Bayou Meto springtime

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows

I typically visit the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area in the fall and winter — never spring and summer. I broke tradition this year by taking a late afternoon drive through the area with Izzie. Boy, was I glad I did. There were Barn Swallows, Dickcissels and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds at the Halowell Reservoir while Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks lined the roads leading to and from the reservoir. Overall, it was a pretty drive with a gorgeous sunset (see the last pictures).

Barn Swallow2

Barn Swallow

Blue Grosbeak, Female1

female Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak, male

male Blue Grosbeak

Dickcissel, pair

A pair of Dickcissel


Goose, Snow and Greater White-fronted

Geese — a snow and a greater white-fronted — that each had a drooping wing.


Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

RT Hummingbird1

female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

RT Hummingbird2

male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Sandpiper, Spotted1

Spotted Sandpiper



Overtime = Owl.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Overtime. It’s a great word, especially since it allowed me to get out of the office early Thursday afternoon. Izzie and I headed to the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area to see what we could find. We got pretty lucky — the highlight of the trip was a Barred Owl (above). It was my first time to see one and, I must admit, March is turning out to be a great month for spotting owls!

Besides the owl, we also spotted Blue-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorants, snow geese, sparrows, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinals and plenty of Wood Ducks. Here’s some pictures:

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Double-crested Cormorant1

Double-crested Cormorant

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

Tufted Titmouse1

Tufted Titmouse


I just love the color!

I also saw plenty of nutria. It's definitely mating season for these guys.

I also saw plenty of nutria. It’s definitely mating season for these guys. That’s all I’m going to say.


All day birding

Lately, my days have been pretty bare of after hours, work-related events. I had to take advantage of my good luck by heading out to bird in Arkansas County and around Little Rock. It paid off — I rediscovered four state birds. The birds were House finches, a Brown-headed Nuthatch, the American Goldfinch, and Green-Winged Teal Ducks. The duck pictures aren’t the best since the ducks were practically on the other side of the lake. But hey, at least you can tell what they are. 🙂

Anyway, here’s my pictures of the birds plus sky pictures that I like:

1-House Finches, Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Finches and a Brown-headed Nuthatch

2-American Goldfinch1

American Goldfinch

4-Green-Winged Teal Duck1

Green-Winged Teal Duck

5-Green-winged Teal Duck2

Another look at the Green-winged Teal Duck

6-Bald Eagle, Juvenile

Juvenile Bald Eagle

7-Setting Sun2

Heading back into Little Rock



Looking for ducks

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck


Gadwall Duck

I’ve finally added two more ducks to my list of photographed birds. I headed to Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area’s Halowell Reservoir earlier this month to see what was there and found both of the above Ruddy and Gadwall ducks. I was also in luck for plenty of other bird sightings as well.

1-Loggerhead Shrike1

Loggerhead Shrike

3-American Kestrel1

American Kestrel

4-Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark



8-great blue heron

Great Blue Heron



10-Rusty blackbird1

Rusty Blackbird

Photo essay: A snowy morning

It was lightly snowing, but I simply couldn’t resist visiting Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. I had the trip in mind for several days and, well, I did wake up early to take a drive with Izzie.

I was the only person out, which was fine by me. I saw plenty of birds. Here’s some of what I saw:


Wilson's Snipe1

Wilson’s Snipe

Northern Shoveler5

I’ve seen plenty of Northern Shoveler’s, but the ducks have always been just floating like this.

Northern Shoveler1

I finally saw the backside of a Northern Shoveler as the duck flew away. Gorgeous coloring!

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked ducks

Ring-necked ducks  

Ruddy Duck, American Coot

A Ruddy Duck and American Coot

Tree Swallow, first spring1

Tree Swallow, first spring


Photo essay: Hunting Blue-winged Teal

DUCKS1-Blue-winged Teal1

Male and Female Blue-Winged Teal

My goal this winter was to photograph a Blue-Winged Teal duck. I finally got lucky in this quest during a trip to Bayou Meto’s Halowell Reservoir. I was pretty excited to see the ducks as well as a pair of Gadwells. The trip was bird-filled with a few favorites. Here’s some of what I saw:

DUCKS2-Gadwell male and female

Male and Female Gadwell ducks



DUCKS4-Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


DUCKS6-American Coot

American Coot

DUCKS7-Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

DUCKS8-Song Sparrow1

Song Sparrow



Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk