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Our Feathered Friends - Feb. 8

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Over in the Smoky Mountains they can be a year-round resident, but they are only in Middle Tennessee for the winterand many times just passing through. They spend their summers in the far northern states as well as Canada. In the summer they will break apart to mate and raise their young, but in the winter they will be found in flocks.

If you see a flock be sure to look carefully because my husband and I had a huge flock in our cedar trees about eight years ago and noticed that one looked different. After grabbing my bird book we realized there was a Bohemian Waxwing in the group. Although very similar in overall appearance, the Bohemian has a more vibrant coloring scheme with additional red and white on his head, wings and tail. They are generally found in the northwest upwards to Alaska, but can occasionally get mixed up with the wrong flock and provide a nice little surprise!

Tammye Whitakercontacted Ray this week to let him know she has seen the return of a Great Horned Owl to her property that she has not seen in a few years. Her family has been anxiously awaiting her return, and they are very excited to have spotted her. They are hoping she will fill her nest with some little ones and give us all a treat!

Roy Garrof Garrs Feed & Rental met with me this week to discuss his Donate A House program he is trying to jumpstart. Purple Martin houses need to be cleaned out on a regular basis to prevent Starlings and House Sparrows from taking up permanent residence. If you are not interested in your house or unable to care for it we would love for you to donate it. Some of the local state parks and schools are interested in taking on these houses with the assistance of Boy Scout troops from the area to aid in maintenance and care.

Im sure most of you know what a Purple Martin house is, but Im including a picture of Roy with a used Purple Martin house for reference. For more information please feel free to contact me or you can contact Roy via phone at 754-BIRD or via email

Also, dont forget Ray will be hosting a bird class at the Gardens on Main in Lebanon on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. We are also going to be at Garrs Feed & Rental on Saturday, March 10 for two classes: 9 a.m. on Bluebirds and 10:45 a.m. on Purple Martin. Feel free to contact me or Ray with any questions or comments you have. We would love to hear from you! You can reach me atkaren.feathered@gmail.comor Ray

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