Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 28


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 28, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly sunny 41F hike in Oatka today. There were distinct signs of the beginnings of spring! Large flocks of robins huddled along the creek and at tops of trees, acting as if unfamiliar with their surroundings. A large flock of Canada Geese arrayed in a broad arc across the sky made its way in the direction of the setting sun. A Yellow-rumped Warbler actually found a few remaining poison ivy berries along the dirt road from the parking lot to the woods. On its breast was a dark patch -- beginnings of a breeding plumage molt? Above the warbler a pair of American Crows perched shoulder-to-shoulder. Finally, as I was packing up my car after the walk a small group of Red-winged Blackbirds flew overhead.


American Crows. Probably a mating pair.

Yellow-rumped Warbler with Poison Ivy berry

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler with Poison Ivy berry

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Canada Geese

17 species


Canada Goose  150
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  7
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 27


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 27, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.6 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a clear and windy 55F hike in Oatka today. The wind was very strong, keeping most birds in hiding. However, there were some new spring migrants in the park today! At the bottom of Warbler Loop I came upon 10+ robins that clearly weren't familiar with the area. They were in the open, feeding in not the most productive area in the park, and seemed to be unsure about the concealment options available in the immediate environment. They looked at me with a kind of puzzled 'What do we do now?' Perhaps it was a last minute refuel before beginning the evening's journeys. At the end of the walk when I was back in the parking lot, the parade of crows back to their winter roosting location in the city was beginning as a loose river formed overhead. Then a flock of Red-winged Blackbird also passed overhead, 'chacking' their flight calls as they went. Perhaps later this week when it is suppose to get warmer I'll hear my first Oatka 'konkeree's of the season.


White-tailed Deer

Downy Woodpecker

American Robins

9 species


Canada Goose  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  16
Tufted Titmouse  1
American Robin  10
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12


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Church Road • February 26


Church Road, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 26, 2012
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was an initially overcast then becoming sunny and clear 30F owl spotting session along Church Road in Hamlin today. The initial overcast conditions seemed to bring the Short-eared Owls out early, as they were fully active over an hour before sunset. Fortunately, the sky cleared and the sun shined for the better part of the last hour of daylight, providing excellent lighting for owl watching. A juvenile Northern Harrier joined in for a while and the Horned Larks near our feet were so persistent with their calls, we simply had to take a break from the air show and look at the ground feeders for a while! The Short-eared Owls would land or perch frequently, providing interesting and contrasting views.


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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

3 species


Northern Harrier  1
Short-eared Owl  5
Horned Lark  2


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 26


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 26, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an alternating cloudy and clear 24F hike in Oatka today. The very beginning of the season change continues to evolve with songs from cardinals and titmice becoming standard in the morning chorus. Woodpecker drumming from a variety of species was also ubiquitous. It was interesting at one point to hear the back and forth drumming of two Pileated Woodpeckers, one off in the woods to the right and the other in the woods to the left. The first grackle of the spring for Oatka announced itself with its squeaky door hinge call. Bluebirds were active throughout the park, and one male was defending one of the nesting boxes and the surrounding area. The creek has risen again, making the water too deep and the current too strong to interest most fishing birds.


Northern Cardinal

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

15 species


Canada Goose  20
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 25


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 25, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an overcast and windy 32F hike in Oatka today. While it was snowing and storming north of the Thruway, south of the Thruway the ground was green and the roads dry. However, the wind was still an issue. Curiously, as I exited my car with my hood up against the elements, I heard the song of a Carolina Wren cutting through the roaring wind with ease. The morning river of crows dispersing from their night roosts was still passing overhead, possibly delayed a few minutes by the snow to the north. There was also a movement of robins, though the numbers were not quite high enough or the activity sufficiently sustained to say 'migratory'.  Today's hardy birds were the Tufted Titmice which seemed dismissive of the strong chilling winds. They frequently perched out in the open to sing and were found foraging in a number of places. By comparison, chickadees were scarce. The attention-getting calls of a Pileated Woodpecker led me to their source and a nice photo-op. Some minor flurries began as I left the last field before heading for the parking lot. Overhead was the interesting sight of a lone Ring-billed Gull making its way against the snow.


Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

White-tailed Deer

16 species


Canada Goose  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  27
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  25
White-throated Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  4


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 23


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 23, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy and windy 44F hike in Oatka today. The walk was quiet, though bird activity seemed to be a bit greater than recently. The most interesting episode was at the entrance of Warbler Loop with a small group of White-throated Sparrows. One or two at a time would pop up to give me a quick glance, grab a couple grapes, and then return to cover. This continued on for a few minutes with each bird taking a turn 'flying into the breech' before disappearing again.


House Finch

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

14 species


Canada Goose  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
American Robin  5
White-throated Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  4
House Finch  2


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 21


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 21, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     It was an overcast, windy, and rain shortened 40F hike in Oatka today. With a storm on the way, bird activity was limited. I found all five resident woodpecker species, something I haven't done lately. A Red-tailed Hawk flew low over Warbler Loop, as if it had been perching before I entered the area. In the heart of Warbler Loop I had an extended 'conversation' with a group of cardinals. I gave whisper spishes and they responded with 'whit!' calls and abbreviated songs. The exchange went back and forth several times.


Northern Cardinal

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

13 species


Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  1
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  2


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • February 20


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 20, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a clear and sunny 40F hike in Oatka today. It was another quiet outing. Bird encounters were sparse and fleeting. Cardinals and titmice were singing at times, and woodpeckers were vigilant with brief alarm calls. The only other observation of interest was that a larger number than normal of squirrels (both red and gray) were found gnawing away on Black Walnuts. It must have been dinner time!


American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel

12 species


Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
American Crow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  3


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Church Road • February 19


Church Road, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 19, 2012
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     It was a partially cloudy 31F owl spotting session along Church Road in Hamlin today. The Short-eared Owls came out around twenty minutes before sunset. Prior to that, the area was devoid of birds except for a couple Red-tailed Hawks, a lone Horned Lark, and a few starlings. The owls put on a nice show, complete with lots of loud 'barking'. There was diffuse sunlight at times for viewing and photography.


Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Red-tailed Hawk

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

3 species


Red-tailed Hawk  2
Short-eared Owl  4
Horned Lark  1


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Oatka Creek Park • February 19


Oatka Creek Park, Monroe, US-NY
Feb 19, 2012
Protocol: Traveling
5.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a mostly cloudy 28F hike in Oatka today. The walk was consumed with more quiet than bird activity, though there were a few fun finds. Along Trout Run Trail I was surprised by a Winter Wren who played an expert game of hide and seek. It would keep up its 'dit-dit' calls until I would finally spot it in the underbrush, at which point it would dart for a new hiding spot and repeat the process. Moments after the game ended, a Carolina Wren began singing from a bit further back into the woods, its song shattering the ambience in no uncertain terms. Many species were singing: Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, and Red-bellied Woodpecker (querr call). The cardinals, titmice, and Red-bellied woodpeckers were definitely establishing territories, with many call-and-answers from other members of their respective species. Finally, the barking calls of Snow Geese could be heard in a low flyover, though I was in dense woodland at the time and couldn't see them to get a count other than to know there were more than one and less than fifty.


Blue Jay

Northern Flicker

Eastern Bluebird

18 species


Snow Goose  2
Ring-billed Gull  16
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  11
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Winter Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  3
White-throated Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  5


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