Trip Report

 

 

 

Black & White Warbler, by Todd Arcos

 

 

'Sparrows and Early Winter Birds'
Mills River, NC

October 20, 2013


 

The day began chilly, but soon warmed into a sunny, warm and cloudless day. This Venture was designed to focus on sparrows and other early winter arrivals, and did not disappoint as we ended with 49 species.

Our first stop was the Super Sod fields on Hooper Lane, where we were surprised to find a group of 6 American Golden-Plovers - a little late for this species. Among the hordes of American Crows we heard the nasal calls of a few Fish Crows, a species that seems to be increasing in the western part of the state.

Savannah Sparrow by Todd Arcos

We spent most of our morning at Mills River Park on the other end of Hooper Lane, where we had great views of a variety of sparrows, including Field, Song, Savannah and White-crowned, as well as a single Vesper Sparrow. We got fleeting glimpses of Swamp Sparrows, which proved to be the most uncooperative species on the day. American Crows were in abundance here as well as they noisily alerted us to a few Red-shouldered Hawks, which soared up overhead, giving us great looks at their transparent wing crescents. We also spotted a flyover Osprey, also a bit late.

 

Vesper Sparrow by Todd Arcos

After a delicious lunch at the park we checked out a few more spots in the Mills River area. At the wastewater treatment plant we had a large flock of Canada Goose, a smattering of Killdeer and a single Pied-billed Grebe. We finished the day at the Eurasian Collared-Dove spot behind the Ingles on 280, where we had about a dozen Collared-Doves, an American Kestrel and Pileated Woodpecker.

 

Aaron Steed

 

 

Birds seen or heard at

'Sparrows and Early Winter Birds'
Mills River, NC

October 20, 2013

Birds

Birds

Birds

Canada Goose
Pied-billed Grebe (1)-WWTP
Black Vulture-MRP, WWTP
Turkey Vulture-HL, MRP, WWTP, VW
Osprey (1)-MRP
Cooper's Hawk (1)-MRP
Red-shouldered Hawk (2)-MRP
Red-tailed Hawk (4)-HL, MRP, VW
American Golden-Plover (6)-HL
Killdeer (12)-HL, WWTP
Eurasian Collared-Dove (10)-ING
Mourning Dove (3)-MRP, ING
Red-bellied Woodpecker (2)-MRP
Downy Woodpecker (2)-MRP
Northern Flicker (1)-WWTP
Pileated Woodpecker (1)-ING

American Kestrel (1)-ING
Eastern Phoebe (3)-HL, MRP
Blue Jay-HL, MRP, VW
American Crow (~200)-HL, MRP
Fish Crow (2)-HL
Tree Swallow-MRP
Carolina Chickadee-HL, MRP
Tufted Titmouse-HL, MRP
House Wren (1)-MRP
Carolina Wren (5)-MRP
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)-MRP
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)-MRP
Eastern Bluebird-MRP, VW
American Robin-MRP
Northern Mockingbird-MRP, HL
European Starling-HL, WWTP

Common Yellowthroat (2)-MRP
Palm Warbler (4)-MRP
Yellow-rumped Warbler (5)-MRP, WWTP
Eastern Towhee-MRP
Field Sparrow (2)-MRP
Vesper Sparrow (1)-MRP
Savannah Sparrow-HL, MRP
Song Sparrow-HL, MRP, VW
Swamp Sparrow-HL, MRP, VW
White-crowned Sparrow-MRP
Northern Cardinal (3)-MRP
Red-winged Blackbird-MRP
Eastern Meadowlark-MRP
House Finch (2)-MRP
American Goldfinch-MRP, VW
House Sparrow-ING

Location Key:
HL - Hooper Lane
MRP - Mills River Park
WWTP - Mills River Wastewater Treatment Plant
VW - Van Wingerden
ING - Mills River Ingles