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Redbud in bloom and dogwood is very close:

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Since this year was not nearly as colorful as last year, here is a reminder of last fall; taken November 3, 2013:

 

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Looking up the Buffalo River Valley on New Years Eve, I could see the remnants of the heavy morning fog, stuck to all the trees as ice:

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We got about and inch of ice and sleet and about 2-3 inches of snow last night and Sunday and it was 6F this morning. Maybe more in higher elevations. I loved the thunder all afternoon Sunday.

Another look back to late December 2013 on a near 60 degree day:

 

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The following are from Ozark Campground gravel bar across from the Bluff:

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WOW, reached 17F as a low this morning. Last week I took a photo of one (of many) Elk harem over near Ponca. There appears to be 2 bulls in this photo but the one on the left is a “satellite” bull OR a younger bull that has not challenged the harem owner (dominant Bull Elk, to the right) to a duel or did challenge him, and LOST BIG. He will hang near the harem for the entire winter and learn. Notice the maple and beech trees still show their color.

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The first peak is near (maybe today or tomorrow); but it is beautiful !! We are expecting 2-3 inches of rain in the next 36 hours and that will possibly make the Buffalo River from Boxley to Pruitt floatable by weeks end and through the weekend and maybe next week. There should still be a good amount of color left in some trees; making this the ideal canoe or kayak float for fall colors; A FLASH FLOOD WATCH was just issued !!

 

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

 

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

 

The Buffalo National  River at the bottom of the mountain.

The Buffalo National River at the bottom of the mountain.

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We got 2.01 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. I took these yesterday at the Ponca bridges. Adds Creek was running muddy, so the water above the low-water bridge was clear, and below the high bridge was murky to cloudy. It appears the first color peak will be in 7-10 ┬ádays if the forecast for clear cooler weather for 7 days holds. The day was rainy, cloudy, and not much light getting through the clouds – that type of day tends to highly saturate the colors:

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He appeared Sunday and I got off about 40 shots at a very long range with a 840mm Lens:

Yellow-rumped Warblers are impressive in the sheer numbers with which they flood the continent each fall. Shrubs and trees fill with the streaky brown-and-yellow birds and their distinctive, sharp chips. Though the color palette is subdued all winter, you owe it to yourself to seek these birds out on their spring migration or on their breeding grounds. Spring molt brings a transformation, leaving them a dazzling mix of bright yellow, charcoal gray and black, and bold white.

  • Size & Shape

    Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail.

  • Color Pattern

    In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown. Winter birds are paler brown, with bright yellow rump and usually some yellow on the sides.

  • Behavior

    Yellow-rumped Warblers typically forage in the outer tree canopies at middle heights. They’re active, and you’ll often see them sally out to catch insects in midair, sometimes on long flights. In winter they spend lots of time eating berries from shrubs, and they often travel in large flocks.

  • Habitat

    In summer, Yellow-rumped Warblers are birds of open coniferous forests and edges, and to a lesser extent deciduous forests. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas.

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Despite the cold weather, and late spring, the red winged blackbirds are coming in flocks and roosting along the Little Buffalo River. I like this shot — because its hard to get a photo that distinguishes the back eye from the black feathers on this bird:

 

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I saw this guy yesterdy prior to the rains. They are beautiful, small songbirds, and usually one of the first four warblers I see each year. Their actions are much line Nuthatches, in fact he was on my birdfeeder priior to flying to a tree and me getting this photograph. I had my Canon 7D with a 600mm Lens and got off a few shots bwefore I spooked him:

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Yellow throat and chest.
  • Gray back.
  • Black face connecting to stripes down sides.
  • White eyestripe.
  • White earpatch.
  • Two white wingbars.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but duller, and female may be washed brownish on back.

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