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Snows on Mt. Judea, Moss, Round-top, Reynolds, and Sherman mountains are melting fast (55F) bringing up the Little Buffalo quickly:

 

Parthenon side of Round Top Moutain

Parthenon side of Round Top Moutain

Little Buffalo at Will Jones Ford

Little Buffalo at Will Jones Ford

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Oh I wish it was like this NOW. This cold, ice, and snow snap has got me down. We will fall to 5F tonight and rise to 25F tomorrow; then ice forecast for Saturday:

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I found this pair with 2 nestlings from the car window this morning, over near the Little Buffalo River. They were busy feeding wasps and aquatic insects to the babies. In the final photo, you have to look up and right to see the nest hole and the nestling. This may be the 2nd brood; not sure ??

 

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Nest building along the Little Buffalo River, I caught this guy stripping bark for a nest. He is brightly colored but easily overlooked. A bird of shrubland and old fields, the Blue-winged Warbler expanded its breeding grounds northward throughout the 20th century.

Adult Description

Small songbird.
Head and underparts yellow.
Black line through eye.
Wings blue-gray with two white wingbars.
Immature Description
Similar in appearance, but duller than adults.

Nest Description

Open cup of grasses, bark and dead leaves. Leaves may form cap over eggs. Usually on or near ground.

Habitat

Early to midsuccession habitats, especially abandoned farmland and forest clearings.
Breeds at forest/field edges, often shaded by large trees.

 

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Photos taken with my Canon 50D and the same Canon 400 f/5.6 Lens I have been using lately:

 

 

 

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The first peak is near (maybe today or tomorrow); but it is beautiful !! We are expecting 2-3 inches of rain in the next 36 hours and that will possibly make the Buffalo River from Boxley to Pruitt floatable by weeks end and through the weekend and maybe next week. There should still be a good amount of color left in some trees; making this the ideal canoe or kayak float for fall colors; A FLASH FLOOD WATCH was just issued !!

 

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

 

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

 

The Buffalo National  River at the bottom of the mountain.

The Buffalo National River at the bottom of the mountain.

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Despite the cold weather, and late spring, the red winged blackbirds are coming in flocks and roosting along the Little Buffalo River. I like this shot — because its hard to get a photo that distinguishes the back eye from the black feathers on this bird:

 

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The redheaded woodpeckers must be getting ready to mate and lay eggs real soon – perhaos later this week. This pair began working together on Monday 4/1/13; eating wasps and carrying nesting material and stuffing this hole:

 

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