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Taken with a long lens; thats all I had. This is the smallest yellow-maroon Cypripedium in Arkansas, rarer than the larger cousin:

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We have high cloudiness now; but early after the fog we briefly had filtered sunshine. The place where I usually find nesting warblers is underwater. On the opposite side of the Little Buffalo River the banks are higher and I was able to get 2 fairly good photos of a male Blue Winged Warbler with a EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens on a Canon 7D with and 1.4X Extender; this was a very long shot:

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First Scarlet Tanager (after 1st pre-molt) that I photographed this year. Its’ a male siting on a branch waiting to get to a spring creek to get a drink of fresh water or to bathe; they are so outstandingly beautiful ! Fire-red and charcoal black:

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On my Bluebird Trail, I have 6 house; 3 occupied, five hatchlings each. I believe they are about 4-5 days from fledging. The male and female are making hourly flights at 4-5 minute intervals; then a pause for 20-30 minutes; then feed again for an hour. also, it is early enough in the spring for a 2nd brood; they will likely change houses. Carolina Chickadees used 2 of the 6 houses too.

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Closest I ever got to a (very hard to find) Hooded Warbler and I think one of the best portraits of a bird I ever took; was within 20 feet of him; came back with 100 mosquito bites and a dozen ticks – now removed:

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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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