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Despite the cold weather, and late spring, the red winged blackbirds are coming in flocks and roosting along the Little Buffalo River. I like this shot — because its hard to get a photo that distinguishes the back eye from the black feathers on this bird:

 

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We got about an inch of snow in Murray Valley last night; more in the high country and along the mountain ridges. I am expecting heavy rains and thunderstorms over this coming weekend. I believe this storm will be large enough and slow moving enough to bring the rivers and creeks up. That is good news long term, but not so good news for hikers and canoeists planning this weekend.

It seems the warbler migration has gone on hold for now; so I am concentrating on woodpeckers again. They are nesting now,  as are the chickadees and Carolina wrens. The bluebird situation is disturbing for now. It seems, for the first time, I have a large influx of English sparrows (House sparrows) that are taking over every bluebird house; and because the weather is cold, the bluebirds have stopped nesting and are not defending their houses.

Here is a photo of a Red-headed woodpecker from here in the Murray Valley; they are such showy birds. I’m glad we have a few:

Red headed woodpecker

Red headed woodpecker

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