Buffalo Range Road: Black-bellied Plover
8 Apr 2014, 12:02 PM,
Buffalo Range Road: Black-bellied Plover
This morning along Buffalo Range Road there was a winter-plumaged Black-bellied Plover at Lute Hart Tank (6.3 miles south of I-40). This is a state bird for me, and a species that seems to be reported less than annually from this area. Searching through past records from the region, this appears to be about the same time as Brian Gatlin found one at Rimmy Jim Tank back in 2007 (10 April, '07).

There was nothing else unusual out today. Tanks are drying up fast. Sparrow numbers were high, with the dominant species Black-throated and Vesper, and also good numbers of Savannah Sparrows near water sources. Crissal Thrasher, Sage Thrasher and Great-horned Owl were in Anderson Canyon.

Hawks were limited to one male and one female Northern Harrier. The female gave me a good once over before deciding not to try to eat me:

8 Apr 2014, 1:06 PM,
RE: Buffalo Range Road: Black-bellied Plover
After receiving Jason's text, Brooks Hart and I departed Cave Springs this morning and drove out to Buffalo Range road. We found the Black-bellied Plover easily and also found the sparrows and harriers that Jason posted.

The arrival of 7 breeding plumage Chestnut-collared Longspur was a very nice way to end the day.
8 Apr 2014, 4:56 PM,
RE: Buffalo Range Road: Black-bellied Plover
Thanks Jason!

Black-bellied Plover -2

Chestnut-collared Longspur-1

Chestnut-collared Longspur-2

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