With the severe threat of rain, I didn’t expect many birders to show for the ASCA field trip at Gillam Park just south of Little Rock. However, close to twenty-five adventurous birders appeared. Off we went in the poor light and drizzle. Finally found two mixed feeding flocks. Best warblers were Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated, Yellow, American Redstart, Northern Parula, and Ovenbird. Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos serenaded us us we walked the trail. Kingfishers and Wood Ducks were our bayou birds.
After a stop at the Little Rock Audubon Center to see their new native plantings and exhibits, we headed to the industrial park south of the airport. We found several Western Kingbirds. It seems there is an increasing number of nesting pairs. The male Painting Buntings were a no-show. but a female Painting Bunting was seen. Other good birds were Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, plus several Eastern Kingbirds.
We didn’t get the fallout of birds we expected from the weather, but we still had a great time
Field Trip Coordinator
Participate in International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 9th by helping count birds in the Little Rock area. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Gillam Park at the last parking lot past the swimming pool. Gillam has great habitat for spring warblers and other migrants. There will be moderate walking on fairly level, but possibly muddy trails. When finished at Gillam, we’ll drive to the Audubon Center, where we’ll walk the new wildlife observation trail. Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and Terry Lock & Dam to look for Western Kingbirds and Painted Buntings. This is also Mother’s Day weekend, so this will be a morning trip. Bring water and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
Directions—Gillam Park is in southeast Little Rock near the airport. Address is 5300 Gillam Park Road, Little Rock. Take I-30 West heading south from Little Rock. Then exit onto I-440 going towards the airport. Take Exit 1-Springer Road. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Springer Road. Go approximately 1 mile to just past the LRAC. Turn right onto Gillam Park Road. Follow it into the park to the last parking lot past the swimming pool.