Napoleon, the boss hummingbird is back, having made a successful trans-Gulf flight from his winter quarters in Mexico or south Florida. He went right to where the feeder had been hanging the last few summers. Took a few minutes this morning to make some nectar and give the feeder an overdue scrub. Not long afterward, a second hummingbird appeared.
Alternating stripes of water and dirt mark a field awaiting a crop in the Arkansas Delta along U.S. 165.
Hummingbirds are a regular fixture in the spring and summer here on the mountain. The dominant bird finds the spot with the most commanding view leaving only to chase other birds away from the feeder.
Some random shots of local color.
The farmland of the Arkansas Delta is wonderful place for migratory birds to stop. The harvested rice fields hold grain that escaped the combine and many farmers let the fields flood with winter rain to attract ducks and geese.
With the arrival of spring, the buffleheads, our winter guests, have gone, and the returning pair of geese, are returning fewer times. This morning, a pair of wood ducks were plowing Vs in the lake surface.