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:

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Wilson’s Snipe
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I’ve seen plenty of Northern Shoveler’s, but the ducks have always been just floating like this.
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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
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Tree Swallow, first spring

 

Photo essay: Cooperative birds

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Killdeer

Arkansas birds were out in force this past weekend when I participated in my first Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). I’ve just completed entering the 26 bird species I viewed into the GBBC database.

The GBBC only calls for at least 15 minutes of birdwatching. Well, I decided to spend my birdwatching time on Saturday in Wynne at Village Creek State Park. Later, I visited my grandparent’s farm to walk their woods. I got lucky in both spots, however, my best find was when I drove from Wynne to Stuttgart on Hwy. 306. (See pictures below).

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Greater Yellowlegs

I say Hwy. 306 was my best find because I discovered the above Greater Yellowlegs and the below Northern Pintails. I also discovered a lazily circling Northern Harrier (third picture below).

In all, my weekend list had American Kestrels, American Robins, blackbirds, Blue Jays, Canadian Geese, Crows, Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, Gadwells,  Greater Yellowlegs, Hermit Thrush, House Sparrow, Mallards, Northern Cardinals, Northern Harrier, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, Slated Juncos, Tufted Titmouse, White-Fronted Geese, White-Throated Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Woodpecker and Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Here’s some more pictures:

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Northern Pintails

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Eastern Red-tailed Hawk flying above mallards and northern shovelers.

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Northern Harrier
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Eastern Bluebird
7-2-15 Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
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Gadwells

 

Photo of day: Cedar Waxwing

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I saw my first Cedar Waxwing of the year this morning. I was leaving McDonald’s when I discovered the single bird in a tree just off the main road. Yep, the Cedar Waxwing was kind of hard to see in the tree so I looked like a random weird girl taking pictures of the McDonald’s sign and/or a tree. 🙂

Photo essay: Hunting Blue-winged Teal

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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:

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Male and Female Gadwell ducks
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Mallards
DUCKS4-Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

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DUCKS6-American Coot
American Coot
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Song Sparrow
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Song Sparrow
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Killdeer
Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk

Oh Savannah …

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

I finally found a Savannah Sparrow and an Eastern Phoebe in Arkansas County as well as a few other well-known additions.

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Eastern Phoebe
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Lesser Scaup

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American Coot
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Carolina Chickadee

 

150 years: Battle of Arkansas Post

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The Yankees outnumbered the Confederates seven to one in the Battle of Arkansas. The outcome was obvious, although the Yankee casualty was still higher — by thousands. The facts of the Arkansas County battle were revisited this past weekend during a commemoration of the battle’s 150th anniversary.

I traveled down to Gillett to watch a small re-enactment (many of the expected reenactors cancelled due to the flu or bad weather) and attend a ceremony to honor those who fought in the battle. Of course, I also had to attend the Union and Confederate camps. I couldn’t believe the reenactors spent the night on site and were still so cheerful and talkative throughout the weekend.

(To learn more about the battle, visit here) Here’s some more pictures from the weekend:

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