Birds

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For some reason, Spring Creek Park Preserve is always turning up some unusual bird. Maybe it’s because we visit this park often. Maybe it’s because such diverse habitats attract many species. Whatever the case, Spring Creek is a great birding spot year round. Some of the more unusual sightings include: American Woodcock (11/21/98; 12/27/98; 1/24/99), Blue-winged Warbler (4/5/99), Cerulean Warbler (4/30/98), Golden-cheeked Warbler (5/10/97), Swainson’s Warbler (4/5/99), Hooded Warbler (4/2/99), Bell’s Vireo (5/10-11/97), Grasshopper Sparrow (11/11/98; 4/3/99; 10/10/99), LeConte’s Sparrow, Veery (4/2/99), American Tree Sparrow (3/9/98), Sedge Wrens (4/27/00), and Henslow’s Sparrow (11/18/04).

I flushed a Sora on 10/18/98 from the field. During summer look for Painted and Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-billed cuckoo, Red-eyed Vireo, Scissor-tailed and Great-crested Flycatchers, Western Kingbird, and Swainson’s Hawk.

During winter, sparrows can be abundant, with Harris’s, Swamp, Lincoln’s, Chipping, Field, White-throated, Song, LeConte’s, Savannah, Dark-eyed Junco, and Spotted Towhee. Fox Sparrows are often numerous along the hedgerow that extends northwest of the parking lot. Grasshopper and LeConte’s Sparrows are scarce but regular migrants and winter residents. Also during winter there are Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Carolina Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hairy Woodpecker, Great-horned and Barred Owls, and others in the woods. Migration here is good also, with several warblers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Catbird, Clay-colored Sparrow, Blue-headed Vireo, and others. Spring Creek is also great for butterflies during the warm months. Habitat includes remnant rocky prairie with cedar-elm/eastern red cedar islands or copses and bottomland hardwoods with bur, chinquapin, and shumard oaks.

Derek Hill

DH Blog


ebird list for Spring Creek Preserve and Forest

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center – both the Golden-Cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo can see found in this Ashe Juniper ecosystem.  We were in the group that discovered the Golden Cheek Warbler there in 1999. It is noted for these rare species, unlike any other place near Dallas, Texas.

Trinity River Audubon Center – A good urban riparian forest along with open prairie. 220 bird species to date.


Bird songs for common species such as Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, and White-eyed Vireo were recorded during the summer of 2000 at Spring Creek and can be found on the North American Bird Sounds web site. Also check out

Key to bird calls, songs and sounds from Cornell University.

Audubon Dallas Forum

 “All about birds” – http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search

 “Hummingbird Gardens – Herbs and Flowers for Hummingbirds” – http://www.herbco.com/t-hummingbird-gardens.aspx   

 Texas Rare Bird Alert

 Join your local Audubon Chapter to meet fellow birders and see more birds:

Audubon Dallas

Prairie and Timbers Audubon

Ft.Worth Audubon


Ebird List

Hotspot Map

Spring Creek Forest & Preserve (Dallas Co) PPW-W 097

179 Species 647 Checklists

Updated 5 sec ago.
SPECIES NAME COUNT DATE BY
1 Mallard 5 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
2 Downy Woodpecker 2 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
3 Eastern Phoebe 2 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
4 Blue Jay 13 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
5 American Crow 1 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
6 Carolina Chickadee 5 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
7 Tufted Titmouse 1 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
8 Carolina Wren 3 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
9 Eastern Bluebird 2 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
10 Northern Cardinal 12 7 Mar 2015 Donna Hall
11 Mourning Dove 1 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
12 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
13 Spotted Towhee 1 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
14 Field Sparrow 2 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
15 Fox Sparrow 1 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
16 White-throated Sparrow 1 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
17 Harris’s Sparrow 10 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
18 Dark-eyed Junco 3 23 Feb 2015 Randy King
19 Wood Duck 4 22 Feb 2015 Randy King N
20 Double-crested Cormorant 2 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
21 Turkey Vulture 1 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
22 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
23 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
24 Brown Thrasher 1 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
25 European Starling 1 21 Feb 2015 Randy King
26 Red-tailed Hawk 1 14 Feb 2015 Robin Sowton
27 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 14 Feb 2015 Robin Sowton
28 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 14 Feb 2015 Robin Sowton
29 American Robin 1 13 Feb 2015 Stephanie Varnum
30 American Goldfinch 1 13 Feb 2015 Stephanie Varnum
31 Rock Pigeon 4 27 Jan 2015 Randy King
32 Song Sparrow 3 24 Jan 2015 Mike Cameron
33 Gadwall 1 24 Jan 2015 Gailon Brehm
34 Cooper’s Hawk 1 15 Jan 2015 Mike Cameron
35 Northern Flicker 1 15 Jan 2015 Mike Cameron
36 Great-tailed Grackle 2 15 Jan 2015 Mike Cameron
37 Great Egret 2 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
38 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
39 Ring-billed Gull 2 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
40 Belted Kingfisher 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
41 American Kestrel 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
42 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
43 Brown Creeper 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
44 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
45 Northern Mockingbird 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
46 Cedar Waxwing 57 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
47 Red-winged Blackbird 40 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
48 House Finch 1 21 Dec 2014 Mike Cameron
49 Eastern Towhee 2 6 Dec 2014 Randy King
50 Lincoln’s Sparrow 1 6 Dec 2014 Randy King
51 Chipping Sparrow 4 3 Dec 2014 Randy King
52 White-winged Dove 1 3 Dec 2014 Liam D
53 Hermit Thrush 1 19 Nov 2014 Liam D N
54 Western Kingbird 2 21 Jun 2014 Randy King
55 Great Blue Heron 1 19 Jun 2014 Randy King
56 Chimney Swift 2 19 Jun 2014 Randy King
57 White-eyed Vireo 1 19 Jun 2014 Randy King
58 Snowy Egret 1 18 Jun 2014 Randy King
59 Barn Swallow 1 18 Jun 2014 Randy King
60 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 16 Jun 2014 Randy King
61 Black-chinned Hummingbird 2 15 Jun 2014 Randy King
62 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 15 Jun 2014 Randy King
63 Painted Bunting 2 15 Jun 2014 Randy King
64 Green Heron 1 13 Jun 2014 Randy King
65 Red-eyed Vireo 1 13 Jun 2014 Randy King
66 Summer Tanager 1 13 Jun 2014 Randy King
67 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 23 May 2014 Linda Simons
68 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
69 Least Flycatcher 1 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
70 Purple Martin 2 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
71 Cliff Swallow 2 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
72 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
73 Indigo Bunting 1 17 May 2014 Rodney Thomas
74 Swainson’s Hawk 1 17 May 2014 Mike Cameron
Empidonax sp. 1 17 May 2014 Gailon Brehm
75 Common Nighthawk 1 12 May 2014 Randy King
76 Eastern Kingbird 2 8 May 2014 Randy King
77 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4 8 May 2014 Randy King
78 American Redstart 2 8 May 2014 Randy King
79 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 7 May 2014 Randy King
80 Swainson’s Thrush 1 7 May 2014 Randy King
81 Common Yellowthroat 1 7 May 2014 Randy King
82 Cattle Egret 26 6 May 2014 Randy King
83 Hairy Woodpecker 1 2 May 2014 Randy King
84 Nashville Warbler 1 2 May 2014 Randy King
85 Wilson’s Warbler 6 2 May 2014 Randy King
86 Baltimore Oriole 2 2 May 2014 Randy King
87 Yellow-throated Warbler 1 1 May 2014 Randy King
88 Clay-colored Sparrow 2 1 May 2014 Randy King
89 House Wren 1 30 Apr 2014 Gailon Brehm
90 Savannah Sparrow 4 18 Apr 2014 Randy King
91 Great Horned Owl 1 11 Apr 2014 Randy King
92 Grasshopper Sparrow 1 5 Apr 2014 Randy King
93 Peregrine Falcon 1 3 Apr 2014 Randy King N
94 Common Grackle 100 5 Jan 2014 Randy King
95 Loggerhead Shrike 1 22 Dec 2013 Mike Cameron N
96 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 22 Dec 2013 Mike Cameron
97 Anhinga 1 27 May 2013 Sandra Bouma N
gull sp. 1 27 May 2013 Sandra Bouma
98 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 27 May 2013 Sandra Bouma
99 Canada Goose 2 24 May 2013 Sandra Bouma
100 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 24 May 2013 Sandra Bouma
101 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 24 May 2013 Sandra Bouma
102 Gray Catbird 1 7 May 2013 Randy King
103 Yellow Warbler 1 7 May 2013 Randy King
104 Blue-winged Teal 1 20 Apr 2013 Thomas Collins
105 Barred Owl 2 20 Apr 2013 Thomas Collins
106 Pine Siskin 40 2 Apr 2013 Chris Runk N
107 House Sparrow 3 31 Jan 2013 Randy King
108 Black Vulture 3 3 Jan 2013 Randy King
109 Orchard Oriole 1 16 Aug 2012 Randy King
110 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 22 Jun 2012 Randy King
111 Little Blue Heron 1 28 May 2012 Randy King N
112 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 28 May 2012 Randy King
113 Lark Sparrow 1 16 May 2012 Randy King
114 Lazuli Bunting 1 16 May 2012 Randy King N
115 Black-and-white Warbler 1 18 Mar 2012 Rodney Thomas
116 Bewick’s Wren 1 14 Mar 2012 Randy King
117 White-crowned Sparrow 1 7 Mar 2012 Randy King
118 Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 5 Jan 2012 Randy King
dabbling duck sp. 1 26 Dec 2011 Jean Suplick
119 Neotropic Cormorant 2 26 Dec 2011 Jean Suplick N
120 American Pipit 1 18 Dec 2011 Caleb Frome – CC
121 Killdeer 1 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
122 Wilson’s Snipe 3 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
123 Le Conte’s Sparrow 2 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
124 Western Meadowlark 2 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
125 Eastern Meadowlark 8 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 15 18 Dec 2011 Mike Cameron
126 Blue-headed Vireo 1 6 Nov 2011 Steven Waltz
127 Vesper Sparrow 1 22 Oct 2011 Randy King
128 Dickcissel 2 19 Aug 2011 Randy King
129 Alder Flycatcher 1 21 May 2011 Randy King
130 Mississippi Kite X 14 May 2011 Mary Lee
hummingbird sp. X 14 May 2011 Mary Lee
131 Northern Parula X 14 May 2011 Mary Lee
132 Sedge Wren 1 10 May 2011 Randy King
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1 9 May 2011 Jon Corcoran
133 Tree Swallow 1 9 May 2011 Jon Corcoran
134 Blue Grosbeak 1 4 May 2011 Randy King
135 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 3 May 2011 Randy King
136 Warbling Vireo 1 27 Apr 2011 Randy King
137 Swamp Sparrow 1 6 Apr 2011 Randy King
138 Pine Warbler X 5 Feb 2011 Bob Adams
wren sp. 1 10 Oct 2010 Jean Suplick
139 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 25 Sep 2010 Randy King
140 Northern Harrier 1 18 Sep 2010 Randy King
141 Eastern Screech-Owl 1 28 Feb 2010 Catherine Winans
142 Bonaparte’s Gull 7 15 Nov 2009 Randy King
143 Franklin’s Gull 10 25 Oct 2009 Randy King
144 Winter Wren 1 4 Oct 2009 Randy King
145 American White Pelican 1 25 Sep 2009 Frank Hixon
146 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 30 Aug 2009 Randy King
147 Merlin 1 21 Dec 2008 Ted Drozdowski
148 Snow Goose 1 17 Nov 2007 Ron Baltzegar
149 American Wigeon 1 17 Nov 2007 Ron Baltzegar
150 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 17 Nov 2007 Karen Carbiener
151 Tennessee Warbler 1 17 Nov 2007 Ron Baltzegar
152 Chuck-will’s-widow 1 18 Jun 2007 Randy King
153 Lesser Scaup X 2 Jan 2007 Gus Stangeland
154 Pied-billed Grebe X 2 Jan 2007 Gus Stangeland
155 Golden-winged Warbler 1 1 Jun 2006 Randy King
156 Northern Waterthrush X 24 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
157 Mourning Warbler X 24 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
158 Magnolia Warbler X 24 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
159 Chestnut-sided Warbler X 24 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
160 Canada Warbler X 24 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
161 Purple Gallinule X 12 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
162 Ovenbird X 12 May 2003 Dede Crusinberry
163 American Tree Sparrow 1 4 Apr 2003 Jack Hill
164 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 21 Mar 2001 Jack Hill
165 Broad-winged Hawk 1 9 Oct 2000 Derek Hill
swallow sp. 1 1 Oct 2000 Derek Hill
Accipiter sp. 1 24 Sep 2000 Derek Hill
166 Sora 1 17 Sep 2000 Derek Hill
167 Yellow-breasted Chat 1 10 Sep 2000 Derek Hill
168 Wood Stork 1 9 Sep 2000 Derek Hill
169 Blackburnian Warbler 1 9 Sep 2000 Derek Hill
170 Pileated Woodpecker X 28 Jun 2000 Dwight Mudry
171 Hooded Warbler 1 21 Apr 2000 Jack Hill
172 Solitary Sandpiper 2 9 Apr 1999 Jack Hill
173 Blue-winged Warbler 1 5 Apr 1999 Jack Hill
174 Swainson’s Warbler 1 5 Apr 1999 Jack Hill
175 Veery 1 2 Apr 1999 Jack Hill
176 American Woodcock 1 27 Dec 1998 Jack Hill
177 Smith’s Longspur 1 11 Nov 1998 Jack Hill
178 Cerulean Warbler 1 30 Apr 1998 Jack Hill
179 Bell’s Vireo 1 11 May 1997 Jack Hill

Birds of Spring Creek Park Preserve

Garland, Dallas County, Texas

Compiled by Jack and Derek Hill

Derek’s Neotropical Migrant Checklist for Prairie Creek

Bird Checklists for Texas

 

* indicates probable nester (nesting behavior has been observed)
Now Available: Seasonal Abundance Checklist of Birds for Spring Creek. E-mail
kinglet32@yahoo.com for a free copy.

05/24/2014 Last Update

Double-crested Cormorant
White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron

Wood Stork (flyover)

Sandhill Crane (flyover)

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard
Wood Duck

Hooded Merganser
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal

Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk*
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk*
Fuertes (fuertesi)*
Eastern (borealis)
Western (calurus)
Harlan’s (harlani)
American Kestrel
Mississippi Kite

Merlin

Northern Bobwhite

Sora

Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
American Woodcock

Ring-billed Gull

Franklin’s Gull (flyover)

Rock Dove
Mourning Dove*

White-Winged Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Yellow-billed Cuckoo*

Great-horned Owl*
Barred Owl*
Eastern Screech-Owl*
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-Will’s-Widow
Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird*

Belted Kingfisher*

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker*
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker*
Hairy Woodpecker*
Northern Flicker

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe*
Great-crested Flycatcher*
Western Kingbird*
Eastern Kingbird*
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher*

Horned Lark

Loggerhead Shrike*


Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Bell’s Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay*
American Crow*

Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
N.Rough-winged Swallow

Carolina Chickadee*
Tufted Titmouse*

Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren*
House Wren
Winter Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Sedge Wren

White-breasted Nuthatch*
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Eastern Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird 2007
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird*
Brown Thrasher*

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

 

Prothonotary Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula *
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler
Yellow-rumped “Audubon’s” Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler

Prairie Warbler
Canada Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Yellow-breasted Chat

Summer Tanager

Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Smith’s Longspur
Lapland Longspur


Northern Cardinal*

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting*
Painted Bunting*
Dickcissel*

Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

House Finch*

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill (flyover)
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Although the Leconte’s and Grasshopper Sparrow are not on the Texas Watch List, they are prairie-dependent

birds on the decline.

Total: 170 species.

 


See Events, Nature Notes & Weather for recent birding events as well as field reports from Prairie Creek, a tributary to Spring Creek in Richardson, Texas. Visit the Texbirds Reference Page at http://www.moonmountaingroup.com/texbirds. For good birding spots are Dallas click here on maps used on old Birding Texas site:


Photos by Ben Cox

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow Fox Sparrow

(click to enlarge)

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Brown Thrasher

Eastern Bluebird

click on above Northern Mockingbird to enlarge White-throated sparrow


Rare visitor seen upstream of Spring Creek Preserve and Forest…

Photo of Rock Wren taken at Spring Creek Natural Area, located in Richardson near Plano Road and Renner. The bird has been observed by several folks over the period of several weeks, with the last reported observation several years ago in December. Taken by Dede Crusinberry.

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