Sunday, January 29, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • January 29


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 29, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
5.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an intermittently sunny, cloudy, and snowy 28F hike in Oatka today. Chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches were singing at one point or another, and quite persistently at that. Woodpeckers were in relatively large numbers with the most interesting sighting being a Pileated Woodpecker eating Staghorn Sumac berries. A small group of bluebirds briefly passed in front of me along the dirt road from the parking lot to the woods. As I approached the creek from Warbler Loop, cardinals suddenly went into an alarm status and started pouring out of the shrubbery and tearing off for some supposedly safer location. I never discovered a cause. The creek water continues to rise and be fully opaque due to the fierce current. It may flood Trout Run Trail soon rather than wait for the spring thaw (though, perhaps, there will not be much to thaw this spring). In any event, there were no birds along creek, their needs being, perhaps, better met by more serene bodies of water. Other species were generally fleeting observations.


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

17 species


Canada Goose  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  3
European Starling  21
White-throated Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  11
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  1


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