Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek – October 10, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford

Temp: 70° F

Winds:  NE 15-20 mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy

Despite a stiff breeze and overcast skies, the birding was good at CHC WMA today. A Savannah Sparrow, perhaps exhausted from its nocturnal flight, perched on a grass stalk, allowing us to study all its field marks. A Belted Kingfisher dove repeatedly in front of us, carrying off its fish as we watched. We were alerted to the presence of a mixed feeding flock by the high-pitched call of a Brown Creeper. And a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, feeding busily on a snag, was suddenly still as a Coopers Hawk flew in, landing beside it. We could still see the sapsucker in the scope, but we weren’t sure if the hawk even knew it was there.

34 species

Pied-billed Grebe1
Mourning Dove9
Herring Gull (American)1
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue)1
Turkey Vulture2
Osprey (carolinensis)2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern)2
Cooper’s Hawk1
Accipiter sp.1
Bald Eagle1
Belted Kingfisher1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker1
Red-bellied Woodpecker4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)5
Blue Jay9
American Crow2
Carolina Chickadee2
Tufted Titmouse3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet3
Golden-crowned Kinglet3
Brown Creeper1
Carolina Wren (Northern)5
European Starling10
Gray Catbird10
Brown Thrasher3
American Robin2
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)1
Swamp Sparrow2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)4
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)2
Northern Parula2
Blackpoll Warbler2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)8
Northern Cardinal5


Savannah Sparrow photo by Roger Horn

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo by Roger Horn

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