Date: 11/3/20 7:32 pm From: Karen Garrett <kjgarrett84...> Subject: Good day birding in Benton County, even a FOC I think.
FOC = first of century Northern Pintail, I think.I met Jacque Brown at the fish hatchery in Centerton to see if my life American Bittern was still around. We did not see it, but two Sora continue. We picked up a plover trifecta; Black-bellied, American Golden, and Killdeer. Also several other waders/pipers, Coots, Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, Gadwall, and a Pintail.
The highlight for me,however, was coming upon a large mixed flock (200ish) of various native sparrows, and a bunch of finches. Of the finches, most were Goldfinches, with at least one Pine Siskin, and two House Finches. The WC Sparrows and the Goldfinches were quite vocal. After about 15 minutes, they were gone. I did find a flock of maybe 40 AMGO about a half mile east. I was unaware that the Goldfinches would get gather in such a large flock with Sparrows. A stunning Harris Sparrow tried to get in my car, of his own volition, but once he realized the error of his way, he sat on a perch about 16 feet away and gave me a great photo session. Just east was a pond conta8several ducks and a female Hooded Merganser.