Archive for September, 2011

Took this photo 9/28 at 11:00 AM:

Hen Wood Duck

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A photo of Boxley Mill Pond on 9/28 at 9 AM.

Boxley Mill Pond 9/28 in the mid morning

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A picture of the Little Buffalo River Between Murray and Parthenon; 1/4 mile off Murray Road. Photo today a autumn low water levels.

Little Buffalo River on 9/28

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Took an hour drive down to Eastern Johnson County today to see if any leaves were turning down south. Just a few sycamores had started to turn yellow brown, a few black gums had turned scarlet, some sugar maples and other varieties of hard maples, had only a tinge of color; and the dogwood is an off-red this year due to the dry hot summer. The sumac is not going to be very colorful this year; the Sassafras is disappointing too.

But, it is still way to early to tell how the overall color picture will be in fall 2011. The best color I saw was along AR 327 near Wayton on the return trip.

Looking down Haw Creek in Johnson County AR

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In the field near my house there were at least 50,000 Monarch butterflies yesterday:

Monarch butterfly

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Along Murray Road near AR 327 at 7:45 AM Monday:

A Murray Road Sunrise

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Taken at 8 AM on 9/26/11 as the fog was parting. It was a cool (40F morning after a starry night. This followed 2 days of gloomy, rainy, foggy, weather in the Boston Mountains here in Arkansas. This was taken near Shop Creek at Gum Springs Road.  Click and wait to enlarge.

Moss Mountain near Shop Creek

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This photo taken on Monday 9/29/11 at noon. He was signing from a peach tree off Murray Road near Parthenon, AR. I was surprised to see so many still migrating here in northwest Arkansas.

he White-eyed VireoVireo griseus, is a small songbird. It breeds in the southeastern USA from New Jersey west to northern Missouri and south to Texas and Florida, and also in eastern Mexico, northern Central America, Cuba and the Bahamas.

Populations on the US Gulf coast and further south are resident, but most North Americanbirds migrate south in winter.

This vireo frequents bushes and shrubs in abandoned cultivation or overgrown pastures. The grass-lined nest is a neat cup shape, attached to a fork in a tree branch by spider webs. 3-5 dark-spotted white eggs are laid. Both the male and female incubate the eggs for 12 – 16 days. The young leave the nest 9 – 11 days after hatching.

The White-eyed Vireo is 13 – 15 cm in length. Its head and back are a greyish olive, and the underparts are white with yellow flanks. The wings and tail are dark, and there are two white wing bars on each wing. The eyes have white irises, and are surrounded by yellow spectacles. Sexes are similar.

The White-eyed Vireo’s song is a variable and rapid six to seven note phrase, starting and ending with a sharp chick.

During the breeding season, the diet of this species consists almost exclusively of insects, primarily caterpillars. In the autumn and winter it supplements its diet of insects with berries.

White eyed Vireo

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Taken on Sunday, on a cool and foggy day; the low clouds spitting rain drops. The pond was still for the moment I took this picture but the wind picked up before I left. The pond sits in a valley close to the Buffalo River and in the “old days” was used as a water source for a Mill at Boxley Arkansas; the pond is framed by the Boston Mountains on all four sides.

Boxley Mill Pond

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male wood duck on Boxley pond

Taken on a cold and dreary Sunday in September. There are several pairs, some were here all summer and a some moving through the area. The Wood Duck is one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins. They are one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches.

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