Going back to April 2012, I hiked along the Kings River Falls on the Kings River about 30 miles east of me.

Life and Wildlife along the Little Buffalo River

We went to King’s River Falls Nature area near Boston, AR. last Friday March 30th early in the morning. First of all, there were some pretty large fires along AR Highway 16 (part of the 11 fires that the Forest Service set intentionally (Prescribed Burns) to rid the forest floor of fuel and prevent a larger more destructive fire and enhance the understory for more beneficial species of plants for wildlife.

After a 20 minute ride north of AR 16, we reached Mitchell Creek near the junction of the Kings River. The Kings headwaters are near Boston AR. It was noticeable that the area was about 10 days behind in the “green up” of spring than Parthenon in Newton County to the east. Those are some very high and cold mountain tops in Madison County. The Nature Area has a parking area for 4-6 cars and a well marked trail…

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Sorry for my absence – The Job.

I watched this pair (already on eggs (4) for about 21 days). The nest was built on a nearby driveway on open gravel, as they usually do. As I’s pushed closer to the nest, the pair would go into defensive mode. The female would always come at me but stop short by 10-15 feet. The male would feign injury or death across the driveway to get my attention or draw it away from the female and nest. It seemed 30 feet was the threshold. When I moved away to further than about 30 feet; she’d nestle gingerly back onto the eggs, and he’d leave the area.

I did this 2-3 times per day for 8 days, always hoping to catch that moment when the eggs started to hatch. I missed. The hatched and the hatchlings were gone the very next morning. The long incubation period allows the chicks to fully develop and are ready to run or even fly within 1-2 hours after drying off. I did take over 1000 photos.

Pictures follow; had to use a very long lens:

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Sorry all, for the month outage but finally Weather Underground and I corrected the issue today:

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Thanks all.

It was a warm day here in the Murray Valley. I took my camera with me to the garden today. A Blue Grosbeak flew up into a tree from the orchard side of the garden. Later I heard, then saw a beautiful Summer Tanager on a downed limb; got photos of both:

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Last week I came across a new area where Redheaded Woodpeckers were foraging and nesting. There were hundreds of debarked trees; old elms, sycamores, cottonwoods, hackberries, persimmons, and oaks. I noticed one redheaded woodpecker and then a dozen  more sharing the same area. One pair was nesting only 4-5 feet above ground; the rest 20-35 feet up. That was the lowest RH Woodpecker nesting I have ever seen. It was dark and raining so I could not use a good setting to “stop” action, so a may photos are not clear or just OOF. Not happy with the photos. There are a lot of photos; no sun until late afternoon:

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WOW ! What a contrast in color ! Click to Enlarge photos. Their are about 100 of them and they are really LOUD!:

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I caught this photo from the NE edge of Mount Judea at dawn. Mt. Judea is the NE extent of the continuous Boston Mountains looking NE towards Bull Shoals Lake (about 60 miles NE). The hills in the distance are along the middle Buffalo National River near the area where Big Creek joins the Buffalo. Unfortunately, there is a huge Commercial Hog Operation about 5 miles above the Buffalo River (outside the National Park Service lands), but the hog waste has permeated the Karst topography and entered Big Creek and then the Buffalo, River causing unacceptable levels of nitrogen and other effluents to pollute our beautiful river. Just does not seem right !!  CLICK TO ENLARGE.