Raptors and waxwings

The New Year started out with a large flock of cedar waxwings feeding on the photonias in a neighbor’s yard at the start of our walk. Then it turned into a raptors fest. Michael, Chip, and I sighted 3 RS hawks and 2 barred owls. One of the RS hawks was feeding on a bird about 45 feet up on a pine bough, feathers floating down. The E. winter wren broke out into a short snippet of its song along the creek near bridge #11 (I saw the wren yesterday at bridge #9). Two DC cormorants have returned now that the ice on the lake has melted. And we got very close looks at a golden-crowned kinglet as we ended our walk.

We met Keith birding (in the opposite direction) on the dam and then later at the 2nd barred owl location. Nice to meet you, Keith (let’s go birding sometime).

Number of species: 39

Canada Goose 30

Mallard 41

Hooded Merganser 20

Ruddy Duck 1

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Great Blue Heron 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

Ring-billed Gull 16

Mourning Dove 2

Barred Owl 2

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 10

Downy Woodpecker 10

Northern Flicker 2

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 11

Fish Crow 4

Carolina Chickadee 11

Tufted Titmouse 16

White-breasted Nuthatch 8

Brown-headed Nuthatch 9

Carolina Wren 17

Winter Wren (Eastern) 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Eastern Bluebird 7

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 30

Cedar Waxwing 50

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

Pine Warbler 2

Eastern Towhee 3

Chipping Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 5

Dark-eyed Junco 8

Northern Cardinal 14

House Finch 13

American Goldfinch 5


About birdingatbond

I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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