Great Bird Watching

The campground in Bella Vista was the front section of a town park called Blowing Springs. The park's name originates from the spring and breeze that comes out of the rocks. Jean told me that the town has concerts in the park and a local restaurant usually caters hot dogs and hamburgs. Due to the spring this area is always guaranteed a cool breeze on a hot summer day.

Bella Vista is a small town full of trees and ravines. In the area where Bob and Jean live it seems like there is a small ravine between each road giving the homes large lots and lots of room for birds and wildlife. Jean has hung a number of bird feeders just outside her kitchen window and they attract a lot of birds yielding some great bird watching.

This afternoon we went and visited the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. It is a mostly glass building built in the woods. When you sit inside the chapel you can still commune with nature.

For dinner tonight we went to the AQ Chicken House. It was established in 1947 and is still famous for it's pan fried chicken. Both George H. Bush and Bill Clinton have enjoyed this wonderful chicken. Ed and I both decided to try the pan fried chicken and thought it was wonderful.

Blowing Springs is a very scenic park.

I decided to try and keep Zaph clean by getting him to stand on the picnic table. The spring is left of Zaph.

This fellow was well behaved, he left the bird feeders alone and sunned himself on the porch railing.

The finch feeder and peanut butter feeder are todays favourites. This nuthatch was trying out the peanut butter mixture.

The pileated woodpecker is a very handsome fellow.

He's one of the largest woodpeckers in North America.

A Downey Woodpecker and Chickadee share the peanut butter feeder.

There are lots of Bluebirds around Jeans house.

I haven't looked for this one in the bird book yet, but I thought he was very cute.

The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

The interior of the chapel. The chapel was created by renowned Arkansas architect Euine Fay Jones. Fay was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright where he was first introduced to the principle of Organic Architecture (designing to fit the environment).

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