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I watched this pair (already on eggs (4) for about 21 days). The nest was built on a nearby driveway on open gravel, as they usually do. As I’s pushed closer to the nest, the pair would go into defensive mode. The female would always come at me but stop short by 10-15 feet. The male would feign injury or death across the driveway to get my attention or draw it away from the female and nest. It seemed 30 feet was the threshold. When I moved away to further than about 30 feet; she’d nestle gingerly back onto the eggs, and he’d leave the area.

I did this 2-3 times per day for 8 days, always hoping to catch that moment when the eggs started to hatch. I missed. The hatched and the hatchlings were gone the very next morning. The long incubation period allows the chicks to fully develop and are ready to run or even fly within 1-2 hours after drying off. I did take over 1000 photos.

Pictures follow; had to use a very long lens:

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Not many ripe Red Mulberries yet, but they seem to find them (Males brighter orange and more black):IMG_8958

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We have high cloudiness now; but early after the fog we briefly had filtered sunshine. The place where I usually find nesting warblers is underwater. On the opposite side of the Little Buffalo River the banks are higher and I was able to get 2 fairly good photos of a male Blue Winged Warbler with a EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens on a Canon 7D with and 1.4X Extender; this was a very long shot:

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First Scarlet Tanager (after 1st pre-molt) that I photographed this year. Its’ a male siting on a branch waiting to get to a spring creek to get a drink of fresh water or to bathe; they are so outstandingly beautiful ! Fire-red and charcoal black:

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Interesting weather here !  4 Severe Thunderstorm Watches;  2 Tornado Watches,  4 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings,  1 Tornado Warning,  8 Flash Flood Watches,  6 Flash Flood Warnings in 48 hours. Things here are pretty water logged.

The upper East Fork of the Little Buffalo above Murray should be quite a sight today.

By the way, my personal Weather station has been down met of May due to a network problem; working on it now. Hopefully it will be back in a week or so.

Photos:

Little Buffalo nearing AR Highway 327

Little Buffalo nearing AR Highway 327

Little Buffalo at Jasper

Little Buffalo at Jasper

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