Date: 5/7/17 3:43 pm From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Two Trips
On May 3rd I went down near the end of Northshore Dr in North Little Rock. There were big open rustic fields near the commercial warehouse/factory buildings that I had already passed to get there. This was intended to be Phase One of my birding in a short period. There's a kind of gravel circle at the end of the drive. I got out of the car with my bins and looked at the fields, very grown up and rather undisturbed. I saw and heard a few good birds.
No. Rough Wing Swallows very many on the wing and some perching on stakes Redwing Blackbirds all over the place Eastern meadowlark one singing in the field in the distance Dicksissels dozens of them calling very loudly
The sun was shining, the weather seemed mild and everything was beautiful. Then I moved on and parked down near the Murray Power Station (or Plant). I looked toward the Arkansas River and saw a small flock of American White Pelicans flying near the structure. I also looked out over the nearby lake which included fisher folk.
Northern Shoveler Canada Geese One American Coot male and female Cowbirds near the shore Purple Grackle Common Crows Mourning Dove
Then I walked down a trail into the woods lined by a kind of backwater that seemed like a small river. The further in, the more heavily forested. I saw and/or heard:
Red Bellied Woodpecker Red Headed WP with his strange "weert" call, many times I tried to chase him but couldn't get to him - very swampy and LOTS of tree damage Small Warbler - only a fleeting glimpse in dark shadows, sounded like Prothonotary
The weather had already taken a very dark turn for the worse, and I thought I'd better get my butt out of there. The thunder and lightning seemed to get closer and closer. And I had a pretty sore leg. (from blood clots) On the way back to the parking area I heard or saw:
an Indigo Bunting White eyed Vireo Summer Tanagers several singing or calling One Gray Catbird Carolina Wrens
I wanted to leave there and go to Two Rivers Park, but the gathering storm and the fairly heavy rain put an end to those plans. I chose to go home. I will put my Phase Two into an upcoming post.