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Fish Crow Robbing a Nest

It was very nice of the Wilson Post staff to run some of my older articles when I was unable to do hardly anything. I was going to have shoulder surgery, but a tiny hole on the end of my left big toe seemed to have an infection in it. Dr. Warren checked it out and discovered it to have gangrene. The quickest solution was to remove the toe. I didn't hesitate and was checked into Tennova that afternoon for a heavy round of antibiotics.

I had the best nurses and soon it was time for surgery. Waking up, it still seemed like I was in a dream. The next day Dr. Warren came up and changed the bandages and I got my first look at what used to be a normal foot. I will have to get used to my new look. No Flip-flops now as there is no way to keep them on.

Fast forward to July the 3rd. I didn't feel too good to start the day but me and Diana Bright were sponsoring "Bird Nerd Bingo" at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center. I couldn't catch my breath and was too weak to even call one game of bingo. Later, on the night of the 4th of July, Diana shoot off the big fireworks that I had been planning to do. I still couldn't breathe and I felt like I was going to die.

Diana took me to the emergency room at Tennova and they still had all of my information so they finally got me admitted to the ICU department and into a bed. I had a lot excess fluid around my heart so they started me on a high dose of "Lasics", which required me to have a Catheter inserted. Please pardon the last sentence. They drew off of me just over 7 liters of fluid while in the hospital and placed me on 4 strong antibiotics after I went home. I am still a little weak and finally got to go birding with my best friend, Anthony Gray.

I want to thank you all for the many thoughts and Prayers sent my way. Prayers still work and God is still in the healing business. Thank you again

Anthony Gray picked me up around eight and we headed out north around the lake. Our first stop was the old blowed out bridge on South Dickerson Road. My headset on my parabolic microphone was almost useless as the only sounds came from the hundreds of cicadas, and they were everywhere we decided to stop.

Out in the middle of the slew there we found a Common Loon, who would dive every now and then looking for a fish dinner. Wheeling and soaring just above the water were a family of Barn Swallows and later we saw Rough-winged Swallows out there too.

Off in the distance we did manage to hear the call of a Fish Crow. The bird has a very nasal sounding "caw". You can find these birds out around the lakes and they are a tad bit smaller than our American Crows. An Eastern Phoebe was seen sitting on a tree limb, bobbing it's tail, a definite characteristics of the bird. On the way out we found a Kingbird sitting on a white fence that borders the road.

Out Canoe Branch Road, where it terminates at the TWRA Gamefarm we heard Bobwhite Quail singing their song. I believe we located more than one there. Off in the distance Northern Cardinals and Crows were a singing. Just overhead we could hear the song on an Indigo Bunting, a solid blue bird. Down by the tree line next to the Cumberland River we heard the call of the Black Billed Cuckoo. Common Yellowthroats were in the hay field next to our car and American Goldfinch were feeding in a Russian Olive tree.

Headed out to the end of Coles Ferry Pike, Great Egrets were seen fishing on the other side of the river. Double Crested Cormorants were seen out in the water there also amongst the Canada Geese. Goldfinch were feeding there along side the road.

Down by Davis Corner Boat ramp we found Common Loons and more Cormorants along with a Great Blue Heron, Before we left there a Brown Thrasher flew by. Time to leave the lake area behind and we finally headed south and had our lunch at the Gladeville Diner where they serve up delicious meals along with great service.

You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087, or e-mail me at rpope15@bellsouth.net

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