Date: 2/18/18 3:31 pm From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Wapanocca
I took advantage of the much nicer weather and temperature and visited Wapanocca Wildlife Refuge today starting at late morning. On the way there I noticed quite a few mourning doves, hundreds of Redwing blackbirds, one lone Mallard in a scruffy little pond near Jericho, AR, one E. Bluebird, one Mockingbird and two N. Flickers near the Refuge entrance. Within the last mile and a half of reaching the entrance I saw a large clump of feathers in the middle of the road. A large, once beautiful red tailed hawk had been struck and killed by some vehicle. There was no other traffic around at the moment. I stopped, pulled it out of the road and laid him to rest on the side of the road. It had beautiful strong golden talons. Disheartening. I moved on to the really beautiful Wapanocca refuge and went to the fishing/observation outlook over the large lake. I saw: 1 Common Loon Several seagulls (probably common) lots of Northern Shovelers Several Bufflehead 3 large immature Am. Bald Eagles
There were likely more duck species, but they were just too far away to identify. I stayed a good while and felt lucky enough. Entering and leaving the refuge I also saw: Several Am. Crows 1 E. Phoebe 1 Tufted Titmouse 2 Turkey Vultures 1 Accipiter species - distant flyby Several N. Cardinals among the cypress swamp As I left the refuge I took several photos of the cypress swamp and at the last second noticed a pair of Wood Ducks, male and female, swimming among the cypresses. That really made my day!