Pontotoc Ridge Winter Bird Count

Yesterday three of us traveled from Shawnee to participate in the tenth Pontotoc Ridge Winter Bird Count. When we arrived, two more hikers were added to our group, which covers the loop trail near the Preserve station. Overall, it was a very successful count, with the largest total number of species recorded to date among all the groups. Our hiking group had low numbers of individual birds for many species that are usually abundant, but we managed to pick up most of the species we usually get. We also got a nice look at a cooperative LeConte’s Sparrow. Here is the list of bird species our group observed.

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
LeConte’s Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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