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Our Feathered Friends - January 18, 2011

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Double Crested Cormorant

I guess I should have started out a long time ago telling you a little more about myself. I was born in Kentucky but raised most of my life in Indiana, near Evansville for those of you who are familiar with southern Indiana. I graduated college with a degree in psychology and went to work for a computer company in Evansville. This is where I met my husband, John. In 2001, we moved to Mt. Juliet and have been here ever since.


When Ray first started writing his Feathered Friends article for The Wilson Post, my husband showed me his article and I became a quick fan. I had been a bird watcher for several years and realized this was someone who could really help me learn more. I believe I was the first person to email Ray, and ever since then an instant friendship and mentorship began.


Ray and I have gone on several birding trips. Many to general areas around Lebanon that he knows to be good sites for locating birds, but other times they were more specific locations. One of my favorite trips was when we went out to Gail and Charles Morris house off Old Hickory Lake.


My kids were with me and they also remember this trip because of all the cool stuff they got to seelike baby turtles, a huge bullfrog and lots of birds. This was back in May of 2009 and it still remains one of my favorites.


Ray and I have made several visits to Cedars of Lebanon State Park and also to areas around Old Hickory Lake. I also remember a trip we took to specifically see Cattle Egrets that someone had reported off Academy Road.


One location we visit often is the blown out bridge which apparently use to take people to old Lock 5 on the Cumberland River. This is where I saw my first Double-crested Cormorant, as well as several Great Blue Herons (my daughters favorite bird).


Several years ago we also took a trip out to the boat dock near Cherokee Steak House. My kids were with me and Im sure Ray will never forget when the ducks got a bit aggressive and snipped at my daughters hand. She was 5-years-old and did not appreciate the ducks actions. She got very upset and instantly climbed Rays leg to safety. He was kind enough to hold her above their reach It was something we still laugh about to this day.


I also greatly enjoy joining Ray on his talks at Garrs Rental and Feed in Mt. Juliet. He has hosted several educational classes, and it is fun to meet up with fellow readers and listen to Rays stories. Rays side-kick, Dotty Kim, is always with him when he travels, and it is good to see her as well.


Well, I hope this has given you a little more insight in to who I am and how Ray has become a fun and influential part of my life. I know many of you have your own stories you can tell me of times youve seen or gone birding with him, or maybe even just corresponded via email.


Let me know if you have any good stories You can reach me at karen.feathered@gmail.com. You can also reach Ray at ourfeatheredfriends@yahoo.com. We would love to hear from you!

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