Monday, May 19, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • May 19

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Clay-colored Sparrow. The Birds of Monroe County, New York Annotated List describes this bird as an "occasional, very rare visitant".

Clay-colored Sparrow. Sibley's Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America states this bird is "uncommon, barely enters our region."

Clay-colored Sparrow. Cornell's Birds of North America says "The Clay-colored Sparrow is a common and widespread breeding bird of dry uncultivated prairie-brush regions of the northern Great Plains."

Clay-colored Sparrow. So, why is this bird in Oatka Creek Park? A good guess is that it got blown off course during migration by the heavy storm front that passed through our area three days ago.

Clay-colored Sparrow. This bird sings incessantly. It is probably looking for a mate, though a second Clay-colored Sparrow has not been spotted in the area yet. Still, there is hope!

Clay-colored Sparrow. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State show three probable and one confirmed nesting location in Monroe County during 2000-2005. Statewide, 69 of 5,279 blocks within New York State had either possible, probable, or confirmed nesting activity for Clay-colored Sparrows.

Clay-colored Sparrow. Videos of this bird can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ox3_TiqcmpU and http://youtu.be/5VVHcrw8khw . The videos have some distortion, but the bird can still be plainly seen and heard singing its buzzy song.

Clay-colored Sparrow. This bird was seen having a brief tussle with a Field Sparrow. The contest ended and the Clay-colored Sparrow resumed singing.

Clay-colored Sparrow. In addition to Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Willow Flycatchers, and other larger birds, e.g., Red-winged Blackbirds, claim Maple Hill within the park as nesting territory.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Eastern Towhee