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Last week I came across a new area where Redheaded Woodpeckers were foraging and nesting. There were hundreds of debarked trees; old elms, sycamores, cottonwoods, hackberries, persimmons, and oaks. I noticed one redheaded woodpecker and then a dozen  more sharing the same area. One pair was nesting only 4-5 feet above ground; the rest 20-35 feet up. That was the lowest RH Woodpecker nesting I have ever seen. It was dark and raining so I could not use a good setting to “stop” action, so a may photos are not clear or just OOF. Not happy with the photos. There are a lot of photos; no sun until late afternoon:

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There seems to be a great number of Eastern Kingbirds this year; some may be passing through. One active nest I saw was being built but already had 2 eggs in it. It was 5 feet off the ground in a small tree or bush against a barbed wire fence. The  tree has yet to green up. The female was building while the male watched; the nest about 6″ by 5″ is lined with while feathers and there is 2 eggs of the 5-6 total to be laid

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Photo (6/11/2014) taken yesterday while watching the breeding pair feed the nestlings. The American Redstart is one of America’s most strikingly colored wild birds. They are very hard to capture by camera, like most warblers, they are constantly on the move:

 

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This pair of Blue Gray Gnatcatchers nesting about 40′ above the ground; taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon EF 400L f/5.6 at 5.6:

 

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I posted a few photos of the nest building about a week ago. I went back today and the female is laying and incubating this clutch of eggs. In the first photo, you can see them switch positions on the nest and the the following few you can see the hen on the nest; taken with a Canon 50D and the EF 400L f/5.6 Lens by Canon also:

 

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Found these two beauties building a nest near Pruitt, Arkansas this morning at 8:00n AM. I used a Canon 50D and a Canon EF400 f/5.6 L to take about 175 photos of their nesting activities.

The White eyed Vireo is a small and secretive bird of shrubby areas of the eastern and southern United States, the White-eyed Vireo is more noticeable for its explosive song than its looks.

Nest Description

Nest an open cup suspended by rim from fork of small branch in tree. Made of leaves, bark, plant fibers, rootlets, or bits of paper, held together with insect silk and spider webbing, and decorated on outside with lichens, moss, or leaves. Lined with rootlets, fine grass, or hair. Placed low to ground.

 

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