Ww had a rough storm with 60+ MPH winds and large hail last evening. Just prior to that I spotted a Yellow Throated Vireo down near the river. He was alone but responded to whispering call out to curiosity Tis was around 3 PM, see last photo at 5 PM Sunday 4/19/2015.
The Ruby Throat Hummingbirds returned here, (SW of Parthenon) one day later than last year.
April 2 — 1 male
April 4 — 2 males
April 8 — 2 males
April 10 — 3 males and 1 female
April 15 — 6 males and 2 females
April 17 — 10+ males and several more females
It is Arkansas, driving down AR 374 to the Vendor Valley about 7 miles East of Parthenon. Additionally had first hummingbird 0f 2`015 here in the mountains; had first Purple Martin Scout on 4/3/2015:
I added one new Bluebird House (and retired one) to my trail this spring. The Bluebirds started checking out the new house today in the stages to breeding; the wing wave. The male found the house and brought the female to it. She looked it over real thoroughly (inside and out); then the wing wave that signals mating is near and nest building will happen that same day (the new treated post is straight, camera crooked), Taken from 150′ with a Canon 50D and an EF400L f/5.6: