Date: 7/2/18 7:01 am From: <market...> Subject: Re: NEOTROPIC CORMORANT AT BEAVER LAKE NURSERY POND
I was at the nursery earlier that morning and confirmed 8 green herons on the north side hunting in the shallows as well as a cattle egret perched on a post watching all. FYI - I first spotted the neotropic here last Tuesday, June 26. I had no idea it was a neotropic though.
No shorebird that I could see but the American and Fish Crows were taking advantage of the low water line and fishing successfully.
I talked with Hatchery personnel about 3 weeks ago who said that the red eared sunfish in the pond should be ready to be released about mid-July. I imagine this is why they have let the water get this low. I visit a couple times a week and will report when I see the release. I imagine that will bring the some shorebirds in.
I visited last Friday and someone had a fireworks party on the dike and left all of their trash. I took a couple Wal-Mart bags with me Sunday morning to clean it up but someone had beat me to it. This place is one of the cleanest always.
Lastly, the State people came through about a week ago and mowed the dike and road sides. Now is a great time to come out and enjoy without too many weeds to wade.
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> On Behalf Of Joseph C. Neal Sent: Sunday, July 1, 2018 4:11 PM To: <ARBIRD-L...> Subject: NEOTROPIC CORMORANT AT BEAVER LAKE NURSERY POND
A Neotropic Cormorant at Beaver Lake Nursery Pond this morning may have been there since at least June 21. In terms of plumage, this bird looks quite a bit like the Neotropic currently at SWEPCO Lake-Eagle Watch Nature Trail. Observations for this species in the Ozarks date to 2011, all from Eagle Watch. Today's bird adds a second location.
Other observations: edible blackberries. Tree Swallows still have active nests around the pond. A flock of American Goldfinches were apparently attracted to the downy-fluff of willow seeds - 8 in one tree. Orchard Orioles are still singing. A nice mudflat is developing along the pond's north side. We didn't see any shorebird migrants there this morning, but at least 4 Green Herons were present. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was probing flowers of Germander or Wood Sage. Perched on leaves of Trumpet Creeper at the blind: a striking yellowish-orange damselfly, maybe Orange Bluet.
Overall, this was a wonderful Sunday morning service, very much in the spirit of poet Emily Dickinson:
"Some keep the Sabbath going to Church - I keep it, staying at Home - With a Bobolink for a Chorister - And an Orchard, for a Dome -
Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice - I, just wear my Wings - And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church, Our little Sexton - sings.
God preaches, a noted Clergyman - And the sermon is never long, So instead of getting to Heaven, at last - I'm going, all along."
Or in our case, most of this morning, until it started to thunder, lightning, then rain.