Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birding at Bob Woodruff Park

We had a nice long weekend this time. Thanks for thanks giving holidays:-) It was a very good break after a very long time. Spent quality time with my family here. Did not do any crazy shopping for Black friday though ;-) Probably should have bought a lens ;-)

I did plan for a birding walk to Bob Woodruff park this time. I checked the weather forecast for Sunday morning and it was good. So decided to head towards the park and check some of our avian friends there.

Reached the park around 8AM. And started from the south end of the park. It was very quite this time around. Last time when I visited this park there was some marathon happening. But this time around there was no such thing and also the number of people jogging/walking were very less. The weather was pleasant for walking though.

Saw lot of White-throated Sparrows during the walk. Also ever present were the Cardinals and woodpeckers. I definitely see the difference in the number of woodpeckers we see here and back in India. In city parks we hardly see any wood peckers. They are usually seen in the outskirts and in wooded areas. Here in almost every park I see woodpeckers, its amazing.

Downy Woodpecker

White-throated Sparrow

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Also number of Ruby-crowned kinglets were seen during the day.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Near the parking area of the park I saw couple of hawks sitting and watching over the area. Probably scanning for their morning meal. Looked like Red tailed hawks, I did not disturb them and they stayed perched there. So had no chance of seeing its distinct red tail while flying, hope it got its morning meal:-) Lot of Grackles can be seen near the lake here.

Red-tailed Hawks?

Great-tailed Grackle

In the lake I saw some Mallards, Ring Billed Gulls and American coots. I saw some people trying to feed the birds here. The coots were being aggressive with Gulls and chasing them away from the food.

Ring-billed Gulls

American Coot

As I walked along the trail at one place I saw lot of birds. There were Yellow Rumped warblers, Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, Waxwings and also some Finches close by. Also a Flicker made a visit to the tree.

Eastern Bluebird

Cedar Waxwing

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch(Female)

American Goldfinch

But I did see one interesting bird there. It looked and sounded like a Warbler but not sure of the ID. It was the most beautiful of warblers I have seen till now :-)


Also saw White breasted nuthatches and tree creepers during the walk. Tufted titmouses and Chickadees too.

Tufted titmouses

White-breasted nuthtach

Also saw 3 pied billed grebes in Oak Point park lake.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Pied-billed Grebe

Saw some sparrows too but not sure if they are Savannah or Song Sparrows.

Savannah Sparrow?

White-throated Sparrow



In the stream I saw lot of waste bottles and bags which was a sad sight. I hope we take better care of our surroundings.

List of bird seen during the day.
  1. Mallard  
  2. Pied-billed Grebe  
  3. Double-crested Cormorant  
  4. Great Blue Heron  
  5. Black Vulture  
  6. Red-tailed Hawk  
  7. American Coot  
  8. Ring-billed Gull  
  9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  
  10. White-winged Dove  
  11. Mourning Dove  
  12. Red-bellied Woodpecker  
  13. Downy Woodpecker  
  14. Northern Flicker  
  15. Eastern Phoebe  
  16. Blue Jay  
  17. Carolina Chickadee  
  18. Tufted Titmouse  
  19. White-breasted Nuthatch  
  20. Brown Creeper  
  21. Carolina Wren  
  22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
  23. Eastern Bluebird  
  24. American Robin  
  25. Northern Mockingbird  
  26. European Starling  
  27. Cedar Wawing  
  28. Yellow-rumped Warbler  
  29. White-throated Sparrow  
  30. Dark-eyed Junco  
  31. Northern Cardinal  
  32. Red-winged Blackbird  
  33. Great-tailed Grackle  
  34. House Finch  
  35. American Goldfinch