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Got a few photos before the sun came out early this morning. A pair of White Eyed Vireos; first the male, then the female, them the two of them building nest together:

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male White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Female White Eyed Vireo

Nest building together

Nest building together

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Great day birding and for bird photography: the secretive White Eyed Vireo; still singing and surprisingly; a female Scarlet Tanager waiting to drink from the Little Buffalo River:

 

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I posted a few photos of the nest building about a week ago. I went back today and the female is laying and incubating this clutch of eggs. In the first photo, you can see them switch positions on the nest and the the following few you can see the hen on the nest; taken with a Canon 50D and the EF 400L f/5.6 Lens by Canon also:

 

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Found these two beauties building a nest near Pruitt, Arkansas this morning at 8:00n AM. I used a Canon 50D and a Canon EF400 f/5.6 L to take about 175 photos of their nesting activities.

The White eyed Vireo is a small and secretive bird of shrubby areas of the eastern and southern United States, the White-eyed Vireo is more noticeable for its explosive song than its looks.

Nest Description

Nest an open cup suspended by rim from fork of small branch in tree. Made of leaves, bark, plant fibers, rootlets, or bits of paper, held together with insect silk and spider webbing, and decorated on outside with lichens, moss, or leaves. Lined with rootlets, fine grass, or hair. Placed low to ground.

 

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This fantastic pair of woodpeckers has been working my yard this past weekend. We did get a light thundershower this morning about 8-9 AM; just enough to settle the dust a bit. Temperatures were warmer this morning at 59F. There is practically no summer birds left in the area. I did hear a Tanager yesterday and a White-eyed Vireo this morning; aside from him I only hear a few of our winter birds; Pileated, Red-headed, Red Bellied, Downey, and Hairy woodpeckers and a Chickadee.

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17

Male Pileated Woodpecker – 9/16

 

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17 AM

Female Pileated Woodpecker – 9/17 AM

 

 

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The past 10 days have been beautiful; just like May is supposed to be (unlike last May). The rivers have plenty of water, everything is green, we had nearly 2.0 inches of gentle rain in 30 hours last week. Most of the migratory birds are busy raising their hatchlings and are not so active at this time. However, the Vireos are still busy calling and mating. I got a nice picture of a White eyed Vireo in a tussle with Blue-gray Gnatcatcher next to the Little Buffalo River over (I could not figure that out). Everyone has heard a White eyed Vireo sing, but if you dont look you probably have not seen one (taken with a Canon 50D and a EF400mm f/5.6L Lens (notice the stunning white eyes):

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We got 1.82 inches of rain from dusk Monday until dusk Tuesday. It never rained hard, just a continuous gentle rain for 24 hours.

The White eyed Vireo, a great songster, also, has a beautiful set of white eyes. They are widespread birds across the Ozarks; heard often but rarely seen. this photo was taken right next to the LIttle Buffalo River:

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