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Just before dark I watches a pair of Barred Owls hunting in my front and side yard. I had lost sight of them until 5:55 PM when I saw this one land on a T-Post on a garden fence:

 

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Climbing the 3.5 mile grade of Shiloh Mtn (32 degrees)

Climbing the 3.5 mile grade of Shiloh Mtn (32 degrees)

Little Buffalo at Parthenon

Little Buffalo at Parthenon

Little Buffalo at Murray

Little Buffalo at Murray

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Yesterday afternoon at 94F temperature, 112F Heat Index, I went down to Murray to have a look at the Redheaded Woodpeckers and see what they are doing, They are caching acorns and appeared stressed with the heat. Their mouths were open and tongues exposed. I watched for an hour and got a few photos with my Canon 50D and the Canon EF400L f/5.6. They found one tall old stump that has a massive hole near the top; they are trying to fill it with acorns and other nut meats:

 

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On February 2nd, which was a misty, cloudy day; just before dark, a Barred Owl landed on a fence post in my yard. As I was preparing the camera to get a photo, he flew about 75 yards to a bluebird house where he spent 15 minutes scanning for prey. Since then I have seen him one more time. He appears to have been born last winter.

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The picture of him leaving the post is not clear (did not have time to set the speed due to the dark weather), but the 2nd photo is a very long shot with a 600 mm Lens (about 100 yards), and is OK considering the distance and conditions:

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This crazy pair of wrens sing and work all day; except, they do take lots lof time out to scold me every day:

 

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Right next to the entrance gate to my place this Indigo Bunting as staked out his territory. He is singing from dawn to dusk – despite the lousy weather. He is cold and wet and probably wishes he did not migrate north. This weeks promises more below normal temperatures and more wet weather:

Taken with a Canon 7D and a 400mm Canon 400 DO IS Lens at f /5.6:

 

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As of yesterday there were no fleglings in the redheaded woodpecker trees I follow along the Little Buffalo in Murray, Arkansas. The two adults are still actively feeding the hatchlings; best I can tell is that there are 4 in this nest:

 

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An ongoing series on the Mating of a pair of Red-headed woodpeckers near Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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A continuing series on a pair of red headed woodpeckers on the north side of the Little Buffalo River in Murray Valley near Parthenon, AR.:

 

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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:

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