Date: 5/14/17 6:59 pm From: Herschel Raney <herschel.raney...> Subject: Jackson County
We went there today because of the butterflies. As I said in a note to the butterfly group, Jackson county had no documented butterflies. So we fixed that.
While wandering there on the back roads we saw a few interesting birds of note.
On a road east of Coffeeville that heads to Old Grand Glaise there is a sand operation that is large and impressive. There are many mounds of manmade sand there. Some of which appear to be aging and fairly consolidated. Multiple swallow species were enjoying the surrounding areas. But there were several Bank Swallows there. And Bo and I both thought we could see Banks going into nest holes in the upper sand banks. I was not aware of Bank Swallows nesting anywhere in this area.
And walking a road just north of there towards the White River we walked through an intermittently flooded area with many young oak trees that was jammed with Chats but also at least three Bell's Vireos. One of which showed itself to the be the bright eastern form. All counties with Bell's I think need to keep an eye on these guys. And some of the oak species out there were bright red in May. I don't know what the red oak species is that is rich red in May, but I want some.
And the Dickcissels in Jackson county sound absolutely nothing like the Dickcissels in Faulkner county. I was amazed the sounds were coming from Dickcissels. Some of them with six and seven note calls ending in a weird buzz. Who knew? I thought they all sounded like mine. But all of them there were speaking the same wonderful dialect.