Today is Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Is It Spring Yet?
Is It Spring Yet?

Here is another weather break where it is so warm one day and cold the next. As I write this, it is a warm 69 degrees outside and by tonight it will be a cold 33 degrees. That's what they say about the weather here in Tennessee, if you don't like it, wait about 30 minutes and it will change.

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In all kinds of weather
In all kinds of weather

Here is another weather break where it is so warm one day and cold the next. As I write this, it is a warm 69 degrees outside, and by tonight, it will be a cold 33 degrees. That's what they say about the weather here in Tennessee - if you don't like it, wait about 30 minutes, and it will change.

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A Little East Of Lebanon
A Little East Of Lebanon

We woke up to a very chilly morning where ice was formed over a small part of my heated birdbath. Birds from all over were shoulder to shoulder dipping their heads for a drink. My doves were not going to be bullied this morning and stood their ground with the rest of them.

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Up In Them Thar Hills
Up In Them Thar Hills

Waking up this past Sunday morning, I was half expecting to see some snow on the ground. Maybe I got up too late and it had already melted. Anyway, I saw my share of snow while I was up at the Cumberland Mountain State Park back on Friday.

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Little Wobbly in the Knees
Little Wobbly in the Knees

Where in the world did this 70 degree weather come from, here in the middle of January? I am not complaining. Could this be a portion of global warming? Some scientist say so, while others do not agree. I think we will enjoy it while we can.

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Great To Be Back
Great To Be Back

I am so sorry that I was not able to write my normal weekly article for the last several weeks. Some of you have heard, some of you have not. The day after Christmas, I was put into ICU at Tennova Healthcare. My primary Doctor, Dr. Gary Gallant's nurse, detected an irregular heart beat while checking my vitals.

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Birding at Longhunter
Birding at Longhunter

This past Saturday, temperatures were up to 53 degrees and it felt wonderful. If the sun had been shining it would have probably been up in the high sixties. It was a different story when I woke up Sunday morning. I could see that some type of frozen precipitation had fallen. It was sleet, not snow.

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Cold Weather Birding
Cold Weather Birding

After this past touch of polar air, I am most ready for spring. It got down to nineteen degrees, frost was thick and I could see my breath. It is time for a warm up. I hear from the old timers that it has to get super cold to kill the bugs in the ground, but they don't know that the bugs will just tunnel deeper into the soil.

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Somewhere Around Cedars
Somewhere Around Cedars

Thank God for this wonderful rain that has started falling this past Sunday. Even yesterday, Saturday the 3rd of December, as we traveled through our wonderful Cedars Of Lebanon State Park and Forest, we noticed how dry things still are and only one careless toss of a cigarette could put us in the news like the Gatlinburg fire. Keep praying for rain friends.

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Into the Sunrise
Into the Sunrise

I almost hated to see the freezing temperatures down in the mid 20's as everything that has grown since spring is dead. I had a wonderful success with my Butterfly garden and am looking forward to doing it all over again next year.

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Thank Goodness For Hawks
Thank Goodness For Hawks

For those of you that was wishing for colder weather, you got your wish. My bird bath was frozen over and I will have to get me a de-icer to keep fresh water available during the winter. Birds are like us humans and need fresh water to survive.

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Cold Weather a Coming
Cold Weather a Coming

There was frost upon the pumpkin this morning and I was happy that I didn't have to get out that early. I will hope that I can hit the Powerball so I can move to Daytona Beach Florida. Just a dream, maybe.

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Colder Weather Is Coming
Colder Weather Is Coming

There was frost upon the pumpkin this morning and I was happy that I didn't have to get out that early. I will hope that I can hit the Powerball so I can move to Daytona Beach Florida. Just a dream, maybe.

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A Bit Nippy Outside
A Bit Nippy Outside

A cool brisk morning was just what the Doctor ordered. With Daylight Saving Time over with, we can expect the nighttime to get here maybe before 5 0'Clock in the evening. Cold weather is definitely not my cup of tea.

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On The Road Again, I Hope
On The Road Again, I Hope

Where has Fall gone to, or maybe why is Summer hanging on so long? Is this some proof that "Global Warming" is true? El Nino? I'm not sure, but I am going to enjoy warm weather while it's here.

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Matthew Who?
Matthew Who?

Returning from Florida, the difference in temperatures was 20 degrees and the weather was dry. This was a huge difference where there is rain showers every day

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Cooler Weather Ahhhh
Cooler Weather Ahhhh

Cooler weather is on the way, according to Bree Smith with News Channel Five. My Butterfly garden has been a great success, with more visitors than I could count. Soon, we will have a frost and then everything will be gone untill next spring

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Autumn is Here, Finally
Autumn is Here, Finally

It looks like Summer is fixing to turn loose and let Fall take it's place. Fall is a great time of the year, but my most favorite is Spring, because of the new flowers that bloom. You can keep Winter.

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My Adventure in Paradise
My Adventure in Paradise

As most of you figured out, I had taken a two week vacation, first down in New Orleans and then onboard a ship headed out into the Gulf of Mexico. The weather in new Orleans was about the same that we had been having here. Lots of heat and humidity to go around.

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North To Bledsoe
North To Bledsoe

We seem to have caught a slight break this weekend with the weather. Saturday morning was a whole lot less in the humidity department. Of course the rains returned Sunday and we are back to where we were before, sticky.

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Birdwatcher in Training
Birdwatcher in Training

Well, the weather is still a bit on the warm side, but the storms seem to be going some where else. Now we are needing some rain. My Texas sunflowers are really starting to bloom and seem to be showing off their "Tennessee Orange."

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Old Mr. Noshoulders
Old Mr. Noshoulders

Another hot week like the week before and the week before that. I am hoping for some decent weather in a couple of weeks so I can have a yard sale. It is easy to accumulate a bunch of stuff that you really don't need. Time to clean house.

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To The Lake And Back
To The Lake And Back

Time is slowly counting down to a vacation of a life time where just maybe, I can stick my toes in the sand. But before I go, there are many things that need to be done here at home. My flower garden looks very good, but there is plenty weeds that needs to be pulled.

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Cicadas, Are They Back?
Cicadas, Are They Back?

This hot and humid weather makes me look forward to fall, with it's milder temperatures where one might just be able to open a window for some fresh air. The rain this week has been avoiding my little yard and it is getting time to drag out the "hosepipe", well that is what most of us southerners call it.

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Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot

We had another carbon copy week just like the last one with heat, then thunderstorms in the afternoon. I am sure the lawn mowing people are almost working overtime to catch up.

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Raincrows On The Rise
Raincrows On The Rise

I am not sure how many storms have happened this past week, but everywhere I look, I see tree damage. When I went to Publix this past Thursday, there were blue skies with a few big clouds up above. After about ten minutes inside, when we were ready to leave, it was raining cats and dogs.

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Heading To Rome
Heading To Rome

I am not sure how the weather will go for next week as I am writing my story a week early. This weekend we will be staying at one of the cabins at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I plan on just taking it easy and maybe a trip over to the swimming pool to cool off. Please, no Shamu jokes

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Different Birds of a Feather
Different Birds of a Feather

It's been so hot here lately, the best thing going in my backyard is my bird bath. These high nineties in the heat index has the birds lined up for a dip in the mini pool. Make sure to place out fresh water for your feathered friends.

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Return To Yesteryear
Return To Yesteryear

I believe Summer has arrived a few days earlier than my calendar said it would. Flowers are looking great and I finally planted me three hills of watermelons. It may be late, but I did the same thing last year and still got to enjoy the sweet treat, though a little later in the year.

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Where Did Spring Go?
Where Did Spring Go?

Someone left the heater on this past Saturday. Where did all of the comfortable temps go to. We do need rain for our plants. I am having to drag out the hosepipe to give my flowers a cool refreshing drink. This is also a good time to make sure our feathered friends have fresh water.

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A Real Frog Strangler
A Real Frog Strangler

Diana Bright and I headed west to visit her first great grandson in Savanah Tennessee last Friday. There is no direct route in that direction and it seemed to take all day. On the way back, it came a frog strangler, heavy rain for the ones not fluent in deep southern.

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Long Tine Coming #400
Long Tine Coming #400

It's hard to believe that I have reached a slight milestone in my bird articles. This one is number 400 and I certainly hope to make it for several more years, good Lord willing. It's not easy coming up with things to write about each week

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Out Coles Ferry Pike
Out Coles Ferry Pike

I'm not sure what the weather is up to any more. One day it is cool and the next day hot. While we were in the Smokey Mountains, a cool front came through and especially up in the higher elevations it was felt the most. At Dollywood, when we would get under some theater to enjoy a show we would get almost chilled.

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Hello Dolly
Hello Dolly

I must write this story a little earlier than usual because I will be spending my Birthday, the 15th of May up in Pigeon Forge. The motel is already booked and perhaps Dolly Parton is expecting me to be there.

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Hunting Hawks
Hunting Hawks

This last cold snap was Blackberry winter, perhaps the last. Everywhere I've been, I have seen more blackberry plants in bloom. Just maybe, we'll have a bumper crop of the sweet black fruit off the plant.

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39 Years and Counting
39 Years and Counting

Even with the spotty rain showers, my 39th year leading bird walks and Owl Prowls turned out to be a lot of fun for myself and others who braved the weather.

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Finally Spring
Finally Spring

Thank God for this wonderful weather that we are about to receive. I am so happy to be able to turn off my heater and maybe open a window or two for some much needed fresh air.

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Has Spring Sprung?
Has Spring Sprung?

I believe this past cool spell might just have been, Locust winter. If we are lucky, we might have seen the last of the frost. I am ready to get a little dirt underneath my fingernails by planting my flower garden.

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Not Yet Spring
Not Yet Spring

It seems as if winter doesn't want to relinquish it's hold on the seasons. Last night there were freeze warnings for our neck of the woods. I am planning on planting a butterfly garden in the front yard.

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Spring or Winter, That is the Question
Spring or Winter, That is the Question

Here we are in the middle of Dogwood winter and it got down to freezing last night. The weather people were warning people to cover their newly planted things to keep them alive. I just don't plant anything, outdoors until after May 1st.

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Hurry Up Warm Weather
Hurry Up Warm Weather

It was so good to spend Easter with two of my sons. Plenty food was the norm for the day and then the slight cooler weather started, I didn't vote for that one. We are still under the grip of Red Bud winter and I am still looking for warm weather that will stay.

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Ducks of a Feather
Ducks of a Feather

Here we are, smack dab in the middle of Red Bud winter. This is the first of the old timer winters with three, and maybe even four winters to go. These are the cold snaps that hit around spring and are usually gone by the time you get to May.

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Finally A Bald Eagle
Finally A Bald Eagle

What a beautiful Saturday morning to be above dirt. This is my favorite time of the year. As long as the weather is this nice, it helps to stir up the blood and get you outside. I do have a very busy schedule today.

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Spring Has Sprung, Well Almost
Spring Has Sprung, Well Almost

As I write this weeks article, the temperature has been pushing 60 degrees. Next week's will be in the 70's. I had a few snow flurries on the buttercups and now I am ready to start planting my summer flowers

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A Road Less Traveled
A Road Less Traveled

If we were doing a countdown to spring, it would sound like three weeks and counting. My buttercups are really busting at the seams to rise from the dirt. I have seen many already blooming through out the county. Now all we need in to have a snow on them.

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Deliverence, I Hope Not
Deliverence, I Hope Not

Another beautiful weekend was had by all that got outdoors. It was there for the taking, and I was ready for some spring like temperatures. With all of the past cold snaps, it seems like we all get a touch of cabin fever.

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North of the Border
North of the Border

Here comes that dreaded 4 letter word again. Snow! My buttercups are starting to protrude from the cold, cold ground and soon will put on a beautiful blanket of colors. I will then find out if all my hard work, scratched knuckles, and sore knees have paid off. You really can't expect something nice, if you don't put some hard work into it first.

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Back Around The Lake
Back Around The Lake

What a difference a week can make, especially after coming off a nine inch snow. Temperatures have gone from single digits on up to the upper 60's. I will take this anytime.

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9 Inches of Snow
9 Inches of Snow

The weatherman said it was coming, but we were not sure of how much we would receive. Here at my house, the snow measured nine inches. Thank goodness we went to the grocery store on Thursday and stocked up on the staples we would need to get us through the blizzard

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Here Comes Winter
Here Comes Winter

I was hoping that I might escape the misery of getting sick this new year, but the dreaded creeping crud is upon me. I had to go and visit Dr. Gary Gallant for the cure to my ailment. It seems that I have bronchitis with a very aggravating cough to go along with it. Maybe by this next weekend, I'll be fit as a fiddle.

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Has Anyone Seen Eagles?
Has Anyone Seen Eagles?

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.

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Finally, Cold Weather Is Here
Finally, Cold Weather Is Here

Happy New Year! I certainly hope that each of you will have a great year. I do know that the weather is where it should be. It is winter and it now feels like it.

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Winter or Spring, You Choose
Winter or Spring, You Choose

Here it is, December the 27th and it feels like late April. This might fool some of the flowers that bloom in early spring, thinking that the possibility of cold weather has passed. I remember one spring that most of the trees had budded out and then were killed off by a freeze. This is supposed to be the results of El Nino

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The Reason For The Season
The Reason For The Season

Here we are, in the week of Christmas. I didn't go out and look for birds this week, but wanted to give you a story from my heart. Please bare with me because some of my story is fiction, but the rest of it is pure truth.

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Down in Watertown
Down in Watertown

Oh boy, what a wonderful weekend we had. My feelings were that it seemed like early May, except that I wasn't planting my vegetable garden. The kids next door have been running and playing in their backyard, but very soon, it will be too cold to do this. Grab it while you can.

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Down by the Riverside
Down by the Riverside

This past weekend with the crisp cool mornings and a bit of a warm up has me back out in the front yard planting flower bulbs again. It's hard work, but I will be rewarded with beautiful early spring tulips and buttercups.

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Wild Turkey Survives Thanksgiving
Wild Turkey Survives Thanksgiving

It's a shame that this past weekend was not groundhog day. There was no chance that he would have seen his shadow with all of the rain in our area. It would have been nice if it were only six weeks till spring.

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Winter Comes Early
Winter Comes Early

Burrrr, Where did all of the warm weather go? Sometimes, I wish I could live down about Key West, where it stays warm all year long. Of course, I would worry myself to death during hurricane season.

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More From The North
More From The North

Thank the good Lord for such a beautiful weekend. I was able to complete the construction of my new flower bed. I will be planting daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth. There will be a special spot for some seeds that Melanie Kelley gave me before she left for east Tennessee.

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An Eager Eater
An Eager Eater

What a beautiful Sunday we have had this past weekend. I am hoping to get out in the dirt in my front yard and finish my flower bed. I have purchased several beautiful daffodils and even a few tulips. This might be the last time this year to get a little dirt underneath my fingernails. Daffodils can be a first source of nectar for our returning Hummingbirds.

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Still Looking For Eagles
Still Looking For Eagles

If there was any witches and goblins flying around my neighborhood on Halloween, they probably were soaking wet. This was the first time that I didn't get to hand out a single piece of candy. That doesn't mean that I will get to eat some, since I am diabetic.

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Come and Get It, Birdseed That Is
Come and Get It, Birdseed That Is

I am writing this article a little earlier than I had planned on because I will be on special assignment, hopefully in Tunica Mississippi and Memphis Tennessee. I am starting to sound like my good friend, Coleman Walker, when he has to be away from the microphone for a period of time.

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I'm Not Ready For Winter
I'm Not Ready For Winter

Here we go again, cold weather that I am not ready for. I don't mind not having to mow the yard. We are not looking forward to frosty windshields that early in the morning. Maybe, I should invest in one of those carport covers.

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Things to Come
Things to Come

It is with great sadness that my best friend and birder, Anthony Gray's mother, Mary Gray, passed away. Like my own mother, she had lived a good long life with plenty of love to go around. I will miss her smiling face when I go over to see them.

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Back to the Lake
Back to the Lake

Back to doing what comes easy can sometimes be a darn it you do and darn if you don't. Fall is here and I am kind of happy to see the hot days of summer disappear, plus not having to mow the lawn, is also right up there too.

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Somewhere around Cedar Forest
Somewhere around Cedar Forest

Here we are starting toward the end of September, in a dry period that will finish off my garden. Usually I will have to pick tomatoes the day before frost is forecasted. Most of my plants have already dried up. I will miss my home grown vegetables, especially my mators. I would guess now is the time to sow turnip greens.

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I Give A Hoot
I Give A Hoot

Is fall in the air or what? These temperatures are feeling fine and could stay here all year long. Of course, we need hotter weather to make okra and tomatoes grow. Cold weather is needed for some seeds to germinate, after laying dormant in the ground.

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Who Gives a Hoot
Who Gives a Hoot

I am hoping that you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, just like yours truly. The weather has been very warm, but with rain showers in the neighborhood, a cooling factor is applied. I am not sure when my editor is expecting me to have my article sent in, so I am sneaking in this past Sunday, to be able to meet my deadline.

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The Wrong River
The Wrong River

Have you checked out our newest contribution in our county? You must go to our, The Wilson Post on Facebook, like us, and scroll down untill you find the video of, "Wilson Post in Motion". Here you will find local news and happenings before they hit the print. If you get lucky on the right day, you will find me and Anthony Gray, or maybe even a guest, let you in on what's going on in my article, Our Feathered Friends.

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My Dogs Are Still Barking
My Dogs Are Still Barking

Please say goodbye to the Wilson County Fair till next year. My poor old feet has taken a beating, almost to the point of tears. It all started last Tuesday night where I was singing in the Fiddlers Grove Melrose Church.

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More Than a Mouthfull
More Than a Mouthfull

It's here again. I do mean the Wilson County Fair. It doesn't seem like a full year has come and gone again.

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They Both Have Wings
They Both Have Wings

Well, we enjoyed another great weekend with the weather nice and sunny. Since we had the rain back last Wednesday, my garden is thankful. My okra needs rain, but it really produces when the temperature get into the high nineties.

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Beware of Nature's Undertakers
Beware of Nature's Undertakers

We have come to a very dry period now and my okra is loving it. You can almost sit outside and watch it grow. I just hope it doesn't stay this way. There are times that we need rain so the lawn mowing people can make their money, just not too much too soon. That can cause the tomato's skin to bust.

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Go West Young Man
Go West Young Man

I wrote about the diorama of Bairds Mill in our last weeks, The Wilson Post and the community that sprang up around it. This past Friday, they had the dedication at the Dixon Merritt Nature Center, with Park Manager, Wayne, (Buddy) Ingram, Bill Baird, direct decendant of the Baird family, Peter Burrs, and Stanley Merritt. This will be on permanent display at the nature center at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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A Diorama, What's That???
A Diorama, What's That???

Well, what a sweltering week we had, I didn't know that I could sweat so much, just by walking outside. We've seen hotter, but that is usually reserved for August. It kind of makes it easier to can tomatoes when they come off the vine half cooked.

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Screech Owl Heaven
Screech Owl Heaven

There was so much that happened last week that I didn't have room to tell it all. First of all, I want to thank God that Diana Bright was not electrocuted when she grabbed the electric outlet to unplug the crockpots. A surge of electricity went through her body, but the circuit breaker kicked off.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Not Really
Rain, Rain, Go Away, Not Really

We were really looking forward to the 4th of July holiday, campfires, hamburgers, hotdogs and rain. Oh boy did we get the latter. It came in bucket fulls. Driving back to Lebanon in a torrential downpour, we could see that the fireworks were going on as planned.

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Till Death Do We Eat
Till Death Do We Eat

We had another good rain for our gardens, but it has caused the grass to grow almost faster than my lawnmower can cut it. I don't know where all of the birds have come from, but they can empty four feeders in a matter of two days. It is starting to get expensive.

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It's Bearly Possible
It's Bearly Possible

I was very happy that we received a nice rain this past week, compliments of tropical storm Bill. When we live this far inland from the oceans, the storms do lose some of their velocity, but thank God for the precious rain. It was getting close for me to drag out the fabled hosepipe to quench the thirst of my small garden.

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Past or Future ?
Past or Future ?

I am hoping that the weather will cooperate with me this past weekend. It seems that I will be having to write this in the future tense. Our state park system allows us to do online reservations for the various campgrounds.

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The Old Days
The Old Days

Looking out my back kitchen window, I find a miracle of technology wandering the large hay field behind my home. When I was just sitting in my highchair, yes, I can remember that, there was a mowing machine pulled by two mules that would cut the straw left behind by another mule powered device that cut the tops off of the wheat.

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Green Thumb Liz
Green Thumb Liz

Another beautiful weekend was available to any of us who were willing to get out and enjoy it. For me this has been a great opportunity to get down on my knees and do a little work in my garden.

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Great Time at Cedars
Great Time at Cedars

Oh my poor tired feet. I feel like I have walked a hundred miles in the past two days, but I really know better. It was so very good to see old friends and make some new ones at the 38th Annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival.

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Woodpecker Heaven
Woodpecker Heaven

We are standing on the threshold of May, and all I can think about is getting things planted in my vegetable garden. Just the thoughts of having home grown tomatoes at my disposal gets my mouth to watering.

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Birding at Cedars
Birding at Cedars

If April showers bring May flowers, what did the Mayflower bring? The Pilgrims, of course. All of this rain here lately really have the yard mowers busy, and me included.

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Spring is for the Birds
Spring is for the Birds

The sun is shinning bright this morning, but there is still a chill in the air that lasted all day long. Next Sunday is Easter, a day most celebrated, really for the wrong reasons. As a child, I couldn't wait to find the eggs that had been hidden by the Easter bunny

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Back to Cedars
Back to Cedars

Thank the good Lord, Spring is finally here, with sunshine and warm temperatures. I am almost ready to do some serious camping, out to cedar forest.

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This Weather is For the Ducks
This Weather is For the Ducks

This has been a very hard week for me and my brother and all of our children. My Mother passed away on the 10th of March. The funeral was not a sad situation, as many friends kept us in their thoughts and prayers.

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Margie Ruth Lynch Pope, 86

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Pope, 86, of Lebanon. The widow of the late Vernon Pope, she died early Tuesday morning March 10, 2015 at her residence.

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Down by the River Side
Down by the River Side

There is always someone who thinks about predictions about the weather. Up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people have taken it upon themselves to turn to a large rodent to let them know when spring arrives.

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On The Road Again 2
On The Road Again 2

It sure was nice to finally be able to get back into my regular routine of Saturday bird watching. After our Peking fix, Anthony Gray and I thought it would be a good idea to check out the old blown-out bridge on Cedar Creek at North Dickerson Chapel Road.

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Roads Slicker Than Owl Grease
Roads Slicker Than Owl Grease

I am not sure of what went wrong, but I am having to write my bird story all over again. My new computer must have a mind all to itself. The weatherman was right on for this past weeks snow and ice storm.

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Burrrrrr It's Cold!
Burrrrrr It's Cold!

What a rollercoaster ride with the weather this weekend. Saturday started out with decent temperatures, wearing only a lite jacket. After leaving our, Lebanon Senior Citizen Center Valentine Dance, I almost froze walking the short distance to our car.

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Hurry Up Spring!
Hurry Up Spring!

Another beautiful Saturday was had by all who wanted to get out and enjoy it. Driving by the Don Fox park, I could see that it was very crowded, with many folks walking in the sunshine almost elbow to elbow.

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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

This past Saturday was bright and sunny, but the temperatures kind of stayed on the chilly side. It seems like every week that I give my opinion about the weather, good or bad. That does seem to have some kind of bearing on seeing birds.

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Meet Mr. Lucky, The Hawk, not me
Meet Mr. Lucky, The Hawk, not me

This past Saturday started out with fluffy snow which covered just about everything, thank goodness, except the roads. As soon as the dawn broke, I had a plethora of birds jockeying for position at my bird feeders.

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Looking For Eagles
Looking For Eagles

What a beautiful Saturday we had right in the midst of Winter and it should hang on for a few more days. It was great to get outside and not have to wear heavy coats.

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Beware of the Kestrals, Especially Mice
Beware of the Kestrals, Especially Mice

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. I thank God for the birth of his son, and let us all rejoice, because Jesus is the reason for the season.

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Twas The Week Before Christmas
Twas The Week Before Christmas

Does it seem possible that Christmas is only a week and a day away? I hope you have finished your shopping by now and all you have left to do is wrap presents.

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Who's an Old Coot?
Who's an Old Coot?

I am really looking forward to this years Christmas parade and am in hopes of getting some great pictures to share with our readers of The Wilson Post.

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Land Down Under In My Backyard
Land Down Under In My Backyard

How many of you had trouble pushing yourself away from the dinner table Thanksgiving Day? I know that I did, especially going to two dinners.

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Snakes, Too Much For Anthony?
Snakes, Too Much For Anthony?

With decent weather this past Saturday, one would think that our feathered friends would be out in abundance, but they were sticking to cover like a cockle burr sticks to a blue tick coon hound.

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Snakes, Too Much For Anthony?
Snakes, Too Much For Anthony?

With decent weather this past Saturday, one would think that our feathered friends would be out in abundance, but they were sticking to cover like a cockle burr sticks to a blue tick coon hound.

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The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled

This has got to be the quickest year in my life, and now Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. I do believe that real cold weather has arrived much sooner than it has in years past.

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Winter Birds Have Returned
Winter Birds Have Returned

The weatherman, or woman is once again talking about a "polar vortex" getting ready to kick us in the seat of our pants. When they come upon something new in their vocabulary, they seem to beat a dead horse.

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Too Cold For The Birds
Too Cold For The Birds

It's here! Cold weather has finally arrived with a capitol, BURRRR. Halloween night was cold enough for me. You will hear from people telling you that you need cold weather to kill off the insects in the ground.

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Down on Jay-Bird Street
Down on Jay-Bird Street

This is the time of the year that I call the " inbetweens ", where it is still too warm here, but not cool enough where our winter birds will start showing up. Just about the only thing here is our regular all the time species, that you can find here around your feeders.

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How High's the Water Mama?
How High's the Water Mama?

I was kind of hoping that we would have had a round of frost here to turn off the lawn mowing app in this area of Lebanon. We are planning to decorate the yard for Halloween, with a few tombstones and other haunted houses thingys, but to get all of the stuff out will require mowing around them.

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On The Road Again
On The Road Again

I hope that everyone is enjoying this wet October. This is usually the driest month of the year. I would be safe to say that the good Lord knows more than us mortals.

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Eating Crow
Eating Crow

After I woke up this past Saturday morning, I was almost expecting to find frost on the ground. The mercury had plummeted down into the low 40's here at my house and even lower than that out in the country.

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They're Back
They're Back

Another weekend has come and gone without my best friend, Anthony Gray. It wasn't a total washout, as I was visiting some of my Native American friends at this years Pow Wow at the Mundy park in Mt. Juliet.

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Long And Winding Road
Long And Winding Road

It looks like we are fixing to get another dose of cooler weather. I remind myself of the period of time back in 2011 when I came down sick and was in a coma for 14 days. It was still short sleeve weather when I went in the hospital at U.M.C., on the 11th day of October.

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Can Winter be Far Behind?
Can Winter be Far Behind?

Relief is on the way, no, I don't mean the kind you get with " plop plop fizz fizz", save that for stomach ailments. I am talking about the coolness in the air. Sure, it will probably get back to being stuffy hot in the afternoons, but I am going to enjoy the cooler temperatures while we have them.

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Invasion From Above
Invasion From Above

Looking out my backdoor, this is not a song by Credence Clearwater Revival, but physically looking out my back window, I did notice that since Dove season has started that I seem to have a few more visitors to my feeders.

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To Feed, Or Not To Feed
To Feed, Or Not To Feed

This past weekend marks the end of most summer activities, such as recreational swimming at most pools here in Wilson County. I am located just a hop, skip and a jump from the Jimmy Floyd center on Castle Heights Avenue North, where one can sit in the back yard and hear all of the excitement coming from the young people having their last hurrah's of the season.

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A Fair Time Was Had By All
A Fair Time Was Had By All



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.

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New Sheriff in Town
New Sheriff in Town

By the time you get to read this, The Wilson County Fair will be just two days away. I have already mentioned our, The Wilson Post, will be set up in the large white tent right next to the pageant building.

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Bird Uses Fish Bait to Catch Dinner
Bird Uses Fish Bait to Catch Dinner

Another week has gone by, taking us closer to the Wilson County Fair, where I should be manning our booth for, The Wilson Post.

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Were You Raised in a Barn?
Were You Raised in a Barn?

 

There was not a whole lot to be found this past Saturday morning as Anthony Gray and I went through the Cedars of Lebanon State Park on our usual bird foray.

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Cliff Swallows on the Move
Cliff Swallows on the Move

 

Saturday morning arrived with the unceasing pitter patter of raindrops hitting my bedroom window. It would be a perfect day for a bed-in, but plans had already been laid for a day of bird watching with my best friend Anthony Gray.

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Still More Owls
Still More Owls

 

I now remember what I was also going to add to my last weeks article. The rangers from Cedars of Lebanon State Park, had sent me a message last Sunday, wanting me to do another owl prowl.

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Return of the White Pelicans
Return of the White Pelicans

 

This is my 300th article and I was hoping for a more spectacular something to write about, but this time of the year, there seems to be a shortage of things flying around.

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Bully in the Bird World
Bully in the Bird World

 

Anthony Gray and myself had laid plans for a decent day of getting out into the countryside for some top notch birding. If everything had gone the way we had planned, it would have been perfect. As the old saying goes, the best of plans can sometimes head south very quickly.

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Be-Bopping with the Birds
Be-Bopping with the Birds

 

This past Saturday morning came much too soon for me. I can try to go to bed early, but there doesn't seem to be enough sleep time to actually recharge my internal batteries. Anthony Gray was punctual as always and we loaded up all my bird stuff and hoped for a good day.

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The Comeback Bird
The Comeback Bird

 


After finding a quiet spell with the birds singing last weekend, Anthony Gray and myself decided to take a different approach to our Saturday morning trips into the country side. Instead of the 11am meals and then birding till later in the afternoon,we started at 7:30am, and what a difference it made.

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Owls, Owls, Owls, and More Owls
Owls, Owls, Owls, and More Owls

 

This first paragraph may not be bird related, but I feel like the ones involved are some of my kin folks. I want to congratulate my Cumberland Baseball team and coaches for winning their third national championship at the NAIA World Series out in Lewiston Idaho.

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Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather

 

I was talking about the bird count in my article in last weeks story, and thought that many of you had never heard of the Wood Warblers, a species of birds, that pass through here in the spring.

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Bird Count Saturday
Bird Count Saturday

 

This might just be the last of our spring time winters. I have never seen the like of the blooming of the Blackberry plants. It seems that everywhere Anthony Gray and myself go on some of our bird travels, that we see plenty blooms on the roadside.

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A "Great" Time Was Had By All, at Cedars

 

If I had to describe my weekend at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park's annual Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, I guess I could sum it up in a simple cliche, "a great time was had by all".

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Beautiful Birds of Spring
Beautiful Birds of Spring


I really enjoyed showing some of our members at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center, my program on the Warblers.

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Return of the Swallows
Return of the Swallows

 

Nest building continues all over Lebanon and Wilson County. I receive constant updates from many friends and readers of my bird articles.

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Birds and the Bees
Birds and the Bees

 

It's spring time and love is really in the air. This reminds me of a song back in 1965 by Jewel Akens, called the "Birds and the Bees".

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Hummers Are Here
Hummers Are Here

 

Since I am known by many different names, given to me as a token of friendship, I seem to be a recipient of anything bird-wise, especially on Facebook.

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Robins and Such, Must be Spring
Robins and Such, Must be Spring

 

Another Saturday morning and another round of wet weather. There is an old saying down here in the south. "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours and it will change."

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They're Here
They're Here

 

I was enjoying  my Friday at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center and thought about the warm spring day that was unfolding right outside the door. After soaking up a bit of vitamin "D", I heard the singing of an old friend that had just returned from down South America way.

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A Divine Wind is Blowing
A Divine Wind is Blowing

 

With all of this winter weather we have been blessed with, there is always a hope of the spring solstice that will soon be warming our hearts as well as making our grass grow.

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Anthony's Swan Song
Anthony's Swan Song

 

Maybe before too long, I will have all my "ducks" in a row and get back to my normal goings on. No Anthony Gray to run with this past Saturday.

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Mutant Swan seen at Cherokee
Mutant Swan seen at Cherokee

 

There is not a whole lot to brag on this week. Weather is starting to turn back colder and a possibility of the dreaded white fluff this past Sunday night.

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Something New, Something Different
Something New, Something Different

 

My usual Saturday morning ritual went according to plan, thanks to Anthony Grays appointed time to dig out the money to buy us our favorite Chinese dinner at Pekings.

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It's Cold for the Birds, and Me Too
It's Cold for the Birds, and Me Too


By the time you get to read this, I hope that I survived the cold arctic air and will be on my way to Reelfoot Lake to watch the Bald Eagles.

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A Merry Christmas To All Of Us
A Merry Christmas To All Of Us

 

First of all I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. Many thanks to you all that have sent me Christmas cards and especially an extra added note from Charlene Reeves from down Norene way.

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Ducks are a Dabbling
Ducks are a Dabbling

 


I believe this was the fastest year in my whole life. Maybe I have been influenced by what is called the Rip Van Winkle syndrome, sleeping some of my year away. In reality, that is just something that was made up in my own mind, a Ray-ism. Please don't quote me on that one.

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Still Cold on the Water
Still Cold on the Water

 


Did we dodge a bullet this past weekend in the weather department or what? Waking up on Sunday morning, I beat a path to the window, half expecting to see a couple of inches of snow on the ground.

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Hurry Up Spring
Hurry Up Spring

 

I guess you might say that we were back to business as usual this past Saturday afternoon when Anthony Gray and myself left Peking to head south in the hopes of seeing some of our feathered friends.

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A Whole Lot About Nothing
A Whole Lot About Nothing

 

Wow! This week, I don't have any special stories to tell you about going birding with Anthony Gray. He had to attend a birthday party in Shelbyville, Tennessee this past Saturday.

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Looking For A Rainbow
Looking For A Rainbow

I am hoping that each of you had a nice Halloween, with plenty of spooks to brighten your evening. After being on my feet all day at the Senior Center, I was ready to kick back and raise my legs a tad to alleviate the swelling.

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