Rose-breasted Grosbeak in a Tulip Poplar

Vim and I birded at the south end of Bond Park today, starting at the Oxford Hunt swimming pool parking lot. A few minutes into it, I heard the chink calls of a rose-breasted grosbeak (it did not register at the time). Then, looking into the tall, blooming tulip poplar beside the tennis courts, I spied that red breast and white belly and black coat. Vim and I listened to the chink calls. I also thought I heard it singing, but softly.

After Vim left, I birded all the way around the lake and enjoyed the crisp, cool, clear air. I was surprised to see a pair of barn swallows working the dam, along with the northern rough-winged swallows over the water and the chimney swallows higher up.

Only 1 black-throated blue warbler today, a much lower count than previous days. A Northern waterthrush rang out its song a couple of times in the bottomlands where the creek goes through, the owl wood, I sometimes call it.

Here’s the complete list. 49 species today:
Location: Bond Park
Observation date: 5/6/11
Number of species: 49

Canada Goose 6
Mallard 7
Great Blue Heron 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3 located an active cavity visible from boardwalk #12.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch 5
Carolina Wren 22
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Parula 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 5
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 in a blooming tulip poplar beside the tennis courts, a stunning male, chink-calling (near Oxford Hunt club house & pool).
Blue Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 11
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 7

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About birdingatbond

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