Date: 10/29/20 10:22 pm
From: John Walko <walko...>
Subject: Sightings Report-Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Benton, Arkansas
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Benton, Arkansas, US
Oct 29, 2020 11:55 AM - 3:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: The rain continued this morning, 41 - 45 degs. The rain finally stopped at around 1:45 and the sun peeked through the clouds only to bring a cold breeze with it's windchill out of the north.
Birding was slow at first, I was hoping for 20 species on the count, but when the rain stopped it gave me a chance to get out of the vehicle and hike (a cold hike) around the willows and up to the upper pond area that provided me with additional species not seen down below.
34 species

Snow Goose 475 One skein est of 400 at least early on, and then another latter in the day of about 75. all headed to the SE.
Canada Goose 293 68 seen in the upper big grassy area to the west of the kiosk and observation tower, which is partially flooded providing new habitat for waterfowl.
Blue-winged Teal 8
Northern Shoveler 93 Probably more since an eagle flushed the upper ponds mid count before I could get up there and off went a huge number of birds to the south.
Mallard 6
Bufflehead 2 2 f on the flooded area upper ponds
Hooded Merganser 4 1m, 3f
Ruddy Duck 68 Only 2 males out of the whole bunch on the lower ponds. Mixed up with Coots and Shovelers.
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Mourning Dove 1
American Coot 48
Killdeer 5
Dunlin 5 Seen on the upper middle pond, a redtail flew over and one of the Killdeer went into alarm mode and off they all went.
Least Sandpiper 15
Long-billed Dowitcher 3
Wilson's Snipe 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 19 Seen on the lower ponds early in the rain. 1 single and then a flock of 18 came in, with some L Sandpipers a a couple of Killdeer.
Ring-billed Gull 5
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 11 Once the rain stopped the birds started to climb and soar about
Bald Eagle 3 First two adults came out of the SW and scattered the count pretty well, they were jousting with each other as they flew to the east over the cows. Third one came from the NE and did not have the same full bright clean white markings of an adult.
Red-tailed Hawk 4 all seen from the upper area levee
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Kestrel 2 Looked like two drowned rats on the wires roadside. In the late afternoon they had dried out and one had a small furry for dinner.
Blue Jay 5
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 1

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