Swainson’s Thrush @ Bond Park

I birded from 7-10am today, before the rains hit. We’ve been in a rather tropical pattern for several days. It’s beginning to feel like a rain forest around here. But we’ve needed it.

When I arrived at the parking lot, a yellow warbler was singing and bouncing around inside the leafy branches of several elms just to the left of the Oxford Hunt club house. In the same clump of trees were a Northern parula and a female black-throated blue warbler. Nice finds just 20 feet from the car.

The big treat was a singing Swainson’s Thrush, which I sighted on the western side of the Lake Trail very near bridge # 17. It was my first time sighting this thrush, although I’d heard it several times on various trips elsewhere. What an other-worldly sound.

50 species today, including my first wood duck at the park. It swam in tandem with a mallard, and called out its unique vocalization. Otherwise, I would never have trained my binoculars on the pair.

Location: Bond Park
Observation date: 5/14/11
Number of species: 50

Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 1 male.
Mallard 22
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 23
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown-headed Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 18
House Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Eastern Bluebird 5
Swainson’s Thrush 1 west side of Lake Trail at bridge 17 (saw & heard).
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Parula 2 males.
Yellow Warbler 1 male singing in elms beside club house, Oxford Hunt swim pool parking lot.
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 females
Pine Warbler 6
American Redstart 2
Common Yellowthroat 6 2 females.
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 27
Blue Grosbeak 1 male.
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 4


About birdingatbond

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