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VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 6 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 103 Arkansas & Louisiana Paul E. Conover Kenny Nichols –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– V ery typical climate conditions through- out the Region in August and Septem- ber were followed by an October that was wetter and warmer than normal and a November that was unseasonably dry and cool. Seasonal highlights for Arkansas were Snowy Plover, Red Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Black-headed Grosbeak. Louisiana highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Ringed Kingfsher, and Lucy's Warbler. WATERFOWL THROUGH SPOONBILLS Arkansas provided all of the rare waterfowl re- ports. Fulvous Whistling-Duck is a very rare fall visitor there; 14 were counted at Camp Nine Farms, Desha 20 Aug (KN). Trumpeter Swan reports continue to mirror the rapid expansion of this species. Of the fve reports, most interesting was a fock of 8 at Gulf Moun - tain W.M.A., Van Buren (DMY) that represents a county frst. Rare and nearly annual, a Tundra Swan in s. Cleburne 26 Nov (ML, KNa, TB) was the only report of the season. Very rare and just the second for Little River, a male Cinnamon Teal was shot by a hunter on Millwood Lake 13 Sep (JG). A White-winged Scoter at the Alma W.T.F., Crawford 14 Nov (AS) was a county frst of this rare fall visitor. Rare but annual, a sin - gle Long-tailed Duck was on Lake Dardanelle, Yell 8 Nov (KN, LN). Rare in winter and the frst Cleburne occurrence in 15 years, 2 Com - mon Mergansers were at Magness Lake 27 Nov (KNa). Just the third accepted record for Louisiana, and the second with documentation, a Red- throated Loon was well photographed 5-9 Nov at D'Arbonne Lake, Union (SP). A Pacifc Loon at Beaver Lake 3 Nov (JN, JP, FP) marks just the third occurrence for Benton, AR of this rare winter visitor. D'Arbonne Lake, Union, LA proved to be a hotspot for rare grebes through the season: a Red- necked Grebe was present 2-15 Nov, multiple Western Grebes were reported 30 Oct–15 Nov, and an apparent Clark's Grebe was photographed 24 Nov (SP). A Wood Stork was late at Bayou Sauvage N.W.R., Orleans, LA 15 Nov (GO). Very rare but annual at this loca - tion since 2011, a single Neotropic Cormorant was at SWEPCO Lake, Benton, AR 5 Sep (JN). A Cattle Egret near Lake Conway, Faulkner, AR 19 Nov (ML) was unusually late. A frst for St. Francis and one of just a handful of records for ne. Arkansas, 10 White Ibis were s. of Pales - tine 27 Sep (DM, GH, SH). A White-faced Ibis photographed in the Boxley Valley 13 Oct (DN) represents a frst for Newton, AR. Rare any time, 3 Plegadis species ibis were discovered foraging at the s. end of Grand Lake, Chicot, AR 20 Aug (K&LN); a single in ne. Perry, AR 22 Oct (ML) made a county frst. Roseate Spoonbill is rare but regular and now almost expected in se. Ar - kansas. There were four reports: one n. of Ar- kansas City, Desha 20 Aug (K&LN); 4 imms. at Bald Knob N.W.R., White, AR 29 Aug (CF, BB, DM, DT, RT); 3 at Texarkana 12 Sep (JB), just the third for Miller; and 2 at Helena, Phillips 27 Sep (DE, AE), a county frst. RAPTORS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Very rare and always exciting to see, a Swallow- tailed Kite was observed catching dragonfies over a meadow near Damascus, Van Buren, AR 2 Sep (DM). The latest ever reported in Ar - kansas, a Mississippi Kite was at Wapanocca N.W.R., Crittenden 19 Oct (VH). Now nearly annual in Louisiana, a White-tailed Hawk was photographed near Johnsons Bayou, Cameron 13 Sep (DP). A Broad-winged Hawk near Dar - danelle, Yell, AR 2 Nov (K&LN) was the state's latest ever by almost three weeks. Very uncom - mon in Arkansas, a juv. Swainson's Hawk w. of Gentry, Benton 24 Aug (MP, ML) was thought to have fedged nearby, while 2 juvs. the same day at Frog Bayou W.M.A., Crawford (JP, DO) were probably transients. Rare anywhere and just the ffth for Washington, AR, a Golden Eagle was at Lake Fayetteville 9 Nov (KS); amazingly, 3 were at Wapanocca N.W.R., Crittenden, AR 19 Oct (DP, Tennessee Ornithological Society), while one at Paron, Pulaski, AR 19 Nov (RRo) was possibly a county frst. Four Sandhill Cranes along I-40, St. Francis, AR 22 Nov (GP) were the county's frst. Completely unexpected, a Snowy Plover photographed at Bald Knob N.W.R., White 18 Sep (ML) was just the ffth for Arkansas. Very rare in fall (just the sixth ever), a Hudsonian Godwit was identifed at Bald Knob N.W.R., White, AR 28-31 Aug (TB, m.ob.). Rare tran - sient Ruddy Turnstones were reported from Arkansas at Bald Knob N.W.R. 3 Aug (MP) and Pine Bluff, Jefferson 18 Sep (ML, m.ob.). Louisiana had a good fall for Ruff, with one near Roanoke, Jefferson Davis, 27 Sep (PC) fol - lowed by another at a wastewater treatment plant in Crowley, Acadia 30 Sep (JVR) that was joined by yet another on 1 Oct (MB). White- rumped Sandpipers, rare in autumn migration in Louisiana and less than annual in Arkansas in fall, were noted in both states; a bird with an injured leg was in Jefferson Davis, LA 3 Aug (PEC), single individuals were found at Bald Knob N.W.R. 10 Aug (JD) and 19 Sep (ML, MP), and a fyby was noted at Crowley, Aca - This Red-throated Loon at D'Arbonne Lake, Union Parish, Louisiana 5-9 (here 5) November 2014 was just the second photographically documented in the state. Photograph by Stephen Pagans. This Snowy Plover, just the ffth for the Arkansas, was present at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge, White County 18-21 (here 18) September 2014. Photograph by Michael Linz. This Red Phalarope, found near Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas 6 September 2014, was one of two at this location and furnished just the fourth state record in 26 years. Photograph by Michael Linz.

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