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

Burns Park / Cook’s Landing 8/21/2008

Arrived at 7:10 AM. Parked at the western end of Burns Park since that was much more convenient for the target. My target bird was the Painted Bunting reported in the mile 6.0 – mile 6.25 region of the River Trail. I heard something that sounded similar to the Painted Bunting right there but after 40 minutes got no sight of the bird. Walked the River Trail to Campbell Lake Trail to Isabella Jo Trail back to the River Trail and back to the car. Finished at 9 AM.

Species encountered:
• Great Blue Heron
• Canada Goose
• Blue Jay
• Eastern Kingbird
• Northern Mockingbird
• Northern Cardinal
• American Crow
• Fish Crow
• Mourning Dove
• Killdeer
• Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
• Carolina Chickadee
• Red-tailed Hawk
• Red-bellied Woodpecker
• White-eyed Vireo
• Downy Woodpecker
• Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
• Carolina Wren
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Indigo Bunting
• Belted Kingfisher
• Pileated Woodpecker
• Eastern Towhee