New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee

The diversity of soil type, vegetation, and hydrology has led to a wide variety of places along the New Hope to observe birds. At least half a dozen sites on or near the New Hope are listed in the very useful online Triangle Birder's Guide.

Annual bird counts are conducted at several locations in the Triangle, and the Chapel Hill Bird Count includes parts of New Hope Creek.

Kestrel, (c) Grant MacNichols

Kestrel, Falco sparverius
© Grant MacNichols

Click the links below for more information on these New Hope Creek-related sites that are covered by the guide:

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve is also a site on the North Carolina Birding Trail (see PDF listing that and other Triangle birding sites).


The checklist below of birds that have been seen at Sandy Creek Park was originally developed by Kent Fiala, editor of The Chat (Carolina Bird Club). Other local birders have since made additions (latest update: 10/29/2010). If you would like to communicate sightings of new species at the park, e-mail Randy Neighbarger.

Look for this mailbox with this cardinal sticker at the south entrance to the park trails, next to the old bridge. In the mailbox are copies of this bird list, as well as a book where you can record bird sightings.


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush

Sandy Creek mailbox with bird list

American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

White-throated sparrow

White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, in Sandy Creek Park
© Kent Fiala

List of all North Carolina eBird hotspots

eBird list for Sandy Creek Park

More on Sandy Creek Park and birding at Sandy Creek

Beginner's Guide to Birdwatching by HomeAdvisor

A Kid's Guide to Bird-Watching in the Playground

Official Birds of the U.S. (colorful map and guide to state birds)