Yellow and Hooded warblers at the Bog!

Just returned from birding Bond Lake and the adjoining Hoffman Lake area. Counted 51 species between them. Who would have thought that a windy, cloudy, rain-spittin’ morning like this one would be so productive. But the rain held off for the most part, and I got to see a Life Bird (yellow warbler!) and hear another park bird, the hooded warbler (see location info below).
The yellow warbler was stunningly beautiful and equally secretive, embedding itself in a tangle of vines, but visible with patience. The hooded warbler, however, would not be seen. It moved about from bramble to bramble, vocalizing clearly, but never emerging from the ever greening bottomland below bridge #1.
I also heard a FOY Acadian flycatcher but could not locate it. The wood thrush is still in its location behind the bog but I have yet see it, either. No matter. I’d rather hear than see it anyday. What a voice (or should I say voices?)! If you don’t believe me, google Kroodsma + NPR and listen to him play each of the bird’s 2 voice boxes separately and then together. Now that’s harmony!
There are still siskins and waxwings hanging around and a few RC kinglets, though much diminished in numbers.
At Hoffman Lake, a black vulture on the dam was tearing a piece off  some carrion while a red-faced turkey vulture waited in the wings for a turn.
I spied a red fox (north Bond Park), spooked a coyote from its sleeping spot in the bog, and observed the amorous behavior of a pair of painted turtles in the creek. Earlier this week, my brother and I watched a playful beaver swimming and kerplunking near the Bond Lake dam. We also got great binocular looks at a large, slow-flying bat, seeing details of its ears, nose, and wings. I never cease to be amazed at the adaptability of these creatures within this suburban-shaped environment.
Eddie Owens
Cary NC
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    4/16/11
Number of species:    44

Canada Goose    23
Mallard    9
Double-crested Cormorant    3
Great Blue Heron    2
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Mourning Dove    5
Barred Owl    1    heard only.
Chimney Swift    6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird    1    chasing cardinals @ the bog.
Red-bellied Woodpecker    7
Downy Woodpecker    1
Acadian Flycatcher    1    FOY, heard only, near boardwalk #9.
Eastern Phoebe    1
Red-eyed Vireo    1
Blue Jay    5
American Crow    6
Fish Crow    1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow    2
Carolina Chickadee    9
Tufted Titmouse    12
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Carolina Wren    13
House Wren    3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    1
Eastern Bluebird    4
Hermit Thrush    1
Wood Thrush    1    between tennis courts & the bog.
American Robin    17
Gray Catbird    2
Brown Thrasher    1
Northern Parula    1    heard only, east side of Lake Trail.
Yellow Warbler    1    in thick bramble where creek flows out of the bog. Life bird!
Yellow-rumped Warbler    3
Pine Warbler    3
Hooded Warbler    1    Park bird, heard only, several  times near bridge #1.
Eastern Towhee    3
Chipping Sparrow    7
Song Sparrow    2
White-throated Sparrow    11
Northern Cardinal    28
Brown-headed Cowbird    6
House Finch    1
American Goldfinch    2

Location:    Hoffman Lake
Observation date:    4/16/11
Notes:    Windy, cloudy, pending stormy weather.
Number of species:    31

Canada Goose    8
Mallard    8
Double-crested Cormorant    7
Black Vulture    1
Turkey Vulture    1
Red-tailed Hawk    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    1
Northern Flicker    1
Blue Jay    1
American Crow    3
Fish Crow    1
Carolina Chickadee    2
Tufted Titmouse    4
White-breasted Nuthatch    2
Carolina Wren    3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    1
Eastern Bluebird    1
American Robin    5
European Starling    3
Cedar Waxwing    20
Yellow-rumped Warbler    3
Eastern Towhee    3
Chipping Sparrow    1
Song Sparrow    2
White-throated Sparrow    2
Northern Cardinal    4
Brown-headed Cowbird    2
House Finch    2
Pine Siskin    2
American Goldfinch    2

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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