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Yet another great walk

Inspiration Point, AR

semi-overcast 80 °F

MAY 30:

Read my eBird report, with photos, here for another wonderful day walking out Blue Springs Rd in my downtime:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S178294073

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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Photographic lifer: Chuck-will’s-widow

Inspiration Point, AR

semi-overcast 76 °F

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29:

View my eBird report, with photos, here to see many highlights of a 50-species bird walk here in Arkansas, including my first photo ever of a “Chuck!”
https://ebird.org/checklist/S178113528

Also including a few recent non-bird photos for your enjoyment!

My beautiful daily evening bird walk:
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The skyscapes around here are gorgeous — here are mammatus clouds:
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The periodical cicada invasion is affecting us too, though not as intensely as in Chicago!
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Other “critters” are also around, as my dad would say — Eastern Fence Lizard:
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Swallowtail — anybody know the species?
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Many scorpions underneath rocks here!
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Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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Another great evening walk

Inspiration Point, AR

sunny 80 °F

MAY 28:
This evening I took another productive walk with the highlight being beautiful photographic opportunities of local breeding birds. It was a superb time! Click on my eBird list here to check out photos:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S177920346
Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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Cerulean Warbler!

Inspiration Point, AR

sunny 81 °F

Read this eBird checklist to see my report, with photos, of a beautiful evening hike I took near Inspiration Point, with the clear highlight being an obliging male CERULEAN WARBLER.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S177716010

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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Arkansas!

Eureka Springs, AR

sunny 84 °F

SUNDAY, MAY 26:

Since May 22 (and until July 20!), I am living near Eureka Springs, Arkansas to sing two major operatic roles at a small young artist company here called Opera in the Ozarks. The good news on the birding front: it is nestled in the beautiful, forested Ozark Mountains and birds absolutely abound here! So, let’s cut to the case — May 26 was the first day I got out birding.

A quick jaunt along Blue Springs Rd right before lunch landed me a few birds like WHITE-EYED VIREO, a staple of the southeast:
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NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW:
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And, to my delight, a late migrant OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER! I was worried I had arrived too late to get any obvious migrants around here but I was super stoked to pick up this Olive-sided, a year bird for me.
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Later in the day in the much cooler hours of the evening, I headed back down Blue Springs Rd and singing male INDIGO BUNTINGS proliferated. Here are two different birds and you can see how much their plumage changes depending on lighting — the blue after all is caused by iridescence, rather than typical pigmentation.
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I also got absolutely BEAUTIFUL views of this male SUMMER TANAGER that would just not stop singing from his bare perch:
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A few friends and I made it to this beautiful overlook 1.5 miles down the road:
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Complete with a BALD EAGLE:
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And a sunning TURKEY VULTURE:
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And my lifer Prairie Ring-necked Snake I flipped!
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On the way back, I also enjoyed beautiful looks at my F.O.Y. PRAIRIE WARBLER:
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EASTERN BLUEBIRD:
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BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER:
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And a beautiful evening snapshot of this male YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that continually sings (to this day!) above the men’s dorm here!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Olive-sided Flycatcher with runner-up to the Prairie Warbler.

More fun southern birds to come!

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1303 Species

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