Date: 7/13/22 6:58 pm
From: David Arbour <arbour...>
Subject: Red Slough Bird Survey - July 13


It was mostly clear, brutally hot (heat index of 110+), with a slight wind
on the bird survey today. 53 species were found. Very little singing was
heard today and Passerines were scarce. I started in the dark around 5:00
a.m. hoping for some nightjars and owls but only found one owl and some
bats. Caught the morning flight out of the heronry but numbers were down on
ibis', Great Egrets and Little-blue Herons. No storks this week. The big
highlight of the day was finding 4 Limpkins feeding together on Push Creek.
Also got to see a Purple Gallinule karate kick a Cattle Egret in the chest
with both feet when it landed to close to its young and sent it flying away.
Also, if you want to see Least Bitterns and King Rails, the observation
platform/photo blind on Pintail Lake is the place to be early in the
morning. Got great close-up looks at both species. The King Rail crossed
the gravel road by the platform a couple times with pauses and a Least
Bittern was putting on a show in the cattails next to the platform. Here is
my list for today:



Black-bellied Whistling Duck - 11

Canada Goose - 5

Wood Duck - 12

Pied-billed Grebe - 15

Neotropic Cormorant - 13 (4 on nests.)

Anhinga - 31 (numerous near fledging young.)

Least Bittern - 3

Great-blue Heron - 5

Great Egret - 9

Snowy Egret - 20

Little-blue Heron - 55

Cattle Egret - ~10,000

Green Heron - 8

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 6

White Ibis - 274

Black Vulture - 1

Turkey Vulture - 60

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 1

King Rail - 2

Purple Gallinule - 83 (also 7 broods of young.)

Common Gallinule - 63 (also numerous broods of young.)

Limpkin - 4

Killdeer - 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 4

Barred Owl - 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1

Belted Kingfisher - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

Eastern Kingbird - 2

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 2

White-eyed Vireo - 2

American Crow - 4

Fish Crow - 4

Purple Martin - 1

Tree Swallow - 3

Barn Swallow - 8

Carolina Wren - 4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1

European Starling - 22 (flyover flock)

Louisiana Waterthrush - 2

Common Yellowthroat - 3

Yellow-breasted Chat - 1

Summer Tanager - 2

Northern Cardinal - 6

Indigo Bunting - 6

Painted Bunting - 1

Dickcissel - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 87

Common Grackle - 129

Brown-headed Cowbird - 1





Odonates:



Halloween Pennant

Four-spotted Pennant

Slaty Skimmer

Eastern Pondhawk

Blue Dasher

Black Saddlebags





Herps:



American Alligator

Green Treefrog

Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Green Frog







Good birding!



David Arbour

De Queen, AR












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