Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek – October 24, 2021

Leaders (Group 1): Kathy Horn, Janet Crawford

Leaders (Group 2): Roger Horn

Temp: 55° F

Winds:  N 5 mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy

Hermit Thrushes were the new migration arrivals at CHC WMA this morning with several seen or heard on our walk. There are a lot of nervous sparrows there, mostly staying low in the grasses as accipiters threaten from above but we did manage to get good views of several Swamp and Song Sparrows… Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were both present and calling and a late Osprey perched, eating a fish clutched in its claws. A small flock of Eastern Bluebirds flew overhead, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker called a few times but never made an appearance. And of course, there were Yellow-rumps!

Group 1

42 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 2
Mallard 16
Mourning Dove 5
Herring Gull (American) 2
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) 3
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 8
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 18
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Carolina Wren (Northern) 7
European Starling 5
Gray Catbird 7
Northern Mockingbird 3
Eastern Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 28
House Finch 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 7
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 10
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 18
Common Grackle 1
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group) 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 75
Northern Cardinal 3


Group 2

33 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  2
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum)  4
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) (Accipiter striatus [velox Group])  4
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  10
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  21
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  60
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Corthylio calendula)  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  10
Carolina Wren (Northern) (Thryothorus ludovicianus [ludovicianus Group])  9
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  6
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
Hermit Thrush (faxoni/crymophilus) (Catharus guttatus faxoni/crymophilus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  45
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  4
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) (Agelaius phoeniceus [phoeniceus Group])  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  220
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6