Nov. 7, 2011 Benwood Lake Crittenden Co, AR I unexpectedly had to go over to the AR job late Monday - PLEASE don't throw me in the brier patch. What's left of the lake still attracts migrating birds, although there was a dramatic decrease in the numbers of shorebirds overnight but in November what do you expect. Thirty sweepers still standout in the crowd, most species still present but in markedly lower numbers, except for Golden-Plovers, the 8 that had been around over the weekend plus a group of 6 that dropped in and later left calling and flying south. Fourteen American Golden-Plovers are just not expected this time of the year. Just at dusk, the group of 8 plovers left heading to roost to the north so they may be around again Tuesday. The Western Sandpiper was much easier to find and with fewer Wind Birds an odd ball should stand out. The geese started out to feed about 4 and by 4:30 none were left. A few Lesser Scaup had added their numbers to the waterfowl list. I spent most of the rest of the time scanning the sparrows but nada......... Jeff R. Wilson / TLBA 6300 Memphis-Arlington Rd. Bartlett, TN. 38135_http://WWW.pbase.com/ol_coot/_ (http://www.pbase.com/ol_coot/) What is this feathered thing that lifts my heart to the heavens.