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23 Apr Lucky in Union County [Kelly Chitwood ]
23 Apr A Birder's Guide to Everything [Dan Scheiman ]
23 Apr Re: Blue birds question [Gail Miller ]
23 Apr Re: Blue birds question [Keith Newton ]
23 Apr ASCA Field Trip Reminder [Karen Holliday ]
23 Apr Re: Blue birds question [Gail Miller ]
23 Apr FOS Scissor-tail; Goldfinches gone? [Stacy Clanton ]
23 Apr Re: Blue birds question [Joe Mosby ]
23 Apr Robins [Karyn Dillard ]
23 Apr Re: Blue birds question ["Elizabeth F. Shores" ]
23 Apr Re: Robins ["Elizabeth F. Shores" ]
23 Apr Robins [Karyn Dillard ]
23 Apr Blue birds question [Karyn Dillard ]
23 Apr Re: Listening ["Harriet H. Jansma" ]
23 Apr Whitney Mountain and a choir of vireos ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
23 Apr Listening [Lynn Nowell ]
22 Apr Re: Swainson's Thrushes [Jacque Brown ]
22 Apr Bell [Herschel Raney ]
22 Apr Red Slough Bird Survey - April 22 [David Arbour ]
22 Apr fos [Alan ]
22 Apr Horned Grebe [Delos McCauley ]
22 Apr 30 species day [CK ]
22 Apr AAS Early Bird Registration Extended [Karen Holliday ]
22 Apr Re: Rose-breasted grosbeak [Calvin Bey ]
22 Apr Re: Rose-breasted grosbeak [Charles Anderson ]
22 Apr Rose-breasted grosbeak [Ann Gordon ]
22 Apr White-winged Dove, Heber Springs [Dan Scheiman ]
22 Apr American Bittern [Doc George ]
21 Apr Swainson's Thrushes []
21 Apr Roseate Spoonbill in Craighead County (for a short while at least) [Than Boves ]
21 Apr 2014 Spring Migration Count ... More locations added ["Anderson, Leif E -FS" ]
21 Apr Plegadis ibises over Centerton ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
21 Apr Ants in Bluebird box. ["birdiehaynes AT yahoo.com" ]
21 Apr 12 Warblers Again [Allan Mueller ]
21 Apr FOS [Jerry Schulz ]
21 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [Lynn Nowell ]
21 Apr Arriving migrants [David Arbour ]
20 Apr New One for Me ["George R. Hoelzeman" ]
20 Apr new species [Judy & Don ]
20 Apr Sightings Report - Woolsey Wet Prairie, Apr 19, 2014, Fayetteville, Washington County [John Walko ]
20 Apr Allsopp Park [Dan Scheiman ]
20 Apr Centerton Fish Hatchery and Lake Atalanta, Rogers Saturday 4/19/14 [Jacque Brown ]
20 Apr SIRSASANA ON THE WATTLE ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
19 Apr PIne Bluff Birding 19 April [John Redman ]
19 Apr American Bittern and SNAKES! Woolsey Wet Prairie ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
19 Apr Hawk on Martin house [Cynthia ]
18 Apr ASCA April Field Trip [Karen Holliday ]
18 Apr Sighting -- oops forgot American White Pelican [Gail Miller ]
18 Apr Sighting: Pectoral Sandpipers [Gail Miller ]
18 Apr Centerton Fish Hatchery [Pruitt ]
18 Apr Yellow-headed blackbirds [Jane Steinkraus ]
17 Apr First Time [Bill ]
17 Apr Sighting: Osprey nest on Lake Conway [Gail Miller ]
17 Apr Sighting - Black-necked Stilt at Beaver Fork Lake in Conway [Gail Miller ]
17 Apr Cherry Bend: warm day with lots of small flying insects ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
17 Apr SORAS AND AMERICAN BITTERN IN PINE BLUFF [JFR ]
17 Apr 12 Warblers [Allan Mueller ]
17 Apr FOS [Judy & Don ]
17 Apr Re: rcsp All is not lost [Elizabeth Shores ]
17 Apr Re: Now we are 4: Bald Eagle nests on Beaver Lake [TERRI WALKER ]
17 Apr rcsp All is not lost [Don Simons ]
17 Apr Now we are 4: Bald Eagle nests on Beaver Lake ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
16 Apr Big Bend - no Green Jays - YES [laura davis ]
16 Apr DOBC field trip [Alan ]
15 Apr Red Slough Bird Survey - April 15 [David Arbour ]
15 Apr Nice mix []
15 Apr Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers [Barry Haas ]
15 Apr Strange Email on the list [Certain Travis ]
15 Apr today's FOS & belated field trip thanks [Judy & Don ]
15 Apr field trip to Wattle Hollow in the Boston Mtns Saturday April 19 ["Joseph C. Neal" ]
15 Apr 2014 Spring Migration Count ["Anderson, Leif E -FS" ]
15 Apr Re: Barry [Mary Ann King ]
14 Apr No Subject [Susan Young ]
14 Apr Re: More or less AZ birds [Jacque Brown ]
14 Apr Arkansas Birders in Texas [Kelly Chitwood ]
14 Apr Horned Lark [Joyce & Harlan Shedell ]

Subject: Lucky in Union County
From: Kelly Chitwood <kellyannchitwood AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:39 -0500
Our summer residents have arrived and are currently sharing the feeders with 
our wintering species in breeding plumage. It's wonderful to have American 
Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, White-throated Sparrows, 
Blue Grosbeaks, House Finches and Northern Cardinals in full breeding plumage 
together. Oh, and Chucks and fireflies at night! 


Kelly Chitwood 
Digging it.
Subject: A Birder's Guide to Everything
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:50:11 +0000
This is a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday) night is the single showing of A 
Birder's Guide to Everything at 7:30 at the Chenal IMAX in Little Rock. 
http://www.tugg.com/events/8506 According to Tugg.com, 148 tickets have already 
been sold and 50 are left. 


Dan Scheiman 
Little Rock, AR 
Subject: Re: Blue birds question
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:41:19 -0500
That’s cool.  Funny what people worry about ...

Within recent months I bought 8 Bluebird boxes at an antique mall in downtown 
Conway. They were all made of old barn wood, the sides opened for cleaning and 
inspection and I just couldn’t pass them up. I’ve used some of them to 
replace old boxes here. Still have some on the back porch that I’m trying to 
decide where to put up. 


Years ago, my mother moved into a retirement place here in Conway. One of the 
first things I did was put up a Bluebird box outside her window. It had 
Bluebirds every year that she was there. I figured the mowing guys hated having 
having to weed eat around the post! 


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





From: Keith Newton 
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:16 AM
To: Gail Miller 
Cc: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU 
Subject: Re: Blue birds question

My dad, JO Newton of Hampton died back in 1990 of cancer. As he was nearing the 
end, he went around to visit and say his goodbyes to most of his good friends. 
One of those friend came up to me during the Hogskin festival last year to 
share that visit with me. 

Benny said dad told him that he was worried that Bliebirds were in trouble, and 
he figured it may be due to a shortage of nesting places. He ask if he would 
build birdhouses when he remembers him. Benny said he has built them every year 
since. 


Needless to say, I was proud of dad, and Benny. Maybe it is time to hang some 
houses in your area, and ask someone to follow your lead when you no longer 
can. 


Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 23, 2014, at 10:50 AM, Gail Miller  wrote:


 I have a pair with babies in one box and say ‘them’ or another pair 
checking out another box this week, that was used last year. House sparrows got 
in that box early and had to be evicted. I have Chickadees in two boxes now 
that Bluebirds have used in the past, but that’s okay. I have 5 boxes that 
are empty right now. 


  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





  From: Karyn Dillard 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:37 AM
  To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU 
  Subject: Blue birds question

 A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds? I 
have not seen any in our field next door either. 


        Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
       
Subject: Re: Blue birds question
From: Keith Newton <keithnewton AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:16:05 -0500
My dad, JO Newton of Hampton died back in 1990 of cancer. As he was nearing the 
end, he went around to visit and say his goodbyes to most of his good friends. 
One of those friend came up to me during the Hogskin festival last year to 
share that visit with me. 

Benny said dad told him that he was worried that Bliebirds were in trouble, and 
he figured it may be due to a shortage of nesting places. He ask if he would 
build birdhouses when he remembers him. Benny said he has built them every year 
since. 


Needless to say, I was proud of dad, and Benny. Maybe it is time to hang some 
houses in your area, and ask someone to follow your lead when you no longer 
can. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 23, 2014, at 10:50 AM, Gail Miller  wrote:
> 
> I have a pair with babies in one box and say ‘them’ or another pair 
checking out another box this week, that was used last year. House sparrows got 
in that box early and had to be evicted. I have Chickadees in two boxes now 
that Bluebirds have used in the past, but that’s okay. I have 5 boxes that 
are empty right now. 

>  
> 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
> 
> 
> 
>  
> From: Karyn Dillard
> Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:37 AM
> To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
> Subject: Blue birds question
>  
> A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds? I 
have not seen any in our field next door either. 

> 
> Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Subject: ASCA Field Trip Reminder
From: Karen Holliday <ladyhawke1 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:56:04 -0700
Just a quick reminder--ASCA's April field trip is this Saturday to Gillam Park 
and the Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC).  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Gillam Park 
in 

the last parking lot past the swimming pool.  Gillam has great habitat for 
migrating spring warblers.  There will be moderate walking on fairly 

level but possibly muddy trails.  Master
Naturalists participating in their annual BioBlitz will join us.  When we 
finish at Gillam, we’ll drive to the LRAC, 

where we’ll bird the new wildlife observation trail, then assist with light
trail maintenance-picking up litter and spreading mulch.  Bring work gloves 
and 

wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.  Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor 
Road 

and Terry Lock & Dam to look for Western Kingbirds, and Painted
Buntings.  Bring water and snacks.
Directions—Gillam Park is in southeast
Little Rock near the airport.  Address is
5300 Gillam Park Road, Little Rock.  Take
I-30 West heading south from Little Rock.  Then exit onto I-440 going towards 
the airport.  Take Springer Road Exit 1.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, 
turn left onto 

Springer Road.  Go approximately 1 mile
to just past the LRAC.  Turn right onto
Gillam Park Road.  Follow it to the end to the parking lot past the swimming 
pool. 

Karen Holliday
ASCA Field Trip Coordinator
Maumelle/Little Rock
Subject: Re: Blue birds question
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:50:34 -0500
I have a pair with babies in one box and say ‘them’ or another pair 
checking out another box this week, that was used last year. House sparrows got 
in that box early and had to be evicted. I have Chickadees in two boxes now 
that Bluebirds have used in the past, but that’s okay. I have 5 boxes that 
are empty right now. 


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





From: Karyn Dillard 
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:37 AM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU 
Subject: Blue birds question

 A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds? I 
have not seen any in our field next door either. 


      Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
     
Subject: FOS Scissor-tail; Goldfinches gone?
From: Stacy Clanton <sclanton AT SAUMAG.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:46:19 +0000
Glanced out my office window on the SAU campus just now to see my first 
scissor-tail of the season (although others may have been seeing them already). 


Goldfinches seem to have moved on, although we got more great views of males in 
full gold plumage than in previous seasons. 


Envying your AR-BIRDERs who are spotting tanagers and rose-breasted grosbeaks. 
Ours haven't shown themselves. 


Stacy Clanton
Subject: Re: Blue birds question
From: Joe Mosby <jhmosby AT CYBERBACK.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:46:45 -0500
We are currently enjoying more bluebirds than usual at our place just north of 
Conway. 


Joe Mosby

From: Karyn Dillard 
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:37 AM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU 
Subject: Blue birds question

 A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds? I 
have not seen any in our field next door either. 


      Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
     
Subject: Robins
From: Karyn Dillard <kjdillard AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:41:51 -0700
Enjoyed Jerry Bulter's story in todays Gazette.
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Subject: Re: Blue birds question
From: "Elizabeth F. Shores" <efshores AT SWBELL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:44:11 -0500
On a hillside in west Little Rock, we have one pair nesting in an old,
tried-and-true box, but two new boxes are still empty.



From: Karyn Dillard 
Reply-To: Karyn Dillard 
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:01 -0700
To: 
Subject: Blue birds question

A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds?  I
have not seen any in our field next door either. Sent from Yahoo! Mail on
Android
Subject: Re: Robins
From: "Elizabeth F. Shores" <efshores AT SWBELL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:44:21 -0500
Ditto.



From: Karyn Dillard 
Reply-To: Karyn Dillard 
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:03 -0700
To: 
Subject: Robins


Enjoyed  Jerry Bulter's story in todays Gazette.
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Subject: Robins
From: Karyn Dillard <kjdillard AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:03 -0700
Enjoyed Jerry Bulter's story in todays Gazette.
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Subject: Blue birds question
From: Karyn Dillard <kjdillard AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:01 -0700
A freind that lives in the Searcy area has ask where are the Blue birds? I 
have not seen any in our field next door either. 


Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Subject: Re: Listening
From: "Harriet H. Jansma" <hjansma AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:26:19 +0000
Regularly hearing the chuck-will's widow calling before dawn in the valley 
below us, where in summer we also hear the call at dusk and after (we are on 
the south slope of Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville). We hope the inevitable 
residential development in that valley won't intrude on their habitat. 

Harriet Jansma
________________________________________
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] on 
behalf of Lynn Nowell [lnowell AT CENTURYTEL.NET] 

Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:35 AM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
Subject: Listening

Listening to:
1) a single Chuck-will's-widow call
2) martins waking up
3) rooster crow
4) an un-identified critter, I think bird, a single "nasal" note that drops at 
the end every 5-6 seconds. I've been through several possibilities, but if 
anyone has ideas that would be helpful. 


Yesterday the papa wood duck was guarding the nest- so they must not have 
hatched yet. 

And the green heron was back, foraging along the pond bank.

Even on busy days it's usually a birdy day!

Lynn Nowell
Northern Lonoke county
Subject: Whitney Mountain and a choir of vireos
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:23:26 +0000
Whitney Mountain on the north side of Beaver Lake has steep, forested 
northeast-facing slopes that provide habitat for interesting birds like 
Cerulean Warblers. As in many other places in Arkansas with nesting Cerulean 
populations, pawpaws commonly form part of the understory. Narrow highway 127 
winds mid-slope, with birding opportunities limited to a few wide shoulders and 
side roads. Yesterday: Broad-winged Hawk (3), Wood Thrush (1),White-eyed Vireo 
(4), Yellow-throated Vireo (3), Warbling Vireo (1 ), Red-eyed Vireo ( 9+), 
Orange-crowned Warbler ( 1), Northern Parula (4), Yellow-rumped Warbler (2), 
Yellow-throated Warbler (2), Cerulean Warbler (8), Black-and-white Warbler (3), 
American Redstart (5 ), Worm-eating Warbler (1 ), Kentucky Warbler (3), Hooded 
Warbler (11), Yellow-breasted Chat (1 ), Summer Tanager (2), Scarlet Tanager 
(2). The road goes down to a couple of spots on Beaver Lake good especially in 
winter. Yesterday there was a Horned Grebe in summer plumage (including 
horns) at Slate Gap and at Lost Bridge South Park, an energetic box of Purple 
Martins and a Green Heron perched in an oak giving that low hum of a call SKEE 
YOWL. The oaks have their mouse ear leaves, masses of dangling male catkins, 
and in the warm afternoon spring sun, a choir of Red-eyed Vireos. 
Subject: Listening
From: Lynn Nowell <lnowell AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:35:59 -0500
Listening to:
1) a single Chuck-will's-widow call
2) martins waking up
3) rooster crow 
4) an un-identified critter, I think bird, a single "nasal" note that drops at 
the end every 5-6 seconds. I've been through several possibilities, but if 
anyone has ideas that would be helpful. 


Yesterday the papa wood duck was guarding the nest- so they must not have 
hatched yet. 

And the green heron was back, foraging along the pond bank. 

Even on busy days it's usually a birdy day!

Lynn Nowell
Northern Lonoke county
Subject: Re: Swainson's Thrushes
From: Jacque Brown <bluebird2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:59:23 -0500
As I walked the dog after work I found a dead Swainson's Thrush in the street, 
it was pretty messed up but I am thinking it collided with a car rather than a 
cat. 



---- fsbirdlady AT YAHOO.COM wrote: 

=============
Two enjoyed my birdbath this evening. I enjoyed watching them enjoying 
themselves. :) 


Sandy B.
FS,AR

Sent from my iPad
--
Jacque Brown
Centerton
Benton, Co AR,
bluebird2 AT cox.net
Subject: Bell
From: Herschel Raney <herschel.raney AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:14:05 -0500
A five vireo day at noon time at Bell (I have never seen Bell's at Bell).
One Yellow-throated Vireo at 3 feet in altitude. Possibly the lowest YT I
have ever seen. It was near a Kentucky Warbler at eye level in full call.

Northern Waterthrushes calling and chipping. A stealthy warbler that looked
like a Canada and disappeared. Very early if it was. Barred Owls calling
back and forth in the breeze. Some quick snakes I could not decipher. Many
lizards up and active.

The first entrance is out of the water for now. We will see how the
Thursday rains go. But we are approaching the three best warbler weekends
of the year coming up.

Herschel Raney
Conway AR
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - April 22
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:26:18 -0500
Deborah Cohen (AR), Nancy Baker (AR), and I surveyed birds at Red Slough today. 
91 species were found. It was mostly clear and hot. Migration is moving along 
pretty good now. Here is our list for today: 


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - 1
Canada Goose - 1
Wood Duck - 5
Gadwall - 26
American Wigeon - 4
Mallard - 2
Blue-winged Teal - 180
Northern Shoveler - 22
Hooded Merganser - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 38
Neotropic Cormorant - 3
Double-crested Cormorant - 8
Anhinga - 4
American Bittern - 6
Great Blue Heron - 7
Great Egret - 12
Little Blue Heron - 3
Green Heron - 2
Turkey Vulture - 13
Osprey - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
King Rail - 2 (Same location that Doug Wood found them this past weekend.)
Sora - 6
Purple Gallinule - 1 
Common Gallinule - 4
American Coot - 171
Black-necked Stilt - 2 
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Greater Yellowlegs - 14
Lesser Yellowlegs - 73
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1
Mourning Dove - 24
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 5
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Great Crested Flycatcher - 3
Eastern Kingbird - 10
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 5
White-eyed Vireo - 9
Bell's Vireo - 1
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 3
Blue Jay - 14
American Crow - 6
Fish Crow - 4
Tree Swallow - 70
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 3
Barn Swallow - 11
Carolina Chickadee - 5
Tufted Titmouse - 5
Carolina Wren - 15
Sedge Wren - 3
Marsh Wren - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4
Eastern Bluebird - 3
Swainson's Thrush - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Nashville Warbler - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler - 1
Prairie Warbler - 1
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
Prothonotary Warbler - 6
Northern Waterthrush - 1
Kentucky Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 15
Yellow-breasted Chat - 5
Summer Tanager - 3
Savannah Sparrow - 16
Le Conte's Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 6
Swamp Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 12
White-crowned Sparrow - 20
Northern Cardinal - 23
Blue Grosbeak - 2
Red-winged Blackbird - 25
Common Grackle - 10
Brown-headed Cowbird - 15
Orchard Oriole - 5
Baltimore Oriole - 1
American Goldfinch - 1


Odonates:

Southern Spreadwing
Elegant Spreadwing
Fragile Forktail
Citrine Forktail
Orange Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Common Green Darner
Baskettail species
Eastern Pondhawk
Common Whitetail
Variegated Meadowhawk
Blue Dasher
Red Saddlebags
Black Saddlebags


Herps:

American Alligator
Red-eared Slider
Stinkpot
Western Mudsnake
Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad
Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Cajun Chorus Frog
Green Treefrog
Eastern Gray Treefrog
Southern Leopard Frog
Bronze Frog
Bullfrog


Good birding!


David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Don't forget to register for the Red Slough Birding Convention May 3 - 6: 
http://www.redsloughconvention.com/index.html 


Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: fos
From: Alan <quattro AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:26:50 -0500
Three Baltimore orioles today. Draining my hummingbird feeder dry. They are
so beautiful.

Alan Gregory

Harrison.



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Subject: Horned Grebe
From: Delos McCauley <edelos AT CABLELYNX.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:37:58 -0500
We got good close shots of a Horned Grebe this afternoon at Boyd Point Waste
Water Facility.  The Grebe was in near full breeding plumage.  Doc George,
John Redman and James Griffin all came for looks and photos.  The grebe was
in the first pond nearest to the office.  I'm rushed just now but will post
a link to photos tomorrow.

 

Delos McCauley

Pine Bluff
Subject: 30 species day
From: CK <meshoppen AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:43:31 -0500
Lots of visitors to the yard today including a pillage of goldfinches devouring 
black oil sunflower seeds. Nothing unusual for this time of year. 

Cindy
Watching the wildlife in the Heights
Little Rock


Subject: AAS Early Bird Registration Extended
From: Karen Holliday <ladyhawke1 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:02:58 -0700
Hello All!
The spring convention of the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS)is coming up fast! 
The convention starts Friday, May 2nd in Jonesboro with afternoon field trips, 
dinner, and an evening program. Saturday, May 3 is full of activities starting 
withseveral field trips. That afternoon, university students will give 
presentations on their various avian research projects, followed by a members 
"meet & greet", then dinner and an evening program. You get your money's worth 
at an AAS convention! The Early Bird registration discount of $15 per person 
has been extended through May 2. 


There's still time to mail your registration formand check.Or, go to 
http://www.arbirds.org/. There is a new PayPal button on the home page for 
paying your registration fee. The button is just below the info about the 
meeting. It says "Subscribe". If you use Pay Pal, please mail or e-mail me 
your registration form so I'll know which meals you plan to eat and which field 
trips you prefer.My email is below. You can download theform and field trip 
infofrom our AASwebsite. Also, you may register andpay at the door. We 
only take cash or checks at the door. 


There are only a few rooms left at the Hilton Garden Inn. Nearby hotels are 
Fairfield Inn, Baymont Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn. Candlewood 
Suites is Pet Friendly. For a cheaper option, Days Inn is $51 per night. Do 
not stay at the Econo Lodge-very bad reviews. 

Please feel free to contact me off-list if you need additional information. 
Hope to see you in Jonesboro! 

Karen Holliday
ladyhawke1 at att.net 
AAS Vice President
Maumelle/Little Rock
Subject: Re: Rose-breasted grosbeak
From: Calvin Bey <cfbey1936 AT COX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:50:08 +0000
We had a nice male Blue Grosbeak last week....  in Fayetteville.  One 
sighting a pic to verify.

Blessings,  Calvin

Calvin and Doris Bey
Harmony Gardens
8779 W  Forest Hills Dr
Fayetteville, AR 72704
http://harmonygardens.blogspot.com

"Be the change you want to see in the world."  Mahatma Gandhi
Subject: Re: Rose-breasted grosbeak
From: Charles Anderson <cmanderson AT UALR.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:17:54 -0500
Me too! I saw a female RBGR about a week ago--pretty sure of her ID, and a
male this morning munching on my suet.

No blue ones--ever.

Chuck Anderson


On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Ann Gordon  wrote:

> FOS male RBGR at my feeder in northern Crawford County.  Also male blue
> grosbeak three days ago.
> Ann
>
>
Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeak
From: Ann Gordon <chesterann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:16:53 -0500
FOS male RBGR at my feeder in northern Crawford County.  Also male blue
grosbeak three days ago.
Ann
Subject: White-winged Dove, Heber Springs
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:04:17 +0000
I received a photo of a White-winged Dove visiting a feeder in Heber Springs. 
This may be a first Cleburne County record. Homeowners David and Dianne Jones 
are happy to host birders who want to see it. Their contact information is 
davidianne AT suddenlink.net or 501-250-0402. Leave a message and they will get 
back to you. They are retired so their schedule is flexible. 


Dan Scheiman 
Little Rock, AR 
Subject: American Bittern
From: Doc George <doc_g24 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:24:50 -0700
The American Bittern remains on Wilbur
West Road in Pine Bluff.    On Wednesday, April 16, I saw him dine on
one lizard and several crawdads.   Yesterday,  April 21,  crawdads
were the main menu item.

Here's a link to a few of the photos
from those two days.    The first image is of the unlucky lizard and
the next four images are  crawdads that are about to be eaten.
http://www.pbase.com/docg/image/155260389


Doc George
Subject: Swainson's Thrushes
From: fsbirdlady AT YAHOO.COM
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:17:48 -0500
Two enjoyed my birdbath this evening. I enjoyed watching them enjoying 
themselves. :) 


Sandy B.
FS,AR

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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill in Craighead County (for a short while at least)
From: Than Boves <tboves AT ASTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:56:25 -0500
While driving to Memphis on Highway 63 from Jonesboro (near exit 29; Trumann, 
AR), saw a large pink bird flying over the ag fields to the south. Pulled over 
quickly, got out the binoculars, and saw a beautiful Roseate Spoonbill chugging 
along! Kept flying to the west until out of sight. 


Than

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Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR 74267
Office Phone: 870-972-3320
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/tboves/

Subject: 2014 Spring Migration Count ... More locations added
From: "Anderson, Leif E -FS" <leanderson AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:13:01 +0000
Greetings all,
 It's time to get out and enjoy spring and help count birds for the 22nd annual 
AR Migratory Bird Count. 

It would be great if you could join one of the established counties.
Or you can do a county on your own.
Just pick a calendar day between 4/23 - 5/20 to do a county.
Keep track of the number of birds of each species, your miles and hours. I have 
field data sheets and data compilation spreadsheets on the pc, if you want a 
copy. 


If you compile by spreadsheet, showing each party, I'd love to put it into 
eBird. But I don't want you to go to extra trouble. 


Please return your data to me, in any format that's easiest for you, including 
handwritten, by 6/20 so I can start the newsletter article. 


You can check out the website, get a feel of the international scope of the 
project and even buy T-Shirts. www.birdday.org 


Dates I've heard from so far:
Thur 4/24:    Pope     Sarah Davis     sadavis AT fs.fed.us
Wens 4/30:    Johnson    Greg Taylor & Leif Anderson    gregorytaylor AT fs.fed.us
Sat 5/3:       Hobbs SP       hobbs AT arkansas.com
Sat 5/3:      Logan     Don Simons   don.simons AT arkansas.gov
Sat 5/10:     Felsenthal NWR    Richard Stich    richardstich AT plumcreek.com
Sat 5/10:      Benton     Mike Mlodinow    mamlod AT hotmail.com
Sat 5/10:    Pulaski       Dan Scheiman,      birddan AT comcast.net
Sun   5/11:    Faulkner      Allan Mueller     akcmueller AT gmail.com
Sun  5/11:    Garland      Wayne Lynch    wmlynch AT cablelynx.com
Sun 5/11:      Washington     Mike Mlodinow    mamlod AT hotmail.com
Wens 5/14:    Prairie     Terry Singleterry    tasingleterry AT hotmail.com

Any questions, please holler at me. Leaderson AT fs.fed.us 479-284-3150 ext 3151 
Cheers, Leif 





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Subject: Plegadis ibises over Centerton
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:01:40 +0000
Mike Mlodinow and I were at Centerton in today's off and on rain. Probably most 
interesting was an overflight by 9 dark ibises, genus Plegadis, presumably 
White-faced, but we didn't see this for sure. Otherwise, 10 shorebird species, 
including two American Golden-Plovers and a single Long-billed Dowitcher that 
cinched ID when it flew calling keek! keek! Still many teal, mostly Blue-winged 
(~60), but including 3 Green-winged and a single female Red-breasted Merganser. 
In the little marsh we saw an Ivory-billed Rail (actually American Coot) 
walking midst cattails, then a for sure Sora. Franklin's Gull - one over. Over 
by the dairy south of Centerton, White-throated Sparrows singing full blast and 
a couple of Harris's Sparrows. 
Subject: Ants in Bluebird box.
From: "birdiehaynes AT yahoo.com" <birdiehaynes@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:58:14 -0700
I have 5 eggs in the bluebird box, problem is that the nest is infested with 
ants. Is there anything "green" that I can use to get rid of the ants without 
disturbing the nest? Thanks, 

Donna Haynes
West Pulaski Co. 

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Subject: 12 Warblers Again
From: Allan Mueller <akcmueller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:53:47 -0500
Went to Bell's Slough (both ends) this morning before the rain.

Northern Parula
Northern Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler

Also Baltimore Oriole

-- 
Allan Mueller
20 Moseley Lane
Conway, AR 72032
501-327-8952 home
501-339-8071 cell


"I ain't never did no wrong."
Elvis Presley in "One Night"
Subject: FOS
From: Jerry Schulz <jlsbird2757 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:37:21 -0700
Had 2 Red Heads visit the suet feeder Sat. and Sun. Beautiful. We see them 
almost yearly. They nest near enough to bring juveniles. 



Jerry Schulz, Pleasant Forest
Little Rock, Arkansas
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
From: Lynn Nowell <lnowell AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:21:10 -0500
Sitting on the power lines near the house!!!
My fos!

Lynn Nowell
Northern Lonoke County
Subject: Arriving migrants
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:33:26 -0500
Swainson's Thrush and Yellow Warbler singing out by my garden yesterday.

David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Don't forget to register for the Red Slough Birding Convention May 3 - 6: 
http://www.redsloughconvention.com/index.html 


Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: New One for Me
From: "George R. Hoelzeman" <vogel AT GRHSTUDIOS.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:14:13 -0500
You would think that as much time as I spent duck hunting I would have 
seen one by now but Friday afternoon I took the kids for a drive around 
St. Vincent (north of Morrilton) and spotted a pair of Blue-wing teal on 
a pond along Kaufman Road.  Pretty incredible birds.

We also saw a couple Great Egrets, two Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron 
(which I've not seen in years) and sundry other birds.  But the two 
Blue-wings were my "Bird of the Day"

George (n. Conway Co. enjoying the weather but not the allergies)

-- 
George R. Hoelzeman
North Conway County
Subject: new species
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:40:10 -0500
Ovenbirds
Kentucky Warblers
Red-eyed Vireoslots this morning!

Judith
Ninestone, Carroll County
Subject: Sightings Report - Woolsey Wet Prairie, Apr 19, 2014, Fayetteville, Washington County
From: John Walko <walko AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:14:30 -0500
> 
> Woolsey Wet Prairie, Washington, US-AR
> Apr 19, 2014 7:15 AM - 10:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Was in town for the weekend and was able to make some time to visit 
the pot holes. Clear, 60's and rising, slight breeze. Red wing blk birds the 
most prevalent birds around this morning. Was hoping to see a Scissor -tailed 
Flycatcher and wasn't disappointed, as I was walking around one flew over me 
heading towards the road. Later as I was heading home six of the flycatchers 
were acting up at the intersection at the NE corner of the property. Finally 
got a couple of pictures. Overall good day in the field. 

> 25 species
> Canada Goose  8
> Blue-winged Teal  23
> Turkey Vulture  3
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Killdeer  11
> Solitary Sandpiper  2
> Wilson's Snipe  5
> Mourning Dove  8
> Eastern Phoebe  2
> Eastern Kingbird  3
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  7
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  3
> Barn Swallow  4
> American Robin  12
> Northern Mockingbird  2
> European Starling  35
> Savannah Sparrow  7
> Song Sparrow  5
> White-throated Sparrow  6
> Red-winged Blackbird  45
> Eastern Meadowlark  7
> Common Grackle  19
> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
> House Sparrow  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17986998 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Allsopp Park
From: Dan Scheiman <birddan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:57:44 -0500
Samantha and I hiked Allsopp Park this morning.  Notable sightings:

Least Flycatcher - 1, FOS, repeatedly calling "che-beck"
Northern Waterthrush - 1, FOS, singing
Blue-winged Warbler - 1, FOS, great looks as it sang
Nashville Warbler - 2, singing
Common Yellowthroat - 1, singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3, males in breeding plumage
Blue Grosbeak - 1, FOS male

View the entire list in eBird here 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17986764

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR
Subject: Centerton Fish Hatchery and Lake Atalanta, Rogers Saturday 4/19/14
From: Jacque Brown <bluebird2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:53:33 -0500
I had a half day to myself so I decided to stay here instead of going to Wattle 
Hollow for the field trip. 


I started at the hatchery in the morning, 

Osprey 2 (seemed to be a pair as they left together)
Shoveler 2
Mallard 4
Blue-winged Teal 16
Great Blue Heron 6
G C Cormorant 1
Lincoln Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow lots flushing up
Kingfisher 1
Mourning Dove 6
Eurasion collared Dove 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 15
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-winged Blackbirds 15
Robins 6
Mockingbird 2
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Barn Swallows
Turkey Vulture 3
Canada Geese 8

I moved on to Lake Atalanta. 

I don't know when the city is going to start "working" on this park but it was 
fairly peaceful Saturday, plenty of picnics getting started while I was there. 


White-eyed Vireo 6 at least
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers 8
Yellow-rumped Warblers 20
Northern Parula 8
Kentucky Warbler 1
Brown Thrashers 2
Goldfinch 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Robin 6
Flicker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Barred Owl 2 calling to each other

Tree swallows
Barn Swallows

Morel Mushrooms 5

--
Jacque Brown
Centerton
Benton, Co AR,
bluebird2 AT cox.net
Subject: SIRSASANA ON THE WATTLE
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:06:57 +0000
For about the past 10 years, Joy Fox has invited nature enthusiasts to enjoy a 
spring field trip to Wattle Hollow Retreat Center in the Boston Mountains just 
north of Devils Den State Park. The retreat today is from urban northwest 
Arkansas. Its about bird watching and wild flowers. Folks are encouraged to 
bring binoculars if they have them. 


Being this deep in the Bostons -- and so far from our urban jungle -- can be 
disorienting. Joy refers to this as the Wattle warp. Actual headstands that 
can relieve stress are not required 


We met in the highlands along highway 170, then slow and easy walked down a 
2-track country road past open oak woodlands, fields, deep hollows, and ponds. 
This is the high country of soulful landscapes, deep hollows falling away all 
around. We had opportunities to see canopy birds close. This included the green 
backs of Red-eyed Vireos below us and a Scarlet Tanager in the canopy only 
partially leafed-out. 


After potluck on the porch, a somewhat smaller group chose the rock-walk 
meditation down down down to Wattle Creek. We had Louisiana Waterthrush and 
Yellow-throated Vireos easily seen building a nest in a maple only 
partially-leafed out. 


Heres a partial list for today: Wood Duck (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (2), 
Broad-winged Hawk (1), Chimney Swift (4), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2), Great 
Crested Flycatcher (1), Eastern Kingbird (1), White-eyed Vireo (4), Red-eyed 
Vireo (6), Yellow-throated Vireo (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2), Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher (6; pair with a nest almost complete in a hanging grapevine), 
Northern Parula (3), Yellow-rumped Warbler (3), Yellow-throated Warbler (2), 
Black-and-white Warbler (4), Worm-eating Warbler (1), Louisiana Waterthrush 
(2), Hooded Warbler (2), Summer Tanager (2), Scarlet Tanager (2), Eastern 
Towhee (1), Field Sparrow (6  lots of singing), Indigo Bunting (1-male). 


You can explore Wattle here on the web: http://www.wattlehollow.com/
Subject: PIne Bluff Birding 19 April
From: John Redman <johnfredman AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:18:10 -0700
In one spot near the intersection of Osborn Rd and Hwy 65, adjacent to a stand 
of Willows, I oberved and photographed in rapid sucession a House Wren, Lark 
Sparrow and a Blue Grossbeak. While shooting the Grosbeak, a Merlin flew in 
and perched on a limb, approx. 20 yds away, which allowed for clear lateral 
shots. (I will be glad to share the Merlin pics). On Wilbur West Rd., Delos 
McCauley and I observed a flock of approx 25 Black-necked Stilts, as they 
wheeled over an extensive mud flat. The flat was shared by numerous shorebirds 
including Greater and Lesser Yellow-legs, Pectoral , Spotted and Solitary 
Sandpipers. A FOS male Yellow Warbler was observed at Lake Saracen at the 
east end of the parking lot. 

John Redman
Subject: American Bittern and SNAKES! Woolsey Wet Prairie
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:35:18 +0000
Woolsey Wet Prairie in Fayetteville has become a reliable spot in the western 
Arkansas Ozarks to see a variety of birds, including American Bittern. We saw 
one today, my first this season, while helping with reptile and amphibian 
surveys conducted by Dr JD Willsons MS student Philip Vogrinc, plus help from 
fellow students that today included Alex Baecher and Macayla Coleman. 


Snake business was booming, but I still managed to see a few Killdeer, Solitary 
Sandpiper (1), Wilsons Snipe (2), and Blue-winged Teal (~12) and Savannah 
Sparrows in heavy molt. Great Horned Owls have fledged two young in the past 
few days. Adults are sitting on two active Red-tailed Hawks nests nearby. 


We were down by Owl Creek when there came loud WOOPS and sudden crashing and 
thrashing. I figured theyd caught Nessie. Phil spotted a snake and raced in 
after it. Just imagine beating a water snake in the water. Shortly, Alex waded 
across the creek with a sizable, indignant, agitated, triangle-headed, 
Yellow-bellied Watersnake. Hed already acquired his red badge of courage -- 
three bites. 


Yes, they bite to protect themselves, but what they mainly bite are frogs and 
toads. In our ignorance, water snakes are routinely killed as threats to the 
human race. Instead, and in the spirit of science, this one was bagged for a 
trip to the lab and will be returned to its pride of place in the Woolsey-Owl 
Creek ecosystem. 


Alex didnt seem at all deterred by his bites, for we had just walked a few 
more feet when they found another almost identical snake entangled in nylon 
monofilament landscape netting. A few days before theyd found a dead black 
rate snake in an identical situation. Todays snake was restrained while David 
Oakley used a sharp knife to cut the netting off. It too was bagged for 
measurements in the lab. 


Joan Reynolds and I collected the mass of nylon netting to haul off to the 
trash, but unfortunately there is a great deal remaining, taking a silent toll 
on wild creatures. It is ironic that we routinely kill snakes because they are 
viewed as threats, when it actually we who are the real threat. 


There was less drama, but no less interest, in capture of a small DeKays 
Brownsnake, a fancy Western Ribbon Snake with red and yellow racing stripes, 
and finally one of those interesting racers with smooth dark scales and 
striking yellow highlights, Eastern Yellowbellied Racer. 


Every time Ive gone out in the field with botanists or in this case, 
herpetologists, my amazement just keeps growing at the complexity of this 
particular place  and for that matter, our home place, planet earth. 
Subject: Hawk on Martin house
From: Cynthia <Gingerspalace AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:28:16 -0500
Sent from my iPadI have or had two well established Martin houses. I noticed 
last week my back box appeared abandoned.We started watching a hawk lands the 
rails and is checking the holes.Any solutions? 
Subject: ASCA April Field Trip
From: Karen Holliday <ladyhawke1 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:15:09 -0700
ASCA's April field trip is next Saturday, April 26.  See details below.  We 
are combining the field trip with the Master Naturalists' annual BioBlitz.  
This is a great opportunity to see colorful migrating warblers and meet others 
who have a deep interest in our environment.  Dan Scheiman and I will jointly 
lead the bird walk.  We'll also assist our friends at Audubon Arkansas by 
doing some needed trail maintenance.  You don't have to be an ASCA member to 
participate.  For questions or additional information, please contact me 
off-list, or call (501) 920-3246. 

Karen Holliday
ASCA Field Trip Coordinator
Maumelle/Little Rock
 
April 26, 2014
Gillam Park and Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC)
Little Rock, AR
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Gillam Park in the last parking lot past the swimming 
pool.  Gillam has great habitat for migrating spring warblers.  There will be 
moderate walking on fairly level but possibly muddy trails.  Master 
Naturalists participating in their annual BioBlitz will join us.  When we 
finish at Gillam, we’ll drive to the LRAC, where we’ll bird the new 
wildlife observation trail, then assist with light trail maintenance.  Bring 
work gloves and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots that you don’t mind 
getting dirty.  Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and Terry Lock & 
Dam to look for Western Kingbirds, and Painted Buntings.  Bring water and 
snacks. 

 
Directions—Gillam Park is in southeast Little Rock near the airport.  
Address is 5300 Gillam Park Road, Little Rock.  Take I-30 West heading south 
from Little Rock.  Then exit onto I-440 going towards the airport.  Take 
Springer Road Exit 1.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Springer 
Road.  Go approximately 1 mile to just past the LRAC.  Turn right onto Gillam 
Park Road.  Follow it to the end and into the park to the parking lot past the 
swimming pool. 

 
AAS REMINDER:
The Early Bird registration discount has been extended to April 26th.
 
AAS Spring Convention
May 2-4, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn
Jonesboro, AR
ASCA encourages all birding enthusiasts to participate in the Arkansas Audubon 
Society (AAS) Spring 2014 Convention.  Dates are May 2-4.  All functions and 
meals will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jonesboro.  The conference will 
be a mix of field trips and bird-related programs.  Complete details are in 
the AAS newsletter and on the AAS website at www.arbirds.org. 
Subject: Sighting -- oops forgot American White Pelican
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:44:47 -0500
I also saw a lone, American White Pelican at Lake Conway yesterday, I 
thought it was a tad bit late for one to still be around.

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: Sighting: Pectoral Sandpipers
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:42:58 -0500
I also saw, at Beaver Fork Lake (Conway) yesterday, Pectoral Sandpipers. 
http://www.pbase.com/gnmimiller/beaverfork_lake

Also, added a few more photos of the Black-necked Stilt, which begin after 
the sandpiper photos.

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: Centerton Fish Hatchery
From: Pruitt <mlpruitt24 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:27:45 -0500
 On Tuesday morning, I was able to head up towards Centerton to pay a birding 
visit to the fish hatchery and surrounding areas. The goal was Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds, which was a flop, but shorebirding was starting to look good at the 
hatchery! The numbers were small, with the variety somewhat larger. Both 
yellowlegs were present, along with a mass of peeps. This big group included 
14(!) Baird's Sandpipers, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
and quite a few Least Sandpipers. Also of note was a Cinnam..nah. Just 
kidding; no Cinnamon Teal. I wish! There was a female Lesser Scaup hanging 
about though. (If there had been a Cinnamon Teal, rest assured there would not 
have been the three-day lag time in posting!) 


 The sandpipers were fairly obliging to the photographer in me as they were 
hanging out on a shore instead of a mudflat. For those interested in photos of 
the Baird's Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers, feel free to visit: 
www.pbase.com/mpruitt/recents 


Good birding,
Mitchell
Subject: Yellow-headed blackbirds
From: Jane Steinkraus <janesteinkraus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:16:15 -0500
Beth Lowrey and I saw yellow-headed blackbirds at Woolsey Wet Prairie near
Fayetteville Wednesday evening.
Subject: First Time
From: Bill <bill.masterofmusic AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:56:46 -0500
Saw a beautiful, singing Baltimore Oriole in a sycamore tree not far from the 
Two Rivers bridge. Love the song AND the sight. 


                                   Bill Thurman

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sighting: Osprey nest on Lake Conway
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:21:04 -0500
I checked the two Osprey nests on Lake Conway from Brannon Landing.  The 
larger nest has at least one chick in it.  Saw one adult near by.

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: Sighting - Black-necked Stilt at Beaver Fork Lake in Conway
From: Gail Miller <gail.miller AT CONWAYCORP.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:01:53 -0500
I saw a Black-necked Stilt at Beaver Fork Lake in Conway this afternoon 
around 3:00 p.m.  Took several photos, which I will look at in a bit, but 
here is one shot.  It was out on the 'point' where the sand volleyball court 
is.  This is a point with a picnic table, that is often under water, past 
the boat launch area.   http://www.pbase.com/image/155270940

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: Cherry Bend: warm day with lots of small flying insects
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:52:11 +0000
Broad-winged Hawk (2), Yellow-throated Vireo (4), Red-eyed Vireo (7), 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (6), Wood Thrush (1), 
Black-throated Green Warbler (2), Cerulean Warbler (6), Black-and-white Warbler 
(4), Worm-eating Warbler (2), Ovenbird (3), Hooded Warbler (5), Scarlet Tanager 
(2). Lots of trees in bud, but not many leaves, with the understory trees like 
redbud and dogwoods dominant. Pawpaws at green petal stage (mostly). Yellow 
buckeye in bloom. Other flowers: large-flowered bellwort, Ozark spiderwort 
(white type), yellow violet, golden ragwort, blue phlox. Most striking bird: a 
female Cerulean Warbler in a hollow below so that I could see the tantalizing 
blue-green plumage of her back that is usually invisible. Also, 2 
Black-throated Green Warbler males in a competition, with an Ovenbird walking 
on the forest floor below. Warm day with lots of small flying insects. Theorem 
for today: black flies + poison ivy + snakes =s good birding. Poison ivy now 
only ankle to mid-knee high, so it possible now to visit places that will be a 
lot tougher later. 
Subject: SORAS AND AMERICAN BITTERN IN PINE BLUFF
From: JFR <johnfredman AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:25:35 -0500
On 15 April, Doc George and I observed and photographed a Sora in the reed bed 
on the south side of Wilbur West Rd 100 yds. east of the interstate overpass. I 
observed a Sora there, also, today. In addition, a Black-necked Stilt was 
observed across the road in a shallow wetlands. On 16 April, Doc and I observed 
an American Bittern in the same area. Today, Delos McCauley and I observed and 
photographed Soras in the extensive reed bed at the northeast corner of Lake 
Saracen. We have yet to see a Virginia Rail in this site this year. 

John Redman
Subject: 12 Warblers
From: Allan Mueller <akcmueller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:22:54 -0500
Birded Bell's Slough WMA and Camp Robinson SUA this morning.  Went in
across the dam at Bell's because the parking lot at the nature trail is
flooded.  Nice morning and a few birds.

Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Parula
Prothonotary Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

And FOS (for me) Indigo Bunting.

-- 
Allan Mueller
20 Moseley Lane
Conway, AR 72032
501-327-8952 home
501-339-8071 cell


"I ain't never did no wrong."
Elvis Presley in "One Night"
Subject: FOS
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:28:52 -0500
Blue-winged Warbler this morning in the Yucca/Pecan fields below the bluffs 
where they usually show up first. 


And a large graceful female Turkey yesterday and today foraging in the yard. 
Her nest must be nearby. 


Judith
Ninestone, Carroll County
Subject: Re: rcsp All is not lost
From: Elizabeth Shores <efshores AT SWBELL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:46:56 -0500
Great news!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 17, 2014, at 9:27 AM, Don Simons  wrote:
> 
> Thursday, April 17, 2014
>  
> At 9 a.m. I saw a rufous-crowned sparrow on porch railing on one of the 
cabins here in Mount Magazine State Park. He moved several times from porch to 
treetop to another treetop, singing at each stop. 

>  
> Hopefully, he will find a mate and neighbors to dispute his territorial 
boundaries. I hate to think he could be the only rcsp in Arkansas. 

>  
> I’ll continue to monitor the situation.
>  
> Don
Subject: Re: Now we are 4: Bald Eagle nests on Beaver Lake
From: TERRI WALKER <twalker7511 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:29:25 -0500
For the Star Wars fans....
My son, who is 37 and an avid Star Wars fan found a nest earlier this year
in the southern part of the state.  He said it was so big it looked like
Ewoks could live in it.


On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM, Joseph C. Neal  wrote:

>  Good article in this morning's Northwest Arkansas Times (April 17, 2014,
> page 6A-7A) by Outdoors Editor Flip Putthoff. He and Alan Bland of the Army
> Corps of Engineers did a big loop around Beaver and found 4 -- count 'em --
> 4 active Bald Eagle nests. Putthoff, a talented musician and fisherman --
> he always reminds me of a UA professor friend who had a poster on his door
> that read "A bad day fishing is better than the best day in the office" --
> always gets memorable lines into his reporting including this morning, with
> the best description of Bald Eagle nests I've read: "Large as a washing
> machine or the bed of a pickup."
>
> According to Ranger Alan Bland, "March is when adult bald eagles here are
> at their nests, either sitting on eggs or feeding hatchlings." I love the
> news of all these nests because it shows better than anything I can imagine
> the power of people to change things when they focus. People didn't want to
> lose nesting eagles in the Lower 48 so they rose up. We may take back the
> world, eagles in the lead.
>
> The world we think we know is not all known, either. In the same Outdoors
> section this morning (page 7A) is the report of a brand new to science
> species of salamander near Hot Springs.
>
> Just when we thought Bald Eagles gone, back they come. Just when we
> thought the world all known, there's that salamander.
>
Subject: rcsp All is not lost
From: Don Simons <drsimons56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:27:37 -0500
Thursday, April 17, 2014



At 9 a.m. I saw a rufous-crowned sparrow on porch railing on one of the
cabins here in Mount Magazine State Park. He moved several times from porch
to treetop to another treetop, singing at each stop.



Hopefully, he will find a mate and neighbors to dispute his territorial
boundaries.  I hate to think he could be the only rcsp in Arkansas.



I’ll continue to monitor the situation.



Don
Subject: Now we are 4: Bald Eagle nests on Beaver Lake
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:41:49 +0000
Good article in this morning's Northwest Arkansas Times (April 17, 2014, page 
6A-7A) by Outdoors Editor Flip Putthoff. He and Alan Bland of the Army Corps of 
Engineers did a big loop around Beaver and found 4 -- count 'em -- 4 active 
Bald Eagle nests. Putthoff, a talented musician and fisherman -- he always 
reminds me of a UA professor friend who had a poster on his door that read "A 
bad day fishing is better than the best day in the office" -- always gets 
memorable lines into his reporting including this morning, with the best 
description of Bald Eagle nests I've read: "Large as a washing machine or the 
bed of a pickup." 


According to Ranger Alan Bland, "March is when adult bald eagles here are at 
their nests, either sitting on eggs or feeding hatchlings." I love the news of 
all these nests because it shows better than anything I can imagine the power 
of people to change things when they focus. People didn't want to lose nesting 
eagles in the Lower 48 so they rose up. We may take back the world, eagles in 
the lead. 


The world we think we know is not all known, either. In the same Outdoors 
section this morning (page 7A) is the report of a brand new to science species 
of salamander near Hot Springs. 


Just when we thought Bald Eagles gone, back they come. Just when we thought the 
world all known, there's that salamander. 
Subject: Big Bend - no Green Jays - YES
From: laura davis <lauralea1959 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:11:46 -0700
This being a no frills adventure meant no internet or hotels, but I wouldnt 
trade sleeping in the back of my car on the beach and cold showers at the 
National Seashore for anything. I found my Green Jays at the Laguna Atascosa 
NWR as promised by one of you wonderful birders that gave me such great tips. I 
am still counting but I saw over 90 birds and believe this when I say I am 
fairly new at this and saw 40 Life birds! This includes Aransas NWR, Port 
Aransas- Charlies Pasture, The Birding Center and my favorite Paradise Pond. I 
stayed and birded the NationalSeashore and saw my first ever apair of Crested 
Caracaras! Then on to Laguna NWR which was awesome and the Green Jays were 
everywhere and my first ever Altimira Orioles, Buff Bellied Hummer and Blk 
Crested Titmouse .... Oh so much I saw and enjoyed. I have to say that God 
created the most beautiful interesting creations for us to enjoy. He blessed my 
trip all along the way. Even my 

 first hot shower at a County Park that only cost me $2.50 for camping shower 
and all. Amazing! I went to Weslaco and was thrilled with the Frontera Audobon 
Centers thicket there on Texas Ave. where I saw my first ever Blk Bellied 
Whistling Ducks and the Kiskadee. I visited the Estero Llano Grande SP where I 
was not impressed with the really long hike to the Visitor Center frm the 
parking lot in the 90 temp but again God blessed me with Huck and a wonderful 
two and a half hour bird hunt. He was so knowledgeble and knew where to find 
the Pauraque and her two babies, where the Altamira Oriole was building her 
nest on the wires above the road and so much detail about each Sandpiper. I 
really enjoyed this time. Then to 10th and Dove in McAllen to see the trees 
full of green Parakeets. Wierd and amazing. I decided to hit Port Aransas again 
and then head over to try and see the Prairie Chickens at Attwater NWR with o 
luck. Then over to Galeston which I 

 dont know if I was just birded out or unimpressed so I headed north. Another 
intevention from a wonderful God and I noticed this crazy activity on the side 
of the road. This was Tuesday yesterday and I decided these were not people 
picking thier kids up lining the streets so I asked a man moving very quickly 
with his bins and he said The Warblers are very active. as he rushed on. I got 
pumped up and pulled in to wht ended up being the Hook on High Island.The next 
four hours I was shown 41 birds and at least 15 were life birds for me. I saw a 
Canada a Blue Wing a Golden Wing and so many more. I took 12GB of pics in seven 
days. It ll take a minute to process. Thank you all again. I think I got to see 
all the ones you told me about. I may definately do this in April from here on 
out... 

Subject: DOBC field trip
From: Alan <quattro AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:35 -0500
This Sat. 8am. Lake Harrison Parking lot the Dobc bird club will got out to
a local farm and look for warblers. All are welcome.

Alan Gregory

Harrison, 



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Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - April 15
From: David Arbour <arbour AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:25:36 -0500
Mark Peterson (OK) and I surveyed birds today at Red Slough and found 79 
species. It was clear and started off cold and calm and turned mild and windy. 
New returning migrants are showing up daily. Here is our list for today: 


Canada Goose - 6
Wood Duck - 9
Gadwall - 122
American Wigeon - 2
Blue-winged Teal - 110
Northern Shoveler - 32
Ring-necked Duck - 5
Hooded Merganser - 8
Pied-billed Grebe - 24
Neotropic Cormorant - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 17
Anhinga - 2
American Bittern - 4
Great Blue Heron - 3
Great Egret - 12
Little Blue Heron - 5
Green Heron - 1
Black Vulture - 7
Turkey Vulture - 19
Bald Eagle - 1 adult
Red-shouldered Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Purple Gallinule - 1
Common Gallinule - 4
American Coot - 265
Greater Yellowlegs - 25
Lesser Yellowlegs - 40
Least Sandpiper - 2
Pectoral Sandpiper - 10
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Wilson's Phalarope - 6
Mourning Dove - 6
Chimney Swift - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 3
Eastern Kingbird - 7
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 5
Loggerhead Shrike - 1
White-eyed Vireo - 9
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 12
Fish Crow - 13
Tree Swallow - 149
Bank Swallow - 1
Cliff Swallow - 390
Barn Swallow - 15
Carolina Chickadee - 6
Tufted Titmouse - 4
Carolina Wren - 11
Sedge Wren - 5
Marsh Wren - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
Eastern Bluebird - 3
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Brown Thrasher - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
Prothonotary Warbler - 7
Common Yellowthroat - 11
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Savannah Sparrow - 5
Le Conte's Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 2
Lincoln's Sparrow - 4
Swamp Sparrow - 11
White-throated Sparrow - 5
White-crowned Sparrow - 9
Northern Cardinal - 19
Red-winged Blackbird - 26
Eastern Meadowlark - 5
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 male
Common Grackle - 17
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5
Orchard Oriole - 4
American Goldfinch - 1

Odonates:

Southern Spreadwing
Fragile Forktail
Familiar Bluet
Common Green Darner
Mantled Baskettail
Slender Baskettail
Common Baskettail
Eastern Pondhawk
Common Whitetail
Blue Corporal
Variegated Meadowhawk
Band-winged Dragonlet
Wandering Glider
Black Saddlebags
Red Saddlebags

Herps:

American Alligator
Red-eared Slider
Southern Black Racer
Cajun Chorus Frog
Green Treefrog
Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Southern Leopard Frog
Bullfrog


Good birding!



David Arbour
De Queen, AR

Don't forget to register for the Red Slough Birding Convention May 3 - 6: 
http://www.redsloughconvention.com/index.html 


Visit the Red Slough Photo Gallery:  www.pbase.com/red_slough_wma
Subject: Nice mix
From: fsbirdlady AT YAHOO.COM
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:03:43 -0500
Just now in my teeny yard...House Wren, Inca Dove, Northern Flicker, Cedar 
Waxwing, and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Loving Spring. 


Sandy B.
Fort Smith

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers
From: Barry Haas <bhaas AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:25:04 -0500
Dear ARBIRDers,

I heard part of this audio "Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State 
Feathers" on NPR this afternoon: 



http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers 


Some of you will find it of interest.

From the deep woods just west of Little Rock,
Barry Haas

P.S. Several days ago I posted about the 19 wood ducklings that emerged from 
one of our nest boxes. Looking back at past records, it turns out that was not 
the highest number ever. There is this from 2009: April 20, 2010, 20+ 
fledglings, 6 unhatched eggs, 1 fledgling grabbed immediately and carried off 
by a red-shouldered hawk, plus 1 fledgling that emerged from the nest box after 
the others were gone and was left behind (taken to rehabber) by the adult 
woodie. That's 20+ because those little darlings move around so much it is nigh 
unto impossible to get a precise count sometimes! And that was one of those 
times. Use a photo you say? Well, try counting the chicks behind the adult or 
behind each other. Sigh. 

Subject: Strange Email on the list
From: Certain Travis <tcertain AT ARISTOTLE.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:15:33 -0500
Is Jo-Ann Jennier on our list? I have been getting spam that has her name as 
the sender. 

Travis Certain
West Little Rock behind Joe T Robinson (sorta)
tcertain AT aristotle.net
(Travis is really a girls name)



Subject: today's FOS & belated field trip thanks
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:27:26 -0500
Heard the first Kentucky Warbler and (possibly the last) Winter Wren on this 
24 morning hike after the eclipse. 


A Belated THANKS to all who attended the field trip at Ninestone on Sunday, 
April 13th! The few raindrops we felt did not even get us wet, but we did have 
a lovely day, a relaxing pot luck on the deck, and we counted at least 35 
species. Joe Neal, our fearless leader, wrote a fine report of the event posted 
to ARBIRD. Joe added that all visitors to Ninestone "were just in awe and 
thunderstruck by the beauty and bird-habitat utility of Don Matt's brush/wood 
piles". 


Here's a partial list of the migrating birds observed on Sunday, April 13th - 
some here to breed, some just passing through: 


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (5)
Sparrows - White-throated, Lincoln's, Swamp, Field, Chipping
Louisiana Waterthrushes - several territories along the stream
Goldfinches
White-eyed Vireo (we didn't hike to the Yellow-throated Vireo's territory)
Eastern Towhees
Warblers - Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated. Pine, Northern Parula, 
Black-and-White 

Rough-winged Swallows
Indigo Buntings (FOS brilliant males)
Fish Crows
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (busy gathering nesting materials)
Orchard Oriole (FOS male)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Resident nesters included: Wood Duck, Eastern Towhee, Red-shouldered Hawk, 
Pileated, Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina Wren, Bluebird 
(just one later that evening), AND Great-horned Owls whose 2 youngsters showed 
themselves to only a lucky few. 


Judith
Ninestone, Carroll County
Subject: field trip to Wattle Hollow in the Boston Mtns Saturday April 19
From: "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal AT UARK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:27:51 +0000
On Saturday, April 19, join Joe Neal and others from Wattle Hollow Retreat 
Center, just north of Devil's Den State Park, for an exploration of hardwood 
forest, small farm, and stream environments with good views of birds and plants 
typical of the highland forests of Boston Mountains. Meet up along highway 170, 
where you turn into Wattle, by 9 AM for the leisurely & birdy stroll on a 
graded road comfortably downhill to the retreat center. Or, if you sleep in, 
just get to the retreat center around 9:30-10 AM. After we reach the retreat 
center, at some point we will head down the hillside forest to the creek. It is 
a unique opportunity for a look at nature, hilltop to creek bottom, in the 
heartland of the Bostons, and relatively far from the maddening crowds. 


Please also bring something to share for the pot luck lunch at noon at the 
retreat center. NO, contrary to what you may have heard, you will not be 
required to stand on your head and meditate, though of course you are always 
welcome to do so. Despite what the pundits are claiming, you will not be 
forcibly converted to Buddhism or be required to engage in satanic rites. This 
is walk is free and open to the public. There is no need to register. If you 
have walking impairments, the porch at the retreat center is a wonderful place 
to see birds and a vast mountainous landscape in comfort. All ages and 
abilities are welcome. 


DIRECTIONS: Starting in Fayetteville, take I-540 south to the Devil's Den exit 
at West Fork exit #53. Turn right (west) towards the park, following highway 
170 and Devil's Den SP signs for about 14 miles. At the sign that says "Devil's 
Den State Park, 4 miles," continue on Hwy 170 another half mile, there is 
usually a Wattle Hollow sign on the left, just before the driveway (note: there 
is a stone cairn also on the left, and a small white house with mailboxes on 
the right). This is the meeting place by 9 AM. You should see at least me and 
the old Toyota along 170. If you are in the 10 AM group, go left down the 
driveway; after 1 mile, take the (only) right fork in the drive which is 
well-marked, and continue to the retreat center end of the road. 


Check out digital Wattle Hollow Retreat Center here: 
http://www.wattlehollow.com/ or flesh & blood Wattle on Saturday. For more 
info: phone: (479) 225-2381 or email: joyfoxwath AT aol.com. 
 I will be glad to carpool from Fayetteville if 
there is interest. I will be leaving Fayetteville at 7:30. Return after a 
leisurely potluck lunch. 
Subject: 2014 Spring Migration Count
From: "Anderson, Leif E -FS" <leanderson AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:52:08 +0000
Greetings all,
 It's time to get out and enjoy spring and help count birds for the 22nd annual 
AR Migratory Bird Count. 

It would be great if you could join one of the established counties.
Or you can do a county on your own.
Just pick a calendar day between 4/23 - 5/20 to do a county.
Keep track of the number of birds of each species, your miles and hours. I have 
field data sheets and data compilation spreadsheets on the pc, if you want a 
copy. 


If you compile by spreadsheet, showing each party, I'd love to put it into 
eBird. But I don't want you to go to extra trouble. 


Please return your data to me, in any format that's easiest for you, including 
handwritten, by 6/20 so I can start the newsletter article. 


You can check out the website, get a feel of the international scope of the 
project and even buy T-Shirts. www.birdday.org 


Dates I've heard from so far:
Thur 4/24:    Pope     Sarah Davis     sadavis AT fs.fed.us
Wens 4/30:    Johnson    Greg Taylor & Leif Anderson    gregorytaylor#fs.fed.us
Sat 5/3:       Hobbs SP       hobbs AT arkansas.com
Sat 5/3:      Logan     Don Simons   don.simons AT arkansas.gov
Sat 5/10:      Benton     Mike Mlodinow    mamlod AT hotmail.com
Sat 5/10:    Pulaski       Dan Scheiman,      birddan AT comcast.net
Sun   5/11:    Faulkner      Allan Mueller     akcmueller AT gmail.com
Sun 5/11:      Washington     Mike Mlodinow    mamlod AT hotmail.com
Wens 5/14:    Prairie     Terry Singleterry    tasingleterry AT hotmail.com

Any questions, please holler at me. Leaderson AT fs.fed.us 479-284-3150 ext 3151 
Cheers, Leif 





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Subject: Re: Barry
From: Mary Ann King <office AT PINERIDGEGARDENS.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:03:15 -0500
Apparently this has happened to me also as I received a number of 'failed
mailings' on Sunday.  Apparently have no virus though.

 

MaryAnn 

In the pine woods northwest of London (AR)

 

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
[mailto:ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU] On Behalf Of Herschel Raney
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:18 PM
To: ARBIRD-L AT LISTSERV.UARK.EDU
Subject: Barry

 

I spoke incorrectly. Actually anyone with Barry's address on their computer
on the list could have been infected and then it jut used Barry's address as
its tag location. His computer may be as clean as a whistle. But it seems to
like his address as a tag, where ever it is actually originating. 

 

Herschel
Subject: No Subject
From: Susan Young <staymoreark AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:54:48 -0500
sign off ARBIRD-L
Subject: Re: More or less AZ birds
From: Jacque Brown <bluebird2 AT COX.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:50:42 -0500
I tried for the Sinaloa Wren twice...this one is at Tubac south of where I was 
on HWY 19.... I missed glimpsing it both times by 1/2 to 1 hr at different 
times of day. I ran into some people that went 19 times before they saw the 
bird. I did see 2 Perigren Falcons fly over one of the days while at the wren 
location and there is a Common Raven nest at the same place. 


I was going to go to Ft Huachuca for the supposedly more predicable wren on the 
way home Saturday and decided to blow it off as I had a 12 hr drive to Amarillo 
by Saturday night plus a two hr time variance and didn't break camp til 7:30 
with little sleep the night before because it was soooo windy. 


Not a problem with me since I was still doing the Trogon dance. You should have 
heard the stories going around on the Trogon grapevine that week, you really 
had no idea what to believe. Jacque 







---- Lyndal York  wrote: 

=============
Ken Dayer (formerly of LR) and I birded the Sierra Vista, AZ neighborhood
while Jacque Brown was over in the Santa Ritas. We spent most of the 9th
looking for the Sinola Wren which had been frequently reported in Huachuca
Canyon--lower picnic area (stakeout *Sinaloa Wren* spot).since the middle
of December. No luck! It was  last *reported*: Fri, Apr 11th, 7:20am. After
a tough climb up Miller Canyon we did find the Spotted Owl ( complete with
a good photo) the only new species. Well two, if you count the split of the
Winter Wren. Perhaps there is a new species lurking over in Santa Barbara,
CA.

Lyndal York
Not in the piney woods of West LR

--
Jacque Brown
Centerton
Benton, Co AR,
bluebird2 AT cox.net
Subject: Arkansas Birders in Texas
From: Kelly Chitwood <kellyannchitwood AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:56:29 -0500
Edie and I traveled to High Island last Wednesday and birded the area from The 
Trinity river near Wallisville, Anahuac NWR, the Smith Oak Sanctuary at High 
Island, the Boy Scout Woods, Rollover Pass (where the pirates rolled their 
barrels out), Bolivar Flats, Fort Travis, Horseshoe Lake to Frenchtown Road. 
We're still counting birds and processing images, but so far our species count 
is nearing 130. Not too shabby, considering we hired no guides nor did we sink 
our cash into expensive blinds and the warblers were slow. 


Fellow birders were the best at assisting us. In fact, at the big store near 
Crystal Beach, we began talking to a couple about our sightings and offered 
directions to a pair of displaying Clapper Rails, Edie and I had the good 
fortune to find. Eventually the "where are y'all from?" question was asked and 
within moments, we realized we were visiting with Larry Jernigan and his wife! 


Edie and I mentioned we were thinking about hitting Anahuac later that day to 
search for Crested Caracaras. Now get this: the Jernigans tell us about one 
they saw a couple of years ago and approximately where they saw it, near the 
Skillern Tract at Anahuac. 


So Edie and I birded the refuge and on the way back, I'm a little disappointed 
since the long shot didn't pay off, we see this same dead skunk in the middle 
of the road (and it was stinking to high heaven). Except that's not the only 
black and white we see. A gorgeous Crested Caracara is dining on it's flesh! 
How cool is that? It was one of the most exciting life birds ever! 


I'm still hoarse from screaming (sorry Edie). So, if you're on FB, we have a 
page called COW Birders. It's a bit silly, because we prefer it that way and if 
you'd like to see that image and more from the trip, go "Like" our page. Or 
just visit! But have fun! 


Thanks to the Jernigans. We owe you! I hope you found that flock of 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Clapper Rails. 


The shorebirds were fantastic. We needed help with IDs, and if you want to take 
a stab at them, we'd appreciate your help. Otherwise, it's going to take some 
reading, studying our Sibley's, Nat Geo, and "All About Birds" to muddle 
through. Plus eBird's range maps to narrow our choices down. 


If Texas only had the same kind of information on their checklists! What a gem 
we have in AAS' field list! I always miss having something similar abroad. 



Cheers!

Kelly Chitwood 
El Dorado, AR
Subject: Horned Lark
From: Joyce & Harlan Shedell <jhshed AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:48:03 -0500
I tried to find the Yellow-headed Blackbirds that Joe Neal mentioned near
Highfill, Benton County, (didn't find any). Those same hay fields hold other
amazing birds if you have the patience to stop and search with your
binoculars.  There were Baird's sandpipers-that seemed strange in a hay
field instead of a mud flat. 

 

Over the past 2 weeks, I have observed several Horned Larks. Evidently they
have been here much longer because today I saw a baby Horned Lark.  It was
just a little ball of fluff the same color as the ground around it. I could
only spot it when it was running after the adult.  The adult would fly away
then return to within about 6 feet of the baby and the baby would run to it.
One time I did observe the adult feeding it. Joe tells me they are known to
be early nesters. It was exciting to see a baby bird this early in the
spring.