The countdown to another year has begun. This past year had to be the quickest one in my entire life. I have always heard that the older you get the faster they go by.
This past Saturday started out as a normal day with Peking under our belts, Anthony Gray and myself headed out toward Watertown. Turning left on Popular Hill Road, we came by the Sellars Mound, in which we both made remarks that we need to come back here and walk the trail along the Spring Creek. This time of the year is not a good time for finding birds. Of course spring is my most favorite, since it is also a time of renewal. On up over the hill, we took a right turn on the Shop Springs Road. Eastern Bluebirds and American Kestrals were seen on almost every half mile along the country lane.
Driving through Watertown, we spotted children over at the Three Forks city park, trying out new bicycles and skateboards which were probably gifts from Santa. Turning left on Pearl Street we snaked our way out to Holmes Gap Road.
Now it is time to get up on my soapbox and tell you about one of my pet-peaves. Riding out through the countryside, I have never seen as much trash throwed out by uncaring drivers. I told Anthony that you could fill a trash bag within a fifteen foot stretch. What makes people so lazy? This is such a disrespect for our beautiful planet. Many organizations or Scout Troops will keep the main highways clean, often adopting a stretch of the highway. What about some of our back roads. It might even be profitable when you pick up all of the aluminum beer and soda cans thrown out by people that don't seem to care. I am sorry, but that really burns my backside.
We finally came out in the big city of Alexandria, my first time in many years. We were greeted by a huge flock of starlings wheeling overhead. The economy was not kind there as we saw several business that had closed up. Heading north on Highway 53, we headed back into Wilson County.
There was hardly anything moving about in the bird world until we came back to my home. Underneath my feeders there were probably at least ten different species eating there. I have noticed that one pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds have returned to place a claim on my backyard. That will be alright as long as they don't bring the rest of their family. My Northern Mockingbird still rules the roost, flying in real quickly, scattering the smaller species to the four winds. I like to keep a small bag of raw peanuts that I purchase at Al's Foodland for under five dollars for certain feeder birds. My Bluejays have a blast when I toss out a handful underneath my feeders. I believe that they fly over, just looking for the moment that I toss them out. I don't believe that they eat them on the spot, rather taking them off to hide. It makes me wonder if they forget the location where squirrels might sniff them out.
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that I might run into you somewhere in my bird wanderings, just to say howdy. Keep watch for some of my bird program announcements, coming up around the first of May.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org