Lake Dardanelle 9/14/2008

Angie and I went to Lake Dardanelle in hopes of exotic gulf birds fleeing Hurricane Ike. Unfortunately, there was little to see. My visit last week was more productive. We visited both sides on the dam and then took 23 up to Delaware Recreation Area. The best find was two osprey along 23.

Species seen or heard:
• Canada Goose
• Northern Mockingbird
• Great Blue Heron
• Turkey Vulture
• Ring-billed Gull
• European Starling
• Herring Gull
• Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
• Mourning Dove
• American Crow
• Forster’s Tern
• Belted Kingfisher
• Osprey
• Eastern Bluebird

Millwood Lake 9/13/2008

I joined ASCA members for a pre-Hurricane Ike run to Millwood Lake in anticipation of exotic birds. It was warm and cloudy with spits of rain. Unfortunately, the exotic gulf birds were mostly a no show but we did see a swarm of hummingbirds at a feeder which included one female Rufous Hummingbird. We arrived at Beard’s Bluff at about 9:30, visited Saratoga Landing as well, and left at around 2:30.

Species seen or heard:
• Blue Jay
• Ruby-throated Hummingbird
• Carolina Chickadee
• White-eyed Vireo
• Rufous Hummingbird
• Turkey Vulture
• Bald Eagle
• American White Pelican
• Northern Rough-winged Swallow
• Great Egret
• Eastern Wood-pewee
• American Crow
• Anhinga
• Carolina Wren
• Forster’s Tern
• Canada Goose
• Black Tern
• Osprey
• Double-crested Cormorant
• Belted Kingfisher

Lake Dardenelle 9/6/2008

Samantha and I went to Lake Dardenelle this morning in hopes of Sooty Terns and other recent arrivals. We stopped at the dam on the south of the river and then went to the Delaware Recreation area. We did not see any Sooty Terns but did see our first Black Terns, Ring-billed Gulls, and Black Vultures of the season.

Species seen or heard:
• Black Vulture
• Black Tern
• Turkey Vulture
• Killdeer
• Great Blue Heron
• Ring-billed Gull
• Fish Crow
• Blue Jay
• American Crow
• Northern Cardinal
• Pileated Woodpecker
• Osprey
• Carolina Chickadee
• Carolina Wren
• Double-crested Cormorant
• Mourning Dove
• Scissor-tailed Flycatcher