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The tree I am speaking of is OLD and large Red Mulberry and has a good bunch of squaw-wood (dead wood) at the bottom. Next to it, is a young Black Locust and a very large dead Elm. When the mulberries ripen in May. Some years earlier than others. I was astounded how may species of birds come to eat the fruit on this tree.

I spent an entire morning in May in a camp shirt and dark green hat on, about 40-50 feet from this Mulberry Tree with a hand-held Canon 50D with a Canon EF400L f/5.6 Lens snapping photos left and right on this amazing tree’s visitors.

Here are a few:

 

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We have black skies here in central Newton County. Here is my poorly taken photo of the Milky Way taken just after midnight 8/25/14:

 

 

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I spent about an hour watching this female Baltimore Oriole. She and her mate fed on ripe Mulberries for about 10 minutes, when, surprisingly, she began weaving a nest as he watched; I guess her instincts had taken over. These photos taken from 40′ in camouflage with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L f /2.8 IS with a Canon 1.4 TC – handheld. These photos taken a few weeks prior to my injuries and uploaded this past weekend, There are many photos and they can be enlarged by clicking on each one:

 

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From yesterday morning. Since the Rufous Hummingbird is rare in Arkansas and surely out of range, I decide to post a photo of him on a feeder Saturday morning:

 

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out of range — Rufous Hummingbird

Just a photo of a  “double take”  from yesterday near Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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Another first for me yesterday morning in Parthenon, Arkansas; a Bay Breasted Warbler in Arkansas. I never saw one before; ever ! This guy was working semi-ripe Paw Paw trees; not sure if he was after the fruit or the insects feeding on the fruit.

 

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Over near the Ponca Arkansas low water bridge over the Buffalo River, there is a family of crows that always contains a couple to White Winged crows that have Leucism. Leucism (occasionally spelled leukism) is a general term for the phenotype resulting from defects in pigment cell differentiation and/or migration from the neural crest to skin, hair, or feathers during development. This results in either the entire surface (if all pigment cells fail to develop) or patches of body surface (if only a subset are defective) having a lack of cells capable of making pigment.

These birds are hard to find and photograph; although I did get a parting photograph of the individual with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 300L f/2.8 IS lens:

 

 

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