The Stroud Preserve, 23 November 2012

I got another late start today, but being the day after Thanksgiving, a late start seemed appropriate. My major accomplishment for the day was a tie for the lowest species count for a visit. I was not the only person that thought that a warm walk through the country side would be a nice thing. While my bird species count was low, I don’t think I’ve ever seen more humans walking around the preserve! When I arrived there was only one parking spot left. When I returned to the car, there were about a dozen cars parked out on Creek Road. Something that I have never seen before.  


Stat time: 11:00
End time: 1:30
Temp: 49-56
Wind: none.
Skies: mostly clear.
Species Total: 24
Black Vulture – approx. 20
Turkey Vulture – approx. 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk – 4 adults
Rock Dove – approx. 15
Mourning Dove – approx. 40
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Downy Woodpecker – 3
Hairy Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 1
Blue Jay – heard only
American Crow – approx. 100
Carolina Chickadee – approx.10
Tufted Titmouse – 2
White-breasted Nuthatch – approx. 10
Carolina Wren – 6
Eastern Bluebird – approx. 15
European Starling – approx. 30
Chipping Sparrow – 1, Bird of the Day! I don’t know why these are so few and far between in the fall, but this was only my 4th observation since the first of September.
Song Sparrow – approx. 25
White-throated Sparrow – approx. 50
Dark-eyed Junco – 1
Northern Cardinal – approx. 5
House Finch – approx. 10