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Got a few photos before the sun came out early this morning. A pair of White Eyed Vireos; first the male, then the female, them the two of them building nest together:

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male White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Nest building together

Nest building together

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Just took these pictures this morning; a series if 97 photos (all fairly good); I’ll include 2:

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Saw these on Moss Mountain this morning; they are beautiful:

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Red Shoulders rarely take birds; they sen to prefer frogs, crawfish, and stream inhabitants (like water snakes). When things are frozen they seem to turn to voles, mice, etc. – they seem to leave the feeding songbirds alone. Infact, they are busy feeding very near to him. If a Coopers Hawk is in the area, there are no songbirds to be seen. These photos taken through a window with double-pane glass:

 

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Just spotted him a 1 PM today today, February 24th is huge 4-5 foot diameter oak tree in the back yard. He was busy watching the songbirds feed at the 3 feeders I keep filled back there. Suddenly, he lurched off the tree and was hot on the pursuit of a American Goldfinch that he barely missed. I believe it was a Cooper’s Hawk based on visuals. Both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are small, fast, hawks with long tails. As raptors then tend to find spots with lots of bird activity and hang out there:

 

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Saw this many times yesterday in the backyard and got a few long distance photos, that I cropped. I doesn’t take long to remember how beautiful RHW’s are:

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He/she finally landed in a tree on a dead branch:

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Took this photo of a Cuckoo and forgot to post is last June. I got to within 25-30′ of this juvenile, which is good because I rarely see them; just hear them all summer. Used a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L IS 2/8 with a 1.4 TC yielding 420mm of lens:

 

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A have a huge number of Painted Lady butterflies in the yard today. They have big blue eyes, presumably to scare of predators (taken with a Canon 70D with a 300mm f/2.8 lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter = 960mm):

 

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Taken 1 hours ago in the drizzle in Parthenon near thew Little Buffalo River; one of the most spectacular of the wood warblers; taken with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF400 f 5.6L:

 

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Terrible destruction just south of me near I-40 !  I was very lucky to get off easy with this weather system. There was a confirmed tornado about 15 miles SE of me near Lurton, AR. The storm that produced that tornado came thru about 11 PM last night. I was asleep and the storm really caught me by surprise. It was not a quick T-Storm; the wind and lightning lasted a full 20 minutes. Many things have been rearranged in my yard.

In all, total we had 6 rounds of thunderstorms starting early on Sunday. Here is a photo, from my driveway, of the turbulent, rolling, heavy skies during the storm a 12:30 PM, the dew point hovered around 65F-70F all day long:

 

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