Best one-trip Bond Park total–44 species

Best one-trip Bond Park total. Highlights include:
-RS hawk nest-building (see question re: this below)
-big flock of cedar waxwings in the sycamore trees
-5 different woodpecker species
-1 Am. crow w/ white wing patches
-Hermit thrush
-E. winter wren
-FOY singing brown thrasher
-Pair of b. thrashers nest-building
-Pine siskins working the budding maples
One question about the RS hawk. It flew from one tree to another, then, while perched, it appeared to lose its balance and nearly fall backward. As it was falling backward off the perch, its wings spread & flapped while it maintained grip on the perch and eventually climbed back on it. I assumed it was just clumsy (and maybe that’s all it was). But then several minutes (and birds) later, I watched the hawk fly from the area with a small branch (maybe 1/2″ dia. & 24″ long) in its talons. Which made me wonder (DUMB QUESTION ALERT): When nest-building, do hawks break off dead/dying branches that are still attached to a tree? …or do they only gather branches that are already detached? Just curious if anyone has seen a hawk break off a dead limb for nest-building.
Happy Birding,
Eddie Owens
Cary NC
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    3/5/11
Notes:    Wake
Number of species:    44

Canada Goose    24
Mallard    4
Ruddy Duck    13
Pied-billed Grebe    1
Double-crested Cormorant    14
Great Blue Heron    3
Red-shouldered Hawk    1    nest building
Ring-billed Gull    7
Mourning Dove    5
Belted Kingfisher    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1
Downy Woodpecker    3
Hairy Woodpecker    1
Northern Flicker    4
Blue Jay    5
American Crow    14    1 w/ white patches on secondaries.
Fish Crow    7
Carolina Chickadee    12
Tufted Titmouse    11
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Brown-headed Nuthatch    7
Carolina Wren    13
Winter Wren    1
Eastern Bluebird    4
Hermit Thrush    1
American Robin    27
Northern Mockingbird    3
Brown Thrasher    4    1 singing. 1 pair nest-building in an elaeagnus ebbingei hedge.
European Starling    4
Cedar Waxwing    110    in sycamore trees.
Yellow-rumped Warbler    10
Pine Warbler    7
Eastern Towhee    7
Field Sparrow    1
Song Sparrow    3
White-throated Sparrow    7
Dark-eyed Junco    1
Northern Cardinal    22
Common Grackle    6
Brown-headed Cowbird    1
House Finch    4
Pine Siskin    6
American Goldfinch    23

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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