Raft Creek WMA 6/14/2009

Several ASCA members went to this WMA about 20 minutes east of Searcy on Saturday to see the Grasshopper Sparrows that had been previously reported there.  Once I learned of their success, I decided to follow them on Sunday.  I got a late start due to trying to do too much, install a new hard drive and get it cloned, but arrived there at 9:30.  I found these Grasshopper Sparrows in the fields between the WMA office and the creek just as described.  I had listened to their call beforehand and heard and then saw them within minutes of arriving.  They were the only truly extraordinary site although I did see many Cattle Egrets and a dozen American White Pelicans.  There was also one crayfish who questioned if I wanted a piece of him.

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** = Life Bird.

Species seen or heard:

  • Grasshopper Sparrow **
  • Cattle Egret
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Mourning Dove
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Great Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • American White Pelican
  • Dickcissel
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Killdeer
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Anhinga

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