Archive for June, 2012

Saw a few juvenile Great Crested Flycatchers today looking for water; they are a large flycatcher with a yellow breast and reddish tail feathers and a peculiar call: a “wep wep wep” with a whistle tone:

Great Crested Flycatcher (juv.) 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

A treetop hunter of deciduous forests and suburban areas, the Great Crested Flycatcher is easier to hear than to see. The only eastern flycatcher that nests in cavities, it often includes snakeskin in the nest lining.

Cool Facts

  • Many, but not all, Great Crested Flycatcher nests contain shed snakeskin. Other crinkly materials, such as plastic wrappers, cellophane, and onion skin, may be used.
  • The Great Crested Flycatcher is a bird of the treetops. It spends very little time on the ground, and does not hop or walk. It prefers to fly from place to place on the ground rather than walk.
  • The Great Crested Flycatcher makes the same “wee-eep” calls on the wintering grounds that it makes in summer.

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Just a photo, stay cool. Happy weekend.

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How much more can the forests of the Boston Mountain range take before there are serious and far reaching adverse affects ?

sunset in a summer drought

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Here is a readout from my weather station at 4:42 PM June 27th. It is hot for sure but the humidity is 8% yielding a dew point of just 32 degrees. How often does this happen ?

Murray Valley Station at 4-5 PM 6/27/12

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He sits and sings, moving from one perch to another. The our one of our “year round” birds in the Boston Mountains.

This guy nested in then LP gas tank top; twice.


Cool Facts

  • The Carolina Wren is sensitive to cold weather, with the northern populations decreasing markedly after severe winters. The gradually increasing winter temperatures over the last century may have been responsible for the northward range expansion seen in the mid-1900s.
  • Unlike other wren species in its genus, only the male Carolina Wren sings the loud song. In other species, such as the Stripe-breasted Wren of Central America, both members of a pair sing together. The male and female sing different parts, and usually interweave their songs such that they sound like a single bird singing.
  • One captive male Carolina Wren sang nearly 3,000 times in a single day.
  • A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year-round, and forage and move around the territory together.
  • Carolina Wren on stump


    Carolina Wren in territorial stance



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just a photo I took this week; makes me feel cooler:

falling water

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No rain for 3 week, none in sight; 105F at my weather station at 6:40 PM and still 100F at dusk; very low humidity:

Hot dry tinder 6/25/2012

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This young Tanager took a afternoon bath in the Little Buffalo River. Here are the before getting wet and afterwards while drying out:

very young dry Summer tanager

same Tanager five minutes later

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Almost every stream in Arkansas is at a record low level for June; for example, the Buffalo at Ponca is flowing about 2.7 CFS (cubic feet per second); that is almost DRY; about 2 bucket fulls a second. Examine the drought and water flow conditions maps from USGS, I am attaching below:

Stream Flow conditions

Drought Extent

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Every little thunderstorm we have had nearby, in the past 3 weeks, has passed us by without dropping any rain (well we did get .01 inch out of one storm last week) ! They are really scattered. They build look like we are going to get a deluge, and then move by to the north of us. So discouraging !! THE DROUGHT CONTINUES.


The drought continues.

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