Busy Birding Day 4/26/2009

I didn’t feel like going far afield when I got up an decided to hit Allsopp and Murray Parks. I did so, running into fellow birders Lynn and Becky at Allsopp. Things were kind of slow at Murray so I left there a little early with a vague idea of going to Terry Dam later to look for Painted Buntings.

When I got home I got an email from ARBird about a Gull-billed Tern spotted near Arkansas City by Dick Baxter. That’s in the southeast corner of the state and about 2 hours away. After thinking about it for a while, I called Dick and got some directions and also realized that he intended to stay there to help birders in the new and temporary birding Mecca. So Angie and I got ready and headed there. We found the site without too much trouble and found Dick and his wife Sarah, Kenny & LaDonna Nichols, and Dennis Braddy there. They had the tern spotted and scoped for us. Unfortunately it was too far away for the camera but the identification was easy in a scope. This was a new bird for Arkansas, from what I hear it has never been reported before. Thank you, Dick.

** = New Life Bird, * = First of Season

Species seen or heard at Allsopp:

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Pine Warbler
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Fish Crow
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Carolina Wren
  • Tufted Titmouse

Species seen or heard at Murray:

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • European Starling
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Fish Crow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Canada Goose

Species seen or heard at Dick Baxter’s site:

  • Gull-billed Tern **
  • Black-necked Stilt *
  • Willet *
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper *
  • Least Sandpiper *
  • Bobolink *
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • American Coot
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Scarlet Tanager

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