Date: 11/3/20 5:07 pm
From: Joseph Neal <joeneal...>
Subject: Nelson's at Frog
This headline results from a conversation with Vivek Govind Kumar this afternoon after a trip to the Arkansas River valley, including Kibler bottoms, Alma Wastewater Treatment Facility, and Sharp Chapel Road (part of Frog Bayou WMA). The two most unusual birds from the day included a female Black Scoter at Alma Wastewater (seen with look-alike but much smaller male Ruddy Ducks) and at least the one Nelsonís Sparrow at Frog. But we saw lots of interesting birds besides these. Some in particular:
--Western Meadowlarks either singing or calling at several spots in Kibler bottoms;
--Horned Larks and numerous American Pipits, in Kibler bottoms, at and near intersection of Thornhill Road and East Arnold Road, but no Lapland Longspurs yet;
--Eared Grebes (2) at Alma Wastewater;
--a flowing tower of several gull species, mainly Franklinís, over Frog;
--several Northern Harriers over the big fields along Sharp Chapel, suggesting this may be a good spot for wintering Short-eared Owls;
--Brewerís Blackbirds following cows on King Ranch (across from Alma Wastewater).
We also saw Jim Nieting who had photographed a Vesper Sparrow at King and a Red-shafted Flicker on Sharp Chapel. We didnít get either.
One last discovery: two small Grahamís Crayfish Snakes on Sharp Chapel. They have an interesting life history tied directly to wetlands. Dr JD Willson and students in UA-Fayetteville Willson lab have been studying them since they were found at Woolsey Wet Prairie Wildlife Sanctuary in Fayetteville.
Vivek submitted several eBird checklists, including this one for Alma Wastewater and immediate vicinity including photos of Black Scoter: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75800604<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS75800604&data=04%7C01%7C%7C09df04cbcb0144e41ba908d8805df8c5%7C79c742c4e61c4fa5be89a3cb566a80d1%7C0%7C0%7C637400488388518428%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=YfvJUl8aS9YYRyTGZXBUVeF9c0kuSjgaeMMPaqtAR14%3D&reserved=0> and Sharp Chapel Road including photos of Nelsonís: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75800693<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS75800693&data=04%7C01%7C%7C09df04cbcb0144e41ba908d8805df8c5%7C79c742c4e61c4fa5be89a3cb566a80d1%7C0%7C0%7C637400488388528425%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=UHMXqfwzpF2A%2B3SOJ%2FK6iXFzCRT%2FVI2dyipNgKX%2FflU%3D&reserved=0>.


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