American Redstart, by Todd Arcos Common Yellowthroat, by Todd Arcos Hooded Warbler, by Todd Arcos Northern Parula, by Todd Arcos Scarlet Tanager, by Todd Arcos


Trip Report





American Redstart, by Todd Arcos



Spring Venture to Jackson Park
Hendersonville, NC
Wednesday, May 8, 2013



Because Wednesday is a hunting day at the gamelands, we decided to head to Jackson Park instead, and it turned out to be a great substitute as we finished the day with 68 species and 11 warbler species!

The day began foggy, cool and cloudy, with not many birds singing. Gray Catbirds abound in the park, and it was one of the first birds we got a glimpse of. As the morning progressed the fog cleared and the birds became much more active. American Redstarts were probably the most common warbler we had, seeing them on every trail we walked on. A Worm-eating Warbler teased us with its distant song, but we were unable to locate it. On the Warbler Trail, we had good looks at Northern Parula and White-eyed Vireo (extremely common here), as well as migrating Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, on their way to higher elevations. Hooded Warbler, by Todd ArcosOne of the highlights was a male Pileated Woodpecker foraging low on a tree within 15 feet of the group. Walking down the Bottomland Trail (opposite the Warbler Trail across the creek) we got excellent looks at Black-and-White and Hooded Warblers, as well as Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos. We also walked down the paved walkway on the Oklawaha Greenway, where we had excellent looks at Chestnut-sided Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.



After lunch we poked around the park a little longer, searching for any transient warblers that might be passing through. We were rewarded with excellent looks of a Palm Warbler, with a beautiful yellow wash extending from the breast to the undertail coverts, and pumping its tail.

Northern Parula, by Todd Arcos



Scarlet Tanager, by Todd Arcos

We finished the day at Hooper Lane, where we were amazed to find a flock of over 150 Bobolinks in the alfalfa fields on the Jeffress Road end. Much of the area was still flooded from all the rain we got just a few days before, but most of the shorebirds had moved on. We were able to located 2 distant Lesser Yellowlegs, the only shorebirds in sight, and we enjoyed watching the Tree and Barn Swallows swooping overhead, catching insects on the fly, with a lone Cliff Swallow mixed in. Though Jackson Park is best known for its productivity during fall migration, it's a great spot to visit during the spring as well!


Aaron Steed



Birds seen or heard on Spring Venture to Jackson Park
Hendersonville, NC
Wednesday, May 8, 2013





Great  Blue Heron JP HL
Canada Goose JP
Wood Duck JP
Mallard JP
Black Vulture JP
Turkey Vulture JP
Broad-winged Hawk JP
Red-tailed Hawk JP
Solitary Sandpiper JP
Rock Dove WD
Mourning Dove JP
Chimney Swift JP HL
Ruby-throated Hummingbird JP
Belted Kingfisher (heard) JP
Red-bellied Woodpecker JP
Downy Woodpecker JP
Pileated Woodpecker JP
Eastern Wood-Pewee JP
Empidonax spp. JP
Eastern Phoebe JP
Barn Swallow JP HL
Tree Swallow JP HL
Cliff Swallow HL

Blue Jay JP
American Crow JP
Carolina Chickadee JP
Tufted Titmouse JP
White-breasted Nuthatch JP
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard) JP
Brown-headed Nuthatch JP
Carolina Wren JP
Ruby-crowned Kinglet JP
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher JP
Eastern Bluebird JP HL
American Robin JP
Gray Catbird JP
Northern Mockingbird JP
Brown Thrasher JP
European Starling JP
Yellow-throated Vireo JP
Red-eyed Vireo JP
White-eyed Vireo JP
Northern Parula JP
Chestnut-sided Warbler JP
Yellow-rumped Warbler JP

Black-throated Green Warbler (heard) JP

Palm Warbler JP
Black-and-white Warbler JP
American Redstart JP
Worm-eating Warbler (heard) JP
Ovenbird JP
Northern Waterthrush JP
Common Yellowthroat JP
Hooded Warbler JP
Scarlet Tanager JP
Northern Cardinal JP
Rose-breasted Grosbeak JP
Indigo Bunting JP
Eastern Towhee JP
Chipping Sparrow (heard) JP
Song Sparrow JP
White-throated Sparrow JP
Dark-eyed Junco JP
Bobolink HL
Red-winged Blackbird JP HL
Common Grackle JP HL
Brown-headed Cowbird JP
House Finch JP

American Goldfinch JP

Jackson Park = JP
Hooper Lane = HL
While driving = WD

69 species