Monday, March 20, 2017

Birding at White Rock Lake

After a long time went to White Rock lake for birding. The best place to see the wintering ducks :-)

I reached a little early and went for walk. The weather was really good for trail walks today. I went to Spillway area of White Rock Lake. Wanted to check the ducks and Gulls near the spillway. Since I arrived a little early there were no Gulls but I did see some Gadwall's, Blue-winged Teals, Mallards and Least Sandpipers near the spillway. I also saw lot of Coots near the spillway and a lone Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer as well.

Blue-winged Teal


Spotted Sandpiper

Red Admiral
I had ebird reports about White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos and Thrushes in the same area. So I started walking the trails. I did see lot of Yellow-Rumped Warblers, White-Throated Sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I also saw an orange-crowned Warbler and few White-eyed Vireos in the trail. I also saw Monk Parakeets and an American Kestrel which was too close to the Monk Parakeets roosting place. You could hear their calls a lot on the trails. And in one of the ponds I saw few Wood Ducks too.

White-eyed Vireo

Wood Duck

White-Throated Sparrow
After walking the trails in Spillway area decided to try my luck with American Black Duck which was reported at Winfrey point. I started the drive on Lawther drive, I wanted to see if I can see the Rudy ducks. I always see them on this drive hence wanted to see if they were still here. After reaching the Winfrey point, at the top I saw there were lot of Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Blackbirds and Mockingbirds there. I headed towards the lake to try my luck with the Black duck. I also saw there were lot of people looking for this duck. But no one had any luck with the same. I did check the NARBA report to see when was the last sighting of this duck and it was on March 17'th. I did not have much expectations but anyways wanted to try my luck. I did not get to see the duck though.

Anyways during the walk I saw lot of Mallards, Coots and Pelicans here. There were some Ring-billed Gulls and Terns flying over the lake. I also saw few Pied Grebes, Blue-winged Teals, Northern Shovelers and long Wigeon too. There were lot of Grackles and Red-winged blackbirds too. There were some White-throated sparrows and Savannah sparrows too.

Red-winged Blackbird

Chloe Wigeon(exotic)

Pied-billed Grebe

Savannah Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-eared Slider
I did walk the trail to see if I could see other birds and I did get to see lot more sparrows, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a lone Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. After this I head back home with another satisfactory day of birding. I started late this season but it has been good couple of weeks :-)

Painted Lady

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

ebird report :

List of birds seen during the day.

1 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
3 Gadwall 
4 Mallard   
5 Blue-winged Teal   
6 Northern Shoveler   
7 Ruddy Duck
8 Pied-billed Grebe
9 Double-crested Cormorant   
10 American White Pelican   
11 Great Blue Heron   
12 American Coot   
13 Killdeer   
14 Least Sandpiper
15 Spotted Sandpiper
16 Ring-billed Gull   
17 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)   
18 White-winged Dove 
19 Red-bellied Woodpecker   
20 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
21 Downy Woodpecker   
22 American Kestrel   
23 Monk Parakeet   
24 White-eyed Vireo
25 Blue Jay   
26 American Crow   
27 Carolina Chickadee   
28 Tufted Titmouse   
29 Carolina Wren   
30 Ruby-crowned Kinglet   
31 Northern Mockingbird   
32 Cedar Wa wing   
33 Orange-crowned Warbler   
34 Yellow-rumped Warbler   
35 White-throated Sparrow   
36 Savannah Sparrow   
37 Northern Cardinal   
38 Red-winged Blackbird   
39 Great-tailed Grackle   


  1. great pics, I go to WRL all the time, can you tell me what binocs and camera you used?

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I have Nikon D7100 and Tamron 150-600 lens and Nikon Monarch 7 binocs.