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Stop over at Sloans Spring along the Jefferson Highway about one hundred years ago; which I believe was Highway 7 by the 1930’s – Click to enlarge:

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From yesterday morning. Since the Rufous Hummingbird is rare in Arkansas and surely out of range, I decide to post a photo of him on a feeder Saturday morning:

 

out of range -- Rufous Hummingbird

out of range — Rufous Hummingbird

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Both photos of blue colored birds, taken in my yard yesterday; the indigo Bunting, and the Blue Grosbeak; both taken with a Canon 1DS and 400mm f/5.6 yesterday morning, 8/5/14:

 

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Indigo Bunting

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Blue Grosbeak

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I ran into the male Blue-Winged Yellow Warbler very early this morning; and had to use a high ISO setting to photograph him while he was gleaning insects from leaves. The high ISO setting leaves the photographs grainy.   Not only does this guy have pronounced blueish-gray wings but he also wears a black mask.

They forage mostly in upper half of trees and shrubs and probes dead leaf clusters in winter. Often hangs upside down.

NW Arkansas is the southernmost section of their breeding grounds.

Brightly colored but easily overlooked. A bird of shrubland and old fields, the Blue-winged Warbler expanded its breeding grounds northward throughout the 20th century. They have a make a nest that is an open cup of grasses, bark and dead leaves. Leaves may form cap over eggs. Usually on or near ground.

 

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Terrible destruction just south of me near I-40 !  I was very lucky to get off easy with this weather system. There was a confirmed tornado about 15 miles SE of me near Lurton, AR. The storm that produced that tornado came thru about 11 PM last night. I was asleep and the storm really caught me by surprise. It was not a quick T-Storm; the wind and lightning lasted a full 20 minutes. Many things have been rearranged in my yard.

In all, total we had 6 rounds of thunderstorms starting early on Sunday. Here is a photo, from my driveway, of the turbulent, rolling, heavy skies during the storm a 12:30 PM, the dew point hovered around 65F-70F all day long:

 

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Just a couple of photos taken with a Canon 1DS MK III full frame with a Canon EF17-40 f/4.0 IS:

 

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With a good flow at Ponca the Buffalo River at Steel Creek looks inviting and very floatable. The smallmouth bass the goggle-eye are hitting and the Goggle-eye are spawning. These photos taken at the old Klemmer Hole below Bee Bluff in the middle of last week:

 

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

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