees. The associated trail seemed long gone. The creek was very high, strong, and turbid. Along the fields of Black Billed Cuckoo Trail I came across a trio of bluebirds feeding on a large bunch of grapes. It may be another indication of the type of winter we've had that there are still copious amounts of fruit in the park. It would be quiet for the remainder of the hike.


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Red Squirrel

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

10 species


Canada Goose  300
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
American Goldfinch  1


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