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Taken with a long lens; thats all I had. This is the smallest yellow-maroon Cypripedium in Arkansas, rarer than the larger cousin:

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We have high cloudiness now; but early after the fog we briefly had filtered sunshine. The place where I usually find nesting warblers is underwater. On the opposite side of the Little Buffalo River the banks are higher and I was able to get 2 fairly good photos of a male Blue Winged Warbler with a EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens on a Canon 7D with and 1.4X Extender; this was a very long shot:

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First Scarlet Tanager (after 1st pre-molt) that I photographed this year. Its’ a male siting on a branch waiting to get to a spring creek to get a drink of fresh water or to bathe; they are so outstandingly beautiful ! Fire-red and charcoal black:

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Interesting weather here !  4 Severe Thunderstorm Watches;  2 Tornado Watches,  4 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings,  1 Tornado Warning,  8 Flash Flood Watches,  6 Flash Flood Warnings in 48 hours. Things here are pretty water logged.

The upper East Fork of the Little Buffalo above Murray should be quite a sight today.

By the way, my personal Weather station has been down met of May due to a network problem; working on it now. Hopefully it will be back in a week or so.

Photos:

Little Buffalo nearing AR Highway 327

Little Buffalo nearing AR Highway 327

Little Buffalo at Jasper

Little Buffalo at Jasper

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On my Bluebird Trail, I have 6 house; 3 occupied, five hatchlings each. I believe they are about 4-5 days from fledging. The male and female are making hourly flights at 4-5 minute intervals; then a pause for 20-30 minutes; then feed again for an hour. also, it is early enough in the spring for a 2nd brood; they will likely change houses. Carolina Chickadees used 2 of the 6 houses too.

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Closest I ever got to a (very hard to find) Hooded Warbler and I think one of the best portraits of a bird I ever took; was within 20 feet of him; came back with 100 mosquito bites and a dozen ticks – now removed:

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There seems to be a great number of Eastern Kingbirds this year; some may be passing through. One active nest I saw was being built but already had 2 eggs in it. It was 5 feet off the ground in a small tree or bush against a barbed wire fence. The  tree has yet to green up. The female was building while the male watched; the nest about 6″ by 5″ is lined with while feathers and there is 2 eggs of the 5-6 total to be laid

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