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I saw an eagle landing on a tree next to the Little Buffalo River near Parthenon. They are both long shots with a Canon 1D M3 and a Canon 400 DO/IS Lens:

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Well  —  we broke an record held since recording began in 1809 here in NW Arkansas. We got 1-2 inches of snow in higher elevations on 5/3. The cold and rain continued for 2 1/2 days and its reaches 33F near dawn today. There was enough wind to prevent a heavy frost. The last few days (with little in any sun) I was able to photograph some songbirds that seemed to enjoy the cold weather; Pine Siskins and Redpolls; no doubt returning to Canada and Alaska, but must have wondered if they arrived up north already:

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WOW; old record was 4/14/11 and with this crazy and COLD weather this was the last thing I expected to see today. While checking in on the nesting Redheaded woodpeckers I spied what I thought was a male cardinal; but NO. It was a very early arriving Summer Tanager (Click to enlarge) taken with a Canon 600mm lens on a Canon 7D:

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the Serviceberry tress are coming into bloom just now. They are also known as “popcorn” trees; they look, when they are 1/2 open, like strings of popcorn dangling in the tree: the redbuds should start to open this next week after the rains and warmer weather on the way. We had light thunderstorms at 5:30AM this mornng, that dropped a little over a tenth of an inch of rain with much more coming later today and Saturday:

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serviceberry (popcorn trees)

 

 

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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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This past two weeks has been two of the coldest in NW Arkansas late March history. Today it is sunny and supposed to reach the mid-40’s; possibly the 60s by Friday. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of spring. I lost most of my peaches this past weeka and my green “winter wheat” has gone back to a winter looking color. Here is a photo of a Red Shouldered Hawk down along the Little Buffalo River hiding in the brushy cover in the sun trying to stay warm:

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Im in St. Louis this week. We got 11 to 16 inches of snow Sunday; varies by location; a new March record; 4th biggest snowfall of all time in St. Louis. Needless to say, its a mess trying to get around today. It’s still snowing (expecting 2 more inches). Can’t wait to get back to Arkansas.

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