Date: 7/2/18 7:01 am
From: <market...>
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.

Here are a couples shot that I got of it Sunday morning -
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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.

Ron Bird

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...>

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.

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