Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bell’s Bend Park
Davidson County
Oct. 26, 2013

This frosty morning, seventeen birders, including some new members, braved the cold for the October NTOS field trip to Bells Bend. A couple of birders in the group got "lifebirds", and that's always exciting--even for those who have already seen the species! The trees around the Outdoor Center yielded dozens (or should I say HUNDREDS) of Yellow-rumped Warblers and American Robins. A Lincoln's Sparrow gave somewhat nice views for a few and even sang its warbling song briefly. Towards the end of the trip, a Sharp-shinned Hawk dashed in front of us and glided at a quite high altitude. Two other notable species were a Green Heron and a Barn Swallow which seemed to be a little late despite the weather. Overall, a pretty decent day.  The complete list is as follows:

44 species

waterfowl sp.-8
Great Blue Heron-1
Green Heron-1
Black Vulture-11
Turkey Vulture-9
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
Red-tailed Hawk-1
American Kestrel-1
Red-bellied Woodpecker-4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-3
Downy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-7
Eastern Phoebe-1
Blue Jay-12
American Crow-3
Barn Swallow-1
Carolina Chickadee-x (heard)
Tufted Titmouse-x (heard)
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Carolina Wren-2
House Wren-2
Marsh Wren-1
Golden-crowned Kinglet-3
Eastern Bluebird-13
Hermit Thrush-x (heard)
American Robin-200
Northern Mockingbird-4
Brown Thrasher-2
European Starling-1
Cedar Waxwing-x (heard)
Yellow-rumped Warbler-40
Eastern Towhee-6
Chipping Sparrow-2
Field Sparrow-17
Song Sparrow-29
Lincoln's Sparrow-1
Swamp Sparrow-23
White-throated Sparrow-14
Northern Cardinal-5
Red-winged Blackbird-2
Common Grackle-10
House Finch-2
American Goldfinch-7

Chloe Walker

Great sparrow habitat - photo by Mary Zimmerman