Humphrey 11/24/12

Last Saturday we went out towards the town of Humphrey which is Northeast of Pine Bluff on highway 79.  This is a waterfowl hot spot and we were hoping to see a few.  Unfortunately it was the end of the fall duck season and everyone else had the same notion as us.  We drove around to a few ponds and by a few fields.  We saw several ducks but we saw several hunters as well and we didn’t want to get in the way so we just drove through. All of the fields that are usually flooded were dry so we didn’t see as much as we would have hoped for but we did still see a lot.

One of our favorite scenes of winter is large flocks of Snow Geese.  These flocks can number in the thousands.  Fortunately, we saw several medium sized flocks of Snow Geese.  We also saw a large amount of Greater White-fronted Geese.  If I see a foraging group of Snow Geese I always like to check it for Ross’ Geese.  You will sometimes see a couple foraging in there with there bigger “cousins.”  This time we were able to see at least 8 Ross’ Geese which was exciting.

On the water that we did get to stop by we saw tons of Mallards, Gadwalls, and Shovelers.  That was the extent of our Waterfowl.  At this location we typically see more Pintails, Green-winged Teals, and occasionally Wigeons.  We haven’t seen any of these yet this season.  We did get a couple of other non-waterfowl including several Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, and Kestrels on power lines or soaring while Savannah Sparrows and Killdeer filled the fields.

  • Snow Goose
  • Ross’ Goose
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Gadwall
  • Northern Shoveler
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • American Kestrel
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • European Starling
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark

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