Bald Knob NWR 8/16/2008

Rode up with Karen, Doris, and Dottie as part of an exploratory party for the ASCA field trip next week. Arrived about 8:15 AM and checked the ponds on Coal Chute Road. Later we travelled another road that may have no name for Black-crowned Night-herons and otters which had been seen there before though not were seen today. Lefet at about 1:15 PM.

Species encountered:
• Mourning Dove
• Great Blue Heron
• Northern Cardinal
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Northern Mockingbird
• American Crow
• Rough-winged Swallow
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Black-necked Stilt
• Semipalmated Plover
• Great Egret
• Snowy Egret
• Cattle Egret
• Little Blue Heron
• Green Heron
• Greater Yellow-legs
• Lesser Yellow-legs
• Canada Goose
• Blue-winged Teal
• Bald Eagle
• Mallard
• American Coot
• Pectoral Sandpiper
• American Golden-Plover
• Least Sandpiper
• Semipalmated Sandpiper
• Long-billed Dowitcher
• Short-billed Dowitcher
• Barn Swallow
• Solitary Sandpiper
• Indigo Bunting
• Eastern Kingbird
• Blue Grosbeak
• Downy Woodpecker
• White-eyed Vireo
• Eastern Wood-pewee
• House Sparrow
• Turkey Vulture
• Rock Pigeon

Bald Knob NWR and Treadway’s Fish Farm 8/9/2008

Arrived at BKNWR at 8 AM, the temperature a very nice 70 F (about 13 degrees cooler than when I arrived at a similar time last weekend). I went to the ponds along Coal Chute Road and saw herons, egrets, and some shore birds, nothing extraordinary. I hoped for spoonbills. After a couple hours in the NWR, I decided to check out Treadway’s where I had not been yet this season. I determined, I could get there by driving to Beebe and taking 67B to 31 to 13 and 13 the rest of the way. Unfortunately, I could find only one pond there that was even a little low. I saw plenty of herons and egrets and swallows but the only shorebirds I saw at Treadway’s were about 20 Semipalmated Plovers and one Killdeer. Left Treadway’s at 11:50.

Species encountered:
BKNWR
• Indigo Bunting
• Mourning Dove
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Red-tailed Hawk
• Killdeer
• Semipalmated Plover
• Great Egret
• Snowy Egret
• Great Blue Heron
• Little Blue Heron
• Black-necked Stilt
• Canada Goose
• Pectoral Sandpiper
• Barn Swallow
• Buff-breasted Sandpiper
• Greater Yellowlegs
• Lesser Yellowlegs
• Least Sandpiper
• American Coot
• Mallard
• Eastern Meadowlark

Treadway’s Fish Farm
• Semipalmated Plover
• Great Egret
• Snowy Egret
• Great Blue Heron
• Little Blue Heron
• Bank Swallow
• Tree Swallow
• Barn Swallow
• Cliff Swallow
• Mourning Dove
• Turkey Vulture
• Red-tailed Hawk
• Carolina Chickadee
• American Crow
• Carolina Wren
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Killdeer

Bald Knob NWR 8/3/2008

It was supposed to get to 104 F today so I decided to keep this short. Arrived at 8:30, it was 85 F. The ponds on Coal Chute Road were the best place today. Left at 10:45, it was 95 F.

Species encountered:
• Black-necked Stilt
• Greater Yellowlegs
• Semi-palmated Sandpiper
• Buff-breasted Sandpiper
• Long-billed Dowitcher
• Pectoral Sandpiper
• Mourning Dove
• Eastern Kingbird
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Northern Mockingbird
• Barn Swallow
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Great Blue Heron
• Killdeer
• Great Egret
• Little Blue Heron
• Snowy Egret
• Canada Goose
• Indigo Bunting
• Northern Cardinal
• Common Yellowthroat