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

Species Count
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Mourning Dove 9
Herring Gull (American) 1
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) 2
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Bald Eagle 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 5
European Starling 10
Gray Catbird 10
Brown Thrasher 3
American Robin 2
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 4
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group) 2
Northern Parula 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Northern Cardinal 5


Savannah Sparrow photo by Roger Horn

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo by Roger Horn