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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.

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Weather at 5PM yesterday

Weather at 5PM yesterday

Just took these pictures this morning; a series if 97 photos (all fairly good); I’ll include 2:

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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

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Saw these on Moss Mountain this morning; they are beautiful:

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Redbud in bloom and dogwood is very close:

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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:

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Vendor Valley

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:

 

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