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Since I can’t move around well yet, I have to rely on my home as my tree-stand, or cover. Yesterday, this photo was taken of one of the fawns is in out in the side yard. He/she is 5-6 weeks old now and looking strong and healthy:

 

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This 17 day old fawn, has been hanging around the tall grasses in the yard. The fawn is insect bitten, wet, covered in ticks, and has a injured from left leg. It has rained and been cold for June for 14 of his/her 17 days. Never the less, she keeps on going and going and going !!

 

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Yesterday was a beautiful day; temperatures in the mid-70’s; tomorrow brings severe thunderstorms again. What a cold start to June ! Not exactly swimming weather. Looked for Elk and Deer fawns yesterday; saw a few. Got a few photos; one of a newly dropped Elk calf; one of a raccoon, and one of a nice Whitetail Deer buckin velvet. Saw a few fawns and decided it might still be a few days early given this cool weather:

 

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Just two photos from near Murray, AR. on Murray Road; a nice buck and a doe:

 

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Miserably cold March, so far !!!

After on full year with the Davis Weather Station and a member of Weather Underground, they have found that I have one of the coldest reporting stations in all of Arkansas. I not only have the coldest year-round low temperatures but some of the hottest readings in the summer. The Arkansas town of Deer is in the center point of this micro-climate. See temperature maps with 1F increments in morning lows:

My home is located in the Murray Valley, south of the Little Buffalo River at about 1,200 feet altitude. I am surrounded by mountains but the home is actually on a plateau (bench) about 250 feet above the river. The mountains around my home and the Davis Weather Station, are all 1,200 – 1,400 feet above my gauge. In the  mornings all year around, I am shaded by the shadow of Henderson Mountain until mid-morning (later in the winter). The winter’s prevailing NW winds have a straight shot at my place on a true downslope (very cold) flow. Reynolds mountain is N and NW of the gauge and Beckham Hollow (holds Beckham Cave) is due west with Shiloh Mountain directly behind. On the other side of Shiloh Mountain is Boxley, AR. and Cave Mountain (Upper Buffalo Wilderness); also a fairly cold area. At Beckham Creek, the Little Buffalo River turns south and encircles Taylor Mountain; which lies south of the gauge.

NW Arkansas has always been the cool spot in Arkansas, with a corresponding drop in on the USDA Planting Zone maps; placing it in the same zone a between Joplin and Kansas City, MO. See maps.

I have high humidity and fog in the summers and fall about half the mornings of the week. It lifts by 8 AM to 8:30 AM most mornings and leads to a fairly quick warm up. However, the low has already been reached near dawn and directly after. The fog forms on the Little Buffalo River and moves southeast towards Taylor Mountain.

My gauged temperatures typically run about 10F below the readings at Harrison to the NE on the other side of the Boston Mountains. This is wonderful in the summer.

It is extremely pleasant every morning May-August until 8-9 AM; sometimes 10:00 AM. A great time to do yard or garden work ! I love the climate; except the 110F summer readings.

 

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This appears to be a doe and her fawn from last May; they still have a tight bond to each other; I love that look of nervousness and anticipation (tails up, flags up) they show when the enter the yard in Murray, Arkansas.

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I think they cleared a 25 feet wide brush patch:

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I woke up to slush and 34F this morning (disappointed), but as the sun was risen I could see that the mountain tops were heavily covered. Got up and drove from Murray valley to Jasper then west on State 74 to CR20 then south on CR 20 to State 327, then back to Jasper and then South on US 7 to State 16, then west on State 16 to 327, then home. It appears by topo map that the snow level is about 2,100 feet. What a beautiful day !! High should be in the mid-50’s on this February 13th.

The temperatures ranged at 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM from 38F in Jasper to 28F on CR 20 at the the top of Sherman Mountain, to 30F along US 7 and State 16, then 31F-40F going sown from Henderson Mountain to Murray Road and finally home. When I arrived home, the sun was shining on Reynolds Mountain, and a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks were doing a mating flight in the exhilarating cold air with fresh snow below:

Sherman Mountain

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Henson Creek 2/13 8 AM

CR 20 at State 327

CR 20 at State 327

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coming down 327 to Shop Creek Valley

coming down 327 to Shop Creek Valley

back home; 2 red shouldered hawks

back home; 2 red shouldered hawks

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I ordered the seedlings last October. The ground is soft (not frozen) and the time for seedling planting in getting close. I am concentrating on wildlife food plots this year; not beautification. I am picking up lots of persimmon, mulberry, black walnut, and oak saplings along with a dozen wildlife plot bundles. The part of my property that has been used as pasture for about 75+ years will be returned to islands of native grasses (little bluestem, switch grass, and indian grass; planted last 2 years) and the islands will each have groves of wildlife bundles (planting them this spring).

I also planted a good sized patch of Winter Wheat and another of Orchard Grass last October; it is doing great and the big “green-up” will start soon. Each patch is mixed with Ladino Clover also. The deer really seem to like this all winter long and use it to bed down in, during the spring and summer.

I am raising the fencing in my vegetable garden to 7 feet (from 5 feet) this year to try to keep the deer out; we’ll see ?

Sounds crazy to encourage deer and plant a vegetable garden, but the wildlife is more important to me.

And finally a photo of the Little Buffalo at dusk yesterday:

 

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No, it’s not an Elk !!  In the Little Buffalo River bottoms:

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