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

flowers1

Goose, Snow and Greater White-fronted
Geese — a snow and a greater white-fronted — that each had a drooping wing.

flowers2

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
RT Hummingbird1
female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RT Hummingbird2
male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Sandpiper, Spotted1
Spotted Sandpiper

sunset

sunset2

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
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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

8-Night

 

Looking for ducks

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
Gadwall1
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

5-flowers

7-sky

8-great blue heron
Great Blue Heron
9Mallards
Mallards
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:

Snow

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
DUCKS3-Mallards
Mallards
DUCKS4-Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

DUCKS5-Mallards2

DUCKS6-American Coot
American Coot
DUCKS7-Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
DUCKS8-Song Sparrow1
Song Sparrow
DUCKS9-Killdeer1
Killdeer
Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk