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It was a warm day here in the Murray Valley. I took my camera with me to the garden today. A Blue Grosbeak flew up into a tree from the orchard side of the garden. Later I heard, then saw a beautiful Summer Tanager on a downed limb; got photos of both:

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I was so shocked at the grass color just as the sun set over Shiloh Mountain (SW of me) last evening 2/25; those are the peaks of Taylor Mountain to the South.

 

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The chickadees have started their morning mating song just after first light. So good to hear them.  I saw what I think is a Song Sparrow on a crazy oak that is yet to loose its leaves. Beautiful morning on the 4th of the month but we are supposed to get cold and rain-snow tonight and just plain cold tomorrow:

 

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A gorgeous Whitetail Buck In the from yard at 2 PM on an unbelievable July day (high 74); is 68 at 8PM, going to 49F by dawn:

 

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Happy Fourth of July everyone !!!

PEACE ON EARTH

Photo at 9:15 PM before the fireworks (these photos taken by my good friend Janice with her Canon T3 and a Lens opened all the way):

 

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The Church in the Valley across the road from me held a nice firework display at 9:30 PM. Temperature 59F and fell to 52F by morning here in the mountains.

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Its a very windy February morning here in the valley; I imagine worse winds in the higher elevations ! It was 68F at dawn this morning. We did not get the expected rain and storms last night, and I believe the chances are not as high today as last night and the energy has moved towards Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Pileated woodpecker is crow sized and is frequently spotted and heard around Arkansas. Many people have trouble getting close enough to get a good photograph. I have found that from February to June during the pairing and breeding season that they are often so preoccupied with their daily routine, that it is easy to sneak up on them, especially early in the day. This photo of a male (red stripe on his chin) Pileated Woodpecker was from yesterday, taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 300 f/2.8 IS Lens handheld from 45-50 feet away. He was so busy drilling for termites and ants, his mate was tearing apart logs on the ground 50 feet further away, that I went unnoticed or they were not bothered with my presence for 20 minutes:

 

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This photo taken 10 minutes ago (8:25 AM CDT) as the fog lifts in the backyard:

 

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