Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek – November 7, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 44° F

Winds:  NNE 9 mph

Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy

The action was on the big pond at the far side of CHC WMA this morning. Scanning through a group of Mallards, one duck just didn’t fit in. It was a gorgeous male Wood Duck, swimming with the flock and seemingly unperturbed by our presence. Nearby a first-of-season male Hooded Merganser was feeding, along with a Pied-billed Grebe. We also had a single female Purple Finch feeding in a cedar along with many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

31 species

Wood Duck1
dabbling duck sp.4
Hooded Merganser1
Pied-billed Grebe1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)1
Mourning Dove1
Herring Gull (American)3
Double-crested Cormorant3
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue)1
Turkey Vulture1
Sharp-shinned Hawk1
Cooper’s Hawk1
Red-bellied Woodpecker5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)5
Blue Jay6
Carolina Chickadee3
Tufted Titmouse4
Golden-crowned Kinglet1
Carolina Wren (Northern)4
European Starling12
Brown Thrasher2
American Robin72
Purple Finch1
White-throated Sparrow3
Song Sparrow4
Swamp Sparrow3
Eastern Towhee1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)19
Common Grackle10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)8
Northern Cardinal6


Wood Duck with Mallards photo by Roger Horn

Wood Duck photo by Roger Horn