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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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 331 A R K A N S A S & LO U I S I A N A ern Harriers were observed hunting over a rice field near Ed Gordon WMA, Conway 15 Jun (VP). This species is a very rare nester in the state with only three or four document - ed nesting attempts. Two adult Swainson's Hawks near Centerton, Benton 30 Jul (JN) were thought to be nesting nearby. Undoubt - edly a highlight of the period was Louisiana's third Mexican Violetear, which was at Bien - ville, Arcadia 10-14 July (JD, CL). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH WARBLERS An Olive-sided Flycatcher near Arlberg, Stone 11 Jun (K&LN) was exceptionally late while another in Little Rock, Pulaski 25 Jul (LA) was exceptionally early. Great Kiska - dee has established a foothold in Louisiana with breeding known or suspected from several locations; one reported 9 June and subsequently throughout the season at Sam Houston Jones S.P., Calcasieu (DGr, EIJ) pro - vided new location for the species. Notable Western Kingbird reports were a nesting pair returning for a fifth year near Russell, White 8 Jun and a single at a known nest - ing location at Newark, Jackson 12 Jun (both K&LN). Not surprisingly, in both instances, these birds were associated with a power transmission substation. Quite rare outside the Delta during the nesting season, a pair of Horned Larks were found while conducting a Breeding Bird Survey route near Flag, Stone 11 Jun (K&LN). Very rare in summer, a Red Crossbill was seen and heard in Little Rock, Pulaski 26 Jul (BH). Very late, lone White-throated Spar - rows were reported from backyard feeders in Scotland, Van Buren 6 Jun (DY) and Harrison, Baxter 19 and 23 Jun (SG), while two were seen in Bergman, Baxter 25 Jun (fide SG). Lo - cally rare in summer, 3 Yellow Warblers were found near Bassett, Mississippi 4 Jun (LA). Observers (subregional editors in bold- face): Leif Anderson, Ken Blankenship, Bill Burnham, David Chapman, John Dillon, Rob Doster, Heath Drake, Vern Faber, Cindy Franklin, Doc George, SallyJo Gibson, Dean - na Griggs (DGr), Irene Hampton, Bill Holi- man, Erik I. Johnson, Michael Linz, Charles Lyon, Bill Mason, Jason McCallie, Kirby Mc - Callie, Joe Neal, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, Vic Prislipsky, John Red - man, Dan Scheiman, Samantha Scheiman, Terry Singleterry, Phillip Stevenson, Rod Wit - tenberg, Dianemarie Yates. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Paul E. Conover, 501 Adrienne Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506 • Kenny Nichols, 44 Winners Circle, Cabot, Arkansas 72023 • WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS There were three Black-bellied Whistling- Duck reports for the season: 2 at Craig State Fish Hatchery 13 Jul (RW) were just the third for Benton and the first during the nesting sea - son, 9 were photographed just east of Pine Bluff, Jefferson 26 Jul (DG), and 9 (including 8 young) were counted at the Alma Wastewater Treatment Facility, Crawford 27 Jul (JN). Two adult male Blue-winged Teal at Boyd Point Wastewater Treatment Facility (B.P.W.T.F.), Pine Bluff 20 Jun (RD) were a first summer season occurrence for Jefferson. Rare in sum - mer and just the second for Miller, a single Mottled Duck was identified west of Garland City 6 Jul (CL). Rare but increasing, a White- winged Dove was seen visiting a feeder in Bis - coe, Prairie 30 Jun (TS, IH, BM). Rare in the nesting season, 2 American Av - ocets were reported from Cache River N.W.R, Prairie 27 Jun (PS). Rare but annual, a sin - gle transient Piping Plover was at B.P.W.T.F. 29–30 Jul (JR, BB, CF, DS & SS). Uncommon, overlooked, and somewhat early, a Short- billed Dowitcher was identified by call at Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery, Lonoke 6 Jul (KB). Very uncommon, 2 Willets were at the same loca - tion 1 Jul (JR, DG). Unusually late, a Wilson's Phalarope was at Craig State Fish Hatchery, Benton 3 Jun (VF). GULLS THROUGH HUMMINGBIRDS Rare anytime and a good count, 4 Laugh- ing Gulls were photographed at B.P.W.T.F. 11 Jun (JR). Always a good find, 10 Least Terns were observed nesting on a sandbar in the Arkansas River near Frog Bayou WMA, Crawford 24 Jun (JN, DC). A lingering Com - mon Loon at Craig State Fish Hatchery 14 Jun (JN, HD) was a first summer sighting for Benton. American White Pelicans are year round residents but can often be very difficult to locate in summer. Six - ty were counted on the Plunkett Unit of the Cache River N.W.R., Prairie 27 Jun (PS). American Bittern is very rare during the nesting season. A lone bird observed 15 Jun on the Cache River N.W.R. was a first for Woodruff (PS). An exceptional count of 59 Green Her - ons was made 30 Jul at Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery, Lonoke (CF). Notable were 3 White Ibis just east of Pine Bluff, Jeffer - son 23 Jul (DG). Rare and exceptionally early, a Roseate Spoonbill was observed foraging at Choctaw Island WMA, De - sha 12 Jun (JM, KM). A pair of Mississippi Kites nesting at Wilson Park, Fayetteville, Washington 7 Jul was confirmation of recent local ex - pansion into the area (JN). Four North- ton Hunter, Erik I. Johnson, Oscar Johnson, Daniel F. Lane, Michael Linz, Charles Lyon, Patty McLean, Charles Mills, Andre Mon - crieff, Linda Murphy, Kenny Nations (KNa), Joe Neal, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), La - Donna Nichols, Robert Pearrow, Paul Provi- dence, Joan Reynolds, John Romano (JRo), Don Simons (DSi), Angela Trahan, Jean Trahan (JenT), Jeff Trahan (JefT), Tim Tyler, Curtis Walker, Tamalyn Wortham, Diane Marie Yates. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S easonal highlights for Arkansas were Roseate Spoonbill and Red Crossbill and Mexican Violetear for Louisiana. Abbreviations: B.K.N.W.R. (Bald Knob N.W.R., White, AR). Significance for Arkansas records is based on Arkansas Birds, their distri - bution and abundance (James and Neal 1986) and the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) online bird record database (for records since 1986). The significance of Louisiana records is traditonally based on trends derived from the database of bird record cards submitted to and archived at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS); how - ever, the digital database was unavailable for this seasonal summary due to technical rea - son. Records were thus taken only from rare bird reports submitted to and accepted by the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC). Due to the paucity of Louisiana records for this summary, all records below pertain to Ar - kansas sightings except where noted. Louisiana's third Mexican Violetear, and the first for the northern part of the state, was at Bienville, Arcadia 10-14 July. Photo by © Charles Lyon

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