Category Archives: Nature and the Outdoors

Lake Fort Smith State Park

I’ve been to most of the state parks in the west-central part of Arkansas, but I’d never been to Lake Fort Smith before. I arrived at 7:40 and had the place pretty much to myself. There isn’t a lot to … Continue reading

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Bird #597 — Brown Booby

sula leucogaster Cherokee Village, Arkansas — Lake Thunderbird Monday, September 12, 2022 — 10:20 am On Friday, a message came through on ARBIRD (the Arkansas birder e-mail group) that a Brown Booby was seen on Lake Thunderbird. The bird was … Continue reading

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Reptile/Amphibian #36 — Cottonmouth

agkistrodon piscivorus Wednesday, September 7, 2022 — 7:52 am Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas I was driving along a gravel road that ran between a water channel and a swamp when I saw a snake lying in the road. … Continue reading

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Bird #596 — Swallow-tailed Kite

elanoides forficatus Kelso, Arkansas — Baxter Road Sunday, August 28, 2022 — 11:14 am I woke up late on this Sunday, expecting to spend another day sitting around watching Magnum P.I. reruns and reading while we wait to take occupancy … Continue reading

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Arizona Birding Adventure

I had been birding for five years when my wife and I spent a week in Tucson with my parents in 1984. They liked birds, although they weren’t hard-core listers. On many of the days during that March/April trip, we … Continue reading

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