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There are many quail in the valley this year ! This is a huge comeback from last spring/summer – when I rarely saw one and heard only a few all summer. This year, they started calling around April 20th; seems all day every day. So happy to hear them and I see them almost daily too. I do see several every week.

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On my Bluebird Trail, I have 6 house; 3 occupied, five hatchlings each. I believe they are about 4-5 days from fledging. The male and female are making hourly flights at 4-5 minute intervals; then a pause for 20-30 minutes; then feed again for an hour. also, it is early enough in the spring for a 2nd brood; they will likely change houses. Carolina Chickadees used 2 of the 6 houses too.

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Possibly 0.10 to 0.25 ice accumulation, depends on the 32 degree line. The ground is very cold after a week of lows -1 to 12 and highs in the 30’s:

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My guess is they have not gone any further south yet, this year. We have many days of very cold weather coming later this week (low 5-10F and highs 25F), so they may need to move on. They are shaped much like Bluebirds (also Thrushes). The bluebirds spend every winter here in the Boston Mountains. Included is a Bluebird picture from yesterday near a canebrake.

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I took these photos about 20 minutes ago. An Eastern Bluebird and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, and finally, a first summer Bluebird, as portraits using a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L IS 2.8:

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After a disastrous 2013, where I spotted maybe 3-4 Monarchs, 2014 is looking up, During the past week, I have seen about 50-75 each morning cruising Southwestward towards Mexico. Yesterday morning I saw over 100; simply cruising in that same direction. Today there are 7 on one butterfly bush (non-native) on a stop over. With several more days of nice weather forecast here; these appears to be a GOOD year for them. I’ll never forget 2012, when I had about 1,000 on a snakeroot patch behind my home. I took a short video of one that was on the bush with 6 others at 4:05 PM this afternoon taken with a handheld Canon G15:

 

 

 

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I had been watching the storms in Missouri on radar all day. Starting at 2 PM they made a right turn into NW Arkansas; by 3:15 we had a Severe Thunderstorm Warning here in Newton County Arkansas. The skies darkened quickly and by 3:40 it was like night time here. I grabbed my Canon G15 point and shoot camera. Much of the leading dark clouds had already passed. I took photos to the west and southwest from my front yard. At 3:50 we had 2 Tornado warnings in Newton County; one just NE and one just due E of me. Fortunately, we did not get the worst weather. I don’t think the skies were quite as dark and the photos reveal but very close. I believe the light sky in the SW closed the aperture of the G15 down a bit:

 

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Looking West

Looking Southwest

Looking Southwest

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