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There is still lots of green left so I am guessing still 1 1/2 – 2  weeks until peek colors. It was a cool breezy day (42F this morning) with only very early fog:

 

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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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A 7-point (large) White-tail buck versus an 8-point (larger) buck did a little sparring in a sweet gum grove tonight and then on the the clover patch; fun to watch and a whole lot of loud antlers. Taken through a themo-pane window at 6:30 PM 9/25/14 with a Canon 50D with a Canon EF400L f/5,6 lens:

 

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The fog was about 300-500′ thick, below me, on the Buffalo River this morning at sun-up. These photos were taken from about 700 feet above the fog bank on the river:

 

 

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I am so glad to see these guys migrating southward. They are fond of my red raspberries, which have continuously made berries since May. They sit on a dead branch and take turns pulling berries off the vines. Did not have the correct camera yesterday, so these are just a few snapshots of one of my favorite birds:

 

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Yesterday was a rainy and cool day; over an inch of rain and 66F almost all day. That was so nice for a change !! It cleared last evening about 5 PM, and I spotted a Red-tail Hawk in one of the trees in the yard; got close enough to get a few photos too. No red tail visible. This hawk is as “high-color” as any I have ever seen; maybe a juvenile ? I don’t this a Harlan Red-tail.  I used my Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon EF 400L DO IS f/4.0 lens:

 

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This photo taken this morning at 6 AM; shows the hot and hazy day to come:

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We have had rain for 4 straight days; but, it’s been fairly gentle. This morning the Little Buffalo finally became muddy and the Buffalo River at Steel Creek below Bee Bluff  is becoming murky and rising at a moderate speed. If the rain continues, like forecasted, the Buffalo will be floatable at Ponca this coming weekend and beyond. These heaviest storm are just beginning at noon today:

 

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This Bluebird House (NO 3), I was really worried about a week ago. It had been down to 31F on last Friday (as it often does in the higher elevations), then 92F on Saturday, the next day. I watched the house last Sunday, Monday, and into Tuesday but saw no adults coming in to the house or leaving it. I opened the house and their were 4 (I judge) 9-11 day old birds (all Bluebirds, no cowbirds). No House Sparrow nesting. Their eyes were closed and i could not make them move at all. So, I closed the house and waited thinking some disease or temperature change had killed them.

Tuesday evening I saw the female go in and stay. Whew, what a good feeling. On the next day, Wednesday, their feeding resumed as usual; several trips every 15 minutes.

They are pretty quiet when they have hatchlings, so my guess is I just missed them coming and going. They are all fine and should fledge this coming late week. BTW, Bluebird House #1 and #5 both have 5 hatchlings; Bluebird House #2 abad Bluebird House # 4 each have 7 Chickadee hatchlings.

A few photos from today of both parents participating in the feeding and cleaning:

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This Scissor-tail Flycatcher (State Bird of Oklahoma) arrived in Jasper, Arkansas after a migration up from the southland about 2 weeks ago. He and his mate established a territory next to a field just north of the town of Jasper on Highway 7, on an old fence. Photo taken by my good friend Jan, as she was in the passenger seat and the bird was on the right side fence.  North of this field is an expansive wooded area where I believe they a nesting. I love the salmon color on the sides of their gray buff breast !

I have seen him at least a dozen times in 2-3 weeks but have been unable to capture him, until this morning at 8:30 AM; today I used a Canon 70D and a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. If you can’t tell in these photographs, he drags a tail about 18″ long behind him when he files and is really spectacular to watch:

 

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