Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 30

Gray Catbird

Maple Hill color watch

Maple Hill. This was taken on a different part of the hill to highlight the livestock barn on the right.

Fringed Gentian

Fringed Gentian. Most of the blooms are now finished, but there are few providing a final show.

Great Blue Heron

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 29

Field Sparrow

Maple Hill color watch

Fringed Gentian

Lincoln's Sparrow. These birds are not named after the president, but a young man who collected the first specimens when this species was first discovered.

Lincoln's Sparrow. These are migrants in our region. They nest in Canada and spend the winter in Florida.

Lincoln's Sparrow. These birds are often confused for Song Sparrows. However, the Lincoln's have finer streaks on the breast and buff colored areas on the face and upper breast.

Lincoln's Sparrow

Belted Kingfisher

Solitary Sandpiper

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 28

Eastern Towhee

Maple Hill color watch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Fringed Gentian

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Blackpoll Warbler twisting to grab a snack!

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler. Note the yellow feet!

Cedar Waxwing. This is a juvenile.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 27

Red-winged Blackbird. One of the very large flock (50+) that has been in the park the past couple of days. Migration event!

Field Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird. The bluebirds have been camping out on Maple Hill of late.

Maple Hill color watch

Maple Hill color watch. The deep yellows and oranges are becoming impressive and captivating. The picture does not capture the deep sense of transition that was palpable this morning.

Fringed Gentian. These flowers are almost done now. Pretty soon it will goodbye until another two-three years when they may bloom again.

Purple Finch. Suddenly I heard a flock of vireos around me. But vireos don't flock like that! Looking up is was a flock of Purple Finches singing their vireo-like song.

Purple Finch. Oh, I hear you. I get those headaches, too!

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Solitary Sandpiper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet with a fresh snack!

Banding Report!

Double-crested Cormorant. On August 26, 2012, while kayaking in Irondequoit Bay, I took this picture of a banded Double-crested Cormorant. I made out the band number of 112 and reported it. Yesterday, I received this:


Cool, huh? 😃

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 26

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Maple Hill color watch

Fringed Gentian

Black-throated Green Warbler. It's very tough to get good warbler pictures this time of year!

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper. Got to keep an eye out for those predators!

Spotted Sandpiper

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • September 25

Eastern Phoebe

Maple Hill color watch

Fringed Gentian

Song Sparrow

Spotted Sandpiper

Great Blue Heron

Belted Kingfisher

Solitary Sandpiper