Birdwatching is a popular activity year-round at Joe Pool Lake. The most sought after bird is the Painted Bunting. Painted Buntings abound in Cedar Hill State Park from the first week of May through August each year. The park is home to other neotropical migrants including the Yellow-billed cuckoo, the Indigo Bunting, the Chuck-will's Widow and many others. Fall and winter brings: Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Yellow-rumped Warblers; Gold Finch; American Kestrel; and Cedar Waxwing. Resident birds include the Eastern Bluebird, the Greater Roadrunner, the Loggerhead Shrike, the Red-tailed Hawk, the Great Horned Owl, both the Turkey and Black Vulture, and the Bewick's Wren. The park's bird list contains almost 200 species!
BIRD LIST FOR JOE POOL LAKE
Birds That have been found at Joe Pool Lake:
Commom Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Cattle Egret, Green-backed Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shined Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falsom, Northern Bobwhite, American Coot, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed Dowitcher, Common Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Ting-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Greater Roadrunner, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Chuck-will's-widow, Chimmey Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Common Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Loggerhead Shrike, European Starling, White-eyed Vireo, Black-capped Vireo, Solitary Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Rufous-sided Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Harris Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Lapland Longspur, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Western Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow,
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