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

Species Count
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 18
dabbling duck sp. 4
Hooded Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Herring Gull (American) 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 4
European Starling 12
Brown Thrasher 2
American Robin 72
Purple Finch 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 19
Common Grackle 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Northern Cardinal 6


Wood Duck with Mallards photo by Roger Horn

Wood Duck photo by Roger Horn