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Has Anyone Seen Eagles?

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Great Blue Heron

I woke up to a little dab of snow this past Sunday morning. Birds were everywhere in my back yard taking advantage of what I offer in my feeders. Even the pesky squirrels were eating from the special feeder that holds an ear of corn. Most of my feeders are made of steel and the squirrels can't do any damage to them, unless they can get their paws on a hacksaw blade. I don't think I'll have to lose any sleep on that one.

This past Saturday morning, Anthony Gray and myself are still checking out the rumors that a Bald Eagle is here on our local lakes. I believe it was Greg Tomerlan that mentioned to me that an immature Bald Eagle was seen in the Laguarda area. We will continue to look for this elusive bird of prey.

After checking out several of our lake access roads we head over the new bridge crossing the Cumberland River into Sumner County. Taking a right on Airport Road we head past Cairo Road. Wait a second, Anthony, we went past our road. A quick turn around and we find ourselves headed east on Cairo Road.

Many, many years ago, my best friend, Wayne, "Barney" Barnes and I used to spend several Sundays over in this area. We would take Wayne's father over to visit his brother and oh boy what a meal Aunt Martha and Dovie would prepare. They called me "Tater", I won't go into details on that one. I don't believe they ever called me by my real name.

Memories flooded my mind as we drove past the old homestead. So much has changed since them good ole days. Days spent fishing in Booster's pond, frog gigging, hunting, and the fun whiffle ball game in the field next to the house. Back then, I guess that birds were a far piece from my mind. Back in those times, you could count the homes on your fingers and not have to remove your shoes. Now, just about every hundred yards you will find a new home.

The small community of Cairo sits right on the banks of the Cumberland River. I don't know too much about the history of the small town, but being on the river, it must have some water history to it.

Turning onto Zieglers Fort Road, we head north, stopping to visit the Bledsoe Creek State Park. There is so much that has been added to this park in the last few years. A beautiful bird trail meanders through mixed hardwoods, mainly oaks. This trail is home to several more common birds along with the White-breasted Nuthatch, one of my favorites. A new park office constructed of logs adds to the rustic value of the park.

Driving toward the campground, we find a small group of Whitetail Deer, hardly in a hurry to get out of our way. I smell a great photo opp here, but the small video camera keeps telling me that the memory card is not correctly inserted. On around to the back part of the park is another boat launch. Here in the shallow water we find a single Great Blue Heron. Just watching it makes my feet cold.

Returning toward Lebanon we make a quick stop at the Hunters Point boat ramp, still hoping to find an eagle. We take Burford road that ends on Belotes Ferry Road. There is not too much stirring, especially when every time you slow down to look at something, here comes some car running up behind you.

A right turn on Cedar Grove Road takes us back out to Coles Ferry Pike. We run down to the Bartons Creek boat ramp where we film our next video for the Wilson Post in Motion. Out behind us, there is another Great Blue Heron sitting on a snag.

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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