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I spent about an hour watching this female Baltimore Oriole. She and her mate fed on ripe Mulberries for about 10 minutes, when, surprisingly, she began weaving a nest as he watched; I guess her instincts had taken over. These photos taken from 40′ in camouflage with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L f /2.8 IS with a Canon 1.4 TC – handheld. These photos taken a few weeks prior to my injuries and uploaded this past weekend, There are many photos and they can be enlarged by clicking on each one:


























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From yesterday morning. Since the Rufous Hummingbird is rare in Arkansas and surely out of range, I decide to post a photo of him on a feeder Saturday morning:


out of range -- Rufous Hummingbird

out of range — Rufous Hummingbird

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Busy doing yard work and mending fences but drove by the Little Buffalo yesterday and the red horse (fish) and white suckers (fish) and running upstream (shoaling) for a spawn in the clear waters of the Little Buffalo River. Also, I saw and got a picture on one of our (not seen often) native sparrows: a Lincoln Sparrow:





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On a walk through the forest today, I saw this woodpecker working his way around a tree. This is an enterprising woodpecker that laps up the leaking sap and any trapped insects with its specialized, brush-tipped tongue. Attired sharply in barred black-and-white, with a red cap and (in males) throat, they sit still on tree trunks for long intervals while feeding. To find one, listen for their loud mewing calls or stuttered drumming.

Cool Facts

  • The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker makes two kinds of holes in trees to harvest sap. Round holes extend deep in the tree and are not enlarged. The sapsucker inserts its bill into the hole to probe for sap. Rectangular holes are shallower, and must be maintained continually for the sap to flow. The sapsucker licks the sap from these holes, and eats the cambium of the tree too. New holes usually are made in a line with old holes, or in a new line above the old.
  • The sapwells made by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers attract hummingbirds, which also feed off the sap flowing from the tree. In some parts of Canada, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds rely so much on sapwells that they time their spring migration with the arrival of sapsuckers. Other birds as well as bats and porcupines also visit sapsucker sapwells.
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been found drilling sapwells in more than 1,000 species of trees and woody plants, though they have a strong preference for birches and maples.
  • The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker frequently uses human-produced materials to help in its territorial drumming. Street signs and metal chimney flashing amplify the irregular tapping of a territorial sapsucker. The sapsucker seems to suffer no ill effects of whacking its bill on metal, and a bird will return to a favorite sign day after day to pound out its Morse code-like message.
  • The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is the only woodpecker in eastern North America that is completely migratory. Although a few individuals remain throughout much of the winter in the southern part of the breeding range, most head farther south, going as far south as Panama. Females tend to migrate farther south than do males.
  • The oldest known Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was 7 years, 9 months old. It was banded in New Jersey and found 6 years later in South Carolina.


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