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This Scissor-tail Flycatcher (State Bird of Oklahoma) arrived in Jasper, Arkansas after a migration up from the southland about 2 weeks ago. He and his mate established a territory next to a field just north of the town of Jasper on Highway 7, on an old fence. Photo taken by my good friend Jan, as she was in the passenger seat and the bird was on the right side fence.  North of this field is an expansive wooded area where I believe they a nesting. I love the salmon color on the sides of their gray buff breast !

I have seen him at least a dozen times in 2-3 weeks but have been unable to capture him, until this morning at 8:30 AM; today I used a Canon 70D and a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. If you can’t tell in these photographs, he drags a tail about 18″ long behind him when he files and is really spectacular to watch:

 

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They nest here in the Boston Mountains; but, only where there are large valley fields surrounded by trees. There must be lots of fence to sit on and hunt from. I found a pre-gathering for migration group of about 12-20 today and got some photos. The males have a very long tail and the female’s is shorter. They are fairly common in western and north-west Arkansas; absent from the rest of the State. They are the state bird of Oklahoma. They are really beautiful with the gray, white, black, and salmon and tangerine coloration. A true species of the southern plains of the US:

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