Today is Saturday, March 25, 2017

Little Wobbly in the Knees

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Muscovy Duck

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.

Anthony Gray picked me up just before eight this past Saturday morning to do a little bird watching. It took me a few minutes and a little groaning to get my legs into the car. I am not sure what is wrong with my knee, but it really hurts, almost like a hot knife has been stuck into it.

I had to go first to my doctor to check out my blood thickness where I had been taking a blood thinner for the past few days. It seems that as I age, my old body is falling apart. It hurts more than you might realize. Thanks again for the friends that have sent me get well cards. I really appreciate them.

Leaving the Tennova building, we head out Coles Ferry Pike where we find Wild Turkey feeding in the field on the corner of Hartmann Drive, next to Bartons Creek. On down the road we found a small flotilla of Canada Geese swimming about on Greenbriar Lake. We stopped to write down what we had seen and was surprised to find a Pileated Woodpecker pecking around on a Redbud tree. It was a male and was feeding all over the tree on something or another.

Headed further down, we take a left onto Holt Road where we find a huge flock of American Robins next to the small stream that crosses underneath the road. On over the next hill we turn onto Trice Road. Here we find a family of Bluejays and a noisy bunch of Crows.

We head out Highway 70 west and we find a Sharp-shinned Hawk working the area around the junction of Highway 109. A sharp-shinned hawk is a member of the Accipiter family of Hawks. They are slightly smaller than the Coopers Hawk, which one sees around our feeders where they try to catch our birds. Coopers have a distinct rounded tail tip where the Sharp Shinned has a square end of it's tail.

Headed north on 109, we turn down the East Old Laguardo Road where the Christmas lights are found. There is a large pond there where we found a Muscovy Duck sitting beneath a small tree. These Ducks look like they have skin problems.

Headed north again we find several Eastern Bluebird families along with Northern Cardinals and a couple of American Kestrals. This road finally comes out on Double Log Cabin Road where we take a left to cross over 109 again. This will put us on Burton Road where we check out out the Davis Corner Boat Ramp. The Black Vultures have returned and they are back up in the trees there. Off in the distance a Great Blue Heron wades the shallow water searching for a meal.

We head back north and turn down Woods Ferry Road. There is a small stream where we always stop to look at and give it a listen to. We found a Carolina Wren singing it's song along with a bunch of Robins. At Tyree Acess boat ramp we find a Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a limb and several Ring-billed Gulls feeding in this section of the lake. Time to head toward Peking where we will partake of some good Chinese food.

This week we will head to Fiddlers Grove to shoot our weekly video. The old Caboose looks like the perfect spot. Check it out on Facebook.

I would love to hear from you as to what's lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can wriite me at, 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087, or e-mail me at, rpope15@bellsouth.net

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