My field season for my master's project has officially begun! Pooja Panwar, Ross Shiery, and I checked out Stump and Chesney Prairies today in Siloam Springs. In addition to typical grassland birds, we flushed and then got good looks at a Virginia Rail along the creek at Chesney (and I'm pretty sure I had one at Stump as well). According to Joe Neal's Chesney bird list, this is a new one! Male Bobolink and Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew over. A Marsh Wren skulked in the unburned area on the west side of the property. A Prairie Warbler sang from a tree at Stump. We kept flushing a pair of Northern Bobwhite and their old chick. White-crowned, White-throated, Lincoln's, and Savanna Sparrows were all still quite common. Lastly, I heard a couple of Common Nighthawks over Fayetteville last night.