Date: 5/16/18 4:01 am
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: Red Slough Bird Survey - May 15
Great mink sighting. Once in a lifetime kind of thing.

On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 11:52 PM David Arbour <arbour...> wrote:

> Ford Hendershot and I surveyed birds today at Red Slough and found 76
> species. The weather started off rainy, overcast, and mild, but soon
> turned partly cloudy and hot. Very few migrants were found despite a lot
> of effort to find some. The heronry on Pintail Lake was a buzz with
> activity as the Cattle egrets were busy carrying sticks and nest building.
> A great Egret was also apparently trying to build a nest in there too as it
> was playing around with a stick in its bill. The Anhingas and Neotropic
> Cormorants were busy incubating eggs and watching their new neighbors, the
> Cattle Egrets, move in around them. Green Herons, who have their own
> heronry further back on the lake, kept streaming back and forth as well. I
> was driving up Red Slough Road from the middle parking area to the north
> parking area when I noticed something dark moving in the road ahead of me.
> Thinking it was probably another turtle I prepared to pass it when suddenly
> I realized it was a mink carrying something in its mouth. And also there
> was something else in the road beside it. I stopped quickly and the mink
> dropped what I now recognized was a baby mink and ran on across the road
> without it. I quickly backed up a little ways to give her some room. The
> other object in the road was also a baby mink and I quickly spotted another
> at the road edge. How she ended up with all 3 of these babies in the road
> a once I have no idea. But as I watched she came back out into the road
> and grabbed each baby one at a time and carried it off into the tall grass
> beside a bridge. She made 3 trips back across the road until she had
> safely retrieved all her young. The young minks were so tiny that they
> couldn’t hardly walk. Here is our list for today:
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> *Black-bellied Whistling Duck* - 2
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> Canada Goose – 2
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> Wood Duck - 13
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> Blue-winged Teal – 12
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> Pied-billed Grebe – 2
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> *Neotropic Cormorant* - 4
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> Double-crested Cormorant – 1
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> *Anhinga* – 63
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> *Least Bittern* - 1
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> Great-blue Heron – 3
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> Great Egret – 25
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> Snowy Egret – 15
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> Little-blue Heron – 1
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> Cattle Egret - 332
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> Green Heron – 4
>
> *White-faced Ibis* - 3
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> Black Vulture - 10
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> Turkey Vulture – 17
>
> Mississippi Kite - *142*
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> Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
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> *King Rail* – 1
>
> Sora - 1
>
> *Purple Gallinule - *20
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> *Common Gallinule* – 40
>
> American Coot – 10
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> Killdeer - 2
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> Spotted Sandpiper – 1
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> Least Sandpiper – 2
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> White-rumped Sandpiper – 34
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> Semipalmated Sandpiper - 7
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> Pectoral Sandpiper – 31
>
> Wilson’s Phalarope – 2
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> Black Tern - *600*
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> Mourning Dove – 3
>
> Great-horned Owl - 1
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> Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 11
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
>
> Downy Woodpecker – 1
>
> Pileated Woodpecker – 1
>
> Eastern Phoebe – 3
>
> Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
>
> Willow Flycatcher – 1
>
> Least Flycatcher - 1
>
> Eastern Kingbird – 4
>
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1
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> White-eyed Vireo – 7
>
> Bell’s Vireo - 4
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> Red-eyed Vireo – 1
>
> Blue Jay - 3
>
> American Crow – 1
>
> Fish Crow – 4
>
> Purple Martin - 4
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> Tree Swallow – 11
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> Cliff Swallow - 9
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> Barn Swallow – 7
>
> Carolina Chickadee – 2
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> Tufted Titmouse – 2
>
> Carolina Wren – 9
>
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 8
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> Northern Mockingbird – 4
>
> Cedar Waxwing – 23
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> Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
>
> Prothonotary Warbler – 14
>
> Common Yellowthroat – 14
>
> Yellow-breasted Chat - 7
>
> Eastern Towhee – 3
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> Savannah Sparrow - 1
>
> Northern Cardinal – 20
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> Indigo Bunting – 11
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> Painted Bunting - 11
>
> Dickcissel - 21
>
> Red-winged Blackbird – 26
>
> Eastern Meadowlark - 1
>
> Common Grackle – 8
>
> Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
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> Orchard Oriole - 3
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> *Odonates:*
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> Fragile Forktail
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> Elegant Spreadwing
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> Swamp Darner
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> Regal Darner
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> Baskettail species
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> Eastern Pondhawk
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> Slaty Skimmer
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> Blue Dasher
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> Spot-winged Glider
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> Striped Saddlebags
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> Black Saddlebags
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> *Herps:*
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> Red-eared Slider
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> Diamond-backed Watersnake
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> Green Treefrog
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> Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
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> Bronze Frog
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> Bullfrog
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> Good birding!
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> David Arbour
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> De Queen, AR
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