Date: 6/29/17 11:18 am From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Re: RFI -- Birding Northwest and North Central Arkansas
You would probably like Mt. Magazine and the surrounding areas. That's definitely worth the visit.
On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM, Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> wrote:
> Ebird CAN be an awesome tool and has helped me find birds I might not have > found otherwise... but, how useful it is depends greatly on how many people > actually use it. There's a TON of good birders here in Arkansas that > simply don't report to lists like Ebird. :( And, some areas just aren't > birded so frequently. I still try to use it for some birds looking at > hotspots and range maps. I can't be of help outside of that but I can dig > through a little data and see what comes up. Let people know how far > you're willing to travel from that area as well, as that might yield some > different results. > I'll post anything that MIGHT be helpful on the list below... if it helps > it helps, if it doesn't, it doesn't. :) > On 6/29/2017 10:27 AM, Ryan Dziedzic wrote: > > If anyone could provide information on potential locations/habitats for > the following birds, I would be very appreciative (eBird is only so helpful > in this regard). > *WISH LIST:* > *Northern Bobwhite* - lots of older reports in that area. My guess is > you can find some if you explore anywhere prairie-ish in that area. Only > recent report in that area seems to be near a road and not much of an > actual birding spot but, reports are very recent and multiple days so it > may be a good spot. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37846617 > *Mississippi Kite* - Not much for reports on this one. This bird is not > an easy one to find... I've only seen a couple and it's been luck. > They're more common here during migration. I doubt you'll find one unless > someone knows of a reliable spot in the area. > *Greater Roadrunner* - This bird, I want to say you have a chance of > finding one on just about any dirt/farmish road in the area. They're quick > and not always out in the open so a reliable spot is hard to find. We have > a family of them in our neighborhood(Siloam Springs, a bit too far) that > you could definitely find IF you are lucky or just patient. With all that > said, there was one reported at the same spot as the bobwhite recently so > it may be a good area. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37867754 > *Chuck-will's-widow* - This is still on my needs list. Seems that this > bird was also seen(likely heard actually) at the same spot as the > roadrunner and bobwhite so again, might be a good spot. Someone also > recently reported one down in flippin. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ > checklist/S37316440 > *Scissor-tailed Flycatcher* - don't even need to list locations for this > one. Any back road with fields and fences and such, you'll definitely find > this bird. :) > *White-eyed Vireo* - No recent reports in that area but it's a common > enough bird. If you're in the right habitat and you know their song, I > think there's a good chance for this one. > *Bell's Vireo* - My experience with these is limited and, limited to > Benton county. They seem less abundant and more habitat specific. No > reports in that general area but someone might know a good spot for one. I > think it will either be traveling or luck for this bird. Adam mentioned > Baker prairie in Harrison and it seems there are a few recent sightings > there so, definitely worth a look if you can get that way. > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37356668 > *Worm-eating Warbler* - another bird I'd call habitat specific... or, > picky. Seems to prefer areas with steep hills and dense forest. There may > be habitat like that in that immediate area but there are no good reports > right there. Reliable reports(not too recent) all along the buffalo river > that was mentioned by Adam already. > *Swainson's Warbler* - Doubtful on this one. Migration through here is > in the Spring... May perhaps. Kind of late now and even then, not very > common. > *Kentucky Warbler* - Another habitat specific like the worm eating but, > far less picky or, more common. Anywhere along the buffalo you're likely > to find them. No recent reports but they have been reported at bull > shoals... Cindy Franklin reported one a few years back at the dam. > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S14365102 I think if you're in > the right spot, you should find this one. :) > *Prairie Warbler* - I haven't had much luck with this species but they > are around. I think Baker prairie that was mentioned will be your best bet > but none have been reported toooooo recently. Hopefully someone has some > more reliable reports than recent ebird sightings for this one. > *Yellow-breasted Chat* - Baker prairie again. Recent report of two > there. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37356668 A closer > location that looks like it could be a good spot... > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S11255299 looks under ebirded... > but, being a resort, it might not be a general public area to bird. Can't > say. Looks like Dan Scheiman has been there years back so maybe he or > someone else knows something of the location. It's close to bull shoals > and, even though there's no data this year, looks like it has good bird. > *Lark Sparrow* - no recent reports in that area but you may get lucky on > some back roads if you're paying attention. > *S**ummer Tanager* - one of many recent sightings > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37831124 I don't think it will > be difficult for you to find these. Listen for their call... they're a > common bird down here in the summer. > *Blue Grosbeak* - seems there's a recent sighting at the dam > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37449155 and, that location that > had the bobwhite and other birds, first link I posted... These are common > but not always seen everywhere. Looks like a good area for them though. > *Painted Bunting* - these have been reported here and there but the most > recent(this month) and reliable has been baker prairie. > > > I know you can only do so much with Ebird but sometimes it pays off. > Hopefully we have some birders knowledgeable of that area even better that > have other suggestions to go with. > And, good luck. I've never been to that area but, it's a pretty area. > > > <https://www.avast.com/lp-safe-emailing-3177-b?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient&utm_term=oa-3177-b> Virus-free. > www.avast.com > <https://www.avast.com/lp-safe-emailing-3177-b?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&utm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient&utm_term=oa-3177-b> > <#m_6805000415901602323_DAB4FAD8-2DD7-40BB-A1B8-4E2AA1F9FDF2> >