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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


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
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


Northern Bobwhite


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
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

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
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*

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.