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Birder or Ornithologist? Sounds Looney but it’s Always Fun with Hobbs State Park

09 Oct 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

No, it doesn’t matter if you are a birder or ornithologist, new to it or an old hand.  Going for a Hobbs State Park Loon Cruise on Beaver Lake with bird experts Joe Neal and Joan Reynolds, and a seasoned captain named Bob Ross, you’re going to have fun.  Joe, Joan and the group might espy loons and other birds on the water but count on Bob Ross to imitate the cry of our feathered friends…really!

According to Joe Neal, co-author (With Doug James) of the book, “Arkansas Birds”, “I expect there will be MANY bird species to see and identify on these cruises.  Besides Common Loons, we could also see Red-Throated Loons.  I expect we will see both Pied-Billed and Horned Grebes.  Western and Eared Grebes are also possible.  These trips fall right in the middle of waterfowl migration, and I expect we will see 10 or more species of ducks. We may see 1-3 gull species.  Bald Eagles should be visible too.  We will explore a loop that starts at Rocky Branch, goes down the lake towards Twin Cove, crosses to Lost Bridge-Glade and a little further west, then finish the loop back to Rocky Branch.”


  • Sunday, October 27th
  • Saturday, November 2nd
  • Sunday, November 10th

Leave Rocky Branch Marina at 10:00 am - 2-hour cruise  

Where:  Rocky Branch Marina – Hwy 303 north of Hwy. 12

Cost: $10 + tax - adults (13 yrs. and up) These are adult-only tours.      

Reservations are necessary.  For more information and to make reservations call:  479-789-5000

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