American Woodcock at Kitt Creek

After learning a lot recently about the Am. woodcock from a talk John Connors gave at Prairie Ridge, I realized that a place I bird at seemed to have all the right habitats in one location. So, I’ve been trying to get up early this week before work and bird in the evening on the way home, too. Today I got lucky. At 6:20am I was in place to hear the peenting and wing twitters of two Am. woodcocks and was able to watch one of them spiral down in front of me and peent from the ground. Gave me goosebumps :0)
A fox emerged from the thicket and was coming toward me when it spied me and reversed its tracks.
Another treat was the sight of all those rusty blackbirds in the dead trees in the swamp. They dropped down to the swamp thicket in small groups and ascended again to their treetop perches. Grackles flew over several times.
DC cormorants have been spectacular this week in their big V formations in the early light as they head east. Today was no different.
I also birded at Beaverdam and in Franklin County. At the swim beach at Beaverdam, I saw two pileateds in the pines.
Eddie Owens
Cary NC
Location:    Kitt Creek lake and wetlands
Observation date:    2/19/11
Number of species:    38

Canada Goose    15
Mallard    8
Hooded Merganser    1
Double-crested Cormorant    57    Flyover
Great Blue Heron    2
American Woodcock    1    Saw 1, heard 2.
Mourning Dove    5
Belted Kingfisher    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    2
Downy Woodpecker    3
Northern Flicker    3
Eastern Phoebe    4
Blue Jay    2
American Crow    7
Fish Crow    1
Carolina Chickadee    2
Tufted Titmouse    3
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Brown-headed Nuthatch    2
Carolina Wren    3
Winter Wren    1
Golden-crowned Kinglet    1
Eastern Bluebird    6
American Robin    1
Northern Mockingbird    2
Yellow-rumped Warbler    14
Pine Warbler    1
Eastern Towhee    2
Field Sparrow    6
Song Sparrow    6
Swamp Sparrow    1
White-throated Sparrow    3
Dark-eyed Junco    2
Northern Cardinal    3
Red-winged Blackbird    1    Female
Rusty Blackbird    116
Common Grackle    289
American Goldfinch    2

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(


About birdingatbond

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