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the wet July and August thru September has kept all the trees a lush green color but recently a little bit of yellow has started showing here and there. Yesterday looked stormy at sun up, but turned into a nice warm day; I just love the Boston Mountians !!

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View from east side of Moss Mountain just NE of Parthenon:

 

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It starts today. It’s been a nice summer here the mountains in 2013. Hot in June, Wet in July, Wet and cool in August, A dry but near average September. We did get over and inch of rain on Friday and had cool and pleasant temperatures yesterday (47F — 74F) and trend will continue for a few more days. I did a lot of needed yard work and general outside chores yesterday and with a dew point of 34 it was comfortable all day long. Never saw even one cloud. I am feeling the pain today in my legs and arms.

When my friend gets here we are going on a hike. Not sure where yet; maybe a section of the BRT ? I have the netting face masks out and ready for the gnats and no-see-ums which can ruin a nice hike in September. Saw another Scissor-tail Flycatcher yesterday; this time in an open field. Lots of quail and doves in every old field.  I got one shot a 100 yards  but did capture him; they are majestic and patient:

 

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They nest here in the Boston Mountains; but, only where there are large valley fields surrounded by trees. There must be lots of fence to sit on and hunt from. I found a pre-gathering for migration group of about 12-20 today and got some photos. The males have a very long tail and the female’s is shorter. They are fairly common in western and north-west Arkansas; absent from the rest of the State. They are the state bird of Oklahoma. They are really beautiful with the gray, white, black, and salmon and tangerine coloration. A true species of the southern plains of the US:

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This fantastic pair of woodpeckers has been working my yard this past weekend. We did get a light thundershower this morning about 8-9 AM; just enough to settle the dust a bit. Temperatures were warmer this morning at 59F. There is practically no summer birds left in the area. I did hear a Tanager yesterday and a White-eyed Vireo this morning; aside from him I only hear a few of our winter birds; Pileated, Red-headed, Red Bellied, Downey, and Hairy woodpeckers and a Chickadee.

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17

Male Pileated Woodpecker – 9/16

 

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17 AM

Female Pileated Woodpecker – 9/17 AM

 

 

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We have only had about 0.2 inches of rain since early August. Saturday and this morning were cold by early September standards here in Arkansas. Yesterday we dropped to 47F degrees, and 46F this morning. We have a cool clear northern air flow. It will be replaced later today by a flow from the south again and bring a moderate change for thundershowers tonight and Monday morning. We do need the rain, once again. I took a few fall photos this morning on the way to Jasper for breakfast.

Murray Road

Murray Road

Orb spider and dew

Orb spider and dew

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View East from Base of Round Mountain

View East from Base of Round Mountain

Just a photo of the sun Rising:

 

 

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