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Redbud in bloom and dogwood is very close:

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From last year same day.

Life and Wildlife along the Little Buffalo River

Everything is late this spring; flowering trees, wildflowers, general green up, etc. The Eastern Bluebirds got a late start paring up and attracting each other and they are just now working diligently on nest construction. They usually work on this early in the day but it has been in the low 20s each morning. It was 45F by 9:30 this morning and they began working.

They worked non-stopped for an hour. The female leaving the box to gather grass and pine needles. The male accompanies her in flight but does no nest building himself; after she places the grass in the box, he flies down to check out the progress. He often stands on the nest box while she is inside.

The following photos taken today show about 3 nest building trips. They were taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon EF400 f/5.6 Lens at 1/2000th of a second in…

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I could get close because he/she is sound asleep  …zzzzzzzzzz !

 

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Not a common duck to see (at least to me) on Boxley Pond last Saturday. Since last Saturday, it’s been so cold all week and I struggled to town on Wednesday. The ice was melted on Highway 327, but up at higher altitudes, like climbing out of my place, it was very icy. I am also including a photo from AR 327:

 

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I took this shot from 12 feet with a Canon 600mm Lens using a Canon 7D = 960mm (1.6 crop sensor). The bee flew in, extracted pollen from a late thistle flower and left to go to another flower head:

 

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Great day Birding ! …….   Still have some flycatchers around (Eastern Peewee) (3rd), a Lark Sparrow (top), a Cedar Waxwing (2nd), a Tufted Titmouse on a Sunflower Head (4th), and a large warbler common neared a “yellow Breasted Chat” (Last):

 

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These leaf examples were found and photographed yesterday, 9/26/14, in the afternoon. These are only examples and most of the same trees are unchanged yet. The fog was thick this morning and we had to wait until 8;30 to take any photos. The final photo is of an Orchard Oriole in  a Sassafras Tree; all tasked with point and shoots.

 

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Sycamore Reflections

 

 

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Fallen Black Gun Leaves

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Blackgum under an unturned Oak

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blackgum at Lost Valley

blackgum at Lost Valley

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Orchard Oriole in a Sassafras Tree

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