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I watched this pair (already on eggs (4) for about 21 days). The nest was built on a nearby driveway on open gravel, as they usually do. As I’s pushed closer to the nest, the pair would go into defensive mode. The female would always come at me but stop short by 10-15 feet. The male would feign injury or death across the driveway to get my attention or draw it away from the female and nest. It seemed 30 feet was the threshold. When I moved away to further than about 30 feet; she’d nestle gingerly back onto the eggs, and he’d leave the area.

I did this 2-3 times per day for 8 days, always hoping to catch that moment when the eggs started to hatch. I missed. The hatched and the hatchlings were gone the very next morning. The long incubation period allows the chicks to fully develop and are ready to run or even fly within 1-2 hours after drying off. I did take over 1000 photos.

Pictures follow; had to use a very long lens:

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It was a warm day here in the Murray Valley. I took my camera with me to the garden today. A Blue Grosbeak flew up into a tree from the orchard side of the garden. Later I heard, then saw a beautiful Summer Tanager on a downed limb; got photos of both:

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Last week I came across a new area where Redheaded Woodpeckers were foraging and nesting. There were hundreds of debarked trees; old elms, sycamores, cottonwoods, hackberries, persimmons, and oaks. I noticed one redheaded woodpecker and then a dozen  more sharing the same area. One pair was nesting only 4-5 feet above ground; the rest 20-35 feet up. That was the lowest RH Woodpecker nesting I have ever seen. It was dark and raining so I could not use a good setting to “stop” action, so a may photos are not clear or just OOF. Not happy with the photos. There are a lot of photos; no sun until late afternoon:

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WOW ! What a contrast in color ! Click to Enlarge photos. Their are about 100 of them and they are really LOUD!:

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A striking small bird, 3″, of eastern hardwood forests, the Hooded Warbler prefers forests with some shrub understory. They are not easy to find here in Arkansas. I have a location in the Little Buffalo River bottoms where I have found the nesting for the last 5 years; these photos from a group of 85 taken 4/30/2015 ant 8 AM:

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Taken this morning at 9 AM:

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This is very early for a Barn Swallows to fledge and be fed by parents (last year was May 10th); I think this chick may have been knocked out of the nest way early, but he/she seems to be doing OK:


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An early morning photo of a Red Bellied woodpecker (a male) on a stump in my front yard; he was very unafraid and must be feeding nestlings at this time; as is the female Eastern Bluebird below; she has found a fat cricket:

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Got these today but I never got as close to him as I wanted. They are common migrants to Arkansas for nesting (they are here April to August). The male, like this bird, have a rusty splotch on their upper breast. Normally they are more curious and I can get up close. These taken from 80 yards:

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