Orange-crowned warbler (finally)

A cold day for birding, but definitely worth it.  I saw an orange-crowned warbler (life bird), foraging among tufts of grass on the dam with the yellow-rumps and blue birds. This bird presented a beautiful olive-green back, if only because of the way the sun was striking it and my view angle (I was on top of the dam looking down at it).  I clearly saw faint streaking on its sides. It was more drab below but overall, my immediate impression was “what an olive-green bird.” This was one day I wished I had a camera (I’m definitely in the market for one).
Brown creepers showed up again after a hiatus (maybe because I birded very slowly this morning with long stops and gazes and a few new spots). Kinglets put on some good shows, a male sapsucker bounced between two trees (deciding which to pepper with holes?), and a bald eagle flew over W. Chatham street just as I climbed the long hill back to the house.
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    1/3/11
Number of species:    41

Canada Goose    44
Mallard    46
Hooded Merganser    16
Ruddy Duck    4
Great Blue Heron    4
Turkey Vulture    2
Bald Eagle    1    Flyover.
Red-shouldered Hawk    3    One pair perched together.
Killdeer    9
Ring-billed Gull    15
Mourning Dove    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1    Male.
Downy Woodpecker    10
Hairy Woodpecker    1
Northern Flicker    6
Blue Jay    3
American Crow    14
Carolina Chickadee    27
Tufted Titmouse    17
White-breasted Nuthatch    19
Brown-headed Nuthatch    8
Brown Creeper    2
Carolina Wren    33
Golden-crowned Kinglet    5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    5
Eastern Bluebird    17
American Robin    8
Northern Mockingbird    3
Brown Thrasher    1
Orange-crowned Warbler    1    On the dam among a flock of yellow-rumped warblers and blue birds.
Yellow-rumped Warbler    7
Pine Warbler    2
Eastern Towhee    5
Song Sparrow    4
White-throated Sparrow    4
Dark-eyed Junco    19
Northern Cardinal    18
House Finch    18
Pine Siskin    1    Heard from the dam.
American Goldfinch    12


About birdingatbond

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