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Just a photograph of a beautiful summer sunset from AR 327:

 

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I have never seen such striking spotting in a juvenile robin before; taken in the 55F weather this morning in my back yard:

 

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The temperatures are supposed to hover in the mid to upper 90s for afternoon highs starting tomorrow. We completely missed lout on all the rain this Friday and Saturday. It formed east of Newton County, Arkansas. Next chance appears to be next Saturday or Sunday. I am thankful for the rain we received so far this year, but we still need a little rain now and then throughout the summer. The photos show the beautiful coloring of a Red-headed woodpecker in flight including the numerous white wing and body feathers.

We got a few long range (100 yards from tree) photos of a pair of Red-headed woodpeckers feeding thier nestlings yesterday, but, we tried to capture them while in flight to and from the nesting hole (whioch can be seen in one photo). We used a Canon 50D with a 400mm f/5.6 lens (ISO 1600, Speed 1/2,500 of a second):

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He appeared Sunday and I got off about 40 shots at a very long range with a 840mm Lens:

Yellow-rumped Warblers are impressive in the sheer numbers with which they flood the continent each fall. Shrubs and trees fill with the streaky brown-and-yellow birds and their distinctive, sharp chips. Though the color palette is subdued all winter, you owe it to yourself to seek these birds out on their spring migration or on their breeding grounds. Spring molt brings a transformation, leaving them a dazzling mix of bright yellow, charcoal gray and black, and bold white.

  • Size & Shape

    Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail.

  • Color Pattern

    In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown. Winter birds are paler brown, with bright yellow rump and usually some yellow on the sides.

  • Behavior

    Yellow-rumped Warblers typically forage in the outer tree canopies at middle heights. They’re active, and you’ll often see them sally out to catch insects in midair, sometimes on long flights. In winter they spend lots of time eating berries from shrubs, and they often travel in large flocks.

  • Habitat

    In summer, Yellow-rumped Warblers are birds of open coniferous forests and edges, and to a lesser extent deciduous forests. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas.

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I have seen 2 animals that remind me that spring is just around the corner here in NW Arkansas; a five lined skink (lizard) and an Eastern Meadowlark. Actually saw the lizard 10 days ago on a 60F day and the meadowlark on the 20th of February, 2013:

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This beautiful hawk was hunting from a 150 year old red oak tree in my back yard. They are, of course, more common than either Red Shoulder or Sharp Shinned hawks. I got about 55 shots of him/her going after a vole (he/she was not successful) during the afternoon on February 15th, 2013. Here is a selection using a Canon full-frame 5D-MK2 and Canon 600mm f/4 L IS Lens (Click to enlarge):

 

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I took the bottom picture around the new year 2013; the top photo was taken in 1947 (notice the General Store):

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