Millwood Lake 9/5/2009

I drove to Millwood Lake in SW Arkansas this morning where Charles Mills was nice enough to meet me and then help me out in my desire to add Tricolored Heron to my state list.  The day was overcast and the air was a bit hazy but there was no rain, at least then.  We walked down the Okay Levee and quickly came across first one then two more Tricolored Herons. I’m glad I had him to point them out.  I’ve seen them before, in Texas and Louisiana, but out there today they seemed tiny compared to the Great Blue Herons and I might have missed them. However, after a while I got were I could spot them easily enough.

We also saw 47 Wood Storks and 2 Roseate Spoonbills, two year birds for me.  There was also a number of American White Pelicans, a handful of Caspian and Forster’s Terns, one Sanderling, six Spotted Sandpipers, and one American Alligator.

The haze was less than ideal for photography but I had the camera so what else was I going to do?  Here are some images of pelicans and one of the Tricolored Herons.  Hope you like them.

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Species seen or heard:

  • Wood Duck
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Wild Turkey
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Wood Stork
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Sanderling
  • Caspian Tern
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Killdeer
  • Least Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Wren
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Anhinga
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Fish Crow

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