Sunday, January 11, 2009

Joe Neal reports that 25 people walked through Chesney Prairie Natural Area on Saturday and were rewarded by spotting many birds

Amazingly, in real cold & in a sharp, northwest wind, 25 people turned
out for a walk through Chesney Prairie NA sponsored by Northwest
Arkansas Audubon Society. It wasn't easy to see little birds in these
conditions -- fingers don't work binoculars so well. BUT, the prize was a
Short-eared Owl that flushed from a prairie mound in the tall grass.
It flew & circled, perched on a post, got photographed, flew some
more. This is at least the third mid-winter in a row that we have
found Short-eared Owls on this place.

Also: January is eagle month for NWA -- Bald Eagles seem now just
"everywhere." Bill Thurman & I counted 12 on our drive between between
Springdale & Siloam on 412. Art Evans from Gravette called me to say
he had 75 in one place--folks welcomed to visit. Joe Woolbright had 12
perched in one tree.

JOSEPH C. NEAL in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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