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This photo is of the Buffalo River about a mile below Ponca; also, the first Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly and a pair of immature Blad Eagles at Steel Creek:

Zebra Swallowtail 3/31/15

Zebra Swallowtail 3/31/15

Immature Bald Eagles 3/31/15

Immature Bald Eagles 3/31/15

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Running up to Jasper this morning, I saw literally hundreds of Monarchs flying along side the road. When I got back home I counted about 5-7 Monarchs per minute flying over my home for 5 minutes (that is 25+). Seems to be a great comeback this year. Unfortunately, they are fighting a headwind 10-20 MPH but are all flying SW but it is so good to see them after last year’s BUST. Then, on my way back I saw and photographed what has to be the last Eastern Kingbirds stopping over, in migration:

 

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After a disastrous 2013, where I spotted maybe 3-4 Monarchs, 2014 is looking up, During the past week, I have seen about 50-75 each morning cruising Southwestward towards Mexico. Yesterday morning I saw over 100; simply cruising in that same direction. Today there are 7 on one butterfly bush (non-native) on a stop over. With several more days of nice weather forecast here; these appears to be a GOOD year for them. I’ll never forget 2012, when I had about 1,000 on a snakeroot patch behind my home. I took a short video of one that was on the bush with 6 others at 4:05 PM this afternoon taken with a handheld Canon G15:

 

 

 

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Just a small group of photos taken from 20-25 feet with a Canon 7D with a Canon EF300L IS f/2.8 with a 1.4C canon TC. A red-spotted Purple, Tiger Swallowtails, Spangles Fritillaries, Giant Swallowtails on the Little Buffalo gravel bars, Pipe-vine Swallowtails, and saw 6 Monarchs and about a dozen Cloudless Sulfurs today too.

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BTW, I saw 7 Monarchs today:

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Taken yesterday on a late monarda (Bee Balm) and a late thistle; yesterday was sunny and warm:

 

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Just a photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and EF300L IS f/2.8 and a 1.4X TC:

 

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