I took off early for Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The government was shut down, so I was a bit surprised that I could get in. The place was busier than I’ve ever seen it—I must have passed 10 other cars. What it wasn’t was full of birds. There was very little to be seen. I didn’t stay long.
I headed to Petit Jean State Park and walked the Seven Hollows Trails. There were people here too, but not many. I was on my own most of the time. I also stopped in the campground to look for Brown-headed Nuthatches. I saw a few, along with a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.
The family came over to Mom’s for the Christmas Eve Junk Food Extravaganza. Beth was out from Florida (and staying with Peggy). Elizabeth brought here current boyfriend. Jacob, who is currently working at motorcycle repair in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was there, as were Casey and Katherine, also from Florida. Angela now lives and works in Fayetteville. She stopped by for a little while.