Sunday, September 4, 2011

Joe Neal report on swainson[s hawk in the Chesney Prairie and Stump Prairie area

A cooperative Swainson's Hawk perched in a snag alongside the gravel  
drive down to Chesney this morning. Chesney proper has several  
interesting patches of blooming prairie sunflowers (Helianthus  
pauciflorus), at least 4 blooming species of goldenrods, and still  
many flowering ashy sunflowers attended by American Goldfinches --  
lovely dominant yellow landscape, except one of the goldenrods has  
white flowers!
I also saw a Swainson's Hawk flying low and slow over nearby Stump  
Prairie on August 29. The natural productivity of tallgrass prairies  
is evident and actually measurable in hay, a valuable reality,  
especially in this year, when many non-native hay crops are failures.  
60 bales of native grass (mainly big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian  
grass, switch grass) were cut off 18 acres of Stump recently.
JOSEPH C. NEAL in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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