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Our Feathered Friends - Jan. 19

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This past week, Gail took several pictures of a Common Flicker and emailed them to me to share with you all. I tried to get up a bunch of birders last fall to take a pontoon boat ride from their home. I had only one person to sign up, but time ran out on the trip. Maybe we can try it again this spring, if Charles and Gail don’t mind. 

Connie Bone sent me an email asking about Seagulls in the parking lot behind Arby’s on the west side of town. Most people would not expect such a bird to be in a land-locked situation like here in Lebanon. Connie mentioned “Trash Gulls,” maybe like the ones you find in a landfill area. I’ve seen these also where the bulldozers are spreading out the garbage before being covered with dirt. These Gulls around here have been the Ring-billed species.

I was telling Connie that these Gulls here followed the Mississippi River north many years ago and have found the conditions suitable for living here. From Old Muddy, the Gulls spread out to the other lakes and eventually here. If you could fly straight up over the town and look north you would be able to see Old Hickory Lake. Gulls can be an opportunistic bird, finding food whether in the water or where someone tossed it out.

Drive around Lebanon and you will find litter and other trash just tossed out into the street. Doesn’t anyone have more pride in our town than to trash it? Just like the anti-litter advertisement with the old Indian on the side of the road, it’s enough to make one cry, just like Iron Eyes Cody.

I had better get off of my soap box before I offend somebody with my political incorrectness. I hope that is a word. If not I’m sure my editor, Sam Hatcher will fix it. Someone once told me that I was in the wrong profession. The way I butcher the English language, I should have been a butcher in a meat department at some store. Maybe, maybe not.

I am going to see if I can make a bird site on Facebook where we can swap stories and pictures. I will keep you informed as we go along.

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, 37087, or call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at

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