Craighead Forest Park 4/15/2009

I took Wednesday off today and went to Craighead Forest Park. I made the mistake of leaving later than I should have and didn’t get there until 9 AM, two hours after sunrise. The birding was slower than I expected, perhaps that was why. I walked the area for 3 hours, leaving at noon, getting a morning’s tally of 32 species. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a Winter Wren although it was not truly notable, just unexpected. What’s interesting is I’m learning that not all exotic and mysterious sounding birds are warblers, listen to a Brown-headed Cowbird or a Field Sparrow some time.

Species seen or heard:

  • Canada Goose
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Killdeer
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Carolina Wren
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • European Starling
  • Pine Warbler
  • Mourning Dove
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Crow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Winter Wren
  • Blue Jay
  • Field Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green Heron
  • Eastern Wood-pewee
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Fish Crow

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