I'm new to this area (live in Mississippi), so I wanted to post recent sightings in the local area.
Saturday, 11 Feb 2012:
Arlington: River Legacy Park: Lincoln's Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee (2), Harris's Sparrow (6), Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow (8+), Lark Sparrow (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Carolina Chickadee, Black Vulture, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Common Flicker, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk juv., dark intermediate (dark rufous) morph, "Western", Buteo jamicensis calurus.
Highlights: Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, "Western" Red-tailed Hawk.
Village Creek Drying Beds:
Bonaparte's Gull (26), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, American Coot, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, Least Sandpiper (3), American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk (8), Northern Harrier, Turkey Vulture, American Crow, Blue-winged Teal (1) male; American Kestrel, Spotted Sandpiper (1), Eastern Phoebe, Ringed-necked Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Meadowlark (E or W?, no vocalizations).
Highlight: Spotted Sandpiper.
Also enjoyed meeting local birders Earl and Colby Ayers.
Landfill north of River Legacy Park: Found dry access to look at thousands of Ring-billed Gull on a mudflat and on water east of bridge.
Sunday, 12 Feb. 2012:
End of Western Oaks Road: Redhead (~ 24), Canvasback (~ 10), Scaup sp. (looked like Greater but they did not stretch wings and they were too far to be certain otherwise), Pied-billed Grebe (1), Turkey Vulture, Great Egret, Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1) Adult, briefly sphished, bird popped up out of a shrub about 100 yards due west along a barbed wire fence straight back from the end of the road where you can go no further and must park. Good looks from about 20 feet away.
Highlights: Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Redhead.
Winscott-Plover Road (Benbrook): Red-tailed Hawk. This area must have been developed a lot since the characterization that I read said it was a very good road for raptors. Disappointing. Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) is in full bloom along this road.
Arlington: River Legacy Park: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Flicker (10), Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Hermit Thrush (2), Tufted Titmouse, Spotted Towhee (1), Blue Jay, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Robin, Double-crested Cormorant.
Village Creek Drying Beds: Many of the same birds as Saturday, lots of Meadowlark (are most of these Western? very pale), Greater Yellowlegs.
Philip J. Barbour, Ph.D., Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
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