North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 330 A R K A N S A S & LO U I S I A N A The season's only Spotted Towhee report for Arkansas was that of a bird photographed in Heber Springs, Cleburne 14 Apr (KNa). Very rare so far east, a Clay-colored Sparrow was described from Wapanocca NWR, Crit - tenden, AR 24 Apr (RF). Well over a month late, a Dark-eyed Junco was seen coming to a feeder near Scotland, Van Buren AR 21 May (DMY). An incredible 2,000 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were counted near Dardanelle, Yell, AR 1 May (K&LN). A good count of 80 Western Meadowlarks was made north of Paris, Logan, AR 7 Mar (K&LN); a singing bird near Atkins, Pope, AR 9 May was a couple of weeks late (LA). The only Yellow-headed Blackbird reports for Arkansas were of two birds west of Knox - ville, Johnson 2 May and a single at Shoal Bay Rec Area, Logan 7 May (LA). Great-tailed Grackles away from traditional areas in Ar - kansas were at Horsehead Rec Area, Johnson 2 May (LA) and, incredibly far to the east, at the airport in DeWitt, Arkansas 13 Mar (TT), where a bird was photographed. An amazing 3,000 Baltimore Orioles were seen migrating near Dardanelle, Yell, AR 1 May (K&LN). A Lesser Goldfinch near Gravette, Benton 15 Mar (Art Evans) marked the sixth occurrence for Arkansas. Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Leif Anderson, Sandy Berger (SBe), Tammy Block (TaB), Than Boves (TBo), Steve Brooks (SBr), Jerry Butler, Terry Butler (TBu), Ste - ven W. Cardiff, David Chapman, Paul E. Conover (Louisiana), John Dillon, Donna L. Dittmann, Robert C. Dobbs, Kevin Dorman, David Finch, Cara Finn, Robert Foehring, Debbie Gallacher, Pat Gallacher, Joan Gar - vey, Deanna Griggs (DGr), Jeff Hickle, Stan- 2 May (LA) and Texarkana, Miller 20 May (SH). The season's only Black-billed Cuckoo occurrence for Arkansas was at Pine Bluff, Jefferson 6 May (ML, PM). Burrowing Owls were photographed in Arkansas near Paris, Logan 3 Mar (SBr), Si - loam Springs, Benton 14 Mar, and Woolsey Wet Prairie, Fayetteville, Washington 17 Apr (JH); the three sightings this season were as many as in the last 30 years for the state. Peregrine Falcons were reported in Arkansas from Centerton, Benton 18 Apr and 12 May (JN, JR), B.K.N.W.R. 21 Apr (K&LN), near Foreman, Little River 24 Apr, and eastern Miller 26 Apr (both CM). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH FINCHES Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a rare transient in Arkansas; one was seen and heard at Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, Craighead 22 May (CL). A rare vagrant to Louisiana, and even more so in spring, a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher was at Peveto Woods Sanctuary, Cameron 19 April (DFL). Rare but almost annual in Louisiana, a Gray Kingbird was at Grand Isle, Jefferson 30 May 2016 (CW). A Yellow-green Vireo was at Peveto Woods Sanctuary, Cameron, LA 15 May (PEC). A group of 2-4 Horned Larks in St. Landry 13- 17 April (JRo) were late for such a southerly location in Louisiana. Rare but increasing in Arkansas, a juve - nile Cave Swallow was identified in a mixed flock of swallows in eastern Miller 13 May (CM). A Winter Wren at Cherry Bend Rec Area, Franklin, AR 2 May (PM) was about a month late. Locally rare in the breeding sea - son in Arkansas, Chestnut-sided Warblers were north of Rudy, Crawford 27 May and north of Sims, Montgomery 30 May (LA). Woods, Cameron, LA 22 (OJ, AM) April was a nice surprise. Two Virginia Rails were at B.K.N.W.R. 16 Apr (TW). SHOREBIRDS THROUGH FALCONS Very uncommon in migration and possibly a first for Sharp, AR, two Willets were near Evening Shade 28 Apr (CL). Very rare and the earliest ever for Arkansas, a lone Whimbrel was spotted in eastern Miller 26 Apr (CM). Just the seventh for Arkansas, a Long-billed Curlew was discovered at B.K.N.W.R. 13 May (TBu, DF). Rare and local in Arkansas, two Hudsonian Godwits and a Ruddy Turn - stone were at Craig State Fish Hatchery, Cen- terton, Benton 17 May (JN). About the seven- teenth for Arkansas, an adult male Ruff was photographed near Des Arc, Prairie 19 Apr (K&LN). Lone Sanderlings were discovered in Arkansas near Garland City, Miller 26 Apr (CM) and south of Dardanelle, Yell 30 Apr (K&LN), while two were at Centerton, Ben - ton 17 May (JN). Far rarer in spring than in fall in Arkansas, five Buff-breasted Sandpip - ers were found northwest of Gentry, Benton 14 May (DC, JN). There were two spring reports of Glau- cous Gull from Louisiana, with single im- mature birds at Whiskey Island, Terrebonne, 20 April (RCD) and near Elmer's Island WMA, Jefferson and Lafourche, 20 April and 4 May (SWC, DLD). Rare in spring and an excellent count for Arkansas, 24 Common Terns were noted at Treadway's Minnow Farms, Prairie 21 May (CL). Notable Arkan - sas Inca Dove sightings were the two pho- tographed in Montgomery 15 May (LM) and one in Paris, Logan 21 Mar (DSi). Rare in Arkansas outside Ft. Smith, White-winged Doves were spotted in Hartman, Johnson This cooperative Long-billed Curlew 13 May 2016 was a first for White and just the seventh for Arkansas. Photo by © Michael Linz Louisiana's first accepted Great White Heron (seen here to right of Great Egret) was on Grand Isle, Jefferson 18 April-5 May 2016. Photo by © Joan Garvey

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