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It about 50F at lunchtime today. I took a sandwich down to the river for a change. The water is clear and blue and I noticed a forsythia starting to bloom and crocus and daffodils starting to open; lovely. Bluebirds appear paired up and looking to nest soon. May go fishing this afternoon.

 

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He arrived about 8 AM on Tuesday 3/18 on my gatepost. It was warm for 8 Am and he/she did spend some time grabbibg insects from midair. I wonder if ths Phoebe will stay all summer or move on: Taken with a Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon 300 f/2.8 IS. We’ll see ?

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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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It was spring, then winter, now spring again (taken today early); it’s still cold, but the blooms are waitintg to POP:

 

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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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Just a photo from up near Huntsville, Arkansas:

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