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  1. Bois D'Arc, southwestern Arkansas on the 15th of this month. I wish I had a whole day to explore there. Awesome place. BABY purple gallinules... Anyway... Saw this bird up in a tree near some barn swallows. Only got one pic I guess. Could not ID it in the field at that distance but looking at the picture, I'm thinking maybe a pewee? I don't recall hearing one but then, it was a little breezy AND I was preoccupied with trying to figure out where and how to bird the location.
  2. I haven't heard back from the guy down there that said he might be able to show me around. I asked on the ARbird list and a guy that's the eBird reviewer for that area sent me an email back. I finally made a decision and the trip is booked... staying at a hotel in Ruston... will likely do some birding in the Monroe area. I wish I knew someone that knew the area. Maybe I'll check to see if there's a birding in LA group on facebook. I need to know how many of these areas can be birded on foot and whether I'd need a boat for any. I think the ibis and the anhinga should be doable... those will be my target species that I actively look for and if I stumble across a purple gallinule in the process, even better.
  3. Was hoping someone would have some thoughts... though, I was planning on making that trip this week... and now, I'm having my van looked at so that's not happening. I think if I do go this summer, I'm going to miss the red-cockaded woodpecker feeding and fledgling stages... which would be the best time to try and photograph them... but maybe I can still pursue the sparrows. We'll see... how much traveling will I feel like doing after my Louisiana trip next week? Still... any thoughts on these sparrows are appreciated.
  4. I guess nobody here knows the area well???
  5. quick poke around eBird bar charts looking at June in that general area and the list of birds I might need isn't very long... purple gallinule anghina white ibis wood stork Looks like Monroe would be the best place to look for all of those... Not many recent reports in that area... white ibis and anhinga look like the best possibilities. IF I go, I need to leave the state with at least one life bird... it's a must. 🙂
  6. Looking at the map, and even eBird hotspot map, there's nothing there... I have a friend that is planning a trip down there in a couple weeks. He's blind... they have 4 kids and two of them are a bit of a challenge at times. His wife is often worn out so this trip worries him a little, I think. I started joking with him, at first, that if it wasn't for my wife getting visitation of a couple of my kids, I'd pack the kids and head down with them and we could give them a hand. He kind of liked that idea. He'll have to talk to his wife first... After he told me it was only for a few days I got to thinking... In all honesty, it's the birds turning the gears in my skull... ha. I could ask my ex to switch the day to later in the week....... that shouldn't be an issue. Provided my van is working well, I think the trip is doable... That ramble aside... Anyone familiar with the area? It's between Shreveport and Monroe... And there's pretty much nothing there. I'm looking for both species suggestions as well as hotspot(or not hotspot) locations. Nothing toooooo far from Arcadia. I'll have to talk to my friend about their other options for lodging. There's a hotel there but he says he doesn't think there's a pool and they MIGHT want to have something like that so they might stay a little further away from Arcadia. Which reminds me... I'll also be looking at lodging suggestions. There are some campgrounds on lakes but I'm not sure they'll want to actually camp. (just talked to him, they might look at a hotel in Ruston anyway... anyone know the area and have suggestions on lodging, hotspots, or species? Depending on where they/we stay, I wouldn't want to bird toooo far from there. I'd be going to be a help to their family and wouldn't want to drive hours away to bird. But I'd have to do SOME birding... 🙂 I'm going to TRY and look at the species in that area and see what I might need to look for that might not be too difficult. I'm thinking of anghingas already...
  7. ha... I didn't really think so... just being honest about how not confident I'd be trying to ID this given the angle of the pose. Turn your head little birdy... ha... or eyebrow, as ignorant people like me call it. That was enough for me to be certain it wasn't a rusty. So... if not a rusty... what is it? You got me curious now. 🙂
  8. I'm no expert and I only see these when passing through around winter migration but, I'd expect a male rusty to be darker and a female to be lighter in color, and have a pale eyebrow. I wont try to ID it though. I'd want to lean towards brewer's... or even a grackle. Can the bird just turn to the side a little? HA
  9. any experts on these? I'm trying to decide if I should go hunt for one. Several "known" birders in AR have gone to find them in a place they know to look for them. One guy by himself, saw one very briefly. Then two other people went to the same area and had the same experience... the bird showed up and then, gone. I'm looking for advice on specific habitat and behavior... favorite plants? This is a big pine forest where the red-cockaded woodpecker has been re-established, by the people that do that sort of thing, including a local birder and audubon field trip leader/organizer. A nice long road with NO traffic... trees set up specifically for the woodpeckers help you know where to look for those. I've been there twice and got the woodpeckers one of the times, briefly... Apparently, this time of year they're feeding young so it's a good time to watch their trees to see them going back and forth. That alone would be worth the trip(I think it's 2.5 hours, ish) That bachman's sparrow though... that's the only location anywhere near me where I know I COULD track one down. Although, there is a campground a little ways off(from that spot) where someone reported one about 13 years ago... so theoretically, they could be anywhere in that general area. But knowing EXACTLY what kind of habitat or plants(etc) to look for would be necessary. Around here we have horned larks... but if you don't know where to look... good luck. Same with grasshopper sparrows. The ONLY place I've had grasshopper sparrows happened to be in some lots where they had roads put in but not houses... I don't know what kind of plants grew in... LOTS of fields around LOOKED like they'd be good for grasshopper sparrows but, they're HARD to find here. So, something made that place appealing to them. I figure, by the sound of it, the bachman's might be similar in being rather picky about where it hangs out. So, any "experts" on them??? If I do make the trip down(I should get my transmission looked at first, I think) it would be quite beneficial for me to get photographs for evidence...
  10. NW Arkansas, May 2022 I feel like one looks good for white-rumped but the other looks a little different. And, no, these photos weren't taken on Mars
  11. I'm so mad I didn't get pics of the empid right before it. It was definitely an empid, had more of the greenish-gray look to it. I'll try to remember the undertail coverts... Maybe I should have stood there longer for the first bird... maybe I would have gotten a photo eventually? Sometimes, you only have so much time. If you spend it all in one spot, what else do you miss? 😕 Oh well. I am thinking the second one is an empid but, I'm also thinking it can't be narrowed down with those photos. Maybe I'll go digging through some photos from other days to give you all more work. 🙂 (and me some more training.)
  12. oh poo... ha. I have no way of knowing but I don't believe it's the same bird as the one I was originally asking about. That bird stayed in the leaves up high and I never did get a pic. After I started walking away, this one showed up close to the path and down low. Very different behavior. I have other photos of this bird but I'm not sure the angles are any better.
  13. Hey, I got photos. So, the first bird I saw was up high and shortly after there was one down lower. I do now know if it is the same bird. But, if I'm right that it's an empid and not a pewee(why aren't they the same family? They're SO similar) then I think I do have a willow as there is little to no eye-ring. I'll post a couple pics. I have more. Potential empid 1: and possible empid 2: this one was in the same area as an alder(near enough anyway) but the alders always seems to stay hidden on me(so far) while this one flew across my path... it was out in the open for a moment but, didn't cooperate for photos... so, these two photos are probably useless for ID. We'll see. and then just for kicks... the obvious olive-sided flycatcher I saw. Only one I've seen this year... It was out in the open and the DARK sides were VERY obvious. But I obviously missed it on the focus and then, it was gone. Where did it go after that? I don't know. But, I was positive on the ID with that one. 🙂
  14. HA... fair enough. I'll see if I got any photos of the quieter birds but I don't know how much they'd help if I even did. That one that stayed up high, I don't think I got a pic of it.
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