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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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Another photo in a continuing series on a pair of Redheaded woodpeckers mating and nesting this April 2013:



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A continuing series of redheaded woodpecker behavior. Today they are working together guarding the territory (river cane out of focus behind them):





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The high temperature Thursday was 34F, the low was 34F. A storm is coming this weekend; probably later today. Need the water badly; but my mood needs sunshine. Took this photo of a Northern Cardinal thursday afternoon — this says it all about our very late Arkansas spring:



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Another sure sign of spring !!!

Of all the yellow yellow birds that show up every spring, the prettiest bumch are the Warbler species. They begin arriving about mid-March and continue through nesing in June. The Yellow-rumped warbler may stay all winter in NW Arkansas. By late March and early April, I begin to see Pine Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Back and White Warblers, and American Redstarts, and Yellow Throated warblers, in mixed migrating groups. They are in molt at the time they arrive and don’t get their full striking colors until later in the spring.

Below is the 2nd Warbler species I have seen in 2013, the Pine Warbler:




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Taken with my light outfit; Canon 50D and a Canon 400L f/5.6:

This Barred Owl was sound asleep and peaceful this morning next to the Little Buffalo River near Parthenon. I sacred him off a cold weather roost and into a Hackberry Tree next to the river, got shots of him in 2 locations. I love listen9ing to these owls at this time of the year when mating begins; especially when they begin a group call. They sound like they are laughing, choking, singing, and they seem to feed on each others calls. The Barred Owl’s hooting call, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” is a classic sound of old forests and treed swamps. But this attractive owl, with soulful brown eyes and brown-and-white-striped plumage, can also pass completely unnoticed as it flies noiselessly through the dense canopy or snoozes on a tree limb. Originally a bird of the east, during the twentieth century it spread through the Pacific Northwest and southward into California.

  • Size & Shape

    Barred Owls are large, stocky owls with rounded heads, no ear tufts, and medium length, rounded tails.

  • Color Pattern

    Barred Owls are mottled brown and white overall, with dark brown, almost black, eyes. The underparts are mostly marked with vertical brown bars on a white background, while the upper breast is crossed with horizontal brown bars. The wings and tail are barred brown and white.

  • Behavior

    Barred Owls roost quietly in forest trees during the day, though they can occasionally be heard calling in daylight hours. At night they hunt small animals, especially rodents, and give an instantly recognizable “Who cooks for you?” call.

  • Habitat

    Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities. In the Northwest, Barred Owls have moved into old-growth coniferous forest, where they compete with the threatened Spotted Owl.

Cool Facts

  • The Great Horned Owl is the most serious predatory threat to the Barred Owl. Although the two species often live in the same areas, a Barred Owl will move to another part of its territory when a Great Horned Owl is nearby.
  • Pleistocene fossils of Barred Owls, at least 11,000 years old, have been dug up in Florida, Tennessee, and Ontario.
  • Barred Owls don’t migrate, and they don’t even move around very much. Of 158 birds that were banded and then found later, none had moved farther than 6 miles away.
  • Despite their generally sedentary nature, Barred Owls have recently expanded their range into the Pacific Northwest. There, they are displacing and hybridizing with Spotted Owls—their slightly smaller, less aggressive cousins—which are already threatened from habitat loss.
  • Young Barred Owls can climb trees by grasping the bark with their bill and talons, flapping their wings, and walking their way up the trunk.
  • The oldest Barred Owl on record was at least 24 years old.



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Update 8:45 AM, Monday 12/24:



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