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ASCA’s Annual Potluck & Silent Auction

Little Rock Audubon Center

Join us on Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Little Rock Audubon Center for our annual holiday potluck and silent auction.

This fun-filled event is a great opportunity to enjoy wonderful food, spread some holiday cheer, and exchange stories with fellow birders.

If you are bringing an item for the auction please be there by 6:00 p.m. in order to get the item(s) labeled and in place. We’ll begin accepting bids at 6:15 and sit down for dinner at 6:30. Items can be purchased or handmade.

ASCA will provide the drinks. Plates, cups, and eating utensils will be furnished by Audubon Arkansas.

In addition to all the fun, we’ll conduct one important point of business – election of Officers and Board Members for the upcoming year.

The Little Rock Audubon Center is located on the southeast side of Little Rock at 4500 Springer Blvd., just minutes from downtown. Take I-440 to exit 1, Springer Blvd. Go south (left) on Springer Blvd. Cross the railroad tracks, then look for the center and Audubon Arkansas sign on the right.

Bring your favorite dish and join us on December 8 for a fun-filled evening and a chance to visit with fellow birders from around the state.

November 19, 2016

A total of twenty-five birders met at the Lodge at DeGray Lake Resort State Park on Saturday, November 19th.  The morning started out very windy and quite cold, making the lake choppy and causing lots of shivering and everyone’s eyes to water.  The cold was a significant change to the earlier warm fall temperatures.  The warm weather has kept the birds from moving south, so waterfowl numbers on the lake were quite low.  We saw two rafts of ducks very far out.  The heat shimmers and white-caps made it impossible to identify what species they were.  Closer in we had several Common Loons, one lone Horned Grebe, a few American Coots, some Gadwalls, and a small raft of Scaup.  Two Common Mergansers flew in, then quickly disappeared in the chop.  An adult and juvenile Bald Eagle were working the area.  The juvenile was swooping down on the rafts of ducks, but wasn’t able to catch anything.  It was obvious he needs a lot more practice.  Woods birds included Pine Warblers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, American Goldfinches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.  An unusual mammal sighting was a family of three beavers, two adults and a kit.  They were swimming around and around in a big circle.  The kit was hanging on to one of the adult’s tail and was being towed around.  It must have been fun because they spent a lot of time going in circles, then they swam away along the shoreline with the kit still in tow. 

After enjoying a hot lunch at the Lodge’s restaurant, the group went back to the point at the Caddo Bend picnic area to do a last scan of the lake.  Still no ducks that were close enough to identify.  The last of the birders then headed to the Iron Mountain area of the lake because Red-breasted Nuthatches had been reported there earlier in the day.  At the bridge over the river, we called in several Red-breasted Nuthatches and Brown-headed Nuthatches.  The RBNU’s were a life bird for several birders, which was a nice end to the day.  We totaled approximately 35 species.

Karen Holliday

ASCA Field Trip Coordinator