Posts Tagged ‘migration’

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.




IMG_4180 for comparison:







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Running up to Jasper this morning, I saw literally hundreds of Monarchs flying along side the road. When I got back home I counted about 5-7 Monarchs per minute flying over my home for 5 minutes (that is 25+). Seems to be a great comeback this year. Unfortunately, they are fighting a headwind 10-20 MPH but are all flying SW but it is so good to see them after last year’s BUST. Then, on my way back I saw and photographed what has to be the last Eastern Kingbirds stopping over, in migration:


eastern kingbird in migration


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This heavily molting male Indigo Bunting landed in a tree in the front yard today 9/30; I just happened to have a Canon 1DS Mark III with a 300 f/2.8 IS with me:




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I did not see many Scarlet Tanagers during this year’s nesting season. I did hear several singing. This past week, I have seen several. One adult male last Thursday and one juvenile male during the rain storms last weekend. I got pretty good photo of each. They are one of our states most beautiful birds:




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Another sure sign of spring !!!

Of all the yellow yellow birds that show up every spring, the prettiest bumch are the Warbler species. They begin arriving about mid-March and continue through nesing in June. The Yellow-rumped warbler may stay all winter in NW Arkansas. By late March and early April, I begin to see Pine Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Back and White Warblers, and American Redstarts, and Yellow Throated warblers, in mixed migrating groups. They are in molt at the time they arrive and don’t get their full striking colors until later in the spring.

Below is the 2nd Warbler species I have seen in 2013, the Pine Warbler:




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