Date: 5/17/17 2:23 pm
From: Gmail <butchchq8...>
Subject: Re: IMBD and Global Big Day
Actually, I never have seen any tallies from the IMBD/Big Day Challenge.

I was able to go out on Sunday, the day after. I started at Coler Preserve in Bentonville, moved on to Lake Bella Vista, then to Tanyard Creek Trail. This produced a variety of species totaling 39. Charlie Craig Fish Hatchery was pretty slow due to none of ponds being down, and there was only Spotted Sandpiper there representing shorebirds. Then I went to Eagle Watch in Gentry and Chesney Prairie. Bobwhites and Dickcissel where calling everywhere. I finished with another stop at Charlie Craig. 69 species was my count. The best birds of the day were Painted Bunting, juvenile Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Loggerhead Shrike, and a pair of Western Kingbirds all seen with clear view. The kingbirds were an especially pleasant surprise, even more so that they didn't mind my skidding to a halt and sliding 10 feet on a gravel road and quickly backing up to get a look a what had to be my imagination playing tricks on me. But there they were on a barbed-wire fence as plain as day. Score!

Yes, a good day of birding! I hope others enjoyed as much as I did.

Butch Tetzlaff

> On May 17, 2017, at 13:44, Dottie Boyles <ctboyles...> wrote:
> This is a little late, but thought I would share anyway.
> For International Migratory Bird Day and Global Big Day, Karen and Neill
> Hart and I birded several locations around Pulaski County. We began our day
> at the Hart house, where their resident Eurasian Collared-Dove made a flyby
> appearance in time to be counted. We tallied 17 species before moving on to
> Allsopp Park. Best birds there were Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Wood-Pewee.
> I always love to hear pewees calling, it just sounds so cheerful.
> Murray Park proved to be the most productive and after two hours we
> tallied 32 species. Highlights included Bald Eagle, Red-headed and Pileated
> Woodpeckers, a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tennessee and Black-and-white
> Warblers, a singing Warbling Vireo, and American White Pelicans. We watched
> an Eastern Bluebird pair bringing nesting material to a hole in a dead
> tree.
> After seeing Bill Holiman and Samantha Scheiman’s ARBIRD-L post about a
> Western Kingbird in downtown Little Rock, we decided to try our luck, but
> the bird was a no show. Either that or it morphed itself in a Killdeer to
> hide from us.
> Heading on to Little Rock Port Authority (LRPA) and Fraizer Pike we found
> two W. Kingbirds, one at LRPA and the other just before Damsite Rd. The W.
> Kingbirds seem to be moving around the area this year. We also searched the
> Custom Metals location, but no birds. However, Jim Dixon reported seeing
> them there and near the “Merlin tree” later on. Lance Runion found the
> birds in a different location Sat. afternoon. The heavy rain Friday night
> created a small watering hole by the LRPA that 3 Spotted Sandpipers and a
> Semipalmated Sandpiper were busy exploring. Apparently Eastern Kingbirds
> are not very territorial as we spotted 7 lined up on a chain link fence,
> then one flew and sat down next to a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. There were
> still a few Bobolinks on Frazier Pike, but Dickcissels far outnumbered
> them, unlike the weekend before.
> At Willow Beach, while Karen was trying to locate a singing Orchard
> Oriole, she discovered a female Orchard sitting on a nest. She showed it to
> me and we quickly departed the area. We also saw three Baltimore Orioles.
> We tallied 62 species for the day. Most common bird was European Starling
> (52) followed by American Robin (35), they seemed to be everywhere. We saw
> Mississippi Kites in five locations, including 6 at one time on Fraizer
> Pike.
> It was great day to be out birding for whatever the cause. Thanks Karen
> and Neill for sharing your day with me! It was a lot of fun.
> Dottie Boyles
> Little Rock
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