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A Fair Time Was Had By All

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A Fair Time Was Had By All | Ray Pope, Anthony Gray, Wayne Barnes

Male Ruby-crowned Hummingbird



I believe that the bird news of the week is about the many friends that I have seen at the 2014 Wilson County Fair. Many have stopped by at our booth, Main Street Media, which owns, The Wilson Post, The Gallatin News and the Hendersonville Standard. We are also in with Wilson Living Magazine.

I have not had any time this week to get out amongst our feathered friends with Anthony Gray, and the most birding that I have partaken of was right outside my kitchen window. Being this busy, my bird friends must think that I have forgotten about them by letting the feeders run dry. My Ruby-throated Hummingbird will get up close to the window and let me know that the feeder is in need of cleaning and refilling.

I had a nice visit from a couple of my readers, James and Nancy Poston, who lives out east of here close to the Linwood exit on interstate forty. They have a plethora of Hummers hanging out around the many flowers that Nancy has been growing for many years. While the weather has really brought out the blooming plants, with nature's natural nectar, they have been lining up for a cool refreshing drink at their home. When Anthony and me get back onto our regular Saturday schedule, we will have to drive out to the Poston home and do a little birdwatching. I can't wait!

Coming up in September, many of our northern Hummers will be staying right here in Wilson County to take advantage of the many feeders hanging out in peoples back yards. Last year, I had close to 40 fighting for a spot in line to get something sweet on my property.

It was good to see Wayne Barnes along with his wife, Judy stop by at my booth to have their photo taken to go along with my special fair page. Wayne got a chuckle out of me mentioning his dads take on the "Mileormore Bird", a couple of articles ago.

Ralph and Cheryl Bean also stopped by to say howdy. I tried to get Cheryl to purchase a bird book to help her with the identification of some of the birds that make their way to her yard. I'm not sure if she is too frugal, "cheap", to buy a bird field-guide, as she once told me that she doesn't have to spend any money when she can just send me an e-mail with a picture that she has taken, asking, "what kind of a bird is this"? This has really happened a few times.

I was very tickled to find that one of my entries into the photography competition was liked enough by the judges to award me 2nd place in the sports/action category. Maybe I should send my newly acquired red ribbon up to Canada and give it to Richie Seaton for the outstanding photo opp he presented me with. Richie was the senior right fielder who was on our Cumberland Bulldogs, National Championship team.

I will try real hard to make it up to y'all in the next few weeks, after the fair is over and done with, because for a change, I am short winded in this weeks article. If some of you decide to come to this years fair, look me up in tent #1 and lets swap some bird stories.

I would love to hear from you as to what's lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at, 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087, or e-mail me at, rpope15@bellsouth.net

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