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  •  Love the piling perches, (18+ / 0-)

    and clearly the birds do, too. It must be a real joy to be able to get that close to the birds. Sounds right about the birds drying their wings, because our vultures do the same thing, but only when it rains.

    We've had ghastly heat here for about a week, upper 90s with higher heat indexes. Yesterday it hit 100, with a heat index of 105. Somehow, it kills my eyes, so I've  mostly been holed up behind double pairs of insulated curtains in the afternoon. Finally have a cold front coming through today, hurrah! Temps in the '80s will be wonderful relief for northern Arkansas.

    Went over to northwest Arkansas and did finally get a close-up view of swallows mud nests under a low bridge over the White River closer its headwaters. Cool and shady under the bridge, and they are clearly cliff swallows. No camera,  of course ;)

    The farmer across the river has the hay baled in all his pastures, and more is growing already. Round bales moving on truck beds all over, with a few rectangular bales. Nothing like the haystacks of my childhood, but better for the farmers and cattle no doubt.

    Thanks for another great diary!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 06:33:44 AM PDT

    •  Cliff swallows know the good spots, don't they. (13+ / 0-)

      That must have been fun to see.

      Haystacks are a thing of the past here too. Some farmers bale in sizes that can be moved by one person, but at least as many now bale in those big cylinders you mention. They usually get wrapped in white plastic too so driving by the fields it looks like giant marshmallows. More efficient but dependent on heavy machinery.

      Getting close to pilings can be tricky in a kayak, and using high zoom is too. Even slight rocking makes a distant bird blur. Some of those photos, I was able to take from shore during the recent extreme low tides. I could walk halfway out to the end of the line of pilings.

      •  We get a kick out of telling (6+ / 0-)

        the young'uns, in very serious voices, that those round hay bales wrapped in white plastic are the "yearly marshmallow harvest".

        They catch on when they're about 6, but the older ones stifle their giggles as they agree with us, also in very serious voices, passing the charade on to their younger siblings.

        I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

        by bwren on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 06:47:32 PM PDT

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