Running an errand or two was just something I had to do this morning. I needed a couple of things done in the direction of Roosevelt Rd and I thought to myself, I'll just drive over to Frazier Pike and look around after hearing reports by Cindy Franklin and others. I drove past the Lock and Dam area and way out the fields and woods and farms before coming back in again. I had 26 species of birds altogether, many of them common, but I also had several noteworthy birds on list.
Scissor tail Flycatcher 1 Yellow Breastfed Chat. 1 Indigo Buntings 7 Dickcissels. Everywhere (100s) E. Kingbirds 3 One Common Yellowthroat singing One Black Vulture roosting in a tall tree Cattle Egrets a small flock
Then I drove past a big field not far from the western drive that goes to the Terry Dam Park and saw Bobolinks flying in a small group. I noticed all the white on this mainly black bird. I drove a little further to where there was a farm road and fence and There was a couple of famous birders from central Arkansas, Uta Meyer and Dan Scheiman. Dan said he'd seen hundreds. I actually saw between 1 and 2 dozen. But this is a first for me in Arkansas. It may even be a life bird. I seem to think I saw some back in Mississippi a very long time ago (several decades) but I could be wrong. I'll call the Bobolink a life bird for me.