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Can Spring Be Far Behind

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Can Spring Be Far Behind

Tufted Tirmouse by Morgan Stearman




I have not heard from one single person complaining about the warm spell that began Sunday. It was so comfortable this morning that I didn't even wear my jacket in when I went to church at the Rocky Valley Baptist Church, on the Old Murfreesboro Road, south of Lebanon. My old friend, Anthony Gray's son Eric Gray goes out there and after listening to Pastor Nathan Thomason preach on his Sunday Morning program on WANT Fm, I just had to go and check it out for my self. I was not disappointed.

Are any of you missing their Cardinals this winter? They might just be here at my home. First thing in the morning and the last feeder visitor before it gets too dark to see to fly, have been here all winter long. Their favorite seed of choice is the black oil sunflower, which most of the other birds eat. I have anywhere from twenty to thirty Northern Cardinals lining up at the lunch counter on any given day. If you would like to retrieve your missing birds, come on over and pick them up.

There is a special dome feeder at my kitchen window where many of the smaller species will congregate to stay out of the larger birds way, so they can eat in peace. The Cardinals and even the Northern Mockingbird will come to this feeder, even though they just barely fit underneath it. I keep dry roasted peanuts in it for the Mocker and the Tufted Titmouse. Even though I have a special finch Nyjer feeder, they sometimes seem to prefer the black oil. It might be a bigger bang for their buck, or maybe my buck.

Up at the Lebanon Senior Citizen Center, one of my favorite friends is Mr. J.D. Carr, also known as "Daddy J". J.D. was telling me a sad story about some of his friends that were visiting other people in North Carolina. They had a poodle mix called a shih-poo which was a small breed female. With all of the cold weather, it was wearing one of those dog blankets that you see on a lot of dogs. They had let her out to use the bathroom and when they went to let her back in, she was no where in sight. They found the blanket shredded and bloody, where she had been taken by a large Red-tail Hawk. Even though they are like members of our family, what a Hawk might see, is their next meal. If you have a small breed dog, make sure that something like this could never happen to your pet. When you let them out, stay with them until they have finished their business.

Several weeks ago, I introduced you to one of Liz Franklin's granddaughters who has taken a liking to the birds. Her next in line sister was feeling a little puny so Grandma Liz kept her out of school for the day. Morgan Stearman got grandma's camera and asked Liz if she could try her hand at some bird photography. The Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal picture in this weeks article was the results of Morgan wanting to be like her big sister, Bailey. Morgan is Seven years old and goes to Caroll Oakland school where she is in the 2nd grade. Her hobbies are playing the piano and gymnastics, and beginning to like photography. Like I have said over and over, I really enjoy some of the younger children taking a liking to our feathered friends.

Coleman Walker also asked me if I would like to be on his program, Coleman and Company, on WANT Fm 98.9 in the near future. I will keep you posted as I learn what date and time would suite Coleman. This will be my third time and I am still afraid that I could come down with Mic-Fright.

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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