During any season, brisk movements and flashes of color are seen throughout all parts of the Preserve and greenbelts that range from Shiloh Road in the west to Naaman Forest High School in the east. The optimum place to observe the most species is in the area at 1787 Holford Road.  Over 180 species have been recorded since the first entry in 1997 on the Cornell University eBird population site.

The Preserve has a number of diverse habitats that include acres of native prairie, a lush riparian forest with huge Chinquapin and Shumard oaks and plenty of understory biodiversity, a creek that flows year-round with fish and amphibians, and lots of forest/prairie edge habitat for the birds.

On some parts of the prairie habitat, the Society has erected several nest boxes. They are primarily for the Eastern Bluebird, but both the Carolina Chickadee and the Carolina Wren also nest in them. Please do NOT disturb these nests. Please view any activity from afar using your binoculars.

Listed below are some of the most frequently heard and seen birds in the Preserve:

Primary Name Secondary Name Species Subspecies
Bluebird Eastern Sialia sialis
Cardinal Northern Cardinalis cardinalis
Chickadee Carolina Poecile carolinensis
Crow American Corvus brachyrhynchos
Dove White-winged Zenaida asiatica
Jay Blue Cyanocitta cristata
Mockingbird Northern Mimus polyglottos
Phoebe Eastern Sayornis phoebe
Thrasher Brown Toxostoma rufum
Woodpecker Red-bellied Melanerpes carolinus
Wren Carolina Thryothorus ludovicianus

To see the entire list of birds spotted in and around the Preserve, go to the free website Once there, type in Spring Creek Forest, then select Spring Creek Forest & Preserve (Dallas Co) PPW

Photos by Ben Cox

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow Fox Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Brown Thrasher

Eastern Bluebird

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