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Back to Blue Springs Rd!

Eureka Springs, AR

semi-overcast 84 °F

JULY 9:

This evening, during an opera performance in which I was not involved, I headed down Blue Springs Rd again for an extremely pleasant evening of birding. Read on here at eBird.org to see photos and the full list:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S186259774

Including a few non-bird photos of beautiful skyscapes from the walk below.

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1304 Species

God rays!
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And an incredible sunset from Inspiration Point. This place has the BEST sunsets!!!
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A trip to Bentonville

Bentonville, AR

all seasons in one day 96 °F

JULY 3:

Today, my friend Asher and I took advantage of a free day from Opera in the Ozarks to venture into Bentonville for a bit of birding for me and a bit of plane spotting at XNA Airport since that is a shared hobby for both of us.

Our first stop was the agricultural area on the west side of the airport where birds abounded, including beautiful SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS on the walk in:
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And a RED-TAILED HAWK:
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EASTERN MEADOWLARK was nice:
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A White-tailed Deer:
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And my Arkansas-lifer HAIRY WOODPECKER in a surprisingly “western-feeling” patch of woodlands!
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EASTERN KINGBIRD:
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INDIGO BUNTING, male. BLUE GROSBEAKS were also around but not visible, as well as a singing BELL’S VIREO.
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Alright, on to the metal birds for just a bit. We repositioned ourselves to the eastern part of the airport near the control tower to get some shots of departures and arrivals. This American Eagle E-175 was from Chicago:
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A charter Sun Country Airlines 737-800, probably the best airplane catch of the day:
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United Express ERJ-145 departing for Houston:
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And an Allegiant A320-200 coming in from who knows where, maybe Vegas or Florida:
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It was a solid day of birding and spotting and we capped it off with Asher buying fireworks for fourth of July. I personally didn’t get any as I believe they are pretty harmful for the environment; however, it did seem like a distinctly American experience to be in a fireworks store having a sale on the third of July. Sushi was a welcome treat for dinner, though my eyes were bigger than my stomach…

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1304 Species

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Continuing avian activity into July

Inspiration Point, AR

semi-overcast 90 °F

JULY 1:

Read this eBird checklist, complete with photos, to see the trip report for my hike down Blue Springs Rd today!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S184862794

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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You know it…Blue Springs Birds!

Inspiration Point, AR

semi-overcast 90 °F

THURSDAY, JUNE 27:

Are you even surprised at this point?! :) Well, it was another beautiful bird walk down Blue Springs Rd and despite it being late June already, I got some great photo ops of some nice species.

INDIGO BUNTINGS, of course, proliferated — they are certainly one of the most numerous birds around here:
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I was afforded fabulous views of this BROAD-WINGED HAWK:
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Other raptors were around, as well, such as BLACK VULTURE:
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The SUMMER TANAGERS, though slightly less photogenic than a month ago, are still out in numbers:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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And finally, a nice view of an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER — I have been hearing so many in the woods this summer and finally got eyes on one. This will be my bird-of-the-day!
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Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1304 Species

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More Blue Springs Birds

Inspiration Point, AR

semi-overcast 89 °F

TUESDAY, JUNE 25:

Another great hike down Blue Springs Rd — read on for birds and photos here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S183776615

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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