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My guess is they have not gone any further south yet, this year. We have many days of very cold weather coming later this week (low 5-10F and highs 25F), so they may need to move on. They are shaped much like Bluebirds (also Thrushes). The bluebirds spend every winter here in the Boston Mountains. Included is a Bluebird picture from yesterday near a canebrake.

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Yesterday was a beautiful day to sit outside. Temperatures in the 70s all day, some sun, more clouds but a NE breeze of 5-10 MPH all days and humidities way down. I did all my chores alone and did not break a sweat. After finishing moving a large pile of chat used for walkways (we cannot get river gravel here because it is not legal to remove it from the local rivers; thankfully), I sat on the partially finished deck and watched the bluebirds bathe; the best I could count was 25 spread across 3 baths. They are a joy to watch and have been bathing together since late June. They are very wary as a group – with many eyes; so I took these photos from inside through a glass window with a Canon 50D and an EF400L 5.6 Lens at ISO 1600.

I must change and freshen the water daily, or their not interested. The adults bathe first and the the older fledglings and finally those from Brood 3. Id say the fledglings are pretty much “on their own” now.

 

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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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Went into Jasper this morning; saw 2 mature Bald Eagles and a Roadrunner. The Eagles were at the Shop Creek crossing of Highway 327, and the Roadrunner was closer to Jasper. Woke up to 19F this morning on its way to 55-60 (maybe); forecast changed for cooler weather.

 

Not long after I posted the bluebird houses on my trail yesterday, I did get photos of the male in a pair looking into the house under a big Sweet Gum Tree.  Only one photo was clear. The picture was taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon 400mm Lens:

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Also there was a nice sunset on a clear cold evening in NW Arkansas:

 

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Took this phot with a Canon 7D and a Canon 600mm Lens which yields 600mm X 1.6 (crop factor) = 960 mm. This male Eastern Bluebird (a juvenile I think) has a landing perch from which he lands and eats. I had the camera set up 100′ from the perch and then used manual focus for a spot 10′ in front of the perch. That is  a total of 110′. I then wait for the bird and take 8 quick photos when he closes in on that 110′ spot.

Still a little out of focus and my speed was a little too slow (1/1000th sec):

 

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Well,  they are the prettiest thrush in the world, to me. My favorite. I built a bluebird trail 3 years ago and am brooding about 100 hatchlings per year now. My trail will grow by 2 more boxes early this spring. This is a file photo from last June taken with a Canon 1DS Mark II Full Frame camera and a EF600L f/4.0 IS lens with a Teleconverter of 1.4X. It is one is a long series of 400+ photographs:

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