Category: Wildlife

Spotted Sandpiper on Lake Pickthorne

spotted sandpiper

spotted sandpiper

spotted sandpiper

A spotted sandpiper on Lake Pickthorne in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

It was utterly miserable outside today. Cold and wet with what I call a pissy rain. You know, that kind that can soak you in a less then a minute but yet not enough to keep the windshield wipers going. It didn’t help that there was a strong cold wind that was blowing water off the lake.

Since I refused to get soaking wet by getting out of the car I didn’t get to shoot very much. There was a tiny kildeer that I wish I would have gotten and this spotted sandpiper that was busy gobbling up ants and other critters around the lakes edge. There were some wildflowers that I’ll share later. Other than that nada.

The Last Goodbye

the last goodbye trumpeter swans hiram rd

 

The trumpeter swans have mostly gone from Magness and Hiram Rd. in Heber Springs. They have started their trip north to their spring/summer breeding grounds and won’t return to Arkansas until around November.

I stopped by Hiram Road yesterday and there were only about 30 swans left. When I stopped by Magness Lake there were none. Amongst the trumpeters was a lone tundra swan that was constantly being harassed by the tumpeters.

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