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Updated on Friday, December 19 at 04:13 PM EST
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Black Bee-Eater,©Barry Kent Mackay

19 Dec CBCs [Michael Linz ]
19 Dec Park City CBC [Dale Provost ]
19 Dec YOU’D THINK AFTER 30 YEARS, DAWN WOULD COME SOONER ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
18 Dec Bird Seed Taken [Dan Scheiman ]
17 Dec Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Education Director ["Kimberly G. Smith" ]
17 Dec Staging behavior [Steve Taylor ]
17 Dec Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 16 [David Arbour ]
16 Dec "For the Birds" Exhibit: Call for Entries and Other Fun ["George R. Hoelzeman" ]
16 Dec Re: Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges ["George R. Hoelzeman" ]
16 Dec Townsend Solitaire [Adam Leslie ]
16 Dec Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges ["Campbell, Martin" ]
16 Dec The 8th Wonder of the World ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
15 Dec Music and Birds [Bill Thurman ]
15 Dec Free Bird Seed, Little Rock Audubon Center [Dan Scheiman ]
15 Dec WITH FEATHERS ONLY MODESTLY RUFFLED: FAYETTEVILLE CBC, 44=s 99 (96 + 3) ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
14 Dec Harris's Sparrow, Lonoke CBC [Daniel Scheiman ]
14 Dec L.A. Times: "A flock of genomes tells the tale of bird evolution" & CBC Kickoff Day [Barry Haas ]
14 Dec pileated wp in arboretum area [Carol Meyerdirk ]
13 Dec FINAL version 115th CBC - adding BIG LAKE NWR & MAGNOLIA/ LAKE COLUMBIA ["Anderson, Leif E -FS" ]
13 Dec Lake Harrison Walk [Timon and Stephanie Barr ]
12 Dec Lake Dardanelle [Kenny Nichols ]
12 Dec Possum Grape [Bob Harden ]
12 Dec A fabulous day at Lake Fayetteville AND just in time for CBC! ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
12 Dec Bird Seed at Little Rock Audubon Center [Dan Scheiman ]
10 Dec Lone Oak Dairy Loop [Timon and Stephanie Barr ]
10 Dec Free Bird Seed, Little Rock Audubon Center [Daniel Scheiman ]
10 Dec Peregrine Falcon Fayetteville ??? [brandon schmidt ]
10 Dec Re: Rough-legged Hawk [Bob Harden ]
10 Dec GOEA in Arkansas ["Kimberly G. Smith" ]
10 Dec Re: Artist Turns Moulted Feathers Into Works of Art Using Scissors [Kenny Nichols ]
10 Dec Pine Bluff [Michael Linz ]
9 Dec Artist Turns Moulted Feathers Into Works of Art Using Scissors [Barry Haas ]
9 Dec Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 9 [David Arbour ]
9 Dec Winter Stroll through Parker Ingram Park, Harrison [Timon and Stephanie Barr ]
9 Dec Western grebe no [Nancy Felker ]
9 Dec Taliban Bird Bomb? [Jeffrey Short ]
9 Dec latest version 115th CBC - ADDING TEXARKANA ["Anderson, Leif E -FS" ]
9 Dec Sandhill Cranes, Clark Co. [Dan Scheiman ]
9 Dec Re: Owl sounds [Gail Miller ]
8 Dec A Raptor-ous Drive on 412 [Timon and Stephanie Barr ]
8 Dec Magness Lake ----today --Monday [Larry Jernigan ]
8 Dec Re: Owl sounds [Michael Linz ]
8 Dec FW: Online PPT for Webinar: Management of At-risk Grassland Birds - Dr. Rosalind Renfrew [Jeffrey Short ]
8 Dec Owl sounds [Gail Miller ]
8 Dec Arkansas life birds [Ed Laster ]
8 Dec Sandhill Cranes near Arkadelphia [Good ]
8 Dec Re: Birds and Pipelines [Joe Mosby ]
8 Dec Birds and Pipelines ["George R. Hoelzeman" ]
8 Dec Western Grebe [Michael Linz ]
8 Dec Union County - El Dorado High School [Kelly Chitwood ]
8 Dec ASCA Holiday Potluck, Dec 11 [Daniel Scheiman ]
8 Dec White River NWR Christmas Bird Count. Your help needed. ["Anderson, Leif E -FS" ]
7 Dec Weekend birding [Michael Linz ]
7 Dec Rough-legged Hawk [Michael Linz ]
7 Dec Re: Bluebird Box Too Small? [Robert Bays ]
7 Dec Common Mergansers [Kenny Nations ]
7 Dec Re: W Grebe and R-b Mergansers continue at Lake Fayetteville [Adam Leslie ]
7 Dec W Grebe and R-b Mergansers continue at Lake Fayetteville ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
7 Dec Re: Trundra swan [David Ray ]
7 Dec Lonoke CBC, Dec 14 [Daniel Scheiman ]
7 Dec Four Townsends [Don Simons ]
7 Dec Sightings: Sandhill Crane in Little Rock Port area [Jim Dixon ]
7 Dec Trundra swan [Terry Butler ]
7 Dec Re: Rough-legged Hawk [David Ray ]
7 Dec Re: Rough-legged Hawk [David Ray ]
7 Dec Fort Smith Incas [Sandy Berger ]
6 Dec Fwd: Western Grebe [Michael Linz ]
6 Dec Little Rock Incas [Devin Moon ]
6 Dec Tundra [Terry Butler ]
6 Dec Large flocks of siskins at Hobbs State Park, Benton County, AR [Joan Reynolds ]
6 Dec Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville [Jonathan Perry ]
7 Dec Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville [Hilary David Chapman ]
6 Dec Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville [Jacque Brown ]
6 Dec Dowitchers [Doug Raybuck ]
6 Dec TOSO [Don Simons ]
6 Dec Re: Rough-legged Hawk [David Ray ]

Subject: CBCs
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:40:57 -0600
I may be overly cautious but....

A number of you will participate in a CBC over the weekend.  Please
exercise caution when in wooded areas as you could be sharing the woods
with hunters.  I normally wear a orange hat or vest when I suspect an area
may be hunted.  If I see hunters I normally modify my course to avoid
disturbing their hunt.

Thanks
Michael
Subject: Park City CBC
From: Dale Provost <dprovost AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:49:29 -0700
Craig and I participated in the Park City, Utah, CBC. Some birds that we have 
seen on Arkansas CBCs, but some very different ones. 

Photos at:  http://www.pbase.com/daleprovost/park_city_ut_cbc_2014
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in [Ar]kansas anymore..."
Subject: YOU’D THINK AFTER 30 YEARS, DAWN WOULD COME SOONER
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:45 +0000
With warm rain flooding fields, former Lindsley Prairie around Siloam Springs 
has come to winter glory. Looking out into a usually dry pasture: 25 Mallards 
swimming in what amounts to a shallow playa. Far across, a flock of what I 
assume are Canada Geese (50), until I notice miniatures among giants – Cackling 
Geese (4). As they take flight, it’s those mallard-size birds, now flying past 
a snag, from atop which an adult Bald Eagle takes it all in. 


This is maybe the old Lindlsey 200 years ago. What’s a few hundred, give or 
take, in a vast landscape? 


Along the road leading to Chesney Prairie Natural Area -- last big undeveloped 
piece of the old Lindsley – fields have become playas and muddy shorelines. 
Wilson’s Snipe (at least 95) and Killdeer (at least 59) work the playa and 
surrounding wet grassland. Hundreds of blackbirds, mainly red-wings and 
cowbirds, swoop in with flourish. Startled, off go snipe in waves – 25, 40, 
circling the field. As blackbirds move on, snipe return. That mud and flooded 
grass must be full of bugs. 


Some of the fencing here includes black railroad ties. Atop one, a decidedly 
white hawk, set off nicely by the black tie, preening. White head and black 
belly band: Rough-legged Hawk? But something is not … quite … right. 


Something has to wait, because a guy hauling huge round hay bales needs me to 
move out of the center. He says thanks with a friendly wave. Upon my return, 
the hawk is still preening. When it flips its tail up, even at 500 plus feet I 
can see dull reddish and a bunch of fine chevron-shaped bands – not right for 
rough-legged, but how about immature Krider’s? 


Krider’s it is … until I get home, then it dawns on me – you’d think after 30 
years of such winters, dawn would come sooner – it’s no Krider’s with that 
extensive black pattern on its belly. This leaves western red-tail, a pale 
eastern red-tail? The pattern on the belly and the chevrons on the tail point 
to a different origin -- light morph Harlan’s Hawk – the white version of one 
of those “Black Warriors” of Audubon’s description. 


If it is Harlan’s, it is a long ways from Alaska, its summer home. Across the 
pasture, it is a long ways from my view, too, even with the helpful contrast of 
white hawk on black post, even with spotting scope. I think I’m going to settle 
on a light Harlan’s -- like they say, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” 


Happily, there’s an extensive landscape for imagination, which may be why I’m 
here anyway. 
Subject: Bird Seed Taken
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:54:50 +0000
All the bird seed at the Little Rock Audubon Center has been taken. There will 
be lots of well fed birds this Christmas. If Audubon Arkansas gets more seed 
I'll post. 


Dan Scheiman 
Little Rock, AR 
Subject: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Education Director
From: "Kimberly G. Smith" <kgsmith AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:39 +0000
Pass on to anyone who might be interested in this position...

Kimberly G. Smith
University Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Note new office:  SCEN 724
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone:  479-575-6359  fax: 479-575-4010
Email:  kgsmith AT uark.edu

Subject: Staging behavior
From: Steve Taylor <steve.taylor AT FISGLOBAL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:30:41 -0600
Lovely wife and I get tickled watching the blackbirds staging in midtown Little 
Rock every day and are actually quite happy to host a few every night in a 
small stand of bamboo that has invaded our yard. 


As smaller groups fly in and out of trees over and over, re-forming into 
still-larger groups, the behavior appears, outwardly, to be almost random or 
chaotic. But animals seems to have great reasons for most things they do. Is 
there a rhyme or reason to staging? Does anyone know whether the same birds 
roost together night after night or have any insight to all the vocalizations 
once they're roosted? 


We also get a kick out of a roosted group's response to light or movement at 
night. Hundreds of birds in motion at once make a very loud and intimidating 
sound when they flutter their wings when startled or alerted. For lack of a 
bird term, we call it "shivering" because the whole stand of bamboo shivers in 
what must be an effective deterrent to predators. Thanks for any insight or 
pointers to more information! 

Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 16
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:24:32 -0600
It was partly cloudy, cold, and windy on the bird survey today.  69 species
were found.  Here is my list for today:

 

Gadwall - 584

American Wigeon - 4

Mallard - 269

Northern Shoveler - 100

Northern Pintail - 6

Green-winged Teal - 115

Ring-necked Duck - 295

Hooded Merganser - 2

Ruddy Duck - 18

Pied-billed Grebe - 32

Double-crested Cormorant - 5

Great Blue Heron - 4

Black Vulture - 4

Turkey Vulture - 15

Bald Eagle - 1 adult

Northern Harrier - 3

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 4

Red-tailed Hawk - 11

American Kestrel - 1

American Coot - 392

Killdeer - 116

Least Sandpiper - 6

Rock Dove - 1

Mourning Dove - 57

Belted Kingfisher - 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 5

Northern Flicker - 6

Eastern Phoebe - 9

Loggerhead Shrike - 1

Blue Jay - 4

American Crow - 640

Fish Crow - 3

Carolina Chickadee - 10

Tufted Titmouse - 3

Brown Creeper - 1

Carolina Wren - 5

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 5

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 6

Eastern Bluebird - 6

Hermit Thrush - 1

Brown Thrasher - 1

European Starling - 1

American Pipit - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 10

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Eastern Towhee - 2

Savannah Sparrow - 4

Fox Sparrow - 6

Song Sparrow - 13

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Swamp Sparrow - 8

White-throated Sparrow - 14

Harris' Sparrow - 1

White-crowned Sparrow - 20

Northern Cardinal - 12

Red-winged Blackbird - 51

Eastern Meadowlark - 4

Western Meadowlark - 3

Rusty Blackbird - 2

Brewer's Blackbird - 17

Common Grackle - 130

American Goldfinch - 11

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 
Subject: "For the Birds" Exhibit: Call for Entries and Other Fun
From: "George R. Hoelzeman" <vogel AT GRHSTUDIOS.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:27:51 -0600
It is official!  The Rialto Gallery in Morrilton, Arkansas will host an 
exhibit of avian art which I'm calling "For the Birds".  The exhibit 
will run from 2 May to 6 June 2015.  I am in process of putting all the 
promotional material together but here are the basics:

Subject:  Any bird related art including but not limited to photography, 
painting, sculpture, drawings, jewelry, fabric and anything else.

Deadline for entries:  Sunday, 26 April 2015 (I'd like a good week to 
get everything organized)

Eligible Artists:  Pretty much anyone with strong encouragement to 
Arkansas based artists.  We want to showcase as many and as much 
creative work related to birds in order to draw public attention to 
their beauty and ecological importance.  If you own works by a 
significant artist (for instance, you have an original Audubon) we would 
welcome that sort of submission as well.

Awards:  First, Second and Third place plus a Best of Show and "People's 
Choice" award.  Exactly what the prizes will be will be announced 
(donations are welcome, the Gallery is a non-profit).

Fees:  $5/entry, each artist may submit up to three works.

Form of Submission:  2D works should be ready to hang since we lack 
framing facilities.  3D works should be stable when free standing. 
Digital images may be submitted electronically via e-mail.  JPEG files 
under 3MB are preferred.  Digital images will be compiled into a 
slideshow loop and exhibited on a large screen TV/monitor for 5 
seconds/image.  Physical submissions may be hand delivered to the 
Gallery or shipped to me at: George R. Hoelzeman, "For the Birds", 1 
Waldhof Lane, Hattieville, Arkansas 72063.

Related Events:  We are actively looking for someone to do a 
presentation on avian ecology/conservation issues.  The time and date of 
this presentation will be worked out with the invited presenter 
(recommendations anyone?).  We are also planning on an "open house" type 
event toward the end of the show during which awards will be announced.  
Part of this open house will involved a "pecha kucha" event in which 
seven invited artists have seven minutes to talk about their work.  More 
on this later (although a search for "pecha kucha" will tell you what 
you need to know).

Also, I don't know what the schedule for Spring Bird Count is but if 
anyone wants to hold a bird count event in the Gallery during May let me 
know.  We would love to host it.

Anyone interested in submitting work or being involved in other ways 
e-mail me at gallery AT grhstudios.com.  You can also text me at 501-416-0514.

-- 
George R. Hoelzeman
North Conway County
Subject: Re: Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges
From: "George R. Hoelzeman" <vogel AT GRHSTUDIOS.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:54:22 -0600
Yes, I saw the exhibit earlier this Fall.  Yes, there are other Audubon 
images there, but there are at least as many from other 
artist/naturalists of the era and it is not an exceptionally large 
exhibit - one room and about 20 things IIRC.  The famous turkey appears 
in at least two or three versions.

Also, IIRC, one of the original books is there and on display.  Its 
huge.  Really huge.  Not so much a coffee table book as book the size of 
a coffee table.

George (n. Conway Co. wouldn't mind having that coffee table. ;) )

On 12/16/2014 10:20 AM, Campbell, Martin wrote:
>
> Greetings,
>
> Has anyone gone to see the Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges?  Are 
> there many of his paintings or just the Wild Turkey headliner?  I am 
> considering going, but it's a bit of a drive and I would rather view 
> several of his masterpieces rather than just one.
>
> Might better reply off-list to avoid overloading.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Marty
>
> Martin J. Campbell, PhD
>
> Professor of Organic Chemistry
>
> Department of Chemistry, Box 7633
>
> Henderson State University
>
> 1100 Henderson Street
>
> Arkadelphia, AR 71999
>
> 870-230-5150
>

-- 
George R. Hoelzeman
North Conway County
Subject: Townsend Solitaire
From: Adam Leslie <villagecreeksp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:11:45 -0600
I observed one Townsend Solitaire at the first pull off on camerons bluff
drive at mount magazine state park. It didn't stick around long. I plan to
try again in the morning.
Subject: Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges
From: "Campbell, Martin" <campbem AT HSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:20:41 +0000
Greetings,
Has anyone gone to see the Audubon paintings at Crystal Bridges? Are there many 
of his paintings or just the Wild Turkey headliner? I am considering going, but 
it's a bit of a drive and I would rather view several of his masterpieces 
rather than just one. 


Might better reply off-list to avoid overloading.

Thanks,
Marty

Martin J. Campbell, PhD
Professor of Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Box 7633
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999

870-230-5150
Subject: The 8th Wonder of the World
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:39:02 +0000
FOR MANY YEARS, ONE OF MY REGULAR STOPS ON FAYETTEVILLE CBC has been at Eleanor 
Johnson’s, including the feeder, bushes in her backyard, and adjoining wooded 
lot with gnarled post oaks. We always knock on El’s door, where she has 
cookies, offers a welcome pit stop. Her place is just west of the University, a 
block or two from Razorback Stadium. 


They built their home in the 1950s, the first in what was one of Fayetteville’s 
earliest subdivisions. El traded being a vagabond artist for settled life with 
The Professor, traveling around collecting lichens on vacations, nurturing 
graduate students, raising a daughter and son. Dr Johnson – “The Professor” she 
called him – walked every day the few blocks to his classroom and lab. 


When I met her in the late 1960s, I was a former firm-believing Southern 
Baptist badly disillusioned by the napalming of Vietnamese villages and the 
murder of Martin Luther King. She hired me to weed flowerbeds and provided a 
simple lunch and civil conversation. It was the 8th Wonder of the World that 
obvious sanity survived midst B-52s over jungles. It took me a while to 
re-believe. 


Enclosed by native sandstones, her flowerbeds were magnets for interesting bugs 
watched by robins, midst almighty Ozark weeds. Years before, she’d found 
arrowhead-like stone tools while planting tulip bulbs. We had plenty of time to 
become acquainted. She remembered when Dr William Berg, noted entomologist and 
Arkansas bird man in the era before Doug James, collected tarantulas in her 
yard. 


As we became friends, I was invited insider for lunch. She showed me the little 
Golden Guide to Birds where she and her kids kept a list of yard birds. Cuckoo, 
white-throat sparrow, Baltimore Orioles in the oaks – that sort of thing. A 
serious yard list of over 50 species, with a pair of what amounted to opera 
glasses. And when my own bird books were published, she kept them in the same 
honored place with the Golden Guide. She gave me the Leitz binoculars her 
father used for bird watching. 


That was 30 years ago. She passed just short of her 100th. On last Sunday’s 
CBC, when we went up Palmer Street west of the stadium, her house was gone. 
Where she parked her old VW bug “Alexander” – which she drove delivering meals 
to shut-ins she called “my old people” – gone. Native sandstone flowerbeds I 
weeded -- gone. Big spreading post oaks – gone. Both lots dozed to bare dirt. 


I am reminded, not of eternity, but ephemerality. Our restless universe 
constantly reclaims. A kind, artistic woman once lived here. Like the stone 
tools of ancient ways, it remains that she saw something in me that I had not 
yet seen in myself. 
Subject: Music and Birds
From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:52:41 -0600
Hi!

         Every day and all the time, I receive emails and requests for
donations to wildlife organizations at the local, state, national and
international levels. I am always touched by the plight of these animals
and birds and the huge loss of their habitats, lands, ecosystems . . . . .
 essentially their homes and lives. This goes just as well for the polar
areas, oceans and rivers as well as the forests and prairies. I often feel
overwhelmed, defeated and depressed.
         I have never been a rich guy. And I never WILL be a rich guy. I
have played music for a living for 50 years - since I was teenager. I have
never lost my admiration for birds, animals and all natural things. It was
birds and the mysteries of nature that first fired my imagination all those
decades ago for music and melody and simply amazing sounds. In my 10 year
old mind I most often didn't know what these sounds were and I wanted to
KNOW where and what they came from.
         I don't have meaningful money to give, but I would give a million
or more dollars if I could.
         I am not a mega star or a creature of the media like so many big
label acts or other creatures of huge money and high fashion. But I can
play a mean (or delightful) fiddle, violin and more that goes into making
music.
         I will be happy to collaborate with organizations, wildlife and
more, to help raise funds for their organizations Anywhere. Of course I
would want a little left over for my living expenses, but the vast majority
of the funds would go to saving the birds and animals that are truly
threatened.
         I won't work with just anybody. I'll do the homework and find out
who is really making an impact in wildlife conservation. Then I'll agree to
work with somebody. It's the only thing I can do. I also write and make NEW
music.
         Honestly I don't have much else to live for. If I can play a solo
violin or write an entire orchestral score to help raise funds for wildlife
organizations I will DO IT.
If anyone who reads this ever has an idea where I can be in partnership
toward these ends, I will seriously give my attention. I hope before I'm
gone some day that I can say that I helped to contribute in a real way
toward saving birds, animals and life on earth.

                                                                       Bill
Thurman

www.billthurmanmusic.com
Subject: Free Bird Seed, Little Rock Audubon Center
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:32:54 +0000
Audubon Arkansas has another batch of 20-lbs bags of mixed seed from Ace 
Hardware. Ring the doorbell for service. I'll post when they are gone. 


Dan Scheiman 
Little Rock Audubon Center 
4500 Springer Blvd. 
Little Rock, AR 

Subject: WITH FEATHERS ONLY MODESTLY RUFFLED: FAYETTEVILLE CBC, 44=s 99 (96 + 3)
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:12:22 +0000
We had a warm, comfortable day for Fayetteville CBC 52. Someone quick please 
check my math: Started in 1961/covered each year since except 1. 


We found 96 species on count day, have at this point added 3 more for count 
week, so could still hit 100+. Magic for our CBC. I’ll bet my friend Mike 
Mlodinow is out there right now, looking for number 100. 


Besides the U of A and Fayetteville, 44 participants came from a wide area: 
Rogers, Bella Vista, Centerton, Springdale, Russellville, Goshen, Ozark Natural 
Science Center campus near Huntsville, the great state of Missouri, West Fork, 
etc. Included were young, tweeners, the graying and the grayed, and the 
hell-no-we’ll-never-retirees. 


Everyone is welcome, even if our recent Civil Rights ordinance was narrowly 
defeated at the polls last week. 


No mind-blowing rarities on count day, but we were grateful for Red-breasted 
Merganser (1), House Wren (1), Gray Catbird (1), Palm Warbler (1), red-shafted 
form of Northern Flicker (1), Red-breasted Nuthatch (1), and Common 
Yellowthroat (1); all among those we don’t often find at mid-December at 
Fayetteville. Count week birds like Long-tailed Duck (1) and White-eyed Vireo 
(1) were no shows on count day, which is why they get a CW on the form. CW 
means Gone but not forgotten. 


We also missed a common species, Barred Owl on count day, but fortunately, 
Kelly and Donna Mulhollan watched one in their back yard the night before. Just 
love those CWs! 


Andrea Green, Doug James’ former graduate student, usually leads the group that 
includes Lake Fayetteville. At the very last minute, a safety issue flared up 
involving her car, which meant she had to remain in Oklahoma. Mitchell Pruitt 
stepped in, admirably, especially at the last minute. 


We had a fun, after-count tally rally at the home of Kim and Peggy Smith. This 
is always high entertainment, especially since they live on a ridge with a 
great western view. Folks that otherwise never socialize with one another spin 
yarns of Great Birding and other lofty stuff. I had a very helpful Fat Tire 
beer. 


Best and most interesting in my view: Doug James and Elizabeth Adam were in 
charge of birding a section of the Wilson Springs Conservation Area without 
road access and too muddy for a standard car. Due to a cross up in schedules, 
their 4-wheeler ride didn’t happen. Instead of giving up, they barreled in, 
found the birds, and amazingly, got out. Without a tow and with feathers only 
modestly ruffled. 


Their nice car did look last night like they had been participants in that 
great American teener sport called Mud Hogging. Northwest Arkansas Audubon 
Society, sponsors of this CBC, should pick up the tab for a car wash, not the 
least because Doug has organized most of our CBCs. 
Subject: Harris's Sparrow, Lonoke CBC
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:02:50 -0600
Jeremy Chamberlain, Samantha and I found an adult HARRISąS SPARROW on Cole
Rd. during todayąs Lonoke Christmas Bird Count.  This may be both the third
county record and third Lonoke CBC record.

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

Subject: L.A. Times: "A flock of genomes tells the tale of bird evolution" & CBC Kickoff Day
From: Barry Haas <bhaas AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:05 -0600
Dear ARBIRDers,

My brother sent an article from the L.A. Times titled "A flock of genomes tells 
the tale of bird evolution": 


http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82253048/

I think most of you will find the article as interesting as I did. Wonder how 
many headaches this new science will give ornithologists all across the land? 


Get ready. Get set. Go. Nice weather today for the first four of many Christmas 
Bird Counts. Hopefully compilers or others will post details of all the counts 
taking place this CBC season. 


From the deep woods just west of Little Rock,
Barry Haas
Subject: pileated wp in arboretum area
From: Carol Meyerdirk <dmeyerdirk AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:21 +0000
Lovely day produced lots of birds in the Pinnacle Mtn. arboretum area-Pileated 
woodpecker among them. A red crowned kinglet greeted us at the head of the 
trail. Yellow shafted flicker there also and many wt sparrows and lots of 
wrens. We also heard pileated wp calling back and forth at the Pinnacle Mt. 
boat landing but didn't see them. Sixteen mallards in the river area. 

  
Carol WLR 
Subject: FINAL version 115th CBC - adding BIG LAKE NWR & MAGNOLIA/ LAKE COLUMBIA
From: "Anderson, Leif E -FS" <leanderson AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:39:55 +0000

Greetings all,
It's getting close to the coolest (figuratively & literally) birding of the 
year. 


The Christmas Bird Counts are held around the Americas from 12/14 through 1/5. 
Counts have been done for 115 years - the oldest citizen science bird database 
in the world. 




If you've seen Audubon's Climate Change Report, then you know that the CBC & 
BBS were the data that made the report possible. Here is your chance to help 
the science, building toward future planned reports! 


Any birding skill level is fine.
Any length of time is welcome.
Just contact a compiler for details and join in the fun.
It's FREE for all.


You're welcome to contact me for general information - Leanderson "at" 
fs.fed.us or leave a message at 479-284-3150 ext 3151 

"at" =  AT   in the list below.

Dec 14th Sun:
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER EAST (near Buffalo Point on Hwy 14); Roy Stovall; 
roy.stovall "at" suddenlink.net; 


Co-compiler Jack Stewart; jampack1 "at" mac.com; You can stay near Rush the 
night before. Contact Jack ahead of time. Sponsored by Buffalo National River 
Partners. 


FAYETTEVILLE; Joe Neal; joeneal "at" uark.edu; Co-compiler Mike Mlodinow mamlod 
"at" hotmail.com 


Sponsored by NorthWest AR Audubon.

JONESBORO;    Virginie Rolland;   vrolland "at" astate.edu

LONOKE; Dan Scheiman; birddan at comcast.net Sponsored by the Audubon Society 
of Central AR 


15th Mon:
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE; Chris Cash; c52cash "at" sbcglobal.net Sponsored by Hot 
Springs Village Audubon 


MOUNTAIN HOME;  Alice Snyder;  alice.m.snyder "at" gmail.com



17th Wens:

NORTH FORK of the ILLINOIS BAYOU (near Hector); Sarah Davis; sadavis "at" 
fs.fed.us; Sponsored by US Forest Service. 




18th Thurs:

BAYOU DeVIEW (near Brinkley);  Steve Osborne;  jsteveosborne "at" gmail.com

MISSISSIPPI RIVER SP (near Marianna); Tara Gillanders; tara.gillanders "at" 
arkansas.gov 




20st Sat:
ARKADELPHIA;  Evelyn & Glenn Good;   theoldcrow "at" sbcglobal.net

CROOKED CREEK (near Harrison);  Alan Gregory;  quattro "at" windstream.net

FORT SMITH; Bill Beall; billtoka "at" mynewroads.com (Bill has been compiling 
for 64 years!!) 


LITTLE ROCK; Dan Scheiman; birddan "at" comcast.net Sponsored by the Audubon 
Society of Central AR 


MAGNOLIA/ LAKE COLUMBIA; Darrell & Debbie Chatelain; darrell1951 "at" 
suddenlink.net 


TEXARKANA;   Don Kyle;   rondokyle "at" windstream.net

VILLAGE CREEK SP;  Heather Runyan;   heather.runyan "at" arkansas.gov



21st Sun:

CONWAY; Allan Mueller; akcmueller "at" gmail.com Co-compiler Michael Linz 
mplinz "at" gmail.com 




27th Sat:

WAPANOCCA NWR; Dick Preston; dickpreston "at" bigriver.net Co-compiler of TN 
side Van Harris shelbyforester1223 "at" bigriver.net 




29th Mon:

BIG LAKE NWR;   corgiboy47 "at" outlook.com

PINE BLUFF; Rob Doster; calcarius "at" comcast.net Sponsored by Three Rivers 
Audubon Society 




Jan 1st Thurs:

LAKE DARANELLE;    Kenny Nichols;   kingbird "at"  ymail.com



2nd Fri:

LAKE GEORGIA PACIFIC/ FELSENTHAL NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us 




3rd Sat:

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK;  Shelley Todd;   shelley_todd "at" nps.gov

MOUNT MAGAZINE;   Don Simons;    don.simons "at" arkansas.gov

WHITE RIVER NWR;   Keith Sutton;   catfishdude at sbcglobal.net



4th Sun:

HOLLA BEND NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us Sponsored by Holla 
Bend NWR & the Friends of Holla Bend NWR. 




cheers, Leif  AT  Hector




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Subject: Lake Harrison Walk
From: Timon and Stephanie Barr <timandstephbarr AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:21:25 -0600
While doing our regular loop around the periphery of Lake Harrison yesterday, 
Tim and I spotted the following: mallard (40), great blue heron (1), red-tailed 
hawk (1), turkey vulture (5), American crow (2), blue jay (3-4), Northern 
cardinal (2), Carolina wren (2), and European starling (20) 
Subject: Lake Dardanelle
From: Kenny Nichols <kingbird AT YMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:00:24 -0600
Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue near Delaware Rec Area. Another 
Lesser Black-backed Gull in first-winter plumage was below the dam this 
afternoon along with several Herring Gulls and hundreds of Ring-bills. 


Kenny Nichols
Cabot

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Possum Grape
From: Bob Harden <flutterbybob AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:42:15 -0600
I went back to Possum Grape today hoping to get more pictures of the
Rough-Legged Hawk.  In the "less than two mile stretch" from the freeway to
the Greenroofed house I saw a Red Tailed Hawk, two cooper's hawks, two bald
eagles, three American Kestrals, and when I came to the Rough-Legged
Hawk,in the same field there were three Northern Harriers that seemed to be
hunting together.  I have not seen that before.  Is that common behavior?
 all in all it was pretty cool.
Subject: A fabulous day at Lake Fayetteville AND just in time for CBC!
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:28:33 +0000
Mike Mlodinow just called me with a fabulous birding report from Lake 
Fayetteville. He asked that I post it to ARBIRD. 


He found LONG-TAILED DUCK (1) and Red-breasted Merganser (1). The L-T DUCK is 
apparently hanging out with Buffleheads. 


In pines near the bait shop/boat dock, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (the only one he 
has seen this fall-winter). 


Just north of the Environmental Study Center, around Two Turtles Trail and that 
immediate area: WHITE-EYED VIREO and GRAY CATBIRD. This is Mike’s second 
December record for the vireo – he found the other one, also at Lake 
Fayetteville, December 19, 1991! 


Finally, Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society Richard Stauffacher has just posted 
a redrafted version of our Lake Fayetteville Park birding guide. You can see it 
here: http://www.nwarkaudubon.org/id17.html 
Subject: Bird Seed at Little Rock Audubon Center
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:16:50 +0000
All the bird seed has been taken. I'll get more from Ace Hardware this 
afternoon, so hold off until late afternoon or next week before coming out to 
the Little Rock Audubon Center. 


Dan Scheiman 
Little Rock, AR 
Subject: Lone Oak Dairy Loop
From: Timon and Stephanie Barr <timandstephbarr AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:35:09 -0600
Tim and I head out into the chilly, bright winter afternoon and did one of our 
favorite loops from our apartment down Capps Road, Lone Oak Dairy Road and Rock 
Springs Road right outside of Harrison. The highlight for the day was a 
loggerhead shrike on an electrical wire off Lone Oak, but we also got the 
following: kestrel (1), white-throated sparrow (3), red-bellied woodpecker (1), 
Carolina wren (2), pileated woodpecker (1), dark-eyed junco (1), Northern 
cardinal (7), blue jay (5), red-headed woodpecker (1), Eastern meadowlark (6), 
American crow (7), mourning dove (2), Northern mockingbird (2), red-tailed hawk 
(3), Eastern bluebird (8), turkey vulture (5), and European starling (36). 
Subject: Free Bird Seed, Little Rock Audubon Center
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:29:36 -0600
Thanks to a generous donation from Ace Hardware, Audubon Arkansas is
offering FREE 20-lbs bags of mixed bird seed to anyone who can pick them up
from the Little Rock Audubon Center, weekdays 9-5.

Everyone who attends tomorrow nightąs ASCA potluck at the Center will get
free seed.

Little Rock Audubon Center
4500 Springer Blvd. 72206
Take I-440 to exit 1, Springer Blvd.  Go south (left) on Springer Blvd.
Cross the railroad tracks, then look for the Center and Audubon Arkansas
sign on the right.

Subject: Peregrine Falcon Fayetteville ???
From: brandon schmidt <brandonschmidt2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:48:49 -0600
I believe there is a Peregrine Falcon hunting birds at night off the roof
of the EJ Ball building on the Square.It has been there the last three
nights. I saw it on Sunday night at midnight but I was not able to make a
good visual ID because of the lighting. It flew through the Bank of
Fayetteville parking lot then upward onto the edge of the Ball building.
After landing on the roof it began to call. Ive returned the last two
nights at midnight and have heard many calls but have not been able to see
it.
My birding by ear skills are not that stellar but I had my phone and went
to all about birds and listened to the Peregrine calls but I'm sill not
100% confident in my ID. Does this seem like Peregrine behavior or am I off
base with this ID?
Thanks for any input
Brandon Schmidt
Fayetteville AR
Subject: Re: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Bob Harden <flutterbybob AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:48:31 -0600
Watching Rough Legged hawk right now. Seen on ground next to road. On telephone 
pole. Now in tree next to house. Life bird. Bob 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 6, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Kenny Nichols  wrote:
> 
> I just recently received word of an immature light-morph Rough-legged Hawk 
from falconer Chris Price. LaDonna and I are looking at the bird right now. To 
reach the location: take US 67/167 north to the Possum Grape (Jackson Co.) exit 
number 69. After exiting, stay to the right. The paved road becomes gravel in a 
hundred yards. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles until you see an old white 
house with a green roof and a white trailer with a green roof 200 yards farther 
down the road. The hawk is in the tree line in the field between these two 
homes. Chris saw it in the trees next to the trailer and on a pole along the 
road. 

> 
> Kenny Nichols
> Cabot
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: GOEA in Arkansas
From: "Kimberly G. Smith" <kgsmith AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:07:01 +0000
Tommy Inebit with the US Fish and Wildlife in Conway has started a baiting 
project for Golden Eagles and he got his first picture of a GOEA on 26 November 
near Timbo in Stone County... the picture is a little grainy, but let me know 
if you would like to see a copy... 


Cheers, Kim

********************************
Kimberly G. Smith
University Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone:  479-575-6359  fax: 479-575-4010
Email:  kgsmith AT uark.edu
********************************
Subject: Re: Artist Turns Moulted Feathers Into Works of Art Using Scissors
From: Kenny Nichols <kingbird AT YMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:17:44 -0600
Incredible. 

KN

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 9, 2014, at 9:57 PM, Barry Haas  wrote:
> 
> Dear ARBIRDers,
> 
> My brother sent this knowing of my interest in birds:
> 
> 
http://twistedsifter.com/2014/12/chris-maynard-turns-moulted-feathers-into-works-of-art/ 

> 
> Enjoy.
> 
> From the deep woods just west of Little Rock,
> Barry Haas
Subject: Pine Bluff
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:47:57 -0600
Today I went to Pine Bluff and John Redman joined me and showed me around.

My intent was to take pictures of the Eared Grebe as only Horned Grebe seem
to show up here.
John showed me Eared Grebe up close and personal and I was able to get a
few pictures.  This is the place to go if you wish to see Eared Grebe.

We also saw a pair of Bald Eagles flying over head fairly low.
Lots of ducks, pelicans, gulls,....
The many colors of male Shovelers never ceases to amaze me (but those that
know me know it does not take much to amaze me).

The most unusual bird for the day was a Common Loon on Lake Saracen.  The
loons seem loonier than usual this year.  I have seen them on Lake Conway
and Sleepy Hollow (narrow access to Lake Maumelle).  Places that loons are
not suppose to be.

Here is the link to the days photos:

Pine Bluff Pictures

 


Michael(Conway)
Subject: Artist Turns Moulted Feathers Into Works of Art Using Scissors
From: Barry Haas <bhaas AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:57:12 -0600
Dear ARBIRDers,

My brother sent this knowing of my interest in birds:


http://twistedsifter.com/2014/12/chris-maynard-turns-moulted-feathers-into-works-of-art/ 


Enjoy.

From the deep woods just west of Little Rock,
Barry Haas
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - Dec. 9
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:21:08 -0600
It started off cold with dense fog, then turned warm and partly cloudy on
the survey today.  72 species were found.  The first 3 hours of the survey I
had to deal with dense fog with a visibility of around 60 ft.  This was not
suitable for counting ducks on the wetlands and lakes so I decided to work
the shrubby and wooded ditches along Mudline and Blackland Roads.  This paid
off with a good variety of sparrows and other passerines.  Here is my list
for today:

 

Wood Duck - 2

Gadwall - 1560

American Wigeon - 1

Mallard - 1395

Northern Shoveler - 53

Northern Pintail - 14

Green-winged Teal - 324

Ring-necked Duck - 260

Hooded Merganser - 16

Ruddy Duck - 13

Pied-billed Grebe - 31

Double-crested Cormorant - 14

Great Blue Heron - 5

Black Vulture - 17

Turkey Vulture - 39

Bald Eagle - 2

Northern Harrier - 9

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-shouldered Hawk - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 10

American Coot - 106

Killdeer - 2

Greater Yellowlegs - 1

Wilson's Snipe - 4

Rock Dove - 2

Mourning Dove - 25

Belted Kingfisher - 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 7

Downy Woodpecker - 7

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Northern Flicker - 12

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Phoebe - 9

Loggerhead Shrike - 2

Blue Jay - 6

American Crow - 170

Fish Crow - 33

Carolina Chickadee - 16

Tufted Titmouse - 4

Carolina Wren - 3

Bewick's Wren - 2

Winter Wren - 1

Sedge Wren - 1

Marsh Wren - 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 5

Eastern Bluebird - 1

Hermit Thrush - 1

American Robin - 41

Northern Mockingbird - 2

Brown Thrasher - 5

European Starling - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 9

Common Yellowthroat - 1

Spotted Towhee - 1

Eastern Towhee - 4

Field Sparrow - 1

Savannah Sparrow - 14

Fox Sparrow - 5

Song Sparrow - 22

Swamp Sparrow - 9

White-throated Sparrow - 23

Harris' Sparrow - 3

White-crowned Sparrow - 23

Dark-eyed Junco - 31 (including 1 "Oregon" race.)

Northern Cardinal - 35

Red-winged Blackbird - 15

Eastern Meadowlark - 3

Rusty Blackbird - 5

Common Grackle - 2610

American Goldfinch - 15

 

Good birding!

 

David Arbour

De Queen, AR

 

 
Subject: Winter Stroll through Parker Ingram Park, Harrison
From: Timon and Stephanie Barr <timandstephbarr AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:36:33 -0600
Tim and I had the misfortune to go birding during the very chilliest part of 
the day today -- early morning, with a north wind to make your eyes water and a 
huge cloudbank over the town. We did get rather a nice complement of winter 
birds though, including: turkey vulture, American crow, blue jay, mourning 
dove, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadee, white-throated sparrow, 
Northern flicker, Carolina wren, dark-eyed junco, American goldfinch, American 
robin and European starling. 
Subject: Western grebe no
From: Nancy Felker <felker.nancy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:48:01 -0600
Finally had a chance to go to lake Fayetteville today around noon. Met a fellow 
birder who did not find anything earlier. I stayed for about a hour but no 
luck. Also, did not find any mergansers. However I still had fun watching a few 
species including 2 green-winged teal. 

Nancy in Fayetteville too late. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Taliban Bird Bomb?
From: Jeffrey Short <bashman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:22:05 -0600
http://nypost.com/2014/12/01/talibans-latest-weapon-a-bird-fitted-with-a-bom
b-vest/

 

Anyone else see this one?  Or something later?

 

It appears like a bird (K34) being tracked was mistaken as a terrorist.

 

Looks like a Bustard species to me.  

 

Jeff Short
Subject: latest version 115th CBC - ADDING TEXARKANA
From: "Anderson, Leif E -FS" <leanderson AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:34:55 +0000
Greetings all,
It's getting close to the coolest (figuratively & literally) birding of the 
year. 


The Christmas Bird Counts are held around the Americas from 12/14 through 1/5. 
Counts have been done for 115 years - the oldest citizen science bird database 
in the world. 




If you've seen Audubon's Climate Change Report, then you know that the CBC & 
BBS were the data that made the report possible. Here is your chance to help 
the science, building toward future planned reports! 


Any birding skill level is fine.
Any length of time is welcome.
Just contact a compiler for details and join in the fun.
It's FREE for all.
I'll repost, as more dates are selected.



You're welcome to contact me for general information - Leanderson "at" 
fs.fed.us or leave a message at 479-284-3150 ext 3151 

"at" =  AT   in the list below.

Dec 14th Sun:
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER EAST (near Buffalo Point on Hwy 14); Roy Stovall; 
roy.stovall "at" suddenlink.net; 


Co-compiler Jack Stewart; jampack1 "at" mac.com; You can stay near Rush the 
night before. Contact Jack ahead of time. Sponsored by Buffalo National River 
Partners. 


FAYETTEVILLE; Joe Neal; joeneal "at" uark.edu; Co-compiler Mike Mlodinow mamlod 
"at" hotmail.com 


Sponsored by NorthWest AR Audubon.

JONESBORO;    Virginie Rolland;   vrolland "at" astate.edu

LONOKE;  Dan Scheiman;  birddan at comcast.net

15th Mon:
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE; Chris Cash; c52cash "at" sbcglobal.net Sponsored by Hot 
Springs Village Audubon 


MOUNTAIN HOME;  Alice Snyder;  alice.m.snyder "at" gmail.com



17th Wens:

NORTH FORK of the ILLINOIS BAYOU (near Hector); Sarah Davis; sadavis "at" 
fs.fed.us; Sponsored by US Forest Service. 




18th Thurs:

BAYOU DeVIEW (near Brinkley);  Steve Osborne;  jsteveosborne "at" gmail.com

MISSISSIPPI RIVER SP (near Marianna); Tara Gillanders; tara.gillanders "at" 
arkansas.gov 




20st Sat:
ARKADELPHIA;  Evelyn & Glenn Good;   theoldcrow "at" sbcglobal.net

CROOKED CREEK (near Harrison);  Alan Gregory;  quattro "at" windstream.net

FORT SMITH; Bill Beall; billtoka "at" mynewroads.com (Bill has been compiling 
for 64 years!!) 


LITTLE ROCK; Dan Scheiman; birddan "at" comcast.net Sponsored by the Audubon 
Society of Central AR 


TEXARKANA;   Don Kyle;   rondokyle "at" windstream.net

VILLAGE CREEK SP;  Heather Runyan;   heather.runyan "at" arkansas.gov



21st Sun:

CONWAY; Allan Mueller; akcmueller "at" gmail.com Co-compiler Michael Linz 
mplinz "at" gmail.com 




27th Sat:

WAPANOCCA NWR; Dick Preston; dickpreston "at" bigriver.net Co-compiler of TN 
side Van Harris shelbyforester1223 "at" bigriver.net 




29th Mon:

PINE BLUFF; Rob Doster; calcarius "at" comcast.net Sponsored by Three Rivers 
Audubon Society 




Jan 1st Thurs:

LAKE DARANELLE;    Kenny Nichols;   kingbird "at"  ymail.com



2nd Fri:

LAKE GEORGIA PACIFIC/ FELSENTHAL NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us 




3rd Sat:

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK;  Shelley Todd;   shelley_todd "at" nps.gov

MOUNT MAGAZINE;   Don Simons;    don.simons "at" arkansas.gov

WHITE RIVER NWR;   Keith Sutton;   catfishdude at sbcglobal.net



4th Sun:

HOLLA BEND NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us Sponsored by Holla 
Bend NWR & the Friends of Holla Bend NWR. 




Possible counts - dates to be set latter:

BIG LAKE NWR;   alreams469 "at" msn.com

MAGNOLIA/ LAKE COLUMBIA; Darrell & Debbie Chatelain; darrell1951 "at" 
suddenlink.net 




cheers, Leif  AT  Hector




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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Clark Co.
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:48:03 +0000




Subject: Re: Owl sounds
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:50:52 -0600
This morning, when I walked the dogs around 7:00 a.m., I saw a Barred Owl 
fly up from a brush pile and land in the cedar tree that the female often 
roosted in back in the Spring.



Gail Miller
Conway - Faulkner Co. - AR
See my recent photos at http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent
See my photography at: http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root



-----Original Message----- 
From: Gail Miller
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 8:05 PM
To: ARBirdlist
Subject: Owl sounds

I have been hearing Great-horned Owls a lot in my woods lately, but tonight
I heard two Great-horned Owls AND a Barred Owl call.

I watched the crows chase and harass a GHO this morning early when I walked
the dogs.


Gail Miller
Conway - Faulkner Co. - AR
See my recent photos at http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent
See my photography at: http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root
Subject: A Raptor-ous Drive on 412
From: Timon and Stephanie Barr <timandstephbarr AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:15:38 -0600
On the way to Fayetteville on 412 today, Tim and I spotted the following: 
red-tailed hawk (11), red-shouldered hawk (1), bald eagle, mature (1) and 
kestrel (2). Winter is definitely the season of the raptor here in Arkansas! 
Subject: Magness Lake ----today --Monday
From: Larry Jernigan <larryjernigan6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:31:21 -0600
3 Common Mergansers noted feeding at different times ---- they appear and
then disappear ---all three together 10:30 and about 1:30.
1 mature Tundra Swan --- all day.

These mergansers have been here several days --- you just have to wait and
watch.
The Tundra is easy , especially if you listen.
Subject: Re: Owl sounds
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:21:12 -0600
I had a Great-horned in my yard (heard in woods behind the house) today as
well.  This was a new yard bird for me.

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM, Gail Miller 
wrote:

> I have been hearing Great-horned Owls a lot in my woods lately, but
> tonight I heard two Great-horned Owls AND a Barred Owl call.
>
> I watched the crows chase and harass a GHO this morning early when I
> walked the dogs.
>
>
> Gail Miller
> Conway - Faulkner Co. - AR
> See my recent photos at http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent
> See my photography at: http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root
>
Subject: FW: Online PPT for Webinar: Management of At-risk Grassland Birds - Dr. Rosalind Renfrew
From: Jeffrey Short <bashman AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:13:25 -0600
FYI.

Jeff Short

 

From: Bird conservation list for Department of Defense/Partners in Flight
[mailto:DODPIF-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] On Behalf Of Fischer, Richard A
ERDC-RDE-EL-MS
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 5:03 PM
To: DODPIF-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
Subject: Online PPT for Webinar: Management of At-risk Grassland Birds - Dr.
Rosalind Renfrew
Importance: High

 

For those of you unable to join us on the Webinar last week, a copy of Dr.
Renfrew's excellent presentation can be found at:

 

http://dodpif.org/involved/webinars.php
 

 

Unfortunately, we do not yet have "podcast" or recording capability yet for
these presentations, though we are working on that.  Please share
appropriately with your colleagues.

 

Rich

 

Richard A. Fischer, Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center, Environmental Lab

3909 Halls Ferry Rd.

Vicksburg, MS  39180

502-315-6707 (o)

502-641-7824 (cell)

DoD Partners in Flight Program Coordinator

 

  _____  

 

 

 

 

Dr. Rosalind Renfrew, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will be presenting the
next topic in our DoD PIF Webinar series with a talk titled, "Taking the
black hole out of migratory bird management: revealing migration routes and
wintering areas of At-Risk grassland birds."  This webinar will occur on 3
Dec. at 1:00p Eastern Time.  Her presentation will detail a new Legacy
project per the abstract below.  Details on connecting to DCO and a call-in
number will be provided soon.  Please mark your calendars and don't miss
this interesting and timely topic of high relevance to DoD Bird
Conservation!

 

Abstract:  Migratory birds spend only 3 to 4 months on breeding areas, yet
threats that affect populations exist throughout the year. Managers aiming
to benefit these species have had to work in isolation of these other,
unquantifiable threats that limit the populations they are charged with
protecting. New, powerful tools are dramatically advancing our understanding
of the full life-cycle ecology of birds. Light-level and GPS geolocators
provide your-round, daily locations of a bird. We will be using these
technologies on two At-Risk grassland bird species at installations across
their breeding range. An understanding of the very basics of the
non-breeding season - migratory timing, routes, wintering areas, and
population connectivity - will ultimately help DoD managers more effectively
manage for these species by defining their role and responsibility within
the framework of the entire annual cycle of At-Risk grassland bird species.

 

Rosalind Renfrew Bio:  Rosalind's work focuses on the grassland birds that
live in agricultural landscapes. Her current projects include research on
population connectivity of migratory grassland birds, creating regional and
international grassland bird conservation plans, and outreach to local
landowners to ameliorate threats to grassland birds. Her projects range from
the local to the hemispheric - from the hayfields of Vermont to the rice
fields of South America. Rosalind also directed the 2003-2007 Vermont
Breeding Bird Atlas and published the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of
Vermont. A co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Rosalind Renfrew
created and directs the Grasslands Program. Rosalind holds an MS and PhD in
Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, but she circled
back to Vermont, where she obtained her BS in Wildlife Biology at the
University of Vermont. She is the proud mom of a beautiful boy who keeps her
young.
Subject: Owl sounds
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:05:42 -0600
I have been hearing Great-horned Owls a lot in my woods lately, but tonight 
I heard two Great-horned Owls AND a Barred Owl call.

I watched the crows chase and harass a GHO this morning early when I walked 
the dogs.


Gail Miller
Conway - Faulkner Co. - AR
See my recent photos at http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root&view=recent
See my photography at: http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/root
Subject: Arkansas life birds
From: Ed Laster <elaster523 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:45:42 -0600
As Michael Linz stated, thanks you to all of you who report these unusual 
birds. 


Don Simons took part of his personal day off to help me find the Townsend’s 
Solitaire in the windy fog on top of chilly Mt. Magazine. I really didn’t 
have much hope we would have success in these conditions, but Don’s knowledge 
of the bird and “his” mountain led to excellent results. 


Kenny’s posting of the location, Michael Linz’s photos, and Justin 
Brand’s help in defining it’s behaviors were a great help in finding the 
Rough-legged Hawk. 


Thanks,
Ed Laster
Little Rock
Subject: Sandhill Cranes near Arkadelphia
From: Good <theoldcrow AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:05:22 -0600
Two Sandhill Cranes were located near the old Reynolds Aluminum Plant in 
Gum Springs near  Arkadelphia on Sunday afternoon around 2:00.   They 
were located in almost the same spot where they were found last year.  
The Sandhill Cranes have been found in this vicinity pretty consistently 
for the past 12-15 years.   I believe the first records of these birds 
go back to around 1985.

Evelyn Good
Arkadelphia
Subject: Re: Birds and Pipelines
From: Joe Mosby <jhmosby AT CYBERBACK.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:09:55 -0600
Windrow means an extended brush pile, and all sorts of critters will use it.

Joe Mosby
Conway

-----Original Message----- 
From: George R. Hoelzeman 
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 11:00 AM 
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU 
Subject: Birds and Pipelines 

So, yeah.  Some time next Fall they are going to put a crude oil 
pipeline across our place and there is nothing I can do about it.  I 
did, however, get excellent advice and direction from exceptional legal 
counsel so I won't get total shaft.  Now I kind of want to do what I can 
to make things happy (or at least less unhappy) for the local fauna, 
particularly the birds.

The area they are going across was heavily impacted by the tornado in 
2008.  We logged it at that time and the loggers left a lot of debris on 
the ground (not that you could tell it from tornado damage).  Now this 
pipeline is going to plow through some more trees.  The question is, 
what to do with the remains.

I pretty much know what path the line will take so I'm going to try 
getting the most harvest-able timber either to sell or make lumber for 
myself.  But there's going to be a lot of other stuff.  There are, I'm 
told, three choices on what to do with all this stuff:  1) windrow 
everything (favorite option of the oil company) 2) burn and bury (?) and 
3) chip and remove.  Of these three options which most benefits birds 
and other wildlife?

Thoughts from the collective?

Thanks

George (n. Conway Co. thinking the land is starting to look like the 
face of a pirate who has been in one too many sword fights)

-- 
George R. Hoelzeman
North Conway County
Subject: Birds and Pipelines
From: "George R. Hoelzeman" <vogel AT GRHSTUDIOS.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:00:40 -0600
So, yeah.  Some time next Fall they are going to put a crude oil 
pipeline across our place and there is nothing I can do about it.  I 
did, however, get excellent advice and direction from exceptional legal 
counsel so I won't get total shaft.  Now I kind of want to do what I can 
to make things happy (or at least less unhappy) for the local fauna, 
particularly the birds.

The area they are going across was heavily impacted by the tornado in 
2008.  We logged it at that time and the loggers left a lot of debris on 
the ground (not that you could tell it from tornado damage).  Now this 
pipeline is going to plow through some more trees.  The question is, 
what to do with the remains.

I pretty much know what path the line will take so I'm going to try 
getting the most harvest-able timber either to sell or make lumber for 
myself.  But there's going to be a lot of other stuff.  There are, I'm 
told, three choices on what to do with all this stuff:  1) windrow 
everything (favorite option of the oil company) 2) burn and bury (?) and 
3) chip and remove.  Of these three options which most benefits birds 
and other wildlife?

Thoughts from the collective?

Thanks

George (n. Conway Co. thinking the land is starting to look like the 
face of a pirate who has been in one too many sword fights)

-- 
George R. Hoelzeman
North Conway County
Subject: Western Grebe
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:54:55 -0600
I discovered an error in my earlier thank you note ...

It was Mike Mlodinow who first saw the Western Grebe at Lake Fayetteville.
David Chapman who lives on the lake did the first report to ARBird.

With all the excellent status reports I had not followed the string far
enough back.
Mike and David...as usually I appreciate all you do for the birding
community.
Sorry for my error...

Michael
Subject: Union County - El Dorado High School
From: Kelly Chitwood <kellyannchitwood AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:27:31 -0600
The grounds of the El Dorado High School are a nice place to pick up a few 
species, if you've got the time and are already in the area. 

Yesterday, I birded the pond area, which also contains native plants, so the 
habitat is very inviting for birds. 


Within 15 minutes, I had several sparrow species: White-throated, LeConte's, 
Song, Swamp, Field, Savannah and White-crowned. 

Wren species included House and Marsh. 


I'm ready to bird Overflow NWR. Has anyone visited recently? Are there any 
birders from south Arkansas on this list? 

Does anyone else bird Felsenthal?


Cheers!


Kelly Chitwood
El Dorado, AR
Subject: ASCA Holiday Potluck, Dec 11
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:09:37 -0600
All are welcome at Audubon Society of Central Arkansasąs annual holiday
potluck and silent auction this Thursday, December 11, from 6:00 ­ 9:00
p.m., at the Little Rock Audubon Center, 4500 Springer Blvd. in Little Rock.
 
ASCA will provide the drinks. Plates, cups, and eating utensils will be
furnished by Audubon Arkansas. In addition to all the fun, weąll conduct one
important point of business ­ elect officers and board members for the
upcoming year. So exercise your right to vote!
 
Bring your favorite dish and join us on December 11 for a fun-filled evening
and a chance to visit with fellow birders from around the state.  Eating
starts at 6:30, bidding starts at 6:15, if you have an item for the auction
be that at 6.

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

Subject: White River NWR Christmas Bird Count. Your help needed.
From: "Anderson, Leif E -FS" <leanderson AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:04:25 +0000
Leif,
I'm not on ARBIRD so if you don't mind, please post this for me:

The White River NWR CBC will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 3. We always are 
looking for folks to assist. If you're interested, please contact me via email 
at catfishdude AT sbcglobal.net. We especially 
need experienced birders who can lead parties in assigned areas, but have room 
for a few participants to ride along with other party leaders. 


Many thanks!

Keith "Catfish" Sutton
15601 Mountain Dr.
Alexander, AR 72002
www.catfishsutton.com
www.facebook.com/catfishdude
catfishdude AT sbcglobal.net






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Subject: Weekend birding
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:02:00 -0600
My weekend was spend attempting to relocate birds that had been reported by
others.  And in most cases I was assisted by others that had observed the
birds previously.

I just wanted to thank all of you who report your finding so that others
like me can go see these birds and all of our birding community that is so
willing to help others.  While the list is long...a few key people for me
this weekend...

Western Grebe : Joe Neal (reported) and David Oakley (assisted in locating)
Townsend Solitaire : Don Simons (reported and located if for me)
Rough-legged Hawk : Kenny Nichols (reported) and Justin Brand and David Ray
(assisted in locating)
Tundra Swan : Terry Butler and Kenny Nations (reported and updated reports)

Thanks to all of you who made my weekend a success.

Michael(Conway)
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:49:12 -0600
Danny and Rhonda Townsend, Justin Brand and I watched the Rough-legged Hawk
around 3:30pm on 12/7/2014.

If you keep up with locations of your sightings...the crook in the road
that you head south on from the interstate is the county line.  So the hawk
is about 1/2 mile in White County.

I got a few shots but have only processed one... (an absolutely beautiful
bird...I just love raptors):

https://picasaweb.google.com/OtaLinz/December2014BirdsAndStuff#slideshow/6090315722166181570 


Michael
Subject: Re: Bluebird Box Too Small?
From: Robert Bays <baysrr AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:10:47 -0600
Good evening Scott. I will see if I can get an answer to your question from 
some of our members. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 3, 2014, at 11:09 AM, Scott Branyan 
<000000b1c4abb4fb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU> wrote: 

> 
> Another question on Bluebird Boxes. I replaced our homemade nest box with a 
store bought one a couple of years ago. Since then I've noticed the nesting 
pair of bluebirds only raise four young. I'm guessing the store bought box is 
too small and I need to replace it this winter. I have seen five eggs layed, 
but I only see four young when I check on them later before they fledge. Any 
thoughts? 

> 
> Thanks, 
> Scott Branyan
> Rogers, AR
Subject: Common Mergansers
From: Kenny Nations <kennynations AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:56:02 -0600
Three Common Mergansers still present as of noon at Magness Lake.
Subject: Re: W Grebe and R-b Mergansers continue at Lake Fayetteville
From: Adam Leslie <villagecreeksp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:17:54 -0600
I saw one W. Grebe at 2 p.m. from the dock behind the environmental center.
It was on the opposite shore but stayed still for quite awhile offering
good looks through the scope.
On Dec 7, 2014 2:10 PM, "Joseph C. Neal"  wrote:

>  Mitchell Pruitt and I saw one Western Grebe and either 39 or 45
> Red-breasted Mergansers at Lake Fayetteville this morning.
>
Subject: W Grebe and R-b Mergansers continue at Lake Fayetteville
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:10:25 +0000
Mitchell Pruitt and I saw one Western Grebe and either 39 or 45 Red-breasted 
Mergansers at Lake Fayetteville this morning. 
Subject: Re: Trundra swan
From: David Ray <cardcards AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:43:04 -0600
Tundra swan still present  AT  noon.
David Ray

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 7, 2014, at 9:04 AM, Terry Butler  wrote:
> 
> The Tundra swan is still present this morning, 12/7/2014, in the west pond on 
Hiram rd between Heber Springs and Pangburn. There were also about 200 
Trumpeter swans present. 

>  
> Terry Butler
>  
Subject: Lonoke CBC, Dec 14
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:34:07 -0600
I am in need of another experienced Christmas Bird Counter or two to cover a
section of next Sundayąs Lonoke CBC.  Please reply off-list.

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

Subject: Four Townsends
From: Don Simons <Don.Simons AT ARKANSAS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:54:53 +0000
This morning I found four Townsends. Two of them were hominids, Danny and 
Rhonda, along with Michael Linz. The other two were solitaires. It was a bit 
windy and cloudy but most of the fog was below us. We were able to call one 
TOSO in for the guys to get some nice photos. 



Don R. Simons, Park Interpreter
Certified Heritage Interpreter
Mount Magazine State Park
16878 HWY 309 South
Paris, AR 72855

don.simons AT arkansas.gov
phone: 479-963-8502
FAX: 479-963-1031
Subject: Sightings: Sandhill Crane in Little Rock Port area
From: Jim Dixon <jamesdixonlr AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:08:29 -0600
I saw two Sandhill Cranes flying over the Lindsay Road exit from I–440 Sunday 
morning. This is not too far from where seven were seen for weeks last winter. 


Jim Dixon
Little Rock

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly 
usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something 
you were after.” -- Thorin 
Subject: Trundra swan
From: Terry Butler <twbutler1941 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:04:52 -0600
The Tundra swan is still present this morning, 12/7/2014, in the west pond
on Hiram rd between Heber Springs and Pangburn. There were also about 200
Trumpeter swans present.

 

Terry Butler

 
Subject: Re: Rough-legged Hawk
From: David Ray <cardcards AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:53:41 -0600
P. S. Dress warm, open fields & windy. Bring a scope. Fellow just stopped by & 
said they see these out here all the time. 

David

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 6, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Kenny Nichols  wrote:
> 
> I just recently received word of an immature light-morph Rough-legged Hawk 
from falconer Chris Price. LaDonna and I are looking at the bird right now. To 
reach the location: take US 67/167 north to the Possum Grape (Jackson Co.) exit 
number 69. After exiting, stay to the right. The paved road becomes gravel in a 
hundred yards. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles until you see an old white 
house with a green roof and a white trailer with a green roof 200 yards farther 
down the road. The hawk is in the tree line in the field between these two 
homes. Chris saw it in the trees next to the trailer and on a pole along the 
road. 

> 
> Kenny Nichols
> Cabot
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Rough-legged Hawk
From: David Ray <cardcards AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:47:26 -0600
Rough-legged hawk still present  AT  8:45 am Sunday  AT  location given by Kenny 
Nichols. Life bird! 

David Ray 
NLR 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 6, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Kenny Nichols  wrote:
> 
> I just recently received word of an immature light-morph Rough-legged Hawk 
from falconer Chris Price. LaDonna and I are looking at the bird right now. To 
reach the location: take US 67/167 north to the Possum Grape (Jackson Co.) exit 
number 69. After exiting, stay to the right. The paved road becomes gravel in a 
hundred yards. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles until you see an old white 
house with a green roof and a white trailer with a green roof 200 yards farther 
down the road. The hawk is in the tree line in the field between these two 
homes. Chris saw it in the trees next to the trailer and on a pole along the 
road. 

> 
> Kenny Nichols
> Cabot
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fort Smith Incas
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 07:19:54 -0600
Four at South M and 25th yesterday afternoon. On Thanksgiving, five in my 
neighbors yard. 


Sandy B.

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Fwd: Western Grebe
From: Michael Linz <mplinz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:53:48 -0600
As David mentioned...
I went to Fayetteville to try to get pictures of the Western Grebe as the
ones I have seen in the past  have been at least a mile out.  Today we got
excellent scope views.  The weatherman missed the forecast and it never
cleared up so the the pictures were not that great.  However they are the
best I have ever gotten on a Western Grebe.  One of the shots has a good
comparison of a Horned and Western.  There is also a shot of part of the
group of the record number of Red-breasted Mergansers. Link to pictures
below....enjoy the content and forgive me for the quality...


https://picasaweb.google.com/OtaLinz/December2014BirdsAndStuff#slideshow/6089941074483597138 


Michael



On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM, David Oakley 
wrote:

> Neil Nodelman, Michael Linz, and I had two at Lake Fayetteville this AM.
>
> —————
>
> David Oakley
> 4779 Cedar Ridge Drive
> Springdale, AR
> 479/422-6588
> mainoak AT oakleycompany.com
>
> "Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses"
>
>
Subject: Little Rock Incas
From: Devin Moon <moondevg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:08:45 -0600
This afternoon I went to David D. Terry Lock & Dam via Harper Rd.  Nothing
much on the river, but there were at least two, maybe as many as six, Inca
Doves in the little neighborhood where Harper Rd meets Frazier Pike.  There
was a group of doves huddled around a roadside puddle and I didn't see them
until they were flushed.  Others with me said they all resembled Inca Doves
with the reddish color on the wings but only two were confirmed.
Other birds seen were Northern Harriers, several Kestrels, Horned Larks,
American Pipits, and a variety of sparrows.

Devin Moon
Little Rock
Subject: Tundra
From: Terry Butler <twbutler1941 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:55:01 -0600
The Tundra swan showed back up at one of the ponds on Hiram road between
Heber Springs and Pangburn.  I'll take another look in the early morning
and post (if or if not it is still present).

 

Terry Butler

Pangburn, AR

 

 

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a
song."  Maya Angelou

 

 
Subject: Large flocks of siskins at Hobbs State Park, Benton County, AR
From: Joan Reynolds <joanreynolds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:26:44 -0600
This afternoon large flocks of Pine Siskins mixed with some American
Goldfinches were observed feeding on the ground under shortleaf pines
around the parking lot in front of the Hobbs State Park Visitor's
Center, and on the sunflower seed feeders behind the Visitor's Center.  One
flock was greater than 300 individuals, mostly siskins.

--Joan
   Rogers, AR
Subject: Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville
From: Jonathan Perry <jonathanperry24 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:24:07 -0600

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 6, 2014, at 6:11 PM, Hilary David Chapman  wrote:
> 
> Mike Mlodinow and I checked out Lake Fayetteville at about 5 pm on Saturday 
after Dan Schiemanns talk at Hobbs. There was one Western Grebe, two Horned 
Grebes and 44 Red-breasted Mergansers. The latter is a record number for here. 

>  
> David Chapman
>  
> From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List 
[mailto:ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] On Behalf Of Jacque Brown 

> Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:07 PM
> To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
> Subject: Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville
>  
>  
> I went down to Lake Fayetteville after the rain, rather between the rain, on 
Friday and saw one Western Grebe directly across from the environmental center. 
I was able to get a halfway decent photo considering the distance and misty 
conditions. I thought I’d try again today after work, it was supposed to 
clear up some and never did all day. At any rate, i saw one Western Grebe 
again, just a bit further away. There were at least a dozen active Mergansers. 
14 Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Horned Grebes, I didn’t see any Hooded Mergansers. I 
scanned the lake and did not see Western Grebe # 2 either day. Maybe tomorrow, 

>  
> I know they look closer to the opposite shore but looks are deceiving on 
water and more likely the Mergansers and W. Grebe are smack in the middle. I 
might try that view Sunday when it promises to be Sunny. ;-). 

>  
> As I arrived today a Bald Eagle took off from near the platform, directly 
underneath where it had been were at least 40 Coots, laying low. 

>  
> I hope all those great birds hang around until next Sunday for the F’ville 
CBC. 

>  
> On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Hilary David Chapman  wrote:
> 
> 
> No mainly close to the ducks. It is easy to find.
>  
> From: Jacque Brown [mailto:bluebird2 AT cox.net] 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:47 PM
> To: Hilary David Chapman
> Subject: Re:
>  
> Is the Grebe being seen anywhere in particular?
>  
>  
> On Dec 3, 2014, at 6:51 AM, Hilary David Chapman  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> The Western Grebe at Lake Fayetteville on December 2nd (seen by Mike 
Mlodinow, Mitchell Pruitt, and myself) was accompanied by 36-40 Greater Scaup, 
a lone Tree Swallow, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Canvasback and other assorted 
waterfowl. This influx involved freezing weather following several days of 
strong southwesterly winds. The number of Greater Scaup is by far the largest 
recorded for northwest Arkansas and there are only two previous reports of Tree 
Swallow in December for this region. 

>  
> David Chapman
>  
Subject: Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville
From: Hilary David Chapman <dchapman AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:11:33 +0000
Mike Mlodinow and I checked out Lake Fayetteville at about 5 pm on Saturday 
after Dan Schiemanns talk at Hobbs. There was one Western Grebe, two Horned 
Grebes and 44 Red-breasted Mergansers. The latter is a record number for here. 


David Chapman

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] 
On Behalf Of Jacque Brown 

Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:07 PM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
Subject: Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville


I went down to Lake Fayetteville after the rain, rather between the rain, on 
Friday and saw one Western Grebe directly across from the environmental center. 
I was able to get a halfway decent photo considering the distance and misty 
conditions. I thought I'd try again today after work, it was supposed to clear 
up some and never did all day. At any rate, i saw one Western Grebe again, just 
a bit further away. There were at least a dozen active Mergansers. 14 
Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Horned Grebes, I didn't see any Hooded Mergansers. I 
scanned the lake and did not see Western Grebe # 2 either day. Maybe tomorrow, 


I know they look closer to the opposite shore but looks are deceiving on water 
and more likely the Mergansers and W. Grebe are smack in the middle. I might 
try that view Sunday when it promises to be Sunny. ;-). 


As I arrived today a Bald Eagle took off from near the platform, directly 
underneath where it had been were at least 40 Coots, laying low. 


I hope all those great birds hang around until next Sunday for the F'ville CBC.

On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Hilary David Chapman 
> wrote: 



No mainly close to the ducks. It is easy to find.

From: Jacque Brown [mailto:bluebird2 AT cox.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:47 PM
To: Hilary David Chapman
Subject: Re:

Is the Grebe being seen anywhere in particular?


On Dec 3, 2014, at 6:51 AM, Hilary David Chapman 
> 
wrote: 




The Western Grebe at Lake Fayetteville on December 2nd (seen by Mike Mlodinow, 
Mitchell Pruitt, and myself) was accompanied by 36-40 Greater Scaup, a lone 
Tree Swallow, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Canvasback and other assorted 
waterfowl. This influx involved freezing weather following several days of 
strong southwesterly winds. The number of Greater Scaup is by far the largest 
recorded for northwest Arkansas and there are only two previous reports of Tree 
Swallow in December for this region. 


David Chapman
Subject: Re: Grebes-Lake Fayetteville
From: Jacque Brown <bluebird2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:07:24 -0600
I went down to Lake Fayetteville after the rain, rather between the rain, on 
Friday and saw one Western Grebe directly across from the environmental center. 
I was able to get a halfway decent photo considering the distance and misty 
conditions. I thought I’d try again today after work, it was supposed to clear 
up some and never did all day. At any rate, i saw one Western Grebe again, just 
a bit further away. There were at least a dozen active Mergansers. 14 
Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Horned Grebes, I didn’t see any Hooded Mergansers. I 
scanned the lake and did not see Western Grebe # 2 either day. Maybe tomorrow, 


I know they look closer to the opposite shore but looks are deceiving on water 
and more likely the Mergansers and W. Grebe are smack in the middle. I might 
try that view Sunday when it promises to be Sunny. ;-). 


As I arrived today a Bald Eagle took off from near the platform, directly 
underneath where it had been were at least 40 Coots, laying low. 


I hope all those great birds hang around until next Sunday for the F’ville CBC. 


On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Hilary David Chapman  wrote:

> No mainly close to the ducks. It is easy to find.
>  
> From: Jacque Brown [mailto:bluebird2 AT cox.net] 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:47 PM
> To: Hilary David Chapman
> Subject: Re:
>  
> Is the Grebe being seen anywhere in particular?
>  
>  
> On Dec 3, 2014, at 6:51 AM, Hilary David Chapman  wrote:
> 
> 
> The Western Grebe at Lake Fayetteville on December 2nd (seen by Mike 
Mlodinow, Mitchell Pruitt, and myself) was accompanied by 36-40 Greater Scaup, 
a lone Tree Swallow, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Canvasback and other assorted 
waterfowl. This influx involved freezing weather following several days of 
strong southwesterly winds. The number of Greater Scaup is by far the largest 
recorded for northwest Arkansas and there are only two previous reports of Tree 
Swallow in December for this region. 

>  
> David Chapman
Subject: Dowitchers
From: Doug Raybuck <dwraybuck AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:50:22 -0600
Highlight of a rice-field birding day was watching a feeding flock of 
approximately 400 long-billed dowitchers in northern Poinsett County south of 
Jonesboro. Have seen a flock in the same flooded field three times in three 
weeks, with counts of 40-45 the first two times. Still a few least sandpipers, 
greater yellowlegs, and Wilson's Snipe hanging around as well. 

Subject: TOSO
From: Don Simons <Don.Simons AT ARKANSAS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:19:00 +0000
I did not have much time available for birding on such a nice day. But I did 
hear one Townsend's solitaire near Brown Springs here on Mount Magazine. 


Don

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] 
On Behalf Of Anderson, Leif E -FS 

Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:20 AM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
Subject: [ARBIRD-L] latest version - 115th CBC - hopefully this has content

Sorry this didn't go through. We have a new email security system that is 
causing me fits. Sigh 


Greetings all,
It's getting close to the coolest (figuratively & literally) birding of the 
year. 


The Christmas Bird Counts are held around the Americas from 12/14 through 1/5. 
Counts have been done for 115 years - the oldest citizen science bird database 
in the world. 




If you've seen Audubon's Climate Change Report, then you know that the CBC & 
BBS were the data that made the report possible. Here is your chance to help 
the science, building toward future planned reports! 


Any birding skill level is fine.
Any length of time is welcome.
Just contact a compiler for details and join in the fun.
It's FREE for all.
I'll repost, as more dates are selected.



You're welcome to contact me for general information - Leanderson "at" 
fs.fed.us or leave a message at 479-284-3150 ext 3151 

"at" =  AT   in the list below.

Dec 14th Sun:
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER EAST (near Buffalo Point on Hwy 14); Roy Stovall; 
roy.stovall "at" suddenlink.net; 


Co-compiler Jack Stewart; jampack1 "at" mac.com; You can stay near Rush the 
night before. Contact Jack ahead of time. Sponsored by Buffalo National River 
Partners. 


FAYETTEVILLE; Joe Neal; joeneal "at" uark.edu; Co-compiler Mike Mlodinow mamlod 
"at" hotmail.com 


Sponsored by NorthWest AR Audubon.

JONESBORO;    Virginie Rolland;   vrolland "at" astate.edu

LONOKE;  Dan Scheiman;  birddan at comcast.net

15th Mon:
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE; Chris Cash; c52cash "at" sbcglobal.net Sponsored by Hot 
Springs Village Audubon 


MOUNTAIN HOME;  Alice Snyder;  alice.m.snyder "at" gmail.com



17th Wens:

NORTH FORK of the ILLINOIS BAYOU (near Hector); Sarah Davis; sadavis "at" 
fs.fed.us; Sponsored by US Forest Service. 




18th Thurs:

BAYOU DeVIEW (near Brinkley);  Steve Osborne;  jsteveosborne "at" gmail.com

MISSISSIPPI RIVER SP (near Marianna); Tara Gillanders; tara.gillanders "at" 
arkansas.gov 




20st Sat:
ARKADELPHIA;  Evelyn & Glenn Good;   theoldcrow "at" sbcglobal.net

CROOKED CREEK (near Harrison);  Alan Gregory;  quattro "at" windstream.net

FORT SMITH; Bill Beall; billtoka "at" mynewroads.com (Bill has been compiling 
for 64 years!!) 


LITTLE ROCK; Dan Scheiman; birddan "at" comcast.net Sponsored by the Audubon 
Society of Central AR 


VILLAGE CREEK SP;  Heather Runyan;   heather.runyan "at" arkansas.gov



21st Sun:

CONWAY; Allan Mueller; akcmueller "at" gmail.com Co-compiler Michael Linz 
mplinz "at" gmail.com 




27th Sat:

WAPANOCCA NWR; Dick Preston; dickpreston "at" bigriver.net Co-compiler of TN 
side Van Harris shelbyforester1223 "at" bigriver.net 




29th Mon:

PINE BLUFF; Rob Doster; calcarius "at" comcast.net Sponsored by Three Rivers 
Audubon Society 




Jan 1st Thurs:

LAKE DARANELLE;    Kenny Nichols;   kingbird "at"  ymail.com



2nd Fri:

LAKE GEORGIA PACIFIC/ FELSENTHAL NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us 




3rd Sat:

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK;  Shelley Todd;   shelley_todd "at" nps.gov

MOUNT MAGAZINE;   Don Simons;    don.simons "at" arkansas.gov

WHITE RIVER NWR;   Keith Sutton;   catfishdude at sbcglobal.net



4th Sun:

HOLLA BEND NWR; Leif Anderson; Leanderson "at" fs.fed.us Sponsored by Holla 
Bend NWR & the Friends of Holla Bend NWR. 




Possible counts - dates to be set latter:

BIG LAKE NWR;   alreams469 "at" msn.com

MAGNOLIA/ LAKE COLUMBIA; Darrell & Debbie Chatelain; darrell1951 "at" 
suddenlink.net 


TEXARKANA;   Don Kyle;   rondokyle "at" windstream.net



cheers, Leif  AT  Hector




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Subject: Re: Rough-legged Hawk
From: David Ray <cardcards AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:57:49 -0600
Any word on the rough-legged sighting?
David Ray 
NLR 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 6, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Kenny Nichols  wrote:
> 
> I just recently received word of an immature light-morph Rough-legged Hawk 
from falconer Chris Price. LaDonna and I are looking at the bird right now. To 
reach the location: take US 67/167 north to the Possum Grape (Jackson Co.) exit 
number 69. After exiting, stay to the right. The paved road becomes gravel in a 
hundred yards. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles until you see an old white 
house with a green roof and a white trailer with a green roof 200 yards farther 
down the road. The hawk is in the tree line in the field between these two 
homes. Chris saw it in the trees next to the trailer and on a pole along the 
road. 

> 
> Kenny Nichols
> Cabot
> 
> Sent from my iPhone