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Got a few photos before the sun came out early this morning. A pair of White Eyed Vireos; first the male, then the female, them the two of them building nest together:

male White Eyed Vireo

male White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Nest building together

Nest building together

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Ww had a rough storm with 60+ MPH winds and large hail last evening. Just prior to that I spotted a Yellow Throated Vireo down near the river. He was alone but responded to whispering call out to curiosity Tis was around 3 PM, see last photo at 5 PM Sunday 4/19/2015.

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Weather at 5PM yesterday

Weather at 5PM yesterday

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Just took these pictures this morning; a series if 97 photos (all fairly good); I’ll include 2:

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I added one new Bluebird House (and retired one) to my trail this spring. The Bluebirds started checking out the new house today in the stages to breeding; the wing wave. The male found the house and brought the female to it. She looked it over real thoroughly (inside and out); then the wing wave that signals mating is near and nest building will happen that same day (the new treated post is straight, camera crooked), Taken from 150′ with a Canon 50D and an EF400L f/5.6:

 

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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

Buffalo River

Buffalo River

 

 

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He fished for 2 hours, caught lot of sunfish and minnows, as the spring peepers carried on !

 

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Before all swallows, (Barn, Bank, Cliff, and Purple  comes a pair of Tree swallows, seen just outside Jasper on a guard rail this morning:

 

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Taken Sunday morning with my Canon 50D with a canon EF400L f/5.6. Later the same day another Yellow Bellied Sapsucker; this time a male both in the Parthenon area:

 

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A juvenile Red-tail hawk in the yard this morning looking really fierce.  Additionally, Eastern Bluebird courtship started today (later than usual due to the cold weather). I cleaned out the birdhouses on my Bluebird Trail this morning. Also a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers searching for spiders and eating raw peanuts this morning. The Hairy Woodpecker appears to be banded:

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Red Shoulders rarely take birds; they sen to prefer frogs, crawfish, and stream inhabitants (like water snakes). When things are frozen they seem to turn to voles, mice, etc. – they seem to leave the feeding songbirds alone. Infact, they are busy feeding very near to him. If a Coopers Hawk is in the area, there are no songbirds to be seen. These photos taken through a window with double-pane glass:

 

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