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Found these two beauties building a nest near Pruitt, Arkansas this morning at 8:00n AM. I used a Canon 50D and a Canon EF400 f/5.6 L to take about 175 photos of their nesting activities.

The White eyed Vireo is a small and secretive bird of shrubby areas of the eastern and southern United States, the White-eyed Vireo is more noticeable for its explosive song than its looks.

Nest Description

Nest an open cup suspended by rim from fork of small branch in tree. Made of leaves, bark, plant fibers, rootlets, or bits of paper, held together with insect silk and spider webbing, and decorated on outside with lichens, moss, or leaves. Lined with rootlets, fine grass, or hair. Placed low to ground.

 

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I went to the beautiful Henson Creek Valley on Thursday last week. Just a 5 days after a flood, the creek looks beautiful. First photo is old bridge abutment leading to the now Private “Diamond Cave”, the second is upstream about 1 mile above the Cave on CR 20. Taken with a Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon EF 17-40L IS Lens:

Old Diamond Cave Bridge abutment

Old Diamond Cave Bridge abutment

Above Diamond Cave

Above Diamond Cave

 

 

 

 

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With a good flow at Ponca the Buffalo River at Steel Creek looks inviting and very floatable. The smallmouth bass the goggle-eye are hitting and the Goggle-eye are spawning. These photos taken at the old Klemmer Hole below Bee Bluff in the middle of last week:

 

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

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The storm center passed right over this Arkansas County; Newton. We first received, as posted yesterday, almost 3″ of rain; then it starting around noon to a quick changeover; it began first a higher elevations of the Boston Mountains and finally down to ~1000 feet.  It was a wet snow with big flakes but was first we got an hour of ice and sleet. I drove out this morning around 8 AM to get a few photos, using a Canon 1DS Mark III Full Frame and a 17-40 Canon f/4 at f/4 zoom:

 

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Alum Cove is a Natural Bridge about 2/3 of the way between Parthenon and Deer in Newton County off Highway 327, AR; about 6 miles south of my home. I made a few daytime trips there last October but never really caught the colors changing the way I have seen them there before. The Natural Bridge is on upper Shop Creek about 7 river miles above Parthenon.

It is well worth the time to view this natural wonder. Bears can be an issue, so you need to check the Arkansas Fish and Game and US Forest Service bulletins. It is an easy hike around a picturesque valley with the Natural Bridge and blued with caves across the Shop Creek valley but there are plenty of places to slip, loose your footing and fall – so use caution hiking; all in all it is about 1.5 miles round trip by a well marked loop.

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Looking up the Buffalo River Valley on New Years Eve, I could see the remnants of the heavy morning fog, stuck to all the trees as ice:

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We got about and inch of ice and sleet and about 2-3 inches of snow last night and Sunday and it was 6F this morning. Maybe more in higher elevations. I loved the thunder all afternoon Sunday.

Another look back to late December 2013 on a near 60 degree day:

 

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The following are from Ozark Campground gravel bar across from the Bluff:

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We had nearly 2.5 inches of rain on December 20 thru 21, 2013. I drove to Steel Creek and to Ponca on that day and took a few photos with a point and shoot Canon G15. There were quite a few pour-offs flowing off Roark Bluff, and it only got heavier. The Ponca Bridge is the last photo.

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Ponca Low water bridge

Ponca Low water bridge

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Went into Jasper this morning; saw 2 mature Bald Eagles and a Roadrunner. The Eagles were at the Shop Creek crossing of Highway 327, and the Roadrunner was closer to Jasper. Woke up to 19F this morning on its way to 55-60 (maybe); forecast changed for cooler weather.

 

Not long after I posted the bluebird houses on my trail yesterday, I did get photos of the male in a pair looking into the house under a big Sweet Gum Tree.  Only one photo was clear. The picture was taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon 400mm Lens:

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Also there was a nice sunset on a clear cold evening in NW Arkansas:

 

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I noticed several Carolina Wrens calling this morning very early and a few Chickadees “feeee-beee” calls, along with the “peter peter peter” of the Tufted Titmouse. I have not noticed and paring up yet, but that IS A VERY EARLY spring sign. This photo was taken by me last February 17th using a Canon 7D with a Canon EF300L – f/2.8 IS.

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