Photos: Gotta get out!

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

On Saturday, we were going a little stir crazy at home so we decided to take advantage of the warm weather to grab some drinks at a nearby Starbucks and then visit local parks (while practicing social distancing of course and other guidelines advised by health officials).

The trip got off to a great start! Starbucks’ drive-thru line was long but there was a native Possum Haw tree/shrub that had about 15 Cedar Waxwings eating the berries on it.

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Cedar Waxwing

We eventually visited Bufflehead Bay, the flower garden near Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s Visitor Center and Two Rivers Park. The clear winners of the day were the many butterflies we saw as well as a Northern Diamondback Watersnake that was sunbathing. Here’s a little of what we saw:

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
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Northern Diamondback Watersnake
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Red-spotted Purple Admiral
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Painted Lady
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Silver-spotted Skipper
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Silver-spotted Skipper
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Purple Martins

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Scissortail Flycatcher

Drumroll … New bird visitor at my home

I’ve lived in Stuttgart for three years this August. During this time, my main feathered visitors have been house sparrows, cardinals, doves, American robins and blackbirds. And, of course, the occasional cedar waxwing.

Now, I love having these constant birds. Don’t get me wrong, but I decided late last summer I wanted for more variety. And I finally took action after months of just thinking about it. I actually kept my feeders full, switching to a more fruitier blend to attract another variety of birds (which my usual crowd still likes) and put up my first hummingbird feeder.

The results were slow. I received my first hummingbird late last summer. This spring, I woke up to a rose-breasted grosbeak singing at my feeder. And I recently discovered the below American goldfinch. Today, I finally had what I believe was a House finch.

I see most of the birds first thing in the morning, around 7 to 7:30. And honestly, the finds are a great energy boost for my day. So, hopefully the birds will keep on visiting.

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Cedar Waxwings practically at my door

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Cedar Waxwings

I’ve wondered all  year where my Cedar Waxwings were since I usually have a flock that stays in my backyard for a few weeks. I’ll admit that I was very disappointed especially when other Arkansas birders kept reporting seeing Cedar Waxwings in their own yards.

Well, they have finally arrived. I was about to leave for work when I looked over and found more than 30 Cedar Waxwings in my front yard. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Photo of day: Cedar Waxwing

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I saw my first Cedar Waxwing of the year this morning. I was leaving McDonald’s when I discovered the single bird in a tree just off the main road. Yep, the Cedar Waxwing was kind of hard to see in the tree so I looked like a random weird girl taking pictures of the McDonald’s sign and/or a tree. 🙂