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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Early Blossoms...

Some of the true elms and red and silver maples are among our earliest blooming large trees.  The flowers and buds in the early stages of development are rusty red, often tinged with purple.  Elm seeds are eaten by songbirds such as purple finch and goldfinch, also grouse, quail, turkey and wood duck.  Squirrels feed on elm buds and seeds in early spring.   (TREES, SHRUBS, & VINES of ARKANSAS by Carl G. Hunter)