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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.
  15. Can you ID these by their behavior at all? I was birding today and had at least 5 alder flycatchers, ID'd by sound... But there were a few empids that were just quiet. One in particular hung out higher in the willows and other trees whereas all the alder flycatchers that I heard were always singing lower. This had me wondering if I was watching a willow flycatcher for a while. Why didn't it vocalize? grrr.... (it's only a "need" for my year list) I feel like it came in a little closer when I used willow playback but I can't be certain that is why it flew in that direction. It stayed up higher the whole time I watched it... Definitely an empid, and no eye-ring.
  16. any thoughts on the bird with the lighter brown on the wings? It's with a white-rumped in one pic and the wing pattern just is very different. And then the one I say looks interesting, or something, I think might even be the same semi-palmated... shorter, straighter bill, similar or same color patterns on the side. And then the last pic in the original post. Can anyone actually ID that one with such little detail? Part of me wants to go back out there with my water shoes(if I could find them) and my tripod so I could set up the tripod right from the kayak and get some more stable photos and video... especially of the TWO limpkins there... Was fun... But I have lots of kids and lots of responsibility so I have to find the right balance with birding...
  17. All sandpiper ID questions... or confirmations. I'm thinking white-rumped here, maybe? And white-rumped, more obviously... semipalmated? white-rumped on the left... semipalmated? on the right? The one on the right, hopefully I'll get to other images of it. It stuck out a bit with a lot of light brown on the wing feathers... This looks interesting pectoral with an oddly placed white feather? guessing this one just looks odd because it's a poor photo?
  18. I'll have to look to see if that would fit well and if walmart has them but, sounds like a good idea.
  19. What's up with them? I almost labeled/titled this "not so spur of the moment" just to have another one. HA... So, a while back I went to see the limpkin in Tulsa... Then, a limpkin showed up about 45 minutes from here in Arkansas. It stuck around. I went to try and find it two days ago knowing I might need a kayak or boat to view it but didn't find the kayak I planned on getting so I just went and hiked. Didn't see the limpkin...(or the ruddy turnstone or hudsonian godwits someone saw that morning) but did see over 65 black terns... which was pretty cool. I chased down the kayak I was looking for yesterday and headed back... Yesterday morning, it was reported on the OK Bird list that the limpkin in Tulsa had multiplied. There are two there now. So, I posted that to the ARBird list, went to church, went shopping, and eventually headed to Lake Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR. When I got there, a guy I had birded with one time walked over to me to tell me that a few of the big time birders for our state, including the state's eBird reviewer, were there earlier. I think the eBird reviewer is from Little Rock so he drove quite a ways to get this. Anyway... There are now two limpkins at this lake as well. That group claims they saw and MAYBE photographed a cave swallow. Pretty rare in AR... but, these are big shots so even if they don't end up with a photo, I'm sure it will count. I'll admit I'm a LITTLE jealous as, that's not something you see in this area... and, those guys are better birders than I. If I had seen that report before I got out there, I might have been more intentional in studying the swallows. Then again, it might have made me dizzy and I might have tipped over. HA Unfortunately, I did not study the swallows while I was there. Even counting accurately...? They had x number of bank swallows... they're less common here than the others but I think they put down 50... whatever the number was, it was counted by 10s. How do you count swallows by 10s? You CANNOT ID and count at the same time. They are SO fast and in a big group going back and forth... makes my head spin. Always confuses me when people have "accurate" counts of them. The cliff swallows were a little easier if you just to go under the bridge and look at active nests. I didn't focus on them so my numbers are conservative... always conservative with swallows. I'll put down 3 bank swallows, as I was SURE of that, and then will have swallow sp. for quite a few. NRWS and TRES I'll put down one or two... but, trying to get accurate numbers??? from an active(like, crazy back and forth) group while sitting in a kayak? ACK... The limpkins were cool. Both they and the sandpipers didn't stay too far away. I never get such close looks at sandpipers. It was a fun trip. My arms are going to be tired today. Easily kayaked over 2 to 2.5+ miles on the lake... and, I'm not used to that. The kayak has draining holes in it so that if water gets in, it drains out. But unless you're a skinny kid, the kayak doesn't sit high enough and water ends up splashing up into the holes, soaking your backside. ha. I might have to plug those up next time I'm out. I almost didn't get the caspian terns but they popped back up from wherever they were hiding before I left. Same with the dunlin. I searched and searched for him(or her) and couldn't find it... but near the end of my trip, I started hearing this weird call from a bird flying back and forth over the water. I eventually got looks at the colors on the bird... saw some black along with brown, enough color to decide I either had the dunlin or the ruddy turnstone someone saw the day before. (ruddy turnstone would be a good state bird, none of these are lifers, cave swallow would have been though) I pulled my phone out of the dry bag(I was careful) and listened quietly to both species and it was for sure the dunlin. Was hoping for the turnstone but was happy to have the dunlin. Anyway......... was a fun day. I wish it was a little closer than 45 minutes or I'd be out there a few more times. For now, I'll just keep watching for reports of exciting birds. Side note... I just clicked on a tab I've had open for, well too long... looking at the recent visits for where that brown booby was spotted in MO. It's STILL there. Ack... Almost 4 hour drive???? still tempted. So much harder to do that having kids here... but, I wouldn't trade my kids for the birds ever... 🙂 Someone reported a brown booby flying over Tulsa. If that had landed and stuck around, that'd be a no brainer... I'd be there. Maybe one will show up with the limpkins here?
  20. Definitely a good suggestion. It all happened so fast but I don't think I saw even that much pattern on the bird. And, non-breeding plumage in mid May? I think it will stay warbler sp on my list... I don't enjoy that but, it's probably what's best. I wish it stuck around long enough for a photo. Even a palm warbler would be cool. Wouldn't be an exciting new life bird but would be a new yard bird.
  21. More birding woes... ha... Saw a bird going up and down in the dense brushy area just 20 feet from my window. Put my glasses on(had just woken up) and saw dark gray bird. Size, behavior, location all had me thinking empid. It's gloomy this morning so it wasn't as dark gray as it appeared. Got my binoculars on it for a few glimpses as it was fairly active. No wingbars... no empid... Was just wrong for any of those small flycatchers. Then I got a good full side view... though brief... and there was a pale yellowish near the vent area or understail, just along the side I could see this color back there. My only thought was colima warbler... which shouldn't be here, of course... but I couldn't think of anything else. Pulled out my guide only to see it wasn't in there. At least not mentioned in the index. This yellow was not the brighter buttery yellow of a YRWA, nor was it confined to the upper side. Facial markings, well there were none... just plain gray. What would be that plain, have a yellowish color back there at the back end, and not be a colima warbler? I don't even know why my mind went to that species so quickly. Maybe my brain retains more than I realize. I've never seen one and have not really studied them much. And... why is it that birds like this always disappear before you can get your camera? My camera was 2 feet away but, I lost the bird... I went outside a while later and used playback but had no responses. Of course my yard is so jungly in the front where the bird was seen that I stayed out back and to the side. Some day.... I'll build my dream house with a partial second floor and a flat roof over part of the first floor where I can set up chairs and such and bird without ticks and chiggers. HA
  22. I knew that... Just thought it was weird, in my Sibley's East it has a quick section on how to ID empids right in the middle of the pewees. any thoughts on the other flycatcher? or the other peep? I'm going to have a local guy look at it if he has time...
  23. I'm looking in my guide again... the short straight bill has me thinking semipalmated. Not sure why I was even thinking western now that I'm looking again. hmmm... But let's just throw a few more photos out to help...
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